This is a continuation of Manasi’s piece on the Princesa Yaiza Resort in Lanzarote here >
One of the best parts of any hotel stay is the breakfast buffet and staying at a luxury hotel like the Princesa Yaiza in Lanzarote meant that the breakfast didn’t disappoint! Breakfast is included for all guests and is served at 2 restaurants in the main hotel -La Hacienda and Yaiza, as well as on the other side of the road, in the family annexe.
In the main hotel wing, La Hacienda is the popular choice to have breakfast at, it’s open and if you get there exactly as it opens at 9am, you can nab yourself a table on the sheltered balcony. But regardless of where you choose to dine, the spread is the same across all 3 restaurants and the restaurants cater to absolutely everything you may want to have for breakfast.
There are egg stations, sweet treats, a wide array of breads, hams, cheeses, fruits, freshly squeezed juices, hot accompaniments and even a fridge stocked with baby food, which remains there for dinner, so babies can partake of the buffet too! This wide choice of food, along with freshly brewed coffees and teas, naturally lead to some serious over indulging and leaving breakfast so richly satisfied, you suspect you may never actually be hungry again.
But we’re in Spain, the land of tapas and you’re never too far from a wide selection of all the lovely little small plates that make eating Spaniard style so delectable. We were staying at Princesa Yaiza on a half-board basis which means lunch isn’t included and while there are a number of restaurants serving up food pool-side, we opted to take a daily walk out for lunch, it’s no more than a leisurely 15 minute walk either to Playa Blanca seafront or over to the Marina Rubicon, both scenes of restaurant heaven.
There are 3 restaurants included within your half board stay, Italian, Mexican and International buffets and a further 4 à la carte options that you can receive a €25 credit per person on your bill. First of all, we opted to do the rounds of the buffets and found that while all of them had some similar elements, namely vast quantities of food, they all came with a twist.
Each of these buffet restaurants does a special ‘show cooking’ option and in the Italian, La Piazzetta, this came in the form of a garlic-ky asparagus scallop spaghetti, which sounded too good to pass up. The Mexican restaurant, La Hacienda, did a mean outdoor BBQ and the International restaurant Yaiza had a different theme of cuisine every night, alongside its vast array of foods, guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eater. But special praise belongs to the array of desserts that came out to play every night, a veritable smorgasbord of delectable flavours and narrowing it down to one option was simply impossible, and terrible for the waistline. My favourite buffet restaurant, Yaiza, had their show cooking dessert one evening of banana rum caramel pancakes and my heart was won forever.
We didn’t only restrict ourselves to the buffet restaurants though, while the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Kampai wasn’t really possible with baby, we found ourselves drawn to the two restaurants at beach level, directly opposite a gazebo where we had live music every night.
Tapas, the on-site Spanish restaurant served up all the classics and we rounded off our meal there with some fabulous crème brulee while listening to the soulful singer belt out some tunes.
Don Giovanni was the neighbouring Italian and while husband lucked out with his masterful seafood linguine, my pumpkin ravioli was less successful however they more than made up for it with my favourite option of any meal – dessert. This came in the form of boozy tiramisu for me and an even richer chocolate fondant for the husband and with music in our ears and sweets on our tongue, we were in heaven.
We loved how accommodating all the restaurants were to children, even when on occasion, the children didn’t behave quite as well as they should, the laid back attitude of the staff and fellow patrons alike meant that parents could have a relaxing evening and enjoy wonderful food in warm, balmy surroundings.
For more info visit www.princesayaiza.com
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