Thinking of Summer: are we there yet?

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 13 Apr, 2017

Searching for the sun - Travel Blog

The long Easter weekend is upon us, Spring has arrived and May is just around the corner with 2 long Bank Holiday weekends and then, well then it's Summer!!! :-)
All this is very conducive of dreaming of holidays, sun, beach, cocktails and the unbridle sense of freedom that comes with it .... it is also very conducive of reminiscing of past holidays.....

I was looking at some snap of past travels with my mum and remember that fantastic time we both had celebrating a special birthday at the Hotel Melia Salinas in the canary island of Lanzarote, probably one of the best times ever as it's a lovely memory of girly time spent with mum but also for the complete experience we both had (especially mom as it was her birthday we were celebrating).

I need to add that this is not a sponsored post and I am writing about it because I absolutely adored it and I am happy to shout about it.

You might say, " Oh well, it is only Lanzarote, how special can it be?" Yes, it was a trip to the Canaries, Europe's favourite winter sun destination, which was dictated for me by the fact that it was meant to be a total surprise ( mom found out what we were doing the night before the flight and where we were going only at the airport) and I couldn't apply for VISAs without giving away the surprise, plus the Canaries kind of guarantee sunshine and warmth within a reasonable travelling distance.

Digression apart, I booked this first trip via Sovereign and I was impressed with their service during the booking and the trip. Our concierge met us at the airport with a private car for the journey and then they were available throughout the holiday and even called to wish my mum Happy Birthday on the day ( and a card was left under the door).

The Hotel itself is an adult recommend type ( phew...) and was designed by Fernando Higueras , Pritzker International Architecture Prize, part of Lanzarote’s Artistic and Cultural Heritage.
I booked a Junior suite with a private terrace providing great views,  elegant interior décor with marble and neutral tones of white, beige and green.
The Junior Suites have access to the exclusive services of The Level with private reception area, private pool ( separate from pools available to the other guests )close to other guests plus other amenities that one would expect from 5 stars hotels.

Meliá Salinas is classy but unpretentious which means one can feel utterly comfortable and it has absolutely the top spot in the resort , the location being right on the beach with access to the front promenade ideal for a gentle stroll into Costa Teguise.
To be fair there's not a lot to do in Costa Teguise other than sunbathing or drinking in English and Irish bars.
The hotel has everything though with plenty of activities if you are that away inclined and you could spend a week without leaving the complex. 

What I really liked was the extra little touches:  the food gift and the Cava on arrival ( well it is Spain and it can't be champagne), the chocolates, the Cava and a card from the Hotel Manager for my mum birthday to the greetings with Cava for breakfast and the waiters wishing mum Happy Birthday ( this happened throughout her special day and I didn't have to ask/tell beside saying is a surprise trip for her at the time of booking) all culminating with the entertainer in the evening singing to her. 
My mother felt like a Queen and, thank you Melia Salinas,  I lived with the glory for at least a year...

Since then we had another holiday there and the quality and service were still superb. I have signed up for their Member Rewards scheme but I have to admit I haven't used other hotels in the group as yet;  if all the others are as good as the Salinas, then I will want to use them again, and again, and again... and you should too xxx

Are we there yet?

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