A few weeks ago myself and my best friend Debra went away on a girly weekend! You may have seen our antics on my snapchat (add me @kayljcouture if you don’t already follow me on there) and it’s safe to say we had a great time enjoying lots of cocktails in the sunshine! We looked around at different hotels and decided we wanted somewhere that was pretty much guaranteed to have good weather so the canary islands was a bit of a no-brainer as they’re famous for their all year round sunshine! I’d never visited Lanzarote before but always heard good things about it and Debra had been once but to a different area than the one we were looking at so it seemed like a good option.
We came across the Barcelo Teguise Beach adults only hotel which is situated in Costa Teguise, an area of Lanzarote I’ve not heard too much about before. However, we wanted a few chilled days and this place looked perfect – bright modern interiors, a gorgeous infinity pool and a spa. The fact it’s adults only was also a huge bonus – I have nothing against children (just to clear that up haha) but when you want to totally relax, noisy children running around isn’t always ideal.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were really impressed with how clean and modern everything was. As you can see from the photos, the reception area is stunning and – it’s bright, white and has a marble floor and pops of colour from the huge velvet sofas. There was also a lovely welcome drink waiting for us of champagne, water or juice. We obviously went for the champagne, haha. After we’d had our drink and checked in, a lovely member of staff showed us to our room which was located on the third floor and was one of their top of the range junior suites. When we walked in to the room, we were so impressed by what we found. Firstly, there was a bottle of fizz and fruit waiting for us – ideal. The room had the most lovely open plan layout with one side of the room having a living room area with sofa, wardrobes and the mini bar and the other side a huge king size bed, large bathroom area with double sinks and a separate wet room style shower and toilet. I’m a big fan of open plan interiors so this style of room was right up my street.

As if the room wasn’t good enough, we also had a humongous balcony with views of the sea, a seating area and a hot tub. Yep, a hot tub. For me, hot tubs in hotel rooms are such a novelty and I’m always more inclined to book a room if it has one. The other side of our room overlooked the main pool area which as you can see from the photos, was absolutely beautiful. It was lined with palm trees, had a waterfall feature at the top and also sunken sun loungers so you can sunbathe in the pool. We did try these a couple of times but they weren’t the most comfortable, it has to be said. However, there was also amble of sun loungers around the pool and we never struggled to get some, even when we didn’t go down to the pool until 10am.

There was also the option to pay extra to get a balinese bed or a four poster bed which we did on two of the days we were there. At first we weren’t going to as it cost 40 euros but when we worked it out, to have a prime bed for the whole day which is way comfier than the standard loungers, it made sense to spend 20 euros each. It also included a bottle of bubbly which wasn’t available on the all inclusive menu and a fruit platter which the staff came and served to your bed. It was definitely a nice treat and something I’d recommend doing at least once if you’re staying at this hotel. We even watched Love Island whilst chilling on the bed as it was a completely private area where you weren’t disturbing anyone if you wanted to play your own music or watch things from your phone. Ideal! We even ended up bumping into a girl who follows me whilst chilling on the beds one day which was really cool / surreal.

As well as the pool I’ve just mentioned, the hotel also has an infinity pool with more sun loungers. We didn’t really sit by this pool too much as I felt it didn’t have the same atmosphere and because it was on the sea front, it was really windy up there. It was a stunning pool though and nice for a quick dip in throughout the day as it’s only a short walk away from the main pool area.

There’s a few board options available at the hotel so you can choose exactly what you want. As we were going for a chilled holiday and weren’t planning on doing a lot of exploring or eating out, we figured the all inclusive option would be best for us. I find all inclusive to be hit and miss at hotels but I have to say the options available at Barcelo were excellent and it’s hands down one of the best all inclusive hotels I’ve ever stayed at. The meals were buffet style in the main restaurant and there was also two restaurants where you could grab a light bite for lunch and order from a menu. This was a lovely touch as it meant it was never repetitive. They even had a little ice cream truck so you could go and help yourself to ice creams throughout the day.

