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Checking In :: The Gran Melia Volcan

Saturday November 12, 2011

Checking In :: The Gran Melia Volcan

Which is the best hotel in Playa Blanca? There's certainly a wide range of choice for tourists to select from. As over the last decade there´s been a good deal of development in Lanzarote´s southern most resort. But for many the Gran Melia Volcan is the leader of the pack.

Playa Blanca - Fast Growing Resort

Playa Blanca has been developed along different lines to its closest resort rival of Puerto del Carmen. As whilst apartment complex accommodation rules the roost there, Playa Blanca has pursued a model based more on luxury holiday villas and good quality four and five star hotels.

A recipe that has helped the resort usurp Costa Teguise in the north as Lanzarote´s second most popular holiday destination.

Ten years ago the range of choice was limited. But that´s all changed now. As new hotels line the sea front promenade. With the Gran Melia Volcan occupying an enviable location, adjacent to the atmospheric Marina Rubicon. And just one kilometre from the centre of Playa Blanca and five kilometres to the beautiful beaches at Papagayo.

This Five Star Deluxe luxury Lanzarote hotel was built under the aegis of Don Andres Pieim, who sought to reproduce and reinterpret the atmosphere and architecture of traditional village life on the island. Hence guests can choose to stay in one of five distinct villages, all boasting distinctive features such as patios, balconies and pretty little squares.

At the heart of the hotel lies its main talking point. A replica of a chapel in Teguise, topped off – a little surreally – with a stone built volcanic cone. This serves as the Volcan's reception area, where guests are welcomed and booked in to the soothing sounds of classical Gregorian music.

Royal Service

The hotel comprises 255 Superior Rooms, which all feature their own comfortable lounge area with sofas and armchairs, mini-bars, satellite TV´s, balconies and the sort of extras you'd expect from a five star establishment such as complimentary bathrobes and slippers and high speed internet access.

Guests planning to really push the boat out can opt for one of fourteen Suites, which feature separate bed and living room arrangements and luxurious touches such as hyrdormassge bathtubs and additional showers. These suites also enjoy the best views the hotel has to offer and larger balconies from which to fully enjoy them.

But what really sets the Gran Melia Volcan apart are the hotels excellent facilities and high level of customer service. Guests can, for example, opt for the hotels Royal Service package, which essentially grants access to an entire private area of the hotel and numerous VIP privileges. Such as butler service, access to a special private swimming pool and sun deck area with Balinese style sun beds and hot tubs, private breakfast and tea room, a private lounge area and best of all larger and more opulently decorated rooms with enhanced views. Royal Service guests even get to select their own choice of sheets and pillows from a special bed linen menu.

Great Gardens & Spa

The facilities available to all guests as standard are pretty special too, As the hotel boasts fabulous and well planted grounds and gardens. Which are tastefully arranged around no less than four swimming pools. Guests can also avail themselves of a range of indulgent treatments at the hotels spa and work out in the state of the art gym area.

The Gran Melia Volcan also boasts no fewer than nine different bars and restaurants. Including the Kazan Japanese Restaurant, the Bodega Yaiza which serves more traditional Spanish dishes and tapas and the ritzy Rubicon a la carte restaurant which specialises in Mediterranean cuisine.

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