Where to start?! This hotel has everything. Lovely pools, super hard-working staff, activities and entertainment galore, across the road from a stunning beach, all inclusive food and drink etc!
Just returned from a week there (stayed end of July/beginning of Aug) and had a lovely time. The majority of the guests are families but we were two young ladies in our 20s and there weren't many others like us, didn't matter though! Guests are mainly English and German with some Spanish and French among others.
The hotel from what I understand used to be two separate complexes that have now been merged into one. We were fortunate enough to have a room in the main building close to reception and all the restaurants and we didn't email in advance or request anything specific. We wandered over to the other building (it's not far!!) and found it to be very nice but as far as I could work out there are no restaurants on that side so it's just bedrooms and two pools so at night it was really quiet as it was away from all the entertainment. It does have a swim up pool bar though!!
In the main building, rooms are large and very comfy although the beds are a little hard. Rooms have a free safe and fridge, a few toiletries, bath and shower, tv and a good sized balcony. Also plenty of decent coat hangers, not the ones that you can't take out of the wardrobe properly!! Reception give you a big bottle of water per person on check in and you can ask for more whenever you want.
The pools are very pleasant. Don't bother taking towels as they have a towel system and you can exchange your used towels for fresh ones every morning. You can take them to the beach too.
The beach is across the road, it is beautiful!! Also strangely quiet considering it is peak season! (in fact we found the whole area almost like a ghost town although the hotel was full - it seems the increase of All Inclusive is to blame). The sea is warm and shallow for a long way, soft sand underfoot and fun waves - great for kids - felt very safe. The sunbeds are back too!
There is a constant breeze, sometimes gales! You have to tuck your towels into your sunbeds or they'll be in the pool! Plenty of sunbeds although if you want a particular spot I'd advise you to be out around 8am to reserve them. Maintenance staff work so hard and were always cleaning around the pool and terraces. In fact all the staff were incredible, from the restaurant and bar staff to the animation team and reception.
Food is delicious, SO much choice. It's AI, don't expect it to be michelin starred but it's tasty and although the selection was very similar each meal time there was always plenty of choice. I defy anyone to go hungry here and in fact a strict diet is probably what is needed when you get home! The main restaurant is huge so always noisy and busy but you can choose where you sit so you can escape to the edges if you want. There is also the Asian and Mexican/Canarian restaurants which you can reserve at reception for no extra cost. Make sure you go, they are even more delicious than the main restaurant and all of them are self-service buffets. You can help yourself to drinks at anytime - coke, fanta, sprite, water, wine, beer, tea and coffee and juice on tap, plus further alcoholic drinks available at the bar.
Entertainment team were brilliant, they have a really tough job working probably about 15 hours a day for little money but they always had endless energy and enthusiasm. They ran multiple activities in the daytime - aqua aerobics, rifle shooting, bingo, football, water polo, volleyball etc and then most nights they provided the show. We only saw one that wasn't great. The nightclub was a bit of a fail as nobody seemed to go!
There are a few shops and restaurants within walking distance but nightlife is limited, even in Puerto Del Carmen we found it to be quiet so not great for younger people.
I would say this is the perfect place for chilling out and if you don't feel the need to leave the complex or venture very far, but then there isn't a great deal to see on Lanzarote so you're not missing that much if you do stay on site. We visited the Aqua Park in Costa Teguise which was a fun day (I will do a separate review on this) but we didn't find there was much else to do which is why I wouldn't necessarily recommend this place to younger people or those who like things to do. However it is a stunning location - the beach is HUGE and unspoilt and the transfer from the airport takes about 15 mins so you can't complain. The harbour in the old town of Puerto Del Carmen is worth a visit for a bit more life. Overall a great week!!
Have a lovely time if you're going!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 30 m from Playa de los Pocillos beach * Two 2-story main buildings and 1 or 2-story annexes * 2 km from Puerto del Carmen * 400 m from various shops * 8 km from the airport * 300 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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