Monday, 3 October 2016

Lanzarote : Hotel Nautilus : Puerto Del Carmen






On the 1st of September I flew off to Lanzarote with my boyfriend.  It was one of the most perfect weeks, ever!  It was genuinely my favourite holiday (so far) and I didn't want to come home.  I even thought about what I could do for a job out there... calm down, Kirsty!

If I'm completely honest, we didn't expect to love Lanzarote as much as we did.   It was our first time in the Canary Islands so we didn't know what to expect. We spent the week at the Hotel Nautilus and it was bliss.  We really needed a relaxing week away and it 100% did the trick - all my worries from home melted away in the sunshine.

The hotel itself was beautiful.  It was clean, close to the beach and had a massive pool.  Lots of restaurants and supermarkets were a few minutes walk away from the hotel so we were really close to everything.  What more could I have asked for?  Nautilus has fantastic access for disabled people too, something I really liked because not all hotels in Lanzarote are disabled friendly which is a shame.  A lot of my friends need access so I always like to flag any hotels that are doing good!  I can also proudly testify that the Nautilus do the best milkshakes and chips in Lanzarote, if not the world!  I know that sounds a bit OTT but even my boyfriend agrees, I think we had some every day.  We even had a little terrace with a palm tree, it was sooooo cute!  It was like our little slice of paradise for a week.  The staff were lovely and helpful, all with perfect English.  We were a 5euro taxi ride from the 'main strip' of Del Carmen so we had the best of both worlds; quiet little apartment close to pubs and supermarkets or a taxi ride to the main strip and clubs galore.

We initially planned a quiet little holiday but we ended up doing loads of activities, there is so much to do over there!  We did a taster course in scuba diving, drove off-road buggies around the island, visited the Rancho Texas Zoo and did a Catlanza boat trip.  I loved them all!  If (when) I go back I'll definitely do more excursions within the island, we ran out of time to do everything we wanted.  I could easily fill up a 2 week holiday in Lanzarote without getting bored.  I'll do separate posts on my excursions because this would be a jumbo post if I put it all in here.

The island is beautiful and it really has everything.  It has beautiful scenery, a good nightlife, plenty of excursions and all the sun and sand anyone could ask for.  We went from 1st - 8th September and the temperature averaged from 27 - 35°C.  It can get quite windy in Lanzarote so its really easy to get burnt, take plenty of sunscreen!

I'm honestly so gutted to be home, I wish I was back on my beautiful island having fun.  If you are thinking of going then I would 100% recommend it.  I'd love to see more of the island and I really hope I go back one day.  Have you ever been to the Canaries?  Any advice on where to try next?
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