With Christmas an oh so distant memory and 2017 already in full flow, we are all longing for the longer days and sunnier climates of summer. But if you simply can’t wait for Europe to warm up (I won’t mention the hazards, and inevitable disappointments of hoping for a decent summer in the UK) and can’t quite stretch to an exotic long haul trip, what are your options?
Never one to be patient, I opted for a minibreak to Lanzarote to enjoy their year round sunshine and European approach to holidaying. Just a 4 hour flight from London, hop on any of the various early morning flights and you can be basking in the sun by lunch time! The Canary Islands have long been a go to destination to those in the know, and they are experiencing a resurgence in the luxury sector with well-informed travellers rediscovering everything this beautiful island has to offer.
Speaking of luxury, situated in Playa Blanca only 30 minutes’ drive from the airport, the five star Princesa Yaiza Hotel Resort is easily the most impressive hotel on the island, its Spanish stylings are perfectly complimented by the manicured gardens and stunning views of the beach and islands on the horizon.
With a keen focus on cuisine, Princesa Yaiza has a staggering nine restaurants to choose from, offering the traditional flavours of +Tapas, a fantastic Italian and other more surprising genres included a Japanese and Mexican. This may be one of the few times the saying ‘something for everyone’ really is justified. When sampling the tapas, be sure to order the Papas arrugadas (otherwise known as Canarian Potatoes) with delicious dips, I pretty much ate my own weight in the salty carby goodness, very naughty but it is important to fully embrace local culture! Really the only difficulty is making the choice edit of restaurants to visit if you are only staying for a long weekend.
Who goes there
The Princesa Yaiza does well to bridge the tricky position of being both luxury and family friendly, combining design led features with practicality making it perfect for your kiddies to run about. Thoughtfully the hotel also have a range of dedicated baby and child services (available to guests 4 months and over), so you can enjoy some quiet time at the adult only pool – with the option of webcam access on your mobile should you wish to virtually check-in on your child playing happily with the hotels dedicated staff whilst never leaving your sun lounger. Modern parenting at its best!
Adult only time with a view
If you are travelling with your family, be sure to ask the hotel about their Royal Kiko suites which are specially designed with the you in mind, with separate parent and kids rooms and all the kit you need to make your suitcases a lot lighter (baby bath, changing table, steriliser, pushchair, high chair all included as standard), making a lot more room for holiday purchases.
Things to do
As the kids are taken care of, perhaps with all your new found spare time you may grasp the chance to pick up a new skill and enrol in the hotels diving courses and take in some contemporary artwork at the same time. I do hope you re-read that last sentence, it may seem pretty jarring but it is correct.
Recently opened and critically acclaimed, the Museo Atlantico underwater museum is the awe-inspiring project from the renowned Jason deCaires Taylor and features 60 impressive human sculptures. Using this unusual gallery space, 12 metres deep in the pristine waters just of the south coast of the island, deCaires Taylor uses his work to highlight the need to defend our oceans as an integral part of our human values. Ultimately this project will create a huge artificial reef, the PH neutral cement of the sculptures will encourage biomass to flourish and ultimately nourish the marine life already populating the islands existing reefs, so it’s important to catch it while you can!
Underwater marvels at the Museo Atlantico
Be sure to explore the island, the beauty of ‘The Rock’ as the locals call it due to its volcanic origins, is gobsmacking, from barren rocky terrains, cactus farms, and historic white towns, it truly is a place of contradictions. The warm year round climate and landscape lend itself to those seeking activity holidays, cyclist and amblers, I would recommend you get over sharpish and get exploring!
Rates for a Basic Superior Room at Princesa Yaiza start from €195 per night including a buffet breakfast, based on two people sharing. For further details visit www.princesayaiza.com or call 0034 928 519 300.