Winter sun getaway to Lanzarote
Whatever your profession, getting away from it all sometimes is important. It gives you a change of scenery and pace of life – a chance to rest, recover and think. Let me share with you a few memories from the holiday Rachel and I took a couple of months ago on Lanzarote.
After weighing up several destinations in the Canaries, we settled on the H10 Rubicon in Playa Blanca and were very happy with our choice. It was a lovely hotel and could be worth considering for your honeymoon.
Our room looked like it had just been refurbished and redecorated in a somewhat stark black and white theme. The beds were large and very comfortable. Hot water for showering was always plentiful, although the controls weren’t obvious.
Having had to pay for it on previous holidays abroad, we greatly appreciated the free wifi, available in our room as well as nearer Reception.
Food and drink
We stayed half-board and found that after a hearty breakfast of fruit, cereal, bacon and eggs, pastries and coffee, we could easily last until dinner. Given the powerful sunshine and warmth of the days there – a steady 20° to 22° C – we bought several litres of bottled water from a local supermarket to avert any risk of dehydration.
We could have eaten at the themed restaurants on site – different ones specialised in steaks, Italian and even Japanese cuisine – but we enjoyed the range of dishes available from the nightly buffet so much that we didn’t want to go anywhere else!
You could sign up for day trips at the hotel, but they either seemed very expensive or dependent on warmer temperatures than we enjoyed. I decided it wasn’t worth hiring a car to explore the island; it’s relatively small and most roads stick to the valleys (Rachel isn’t so keen on walking up steep hills). We took a bus to Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. If memory serves, this cost about €5 per person each way. Although its natural harbour was pretty enough, there wasn’t that much to see there. The journey past the edge of the Timanfaya National Park – several square miles carpeted with solidified lava from volcanic erruptions nearly three centuries ago.
Playa Blanca also has its own local bus service, which runs around the resort every half-hour. As well as connecting to the bus to Arrecife, we used it to get to the far east of the resort, from where we walked over a very stony headland down to the Playa de Papagayo, one of the best on Lanzarote. This was a great way to bring a relaxing week on the island to a close.
We flew from Bournemouth Airport, which is only about a 40-minute drive from Romsey. We booked the H10 Rubicon Palace through Tui just a few weeks earlier. Parking at the airport was included in the cost of our holiday.
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