Package holidays and I, are not really matched well together. It is like putting a leash on a dog; I feel a little restricted and bored. You can’t get the same feel for a country on a package holiday. However, when my boyfriend at the time, decided to whisk me off to Fuerteventura in Spain in 2010, to break up the long and bleak UK Winter – how could I refuse?
I had previously been on a holiday to Rhodes in Greece, where we stayed half board, and was able to explore. This changed my perception sightly, but not enough to want to do that kind of trip all the time.
During our trip to Fuerteventura in Spain, we stayed at the Barceló Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa, which is located in the Caleta de Fuste area, further along the coast from the main ‘party strip’. We spent 1 week there and had a relaxed time. Here are some snapshots.
1. The Beach
The beach, was a stones throw away from where we were staying. We didn’t spend too much time there, only taking short walks in the evenings, as I preferred to swim in the pool. It wasn’t a busy beach, but then again, we were travelling out of season.
There are also back sand beaches in Fuerteventura, which we ventured over to once – the sand is surprisingly hot on your feet.
2. The Zoo
Not far from where we were staying was Oasis Park. A so called ‘wildlife park’, which at the time I thought was great, though having travelled around South East Asia, where I witnessed a lot of mistreatment of animals, I have developed a dislike for the places. I’d rather see animals in the wild, where they belong.
3. Bike Riding
After lazing about for a few days, we decided we needed to be active, so hired a few bikes from the hotel, and went on a massive bike ride over the hills, and into no mans land type areas. It was fantastic, as there was no one area for miles, and we felt so free.
4. The Pool
I’ll not lie; a lot of the trip was actually spent chilling out, and getting some much needed Vitamin D! The hotel itself wasn’t so busy, and we always got a sun lounger.
5. The Naked Spa Experience
(You didn’t really think I’d be sharing an image of that did you?!)
On our last day, we felt that it would be good to go and make use of the Spa facilities at the hotel, so booked ourselves in for a massage each. I had never had a professional massage, at a proper spa. So I was looking forward to it.
After getting down to the Spa, and relaxing with a drink, I was called back into a room, by a hunky, tanned Spaniard. I figured he was just showing me in. I was given a small package and told to ‘underdress and change into it’. I opened the packet to reveal an incredibly tiny, disposable thong, and nothing to cover anywhere else. I put it on, and jumped onto the table. Waiting my masseuse to appear.
In walked Señor Andrés. I suddenly felt very uncomfortable, with my bottom half very much exposed, but I tried to pretend this was all normal (which it is – but not really with an attractive man rubbing his hands all over you).
The awkward bit was yet to come – he then told me to turn over onto my back. Now what normally happens in Spas (I have been to a few since this), is they’ll put a towel over your delicate bits, and massage you in stages, but no – I was laid there totally uncovered, and had this guys hands EVERYWHERE. It was nice at points, but I also felt incredibly uncomfortable and wondered – ‘is this normal’. Perhaps in Spain.
6. Being part of a promo video
(thats a promotional video – just incase you were getting other ideas from the story above!)
During one of our days lazing by the pool, we were approached by one of the hotels managers, who asked us if we would like to help them out with a promotional video for their website. In return, we would get full use of the spa and facilities for the day, so we said yes. Only problem was, we had no exercise gear with us, so were given whatever slacks they had. We spent half an hour posing in the gym, and ‘working out’, whilst a photographer took several photos of us. I felt slightly famous for the day.
I never did see those photos of videos though …
Fuerteventura is at the moment, my only experience of Spain (and it isn’t even on the mainland). I didn’t really feel like I got to know any of the culture of Spain, but did have a nice time away.
Spain is on my list of places to get to again – this time, it’ll be somewhere obscure, and there will be no nakedness or zoos involved!