Playa Principe
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Playa Principe

Calle Polígono, 30380 La Manga del Mar Menor, Municipality of Cartagena Spain
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#2 of 23 apartments in La Manga del Mar Menor
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Urbanización Playa Principe are excellent front line beach holiday rental properties in a prime position on the La Manga strip about 1km from the Tomas Maestre marina (largest on the Mar Menor). There is a commercial centre along the entrance to the marina with shops, supermarket, banks and the marina itself is very beautiful and offers an excellent range of bars and restaurants offering many types of cuisine from French, Greek, Mexican and of course Spanish restaurants have contributed to the areas cosmopolitan reputation .
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool with view
Beach
Bicycle rental
Children's television networks
Kids pool
Car hire
Street parking
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Windsurfing
Fishing
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Washing machine
Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Dishwasher
Flatscreen TV
Bidet
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Lynnette J wrote a review Nov 2014
17 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I and our Two friends just had 10 blissfull days in the penthouse here a playa principe.....we booked with Tony and Hayley the owners of the apartment from La Manga dreams...great owners friendly and accomodating...letting us have an extension on our last day for no extra charge...the weather was amazing for October in the high 20s to 30 every day and with this perfect beach location we were a lift ride and a hop skip and jump to the beautiful white beach...The roof terrace was brilliant and a couple of very enjoyable BBQs were had there...we had breakfast every day on the breakfast balcony off the living room and looked at both the Med and the Mar Menor at the same time...spectacular....I dont want to say too much because we will never get in again!!!...We did hire a car because our son lives in Cartagena and we needed to get around...but weather permitting you hardly need to move from this great apartment...there are some lovely places to visit and a trip to Cartagena is recomended..also Cabo de Palos wonderful sea food...and the huge Sunday market...we loved our stay and really want to return...I cant praise the location enough...just one teeny tiny critisism would be I would have loved Cotton instead of poly-Cotton sheets on the bed as it was so hot...but I doubt you expected the hot October you had this year!
My advice is to book here asap!
Thank you Tony and Hayley.
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Date of stay: October 2014
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Caerauboy wrote a review Nov 2013
Neath54 contributions32 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I rented a penthouse apartment at the Playa Principe through Lamangadreams. We have stayed in La Manga del Mar Menor previously and enjoyed our stay. My wife hadn't been very well lately and I wanted to make this visit a special stay.
I explained to Tony at Lamangadreams my situation and was assured I had made the right choice in my selection of apartment.
We were met by Tony and his wife at the apartment and any fears I may have had on booking appropriate accommodation disappeared immediately.
The penthouse apartment was more than adequate for 4 people. It had 2 bedrooms, one double and one with twin beds. It had everything that was described on the website with a well equipped kitchen and spacious lounge. Both bedrooms and the lounge have balconies with spectacular views. You can see the sun rise over the Mediterranean Sea and watch it set over the Mar Menor Sea.
Then there is the private roof terrace with patio furniture and sun loungers together with a built in barbecue for al fresco dining.
The Tomas Maestro marina with its' many restaurants and bars are within walking distance and the nearest supermarket the same.
Tony was very helpful in providing information on the best restaurants to visit and also gave us an alternative route to drive to Cartagena which was spectacular. If you are looking for a spotlessly clean, well appointed apartment then do not hesitate to book this apartment. You won't be disappointed unless you like a long stroll to the beach - it's less than 5 yards away from the Playa Principe! .
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Date of stay: October 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Christine M wrote a review Jul 2017
Newport, United Kingdom36 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our second year staying at the Principe, firstly in a 2 bedroom in 2016 & 3 bedroom 2017
No negativity from us as both apartments have been lovely. Their spotlessly clean and designed so it all flows. Outside areas nice and maintained. Do prefer the view over the Mar Menor as you can see the mainland all lit up at night.
Ideally placed for supermarkets and restaurants down at the marina.
We booked through Spanish Connection whose communication was brill.
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Date of stay: July 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Seajay2011 wrote a review Aug 2014
Bath, United Kingdom58 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from a weeks holiday in a fantastic penthouse apartment at Playa Principe La Manga Del Mar Menor. We rented this from La Manga Dreams (owners Tony & Hayley Preston) and I can recommend it to anyone seeking sun & relaxation: It has spectacular views of the Mar Menor and Mediterranean, a wonderful large rooftop sunbathing area with barbecue, air conditioning throughout, two bedrooms (ensuite double & a twin), and a main bathroom (with bath). The photo I've uploaded is from the penthouse rooftop looking north.

Most people will arrive in Murcia at San Javier airport and, depending on flight times, the best (and cheapest) way to get to Playa Principe is 1) a short (10€) taxi ride to Santiago de La Ribera, 2) ferry (4€) to Tomas Mastre Marina, 3) half an hour level walk to Playa Principe: When returning to the airport you can do this in reverse but check your flight times and the ferry timetable carefully to allow an absolute minimum of 3 hours between leaving Playa Principe and your flight departure time; we actually used a transfer back as our timings cut things a bit fine.

