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Oasis Duna Aparthotel, Fuerteventura: For a family- friendly stay, Jet2holidays recommends this three-star resort complex in lively Corralejo. It combines spacious one or two- bedroom apartments with the facilities of a resort, including a kids’ club and a pool with waterslides. A week costs from £479 self-catering based on a family of four travelling from Manchester on December 21.

H10 Rubicon Palace, Lanzarote: Cyplon points to this beachfront five-star for guests after stylish design, excellent dining options and family-friendly entertainment, as well as eight pools, four bars, a multi-sports court and thalasso centre. Seven nights’ B&B starts at £649, including flights from regional UK airports and based on two sharing a Standard Room from January 10.

Riu Palace Meloneras, Gran Canaria: For a luxury stay a short stroll from the beach, suggest this contemporary resort, home to five pools, a wellness centre, lounge bar and three restaurants. It’s set in the upscale resort of Meloneras, where stylish bars and restaurants line the promenade. A week’s half-board costs from £854, based on two sharing, flying from Gatwick on January 4, 2021.

Island-hopping: For clients wanting to pair two favourites, suggest Olympic Holidays’ new Lanzarote & Fuerteventura Island Hop, which combines accommodation on both islands with transfers and ferries between them. Prices start at £599 per person for a week.

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ABOVE: Riu Palace Meloneras, Gran Canaria PICTURE: Tui Nederland

PALLADIUM HOTEL GROUP Nacho Gozalbo, commercial director At the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, we have implemented a series of ‘safe and sound’ protocols, which mean every guest will have their temperature taken on arrival, luggage will be sanitised before it enters the lobby and guests are required to wear masks in designated areas such as check-in and in lifts. In the lobby, social-distancing markers have been placed 2m apart and Plexiglass fitted at front desks. In terms of dining, self-service buffets have been suspended and table reservations will be required for breakfast at the Sessions Restaurant or dinner at one of three à la carte restaurants, which are open on select days. Guests can also take advantage of in-room dining. Pre-booking is required for the Rock Spa, and the

Body Rock gym will be open, while younger guests can enjoy the hotel’s kids’ clubs. All guests are also offered our free Stay Safe medical assistance insurance to cover them for any eventuality regarding Covid-19, and we have extended this to July 2021.

WALKING GUIDE Maximilian Biela, tour leader for Explore We had seen few international tourists on Lanzarote, but this changed quickly following the shift in travel

advice from both the UK and Germany, with a 500% increase in hotel bookings in one day alone.

I have been guiding a few small walking groups with domestic clients in recent weeks, and it has been very enjoyable with a quiet, low-season feel. As walking counts as exercise, clients on our tours don’t have to wear face masks while on the move. We do ask that they keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each other and we sometimes need to make minor adjustments to the itinerary, but otherwise the tours don’t really feel any different from normal. Being outdoors makes it easy to keep apart and it is especially rewarding for clients wanting to get back to nature and explore the island’s unique geological landscapes.


The Canary Islands government has confirmed travellers will need to present a Covid-19-free certificate (either PCR or antigen), obtained within 72 hours before travel, when checking into accommodation. Travellers who don’t get tested prior to departure will need to take a test at a private clinic or public health unit on arrival. Clients also need to fill in a public health form on the Spain Travel Health website ( within 48 hours before arrival to obtain a QR code to show at the airport.

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