A sporty paradise in Lanzarote

credit: Elizabeth Hotson

“Is 28 different sports in three days pushing it?” asked my partner optimistically when we arrived at Club La Santa resort on the east coast of Lanzarote.

“Probably, but we can give it a go,” I said, ogling the sea of newly surfaced tennis courts.

La Santa is legendary in the lexicon of active types looking for a bit of sun and some world class sports facilities. Visitors range from Olympic athletes on training camps to young families with kids and as an enthusiastic but very far from elite athlete, I was secretly relieved that not everyone was challenging for a medal on the world stage.

After checking into our apartment - one of the newly built suites, overlooking a rather lovely lagoon - we logged into the specially built booking app. It was like a free and very exciting sport buffet. Pretty much everything is included, bar some of the really specialised bikes and longer excursions. We signed up for as many activities as we could squeeze in from kayaking, to squash, cycling and pretty much every kind of gym class you could think of.

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Beginners golf was first. Our class of six started off with technique tuition and were then left to hit a few dozen balls whilst getting individual tips from the coach. I’d played a bit before but as a refresher lesson, the level was just right and it was 40 minutes very well spent.

After a game of badminton, we speed-walked to the outside workout area to have a go at a relatively new fangled circuits discipline called TRX. You use two straps with stirrups to build up your core strength. Apparently. Not wanting to risk an injury ahead of my upcoming advanced tennis class, I sat it out but everyone including my partner seemed to be having a great time. Next up was spinning. I’m not sure I’d have survived it if hadn’t been for the ultra enthusiastic instructor whose directions were clear enough for even a novice like me to follow.

After a quick shower it was time for a well-deserved dinner. We chose to eat in the buffet restaurant, Atlantico. Turned out we’d hit the jackpot; barbecue night. We were really impressed with the selection of food; loads of fresh veg and a great choice of meats, the perfect end to a day packed full of sport.

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The next day we managed to cram in an early morning run, more tennis, a pizza and salad lunch by the pool, mini golf, a quick swim, a yoga-like activity involving mats and happy hour at the bar. More than enough calories burnt to justify trying the El Lago a la carte restaurant. We reserved a table overlooking the lagoon where we devoured some beautifully cooked calamari, fish with padron peppers and volcano cake. After another round of mini golf we went on the booking app - fast becoming an addiction - and signed up for windsurfing and paddle boarding on what was going to be our last day.

Despite the lack of wind, our three person windsurfing cohort had a great time and I was impressed that a normally expensive activity was included in the price. The same for paddleboarding which in the UK is a pretty pricey afternoon on the water. All in all it was a brilliant few days and we’d definitely come for a longer stay next time.

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Need to Know Notes

Activities

Most are included in the price but there are supplements for the spa, excursions and individual lessons.

Equipment

Racquets, golf clubs, bikes etc are free but you need to either bring tennis balls and shuttlecocks or buy them from the on-site shop. Worth bearing in mind is the tennis racquet stringing service. I had mine done and it was cheaper than in the UK.

Pricing

Check the website carefully as there are some good deals to be had if you can be flexible with dates.

Getting there

We flew with Monarch which is no longer trading but there are plenty of services to Lanzarote. From the airport it’s around 30 minutes in a taxi and there’s also a hotel shuttle but you’ll need to check with the resort for exact times.

Words by Elizabeth Hotson

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