As you can see from these images, we definitely didn’t go for the healthy options throughout our stay but hey, if you can’t eat like a pig when you’re on holiday, when can you? These photos were taken in the hotels two restaurants where you chose from a menu and were served, as opposed to the buffet (other than the first image which was taken in the buffet). I wish I’d have gotten more photos of the buffet as the options were endless but it was always so busy when we were there and I didn’t want to get my big camera out and start snapping while people were trying to get their food. However, they had so many options and different cuisines to choose from including Asian, Indian and Mexican foods.  I was honestly spoilt for choice every night. Breakfast was great too as you could get freshly made omelettes, toasties and pancakes as well as a huge range of fruits, cereal and pastries. Trust me, if you go for the all inclusive option at this hotel, you won’t be stuck for choice as there really was something for everyone.

Our absolute favourite part of the all inclusive would have to be the drinks menu as unlike other hotels I’ve stayed at which only offer basics like wine, beer and soft drinks, Barcelo included a whole cocktail menu, spirits, a large selection of wine and beers and even shots. Yes, we may have had a cheeky jaeger once or twice. Our absolute favourites cocktails were the Strawberry Mojitos and  Daiquiris. Both of these were divine and went down far too easily! They were also presented really nicely which is another rare occurrence in all inclusive hotels. Usually you get standard plastic cups  when having drinks by the pool and although these were in plastic cups (for safety reasons of course) they weren’t your bog standard ones and you’d think they were glass if you didn’t know otherwise. They were also nicely garnished – Instagram dream right there, haha! In the evening, there was two places you could go for drinks – the sports bar which was really lively and had sports on the big screens during the day and live entertainment at night or the cute cocktail bar which had a more calm and civilised atmosphere. Again, something for everyone. We personally loved the liveliness of the sports bar and spent most nights in there making us of the all inclusive drinks. The entertainment was actually really good too – we loved the Abba tribute haha!

The last thing I want to mention about the hotel is their gym and spa facilities. I know a lot of people don’t like to work out while they’re away on holiday but for some people who want to indulge without the guilt, it’s an important part of booking a hotel – knowing there’s somewhere they can work out each day. Barcelo had the most lovely gym – it was a stones throw away from the main pool and had a great open plan style. I didn’t personally use it when I was there but Debra did go down one morning and said it was great. As well as the gym, they also have a spa with a huge menu of treatments available so if you fancy a luxurious treat one day, this is a great option to have. We had a full body massage one of the days we were there called the ‘lomi lomi’ and it was an experience to say the least. They had us laying on a water bed which was quite a strange experience but it was nice to experience!

As well as the extensive facilities available at the hotel itself, Barcelo is also in a really good location and a short walk away from the beach and lots of bars and restaurants. We went out for a meal one of the nights we were there just for a change of scenery and ended up eating in a lovely little Italian place that was on a square full of bars and restaurants. One thing we noticed is that there wasn’t many places to ‘party’ or go clubbing – something young couples or groups of friends might want when on holiday. However, we may not have been looking in the right place as the barman at the hotel told us there was some clubs nearby. Just something to bare in mind if you’re looking for a party holiday.

So there we have it, a summary of our stay at Barcelo Teguise Beach. It was honestly such a lovely hotel and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back for a few more days of relaxation. They had pretty much everything you could need for a chilled few days in the sunshine!!

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I hope you guys enjoyed day two of my trip to Benidorm with jet2holidays.com and Visit Benidorm. We’re on to the third and final day of the trip now, boo! We were having the best time when we were there that we were all very sad when the last day came around. However, the trip certainly ended on a high and like the other two days, it was packed full of fun activities and delicious food!
We started the day like the previous two, meeting Sergio in reception after tucking in to the hotels delicious breakfast. We became really great friends with Sergio over our three days in Benidorm as he was such a friendly funny guy and couldn’t do enough for us to ensure we had the best time. He was also super knowledgeable of all things Benidorm which meant he knew all the best places to take us.

