The British Prime Minister, David Cameron and his family have just returned to the UK after a relaxing break on Lanzarote, where they stayed in the bucolic surroundings of Casa Tomaren in EL Islote, just outside San Bartolome in the entre of the island. With their idyllic break sullied only by the fact that the PM was stung by a jellyfish at Arrieta towards the end of their stay!
In what was clearly a carefully orchestrated PR visit the Cameron’s flew over on Ryanair, in order to maintain the image of an ordinary family taking an Easter break abroad. Whilst a number of staged photo calls were planned around the island, taking in key sights such as Famara, the Volcano Park and the Sunday market at Teguise – all of which was closely reported in the local media.
Their base throughout at Casa Tomaren provided plenty of opportunity for the PM to indulge in his favourite pastime of ‘chillaxing’ too, as this luxury rural retreat also doubles up as a yoga and spa centre. The building itself dates back to the 18th century and is now set up as a series of high end self-catering villas set in landscaped gardens with a large communal swimming pool.
Other facilities include a restaurant and main hall which is used for both functions and large scale yoga sessions. It isn’t known if Dave got involved in the latter, although his wife Samantha is said to be something of a devotee.
The Cameron’s may also have taken advantage of other on site services such as the wellness centre where various treatments such as reiki and reflexology are also available.
The Cameron’s arrived on Lanzarote on Saturday April 12th flying in from Stansted with a small retinue of bodyguards and aides. They spent their first full day surfing with their three children at Famara, arguably the most stunning beach on the island. Their itinerary then took in the main resort of Puerto del Carmen on Monday where they enjoyed a dip at Playa Chica.
The Cameron’s visit has been seen as ringing endorsement by the Lanzarote Tourist Board, and certainly they couldn’t have picked a more representative middle of the road destination for an ordinary family holiday, as the island welcomes something in the region of 850,000 holiday makers from the UK every year.
Spanish politicians have also visited Lanzarote on a regular basis for much the same reason, with the previous PM, Zapatero, spending a number of breaks in the resort of Costa Teguise.