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Lanzarote Accommodation

Lap up the five star luxury of a world class hotel or "go native" in a rural retreat. Lanzarote has hotels, apartments, villas and pensions enough to suit all tastes and budgets.

The majority of package holidaymakers who visit the island stay in the middle market modern hotels and apartment complexes which predominate in Puerto del Carmen, the Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca. There are also several "aparthotels" which combine the freedom of self catering accommodation with the convenience of hotel facilities.

Many of the hotels catering for package tourists provide an excellent range of sports and leisure facilities and a full entertainment programme.

If you've got money to burn you could spoil yourself in one of the island's most prestigious hotels, the five star Hotel Gran Melia Volcan at Playa Blanca. The hotel has been built in the style of a typical Lanzarote village its entrance is a replica of a local church and leads through to a series of plazas, patios, picturesque corners and fountains.

Facilities here include no less than four swimming pools (one heated in the winter), a gym, squash and health spa with Turkish and thermal baths, a large jacuzzi and beauty salon. Several restaurants offer seafood specialties, French, Italian, Spanish and Canarian cuisine and different themed buffets.

Another top of the range hotel on the beachfront at Playa Blanca is the luxurious Princesa Yaiza which has sumptuous royal suites, swimming pools, shops and a thalasso therapy centre.

At the eastern end of the village you'll find an unusual hotel built on the hillside with wonderful views of the sea, harbour and islands of Fuerteventura and Lobos. Hotel Casa del Embajador was originally a collection of local fishermen's houses built at the end of the 19th century. They were bought in the 1950s by a wealthy diplomat who later converted them into holiday accommodation.

If you fancy getting away from the busy tourist areas and staying somewhere more traditionally Canarian, there are numerous fincas and country houses which have been converted into exclusive hotels and guesthouses.

La Calerita, for example, is a delightful country finca with three apartments near the village of Uga in the south of the island. Or try Casa Diama, a small rural hotel overlooking Timanfaya National Park you'll stay in a family setting with stunning views of the surrounding volcanoes, vineyards and fruit orchards.

If you're watching the pennies, consider staying in one of the small "hostales" or "pensiones" which you'll find around the island, particularly in the capital Arrecife. They usually offer clean and comfortable accommodation and are exceptionally good value. Facilities can be quite basic but you can pay as little as £10 per night.and you'll find more of a true Canarian feel in this type of accommodation than you'll get in the modern, high rise hotels.

Take a ferry over to the paradise island of La Graciosa and stay in Pension Girasol, the first tourist establishment to be built on the island in the sixties. You'd be well advised to book in advance because the pension only has eight rooms. Its restaurant specialises in traditional Canarian cuisine, particularly seafood dishes such as fried fish, octopus and shellfish soup.