With this being said, we knew we were in for another fun day! First up on the itinerary was a Jeep tour with Marco Polo Expediciones who were so lovely. The 4×4 Suzuki Jeep picked us up from the front of our hotel and we all hopped in the back seat ready to be shown some of Benidorm’s more beautiful sights. I’d never considered doing a tour of this kind before but it’s actually such a great way to see more of the place you’re visiting – not to mention so much fun!
The jeep drove us up the Sierra Cortina and The Sleeping Lion mountains, both of which had the most breathtaking views from the top. We parked the jeep up whilst taking in the beautiful scenery and of course took some scenic photos in true blogger style. We then made our way to Polop and Guadelest, two of Benidorm’s beautiful villages filled with traditional Spanish cafes and shops. The perfect place for an afternoon stroll in the sunshine and a glass of Sangria. I mean, when in Spain it’s essential, right?
After yet another fun afternoon driving around on the back of an open top Jeep, it was time to head back to the hotel to sample the evening buffet selection. After trying the hotels breakfast on the pervious days, I knew we were in for an absolute treat with the evening choice too. I wasn’t disappointed – the hotel had everything you could want with various meats and fish, pizza, pasta, breads and paella up for grabs, as well as loads of mini desserts. Not great for the waistline but well worth an indulge when it’s unlimited food!
After dinner Sergio told us we’d be going to Sierra Helanda Natural Park – one of Benidorm’s most famous landmarks and a place you need to head to for all those Instagram worthy photo opportunities. As you can see from the photos, the views were absolutely stunning – I could have stayed up there for hours as it was so peaceful. After taking in some epic views, it was time to head for cocktails at Hotel Madeira, a rooftop bar located on the hotels 20th floor. As someone who is very partial to a cocktail (or five), this was like music to my ears. The bar overlooked the city and it was so nice to see it all lit up at night. It was a million miles away from what you’d expect from a bar in Benidorm which just shows that despite somewhere having a certain reputation, there’s so much more to a place when you look past the typical tourist areas.
So after a couple of Berry Mojitos, it was time to round up a wonderful three day before our early morning Jet2.com flight the next day. We said an emotional goodbye to Sergio, thanked him for all his help and made our way back to the hotel for one last sleep in those super comfy kingsized beds.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my trip to Benidorm and that it’s possibly shown you a different side to a truly beautiful place. Jet2 and Visit Benidorm set out with the aim to show us that Benidorm isn’t just stag and hen doo’s and that it is intact an amazing holiday destination for all kind of peoples – groups of friends, couples and families. There’s so much to do there so it really does cater to all kinds of people and needs. It’s also the perfect holiday destination for anyone looking for some sunshine not too far from home. It’s only a two hour flight, I found 3 nights to be a great amount of time so next time you’re looking for a weekend trip away, Benidorm is definitely somewhere to consider. Jet2holidays offer a whole range of package holidays to Benidorm so definitely check those out. Jet2.com also offer a flight only option if you aren’t looking for a package deal.
I can’t recommend the place enough and I’d definitely go back in the future. I’m already missing that beautiful hotel, the amazing weather and all of the delicious food. I also need to go back to Tao Bikes for another go on those electric bikes – SO MUCH FUN!
Have you ever considered visiting Benidorm? Have these posts changed your opinion?

I hope you guys enjoyed day two of my trip to Benidorm with jet2holidays.com and Visit Benidorm. We’re on to the third and final day of the trip now, boo! We were having the best time when we were there that we were all very sad when the last day came around. However, the trip certainly ended on a high and like the other two days, it was packed full of fun activities and delicious food!
We started the day like the previous two, meeting Sergio in reception after tucking in to the hotels delicious breakfast. We became really great friends with Sergio over our three days in Benidorm as he was such a friendly funny guy and couldn’t do enough for us to ensure we had the best time. He was also super knowledgeable of all things Benidorm which meant he knew all the best places to take us.

