On the northern tip of La Palma, guests of the Faro Punta Cumplida can stay at the foot of one of Spain's oldest lighthouses — right by the sea. At night, the lantern of the lighthouse magically shines almost 40 kilometers across the Atlantic.
In one of the three suites, the Atlantic can even be seen through two windows. Standing at the top of the viewing platform at 36 meters and watching the waves crash onto the rugged cliffs, you lose the sense of time and space and eventually come down again, fascinated and enchanted. Once at the bottom, guests can expect an infinity pool, a fireplace for cold days and a beautiful sun terrace.
But the focus is on the lighthouse, which is over 150 years old. The hosts Tim Wittenbecher and Marc Nagel transformed it into a modern hideaway in a five-year approval and conversion period, in which eight guests can immerse themselves in the world of the lighthouse keeper. Their vision was to enable authentic overnight stays in a place where one normally cannot spend the night, as lighthouses were previously only reserved for lighthouse keepers.
Since the Faro Punta Cumplida has been electrified and remote controlled, the building in La Palma is no longer inhabited by lighthouse keeper families. The two hosts have renovated the ensemble in such a way that the function and history of the lighthouse can still be experienced by the guests: nautical, simple and cool.
ArchitectureDuring the renovation of the lighthouse, an attempt was made to preserve the old structures and make them tangible for the guests. The three suites can be reached from the central inner courtyard (patio). If you look up, you can see through the open roof to the lighthouse lantern. Guests can always climb the 150+ steps to the top of the tower and enjoy the view. Above all, the incredibly hard wood of the Canary pine, which only exists on the Canary Islands, was used. Even after more than 150 years, the living wood still contains resin. When the sun gets the Harz Mountains going, there is a wonderful scent in the rooms. The wood was used, among other things, to prepare the old windows and doors. The traditional Canarian patio with its hanging plants and open roof was rebuilt by local craftsmen based on old plans. The Port Authority had rationalized away many nice details over the years. The entire conversion of Faro Punta Cumplida can be described as a sustainable project, because the lighthouse would have fallen into disrepair if the hosts had not put it to its new use.
FoodBreakfast consists almost exclusively of local products and is served in small glasses. The bananas now come from their own garden. According to the hosts, guests can taste the best avocados, which employee Pili brings from her neighbor in the morning. The freshly squeezed oranges also come from the neighbors. The wine is supplied by father and son, Bodega Durazna, located just above the tower, and the mojo sauce (spicy hot and slightly smoky) is made by Pili according to an old recipe from her grandmother. The fig jam is also made from their own Indian Fig cactus fruits. Dark grain rolls are rare in the north of La Palma - they are baked by a friend of the lighthouse in Puntanella.
Employee Pili is the good soul of Faro Punta Cumplida. She takes care of the well-being of the guests and exudes the lighthouse spirit with her positive manner. As a child, the light of the lighthouse shone into her children's room and she rightly says that she works in the most beautiful place in the world. During the volcanic eruption on La Palma, the hosts distributed donations to their employees who lost their house to the lava. Tibetan prayer flags will be given as a gift to all guests who donate to an on-site project in Nepal that is close to the heart of the hosts.
EnvironmentThe lighthouse is equipped with a heat recovery and solar system. Garbage is separated and shower gel and shampoo are provided in dispensers. In addition, alternative cleaning agents are used and the pool is filled with salt water.
Well-BeingWhether it's swimming in the infinity pool or doing yoga on the yoga platform, you won't have to wait long to feel good. The view of the sea ensures peace and balance.
Jetzt finden Urlauber im Faro de Punta Cumplida drei Suiten, einen Infinity-Pool, einen Patio, eine umlaufende Terrasse – und natürlich die Aussicht von der 34 Meter hohen Plattform auf dem Leuchtturm. Der ist übrigens tatsächlich noch aktiv und wird von der Hafenbehörde der Provinz Santa Cruz de Tenerife betrieben.
Umgeben ist der Faro de Punta Cumplida von einem 5.000 Quadratmeter großen Garten – und den tosenden Atlantikwellen. Der Hafen von Talavera ist nur einen kurzen Spaziergang entfernt, und nach einer kurzen Fahrt durch Bananenplantagen erreichst du die natürlichen Schwimmbecken in La Fajana.
Seit 1867 ist der Leuchtturm von Punta Cumplida an der Nordostküste der Kanareninsel La Palma in Betrieb. Er ist damit einer der ältesten Spaniens. "Und auf jeden Fall ist es der einzige mit einem Infinity Pool", sagt Tim Wittenbecher. Der Unternehmer, der schon Erfahrung hat mit ungewöhnlichen Hotelideen, krempelt seine Hosen hoch, steigt ein paar Stufen ins Becken hinab und steht mitten im allumfassenden Blau: hinter ihm der Atlantik, unter ihm der Salzwasserpool und über ihm der wolkenlose kanarische Himmel.
Arrival is only possible with your own car. The drive from the airport in La Palma to the lighthouse takes about 45 minutes (36 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
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