Running holiday review: Club La Santa, Lanzarote

WHAT IS IT

A venerable (but state of the art) self-contained fitness resort on the west coast of Lanzarote. Founded in 1983 by Danish company Tjæreborg Travel, it’s a one-stop shop for anyone looking for a healthy, activity-based break in the sun.

HOW IT WORKS

Many guests book their break to coincide with one of the many specific training camps that are hosted throughout the year – including swimming, tennis and - of course - running (this year’s running camp is from Sun 25th - Wed 28th November, and most people go Thurs to Thurs) – but the majority go to try their hand at as many different sports as they can.

ATMOSPHERE

In a word: cracking. When we visited, world top 5 tennis player Angelique Kerber was thrashing some poor sod on one of the courts, while elsewhere a team from the European Space Agency were getting some pre-mission training in. And alongside that touch of glamour there seemed to be the whole spectrum of humanity: little kids of six, big kids of 70, fat, thin, fast, slow, try-everything types, sunlounger specialists…all there to bond over their shared love of being outside.

FACILITIES

The 10 tennis courts, the water sports centre, the golf putting green, 11 badminton courts, an elite standard 400m running track, a bike centre with 600 bikes for hire, three 50m open air swimming pools…these are just the tip of the iceberg.  

And when you call it quits for the day the Wellness centre is waiting with spa facilities and a range of treatments available.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Outstanding. Everyone speaks excellent (and smiley) English, while the Green Team - the army of sports guides and instructors – are relentlessly enthusiastic and encouraging.

ACCOMMODATION

There are 400 apartments on site which have been fully refurbished within the last few years and which range between one bed apartments for single travellers up to more luxurious suites for multiple occupants and families. Even the basic accommodation is reassuringly modern, spacious and well equipped.

FOOD AND DRINK

Sign up on a self-catering, half-board or full-board basis. There are four restaurants at the resort: a herd-em-in buffet style joint; a classy, more intimate venue; a poolside bar which acts as the central nervous system of the resort during the daytime, and an international restaurant in the interior courtyard which overlooks the evening entertainment stage. The quality at each ranges from good to excellent, with the massive, fresh, imaginative salads at the Pool Bar a lunchtime favourite for most. Should you want to escape the resort for the odd night, as we did, the town of La Santa is about a 25-minute walk away and has everything from cute local tavernas to posh brasseries.

FAMILY FRIENDLY?

Exceptionally. The beauty of a place offering such a variety of activities in such a large space is that groups and families can spend as much or as little time together as they want (there are also crèche activities and kids clubs for younger guests too), and guests without kids in tow will find that any youthful screeching, wailing or poolside dive-bombing is conspicuous by its absence.

THE DETAILS

For more information and booking visit clublasanta.co.uk or call 0161 790 9890.  Prices start from £644 for a ‘comfort’ one bedroom apartment for 7 nights, which sleeps up to 3 adults and a child under 15 years. Thomas Cook Airlines flies from London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow & Belfast to Lanzarote up to seven days per week, with prices starting from £30.99 per person. All flights can be booked at www.thomascookairlines.com