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An active lighthouse in the Canary Islands is now a luxury hotel

An active lighthouse has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel in a quiet part of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands.

La Palma’s Faro Cumplida has been transformed into a boutique hotel. Image by Faro Punta Cumplida

La Palma, dubbed La Isla Bonita (the Pretty Island), is the greenest of the Canary Islands and a Unesco biosphere reserve, but it’s often overlooked by tourists in favour of the more bustling islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. In recent years, however, it has established itself as a new type of Canary Islands tourist destination; one that gently caters to a small number of travellers in search of scenic hikes, lush landscapes and a taste of life in the slow lane.

The lighthouse is located in the most northerly point of the island. Image by Faro Punta Cumplida

In the most northerly part of the island sits Faro Punta Cumplida, an active lighthouse that has been transformed into a boutique hotel with three luxury suites in the lighthouse keeper’s quarters, directly below the watchtower. Offering unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, they share verdant gardens and an infinity pool, and each have their own private terrace.

Faro Punta Cumplida is a small hotel offering two rooms and two suites. Image by Faro Punta Cumplida

An outdoor patio leads to the lighthouse entrance and the 158 steps that wind up to the top of the tower, where guests can enjoy a chilled glass of wine from the Sky High Mini Bar and open views of the Atlantic Ocean, the surrounding banana plantations and emerald-green La Palma mountains.

Guests share access of the hotel’s dramatic infinity pool. Image by Faro Punta Cumplida

The 152-year-old lighthouse is located in Barlovento, a quiet town that’s blessed with natural beauty and attractions like the saltwater pools of the Piscinas de la Fajana and the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. From here, it’s just a 45-minute drive to the airport by car or just over an hour by bus.

The lighthouse dates back to the 19th century. Image by Faro Cumplida

Two of the suites accommodate two people, while one can sleep up to four people. For more information or to book a stay, see here.