Spain

THe Mirador Papagayo

The Island

Lanzarote is a relatively flat volcanic island, the most northerly and eastern of the Canary Islands, lying just 70 miles off the coast of Africa. The sub-tropical climate provides year round sunshine with a breeze rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean, which provides the perfect temperature for an Adventursaurus wanting to escape winter. A short and pleasant flight from the UK of 3 hours 50 and I had arrived in my sunny destination. Jet2.com’s hairyplane took off at a great time so I had breakfast in the UK and lunch in Lanzarote.

The Hotel

Nestled above the clifftops on Playa Blanca’s Avenue, with fabulous views of the Atlantic Ocean, Fuerteventura and the Papagayo beaches. The backdrop of the hotel is the Montana Roja.

The location of the hotel was just perfect for watching the sunset, I only had to walk to the seafront to see one of the best sunsets I have seen.

The Mirador Papagayo was to be my base to explore Lanzarote, I chose this due to the location between the rugged Papagayo beaches and the Marine Rubicon. Nestled atop the cliffs on Playa Blanca’ s Avenue. The coastal path has plenty of seats, and the hotel has a shuttle bus so I had no worries about getting into town. Before arriving in Lanzarote I had visions of tourist chaos but I found the hotel and its location perfect, far enough away from the town to be completely peaceful. During the Christmas period the hotel was beautifully decorated and they even organised a visit from Santa.

The Room

The room I stayed in was freshly redecorated. Some of the reviews on trip advisor said there wasn’t much space but I found the room to be huge, and even though I was on the ground floor I had a balcony with a partial view of Fuerteventura. A couple of days in the hotel, I returned to my room to find the staff had left presents of food! They even left a bottle of water for the kettle, which was replaced each time it was empty.

The beds were so comfy and had lots of pillows, perfect for me to hit the humans with if they stole the blankets.

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The bathroom had both a bath and a shower which was very powerful. Sadly this hotel didn’t have a dinosaur sized bath, only a human sized one.

The Food

Trip Advisor had me worried, prior to arriving, some reviews commented on the “lack of options” and “how hard it was to find things to eat”. I’m assuming these humans got lost on their way to the restaurant. I’m vegan but often have to go veggie whilst travelling due to lack of options. THe Mirador Papagayo has a separate section for vegetarians, which contained no dairy either! It was a fabulous suprise finding a hotel which doesn’t just class veggie options as salad and is refreshing to know a chef puts a lot of thought into substantial and meat free meals.

But, that isn’t the best part … Soy milk at breakfast (jumps up and down excitedly!!!) I never thought I would see the day where I could drink white coffee in a hotel, but it happened. The other wonderful thing about breakfast is the smoothies, some strange combinations but they turn out wonderful.

The Christmas gala dinner was fabulous but the cakes were by far the most impressive thing on the menu.

Overall

I really like this hotel, with the great range of food and the location which allows you to get out and explore more of the area and watching many sunsets from the promenade at the front of the hotel.ย  I would recommend this hotel to any chronic illness adventuresaurus wishing to visit the area due to the accessibility of the hotel and all of its amenities.

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