Digital editor Steph Telfer discovers a foodie’s paradise in five-star Princesa Yaiza, Lanzarote, the perfect place for an affordably luxurious honeymoon.
There’s something very different, very special, about the Canary island of Lanzarote that’s tangible as soon as I set off on the short journey to the resort from the airport. There’s a real sense of peace and calm as we drive along the roads.
You might expect to find a riotous, typical resort but actually, because Lanzarote is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve – which basically means that everything that’s built or put up around the island has to be
done with consideration for the surroundings – you won’t find big billboards advertising clubs or high-rise hotels spoiling this island.
The landscape is volcanic, best observed by a visit to Timanfaya National Park. I feel like I’ve landed on the moon; over 100 volcanos rose up and erupted to devastate most of the island in the 1730s and, due to the lack of rainfall, the area appears much the same as it did just after the eruption. It’s an incredibly unique sight.
I stay in plush five-star Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in picturesque Playa Blanca. As soon as I arrive, I’m welcomed by the super helpful and attentive staff. The real jewel (or should I say multiple jewels) in the crown of Princesa Yaiza are the restaurants. There are five à la carte eateries to choose from, and three buffet restaurants, so there’s plenty of choice including tapas and a Japanese restaurant with Teppanyaki tables.
A personal highlight of the holiday is our visit to Finca de Uga, a high welfare farm close to the hotel which supplies much of its restaurants’ meat, milk, cheese, fruit and vegetables. It’s a real treat to see how fresh and local the food served at this hotel is, and to get to taste it later at a grand gourmet dinner, served with delicious Canarian wine poured by the most knowledgeable of sommeliers at the on-site Isla de Lobos restaurant.
Watch out for special events here, where the hotel invites Michelin-starred chefs to take over the kitchen – it really is a very special experience.
Whether you decide to relax around one of the numerous pools, cocktail in hand, or visit the beach right outside the hotel, your Lanzarote experience will be everything you dreamed of in a honeymoon.
And the best part is, Lanzarote only sees around 22 days of rain per year, so no matter if you go in November or June, you’ll be able to enjoy the glorious sunshine!
Fly with Thomas Cook to Lanzarote direct from Glasgow from £26.99 one-way.
Rates for a basic superior room at Princesa Yaiza start from £169 per night including a buffet breakfast, based on two people sharing.
For further details, visit the Princesa Yaiza website or call +34 928 519 300.