In the blink of an eye, our family holiday to the sunshine island of Fuerteventura is over. We’re back to the rain and flash floods of the Great British Summer and it has more than dampened my enthusiasm to get back into the swing of routine and ‘normality’.
We spent a week at the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park Suites on an all inclusive basis and it was just what we needed. Both Greg (my husband) and I needed some time off from work, we desperately wanted to spend some quality time with Olly (our three year old) and we just needed to see some sunshine, to feel the heat of the sun on our shoulders and to stop, relax and enjoy whatever the day gave us.
We had such a wonderful time. I didn’t really know what to expect from Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. It wasn’t a place I had ever really heard much about but when Greg found the hotel online that ticked all our boxes and was within our budget, we checked out the reviews, decided to book it and was looking forward to visiting somewhere new.
It was our first holiday abroad with just the three of us. Back in 2014 when Olly was just 18 months old we went to Turkey with my Sister and her family. Unfortunately, although the weather was beautifully hot, the hotel was awful so this holiday had a lot of high expectations riding on it.
Luckily for us, our hotel and it’s location were stunning. The hotel was everything we wanted, the staff were really friendly and couldn’t of helped us more and the food, my word, the food was worth every pound (of the 12.5lb that I put on) it was fresh, plentiful and delicious.
Olly enjoyed freshly made pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast, I enjoyed freshly squeezed orange juice and crispy foreign bacon with my cooked to order omelette and we even tried some new foods; I tried tuna steak (and didn’t like it) but ate paella with mussels which is an absolute first as I don’t enjoy fish or seafood as a rule!
The all inclusive option was brilliant value for money for us. The range of food was amazing and definitely something for everyone. Olly was a little fussy but enjoyed the spaghetti, rice, vegetables, sausages and chicken fillets. It was good that he could try new things without us worrying that we had to find more money for something else. We’re not big drinkers but enjoyed a glass or two of bubbly, cocktails and Sangria as well as Irish coffees, branded beers and spirits. We could always get a drink whenever we wanted, take it back to our room in an evening and drink on the patio whilst Olly fell asleep after enjoying an hour in the mini-disco.
The beach by our hotel was beautiful and we enjoyed a lovely post dinner walk down on the sand one evening. During the day it was far too hot for Olly so we spent a lot of time in and around the pool, taking part in team games with the hotel’s entertainment team and just relaxing whilst reading a book or having a sneaky snooze.
We did explore more of the local area and had walks around the local shops and cafes. We took a taxi to the nearby town of Morro Jable which has a brilliant mix of bars, cafes and restaurants nestled right along the beach. We walked to the harbour as we had heard we could see wild turtles there but didn’t get to see any much to Olly’s disappointment. We did see some wild stingray which was incredible, they were enormous.
We had such a wonderful time on holiday together. Olly slept in his single bed all night every night whilst we were away meaning we all had lots of wonderful sleep, something we were rather lacking of late. So many happy memories to take away. I’ll be sharing more photographs over the next few weeks when time allows but for the meantime, thank you Fuerteventura, we absolutely loved your island and we’ll definitely be back.
Our holiday was paid entirely by us. I’m sharing where we stayed as it was a beautiful hotel with fantastic facilities and staff, and would highly recommend friends and family to staff there.