Canary Islands - Spain

Spice is a well deserved new addition to the adult vacation segment and compares favorably to Desire Resort in Cancun although the Spice is equally attractive to open-minded nudists.



  Spice Resort, located on Lanzarote, one of the Spanish Canary Islands, launched operations June 2010 as the first all inclusive, adults only, clothing optional European-based property in years. A forerunner with a similar all inclusive concept in Europe was Club Med which ditched its former business strategy in the early 80s in favor of the family holiday market.

Spice is a well deserved new addition to the adult vacation segment and compares favorably to Desire Resort in Cancun although the Spice is equally attractive to open-minded nudists. Spice has 67 rooms and suites while Desire numbers 114. The beach is about 3 blocks away from the heart of the # 1 resort area of Lanzarote….it’s just a short walk to the beachside glamor of Puerto Del Carmen…..actually fairly similar to Playa del Carmen near Cancun.

We cannot say enough about the staff that hails from all over Europe as well as the Canary Islands. Each one of them is spectacular, extremely competent and experienced in their jobs. A big plus for holiday seekers worldwide is the staff is multi-lingual, with arguably 6 or 7 languages spoken among them.

Dean and Tracy are the on site managers, originally from the UK. Without a doubt, Dean and Tracy plus their multi-lingual, multi-talented staff are the heart and soul of the resort. Owners include Dean & Tracy from the UK, an American financial partner plus one other partner from the UK, all of whom have visited Desire Resort many times, enabling them to appreciate what it takes to operate an adults only, clothing optional vacation property.

A big plus for the location: The Canary Islands, an arid Spanish chain of volcanic outcroppings in the eastern Atlantic, are a year-round destination with little temperature variation between seasons and almost no rain, averaging just 9 mm/month. Plus, it’s only a few hours from most European air gateways, less than 4 hours from the UK and a little over 2 hours from the Spanish mainland. Located in Puerto Del Carmen on Lanzarote, Spice is in the heart of the most popular resort area on the 40 mile long island. For a feel of Lanzarote, think Baja California or Aruba, with cactus arguably the most abundant crop along with grapes, would you believe?

  Lanzarote, Canary Islands-Spain is approximately 100 kilometers due west of the African continent with Morocco the closest country.

Most holiday visitors to the Canary Islands are from the UK, Europe and of course from the Spanish mainland. While scheduled airlines serve the islands, most visitors use economical non-stop charter flights, abundantly available from most European continental capitals and the UK, almost on a daily basis.

Most scheduled air carriers’ flights require a change of planes in London, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris or Amsterdam plus other European gateways. We used a combination of scheduled airline plus a charter to reach Lanzarote.

Depending upon your schedule, we recommend you plan your holiday at least for about 10 days to include Spice for a week or so coupled with a 3-night visit to one of the European capitals before your visit the Canary Islands. This gives you a chance to adjust to any time change plus you will be perfectly suited to catch a charter flight to Lanzarote without having to worry about airline connections, since most charters depart in the morning hours.
World Map Lanzarote Map

  Spice is all-inclusive so you will not want for anything. The all inclusive plan includes:
* All meals and snacks
* Top shelf alcohol, beer and wine
* Your room or suite
* Entertainment
* Activities during the day and frequent themes in the evening
* WiFi just about everywhere on the resort.
* Excellent cuisine prepared by top shelf chefs from the Continent.
* Disco/night club with the latest in tunes plus a couple of play rooms for adults only
* adjacent to the night club

Reliable WiFi for E Mail, website access and texting is convenient from all locations on the property.

Electrical supply is classic 220 v just like on the mainland. Take along a converter and adapters for your fun stuff in case you need it plus various types of batteries.

NOTE: Although airport transfers are not included, the airport is only about 10-15 minutes from Puerto Del Carmen where Spice is located. Cost for transfers by taxi is about 10 Euro or USD $15/ride, one way.

Car rentals are available right at the airport from the usual chains such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt and others. We rented a car for the day and visited most of the island’s attractions in one day from the north end to the south end.

From the front desk at Spice, you can also arrange for a car rental.. The car rental company will pick you up at the resort…no worries there. We arranged the rental at the front desk of the resort.

  Basil’s bar and night club serve the best drinks, classic Spanish beer plus local as well as regional Spanish wines. The bar also supplies late night/early morning burgers and snacks to about 7 AM so you won’t go hungry while you’re dancing or celebrating the night (or morning away).

Dining is both a la carte as well as buffet. Classic European dishes are served including the expected British breakfast plus Spanish specialties are featured, too.

Bear in mind, Lanzarote is a volcanic island: Rain is rare so most everything is imported except certain types of local wines…thank goodness for that. Light and delicate whites are grown, literally from the ground up, plus a few red vintages are cultivated, although they’re not as full- bodied as those available on the mainland.

The resort features a couple of top chefs including one for breakfast and dinner plus a head chec for evening meals and specialties. And, you can also order customized menus if you request them ahead of time. Premium selections may cost extra.

  All inclusive rates for room start at about 108 Euros, 100 Pounds (GBP) or USD $150/person/night, all inclusive. See the Services section above for more details about the all inclusive package offered. NOTE: Rates are seasonal and will change without notice.

