This year we are visiting Lanzarote, the fourth largest island in the Canaries. We are choosing to stay in Playa Blanca, the resort furthest from the airport, but an area that offers the best deals.
During my research I compared the 3* Marconfort Atlantic Gardens Apartments to the beach front 4* Hotel Hesperia Costa Dorada, that includes a nine hole pitch and putt golf course and a Spa with Turkish baths.
Both resorts are close to the beach, and rated high on http://www.tripadvisor.com. Both offer the standard all inclusive package that includes, all meals, snacks, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and on site entertainment.
The 3* Marconfort Atlantic Gardens Apartments is a 30 minute stroll from the Marina Rubican, the heart of the tourist centre in Playa Blanca. It offers a restaurant, bar, and pool bar. Activities include: two swimming pools, tennis courts, volleyball, mini golf and a gym.
The beachfront 4* Hotel Hesperia Playa Dorada is located a 10 minute stroll along the seafront promenade to Rubican Marian. The hotel offers 3 restaurants, 5 bars, 6 pools, a wellness centre including Turkish baths, 9 hole pitch and putt golf course, tennis courts, a gym, and daytime activities offered by animation team. After dark, the hotel offers daily live entertainment in the Atlantic Bar.
The professional animation teams are the main reason we consider the 4* resorts much better value. (Most 4* resorts offer day and evening entertainment, but you still need to do your research.)
The team offers a variety of daytime activities, usually located around the main pool. Aqua aerobics, yoga, archery , boules, is found on many 4* resorts. The activities and times offered are usually displayed in the lobby, so it is easier to plan your day.
I always look forward to the nightly entertainment over the free drinks. Both the day and entertainment are a fabulous way to meet the other guests.
At the end of our research, my husband and I always opt to spend a little more money to enjoy the full entertainment package, and the best location money can buy.
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