With this being said, we knew we were in for another fun day! First up on the itinerary was a Jeep tour with Marco Polo Expediciones who were so lovely. The 4×4 Suzuki Jeep picked us up from the front of our hotel and we all hopped in the back seat ready to be shown some of Benidorm’s more beautiful sights. I’d never considered doing a tour of this kind before but it’s actually such a great way to see more of the place you’re visiting – not to mention so much fun!
The jeep drove us up the Sierra Cortina and The Sleeping Lion mountains, both of which had the most breathtaking views from the top. We parked the jeep up whilst taking in the beautiful scenery and of course took some scenic photos in true blogger style. We then made our way to Polop and Guadelest, two of Benidorm’s beautiful villages filled with traditional Spanish cafes and shops. The perfect place for an afternoon stroll in the sunshine and a glass of Sangria. I mean, when in Spain it’s essential, right?
After yet another fun afternoon driving around on the back of an open top Jeep, it was time to head back to the hotel to sample the evening buffet selection. After trying the hotels breakfast on the pervious days, I knew we were in for an absolute treat with the evening choice too. I wasn’t disappointed – the hotel had everything you could want with various meats and fish, pizza, pasta, breads and paella up for grabs, as well as loads of mini desserts. Not great for the waistline but well worth an indulge when it’s unlimited food!
After dinner Sergio told us we’d be going to Sierra Helanda Natural Park – one of Benidorm’s most famous landmarks and a place you need to head to for all those Instagram worthy photo opportunities. As you can see from the photos, the views were absolutely stunning – I could have stayed up there for hours as it was so peaceful. After taking in some epic views, it was time to head for cocktails at Hotel Madeira, a rooftop bar located on the hotels 20th floor. As someone who is very partial to a cocktail (or five), this was like music to my ears. The bar overlooked the city and it was so nice to see it all lit up at night. It was a million miles away from what you’d expect from a bar in Benidorm which just shows that despite somewhere having a certain reputation, there’s so much more to a place when you look past the typical tourist areas.
So after a couple of Berry Mojitos, it was time to round up a wonderful three day before our early morning Jet2.com flight the next day. We said an emotional goodbye to Sergio, thanked him for all his help and made our way back to the hotel for one last sleep in those super comfy kingsized beds.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my trip to Benidorm and that it’s possibly shown you a different side to a truly beautiful place. Jet2 and Visit Benidorm set out with the aim to show us that Benidorm isn’t just stag and hen doo’s and that it is intact an amazing holiday destination for all kind of peoples – groups of friends, couples and families. There’s so much to do there so it really does cater to all kinds of people and needs. It’s also the perfect holiday destination for anyone looking for some sunshine not too far from home. It’s only a two hour flight, I found 3 nights to be a great amount of time so next time you’re looking for a weekend trip away, Benidorm is definitely somewhere to consider. Jet2holidays offer a whole range of package holidays to Benidorm so definitely check those out. Jet2.com also offer a flight only option if you aren’t looking for a package deal.
I can’t recommend the place enough and I’d definitely go back in the future. I’m already missing that beautiful hotel, the amazing weather and all of the delicious food. I also need to go back to Tao Bikes for another go on those electric bikes – SO MUCH FUN!
Have you ever considered visiting Benidorm? Have these posts changed your opinion?

