Playa de los Cancajos, Cancajos
The Buzz Trips View
Los Cancajos is as close to a tourist resort as you’ll find on La Palma and as such is a good place as a base for exploring La Isla Bonita. Admittedly Cancajos doesn’t posses the charm of nearby Santa Cruz de la Palma, but the resort’s hotels offer more in terms of being able to kick back and relax after a day’s hiking in the hills.
The pastel coloured apartments that make up Las Olas are pleasing to the eye and the low-rise complex allows views to the verdant hills behind. However, it’s the vistas to the sea that provide the biggest WOW, with two ‘specials’. You get a spectacular sunrise in the morning and a star struck show at night, which is best enjoyed from your balcony with a friendly bottle of local red from the little supermarket near the hotel.
Las Olas is a tranquil hotel within easy walking of everywhere in the resort, that offers nice surroundings for chilling out after activity packed days.
Rooms are actually apartments which gives the option of going self-catering. They’re big and bright with a summery, lemony décor that although uninspiring is pleasant enough. All are sea-facing which makes sitting on the generous balcony a very attractive option. There’s a flat screen TV with channels to suit guests of different nationalities. But the truth is we didn’t even switch it on, preferring to lounge on the balcony with the light out trying to spot Pegasus and his mates in the magical sky. There’s plenty of cupboard space and the bed is satisfyingly big.
The bathroom is standard sized with a decently powerful shower and a hair-dryer of the sort that is typical of many hotels – a hot wind might have been more effective.
We enjoyed the freedom of having a kitchen that had a hob, a fridge and a microwave. The sitting room area is a good size, especially if there’s only two of you, and there’s a little breakfast bar that’s handy for propping you up whilst the wake-up coffee kicks in. Rooms are advertised as having wifi; ours didn’t which proved inconvenient. There is free wifi in the lounge but we found it to be slow when there was anyone else using it.
It’s La Palma, you really shouldn’t go there to hang around a pool all day. Saying that the pool area is attractively inviting with two interlinking pools and a third, smaller pool that’s suitable for children. There is live entertainment on some nights which can be enjoyed from the high-ceilinged lounge or, when it’s a sultry evening, from an outside terrace beside the pool. The hotel also screens some football matches. For anyone with energy left at the end of a day exploring La Palma, the hotel has a small gymnasium and a games area.
There’s a buffet restaurant attached to the hotel but although we stayed on a half board basis, after a couple of meals we decided to eat at a restaurant outside of the hotel.
The hotel has limited parking but there are usually spaces on the main street or on side streets around the hotel.
We liked Las Olas, it’s a good looking and very, very clean hotel – there’s an army of staff who, each morning, make sure the place is immaculate. The staff are very courteous and it’s a comfortable place to stay. We had an action packed itinerary and it was a pleasure to relax in the room at the end of each day. However, it’s a shame the food in the restaurant isn’t up to the same standard as the rest of the hotel.
Prices are exceptional value from around €33.00 per night for a room with a mountain view.
Buzz Trips were guests of La Palma’s Patronato de Turismo