Fuerteventura: “The quiet island” ? Well maybe !

We think that it’s difficult to beat a beach holiday on Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura is an archetypal holidaying paradise. With its soft, golden beaches and its endless sunshine and good weather, it is the perfect spot to travel to during the summer months, or indeed at any time of the year.

As soon as you land at Fuerteventura Airport, right on the soft sands and next to the crystal blue sea, you immediately get a feel for the island and what it is all about.

With no real must-see sights, the temptation when visiting the idyllic location is to spend your days lounging about on your sunbed, reading your holiday paperback or topping up that tan.

After all, Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, is made of 60 miles by 12 miles of beaches, with blue skies as far as the eye can see. More than 100 beaches exist along that golden stretch, with the most popular being Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo.

However, the island is not solely about sea, sand and suntans and has a variety of different activities that holidaymakers can take part in to make the most of the gorgeous weather.

Well regarded as a top-spot for sailboarding, visitors to the island might want to try their hand at the water sport, from the surfing family of activities. Although it might seem daunting, sailboarding is easy to pick up and is fun for all the family.

The more adventurous of water sports enthusiasts might want to take part in the Fuerteventura Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup, which is taking place for the 21st time on the island.

What makes the location so ideal for windsurfing is the perfect wind direction and speed, according to experts. Continue reading “Fuerteventura: “The quiet island” ? Well maybe !”

Tenerife: Island of eternal spring

Taking a winter sun holiday on the island of Tenerife seems like it has been the thing to do for as many years as we can remember. In fact, we don’t think it has lost any of its appeal and is as popular as it has always been. In this travel blog article we take another look at Tenerife and what the island has to offer as a tourist destination.

The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife sits in the Atlantic Ocean, what seems like a mere stone’s throw away from neighbouring Africa. The volcanic island is one of clearly divided contrasts, both in terms of weather and landscape. The southern part of the island is hot and dry, while the north is humid and lush with pine forests and banana plantations. Known as the Island of Eternal Spring – where trade winds bring in mild weather even in winter – snow-capped mountains even provide a backdrop to the sunny beaches in the winter months.

The island’s population of 852,945 is boosted by around 3.5 million tourist every year and that’s excluding numbers for Spanish tourists who make up a huge number of total arrivals to the island’s airports. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the second biggest city in the archipelago and the island’s capital.

The south is more tourist-based being hotter and drier with well-developed party resorts such as Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. These seaside resorts offer attractions by the bucketful including restaurants, aqua parks and animal parks so are perfectly suited to family holidays. Interestingly, the spread of development has been slowed with an act passed by the Canarian government stating that no more hotels should be built on the island unless they are of five star quality! Continue reading “Tenerife: Island of eternal spring”

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real Video Tour

Our “Travel TV” presenter, Becky Hayes recently visited the fabulous 5 star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in Fuerteventura to see for herself what this luxury hotel has to offer. Taking a film crew she spent several days sampling the facilities and filming, and she came home extremely impressed.

If you are looking for a luxury 5 star hotel in a stunning location then you should seriously consider the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. Situated on a small beach and very close to the famous sand dunes of Fuerteventura the hotel offers elegance and style for the discerning customer. Featuring 5 restaurants, several swimming pools, including a huge indoor pool and an award winning spa the hotel is perfect for a luxury holiday with fantastic food in a location that is hard to beat. The hotel looks out across the sea to the nearby island of Lobos and you can see Lanzarote in the distance.

Take a guided tour of the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real with our Travel TV presenter, Becky Hayes.

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Watch our video of the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real


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Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real wins another award !

The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is one of our favourite hotels, as we have already mentioned before, and now, this luxury 5 star hotel on the island of Fuerteventura has just been given the Award of Excellence award as the best hotel in Europe, in the category of “most excellent european waterside hotel 2012”.

The award has been given for its luxury exclusivity, quality of service and its facilities. This hotel award is very prestigious because it has been awarded by non other than Condé Nast Johansens, the leading independently produced multi-media source for today’s traveler, sourcing hotels, spas and venues for leisure and business in the UK, Europe and the Americas. 

Awards for Excellence are made annually to those properties worldwide that represent the finest standards and best value for money in luxury accommodation. Coinciding with its eighth anniversary, the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is a worthy winner of this award in our opinion. When we visited the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in August 2011 we were very impressed and have since sent our travel video production company out to the hotel to film videos of the three Atlantis hotels on Fuerteventura.

A holiday on Fuerteventura makes a fantastic winter and summer holiday destination and if you want to stay at a luxury 5 star hotel we think that you should stay at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real which is located near to the sand dunes on the outskirts of Corralejo on the north coast of Fuerteventura.

Make a booking at this hotel with Global Holidays and we will give you a FREE VIP airport lounge pass to make your holiday even more special. Call Global Holidays on 0845 299 4450 to enquire about our latest holiday offers.

