The Beautiful Islands of Lanzarote and La Palma
Posted: Mon Oct 17 15:38
How time flies, this time last year I was soaking up the sun in Lanzarote and the smaller Canary Island of La Palma! Courtesy of a luxury tour operator I was whisked off to try out some of their 4 /5 * hotels on the islands. Now contrary to popular belief it is not a holiday! Late nights and early mornings but I am not one to complain!
For the first few nights of my stay I had a Club Room in the 5* VOLCAN HOTEL in Playa Blanca. WOW what a fabulous room – massive double bed, separate seating area, spacious bathroom,
Beautifully decorated and a lovely balcony! I couldn’t really fault the hotel only to say that it was a little bit dated; but the swimming pools were lovely and there was a lovely relaxing atmosphere. When staying in the Club Room you do get some extra special treatment - This includes a pillow and sheets menu, tea & coffee making facilities, daily newspaper, bathrobes, slippers and hi-fi in the rooms. Other benefits include a business centre with free Wi-fi connection, an outdoor pool (heated in winter) with pool bar service, Balinese beds, afternoon tea, 10% discount in hotel restaurants and free courtesy bar before dinner. Club Volcan guests also enjoy one thermal water circuit in the hotel spa per stay – Well worth the extra!!!
While staying in the VOLCAN HOTEL we were wined and dined in some of the other luxury hotels on the island. Probably my favourite of them all would be the LOS JAMEOS PLAYA HOTEL in Playa los Pocillos. This a fantastic hotel which offers all inclusive, the evening buffet had everything from fresh fish, numerous meat varieties and about 10 different flavours of ice cream!!! In traditional Canarian style the rooms were large and spacious and the pool area was lovely – and only minutes to the beach!
If you are travelling with children THE PRINCESS YAIZA is the hotel to be in! Located on the beach with fabulous views of the ocean, the hotel has one of the larges Children’s Clubs I have ever seen called KIKOLAND. The rooms are very spacious and cater for the large family. With eight restaurants you have plenty to choose from, something to suit everyone. The Jazz bar onsite is definitely a must! The Thalassotherapy Centre has a fantastic range of treatments available.
Last hotel on the list was the 5* GRAN MELIA SALINAS in Costa Teguise. The hotel itself is a little bit dated however in an unique and private area separate from the main hotel, ten Garden Villas provide the ultimate in sophistication with exclusive facilities, a beautiful large adults only swimming pool plus each villa boasts its own plunge pool and private shaded deck area. The villas are amazing, so modern and chic! I defiantly will be returning!
During my time in Lanzarote we visited some of the local wineries, the famous volcano and the cactus gardens – So if lying on the beach all day isn’t your cup of tea there don’t despair there is plenty to do.
So with my three days over in Lanzarote it was time to move on to La Palma, we flew over to Tenerife then onto La Palma - This pretty island is off most people's radars, but that's its charm. It's quiet. It's unspoilt. And it's totally peaceful. If you want an authentic picture of the Canaries, this is the place to go. The quaint whitewashed houses of sleepy towns mingle with tasteful low rise resorts. Then there's La Palma's trump card- the scenery. Think mountains covered in sweet-smelling pines. Dramatic ravines. And sun-dappled evergreen forests. It's also home to the largest volcano in the world, La Caldera de Taburiente.
It was such a nice change to head somewhere totally unspoilt, typical Spanish restaurants serving authentic food. There is lots of sight seeing to do; the island is very popular for walking and hiking. Beautiful little towns and volcanic sandy beaches make this island probably my favourite of all the canaries!
In the town of Los Cancajos is the HACIENDA SAN JORGE – a lovely, traditional family owned property. Only a few metres from the Beach, these apartments are a perfect escape from the rat race!
My favourite hotel has to be the PARADOR DE LA PALMA close to the capital Santa Cruz. Parador Hotels offer luxury accommodation in Castles, Palaces, Fortresses, Convents, Monasteries and other historic buildings. There are also modern Spanish hotels, built in traditional style, in areas of outstanding beauty. The Parador hotel in La Palma is newly-constructed with traditional Canary Island architecture. Sitting on a hillside the views are amazing from this hotel, all the rooms have a balcony and are facing the sea. The restaurant serves local cuisine; the speciality of the island is mojo sauce, a spicy sauce that goes well with anything. We visited the banana plantation, a cigar making factory and sampled the local rum – you will never be bored in La Palma.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Lanzarote and La Palma; the two islands are a great choice for a two centre. If you have any questions or would like some more information please don’t hesitate to call or email me.
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