Looking for some winter sun? We don't blame you, and with year-round enviable temperatures, Lanzarote is an ideal choice for a winter escape.
Looking for some winter sun? We don’t blame you, and with year-round enviable temperatures, Lanzarote is an ideal choice for a winter escape. Situated on the sea front in Costa Teguise, we recently had the pleasure of spending a few luxurious nights at the adults-only Barceló Teguise Beach hotel. The hotel has recently enjoyed a complete renovation with a fresh new look but still in keeping with the islands traditional architecture and design. White walls featuring splashes of green create both an ambient and welcoming feel.
It’s often the case with larger hotels offering ‘the works’ that the rooms tend to be slightly underwhelming. Not quite matching up to the fancy sun loungers and infinity pool. This is certainly not the case at Barceló Teguise Beach, where it’s clear that just as much thought and detail have gone into the design of the rooms. There are over 300 rooms and suites here at Barceló Teguise Beach, with some offering beautiful sea views and others overlooking the pool area. Each room boasts a comfortable kingsize bed for a dreamy nights sleep, as well as other amenities including a coffee machine, kettle, minibar and TV. You’ll also find additional (and very welcome!) touches such as complimentary toiletries from The White Company and those essentials you definitely forgot to pack such as a razor and toothpaste. Guilty. Approximately half of the rooms also feature a jacuzzi bath either inside the room or on the balcony. How does a late night dip under the stars sound?
A big selling point for Barceló Teguise Beach hotel is the impressive selection of food and drink on offer, with plenty of options for those who are vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan. Breakfast is a buffet-style setup with what feels like endless options including pastries, fresh fruit, eggs, oats, yogurt and the popular fry-up options. The perfect start to the day! The buffet restaurant is also available for evening meals and follows a similar setup with a wide range of options available (we loved the vegetarian corner for meat-free guests). Don’t be concerned that this will become boring, as the restaurant enjoys themed nights with cuisine from around the world. During the day, you can pop by the Breeze Bar for a selection of tasty lunch options including sandwiches, pasta and other lighter meals. You can also enjoy the recently refreshed Champs Sports Bar, also popular with non-guests due to its location on the promenade. Here you can select a refreshing drink from the extensive cocktail list, as well as various food options (think burgers/fries, this is a sports bar!), the bar also puts on entertainment most evenings.
The hotel facilities are impressive to say the least, with a large central swimming pool surrounded by loungers – you can also opt to pay extra for access to a more secluded area with Bali-inspired beach beds. Just around the corner you’ll find a smaller infinity pool, also known as the ‘Instagram pool’ need we say more? For ultimate pampering and relaxation, book into the hotel’s luxurious spa complete with a unique numbered hydrotherapy circuit to give you the full experience! Ease any tension with relaxing massage and kick back in the sauna to sweat out the stress.
In terms of location, Barceló Teguise Beach is ideal whether you’re looking to spend a week relaxing by the pool or as a base to explore what the island has to offer. Our tip? Go and explore! Lanzarote is bursting with beautiful scenery and hidden gems, so it’s worth tearing yourself away from your sun lounger for at least a day or two. Situated along Las Cucharas beach, you can enjoy leisurely strolls up and down the coastline, and there’s plenty of shops, bars and restaurants nearby. We’d also recommend you head further afield and get familiar with other areas on the island.
Head over to Timanfaya National Park for dramatic volcanic landscapes, don’t worry it’s totally safe and you won’t be sprinting from any unexpected lava. Instead, you’ll gaze upon the aftermath of massive eruptions on the island. You’ll need to book onto a coach or private tour as this isn’t an area that can be safely explored by foot so bear this in mind! Once you’ve enjoyed an hour or two exploring Timanfaya, be sure to visit the Jameos del Agua Caves and prepare to be mind-blown. An underground cave system with a built-in restaurant and auditorium seating up to 600 people. It’s just as magical as it sounds and definitely has to be seen with your own eyes to appreciate the beauty of this unique underground location.
Other notable areas of interest on the island include Mirador Del Rio, created in 1974 by visionary architect César Manrique. Here you’ll find a bar carved into the side of a cliff – yes really – and offering beautiful views over La Graciosa. Have you ever wondered what a volcanic green lake looks like? Amongst the volcanic landscape, you’ll find a spectacular green lagoon nestled in the village of El Golfo which is also a popular destination for rustic seafood eateries, should you wish to sample some of the local seafood.