Sipping a delicious pina colada in the scorching sun while watching the kids splash around in the palm-strewn pool. I, like millions of other Britons, have been pining for overseas summer vacations. Although some limitations have been eliminated. But it is now permissible to travel to several popular short-haul vacation locations. As first became our minds is Los Jameos Playa, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. The question of how practical and safe it is to travel overseas remains.
My wife Rachel and I, along with our two kids Isla and Evelyn, took the plunge and packed our bags for a week in the Spanish sun last week. They want to take advantage of the present window of travel possibility. Lanzarote, a long-time favorite for Brits seeking guaranteed sunshine, magnificent scenery, and top-notch accommodations, was our destination.
The virus has hit the island hard, as it has most major European getaways. Slowly but steadily, visitors are returning to the fourth largest of the Canary Islands. And the whitewashed houses, gorgeous beaches, and renovated stores and cafes are creating a buzz.
We had a few items to take care of before we left, in addition to the typical packing, currency exchange, travel insurance, and airport parking. Yes, those annoying Covid tests and needlessly long passenger locator papers are causing so much consternation and outrage among UK visitors.
Fortunately, assistance was available from a friendly source, despite the fact that it all sounded a little frightening and convoluted. We traveled to the Canaries with Jet2, and their website has a helpful ‘travel requirements’ section that details all of the green and amber destinations, as well as the processes that travelers must follow before, during, and after their well-deserved vacations.
The process was a snap after arriving at the UK departure airport and passing through the checkpoints, and Jet2 had a small army of red-jacketed personnel at the terminal to assist puzzled vacationers. The so-called “Friendly” airline is exactly that, and it has once again demonstrated that it is head and shoulders above its aviation competition.
It was only a 10-minute, €10 cab ride from Arrecife airport to the seaside Los Jameos Playa resort, which would be our home for the next few days.
The 530-room resort, which is comprised of a picturesque collection of Spanish haciendas surrounding a palm-tree-lined pool complex, is ideal for children and couples of all ages, and I knew right once that the four of us were in for a memorable vacation.
The results of a recent comprehensive restoration under the watchful eye of award-winning London design agency Muza Lab are amazing.
We checked into our family room on the third floor of the Tenerife block — each of the six regions is named after a different Canary Island – after a welcome glass of Cava in the stunning timber-beamed foyer.
Our accommodation was a respite from the Canary’s heat since it was extremely clean (the maid came in twice a day) and incredibly comfy. We slid into the king-sized wooden-framed beds, spruced up in the spotless and colorfully tiled bathrooms with the unique amenities, and began each day with teas and coffees on the balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and hotel gardens.
The centerpieces are the ponds and sub-tropical gardens, which comprise over 80 classified trees. They are understandably Los Jameos Playa’s pride and pleasure, meticulously kept, swept, and manicured each morning and evening.
Aside from the four large pools, there is a wide range of activities for people of all ages, including adult fitness courses such as water spinning, Zumba, and Pilates, as well as crafts, games, volleyball, and water polo for children.
We got putters and balls from the Club House and went for a game of mini-golf among the volcanic rocks and palm trees on a few mornings, while other families knocked tennis balls around the four courts.
We then sat down to enjoy the corny. But fun Motown and magic performances in the big concert room. More ever live music in the piano bar, after long languid days around the pools.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Los Jameos Playa has enough to see and do. But there’s even more to taste – the food and beverages are on par with any all-inclusive I’ve ever seen. Breakfast was a fantastic combination of continental dishes and various hot. Further, freshly prepared options, while lunch provided a welcome reprieve from the scorching sun with salads, meats, seafood, and ice cream.
On the other hand, the evening Iberian dinner greatly enhances the culinary production of Los Jemios Playa. There were evenings with Mexican, Italian, and Chinese themes, as well as a Friday dinner. In addition to the literally hundreds of dishes of innovative cuisine, featuring made-to-order meat and fish grills and a roasting counter.
IN A SHORT
Despite the fact that there is plenty to keep you occupied at the hotel. Key card access allows you to wander out onto the lovely Playa Matagorda. A long curve of sandy beach bordered by volcanic black rock.
The paved promenade continues along the seafront. It’s taking you in one direction to the popular resort of Puerto del Carmen. Also, in the other direction to the island capital Arrecife. Except for the occasional night walk, we were not forced to leave Los Jamios Playa for the rest of our vacation.
Our last-minute journey to the ‘Lanz of Opportunity’ was picture-perfect. It was just like the sight of drinking cocktails by the pool in the sun.
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