Well, it felt only right to follow up yesterday's post with a sunny one. Welcome to my first travel post of the year! Back in November we decided to book a wee last minute getaway to soak up some rays (I've never used that phrase in my life and I probably won't again, sorry). The search commenced for somewhere that was relatively close - as we only had a five day window to play with - but would still provide us with some much needed Vitamin D. And where kept coming up? The Canaries, of course! I've been to Gran Canaria quite a lot over the years, and had enjoyed a little trip to Tenerife the year before, so we decided on Lanzarote. But where to stay? And that's when we settled on the wonderful Princesa Yaiza hotel.
From the minute we arrived I was totally in love, I think I actually almost sunk to my knees and wept at one point but we don't have to talk about that. It had everything we were after; amazing rooms (complete with kitchenette and two balconies with incredible views), a pool (three pools plus a jacuzzi, actually, but who's counting), a weekly handcraft market and, most importantly, sun! Many an afternoon was spent jumping between the pool and our balcony, with a delicious portion of omelette and chips in tow. Yes, I was clean eating. The hotel's also beautiful at night when it's all lit up, if you don't fancy going far in the evenings then it's big enough to have a wander round and stop in an one of the on-site restaurants.
And what's it right next to? The beach! Huzzah! The hotel sits right on the beachfront so you literally a two minute walk and you're there, ready to soak up some sand between those toes. It's a 5-10 minute walk from the stretch with all the restaurants, so you don't have far to walk at night if you decide you'd like to eat out. What I'm saying is that, girls, if you want to wear your biggest. most wibbly heels then go for it.
One thing that I could go on and on about is the food (there's a shocker), which was absolutely amazing. The restaurant has three different buffet restaurants and, being the little shit I am, I'm not generally a fan of buffets, but these were like none I've ever eaten at before. So, there's International, Mexican and Italian and Mediterranean. The only one we didn't eat at was the Mexican, and that's not for any reason apart from that the International and Italian were so good that we kept going back to those. In International you have everything, and I mean everything, including foods you wouldn't expect to find in your standard buffet, like scallops and pork medallions, and in Italian you had fresh meats, fresh fish (all cooked to order right in front of you) and, of course, all the pasta and pizza you could dream of. The best bit? They're SO good for gluten free. You can get gluten free pizza, pasta, desserts (they actually had a dedicated GF dessert table which, again, I almost cried over) and at the buffet breakfast they have GF bread, muffins, pancakes... it goes on. Plus they're able to tell you about all the ingredients in each of the buffet dishes if there's anything you're not sure on! If you're really don't fancy the buffet, they also have four lovely A La Carte restaurants on site.
So there we have it (I need to stop finishing posts like this, huh) the perfect little break for some Winter sun and a bit of R&R. Deeelish.
Rates for a Basic Superior Room at Princesa Yaiza start from £167* (€195) per night including a buffet breakfast, based on two people sharing. For further details or to book your escape, visit www.princesayaiza.com or call 0034 928 519 300.
*prices based on today’s exchange rate