We did not hire a car and to be honest the only reason I can see to hire one is if you want to go to Cartagena as this would be a two bus journey however, any single bus trip on the La Manga strip costs 1.15€ per adult: The bus stops are directly outside Playa Principe.

The (Mediterranen) beach at Playa Principe is right outside and the sea is warm all day (and night!). You can hire jet skis, kayaks, & pedalos from the beach on the other side (in the Mar Menor). There are Restaurants lining both sides of the Tomas Maestre marina with a fair variety of cuisine available but for those with a liking of real traditional Pizza I can recommend Pizzeria Rembrandt. There are two supermarkets (large & small) and (on Saturday mornings) a market; all with a fantastic array of produce.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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WendyJMayhew wrote a review Sept 2016
Plymouth, United Kingdom18 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We found the apartment through 'A Little Tickle' this is a privately owned by Lawrence & Lesley Beresford-Ward.

It is very reasonably priced and was perfect for a family of five. Its in an ideal situation for the beach and Mar Menor. The pool is fantastic as a parents will know, happy kids equals happy parents. We eat out a few nights but also used the apartment, it has a very good kitchen with everything you need to cook for a family. The apartment is very comfortable and spacious. It was spotless clean and there a few bits that previous guest have left. As there were no further guest following us, they allowed us to use the apartment until we had to leave.

Its perfectly located, lots of restaurants and lots of things to do for a family. Highly recommend driving to the little port and do some snorkelling.
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Date of stay: August 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Perfect for families
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Norma Oflaherty wrote a review Jul 2015
Grantham, United Kingdom82 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The apartments are right in between the med and the mar menor so you can take your pick which beach you want, the pools very good and the apartments are excellent.all in all thus is the ideal spot if you want a beach holiday.
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Date of stay: May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Better views the higher you are.
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Roy S N wrote a review Sept 2019
Southampton, United Kingdom6 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked two weeks in a one bed apartment looking forward to views of Mar Menor and Mediterranean from the balcony. Balcony was unusable due to major building work for another apartment block within yards of our balcony. Noise and dust from 8am to 7pm!! Total rip off. Breakfast on the balcony, no chance. Booked with Stayforlong who appear not interested in our complaints at all. Photos on the website are many years old and no mention of the construction is made anywhere.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sunshine442681, Front Office Manager at Playa Principe
Responded 26 Mar 2020
Good afternoon, thanks for your comments but you did not stay in any of our apartments, please contact us in the future as all our apartments are Sea frontline. Regards Lourdes Sánchez Spanish Connection - Playa Príncipe
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jeremy m wrote a review Aug 2019
Okehampton, United Kingdom18 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Miles of beach for a strole or find your own quiet spot. many accesses and places to park. Warm (in August!), shallow, clear water. Few occasional 'weedy' bits but there's plenty of pure sand. Not much in the way of shops of restaurants though you're only a short drive from some if needed.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Sunshine442681, Front Office Manager at Playa Principe
Responded 26 Mar 2020
Thank you very much for your review Jeremy, hope to have you back in the future! Regards Lourdes Sánchez Spanish Connection - Playa Príncipe
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Manderj wrote a review Jul 2019
Nuneaton, United Kingdom673 contributions234 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apartment 9M is fabulous. Tony and Haley the owners were very helpful with the booking. They provided Google map instructions for travelling to the apartment from the airport. I copied the destination into iMaps which was a big mistake. The IMaps were good for getting to the strip but woeful on finding the actual apartment. Thankfully Tony was able to direct us by phone. Used google maps later and this proved much more effective in locating the actual apartment. Important to note the apartments are on the right hand side and opposite there is the Mar Menor with no buildings and it is just before a blue building which is a gym. There is a sign on the building with Playa Principe but this could not be seen as cars were parked in front of the sign.

On arrival Tony and Haley met us and showed us around the beautiful apartment. It is furnished to a high standard with plenty of wardrobe space and comfy sofas. It would have been nice to have pure cotton sheets rather than poly cotton. So much cooler in the summer. Kitchen is very well equipped and great for cooking meals. It has everything you need and for us that was important as we are both trained chefs. The views from this apartment are lovely of both the Mar Menor and Mediterranean. The private roof top terrace is such a sun trap and a great place to relax on the comfortable sun loungers provided by the owners especially on windy days as it is well protected from the wind. We enjoyed BBQs on the terrace. Beach chairs and parasols are provided by guests. After speaking to Tony he was the one that confirmed these had been bought by previous guests. There were a number of broken beach chairs and parasols and we disposed of to ensure no one else took the chairs down to the beach and found they were broken as we did unfortunately.

