Review: Loving Lanzarote and Club Las Calas

Las CalasAfter a four hour Ryanair flight with two very excited but very well behaved children, my friend Viv and her 2 year old daughter Avante and Ollie, my 5 year old son and I arrived in Lanzarote around 4pm.

When we finally located our luggage (our mistake as we were waiting at the wrong carousel and then realised that the people we were stood with were all speaking German!) we were greeted by Last Minute Travel who took us in an air conditioned mini-bus to Puerto del Carmen, a ten or so minute ride away from the airport.

We had a lovely warm welcome at Club Las Calas where we were greeted by Rachel the resort manager. Our luggage was whisked away and Rachel showed us to our home for the week – Room 336, a two-bedroom apartment which over-looked the pool at Las Calas III and we were also very lucky to have a sea view too. We were given an info pack and a map so that we could find our way around and we were booked on a half-board basis (a really great deal at 18 Euros for adults and 10 Euros for children per day).  The apartment was tasteful and bright and was fully equipped with everything we could possibly want or need.  It even had WiFi in all the venues, so that we could carry on our annoying habits of catching up with Facebook and Twitter.

Most visitors arrive at Las Calas on a Thursday so on a Friday morning, there is a scheduled welcome meeting for the newcomers.  The kids were desperate for a swim so after a change into our swimming gear and a quick dip in the nearest pool, then another quick change, we headed to the bar where our welcome meeting consisted of a G&T and non alcoholic cocktails for the kids, courtesy of Bistro 361 which was a perfect start to our holiday.

Las Calas FoodWhen we were given the menu, we were spoilt for choice opting for mini-fish (which turned out to be a mini-whale) and chips and pizza for the kids with chocolate ice cream to follow, while I went for breaded goats cheese with a cranberry sauce, Viv went for asparagus with bacon as our starters and we both chose the fish of the day which was sea-bream with Canarian potatoes and roasted vegetables.  The food actually was as lovely as it sounded.   We were informed that any of the meals in the restaurants is available in takeaway form which we thought was a fantastic idea so that those with younger kids that have fallen asleep don’t have to miss out on the delicious food that is offered.  Our kids were shattered so after dinner, we all had a reasonably early night ready for the day ahead.

On Sunday, we had a lazy start, after sleeping well in our very comfy beds and headed down to the Skyline Bar for breakfast to set us up for the day.  We went to explore where the beach was (about a 5 minute walk away) and had a wander round the shops on the promenade which ranged from typical tourist shops to designer clothes and handbags (of course we had to check these out!).  Kitted out with buckets and spades from our meander around the shops we spent a really enjoyable couple of hours on the beach before heading back to one of the many pools which had loads of available sun-beds and spent the afternoon chilling out around the pool enjoying the sunshine that we have been so deprived of in the West Midlands this year. 

Puerto Del Carmen BeachMonday brought a very similar day which was equally as pleasant while we were winding-down, as we knew we had a busy day ahead on the Tuesday which is when we were on a Grand Tour coach trip with Last Minute Travel.  Here is the link to my review of this trip. 

We spent Wednesday just lying in the sunshine listening to Bruno Mars playing around the pool with the kids, and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere made us feel incredibly rested (yes even with two children!) and allowed us to really unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life.  It was pretty perfect actually and we were feeling very chilled. 

On Thursday we were invited by Rancho Texas Park to experience their wonderful venue and we had an awesome day out that was enjoyed just as much by us adults as the kids.  My review and lots of pics of Rancho Texas Park can be found here.

Friday was actually an incredibly sad day for us with it being our last day.  We were all quiet and pensive.  We had built so many lovely memories during this holiday that will be forever in our hearts. 

The staff at Las Calas, from the welcoming and extremely helpful staff on reception, to the people who worked in both of the bars who sure know how to mix a G & T, were all so friendly and pleasant to all their customers, but particularly to Ollie and Avante, and the interaction with the staff truly made this a holiday that we will never forget.   Rachel was always on hand to make sure that everyone was enjoying their holiday.

We would all absolutely love to come back to Las Calas, hopefully in the not too distant future and there are currently some fantastic deals to be had including book one week and get the second consecutive week free.  You can book now with Resort Solutions quoting LANZLATE. This is for summer dates with travel before 31st August 2013.

Las Calas pride themselves on being the most popular timeshare and self-catering holiday destination in Lanzarote.  It is a fantastic, award-winning place to get away to on holiday, for families, couples or groups. 

The site has 145 apartments spread across four areas, each area having its own pool and sundeck.  Each apartment comes equipped with all modern amenities and either a balcony or a terrace.  There are extensive facilities on site which include bars, restaurants, a gym, a squash court, sauna and a cyber lounge.  The site also has free Wifi so you can even catch up with what’s going on in the rest of the world if you wish.  There is a kids club on site for children aged 4-13, and in the summer there are organised activities and live entertainment most nights.

If you have ever thought about buying a property abroad, this could be your solution as you can buy a share in one of the apartments rather than a whole property. 

Or, if you’d like to experience one of these apartments by renting, this is also an option to see if this is the right location for you. Log on to the Management Company Resort Solutions, and select the option ‘Holiday Rentals’ you will see prices and availability.  Alternatively you can call their UK offices on 01858 431160.

If you are considering purchasing a timeshare property, you should always look out for the RDO logo.  RDO is the trade association for holiday ownership across Europe, and their aim is to provide high quality holiday accommodation and their members are bound by a code of conduct and provide levels of protection beyond those that the law states.

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Our holiday was courtesy of Resort Solutions and Club Las Calas and we were given half-board basis.  The apartment would normally cost £485 for a non-owner.  One of the benefits of being an owner is that owners enjoy discounted rental rates and as such an owner would have only paid £375.  Our flights were courtesy of RDO.