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Atarra reviews the Princesa Yaiza

Filed Under: Luxury Family Hotel Review, Winter Escapes

Posted on 05th Nov 2013

I recently returned from a delightful stay at the Princesa Yaiza in Lanzarote and I was suitably impressed as everything from the gorgeous weather, the location of the hotel, the friendly staff who greet their guests with a glass of champagne upon arrival to the lively ambience of the resort was superb.

It is a large resort set on a public promenade in the bustling town of Playa Blanca and just a few minutes walk to the local restaurants, bars and supermarkets which are a tad on the touristy side but if like me you enjoy taking leisurely strolls then the 15 minute walk along the promenade to the Marina which has a less touristy atmosphere and is reputed to have the best restaurants in the area is worth doing.

Just across from the Hotel via a private pathway for Princesa Yaiza guests is the white sand public Dorada public beach with the bluest of seas – chilly but so inviting and refreshing. Sun loungers and umbrellas cost €3 each and there are several snack bar/restaurants on the beach serving refreshments otherwise the Pool Restaurant at Princesa Yaiza serves a delicious lunch menu in the confines of a less crowded atmosphere.

The rooms at Princesa Yaiza are spread throughout the resort, they are spacious, comfortable and offer the more minimal 4 star luxury as opposed to 5 star luxury. I stayed in a One Bedroom Suite Sea View which has a large bedroom, a large separated living room and a bathroom with bathtub and separate shower. It’s worth paying for a sea view but bear in mind that some sea views can be partially obscured by trees or the buildings of Playa Blanca.

I was very impressed with the size of the suites, in fact all of the rooms and suites are spacious with good size balconies, they are simple in style furnishings, they all have a small kitchenette with a microwave, sink and fridge, large bathrooms with separate shower and bath tub. They provide flat screen TVs with lots of English channels and a night time turn down service with chocolates on the pillows which I love! The Two Bedroom Family Suites and Two Bedroom Royal Kiko Suites are great for the larger families, they are located across the road from the main hotel and connected by an internal walk way solely for Princesa Yaiza guests to access. It takes between 5 -10 minutes to walk to the Family Suites and along the way you will pass some aquariums with lots of different fish to look at which makes it the more fun and interesting for the little guests. The Family Suites and Royal Kiko Suites are built in a U shape and overlook a lovely family pool. The state of the art gymnasium is located here too as well as a restaurant which is open in high season but what is really attractive about this area is that it actually feel like a small hotel in its own right.

I always look forward to breakfast when I stay in hotels and the breakfast at Princesa Yaiza didn’t let me down one bit as the variety was fantastic, the quality was excellent & the champagne went down a treat! Whilst on the subject of food Princesa Yaiza offers many restaurants; 3 buffet style and 4 a la carte so plenty to choose from. I ate in the La Piazetta (the Italian), the Japanese and the Gourmet Isla Los Lobos – the meals were very good but on the pricey side however, it is pretty much the same in every 5 star hotel.

There are several swimming pools in the hotel (not heated) as well as a children’s pool, a heated Jacuzzi for adults and another heated Jacuzzi for children. We didn’t experience any problems getting sun loungers by the pool as the ground are vast and there are enough sun beds for everybody.

Kikoland – the kids club for little ones from 3 years is superb, in fact it is one of the best kids clubs I have seen! It is a large 1.200 m2 area where children can have their own fun atmosphere. Facilities include playgrounds, a fresh water children pool, an Amphitheatre and Snack Bar. Every evening they provide a kids mini disco and its great fun! Children under 3 years can attend Kikoland but with adult supervision but they also offer a superb small soft play area for little ones under 3 years who have to be accompanied by an adult. To add to the fun Kiko (the duck!) which is Princesa Yaiza’s mascot entertains the kids every morning at breakfast and every day in Kikoland! Superb fun!!

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