We had not pre booked the Wi-fi as we thought we would use our phones as we had plenty of data and could tether to our iPads. However the signal was not too good so we did pay for the Wi-fi and this enabled us to watch sky Go without buffering. The Wi-fi was very good.

We did pre book the parking in the underground garage. Tony showed us the parking space which is actually an individual garage and they are all numbered. It seemed easy when Tony showed us. However it was an actual nightmare to find the actual garage as there are no signs within the parking structure. My husband had to walk it and write down instructions to actually drive to the numbered garage. Well it is so tight in there with so many tight turns and barely enough room to get you into the actual garage. We had a Renault Centure and it was impossible to get this car round the tight turns let alone get into the actual garage. Gosh only knows what would you would do if another car was coming out. Needless to say we did not use the garage even though we had paid for it. Must admit we did not see any cars entering or leaving the parking structure.

It took us a few days to work out how to use the showers by the pool. By trial and error we worked out that the small brass key on the key ring with the apartment keys is actually used to operate the showers. We were both very surprised that there were no sun loungers by the pool and you are not allowed to take chairs into the pool area.

The beach by the apartment is lovely and slopes gradually so is ideal for children.it is about half an hour walk to the Marina and there are some nice restaurants. Good job we had a car as the nearest shops are some distance away. It is a nice place for a relaxing beach holiday but not much else to do.

It would have been very helpful if there had been a folder in the apartment with useful information such as instructions for use of the showers by the pool, restaurants to visit nearby, local shops with directions, places of interest to visit. The information that was sent to me with my finalised booking was useful and informative. Must admit this is the first apartment we have visited where there was no folder. It would not take long to produce one and would be most helpful to guests and just gives that personal touch. Perhaps this is not done in Spain and we had not stayed in an apartment in Spain before. A safe would also have been a useful addition. Must admit the shutters gave you peace of mind and the lock on the entrance door was substantial and you need a key to get into the building. However we did notice on one occasion the door to the building has been left wide open so we closed it and it locks automatically.

Hope the building that is being built next door will not obstruct the views of the Mar Menor as that would be such a shame. Would definitely recommend for a lazy beach holiday.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sunshine442681, Front Office Manager at Playa Principe
Responded 26 Mar 2020
Good afternoon Manderj, Thank you very much for your comments, but for what I can read you have not stayed with us, since we do have high internet (fibre optic) in all our apartments and it's a free service. You may have been in the same development with another company or owner. Thanks a lot Regards Lourdes Sánchez Spanish Connection - Playa Príncipe
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samanthamccormack21 wrote a review Oct 2018
Drogheda, Ireland23 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were booked in from Sunday for a week, never got to see the inside of the apartment as there were no keys upon arrival (19:00), tried calling 4 numbers that were on a notice board concierge & administration no answer to any of them. Had to book into another hotel as we had nowhere to stay. Very bad customer service!!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sunshine442681, Front Office Manager at Playa Principe
Responded 26 Mar 2020
Good afternoon Samantha, thanks for your comments but as per our records you did not stay in any of our apartments, you may have been with another company or owner. Our check in process is very clear from the beginning and we make sure to always contact all our guests a few days before arrival to make sure that they have our office address and all the instructions. Regards Lourdes Sánchez Spanish Connection - Playa Príncipe
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Lindsay D asked a question May 2018
24 contributions30 helpful votes
Is the pool heated please?
Answer from Manderj
Nuneaton, United Kingdom673 contributions234 helpful votes
No it is not heated
Answer from Antonio H
Pero hay razas de perros como la que tengo yo Bichón Maltés que no desprende nada de pelo y no afecta a los que tienen alergia. Deberían mirar y valorar esta posibilidad para futuras reservas. Gracias
WendyJMayhew wrote a tip Sept 2016
Plymouth, United Kingdom18 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Perfect for families"
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Norma Oflaherty wrote a tip Jul 2015
Grantham, United Kingdom82 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Better views the higher you are."
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£47 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
SpainRegion of MurciaMunicipality of CartagenaLa Manga del Mar Menor
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Playa Principe
Which popular attractions are close to Playa Principe?
Nearby attractions include Puente de la Risa (3.2 miles), Cala Del Pino (4.5 miles), and Puerto Deportivo Tomas Maestre (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Playa Principe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids pool, and an outdoor pool.
Which room amenities are available at Playa Principe?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Playa Principe?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Playa Principe?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Camarote de la Martinique, Taste of India, and Pizzeria Trattoria Trastevere.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Playa Principe?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Playa Principe?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Playa Principe?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ermita De Los Ángeles (8.0 miles), Cabezo De San Ginés (8.3 miles), and Mina Julio César (8.9 miles).
Does Playa Principe have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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