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Default La Hacienda del Buen Suceso Review - Arucas - Gran Canaria






















La Hacienda del Buen Suceso

Arucas, Gran Canaria

A splendidly restored hacienda estate – the oldest in the Canaries – set in a sea of banana trees with views for miles around
You could be forgiven for thinking you are a distinguished plantation owner as you wander through these grounds: with 50 hectares of banana trees, the estate is the oldest in the Canary Islands (it was established in 1572). It's still a working plantation, though chances are that manual labour will be the last thing on your mind during your stay. This is a place to relax, indulge, soak up the sun.

Ten years ago, the prominent Marquesado family decided to convert their colonial property into a luxurious rural hotel. There's a glorious sun-baked pool, shady verandas and comfy wicker sofas scattered about the terraces. Some rooms have wonderful views over the grounds - an astounding sea of green which envelops the hacienda's sweeping ochre-brick buildings. Sumptuous dinners are served in the old stables, and service is faultless - no banana skins here. The name holds true: this place is a great success.


Rooms

Walk up the wide stairs in the central courtyard and there's a beautiful wooden veranda extending around both sides of hacienda. All 14 double rooms veer off this wonderful old-world loggia. Some have pretty four poster beds, with flowered wallpaper (chintzy or charming, depending on your view) and there's always a shuttered window to fling open for the view. Front or back facing, it doesn’t matter, the green banana tree horizon is endless.

The 6 junior suites are duplexes: double/twin beds downstairs and a mezzanine sitting area above with sofa, table, lamps - though with the TV downstairs and no CD player, we didn't use it much. The sofa does fold out into a bed, best for an older teenager. The ceilings are high, with big oak beams and a fan that you will need, since rooms lack air-con (in a particularly warm September, the circulating air was a godsend). Our double bed was comfy, but was the ubiquitous European arrangement of two large twins pushed together. We enjoyed the his'n'hers loungers on our small patio (partially private with hedges on each side) just a hop and a skip from the pool.

Bathrooms all have showers and baths (our junior suite corner bath could fit two), although the rooms themselves are on the small side. There are generous-sized bottles of posh French shower gel and hand moisturizer, plenty of towels and a couple of enticing white fluffy bathrobes… but it was just too hot to wear them!


Features include:

  • Phone
  • TV
  • Safe box
  • Central Heating
  • Fan
  • Extra Beds
  • Bathrobes
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea making
Eating

The hotel's restaurant is called 'El Alpende' - which translates rather unappetizingly as 'the toolshed' - but the fare on offer is both delicious and delicate. The long stone trough where horses were tethered and watered is now cleverly utilized for the buffet breakfast… and if you're one of those who's hungry as a horse in the morning, you're in luck. There's an impressive array of cheeses, salami, fresh fruit and juices, pastries, cereal, yogurt and once we had brought our plates to our table, we were asked if we'd like eggs and bacon too! But we opted for a café con leche and lingered on the sunny terrace…

Guests can book half-board which includes a 3-course dinner, available from 7.30 to 10pm. You might have a choice of parma ham or blue cheese salad, a fish (like the Canary staple bacalo, salted cod) or a meat dish, and dessert. Veggie options are available, but limited. On the a la carte menu, we noticed queso herreño, the famous smoked cheese from El Hierro which, grilled with a spicy tomato chutney, is absolutely delicious. When we ordered it again the following evening, the waitress smiled knowingly and brought us an extra big chunk.

For lunch, Peggy, the helpful manager, directed us to one of the restaurants in Arucas, where we were the only tourists and feasted cheaply on yummy tapas and half-carafes of rose. Or you can head to Las Palmas for a wider range of eateries and drinkeries. But if you do decide to stay put, light lunches can be prepared. 'El Alpende' is well-known and open to non-guests; there are plenty of indoor tables and it hosts the occasional birthday or wedding feast.


