We liked this place last year, and we loved it this year too. Great reception staff, who all speak English, and were very helpful this year and last when we needed to sort anything out. The bar staff too were great, and the room service people too. The surroundings are lovely, I think, the complex full of well maintained gardens. The pool is brilliant, which was one reason we went back to Sol Sancti Petri - you can't swim properly in the sea, as the waves are so strong.
Our apartment, like last year's was fine, with the sun in the afternoon to evening on the balcony. It was really comfortable. It was noisy at times, as it overlooked the restaurant, so there'd be an hour or so of people meeting up and talking, etc, but it didn't bother us. At all other times it was very quiet. The cooking stuff was okay - could have done with a few more things, but we managed, eating in the apartment maybe 6 or 7 nights out of 14.
There was good car parking everywhere around, and we never had trouble finding a space. I should add that we were there at the end of September/beginning of October.
While we've never been big fans of in-hotel entertainment, on at least two nights there were two different Spanish groups with dancers, playing Spanish music - they were really great at what they did, and we were surprised and impressed. By that time of year, a few places around have closed down, so the hotel entertainment was quite welcome. (We're a couple in our 50s... if that's relevant - I guess it is, as I was VERY disdainful of in-hotel entertainment when I was young!)
Barossa Beach is fantastic, even though the swimming is not so good. It's still fun being tossed around by the waves of the Atlantic, though obviously not actual swimming, unless you go out a bit further, and then you can manage a little. The currents are VERY strong, though.
I may get shot down a bit for saying this, but the other people at Sol Sancti Petri, and indeed in Novo Sancti Petri itself, are mainly Spanish tourists, and Germans. There is not much of a British presence at all, and that's one reason why we liked it. We're not averse to meeting other Brits on our trips, of course - we've met some very nice people on numerous occasions - but the reason we like it is that there are no local boozers showing English football, Eastenders or Coronation St, and no cafes offering the full English breakfast, etc. Germans seem to manage without all the things they have at home offered to them. As hardly anybody outside the hotel speaks English, you also have to practise your Spanish a bit. (Mine is not great... but possibly twice as good as it was last year.) So it seems like 'the real thing' down there.
Novo Sancti Petri is a good base for exploring Andalucia in general, but you really need a car - the transport might be good, but I can't imagine it being very regular. Last year we went to Cadiz, Vejer, Arcos, Ronda, Tarifa and (on the way back to the airport) Jerez, and this year to Cadiz again, Arcos again, Medina Sidonia, Conil and (on the way back) Tarifa again. You COULD get as far Seville or Cordoba, but that'd involve an overnight stay, I imagine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol by Melia presents Sol Sancti Petri Apartments. In Costa de la Luz, Chiclana de la Frontera (Cadiz) and in the privileged area of Novo Sancti Petri, is located next to the exclusive beach of La Barrosa, white sandy beach with crystal clear waters. It has extensive gardens and a magnificent lagoon-style pool, surrounded by nature and close to the main leisure centres, entertainment and golf courses, is the ideal option for travelling with family, friends or your partner. The spacious apartments are fully equipped with a hall, bedroom, separate living room with sofa bed, the mayority of the apatments have an equipped kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, AACC, Telephone, Bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, mirror whole body, safe (*) and furnished terrace (table / chairs). The majority of the apartments are available with kitchen and breakfast or half board basis. Large dining areas: Restaurant Buffet, Snack Bar and Pool Bar Restaurant* (*open in high season). Amongst the facilities is a magnificent lagoon-style pool and sun terrace surrounded by gardens, a children’s pool, children’s play area, internet corner (*), private parking (*) and Mini-Market (*). Outside the Hotel there is the possibility to practice different sports (*) as tennis, paddle tennis, cycling, football, golf, horse riding, and water sports. Playa La Barrosa is one of the Cadiz beaches most valued in Andalusia and one of the best in Spain, t provides a full range of beach services: medical assistance, toilets, showers, bins, lifeguards, public access points and public car parks. (*) With charge (*) All the activities outside the hotel have an extra charge ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Sancti Petri Hotel Chiclana De La Frontera
- Sol Sancti Petri Resort
- Sol Sancti Petri Andalucia, Spain - Costa De La Luz