In the earlier days of holiday travel you had no choice in reality but to leave the arrangement of almost all trips abroad to the high street travel agents. Package tours where pretty much the only real choice for those on a budget but it did open the world of travel to families who would only ever have been able to afford holidays in their own country, much to the consternation of the local tourist boards and authorities.
The travelling public welcomed all be it a bit tentatively at first online travel sites but nowadays The Internet has made it easy for tourists to eschew the services of travel agents and tour operators and book their own breaks direct online. This has led to a massive upsurge in independent travel to popular holiday destinations such as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands even though tourists had been enjoying the year round warm climate for decades before.
Even though Lanzarote was synonymous with package tourism during the 1980´s fortunately the days of Club 18-30 and full English breakfasts all round are long gone as the island also offers a good selection of more upmarket alternatives these days.
Whilst some tourists prefer the do it yourself type of holiday break many others prefer hotel accommodation and see their annual break as the ultimate relaxation experience and the last thing on their mind is cooking their own meals or staying in apartment complexes.
On Lanzarote for example the availability of hotel accommodation has grown and there are now six good quality 5 star hotels for the discerning visitor to choose from. With the Sol Melia group boasting two of these establishments. One, the Gran Melia Volcan is located in Playa Blanca which basks in the sun on the south of the island adjacent to the Rubicon Marina. Whilst the other, the chains flagship on the island, the Gran Melia Salinas hotel is situated in the pleasant resort of Costa Teguise.
The Arrecife Gran Hotel is located in the island capital of Arrecife and occupies the only high rise building on the island which is highly unusual given the islands planning laws. When originally constructed the building was in contravention of island planning laws during the 1980´s and as a result lay vacant and derelict for many years as it was simply not worthwhile for developers to pay for demolition.
The building continued to remain an eyesore for many years but eventually the island government relented and in the interest of local aesthetics decided to allow the building to be transformed into a smart 5 star hotel. Guests at the hotel are lucky to be able to enjoy fantastic views across Lanzarote from the 17th floor roof top restaurant.
Playa Blanca also has an excellent range of four-star hotels lining the picturesque shoreline of the resort. Prices are very reasonable and some rooms enjoy great views across the water to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura which has been home to many filming crews over the years due to the stunning beaches the island is most widely known for.
Play Blanca's hotels tend to be particularly popular for visitors during the winter months, as the resort boasts the best weather the island has to offer during the coolest months of the year unlike the north of the island which is often covered in cloud which does feel a bit damp especially in the early morning and towards the end of the day.
So if you are looking for a relaxing hotel hotel experience that will not break the bank, make sure that the island of Lanzarote is high on your shortlist of possible destinations.