A weekend in the Canaries
I recently went to the Canary islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura with one of my suppliers.There were 9 of us in total, and we all gelled really well.
Our first two nights were in the Princesa Yaiza in Lanzarote. We had suites which were very spacious, with a lounge area, small kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom. Our first night we went to visit the nearby Volcan hotel and of the two I preferred this one. The Princesa Yiaza is lovely, has 385 rooms, but is huge. The rooms were a little tired, but we understand that they are due to be refurbished as soon as they have finished redoing one of their other hotels. There are plenty of places to eat, there is a spa and a gym and Kikoland for the kiddywinks.
The Volcan has only 251 rooms, and is more geared towards adults – there is a child play area. They also have a spa and a selection of restaurants and 3 outdoor pools.
The food is excellent in both hotels, we had dinner in the Volcan the first night and then at the Princesa Yaiza on the second night.
Out and about we saw most of the island, visiting the south part on our arrival day, and the north part on Saturday. I hadn’t been to either island before so wasn’t sure what to expect. We visited Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, through the winemaking region of Geria (the vines grow close to the ground and are protected by stone built walls in crescent shapes to protect against the wind). In the Northern part of the island we went to Cueva de los Verdes ( the caves are incredible – well worth a visit), Jameos del Agua ; and Mirador del Rio from where you can see La Graciosa
On Sunday we left Lanzarote by ferry to Fuerteventura, and after dropping our bags at the hotel, our guide took us all around the island, through lovely villages, and to Pepe and Isabella’s goat farm where they produce lovely goats cheese. Our guide was very informative – not sure we needed to know all he was telling us, but he was obviously keen to share what he knew. The beaches at Corralejo are amazing. We stayed at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real – my favourite hotel of the whole trip – the sunrise was amazing. Right on the beach (though it is a bit rocky when the tide is out.) They have a spa, and although not really geared for families but does have a kids club, and has 242 rooms in total.
We also had a tour of the Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura resort which is great for families, is all inclusive and has 5 restaurants, 8 pools, and various sports facilities – tennis courts etc, with a full animation programme, kids club and teens room (play stations etc)
All in all a fab trip courtesy of Classic collection. I have attached a few photos