Being on the island of Lanzarote, one of the islands in the Spanish Canary Islands chain in the Atlantic Ocean and a ferry ride away to the Moroccan coast of Africa is truly like being on a lunar landscape. The island is covered in black lava rocks and black sandy b eaches. We truly enjoyed the sites. We stayed at the 5-star elegant hotel, Gran Melia Salinas in October and the weather was warm and pleasant every day of our stay. I was surprised because I didn't know that it actually stays warm throughout the year. The sea was not cold and the pool inviting and spacious. Many Europeans are there who return year after year. The food in the restaurant was delicious and fresh every day, breakfast as well as dinner. No problems. I love paella and they had it every single day, done differently each day! A treat. The staff very kind and the hotel has an Avis car rental office there, if you don't take the car from the airport. I suggest you rent for a few days and tour this incredible island that God has kept a secret. Houses are all stuccoed white in all the pretty and quaint villages. Camel rides are available to the volcanic (dormant ) areas--just spectacular. Behind the main area of the lobby where the music entertainment takes place, there is a smoking-area that is not intrusive to non-smokers. I truly enjoyed smoking my c igars there. Yes, I do want to return to that island and to that hotel. I booked the breakfast from home, but the dinner meal plan I booked when I arrived there. This island also produces great wines and you can drive to the vineyards to sample the wines and buy souvenirs of the vineyard complexes. The wines are also available in the local stores. I liked the wine called Rubicon, but others are also very good. Local goat cheese is great, buy it on the country roads as you tour. Driving the island is safe and truly worth it. The beach is sandy and rocky because of the lava rocks that dropped everywhere in the past. The only thing I resent about European beaches in front of the hotels is the chair-and-umbrella rentals that are ubiquitous: 3 euro per chair and also 3 euro per umbrella. Being accustomed to free lounging in the Caribbean, this is something that I find strange. If you stay awhile, per couple that's 9 euro a day, it adds up!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This adults-recommended hotel (min. 16 years) is surrounded by 2 white sandy beaches. Dive into the lagoon swimming pools or enjoy the lush gardens. Dine inside or out at your choice of 4 on-site restaurants. There is an evening bar and lounge, a pool bar and a beach bar. Other hotel facilities include a professional water sports centre, 3 floodlit tennis courts, beauty centre, and a wellness area with sauna and whirlpool.The hotel offers direct access to the beach. The property also offers The Level services in some rooms, including access to the exclusive The Level Pool, a private check-in area, rooms with Nespresso machine, pillow menu, and personalised concierge services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Melia Salinas Hotel Costa Teguise
- Gran Melia Costa Teguise
- Gran Melia Hotel Salinas
- Melia Salinas - Adults Recommended Lanzarote/Costa Teguise