This was the first time tavelling for me without my husband who was working so I took my sister her 7mth old, my daughter (2yrs old) and my 5 yr old son.
We've been going to Benidorm for years but this is by far the best hotel I've stayed in! The staff were fantastic especially with the children.
The food choice was perfect for us with a special section dedicated to childen at main meal times and also a variety at snack time. There was never a time that we struggled to put together something for the baby they even had porridge every morning (hot milk from the hot drinks machine). The variety was great as I have a very picky 5 year old and found out my daughter had tonsilitis on our first day there and we never once struggled to find something for them to eat.
The miniclub is designed for 5yr olds plus but we were welcomed with the two youngest as long as we stayed to supervise which wasn't a problem. There was even a day when they got to design and paint their own t-shirts. There was a park right next to it which the kids loved.
The indoor pool was a no-go for us as you weren't allowed inflatables and you had to wear a swimming cap. The outdoor pool was freezing which was predictable for the time of year, this didn't bother the kids though they loved going in the little pool on an afternoon. It was perfect for them as it was very shallow and only came upto my 2yr olds waist so it was more like wadding for them. We did put my 7mth old nephew in with a baby floatation device and he could reach the bottom of the pool with his feet so loved the freedom.
Drinks at the bar are restricted to 2 per person. Everyone in our party was issued with a card at the beginning of our stay that gave us access to the room it was also needed when getting a drink. Others found it irritating that you could only get 2 drinks at a time but it was never an issue for us, we weren't drinking alcohol and the kids loved going to the bar for their own drinks with their personalised cards. Plus the hotel isn't on the large side so the queue wasn't excessive at most a 5 minute wait.
Evening entertainment wasn't fantastic but the children definately enjoyed themselves, there was 'miniclub' dancing at 8.30pm each night with the predictable song choices. There was the same double act on singing every night they weren't fantastic but provided a bit of entertainment in the realms of trying to discover what words they were attempting to sing in English. Their routine was the same each night with old style song selections. There were a few nights that some acts came in i.e. Puppet show, Parrot Show, a double knife throwing/singing/dancing act. There was Bingo each night as well with cash prizes. It didn't really bother us much with regards the entertainment as that's not what we were there for and by 10pm the kids were getting tired and ready for bed anyway.
I'm not one to let my children go off by themselves but I felt extremely comfortable in letting my son play in the park whilst I watched him from the balcony as the two youngest had their siesta. The complex is surrounded by very high fencing so I knew no-one could get in. He had just turned 5, he thought he was getting a lot of freedom and independence especially with having his own key. All the while I could watch him to ensure his safety from the balcony.
Overall a fantastic holiday and my 5yr old told one of the entertainers, "Don't worry we'll see you again when we bring Daddy next time."
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- Also Known As:
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