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Checking In :: Occidental Teguise Playa

Thursday October 21, 2010

Checking In :: Occidental Teguise Playa

There are a number of hotels in Lanzarote, which boast an impressive location. But the Occidental Grand Teguise Playa, located in Costa Teguise, is a tough act to follow. As guests at this friendly four star hotel can literally step right onto the beach. Making it a firm favourite with tourists from both the UK and Ireland, as well as mainland Spain and Germany.

Shore Thing

A beachfront location is hard to beat. And whilst the Gran Melia Salinas and Sands Beach Resort are also adjacent to their very own stretches of golden sand the Grand Teguise Playa enjoys the added extra of being located right in the heart of Costa Teguise too. In close proximity to the resort's best restaurants and nightlife.

All of the hotels recently refurbished 314 rooms enjoy a cracking sea view down to the bay of Playa Jablillo below. Which is small but attractive golden sand beach surrounded by a breakwater of huge volcanic rocks. Making it perfect for children and something of a natural swimming pool for those who fancy doing more than just lazing on the loungers arrayed around the sands here.

All of the rooms are quite generously proportioned and have their own private terrace. And are equipped with the sort of amenities you would expect from a four star establishment. Such as minibars, satellite TV, air conditioning, safes and telephones. The marble tiled bathrooms also err on the generous side and boast full baths and power showers.

In Need Of An Update?

Some guests have reported disappointment with some of the public areas of the hotel. Most noticeably passing comment on some fairly tired carpeting in some of the hallway areas on certain floors.

But overall the Teguise Playa still retains a fairly up market feel. Thanks in no small part to the impressive internal garden here - which very much echoes the more verdant creation of César Manrique in the nearby Gran Melia Salinas. As well as the architectural tradition of interior gardens and patios prevalent across Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. A gently revolving bar in the centre of this greenery is often a source of amusement too. Especially for the unwary or more tired and emotional guest.

The Teguise Playa has an impressive pool area - again designed in the style of César Manrique. But although one of these two salt-water pools is acclimatized it can still be somewhat on the chilly side - especially during the winter months when some additional heat in the water would be most welcome.

Great Gardens

However, the colourful and beautifully planted gardens that surround the pool make up for this - providing areas of shade in addition to the sun umbrellas which are dotted around amidst the loungers and sun bathing areas.

Next to the pool area lies the snack bar La Estrella, which serves up a reasonable range of lunchtime staples. Such as salads, sandwiches, burgers and bocadillos (large rolls stuffed with fillings such as ham and cheese). Guests staying on a full board basis are also able to enjoy the poolside restaurant Grill Barbacoa. Which is essentially an outdoor extension of the main restaurant Jablillo which is where both breakfast and dinner is served on a daily basis.

The hotel also offers a varied range of additional facilities, such as a childrens pool, two tennis courts, squash court, sauna, jacuzzi and massage treatments. As well as a kids club and childrens play area for families. The hotels animation team also swings into action throughout the day organizing a whole range of activities for the more active guests.

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