One of our fave hotels in Lanzarote is Dreampalace hotels "Gran Castillo Tagoro Family and Fun". It has everything our kids have come to expect. Pools, slides, shows, good food a kid friendly atmosphere and of course the all important mascot!
The hotel is located in Playa Blanca and is a 30 minute walk (with children) to the main resort. We only ever stay a week at this hotel on an all inclusive basis for rest and recovery and some vit D. It is close to the volcanoes for a day trip and Puerto Rubicon is about 15 mins walk away.
As you know, there are lots of flight options to Lanzarote with Ryanair and AerLingus. Lanzarote is a tiny place so transfers are short at the far end and no need to rent a car.
My kids are happy flyers, probably helps that it's quite normal for them as we never stopped holidaying abroad because of the kids (just changed our destinations!) We both work full time so holidays are a precious commodity for everyone!
For your transfers you can order booster seats or baby seats for little ones. Playa Blanca is further from the airport than Puerta Del Carmen or Costa Teguise but still just about 40 mins.
On arrival at the hotel, check in is always quick here and welcome drinks are at the ready.
All of the rooms are really spacious and some have stunning views. If you put the kids first and go with a merlin room you will not have good views. They are close to the kids club but quite far from the main building. Of course the kids love them though!
Merlin rooms come equipped with a games box, a playstation, tent, bean bags etc.
There are a number of pools dotted around the resort. One with a pool bar and cafe, one on the beach side of the hotel, an adults only pool and indoor pool at the spa as well as the kids shallow dragon pool with slides (always a bit cold).
The pool near the beach is really good for small kids as it's really shallow for a long way out meaning you can watch them play from the side.
Food at Gan Tagoro is a really high standard. The buffet is high quality with plenty of choice available. There is also an Italian and Chinese you can book in to. When staying all inclusive we often don't bother going for lunch at this hotel. They serve freshly grilled burgers, hot dogs, salad etc at the bars as well. Drinks are also a good standard for All inclusive and my kids love the Slush puppies and hot chocolates (after they eat all their veg..).
A love of BBQ ribs was born! Thrilled that he chose the messiest option.
Through a gate at the back of the hotel brings you directly to the sea. there is a path from here all the way in to Playa Blanca along the coast. Suitable for buggies/wheelchairs too.
On one of our holidays to playa blanca my daughter got quite sick on day one! I think she picked up a bug on the plane (there weren't other children sick at the hotel and I've never seen or heard of anyone getting sick from food or anything at the hotel).
Fear of the children getting sick is one of the key things that puts parents off taking their children abroad. I have been lucky enough to visit numerous clinics in different parts of Lanzarote (as well as in France, Slovakia and Italy). I would say that Italy was the only experience I would be scared of doing again! Lanzarote is great for GPs and clinics. We have health insurance and travel insurance but I have always just gone to the nearest public clinics in lanzarote. Get you and your children EHC cards (If you are European) and just bring them to the clinic and children are seen free of charge. We were asked for passports for parent and child the last time so bring those too. I have found doctors in every country speak great english (they study medicine through english text books in most countries).
Despite a sick little girl for half the holiday it was still enjoyable. Lots of extra cuddles!
On the mend and off to kids club!
The below pics are from the kids club for kids from 4 up. You can bring younger kids in and stay with them. There is a baby club which we have used here but we didn't want to leave her after being unwell. The baby club is at the pool beside the bar and you can lie down literally outside the club so you don't feel like you are away from them!
Next to the kids club is a 3D cinema and the Gym is near by. T|here is only one playground outside at this hotel and it always amuses me how poor it is... it's the one thing that I'd say could really do with an upgrade! I will review a H10 hotel in Costa Teguise when I get a chance and their outdoor playgrounds are much better.
Next on the kid's agenda is getting to know the mascot. DanDream is definitely one of their faves. He's on par with Daisy and ahead of Chachi! (I'll get to those in later blogs)
Dan Dream is a feature at the disco every night but also shows up at kids club, around the pool and in the restaurant. Hugs a plenty!
A 15 minute walk from the hotel brings you to Puerto Rubicon. Even when you are staying all inclusive, it's nice to get out for a stroll and sample some of the local bars, cafes and restaurants. The setting at the marina here is beautiful and as well as little shops and restaurants there is a small shopping centre.
If you continue on for another 15 minutes you get to the centre of Playa Blanca (passing Yaiza on the way). Princessa Yaiza is another really popular hotel for families in Playa Blanca and is more expensive. They have a kids club called KikoLand which you can pay to use as a non resident (very handy if you book a villa in the area). If you want details send me a massage. There is a small sandy beach and a typical little holiday resort in Playa Blanca. Nothing amazing but a nice walk and only a few € in a taxi to get back if little legs get tired.