On the Canary Islands coastline, you can trial the remote and romantic life of a lighthouse keeper for yourself. At more than 150 years old, Faro Punta Cumplida is Spain’s oldest lighthouse and, while still guiding ships away from rocky shores, it can also be your private abode on La Palma.
There are three luxurious suites (two of them house two guests; the other is large enough for four), all a little different, but each enjoying the sorts of views you’d expect when perched on a rocky headland. There’s a kitchen onsite, should you want to prepare your own meals, although a basket of local breakfast goodies is supplied to get you off to a good start.
What to do during your stay? Swim laps in the tranquil infinity pool, a stark contrast to the pounding Atlantic Ocean below. Top the view in your room by conquering the 158 steps up to the 34-metre-high terrace rewarding yourself at the top with a tipple from the Sky High Mini Bar. Otherwise, flip through the Lighthouse Secrets guidebook for some other island suggestions.
From every corner of this property you’ll feel the power of the ocean and be lulled by the sound of the seas battering the surrounding cliffs.
From about US$420 a night in a two-person suite.