September 22, 2008
Are We There Yet?
By Katy Holland
If you're stuck for somewhere to run away to this half term, may I suggest the Happy Islands, better known as the Canaries. They're the perfect retreat for families desperate to escape the gloom.
Perhaps a peaceful rustic mansion set among citrus trees is what's needed. Casa El Morro in Lanzarote (0117-942 8476; i- escape.com), is a converted 18th-century hideaway in a volcanic setting: perfect for winding down, yet close enough to quaint villages and beaches.
Or you can splash out on the five-star Palm Beach Hotel on Gran Canaria (0800 008 7288; classic-collection.co.uk). It has a kids' club opening next month, plus three swimming pools, a spa, child- friendly restaurants and activities from archery to volleyball.
For the full-on Happy Isles experience, though, you'd be hard pushed to beat the Gran Bahia del Duque Hotel (01202 786 490; selectresorts.co.uk), a five-star resort in south Tenerife with eight pools, floodlit tennis courts and a beach club offering everything from water skiing to deep sea fishing and diving. It's perfectly located for the new Siam Water Park (siamparktenerife.com) with its "Tower of Power": a sharp drop through a tank of alligators.
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