I am slowly crossing the Canary Islands of my list. I was lucky enough to have visited three of the most recognised Canary Islands, celebrating my Birthday weekend in Lanzarote in January. In today’s article, I want to talk about all the things I liked and didn’t like about our trip to Lanzarote in January.
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A while ago I made a promise to myself that I won’t work on my birthday ever again and I knew that I wanted to see out my twenties somewhere warmer than the UK, all-inclusive, by the sea and at least in a 4* hotel. I prefer sipping cocktails by the pool over cold evenings spent in front of the fireplace any day! Plus, I can’t remember the last time we went all-inclusive!
How to get to Lanzarote
Lanzarote is a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean located about 125km off the north coast of Africa making the climate warm all year-round. Lanzarote has only one airport, Arrecife airport, which means that the majority of the UK airports operate their flights on this route. Ticket prices vary during the year, costing more on Bank and School holidays. We flew to Lanzarote in January, Thursday to Monday for £61 each from Stansted with EasyJet.
Getting around Lanzarote
Getting around Lanzarote is pretty easy. Because it is the smallest of the four main islands, commuting between the airport and hotels isn’t too bad. Roads are maintained and are in good condition, so if you plan to explore this volcanic island, I do recommend renting a car or a scooter, depending on your own preferences. Because it was my birthday weekend in Lanzarote, we didn’t plan to drive at all.
I booked our stay in Lanzarote in January all independently, as it was cheaper than booking the whole package. I always use Shuttle Direct to search for the best possible deals and transfers from the airport to our hotel. It is easy, convenient and I’ve never had problems using their services. We paid less than £30 together for a return taxi to Seaside Los Jameos Hotel.
Fun fact: When our driver picked us up at the airport in Lanzarote in January, they booked us a whole coach instead of a car! I mean, why not!!
Weather in Lanzarote in January
The Canary Islands are known within British tourism as a cheap place to go all year-round to catch some sun, cocktails and Cerveza. Because of their location, not only being near Africa but also just north of the Tropic of Cancer, the weather in Lanzarote is mild all year round. It is also considered as a surfers paradise due to being the windiest island.
I chose Seaside Los Jameos simply because their pictures on Booking.com looked incredible and as soon as I saw the lobby with their gigantic interior trees and wooden decorations, I could imagine myself standing there with a glass of cava and have some nice pictures taken! Plus, the hotel had really good reviews on Tripadvisor, although it cost more than the one we had already pre-booked, we decided to give it a go.
Hotel Seaside Los Jameos is located on Los Pocillos Beach, in a pretty small and quiet part of Lanzarote. The Arrecife airport is roughly a 15 minutes drive, maybe 10 if there is no traffic. Super close, right?
The hotel features 4*, two large swimming pools, kids swimming pool, spacious tropical gardens, 4 tennis courts, small SPA and a gym. The beach is only across the road with gorgeous sunset views, which I fully recommend experiencing!
All the rooms are outfitted with air-conditioning, decorated with mainly white wooden furniture and light colours, giving you that beach holidays feeling. Standard rooms are big enough, with balcony and views. On their website they list larger Junior Suites and rooms located in the highest tower, offering that Top nosh service. We didn’t pay extra for the room, we knew the room will be only for sleeping off the alcohol. We ended up with a nice view anyway.
All the rooms come with private bathroom, shower, free toiletries, hairdryer, safety deposit box (I think that was 20€ deposit, but we didn’t bother), minibar and TV. There is not much I can say about our room, it was pretty standard with comfortable beds and we both had good quality sleep.
Food and Drinks
I really, really enjoyed the food selection. The buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. There was so much choice all day long that even if I stayed there for a month, I wouldn’t be able to try it all. For breakfast, there was a rich choice from fresh pastries, bread, eggs cooked at least three different ways, you could even grab a full English if you wanted to. For those with a sweet tooth, there was plenty of pancakes, muffins, waffles, churros with a variety of chocolate spreads and jams and the list goes and on and on!
Lunch was pretty standard every day while we were there, but still had a good choice of food. There were options of freshly grilled seafood, steak, chicken, salads and pasta. What I really liked about the food was every night there was a different theme for dinner, showcasing the best Italian, Mexican, Indian or Greek cuisine. Honestly, I stuffed my face every single time we went out for food. (And I may have put some weight on.)
The only thing we found really annoying was the fact the restaurant staff had to write up the cheque for you, every time we ordered a drink. We didn’t pay as we were all-inclusive, but it was a waste of time and paper. I know it is done for their system to recognise who is all-inclusive and who isn’t, but there are other ways to sort this out, like wearing bracelets, which are done pretty much everywhere in the world.
