Covid 19 Travel Restrictions: Is Vacation Abroad Worth It Right Now?
SIT in the scorching sun, sipping a refreshing piña colada, watching the kids splash happily in the palm-strewn pool.
Like millions of Brits, I desperately missed the summer vacation abroad.
While some restrictions have been lifted and it is now possible to fly to many popular short-haul vacation destinations, the question remains: How convenient and safe is it to go abroad?
Last week, during the current period of travel, my wife Rachel and I, along with our two daughters Isla and Evelyn, took the plunge and packed our bags for a week in sunny Spain.
Our destination was Lanzarote, a long-standing mecca for Brits targeting guaranteed sunshine, cheap prices, spectacular scenery and top-notch accommodation.
Like most popular European destinations, the island has been hit hard by the pandemic.
Slowly but surely, however, guests are now returning to the fourth largest of the Canary Islands, and there’s a buzz around whitewashed villas, idyllic beaches, and reopened shops and bars.
Before we left we had a few things to sort out – besides the usual packing, currency exchange, travel insurance, and airport parking.
Yes, those pesky Covid tests and unnecessarily long passenger locator forms that cause so much confusion and anger among UK travelers.
While it all sounds a little intimidating and complicated, luckily help was at hand from a friendly source.
We flew to the Canaries with Jet2, and their website has a handy ‘Travel Conditions’ section that lists all the green and orange destinations and procedures travelers need to consider before, during and after their well-deserved breaks. .
After arriving at the UK’s departure airport and passing through checkpoints, the process was a breeze, and Jet2 had a small army of red-jacketed assistants at the terminal to advise confused holidaymakers.
The so-called “Friendly” airline is just that and has proven once again that it is currently above its competitors in the field of aviation.
Once we landed in Arrecife it was only a short 10 minute taxi ride, € 10, to what would be our home for the next few days – the Los Jameos Playa de Seaside resort .
An elegant collection of charming Spanish haciendas surrounding a palm tree-filled pool complex, the 530-room resort is perfect for families and couples of all ages, and I was immediately convinced we were going to have an unforgettable vacation. .
A major renovation recently took place under the watchful eye of award-winning London design agency Muza Lab, and the results are astounding.
After a welcome glass of cava in the spectacular wood-beamed foyer, we settled into our family room on the third floor of the Tenerife block – each of the six areas is named after a different Canary Island.
Extremely clean (the maid called twice a day) and incredibly comfortable, our room was a haven from the Canarian heat.
We collapsed into the king-size, wood-framed beds, enjoyed refreshing ourselves with the exclusive toiletries in the immaculate and colorful bathrooms, and started each day with teas and coffees on the balcony overlooking on the Atlantic Ocean and the hotel park.
And it’s those subtropical pools and gardens that contain over 80 listed trees that form the centerpiece.
Carefully maintained, swept and manicured morning and evening, they are naturally the pride and joy of Los Jameos Playa.
Away from the four large pools, there’s a whole host of entertainment, suitable for all ages, including fitness classes like spinning, Zumba, and Pilates for adults, and crafts, games, and volleyball. -ball and water polo for children.
Some mornings we picked up putters and balls at the Club House and headed for a round of mini golf among the volcanic rocks and palm trees, while other families hit tennis balls around the four courts. .
Then, after long days of lazing around the pools, we sat down to enjoy the cheesy but enjoyable Motown and magic shows in the main concert hall, and live music in the piano bar.
Indeed, there is a lot to see and do in Los Jameos Playa, but there is still more to taste – the food and drinks are as good as any all inclusive I have ever visited.
Breakfast was a wonderful mix of continental and other freshly prepared hot items, while lunch gave us a break from the blazing sun with a choice of salads, meats, seafood and ice cream.
However, it is the Iberian evening feasts that really elevate the culinary output of Los Jameos Playa.
In addition to hundreds of inventive cuisine dishes, including made-to-order meat and fish grills and a roasting counter, there were also Mexican, Italian and Chinese themed evenings, as well as a gala feast on Fridays. evening.
Rachel, Evelyn, Richard, Isla Pool
Isla and Evelyn both have a sweet tooth and the spectacular offerings at the dessert counters blew their minds.
While there is more than enough to keep you entertained at the hotel, key card access allows you to stroll through charming Playa Matagorda – a long curve of sandy beach fringed by black volcanic rock.
From there, the cobbled promenade takes you along the waterfront to the bustling resort town of Puerto del Carmen in one direction, and the island capital of Arrecife in the other.
However, other than the evening walks, we didn’t really feel the urge to leave the haven of Los Jameos Playa during our vacation.
And just like the scene sipping cocktails in the sun by the pool, our last minute trip to the “Lanz of Opportunities” was perfect.
Jet2holidays is offering seven all-inclusive nights at the four-star Seaside Los Jameos Playa hotel in Lanzarote, from £ 929 per person based on two people sharing and departing Birmingham on September 19th. The price includes a 22 kg baggage allowance and round-trip transfers.
Alternatively, leading leisure airline Jet2.com offers great fares, exceptional flight times and a generous 22kg baggage allowance to Lanzarote from Birmingham, London Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands or Manchester. Flights start from £ 39 per person one way, including taxes.
For more information, please visit www.jet2.com or call 0800 408 5599
To find out more about Seaside Los Jameos Playa and Seaside Resort Hotels, visit: www.seaside-hotels.com