Need to know
121 junior suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.
Double rooms from $321.66 (€283), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The black-sand beach – a nod to the volcanic mountains that form the backdrop to the hotel – is a far cry from the tourist-trap beaches elsewhere on the island, which have had golden grains pumped from the seabed (or, in some cases, the Sahara) and repositioned on the shore.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, valet parking, gym, beach. In rooms: air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, minibar, tea and coffee, and bath products by the White Company.
Our favourite rooms
There are two rules to keep in mind here: 1) the higher the room, the better the Atlantic-filled view; 2) any view looks better from a hot tub. The simple answer is: go for a top-floor suite with a Jacuzzi on the terrace. Easy.
There are three heated, saltwater pools: a lawn-surrounded one by the bar, one with a bar and restaurant attached up on the roof, and a third in the spa.
The spa has seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy circuit. The resident brands are Décleor, Karita and Kama Ayurveda, which are employed in treatments such as the couples’ ritual, which involves a jet bath, followed by a herby body peel and a full-body massage each. Spa access is an extra charge (€27 a day), but you'll get spa access for two as part of your Smith Extra. Guests will also have free access to the 24-hour gym with Technogym equipment; Pilates, yoga and other classes are held regularly, and personal trainers can be arranged if you’re feeling extra energetic.
Orange is the new black, especially when it comes to striking swimwear to showcase against dark volcanic sand – rainbow shades of Lycra, welcome.
There are eight specially adapted rooms for wheelchair users on the ground floor, the common areas are accessible and there's wheelchair access to both main pools.
This stay’s delightfully child free, but Little Smiths are welcome at the sister property next door. The spa's for over-16s only.
The hotel uses locally grown produce in its restaurants where possible, and the building was designed to maximise natural light and reduce energy use.