I hope you all enjoyed reading about day one of my trip to Benidorm with Jet2holidays.com and Visit Benidorm as it’s time for day two! I’m so excited to share what we got up to on our second day in beautiful Benidorm as it was just as fun as the first.
After a divine nights sleep in Melia Villaitana’s ginormous king sized beds, we all met in the restaurant area for breakfast – the breakfast was buffet style and there was a huge selection available, I was stuck for choice. There was also the most lovely outdoor area by the pool where you could sit and enjoy breakfast – the perfect way to start the day. After we’d stuffed our faces with all the delicious food it was time to head to reception to meet our tour guide Sergio. We had another jam packed itinerary for the day so we couldn’t wait to get going and see what was in store for day two.
First up was jet skiing. We picked up our jet skis from Carlos Water Sports which was located in the beautiful marina of Benidorm and got kitted out in life jackets. I have to admit, I was dubious about doing this but also super excited. I always presumed jet skiing was something you had to have a lot of experience in or you’d end up being thrown into the sea at every turn, hence why I was feeling a bit worried. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Victoria and I paired up and took it in turns to drive the jet ski which was super simple – you literally pressed a button to start the engine and pulled a little handle to accelerate and brake. Pretty much the same as riding a bike. We followed one of the pro’s from Carlos Water Sports into the middle of the sea to the point we could barely see the shore but I didn’t feel nervous once. The jet skis felt really stable and it was amazing to whizz along and so much fun bouncing through the water with the wind blowing in our hair, feeling daring every now and again by pressing the accelerator a little bit more, hehe. It’s definitely an activity for the adrenaline junkies and I’d 100% do it again – I’ve never laughed so much If you fancy trying it out, it costs 80 euros for 30 minutes.
After all the fun of jet skiing, it was time for the next activity – scuba diving. Unfortunately, this is the one thing I had to say no to during the trip. Not too long ago I had an experience where I nearly drowned so the thought of being under water really freaked me out. Victoria was in the same position so we decided to catch some sun on the boat and watch whilst the other guys took part. They all said it was an amazing experience and after seeing how professional the team at Diving Stones were, I know they’d have looked after me if I had taken part. I’m not completely ruling it out for the future now I’ve seen how it all works, it definitely wasn’t as scary as my mind had imagined it to be. This also cost 80 euros and can be booked here via the Visit Bendirom website.
After a jam packed morning of fun activities, it was time for lunch – I’m such a foodie so was really excited to enjoy more of Benidorm’s specialities. Sergio took us to Son de Mar which was a beautiful restaurant located in front of the Levante beach. We enjoyed a set menu which included lots of amazing Spanish foods including the most amazing avocado dish – I don’t remember what it was called but oh my goodness, it was delicious. There was also beef carpaccio and lots of fresh seafood. We also enjoyed lots of Sangria and wine whilst taking in the pretty views of the beach.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel for some down time so we could enjoy the beautiful surroundings and pool areas. As I mentioned in my previous post, the hotel was beautiful and everywhere you turned was another pretty pastel wall or palm tree. With this being said, it was the perfect time to explore and take some photos, in true blogger style. After we’d taken some snaps of our outfits and the hotel, it was finally time for a cocktail! Berry mojitos all round?! The weather was absolutely glorious too – we were only sat out in it for around an hour and I’d already caught a tan. Who knew the weather was so good in Benidorm? Especially in May too – it felt like high Summer.
After we’d enjoyed a few hours down time, we got ready to meet Sergio for dinner. He told us we’d be heading to the Old Town to a street called ‘Los Vascos’ on a tapas tour where we got to pick our own tapas from a selection on display which was then cooked and brought to our table. My personal faves were the bread with tomato and aioli and the ham croquettes – they were amazing!! We also had the most insane dessert platter – just look at it, yum!! This place felt like a really authentic part of Benidorm with lots of cute little restaurants full of local people. It was also really reasonably priced with a nice dinner and drinks only costing 15-20 euros per person. Great for those holidaying on a budget!
Overall another amazing day in Benidorm! I can’t wait to share day three with you. Do you like the look of these places? Has it changed your opinion on Benidorm?

