With its chic colonial architecture and enviable location overlooking the blue oceans of the North Atlantic and towards Lobos Island, Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is glamorous yet laidback. Nestled along a prime stretch of Dorada Beach, it oozes the exotic beachside charm that is synonymous with the Canary Islands and is the perfect place for an indulgent getaway.
In order to reach the northernmost Canary Island, we flew from London to Lanzarote, which was a comfortable flight of about three hours. As we exited the plane and made our way to the arrivals’ hall, I immediately spotted the resort’s representative who warmly greeted us and explained they would be escorting us to the resort.
During the drive to the resort, I took in my first glimpses of the island, before we pulled up in front of the property. I was immediately drawn to its grandeur and elegance; despite its modern conveniences, it had the style of a charming old Hollywood oasis.
Upon our arrival, friendly staff appeared to help us with our luggage and our bags were soon whisked away for delivery to our suite as we were escorted to the main reception room. As we began the check-in process, we were offered a glass of prosecco to enjoy throughout the formalities. Before long, we were checked in and ready to begin our stay at Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort.
Adding to the resort’s grandeur and elegance is its beautifully manicured setting. The immaculate indoor garden complements the appeal of the resort itself, the resort and its grounds really are an oasis amongst the Lanzarote landscape. Inside, the resort’s light and airy feel further reinforce the relaxing and charming atmosphere.
Princesa Yaiza also boasts an amazing selection of facilities, including six delightful pools both outdoors and sheltered inside. I particularly appreciated how the resort caters to guests with and without children, with two children’s pools but also private adults-only spaces for quiet relaxation.
One of the things that set Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort apart is its incredible selection of quality dining options. Not content to offer one or two eateries, Princesa Yaiza boasts eight mouth-watering restaurants serving an excellent variety of cuisines. Those amongst theme include Isla de Lobos, which offers tantalising local dishes, +Tapas for traditional Spanish fare, and Don Giovanni for modern and innovative Italian.
Aside from lazing by the pools and enjoying the gastronomy of the many restaurants, there are numerous other activities on offer at the resort, including various day trips as well as fitness and wellness services, and a spa.
After taking in the initial views of the resort, I was shown to my accommodation – the Royal Kiki suite. To reach the suite, we meandered past a network of in-built aquariums which was an interesting and unique design feature.
The resort’s airy, light and spacious décor continued through to the suite, which had an elegant yet informal charm throughout its generous 88 square metres.The suite offers two beautiful bedrooms, one with a luxurious king-sized bed and one with three singles, making it perfect for a family or group – or, of course, a luxurious solo or couple stay.There are also two elegant and modern bathrooms, including one ensuite. Additional touches included a soft bathrobe and slippers for extra comfort, and, of course, fast wi-fi.
A luxurious and spacious living room is the perfect space for relaxing, and perhaps enjoying something from the in-room mini bar or prepared in the kitchenette complete with kettle, fridge and microwave. The living room also led out onto the balcony which, like the rest of the room, was a delightful size. From it, I had a beautiful view out over the grounds of the resorts and the swimming pools, while the ocean hovered in the distance.
After being introduced to my beautiful room, I was excited to get the opportunity to experience some of Princesa Yaiza’s dining options. I didn’t have to wait long, as in the early afternoon we shared a group lunch at Don Giovanni, the resort’s authentic Italian offering.
Although the restaurant is true to the traditions of Italian cooking, serving delectable options such as pasta, it also incorporates innovative and modern approaches into its menu. The menu changes regularly, with the flavours of each dish designed to enhance and showcase the best ingredients of the season. I couldn’t overlook a delicious pasta for my main course, and it was as fabulous as I’d hoped.
Later that night, we also had the opportunity to sample the incredible tapas at +Tapas, which showcases the most well-known and delicious Spanish small plates. I was absolute enamoured by the tapas, as it was definitely some of the best I’ve ever tried, with truly authentic Spanish flavours. It was also paired perfectly along with a charcuterie board and some excellent Spanish wine. Needless to say, I was very impressed.
