We have just returned from 2 weeks at La Manga Club, having stayed at 124 Los Molinos. The club is a series of estates, all with different names and features, hotel complex and then there are individual villas also. There are supermarkets, pharmacies bars etc. on site.We hope to return ( see review on tennis club) but not to Los Molinos.
This estate is about a 15 minute walk from the tennis centre. We were very disappointed with the apartment in so far as it was descibed as luxurious etc and was anything but, we even had to fight for a coffee maker. The bedrooms are downstairs and appear to be dug out of the wall behind and we had a terrible smell of damp, worringly there was a dehumidifier there also, and peculiar given it is so hot. I could go on about the apartment but it is in the past and we have made our complaints to the owner albeit he has yet to reply, suffice to say I would avoid this particular one at all costs as it did really impinge on the holiday.
The pool in Los Molinos is at the front of the complex and can only be accessed with a key, in AND out, that is given to you on arrival except when we were there the locks were not working so no ones keys would open the gates!!! We were advised of this when we arrived but it really does seem such an inept and complicated system. We are on holiday after all!!!!!
It really depends on what suits you and what you are looking for. In this estate depending where you are, you can have a bit of a walk, with steps, to the car, not easy with luggage etc.
We had a look at other estates and El Rancho looks good for us in the future. It was only across the way from Los Molinos so distance wise it is roughly the same from the courts. It has a series of communal pools which are right outside the backdoor so it allows you a little bit more freedom. Also, a great way of kids meeting other kids( we had a 12 & 15 yr old). Both estates are very close , 5 mins walk, from the internet cafe. You can contact the club by email and they will send you a map so you can see exactly where everything is including the estates and individual villas. Los Olivos apartments are right opposite the tennis.
I would say a car is essential otherwise you are very trapped on the complex and in the heat even walking around for any distance can be tricky( I obviously live in a much colder climate).
There are loads of restaurants to chose from but do note they are a little bit expensive in comparison to your average holiday meal. There is a lovely restaurant down by the horseriding, really really nice ,the nicest one on the complex although technically it is not on the complex but it is only 2 mins drive away. There is a lovely outdoor bar, Limon Bar, (sign on the main road as you approach the main entrance to the club) beside this restaurant, very chilled. All food types are catered for on the complex, Uncle Sams, Chinese, Italien etc. We went to the Luigi's one night, Los Lomas, Si bar and restaurant does tekeaways also.
The food in general is not great but we like the more authentic cuisine when we are away so............... Los Belones, next village, 5 mins drive and Cabo de Palos, lovely fishing village 15 mins drive are available to you also. The restaurants over looking the harbour are not cheap and on a par price wise with the club. There is a supermarket here that the locals use called UPPER.
The club has it's own private beach, small but nice and sandy. The shuttle bus goes down there also, and there is a restaurant La Cala there open eves only. The timetable for the bus back is at the restaurant and not at the bus stop which is at the top of the hill, I have no idea why this is but......a few people got caught out with this.
There are loads of beaches around and on the La Manga strip the water from the Med has much better waves than on the other side. If you look at a map of the area you will know what I mean. These beaches get busy, we only had a look at them and the strip is not an area that would appeal to me personally. Tourist information here was very helpful.
Fly into San Javier( Murcia) airport if you can, only about 25 mins from the club whereas Alicante looks to be closer to 1 1/2 hours away.
If you like sport, particularly tennis, golf, cricket etc then this is great. If you prefer culture and museums etc not for you although Cartagena is about 25-30 mins away, Roman ruins etc and El Corte Ingles along with other nice shops for shopping!!
See you there!!!
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