I had long wanted to visit the city of Murcia and was in a position to make a trip to Spain in summer 2013. Rather than stay in the city itself, I chose El Secreto del Agua to be by the water... Staying here was a really great choice.
Correspondence prior to arriving was quick and friendly, and service from the desk staff (particularly Sara) was equally friendly and helpful.
As I was traveling alone, I chose a studio facing the water... Plenty big for one, even two people... It had a fully stocked kitchenette, a big bed, table and chairs and a spotlessly clean bathroom. The decoration is simple/minimal and that's just what I like.
The complex has a snack/tapas bar, an Italian restaurant, and a sort of outdoor evening lounge area... I had tapas at the snack place (standard fare, well priced) as well as one great meal at the Italian place.
The beach is right there, steps from the rooms. Water is lovely but there were jellyfish, for sure... Still, it was nice to take a dip every now and again and then to sit in the sun. If you don't want the beach, there's a huge sun terrace available for the rooms without private balconies... Great views from the terrace.
And finally, the price was right... Quite affordable for what I paid. Granted, there's not much in the immediate neighborhood but a few cafes and a well-stocked grocery store, but if you've got a car you can easily get around. The beach itself was populated by Spanish families and and it all felt very local... Simple, quiet, nothing over the top at all.
I myself didn't have a car and was amazed that Sara drove me, on two occasions, to the little train station nearby so I could get around. It didn't really seem to be a big deal to her, but it was a huge deal for me. Thank you, Sara.
All in all I had a great week at El Secreto del Agua and rate it highly for the kind of accommodation that it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There is a different place next to the Mar Menor, full of new sensations. A corner where every second is a unique experience .. A place where everything is illuminated, is full of life, large, upscale, quiet ... Where laughter, discover, live and dream. This is where the senses are. Discover our facilities in La Manga del Mar Menor. ... more less
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