January blues hits most of us after Christmas. When there’s no more festivities to look forward to and Christmas and New Year are well and truly behind us, the blues kick in and January can feel like a bit of a slog.
This year, some Winter Sun was in order. I’ve never been on a hot holiday in the Winter months before and boy, it is definitely on my list to make an annual thing!
We decided to spend 10 days on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to get some rays and basically relax after a pretty hectic year and festive period. I’ve had a lot of questions about the location and our hotel so I wanted to share with you our experience in case Fuerteventura is on your travel list (and why it should be!)HOTEL: We chose to stay at Hotel Jandia Princess for our stay. It was in the South of the Island and was pretty remote part from a few other hotels near by – exactly what we were looking for as we weren’t interested in being in the hustle and bustle or surrounded by a lot of people. The hotel was lovely and clean, with crisp white walls and decor throughout. The location was lovely as well and the beach was accessible down some steps from the hotel. BEACH: The beach next to hotel was absolutely beautiful and due to the season we pretty much had it to ourselves for most of our stay. It has white sand, compared with other beaches on the island that have black sand. The beach was a long expanse of beautiful soft sand, and gorgeous blue waters. It really was the perfect beach and we spent our days lazing in the sun reading, listening to the waves, snoozing, chatting and getting up for the occasional ice cold beer in the local beach hut.
WEATHER: The weather for our stay was exactly what we hoped for. It was mid to high 20s every day – the perfect sunbathing weather for me. Not too hot that you’d over heat and need to get out of it, but hot enough that the sea breeze was very welcome! Fuerteventura, and the Canaries in general are known for being quite windy, so this is something I’d definitely research if you’re planning a trip. We were really lucky and the wind was calm throughout our stay, a couple of days the breeze was slightly stronger, but it felt like a normal sea breeze and definitely wasn’t blowing our towels away or anything like that. Other days we didn’t have any wind, so overall it was perfect.
In terms of temperature throughout the day, it was hot from 9am and we’d generally lie in the sun all day until about 4-4.30pm when the cool evening air would pick up and bit and it was time to wrap up and head back to the hotel. As we went in the ‘off season’ the evenings were typically chilly, so I’d recommend light layers if you’re planning on sitting out. Due to the time of year it generally got dark about 7pm, so that would be something to bear in mind if you’re looking for long lazy evenings overlooking the sea.
FOOD: Our Hotel was all inclusive so all our food and drink was included in the price. The food was lovely and varied, and there was a choice of 3 restaurants to eat in. Everyday offered different options from salads, to cold meats, to hot dishes, to the grill, to stir fry, to the pizza bar, to the dessert section. There was something for everyone and we didn’t get bored of the food at all. I would bear in mind that the way most all inclusive operate is via a main buffet hall, so I wouldn’t exactly describe the food as ‘al la carte’, and if that’s what you’re looking for I’d do your research before booking, but it was exactly what we needed after a day in the sun and had the option of lighter dishes or more hearty meals depending on your mood.
Drinks were also great, there was an option of beers, wines, spirits, mixers and cocktails. There was also the option to upgrade to Premium spirits as well, however we went for local and couldn’t tell the difference. ACTIVITIES: There are lots of water sports options in Fuerteventura and everyday we would see wind surfers and sail boats out in the sea. We stuck to the hard task of sunbathing throughout most of our trip, however if you need a bit more adventure than that, there were lots of excursion options and activities to get involved in. CULTURE: In terms of culture, I wouldn’t mark Fuerteventura as a cultural haven you have to visit. There may be reems of history I have overlooked, but there didn’t appear to be lots of explorations and copious amounts of locations to explore. However if you want to read a book while sitting on the beach with a cocktail in hand, you’ll be right at home. PRICE: We chose this hotel for the price, time of year and location. We wanted an affordable break, but with good weather, a lovely hotel and beautiful beaches. I would say this was a mid-range price and our trip for two cost approximately £1,200. Originally we wanted to go away for New Year, however the price sky rocketed up by more than half again, so it’s definitely worth researching different date options for the best deal.
Overall, our break was exactly what we’d hoped it would be. Beyond relaxing, amazing weather, time to re-charge, beautiful beaches and good food and lovely hotel. If you’re looking to visit Fuerteventura, I would definitely recommend it as a perfect option to lie in the sun and have time away from the real world.