When it comes to drinks, we have had plenty. The earliest you can get a drink is 11am and the last drink is served just before midnight in the Common Area. The hotel isn’t designed for parties as it’s equipped to suit children as well, so if you are looking for a party place in Lanzarote in January, this is not the place to book. The hotel felt really quiet, maybe because it wasn’t the busiest season, but even if so, we couldn’t imagine having a party group with us at all. Plus, the fact drinks are served until 11pm isn’t satisfying enough for some people (Carl). I’ve had enough by then, haha!
Swimming Pools/SPA Experience
Both of the swimming pools are pretty big with a few sunbeds to lay down and soak that needed Vitamin D. Unfortunately, we only spent a day and a half by pools trying to get some tan due to weather being cloudy and windy for the rest of our weekend in Lanzarote in January. Did we try the water? Hell yea I did. Because my younger brother passed his driving licence, I told him that I would jump in water like a whale. But when I made this promise I didn’t know the water will be cold. So, I jumped. Twice, because he didn’t agree with my first attempt (to be fair it was a poor attempt due to not wanting to get my hair wet). Sitting by the pool under the hot sun and sipping a cocktail feels really great. Unfortunately, the sun wasn’t very generous with us in Lanzarote during January to enjoy it for all four days we were there.
But what I did enjoy was my Birthday SPA experience. On my birthday, Carl booked me in for a traditional 60-minute full body massage followed by a hair appointment. He truly spoilt me! I loved the massage. Bear in mind, the SPA is quite small so you have to book your massage in advance, especially during the peak seasons.
The hotel staff also surprised me on my birthday. Just before leaving for breakfast, we had a knock on our door. Two of the hotel staff came in with this goooorgeous chocolate cake decorated with flowers, a strawberry platter and a bottle of Cava as a birthday surprise! They even lit the candles for me so I could make my birthday wish, as I do every year! I want to say a big thank you to Sandra from Seaside Los Jameos who went above and beyond to make my birthday day really special!
Things to do in Lanzarote in January
Carl and I haven’t done anything in Lanzarote apart of drinking, eating and playing arcade games, so I won’t be going into too many details. I don’t like talking about things I haven’t done myself but I will include a few ideas of what to do on your weekend in Lanzarote in January with the link to other bloggers if you want to find out more! Plus, I found this video on YouTube broadcasting the highlights of this volcanic island!
Timanfaya National Park
This National Park is the number one attraction when visiting Lanzarote. It is a volcanic landscape covering a quarter of the island, created during 1730 and 1736 by near-continuous volcanic eruptions lasting six years. The landscape looks pretty much the same as it did 300 years ago after the eruptions.
Jardín de Cactus – The Cactus Garden
If you like nature and plants, especially cactuses, then maybe you could take a trip to this Cactus Garden with over 450 different species of cactuses collected from all around the world.
Hiking Montana Roja
Perfect for those who love hiking and want to explore this volcanic island. I recommend packing up your trainers and taking a walk around the Montana Roja.
‘In this magnificent setting, in the heart of the tourist centre of Playa Blanca and enjoying the temperate climate of the area, Marina Rubicón has since 2003 complemented and improved its facilities to become a sports, commercial and leisure centre of the very highest level accessible to everyone.’ – http://www.marinarubicon.com/en
Natural swimming pools
Enclosed spaces in their natural formation, the water of the Atlantic ocean seeps into small pools which makes them very popular on this little island. If you are looking for authentic and natural pools, this is the place to go. I can imagine the water being quite cold in Lanzarote during January, but you never know until you try, right?
Museo Atlántico – The Underwater Museum
If you are into underwater life and diving, this must be on your list! Just look at the pictures, it looks like the Lost City of Atlantis! It is the only underwater museum in Europe, which makes it pretty unique. Book your tickets here: https://underwatermuseumlanzarote.com/en/info-museo-atlantico/
Surfing in Lanzarote
Due to its location and unique conditions, Lanzarote waters are considered being one of the best in Europe for surfing.
Lanzarote in January: Conclusion
There is not a lot to do in Lanzarote in January, but the weather is much more enticing than England, so if you are considering a cheap holiday right after Christmas, then let the Canary Islands be it. Visiting Lanzarote in January guarantees that places won’t be overcrowded and you will be able to enjoy the beach and sunshine without sharing it with too many tourists. The only thing is that even if it is roughly 20 degrees, the wind can be quiet chilly, so I do recommend packing some jackets or cardigans and tights with your dresses.