OK, let’s look at the facts about this hotel…
It’s situated on a beautiful piece of coastline on an island that enjoys tremendous weather almost all year around. It has first class facilities, wonderful suites, brilliant staff and fantastic food. It has not one, not two… but six swimming pools, eight restaurants, numerous bars, a spa, shops and hair salon. And you know what, at no point does it feel like a big resort.
No, what the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel has achieved in Lanzarote is nothing short of remarkable. Every inch of the beautiful complex has been designed to make you feel like king of the (slightly Moorish looking) castle that parts of the property resemble. Despite boasting a whopping 385 rooms, the cleverly designed hotel, grounds and facilities never feel overcrowded – indeed the property exudes a sense of calm that is often missing from resorts on holiday islands in the sun.
Class and taste are order of the day throughout the vast yet truly intimate property, from the grand entranceway where you’re greeted by extremely friendly and informative staff with a glass of sparkling wine to the boardwalk avenues surrounded by tropical plants and babbling streams that piece together main areas of the hotel.
This luxurious feel certainly does not end in the public areas as each and every suite has been finished to an extremely high specification. Inspiring local art offsets beautiful wooden furniture and fixtures and all the modern conveniences one might expect from a 5-star hotel of this quality. A large plush bathroom continues the airy spacious theme, and a good-sized balcony offering both sea and garden views completes a residence that is perfect for both a couple or a family.
There aren’t many places you can travel with a 14-month-year old baby/ toddler and relax… listen, it’s just a fact of life. But we found the large suite perfect for the three of us, and with all the added extras (cot, change mat etc) required to keep baby safe – and allow us to relax in the lounge in the evening.
Those travelling with children will be delighted by the wide range of facilities on offer at the hotel from crèche with friendly staff to evening mini-disco shows in the bars. On top of this, the hotel is home to Kikoland – a full 10,000m2 of fun for babies all the way up to sixteen years of age. With swimming pools and sports facilities, indoor fun and out – it’s a great place for families to hang out together, or if you have over 3s, drop your children off for some supervised fun with the friendly staff.
And while the children are at play, why not enjoy a visit to the Thalasso Spa, located just off the beach at the very front of the hotel. Tranquility and relaxation awaits you there as you enjoy a range of facilities including a Tea House, saunas and a Turkish bath. There’s also a wide variety of treatments available for those looking to add a special sparkle to their skin.
Or maybe you can just relax on a sun lounger and catch up on yur phone or tablet using the free WiFi internet throughout the complex – and if you’re feeling energetic head for the gym. The choices are numerous.
Overall, it is extremely hard to find fault with this hotel – on every level it excels for both adults and children alike. It’s a place that you really will want to stay.
Eating and drinking:
In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the food options at this facility are not only excellent, they are varied.
Those dining as part of the hafl-board package have nightly access to a selection of buffet restaurants, the international “Yaiza”, Italian-themed “La Piazzetta” and the Mexican-inspired “La Hacienda”. Each offers nightly show-cooking as part of the experience and a vast array of delicious food from fresh seafoods, meats and vegetables to wonderfully decadent desserts and specialties. A comprehensive and well-priced wine list means you can truly relax in style once you’ve chosen where to eat.
Those wishing to venture a la carte have a number of excellent options including the exclusive gourmet “Isla de Lobos” , Japanese “Kampai”, Italian “Don Giovanni” as well as the informal “El Chiringuito” restaurant and snack bar and the Bodega “+ Tapas”.
It’s a similarly diverse story when it comes to places to drink around the hotel, with numerous bars each offering different feels and styles – some with entertainment in the evenings, and others offering a relaxing place to enjoy a nightcap before bed. Don’t fear, there is something for everyone here.
RadioTimes.com rating: 9.5/10 – “The perfect holiday retreat for adults and children alike. It’s hard to fault this brilliant and luxurious hotel on any level. Highly, highly recommended. Surely one of the best places to stay in the Canary Islands”
Address/location: Avda Papagayo, 22 • Playa Blanca • Lanzarote • Spain
Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.