I hope you all enjoyed reading about day one of my trip to Benidorm with Jet2holidays.com and Visit Benidorm as it’s time for day two! I’m so excited to share what we got up to on our second day in beautiful Benidorm as it was just as fun as the first.
After a divine nights sleep in Melia Villaitana’s ginormous king sized beds, we all met in the restaurant area for breakfast – the breakfast was buffet style and there was a huge selection available, I was stuck for choice. There was also the most lovely outdoor area by the pool where you could sit and enjoy breakfast – the perfect way to start the day. After we’d stuffed our faces with all the delicious food it was time to head to reception to meet our tour guide Sergio. We had another jam packed itinerary for the day so we couldn’t wait to get going and see what was in store for day two.
First up was jet skiing. We picked up our jet skis from Carlos Water Sports which was located in the beautiful marina of Benidorm and got kitted out in life jackets. I have to admit, I was dubious about doing this but also super excited. I always presumed jet skiing was something you had to have a lot of experience in or you’d end up being thrown into the sea at every turn, hence why I was feeling a bit worried. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Victoria and I paired up and took it in turns to drive the jet ski which was super simple – you literally pressed a button to start the engine and pulled a little handle to accelerate and brake. Pretty much the same as riding a bike. We followed one of the pro’s from Carlos Water Sports into the middle of the sea to the point we could barely see the shore but I didn’t feel nervous once. The jet skis felt really stable and it was amazing to whizz along and so much fun bouncing through the water with the wind blowing in our hair, feeling daring every now and again by pressing the accelerator a little bit more, hehe. It’s definitely an activity for the adrenaline junkies and I’d 100% do it again – I’ve never laughed so much If you fancy trying it out, it costs 80 euros for 30 minutes.
After all the fun of jet skiing, it was time for the next activity – scuba diving. Unfortunately, this is the one thing I had to say no to during the trip. Not too long ago I had an experience where I nearly drowned so the thought of being under water really freaked me out. Victoria was in the same position so we decided to catch some sun on the boat and watch whilst the other guys took part. They all said it was an amazing experience and after seeing how professional the team at Diving Stones were, I know they’d have looked after me if I had taken part. I’m not completely ruling it out for the future now I’ve seen how it all works, it definitely wasn’t as scary as my mind had imagined it to be. This also cost 80 euros and can be booked here via the Visit Bendirom website.
After a jam packed morning of fun activities, it was time for lunch – I’m such a foodie so was really excited to enjoy more of Benidorm’s specialities. Sergio took us to Son de Mar which was a beautiful restaurant located in front of the Levante beach. We enjoyed a set menu which included lots of amazing Spanish foods including the most amazing avocado dish – I don’t remember what it was called but oh my goodness, it was delicious. There was also beef carpaccio and lots of fresh seafood. We also enjoyed lots of Sangria and wine whilst taking in the pretty views of the beach.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel for some down time so we could enjoy the beautiful surroundings and pool areas. As I mentioned in my previous post, the hotel was beautiful and everywhere you turned was another pretty pastel wall or palm tree. With this being said, it was the perfect time to explore and take some photos, in true blogger style. After we’d taken some snaps of our outfits and the hotel, it was finally time for a cocktail! Berry mojitos all round?! The weather was absolutely glorious too – we were only sat out in it for around an hour and I’d already caught a tan. Who knew the weather was so good in Benidorm? Especially in May too – it felt like high Summer.
After we’d enjoyed a few hours down time, we got ready to meet Sergio for dinner. He told us we’d be heading to the Old Town to a street called ‘Los Vascos’ on a tapas tour where we got to pick our own tapas from a selection on display which was then cooked and brought to our table. My personal faves were the bread with tomato and aioli and the ham croquettes – they were amazing!! We also had the most insane dessert platter – just look at it, yum!! This place felt like a really authentic part of Benidorm with lots of cute little restaurants full of local people. It was also really reasonably priced with a nice dinner and drinks only costing 15-20 euros per person. Great for those holidaying on a budget!
Overall another amazing day in Benidorm! I can’t wait to share day three with you. Do you like the look of these places? Has it changed your opinion on Benidorm?