By Jay Fagan
Let’s be true to ourselves. After 15 months of lockdown, we are all a bit apprehensive about overseas travel. For many, staycations with their hidden bear traps of cold, wet, windy days may not be attractive – but the prospect of sitting shoulder to shoulder with those who may, or may not, have been Covid 19 vaccinated or screened can bring anxiety to an otherwise romantic dinner a deux.
Which is where the charms of Canary Islands resort Bahiazul Villas and Club reveal themselves. A charming 5* villas-only haven where you can interact with other guests as much or as little as you wish.
Every high spec villa has its own pool and jacuzzi, fully-fitted kitchen, living space, air con in all rooms, sound system, WIFI and 120m2 roof terrace with a BBQ and Balinese sunbed.
There is a club, where guests can socially distance, and a restaurant, but equally there are nearby supermarkets where you can buy your own produce to be totally self-sufficient.
Add guaranteed good weather, a wide range of excursions – including dune buggies, coastal horse riding and sailing and Bahiazul becomes a persuasive holiday proposition for 2021 and beyond.
The resort is situated on Fuerteventura, the second largest island in the Canaries. With 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and temperate breezes ensuring the summers are not overly hot, Fuerteventura is a genuine year-round resort with, in normal times anyway, regular flights from most areas of the UK. The same breezes make the island a watersports paradise with outstanding surfing and both kite and windsurfing.
The resort claims to offer an insight into “the real Fuerteventura” with a series of specialist excursions available. “Surf in the European Hawaii,” “Stand-up Paddle” and “Kitesurfing” are self-explanatory but the opportunity to go fishing around small nearby island Los Lobos includes tuition and advice on what is or is not safe to eat.
“Fanny’s Horses” explores a remote part of the island with appropriate freedom depending on the guest’s abilities and includes a sunset mountain experience. Driving a quad bike or buggy to the interior of the island takes riders far away from the beaten track to see parts of the island few visitors go to.
The stand out excursion has to be a sailing voyage to nearby Lanzarote on board a private catamaran. Guests can relax on deck and enjoy the sun, feed the plentiful surrounding fish by hand or stop and take a dip, kayak or paddle surf. After arriving in Lanzarote there will have time to walk on the beaches, collect shells, have a drink at one of the restaurants or beach bars…
During the cruise, you will also have the opportunity to visit the mysterious Isla de Lobos, an enclave just two kilometres from Fuerteventura and a part of the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park and whose former lighthouse keeper is a celebrity on the island with a local school and a street named after him. Guests wanting to know his entire story have to make a stop at the cafe/restaurant on the islet, a cosy place to listen to stories of the lighthouse keeper while enjoying the famous Canary Islands’ honey rum.
Situated near to the Eastern coast of the island, Bahiazul is 40 minutes by car from the airport and a short drive from magnificent beaches.
Bahiazul (or blue bay) villas all have three en-suite bedrooms and a private pool with a jacuzzi or hot tub. All villas have everything needed for guests to be completely self-sufficient while The Bikini Club – as the name suggests – is a relaxed terrace serving food during the day and drinks until midnight. Restaurant Bahiazul is open for breakfast and dinner featuring spectacular Mediterranean buffets which change each evening throughout the week and there is a SPA and Fitness Centre onsite too.
There are three levels of accommodation with prices starting from €167 per night. Every villa can house six people. The luxurious Royal Villas (from €238 per night) feature a hot tub, an outdoor canopy bed, tropical garden and the pool is heated.
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