Our Travels

Canary Island Hopping With Binter Airlines

I was in the middle of a holiday in Gran Canaria, but I needed to get back to Lanzarote for a meeting. It seemed crazy, but I checked online and found out that it is not only possible to fly from Gran Canaria to Lanzarote and back in the same day, it can also be quite cheap if you avoid peak times! I left Las Palmas at Midday, and returned early evening having had my meeting, and the whole thing…

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Tenerife Trip Planning

So we’re all organised for our trip to Tenerife. As always, the aim is to try a few excellent hotels and to discover what makes the island “tick.” That means spending some time travelling to all parts of the island, and seeing both the tourist hot spots, and the hidden gems we always seem to discover on our travels. We’re flying Binter again on one of their little island hoppers – did you know all passengers get a 20KG luggage…

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Sands Beach Resort, Costa Teguise

Sands Beach Resort is on our doorstep, and we train there often as we’re members of the triathlon club based there, but that didn’t stop us from checking it out with a short break! It’s 4 star status suggests that it’s a cut above the usual “complexes” in Lanzarote, and that’s reflected in the fact that accommodation there is mostly small bungalows and villas, rather than apartments. First Impressions The entrance is seriously grand! There’s a huge canopy over the…

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Bohemia Suites & Spa, Playa del Inglés

We were on holiday in Crete when we met Alex, who is a hotel promoter. When we told him we lived in The Canary Islands, he said: “You MUST go and stay at Bohemia Suites & Spa in Gran Canaria – you’ll love it!” We rarely pass up strong personal recommendations, so we booked a two night stay at the hotel almost as soon as we returned from Crete. Alex had told us that there had been a huge investment…

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Capsis Crystal Energy, Agia Pelagia

We flew into Crete from London, arriving quite late at the quirky little Heraklion airport. We’d arranged a transfer as part of the booking, and we were pleased to find it was a very comfortable, well air conditioned, leather seated Mercedes Minibus – these things are important to me! First Impressions The transfer was only 25km and we arrived at what we knew to be a private peninsular – indeed the gates were firmly shut! The peninsular is adjacent to…

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey, Santa Cruz

We flew into Tenerife North Airport from Lanzarote, and wanted a base in the capital for a short stay. We selected the 5 star Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey because it’s probably the best known hotel on the island, having been there since the 1950’s and only recently taken over by the Iberostar group. First Impressions The hotel is reasonably easy to find – it’s just off the Ramblas, which are a kind of central ring round in the city. The…

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Hotel Botanico And Oriental Spa Garden, Puerto de la Cruz

We travelled to The Botanico from South Tenerife, and drove all through the incredible Teide region to get there. The hotel is located in Puerto de la Cruz, a little way up the hill from the main beaches, but close enough to town. We had read that the hotel is one of the “leading hotels of the world” group, so we had high expectations. First Impressions You drive up a tree lined avenue to the hotel entrance, and staff are…

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Hotel Atlas Les Almohades, Tangier

We decided on the 4* Atlas Les Almohades for our stay in Tangier as it overlooks the Bay of Tangier, had WiFi and offered free parking onsite. On our journey from the Tangier airport through the city, we discovered that there is so much construction happening, therefore it wasn’t a surprise to find a building site on the beach directly opposite our hotel, for the new Tanja Marina Bay. For this reason, we were allocated a pool view room at…

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