Following on from the success of our first family abroad last autumn, we were keen to take Tilly on another family holiday in the sun. In late March / early April we decided that the Med would likely be on the cool side still, so we decided to look further afield to the Canary Islands. The weather is pretty reliable for much of the year but it comes with the downside of a four hour flight. Find out how we got on.
H10 Lanzarote Princess hotel
Our hotel for our stay was the Lanzarote Princess, part of the well-regarded H10 group of hotels. It is located in the fishing village of Playa Blanca on the south of Lanzarote, which based on my research was one of the best rated areas to stay on the island.
We chose the hotel primarily for its child-friendly credentials. Boasting several kids pools and a pirate ship with slides, it offered plenty to keep Tilly entertained. The pools are also in a lagoon format, with a bar in the centre and various food and drink options around. This is mainly geared for those on all inclusive but being on half-board we found it handy to have refreshment options nearby and they were reasonably priced. Staying at the very start of the Easter holidays, the hotel was largely occupied by retired couples but that did mean kid’s activities and minidisco were quieter.
What really made our stay to the H10 Lanzarote Princess was the kids’ entertainment, provided by the excellent ‘Blue Team’. This consisted of a kids’ club 6 days a week, a nightly minidisco (featuring some European children’s songs we’re still singing now), and a range of activities around the hotel. There was activities for older ones too but our stay focused on the Daisy Club events for my 4-year-old daughter.
We stayed in a family room, which featured two single beds, a camp bed for children and a sofa bed. The room has a partition between the bedroom area, containing the beds and the TV and the living room area containing the camp and sofa beds. Although not very soundproof, it worked well. All family rooms are on the ground floor, which is a help when with children and as they were grouped together we didn’t suffer from any late night noise, which was excellent
Around Playa Blanca
Although very much a tourist-orientated area, there are some good finds to be made, such as for fresh sea food. We made a few visits to the Rubicon Marina, visiting the market on both days it was on during our stay. Although it’s for tourists, some nice items can be picked up, as well as some toys for children, although it’s worth browsing as we’ve found similar items at very different prices on different stalls. We brought a push chair with us, as my daughter struggles with longer walks. This proved essential for getting to places such as the Rubicon Marina, which are a 20min+ walk. I also enjoyed the walk up the nearby volcano, which offers excellent views over the island and can be attempted by the sure-footed for all ages.
H10 Lanzarote Princess Overview
- Great hotel location in easy walking distance of beaches, shops and the Rubicon Marina
- Excellent children’s entertainment programme with a team who remember each child’s name
- Ample sun loungers although busier around the kids pools
- The small kids’ pool is heated and is ideal for letting little ones play in shallow water while keeping an eye on them
- Play area (often overlooked as it’s behind the kid’s club) plus two public areas a few mins walk from the hotel’s rear entrance
- Kids club works on a drop-in basis and space wasn’t a problem during our stay
- Only one small area for children to pick food in the restaurant and the choice didn’t appeal to our picky eater who likes varied food but it must be plain and without sauce, which often proved difficult
- The food generally was okay but dinner time varied from special on a couple of occasions to uninspiring on others, despite lots of choice
- No cooking facilities for those staying half board or B&B
- We found the kids’ club opening times of 1040-1 and 3:30 – 5pm didn’t always work so well with our routine
- Use of the room safe is €16 for the week
- There’s a refundable charge for hiring beach towels