There are 63 one-bedroom suites and 4 two-bedroom suites. Each has it's own private terrace/balcony for you to enjoy some personal time or entertain friends.

One bedroom suites
* Sizeable bedroom with super king size bed and contour body forming support mattress
* Designated dressing room with dressing table, fitted wardrobe and ample storage for your personal belongings
* Electronic safe
* Satellite TV with conventional and adult channels
* Integrated sound system playing a variety of music
* Refrigerator stocked daily with a selection of refreshments
* Hair Dryer plus Four piece bathroom suite
* Especially branded Spice Bathrobes and Spice Slippers
* Tea and Coffee making facilities

The two bedroom suites include:
* Two bedrooms with super king size bed and contour body forming support mattress
* Fitted wardrobe
* Electronic safe
* Living room for you to enjoy each others company
* Satellite TV with conventional and adult channels
* Integrated sound system playing a variety of music
* Refrigerator stocked daily with a selection of refreshments
* Hair Dryer plus Four piece bathroom suite
* Especially branded Spice Bathrobes and Spice Slippers
* Tea and Coffee making facilities

NOTE: Rates above are NOT guaranteed and may vary by season or room types. Takeover weeks and special themes may involve different room tariffs.

  Adults only!

You will see adults from the 20s to 60s and 70s with most in the middle….early/mid 30s to late 40s and above. While we were they, we saw these age ranges from nudists to party animals…..Dutch, American, German, English, Belgium, Italian, French and more. Would you believe most of our conversations were with the French guests?

Don’t worry: It seems after traveling to 105 countries, we’ve found you can just about converse with anyone speaking English. Although we know and can converse a bit in Spanish (being from Texas, what do you expect?), most everyone else we’ve met worldwide, including a tribesman in the middle of a million acres in a Kenya wildlife preserve, speak a little English, often better than us.

Hey, half the fun of traveling meeting your fellow travelers. We found that to be true again at Spice Resort on Lanzarote.

  What a fun place. Your entertainment no doubt will be generated from the great guest mix you’ll meet at the bar, around the pool or in the night club. Since Spice attracts an international mix of clients. The place is fairly compact and most activity centers around the pool, hot tub, restaurant and club, although more relaxation spaces are planned for other locations on the property.

Tips
Take a Visa. Master Card or AmEx Card as all are accepted.

Take your passport or drivers license most places since most stores, shops and boutiques will ask to see it as well as your passport number.

Don’t worry about a rain coat or umbrella….it’s very unlikely you will ever need one.

No need for a swim suit unless you want to visit a textile beach. Spice Resort is not located on a beach but it’s about 2 or 3 blocks to the main beach in town at Puerto Del Carmen. Nude beaches are also located in several places on the island and the staff can tell you the locations. Probably the closes is north about 30 minutes at Charco del Polo which we visited.

Theme Nights

Weekly Suggested Theme nights:
Sunday – Something Beginning with S???
Monday – Black & White Night
Tuesday – Oriental Night
Wednesday – Less is Best or Dress to be Undressed!
Thursday – Emergency Services Night
Friday – You Can Leave Your Hat On...
Saturday – Life is a Carnival!

These theme nights have been devised to enhance your experience with us here at Spice. They are suggestions only and are in no way compulsory.

  Geez, where else can you drive across the island and be on the moon in 30 minutes? Except for maybe Hilo, Hawaii at the volcano park or north of Kona along the highway out of town to Parker Ranch?

Tamanfaya National Park on the west side of Lanzarote contains at least 187 volcanoes within its boundaries. Don’t worry….they’re dormant.

You can also hop on one of the frequent ferries at the south end of the island for a quick 20 minute ride for a day tour of Fuerteventura, another popular island in the Canary chain.

Here's a list of just some of the things you can choose from shown below. These can be arranged at the front desk of the resort and you can even rent a car for the day to see most of the island:
* Deep Sea Fishing
* Sport Fishing
* Rancho Texas Park (It's a zoo, too)
* Submarine Safaris
* Nude Cruise – dependent on numbers
* Aquapark
* Quad Bike Safari
* Lanzarote Aquarium
* Power Boat Hire
* Lanzarote South Tour
* Lanzarote North Tour
* Camel Safari
* Teguise Market (We did this and enjoyed it for some great art, crafts and cuisine)
* Timanfaya National Park
* Naturist Beaches

One of the most interesting side trips includes a ride down the middle of the island to visit vineyards and wineries along the way. You will see the majority of the grape growing occurring on the ground in unusual black sand pits about 5-10 feet in diameter where vines are planted so the cupped soil collects what little moisture there is at night to provide water for the plants. We've seen lots of vineyards but nothing like th

 
No need for a swim suit. Most folks enjoy the pool and hot tub nude during the day and in the late evening.
     
Guests dress for meals. It’s the norm.
     
Although Spice plans to add air conditioning to the guest rooms, we found no need for it since there is usually a constant trade wind blowing plus the humidity is extremely low.
     
If you're a beach bum, you won't find it out your door. The main beach is a few blocks east of the resort which is located on the outskirts of the Puerto del Carment tourist town.
     


  Anytime is a great time to go as the Canary Islands are 24/7 and 365 day destinations. Weather of course can be hotter in the summer months.

  Wish the resort was on the beach.

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