The Barceló hotel group have 3 hotels in Lanzarote, they are all situated in the holiday resort of Costa Teguise.
We visited the Barceló Teguise Beach adult only 4* hotel in October 2015, following a €12m investment. This hotel definitely has a wow factor, situated in a beachfront position in the centre of the resort, offering deluxe rooms with modern furnishings, sea views & hot tubs.
We wanted to understand the differences between the Occidental Lanzarote Mar & the Occidental Lanzarote Playa, they are both classed as 4* hotels, which are situated on the outskirts of the resort, directly opposite each other.
Occidental Lanzarote Playa
The Occidental Lanzarote Playa 4* hotel has beachfront access to Playa Ancla. Many of the 274 rooms and junior suites at this hotel have sea views and they are all air conditioned. This hotel received an €8m investment to modernise it in 2012.
The hotel has two blocks, zones B1, B2, B3 & B4 are within the main hotel which is where the double room (lower floors), double room sea view (middle floors) and superior double sea view room (higher floors) are situated. The double rooms sleep a maximum of two adults, the superior double has a maximum of three adults. The beds are made up as doubles, but can be separated into twin beds if preferred. The separate block with zones B5, B6, B7 and B8 consists of the junior suite and junior suite sea view accommodation. The hotel has adapted double rooms on request.
The central fresh water swimming pool area is in the style of a lagoon, split into two pools. Pool towels are available with a €10 deposit and €1 change fee. There is also a family pool surrounded by astro turf, on the far side of the junior suites. Other sports facilities include a football pitch, tennis court, paddle tennis court, basketball court, beach volleyball, minigolf, petanca, gym and squash court.
There is a mini club onsite for children aged 4-12 years old, it’s based in the junior suite block and includes an indoor play area, as well as activities. Plus a children’s playground, mini disco and games room.
Meals are served in the buffet restaurant El Ancla, which has a terrace for al fresco dining, as well as show cooking and a children’s buffet area.
Breakfast 07:30-10:30, Lunch 13:00-15:00 and Dinner 18:30/19:00-21:30/22:00 starting earlier in the winter months from November to March.
The à la carte restaurant, La Geria serves international and Spanish cuisine in the evening from 19:00-21:30.
The pool bar is open from 10:30-18:00 for drinks and 12:30-18:00 serving snacks.
The lobby bar is open from 15:00-24:00.
Guests can participate in daytime activities with the entertainment team, and enjoy a selection of evening shows and live music.
Check in 15:00 and check out 12:00
Occidental Lanzarote Mar
The Occidental Lanzarote Mar hotel is larger and more spread out than it’s sister opposite, with 442 rooms, this hotel caters best for families, athletes and groups. There are 7 accommodation blocks, B1 is the closest to the Olympic sized training pool, B2 is by the adult only pool & Bar Karma, B4 has the family suites on the ground floor, B5 & B6 are situated closest to the main pool area.
The family suites are decorated in a primary colour scheme, they have a double bedroom separated by a curtain to a bunk bed, and a sofa bed in the lounge. The outside space includes an astro turfed garden play area. They can accommodate up to 6 people, plus 1 infant.
The family rooms have a separate bedroom, and sofa bed in the living space, they accommodate up to 4 people, which can be a maximum of 3 adults plus 1 child, or 2 adults and 2 children.
The double rooms sleep 2 people.
Additionally there is limited availability for 2 bedroom deluxe suites (4 people), deluxe sports room (2 people) and a deluxe hypoxia room (2 people).
There are 5 swimming pools at the Lanzarote Mar:
The outdoor 50m freshwater training pool has a €4 fee per guest for using a shared lane, private lanes are available from €21 per hour.
Adult only with Balinese Beds at Bar Karma is a saltwater pool. Open from 10:30 – 18:00, the Balinese Beds can be reserved at €10 per person including a bottle of cava and fresh fruit plate.
The children’s pools are situated either side of the main saltwater pool, the one with slides is saltwater, and the other freshwater. Inflatables and toys are permitted.
Pool towels are available with a €10 deposit and €1 change fee.
The open air gym is situated by the Olympic pool, open from 08:30 – 20:30 a deposit fo €10 is required for a key card to gain entry.
The children’s club at Barceló hotels, known as Barcy Club is based on a concept of happy minds, their activities are designed to cater for all kids of all abilities with different interests including Planet & Defenders (eco & adventure), Hand & Creators (arts), Music & Actors (drama & dance), Lab & Makers (construction & experiements), Mystery & Magicians(magic & puzzles) plus Circus & Artists.
The mini club is from 3-6 years old, the maxi club 7-10 years old and the teeny club 11-15 years old.
Children have a special check in area in the hotel’s reception, other facilities include a playground, indoor play area with ball pool and climbing wall.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the buffet restaurant Las Palmeras, situated one floor down from the hotel’s reception.
The à la carte restaurant Mediterraneo is situated at the front of the hotel, serving international and local cuisine for lunch and dinner. Gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers and beach wear is not accepted at this establishment.
This hotel can cater for less abled guests, however general access around the hotel’s facilities requires some assistance.
Karma Pool Bar open 11:00-17:00 for drinks
Coco Pool Bar open 10:00-18:00 for snacks and drinks
Lobby Bar open from 17:00 – 23:00 (depending on occupancy)
Timanfaya Entertainment Bar open 20:00 – midnight for drinks
Check in 15:00 and check out 12:00
In summary, guests can use the facilities at both hotels and take advantage of the shuttle bus service to Playa Las Cucharas the main beach in the centre of Costa Teguise holiday resort. There are 8 buses per day departing most hours from 09:30 to 17:30.
The Playa is the more elegant of the two hotels, ideal for couples or a small family.
The Mar is the bigger of the two hotels, attracting larger families and sports enthusiasts due to the range of room types and olympic swimming pool.