Hi guys! It feels like forever since I actually penned some of my most recent adventures down and it feels a bit weird! Those who follow me on Twitter / Instagram will know Mr M and I adventured to Fuerteventura in April and not long after returning we discovered we were pregnant! For the first 14 weeks I felt like I had the worst hangover in the history of the world and did nothing but sleep and be sick and behaved like a zombie. Grim! Now I’m well into the second trimester and I’m feeling full of beans and back to my normal (ish) self! So let me fill you in about our beautiful little Spanish adventure!
Escape to Fuertaventura
Winter has to be one of my least favourite seasons, it’s cold, glum, and dark and Mr M and I both feel a little lost and sad during it so we try and get away as early as possible in the year to soak up the sunshine and absorb some of the vitamin D goodness. I’m constantly searching for holidays and even though I had never considered the Canary Islands as a destination to visit or was it on my ‘want to go’ list I’m so glad we went. For quick sun breaks I always head to Thomson to see what they have on offer. You pretty much know what you’re getting on a Thomson holiday and we were impressed by what we had got in Cape Verde so I began browsing. Our priorities for this trip was relaxation and sunshine. I filtered down through the Thomson results to their Sensimar properties and found the Sensimar Royal Palm and Resort located in Jandia – Fuerteventura. This ticked all of our boxes (an average of 23°c, slightly windy (something we loved about Cape Verde), views overlooking the sea and a spa) and even though the reviews were mixed I went ahead and booked for 7 nights.
The feeling of a booked holiday is the best. I love to have my next couple lined up as something to look forward to as I find it mentally focus you as something to work towards.
The flight and service from Thomson, as you’d expect. We touched down in Fuerteventura around 12:30pm on a Wednesday and got on our transfer bus. One thing I didn’t quite realise was how big the island actually is – it’s the second largest of the Canary Islands. Our hotel was in the South and the transfer took about an hour. I always like the transfers between the airport and hotel as you have a chance to see the scenery of this new destination.
The Royal Palm and Resort
Arriving at the hotel we were greeted by staff who took our luggage and were handed a glass of champagne to check in with. The reception area is vast but serene. Lots of reviews described it as an art gallery feeling, which wouldn’t be far from the truth – there is actually an art gallery in the hotel. It’s bright, white, clean and airy, and has views overlooking the sea. We checked in and were told our bags would be dropped off at our room shortly.
It’s quite sad but, getting into a hotel room is possibly the most exciting part of a holiday for me. Working in the hotel industry and being exposed to hotels everyday I love to have a good old mooch and explore around. We opened the door and were greeted with a generous sized room with a massive bed with a balcony that overlooked the pool and the beach / sea. This was beautiful. I sat on the balcony every morning with a cup of tea watching the sunrise and it was spectacular
Our bags arrived and we went for a little explore around. The reviews had warned of the resort being slightly confusing to navigate but once you got your bearings it wasn’t too tricky at all.
After a little mooch around we grabbed a couple of beers and chilled by the pool where I started The Turning Point by Freya North (such a great book but *will* reduce you to tears). We then headed for a nap before dinner and then went to sleep.
The food at The Royal Palm was such good quality. Better than any all-inclusive I’ve been to before (this was half board only). For the whole week we both ate extremely well. Breakfasts quite often had a table with a make your own bloody mary and the selection of breads and pastries and cooked items was vast. Dinners alternated very well and presentation was always excellent and the desserts were fantastic. We made use of the onsite pizzeria for lunches (not included in the price) which also serves the most beautiful desserts. There’s also a Michelin star restaurant on site which we were going to visit but found out was closed every Tuesday night and that’s the day we were going to book for.
The next day we met our rep to see what there was to do in the area. We have no intention of doing anything but booked on the ‘Fuertaventura Undiscovered’ tour which covered a vast amount of destinations. After booking we went for a walk to the nearest supermarket along the beach and then we went to find the famous chipmunks I’d heard so much about. The chipmunks hide in the stones along the beach but are so tame and friendly if you have food they’ll come and eat out of your hand!
We later discovered that there are over 100,000 on the island along with 100,000 goats! That’s roughly one goat and chipmunk to each resident on the island. Everywhere we visited there was some kind of animal that Mr M was trying to make friends coercing them with his bag of nuts..!
Sperm Whale Skeleton
After a spot of lunch and lounging by the pool we headed along the beach to find the Sperm Whale skeleton and see what shops were on offer. The walk is about 40 mins from the hotel but with the cool breeze along the beach it’s a fairly easy walk.
We picked up an ice cream and a pack of cards from a shop (we love to play cards on holiday – Mr M hates how I usually beat him at Shithead though).
Our evenings pretty much consisted of the same thing, we’d always nap before dinner and then head for food and then back for sleep! It worked really well as the sun makes us so sleepy.
The next day we packed up ready for our Fuertaventura Undiscovered all day tour. The itinerary was vast but had copious amounts of time at each place. Here’s a quick photo diary of the stops.
Turtle Nursery – Morro Jable
On the Sunday we visited Morro Jable, initially to find the market and to find the turtle nursery but we couldn’t find the market so headed to the turtle nursery instead. This place is amazing and the work they do is incredible. Entry is free but there is a donations box, they look after sea turtles that have been washed up on the shore and they also work with the Cape Verde island of Boa Vista to reintroduce the Loggerhead Turtles after decades of decline. Seeing the turtles swim around in massive baths, popping their heads up for air was so therapeutic, they’re such beautiful creatures and I hope the programme to introduce them back to Fuertaventura is a success.
Our remaining days were pretty chilled, we did lots of walking along the beach, splashing in the sea, feeding chipmunks and eating ice cream. We played table tennis, tennis and did lots of swimming. We were under no pressure to do anything and this was just what we needed!
Would I go back?
Definitely. I would probably like to visit the north of the island next time, or even as a day visit from Lanzarote. Visiting Fuertaventura has definitely opened my eyes to the possibility of adventuring to the other Canary Islands. I think it will always be a special place for us being the last sun holiday before Baby M arrives ?
Have you been to Fuerteventura? What were your highlights? Tweet me @xxmissbirdyxx with your Fuerta highlights or leave a comment below! Keep up to date with my travels over on Instagram @xxmissbirdyxx where I share lots of insta stories during an adventure!