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We love the island of Fuerteventura here at Global Holidays. Crystal clear warm water, fantastic white sand beaches and several luxury hotels as well as laid back nightlife. It’s a combination that is difficult to beat!

The Global Holidays Travel TV team are visiting 3 fabulous hotels next week on Fuerteventura and one of these hotels is a 5 star luxury hotel called Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. We have already visited this hotel and we were so impressed that we are producing a video of the hotel so that our customers will be able to see for themselves how luxurious the hotel is.

If you want a holiday at this luxury 5 star hotel we have a special offer!

 ** Book before 31 October for 7 nights and stay between 1 November and 30 April and save a fantastic £320 per couple per week. Flights are from London Gatwick but other UK airports are available at a supplement. **

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Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real 5* GL Wins Award

We are not long back from our holiday to Fuerteventura and our visit to the magnificent Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in Corralejo and we have just heard that the hotel has won the prestigious Tripadviser Award of Excellence for 2011.

The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real 5* GL has achieved again the Certificate of Excellence 2011 awarded by the world’s largest community of travellers – TripAdvisor. This award has been gained thanks to the opinions and comments made by the hotels guests who have valued positively the quality and excellent standard of professional customer service offered by the hotel.

This certificate puts the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real as one of the top hotel destinations in the world. The hotel has won numerous awards which reflect the high standards of service offered.

Atlantis Hotels also own two other hotels in Corralejo; The Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort and Atlantis Duna Park. The Suite Hotel Atlantis, which is an All Inclusive all suite hotel,  has also been awardeda Certificate of Excellence for 2011. This is also due to the excellent reviews in Tripadvisor.  Again, this award reflects the high levels of satisfaction and the positive feedback from its guests.

Having visited these hotels only a few weeks ago, we are not surprised that these hotels have won awards as in our opinion they are outstanding. The 5 star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is a beach front hotel with 5 restaurants including one which has a Michelin star. The rooms and facilities at this hotel are amongst the best we have seen.

The Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort is aimed at families wanting an All Inclusive holiday. The hotel has excellent facilities for children of all ages. The saying goes that “if the children have a good holiday then so will the parents” and certainly everybody looked happy when we visited a few weeks ago.

El Sombrero Corralejo – Restaurant Review

A Global holidays staff member is just back from a holiday to Fuerteventura and here he tells our Travel Blog about his opinion on the best restaurant in Corralejo.

If you are planning a holiday to Corralejo on the island of Fuerteventura then I have to tell you about my favourite restaurant in Corralejo. It might not be the best because I haven’t tried them all but it is my favourite restaurant. I have been on holiday to Fuerteventura many times and I have visited the El Sombrero restaurant on the harbour front in Corralejo old town so many times that I have forgotten how many times I have been. In fact I have just returned home after 2 weeks on Fuerteventura and I visited El Sombrero 4 times in 2 weeks.

It’s because I love the location right on the harbour side that I really like this place, but also it sells my favourite meal! It’s called the Pirate Borneo and basically it is chunks of fillet steak on a rack which is then set alight with burning brandy. It’s fairly basic stuff. It’s not gourmet cooking at its best. It’s not Michelin star but I love it!

The El Sombrero is a nice looking restaurant too. You can sit inside or outside on the wooden terrace but if you want the Pirate dish you have to sit inside. The cost of the Pirate Borneo was 15 Euro per person which I think is good value for money. You can sit and enjoy the view as you eat and drink on a typical warm evening in Fuerteventura.

Here are some photos I took of the El Sombrero in Corralejo. Make a comment if you have been to this restaurant. I would love to hear what your opinions are.

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Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Who says that you have to travel  to The Far East, Dubai or The Maldives to find the best hotels? What if we told you that you can find a hotel to match the very best anywhere, on the island of Fuerteventura, and that also you are guaranteed very good weather year round. It’s also less than 4 hours flying time from the UK. Well, all this is indeed possible when you visit Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real on the second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura.

 Global Holidays paid an unannounced visit to this hotel this week and we were warmly greeted and given a tour of the hotel and its long list of impressive facilities. The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is a very attractive looking building, built in a traditional Spanish style and it looks out over crystal clear water to the Isle of Lobos, just off the coast of Fuerteventura, and you you can see the mountains of Lanzarote in the distance. We walked into the very stylish lobby where there were plenty of comfortable sofas and a lobby bar, and a  reception with smartly dressed staff.

The first impression we got was of a very upmarket well run hotel. The piano player in the corner added to my sense of being somewhere special.

The rooms at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real are fantastic. We were shown a Standard Room, a Junior Suite and an Atlantic Suite. All were a good size with king sized beds. The suites were outstanding in every way. The bathrooms impressed me with their large shower areas and the balconies were comfortable and private. I would recommend paying extra for a sea view as the view to Lobos is very special.

