La Gomera is the second smallest island of the Canary archipelago, and it is surely one of the most beautiful. Here, set in award-winning botanical gardens, at the top of the island's sun-baked southern cliffs, is the exclusive private resort of El Balcón de Santa Ana, offering a variety of superb holiday villas and apartments.

Not only is this the perfect resort for sun worshippers. It is also a superb base from which to explore the island's charming villages, ports and coves. It is less than a mile west of the small fishing port of Playa Santiago, and 20 miles west of San Sebastian (La Gomera's capital town).

La Gomera offers a wide variety of contrasting landscapes and climates. Of volcanic origin and roughly circular (around 15 miles in diameter), it rises to nearly 5,000 feet at the central peak of Garajonay, where the mountains catch the moisture from the trade wind clouds, creating a jungle climate that is rich and verdant. This contrasts with the warmer sun-baked cliffs and rocky bays at sea level.

The Garajonay National Park is so rich in wildlife that it enjoys UNESCO recognition and protection. Its slopes are criss-crossed by impeccably signposted footpaths, presenting varying levels of challenge to walkers.

El Balcón de Santa Ana is part of a growing portfolio of outstanding holiday properties throughout the UK and Europe, imaginatively created over 31 years to combine 'home from home' comfort with total relaxation. Currently the portfolio features 31 holiday developments, all in stunningly beautiful locations across 13 countries, with around 1,400 individual villas, apartments and cottages. The properties range from historic buildings, beautifully restored and tastefully converted, to modern, purpose-built private resorts.