Inspiring Travel Company Aviation Manager Catherine Maudsley describes her recent trip to the winter sun destination of Lanzarote...
"So the flight with Monarch Airlines was booked and it was an early one, a 7.20am departure, so we decided that staying the previous night at the airport would be a good idea and it truly was.
We pulled up in our taxi outside the Raddison Blu Manchester to be greeted by Arthur, the concierge. He took our cases whilst I pushed my mum’s wheelchair up to check-in and then all the way to our room. The room was ideal for our needs and the next morning we were met in reception by our ITC representative who walked us down the tunnel and into T2.
After collecting our boarding cards and passing through fast track security, our rep left us to grab some breakfast before taking us right to the aircraft. These are the kind of little touches and assistance you really need when travelling with a wheelchair user.
Check-in whilst enjoying a refreshing glass of fresh orange juice was seamless, but the best was yet to come; our room ‘C510’, which was an adapted suite. On opening the door we quickly realised the suite was huge and beautifully decorated with traditional wood beams in the ceiling of the lounge. The dining table seated four and the kitchenette was complete with a microwave. The bathroom had full roll in shower and also a low bath with an extra shower over it. The grab rails were abundant in the room which was ideal for my mum, and the bedroom was very large with plenty of room for access between the twin beds.
Princesa Yaiza has two options for half board and we opted for the Deluxe half board, as this included the à la carte restaurants; giving us a total of seven restaurants to choose from, one for every day! On the first night we ate at the Don Giovanni Italian restaurant situated near the seafront. The food was delicious and the staff were a delight and so helpful when we had some rain escorting us back to our room. On the second night we decided to try the Japanese Restaurant Kampai which was truly an experience. The show cooking was thoroughly enjoyable, with each table seating eight people and the flames creating a spectacle to behold. With the huge choice of different meats and fish it was very difficult to decide what to have, in the end I opted for the Tiger Prawns Teppanyaki which were truly delicious!
The Princesa Yaiza is situated in the best possible place. If you go out onto the promenade you can walk right, which takes you to an abundance of shops and small restaurants. This is also where the boat leaves from should you wish to visit Fuerteventura for the day. If you decide to walk left instead, you go down to the marina where a twice weekly market is held selling local goods. Whichever way you walk it is all very flat, so ideal for wheelchair users and pushchairs.
Within the hotel there is Kikoland, a children’s park which is fantastic for anyone aged under 16 years, with all sorts of activities from entertainment to sports, and the characters walk around the hotel early in the morning to encourage the children to take part. For the adults there is a beautiful Thalasso Centre and Spa offering a huge range of treatments to suit everyone’s needs.
Overall the Princesa Yaiza is suitable for all age ranges and disabilities, from small children to couples to wheelchair users. If you just wish to relax by the pool, then there’s plenty for you to choose from, but you also have the ability to get out and about from here; making it the perfect base. The staff are fabulous, nothing was ever too much trouble, and I really hope I will get to return again one day.";