After being wowed by the bedrooms we were shown the various restaurants. There were 5 in total including a 1 Michelin Star restaurant, La Cupula. We were also shown the Japanese,Asian, Spanish and main buffet restaurant. I looked at the menus and was very impressed with the choice offered. There are plenty of restaurants in Corralejo town but if you stay at this hotel I would recommend the Half Board option as the quality of the food is of a far higher standard than you will find in the town itself.

Next we were shown the spa facilities at the Gran Hotel Atlantis BahiaReal . I could see that there were many treatments on offer as well as sauna, steam rooms and other treatment rooms as well as a huge indoor swimming pool. All the spa facilities looked world class to me and I could see that many people would be happy to spend many hours there.

If you are looking for an extra special hotel I would highly recommend that you consider the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in Corralejo. If you haven’t had a holiday on Fuerteventura then you are missing probably the best beaches in Europe as they are stunning.

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Eat Your Way Around Lanzarote – with Lanzarote Guidebook


 Eat Your Way Around Lanzarote – with Lanzarote Guidebook

If  you are thinking about a holiday to Lanzarote then this FREE guide to Lanzarote  might be just what you need. The New Enlarged Spring Issue is Out Now and you can download a free copy here

The Spring issue of Lanzarote Guidebook – the in depth island tourist guide – is out now.  And it has been enlarged to accommodate an all new Food and Drink section.  Which includes information about Canarian cuisine and wine and a guide to the best places to eat and drink around the island.

 Memorable meals and new tastes and flavours form an integral part of the holiday experience for many tourists.  And the new Spring issue of Lanzarote Guidebook aims to help visitors to this popular Canary Island get the most out of their stay by providing an impartial guide to the best restaurants on Lanzarote.  Which have been selected not just on the quality of their food alone, but also because of their location, views and overall ambience.  Enabling visitors to take a direct short cut to some of the local´s most popular spots and helping them to find a decent place to eat when they are touring Lanzarote and taking in its many attractions.

 Featured restaurants range from simple beach side locations serving cheap, fresh fish through to high end up market eateries.  All of which boast that little extra something that help to make them stand out.  And all of the selected restaurants have been visited regularly by the Guidebook´s editorial team, who have all lived on the island for many years. 

 The new 108 page Spring issue of Lanzarote Guidebook is also packed with useful information for tourists.  Including in depth guides to all of the main resorts and local maps.  An introduction to the work of the famous local artist César Manrique, who had a profound influence of the development if tourism on the island.  As well as comprehensive sightseeing information, a guide to all of the main island attractions such as the Timanfaya Volcano Park, information about the best beaches to visit and much more besides.  All of which is illustrated with some stunning visuals of Lanzarote.

 Lanzarote Guidebook is written by island residents and published every quarter.  So unlike conventional guidebooks it´s always contemporary and up to date.  And tourists can download a copy entirely free of charge by visiting the Lanzarote Guidebook website, or by visiting any of the official tourist information offices on the island.

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Win a Villa Holiday in Lanzarote

The Spring edition of Lanzarote Guidebook, the in-depth island information guide, is out now.  And to mark the occasion readers can enter a competition to win a villa holiday on Lanzarote, worth over £650, courtesy of the island holiday specialists www.lanzarote1.com. Lanzarote Guidebook is the comprehensive guide to the popular holiday island of Lanzarote.  The small Canary Island that is a hot favourite with British and Irish tourists.  Who last year collectively accounted for over 50% of the islands 1.37 million foreign tourist arrivals The Spring 2010 edition is packed with all of the information tourists need to make the most of their holiday on the Island of Fire.

Encompassing in depth guides to all of Lanzarote´s resorts, beaches, museums and attractions, island maps, an introduction to the work of the famous local artist César Manrique and a handy Essentials section covering all of the holiday basics, such as shop and bank opening hours and emergency telephone numbers. Copies of the Spring edition of Lanzarote Guidebook can be downloaded free of charge by visiting www.lanzaroteguidebook.com.  Whilst a further 10,000 copies are distributed direct to holidaymakers on the island entirely free of charge via car hire companies, private villas, hotels and official tourist information offices. This indispensable, 96 guide is published quarterly so all of the information is up to date and is researched and written by locals, so providing tourists with the inside track to the real Lanzarote.  Featuring some fantastic pictures of the islands dramatic scenery courtesy of photographer James Mitchell. The Spring edition also offers readers the chance to win a fantastic holiday at Villa Mirador in Matagorda.  A prize provided by the island villa specialists Lanzarote1, who offer a range of top quality rental properties in key locations across the island, such as the most popular resort of Puerto del Carmen.  The competition can also be entered online by visiting the Lanzarote Guidebook website.  Where visitors will find a wealth of information about the island, interactive maps, the latest weather reports and a wide array of flight, car hire and accommodation options.

Global Holidays is the online travel agent for package holidays to Lanzarote.

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