For our second and third days, we enjoyed an al carte, adults-only breakfast at Isla de Lobos restaurant, which features a menu inspired by local flavours and traditions. It also boasts a stunning location, looking out over the glorious ocean towards its namesake, Isla de Lobos, as well as the Fuerteventura. On the first day, I sampled the delicious and adorable-looking eggs Benedict, whereas for the second day I had the simple, fresh and locally-sourced fruit platter.
I had the opportunity to savour some more traditional flavours at lunch on our second day, which was held at the poolside Chiringuito restaurant. Within the warm and family-friendly environment, we enjoyed a group lunch of a delicious three-course paella lunch. We again returned to Chiringuito on the third day for a delectable three-course seafood delight. It was incredibly fresh and, again, perfectly prepared and presented.
For dinner on the second day, we dined at the resort’s Japanese offering, Kampai. With traditional teppanyaki tables, both the décor and the menu are true to Japanese traditions, and the restaurant provides not only incredible meals but a true show for guests. The experienced chefs put on a Teppanyaki performance, preparing the Japanese delicacies in front of your own eyes and with their own flair. Not only was the show a delight to watch, but the three-course Japanese meal was out-of-this-world delicious.
For the final dinner on the third night, we were treated to a gourmet dinner and wine tasting at Isla de Lobos. With 12 dishes and four courses, we each got to sample a range of incredible flavours created from ingredients sourced at nearby Finca de Uga. All of the courses were phenomenally paired with quality wines – making for an amazing dining experience from the very first starters to the sweet desserts.
Owing to the resort’s enviable beachfront location, there is no shortage of water-based activities to enjoy. There are also the six beautiful pools mentioned earlier, including my favourite seawater pool, which was so refreshing and relaxing. As well as the pools, the resort also offers two jacuzzies for utter relaxation and enjoyment.
Further afield, Lanzarote offers many great day trips and excursions to take in the sights and culture of the northernmost Canary Island. Here are some of the things I tried while staying at the resort:
Timanfaya National Park
Our excursion to the nearby national park was one of the highlights of my stay in Lanzarote. Not far from Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort lies the Timanfaya National Park, home to the incredible Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains). More than 100 awe-inspiring volcanoes were created following tectonic movement between 1730 and 1736. Although the last eruption was almost 200 years ago, the ground is still furiously hot – something our guide showed us by allowing us to feel the heat radiating off of volcanic stones.
The effect on the landscape of this rare volcanic event was truly spectacular. I was amazed by the Martian-like scenery and rare plants, and would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting this amazing region. One unique experience in the park was to see chicken being cooked over the heart from the dormant volcanoes – plus, simply enjoying a coffee at the area’s beautiful glass restaurant was wonderful.
A trip to Farm Finca de Uga
On our third day, we had a unique excursion when we visited Finca de Uga, a high-welfare farm that supplies Princesa Yaiza with much of its fresh and locally sourced produce. On the tour, we were shown the different animals and how they are kept in an ethical and sustainable way, as well as the area where fresh organic vegetables are grown. We even had the opportunity to pick a few fresh oranges for ourselves!
Following the tour, we sat down and were treated to some freshly made cocktails which we enjoyed in the beautiful, sun-soaked outdoor dining area, along with some locally produced cheeses. As we did so, the chef who accompanied us selected some ingredients for use in the restaurant that evening.
Later that evening was our four-course dinner at Isla de Lobos, which featured many of the flavours and ingredients we’d seen at the farm. It was a true ‘farm to table’ experience, and it added so much to the dinner to have seen how each ingredient is carefully and sustainably produced.
Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort’s colonial-style architecture amongst a surround of immaculate pools gives it a sense of grandeur and glamour, however, it is much more than a beautiful resort. As well as its excellent facilities, the resort’s incredible selection of stand-out restaurants is truly something. Anyone of the restaurants would bring amazing quality dining to the resort, but to have such a varied selection is truly incredible. Add in the day trips and experiences into the island’s stunning landscape, and it’s truly a brilliant place to stay and indulge.
Rates for a Basic Superior Room at Princesa Yaiza start from £169 per night including a buffet breakfast, based on two people sharing. For further details or to book your escape, visit www.princesayaiza.com or call 0034 928 519 300.