We went to the Riu Paraiso during last week of July (2013), two adults and three children. We had adjoining rooms in the reception part and worried it would be noisy, but it was quite bearable; the entertainment downstairs did not go on too late.
The hotel is very clean and has an army of staff working hard to keep it in good order. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
The beach is located just over the road; the only problem we had was that it was too hot to use! It was possible to swim in the sea - seemed quite clean and lots of lifeguards. The hotel pools were busy but we could usually get a sunbed not too far away. We loved the swim up bar.
We went with Thomson and booked the trip up the volcano with them which we found worthwhile and value for money, even for five of us. The kids loved it and we stayed for a meal in the volcano restaurant. The coahc trip up the mountain can get a bit hairy! We booked the submarine trip in the town (rather than via Thomson) as it was much cheaper; this was also very well received by all of us. A real submarine which takes you down 100'.
We hired bikes from Flitsons rental shop on the main street, not too far from the hotel. We had a look at a couple of others and Flitsons was best value; they were also very friendly and helpful. Their deal included helmets and locks. The cycle paths were great (much better than those we have in England) along the sea front. We hired the bikes for 24 hours and on the second day went out early before it got too hot. It was quite easy to reach Arrecife.
Riu Paraiso is just a few minutes from the airport so transfer time was neglible; when we arrived at night the hotel had laid on an evening meal for late arrivals.
Hotel entertainment staff very busy and orgainising events all the time. Some of the evening entertainment was not really hotel stuff - their attempt at a French farce did not suit many there - although the outside acts were very very good.
The all inclusive deal was great with ready access to food and drink. The food arrangement particularly suited the kids (especially the fussy ones). Although quality was not top notch we could not fault the quantity and variety. We tried the Mexican and Asian restaurants which are just variations on the hotal buffet theme.
Disppointed that Thomson don't do proper meals on their flights any more; you could buy a sandwich/panini but not great quality and quite expensive. We have usually pre-booked the meal. They also had no inflight entertainment. Other than that the flights were very good and everything ran to time.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Riu Paraiso and would recommend it as a great location for a family holiday. Loads to do and weather was great.
- 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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- Riu Paraiso Lanzarote
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