So we’re back home and back to the daily routine and now its time to share some more of our holiday!
When we decided to go away for Daddyvswork’s 30th birthday we started by asking the people we know have travelled the most as to where they recommended (one bonus to working in the travel industry is everyone is well-travelled!).
Almost everyone recommended the Canary Islands, Lanzarote to be precise. It was described as warm all year round yet family friendly.
So it was set. We had a date and a country, we just needed to find a hotel.
Again we went back to the people in the know and several recommended Sand’s Beach Resort, Costa Teguise as an ideal place. It was described as a family friendly but relaxing place to visit.
After looking round I found our best deal (with cash back!) which cost a little over £500 for the 4 of us for 14 nights in a 1 bedroom superior apartment, self catering. Once I had booked it we then found out that around 10 people we knew and worked with had stayed there and recommended it!
Before we headed out to Lanzarote we booked a few bits through their website, these included a welcome pack with the essentials such as bread and milk plus more importantly our transfers from the airport and back. These were both easy to book and were paid for at the hotel after our stay.
Fast forward 6 long months and we had landed in Lanzarote. Our transfer to the hotel was simple and 20 minutes later we were in reception booking in.
One thing we would recommend is hiring yourself a safe, for €2.60 a day it gave me peace of mind our passports and cash were safe whilst we were away.
We booked in and headed to our apartment and were suitable impressed. The resort is layed out in 6 plaza’s and a beach front. Each plaza has its own pool and our plaza (Plaza De Sol) had a children’s play area. It is easy to navigate and find your way round the resort and everything is in close proximity however not on top of each other.
Our apartment consisted of 1 bedroom, a bathroom complete with a bath/shower and double sink area. Plus the compact but adequate kitchen and then the lounge which had a sofa bed, pull down bed, tv and dining room table. Then we had a little terrace which had an outdoor patio set overlooking the pool and plaza.
Before we headed out some reviews I read online mentioned it was dated and not very clean however I disagree. I think the decor fitted in with the history of Lanzarote and the maids cleaned every day and supplied clean towels, the pools and surrounding area were cleaned daily. Not sure where they were staying but it obviously wasn’t the same resort as us!
On the resorts itself there is a whole host of things. So much so I’m going to try to list them all:
- 7 Swimming Pools (Including the one on Paradise Island)
- It’s own private beach and lagoon
- La Hacienda Restaurant for breakfast and dinner
- Mai Tia Bar for lunches and early dinner plus do yummy fruit smoothies.
- Supermarket – Reasonable prices plus open from 7.30 am – 12 pm!
- Soleil Bar for sport and drinks – plus evening entertainment
- Buddy Club for the children
- Tennis Courts
- Active Sands Beach – Stand Up Paddle tuition, canoeing on the lagoon, scuba diving, snorkelling, tennis and fully equipped gym
- Rosemary – Everyone needs one of these! If you want to know anything about the island, where to go for the best food or just book an excursion, Rosemary is in reception daily (apart from Sunday) and you need to see her!
We ate in the restaurant a few times. The take away pizza’s are yummy and for €7 you can’t go wrong. Breakfast is an all you can eat buffet with a range of cooked and cold food plus fruit and drinks. This is €10 an adult and €5 a child, food itself was yummy just the kids didn’t really eat enough for us to justify paying €30 a day for breakfast however if it was included in our booking we wouldn’t have any problems eating there.
Dinner was a bit more a €18 an adult and €9 a child, please note this does not include any drinks. Again the food was delicious (Especially the lemon meringue pie) however Kayleigh and Ethan only wanted chips and Ice cream so our bill being over €60 was a little expensive for what we ate but like breakfast, if we had paid for half board we would have been happy to eat there.
The private beach and lagoon are perfect for those with young families, if you forget to pack your bucket and spade they have boxes along the beach with goodies which have been left behind for you to use and just pop back when you leave the beach. There is also a selection of sun lounges. The one thing I would say if you go to the beach, make sure you have a go on the free kayaks. They are fantastic for the kids to go round the lagoon and see the fishes!
If you need your washing done and don’t fancy doing it yourself (I didn’t!) you can take a bag load (no heavier than 5kg) to the guest laundry for €9 a bag and that is washed, dried and folded ready for your collection – best €9 spent!
We had the most amazing time at Sand’s Beach Resort and have already made plans to go back next year when we work out dates, everyone was friendly, it was relaxed and it was clean. It is a place we would recommend to others and can clearly see why it was recommended to us.
Please note this review was done from our own thoughts and opinions. No discount or special treatment was given it is just our honest opinions on something we have loved and would recommend.