The best holiday I ever had was the one I was initially most apprehensive about. A solo trip with Eddie to Lanzarote.
Stood in Gatwick airport with Eddie precariously balanced in the hand baggage part of a luggage trolley whilst I balanced a large suitcase, hand baggage, a car seat and a buggy, I was starting to feel a little over whelmed. I’d travelled a lot with Eddie alone between Spain and England (we spent the first year of his life living in Andalucia) but I’d always known what awaited me at either end. This was our first trip into the unknown – The 5 star Princesa Yaiza hotel, Lanzarote. Once the luggage had been sorted, the airport and flight were a doddle. Eddie was a seasoned pro and although I thought he’d sleep on the flight (we’d had a 4am start) he didn’t. That said he was an angel and the 4 hours passed by relatively painlessly. The transfer time to the Princesa Yaiza hotel was only 30 mins and Eddie conked out in the taxi.
I’d chosen Lanzarote as I wanted a safe country, no time difference, minimal travelling and a hotel that would cater to both mine and Eddie’s needs.
In contrast to the sparse views, as we drove through the dry volcanic island of Lanzarote, on entering the hotel we were met with lush green leaves that draped exotically around the impressive reception area and flowers of all colours brightened the bushes outside. Eddie stayed asleep whilst I was welcomed to the hotel with fresh orange juice and a mini sushi platter, meaning I could relax as soon as we arrived. Feeling refreshed, we were shown up to our ocean view room.
I decided to explore the hotel with Eddie and it really is an exploration – with numerous pools, 8 restaurants, a spa, a sports centre and an entire children’s paradise called Kikoland.
After a brief look around we headed to Kikoland kids club. Kikoland has three pools for three different age groups and you can leave children to join in the kids club from 2 years old. We made our way to the little ones pool and were met by smiley Kikoland staff who were playing a game with children attending the kids club. Eddie joined in and thought it was great fun to have people his age to play with. Even now, a year later, he still talks about Kikoland.
That evening I took Eddie for tapas after which we were both ready for an early night. The following morning we took a stroll on the beach before indulging in an incredible buffet breakfast – after eating a fruit platter, toast, a slice of ham and a croissant I had to tell Eddie he really had, had enough.
As well as great outdoor activities, the Princesa Yaiza also has an indoor botanical garden with a ‘river’ and fish, as well as six large tropical fish tanks. Eddie was delighted to be able to see the fish everyday and loved walking across the bridge and exploring the pathways in the botanical gardens.
Our days developed a lovely pattern to them, we would walk along the beach early in the morning before having a huge breakfast.
After breakfast we made our way to Kikoland to splash about in the pool. We would return to our room (which had been cleaned!) for lunch indoors followed by a nap (I’m religious about keeping Eddie out of the sun from 11:30-2:30) after lunch I would treat Eddie to a mocktail at the Papaya juice bar.
I was indulging in the Princesa Yaiza’s detox programme whilst I was staying and each afternoon, for an hour or so, I had treatments including a vegetable bath, a wrap and a detox massage. My therapist was so knowledgeable and as well as amazing products and treatments, I took a lot of information away about things I can do to improve concerns (like cellulite etc) in the future. Whilst I was having my treatments, the hotel organised for Eddie to be babysat by a member of the Kikoland team who would take him to Kikoland to play or simply to explore the hotel. This was lovely as it felt like we were both getting our ideal holiday.
On the last evening I took Eddie to his first ‘disco’ – there’s a mini disco that takes place for the children each night at 7:30 – although a little shy at first, Eddie was soon dancing with the other little ones; it was the most lovely way to spend our last night. The five days passed far too quickly.
My apprehensions about holidaying alone with Eddie vanished almost instantly after arriving at Princesa Yaiza. When you take away the monotony of your usual routine at home and you don’t have to cook or clean then there is nothing left to do except play and there were numerous opportunities for that. The detox package made me look and feel a million dollars and meant I got time to myself for pampering – it balanced the holiday perfectly. I enjoyed our trip so much that we’re off to Lanzarote again this year!
I needn’t have worried about feeling lonely – the staff were so friendly and I ended up chatting to a lot of other parents – despite the size of the hotel you do end up bumping into the same people. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to create such incredible memories with Eddie – the Princesa Yaiza really was the perfect place for us to take our first Mum Plus One break.