Gran Canaria 2017

Hey Everyone,

Things have been a little bit quiet on my blog recently because I have been on my holiday! But I am back now and ready to start writing again! 

The Hotel and Room – Me and my boyfriend have just spent 10 days in Gran Canaria, Taurito. We stayed in the Mogán Princess Hotel & Beach Club, in a sea view room. The Hotel is advertised as a 4* hotel but personally I do not think it is worth those stars. It is a big accommodation with approximately 212 rooms and suites looking over the bay and the sea, located above the Taurito valley. I have to say, although I wasn’t overly impressed with the hotel itself, the view we had was spectacular. 

Within the Hotel complex, there are 3 pools, a main outdoor pool, an adult only panoramic pool and a separate child’s pool. Unfortunately, we only used the pool once because it was so overcrowded we couldn’t get sun beds at all. 

We stayed in room 3307B, which was a standard ocean view room. The room has a balcony, which was perfect for some standard holiday balcony poses. 

We had air conditioning, which to be honest barely did anything apart from give me a sore throat. Our sleeping arrangements were not that comfy, we thought we had a double bed but just turned out to be two single beds pushed together. Our bathroom had a bathtub, shower and hairdryer, and of course a toilet and sink! Very clean and the shower was nice and powerful. We had separate pool towels provided along with our bathroom towels. The room also claims to have satellite TV with multiple national and international channels, this was not the case. The only channels we had available in English, were two news channels that seemed to only talk about Donald Trump! It was mind numbingly boring. We had our bedding changed twice I think and our towels were replaced daily, along with a daily clean of our room. 

The Hotel offers a buffet restaurant, a snack bar, a beach club, a pool bar and a disco bar. We only ate and had drinks in the buffet restaurant and disco bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the buffet restaurant. Breakfast was your usual all inclusive continental food, eggs, bacon, sausages, croissants etc. I am not a huge lover of any of this so I had pancakes most days, occasionally swapping to a croissant and a bit of fruit. Adam had the full works but wasn’t overly impressed by it compared to other all inclusive meals we have had in the past. There wasn’t even fresh orange juice, just squash. Because we didn’t spend the day at our hotel, we never ate lunch there apart from our last day. Again, wasn’t anything fantastic, pizza and hot dogs. Dinner started off ok but by about day 5, I was sick of seeing pork, veal or fish being the only food available. So a great big thumbs down for food I’m afraid. 

Beaches & Things to Do – After deciding the pool scene was not for us, we decided to rent a car so we could do some exploring. 

Our first stop, along with many returns after this, was Amodores Beach. This beach is fairly large, with sun beds and umbrellas available for you to hire for the day. We paid 12€ for two sun beds and one umbrella every time we went. The sand is golden and the sea is bright blue! Although, because of the algae on the rocks, some days it actually gives off a lime green shade! Perfect day for everyone, couples, friends and families. There are rows of restaurants and shops behind so you can stop off for some lunch or buy a lilo to chill out in the sea. We ate in the the Blue Beach restaurant each time and enjoyed the Diablo Pizza! Staff were very friendly here!

Next up, we took a trip to Palmitos Park. This is a mix of a botanical garden, aviary and zoo. The major exhibits include dolphins, birds of prey, reptiles, gibbons, meerkats and exotic birds. There are snack bars and a small cafe in around the park for you to stop off for a drink. Unless you are watching the bird or dolphin shows, you can get round the park easily within an hour, which probably isn’t worth the 30€ per person you pay for entry. But giving the giant tortoises a tickle made up for it. 

We then discovered a great little spot in Melonoras which was packed with shops and restaurants and big beautiful hotels, which kind of bummed us out a bit knowing that these were just 20 minutes away from our not so beautiful Hotel. There are perfume and cosmetic shops selling all the best brands from Chanel to Marc Jacobs, Gucci to Lancôme, literally everything. I ended up buying two perfumes while I was here, Good Girl by Carolina Herrera and Narciso Rodriguez for Her. 

There are also some great clothes shops here too, selling some big brands like Nike, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors. 

Later in the holiday, we decided to try out a new beach. So after doing a bit of research, we came across a place called Anfi Beach. Surrounded by leafy palm trees, if I didn’t know any better, I could have sworn we were on a Caribbean beach. The sand was white and the sea was crystal clear. I was in heaven. Lots of great shops and restaurants behind the beach to have a bit of a spend up in, again we did this and my lovely boyfriend treated me to a new pair of Pink Nike Roshe Runs and white Converses. There is a beautiful harbour to take a walk around and because the water is so clear, you can see shoals of fish swimming around. This place turned out to be the highlight of my holiday. 

While doing our research, we read about a place called Maspalomas Lagoon, which was meant to be located within Maspalomas beach and be like a tropical location.This did not turn out to be the case at all! Instead, we were greeted by a crowd of naked people frolicking in the sea. Yes, we had somehow ended up on a nudist beach. I was horrified, much to Adams amusement. The beach went on for miles, with some parts being nudist free, so we spent the majority of the day walking along the seafront until we found a spot to enjoy the sun in. 

So that pretty much covers our holiday adventures, beaches and shopping! My kind of holiday! Would I go back to Gran Canaria? Probably not, but if I was to I would certainly look at staying in a different location. Did I have fun? Yes! And that is all that matters. 

Thanks for reading! 

Danielle xx

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