Activities

  • Loll pool-side and gaze over the swaying vastness of banana fields
  • If that makes you feel a tad indolent, you are welcome to meander through the plantation grounds and watch workmen process the plants for shipping (bananas are one of the few fruits that must be cut down before they ripen)
  • Walk or drive into the nearby town of Arucas, nicknamed the 'pearl of Gran Canaria'
  • Gaze at the grey, neo-Gothic Iglesia de San Juan, which stands in sullen splendour over the white-washed houses of Arucas; its 60-metre steeple is the highest in the Canaries
  • Have a tipple at the Arucas rum distillery, guided visits are free (until 2pm)
  • Meander through the beautiful botanical gardens behind the mansion of Marquésa de Arucas (Buen Suceso's owner) – admission to these flower-and-cactus filled grounds is free to hotel guests
  • Treat yourself to the range of massages and beauty treatments (from reiki to mudwraps, price list in room) and then soothe yourself into a sleep with a late-night jacuzzi
  • Have a mini-workout - the gym has 3 cardio machines and a multi-weights machine
Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Food and wine
  • Hiking
  • Plantlife/flora
  • Swimming
Facilities

  • Oldest hacienda in the Canary Islands, surrounded by 50 hectares of deep-green banana trees, an authentic and still functioning plantation
  • Suites with lofty oak-beamed ceilings and wooden shuttered windows that open to vistas across the fields
  • Groovy-shaped pool designed for sun-worshippers
  • Gym and fitness area with jacuzzi and Turkish bath
  • Spacious communal terraces scattered with white wicker sofas where staff will happily bring you a cool drink
  • Top-notch restaurant with variety of typico Canarian dishes, served with an upmarket flair
When to go?

With its winter sunshine and cool summer breezes, Gran Canaria is a year-round destination. Christmas and Easter are popular times with northern Europeans, while August sees Spaniards escaping the oppressive heat of the mainland.

Arucas annual fiesta, the patron saint's day of San Juan Battista, is celebrated on June 24th.
Features include:

  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Walk to restaurants (offsite)
  • Garden
  • Internet access
  • Outdoor pool
  • In room treatments available
  • Jacuzzi/hot tub
  • Steam room
  • Gym
  • Meeting rooms
  • Off street parking
  • Airport Transfers
Kids

Children 0-2years old stay free and an extra bed for child (2- 12 years old) is subject to a supplement. There is a maximum of 1 child per room with two adults.
It is not really suitable for young children, but the suites would be perfect for a couple with one older child, and extra beds are available. The atmosphere is more one of peaceful seclusion, so noise around the pool is discouraged.
  • Family friendly accommodation: Extra Beds Available
Location
La Hacienda del Buen Suceso is off the GC-2 road to Arucas in the northeast of Gran Canaria. It's a 10-minutes drive from Las Palmas and 30-40 minutes from Gran Canaria airport.

By Air:
Gran Canaria (Gando) (35km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
Public transport links aren't very good, and whilst you can get a taxi, you may want to drive so you can explore at your leisure.

By Ferry:
There are regular ferries and hydrofoil services to/from Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Passengers coming from these destinations and also from mainland Spain (Cadiz) will arrive at Puerto de la Luz in Las Palmas.

By Car:
If you wish to hire a car, we recommend Holiday Autos, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at the airport or in Las Palmas if you've come by ferry. Please note the office is about 20 minutes from the airport and you may have to wait for the rep to arrive to then take you back to the office for car pick-up. Be sure to book well in advance.


Airports:

  • Gran Canaria (Gando) 35.0km LPA
Other:

  • beach: 10.0 km
  • shop: 2.0 km
  • restaurant: 1.0 km






Highs

  • Expansive grounds set in a rolling rich-green sea of banana trees
  • Pretty original features: wood-beam attics and wrought-iron beds
  • Attentive and friendly staff, and a helpful English-speaking manageress
  • Unusual-shaped pool with no shortage of sun-loungers (not much shade, though there are umbrellas)
  • You're only 45 mins from the sandy (and popular) beaches of the south and 15 minutes to the seaside promenades of Las Palmas
Lows

  • Recent reports of food, especially main courses, rather disappointing and menus unchanging throughout the week
  • You might want to check that there is not a wedding planned during your visit, as it can take over the hotel
  • Be sure to stock up on big bottles of water for the room – the mini-bar only has tiny, fizzy water bottles that don't do the trick in the heat


Guest Ratings

Room: 95%
Food: 69%
Service: 75%
Value: 85%
Overall: 81%
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