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Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com
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13 Mar 2017

 The Canary Islands have, by far, one of the world´s healthiest climates. Sub-tropical temperatures, deep blue skies, pure air to breathe and the clear ocean waters: the perfect ingredients for that feel-good factor. This is reflected in the smiles of its inhabitants, as well as those who visit this beautiful archipelago. The energy is contagious.

Relax in front of the sea in Lanzarote

Once in a while, we all deserve some “me-time” to rejuvenate and recharge our batteries. I decided it was my turn for a little pampering, and following a recommendation from a friend, I called Stilo Vitae, who have several Wellness Centres in Lanzarote. Despite wanting to try all of the treatments on offer, including hydrotherapy or facials and body massages using anything from chocolate and argan oil to coconut, my mind was made up: I booked the “Lanzarote Ritual” with Aloe vera for the coming Friday afternoon, as an end-of-week treat.

Treatment ingredients

Amazing Aloe vera

Aloe vera is one of the Canary Islands´ 78 native medicinal plants and is well-known for its benefits for the skin: the main reason for my choice. Living in the sun – and being constantly bathed in the salty breeze – is a wonderful way of life, though it does take its toll on our skin.

Aloe´s secrets have been passed down through generations of Canarians, people who have relied on medicinal plants for centuries. Apart from its skin healing and anti-ageing properties, if ingested it also improves oral health, treats digestive disorders, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, among many other magical effects.

Made in Lanzarote

With my “ritual” only a few days away, my quest for Aloe vera knowledge took me to Órzola, in the far north of the island. Here lies a 100% ecological Aloe vera plantation, covering ten hectares. The plant takes up to four years to become productive, after which the gel is gathered from inside its thick leaves, through a meticulously careful process and destined for a range of beauty and health products as well as medicinal uses.

Ecological Aloe vera plantation

Many of these products can be found at the plantation´s shop. The farm belongs to Lanzaloe, the island´s only producer with EU ecological certification. It´s free to visit and multilingual guides are on hand if you have any questions.

Caletón Blanco – an obligatory stop

As you drive down along the coast after visiting the Aloe plantation, your eyes are inevitably drawn to the ocean by your side. White sands contrast with black lava rocks, the spectrum of blue, green and turquoise of the Atlantic waters over the shallow reefs and pools. The sands then open up into the bay that is Caletón Blanco, and its lure makes it an obligatory stop for all who pass. Don´t forget your swimming gear and a towel!

Caletón blanco

La Gruta de las Flores

“Me time” has finally arrived and I make my way to La Gruta de las Flores (The Flower Cavern) a wellness centre located in the Isla y el Mar Hotel in Puerto del Carmen. This four-star boutique hotel oozes harmony and relaxation, and has received awards for its sustainable design and renewable energy efficiency. The hotel boasts a constant internal temperature of 20°C thanks to geothermal and solar energy installations. You don´t have to stay there to enjoy the wellness centre or it´s magnificent terrace and pool bar.

Gruta de las flores

Prepare to be pampered

The centre is tucked away in an idyllic corner of the hotel, surrounded by vegetation and accompanied by the sound of fountain trickling into a pond.  Yurena, my therapist welcomes me into in extremely peaceful room, with soothing background music playing and an abundance of natural light, I feel relaxed already. She presents me with a bathrobe, some slippers and guides me to a private cubicle to prepare.

As I settle down on the massage bed, I am covered in fresh towels and lightly massaged, warming and relaxing the body. I smile to myself as I look forward to ninety whole minutes of pampering, a luxury in itself!

Massage

An even better suntan!

The first of the three stages is a neutral peeling based on Aloe vera gel, spread over the entire body and face to remove dead skin cells and oils from the skin. I am told that this treatment is ideally performed several times a year: before a holiday to prepare the skin for sunbathing and to enhance the suntan, or even at the end, to rejuvenate the skin and repair the sun´s damage.

The refreshing sensation of the exfoliating body scrub that followed was particularly welcome on rather a hot day. I had assumed that the purpose of the plastic covering was to protect the massage bed from the various creams, but I now realised that I was, in fact, to be wrapped in it for around fifteen minutes. The heavenly cranial massage I was given in the meantime sent me into a slumber, relieving tensions that I didn’t even know existed.

This was followed by a warm shower, using the gorgeous gels and soaps provided to rinse away the body scrub. Then back to the massage bed for the final stage: an all-over body massage with a luxurious cream made from Aloe, cinnamon and cocoa. I was swept by such a deep sense of relaxation that I drifted off. My skin felt like silk and radiated a glow of freshness. The change in my state of wellbeing in such a short period of time was incredible, a perfect way to end the week.

Aloe cocktail: the perfect ending

Time flies and unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. As I thank Yurena and leave the centre, she suggests I relax with a drink at the hotel’s Chill Out zone before driving – a great idea!

Aloe vera coctel

A spectacular terrace with white relaxing loungers on a wooden deck. I glance at the drinks menu and the non-alcoholic cocktail with Aloe vera seems the obvious healthy choice, for feeling good inside and out!  I sipped the deliciously refreshing mixture of Aloe, fresh orange and lime juices, pomegranate syrup and frost ice while enjoying the stunning sea views. Rejuvenated and relaxed, I was ready for an amazing weekend.

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com