After checking the reviews for this hotel/apartments we were confident that they would be reasonable.... Our expectations were exceeded. We had booked an apartment for 2 people and were given one suitable for 4, the rooms were of a generous size, the balcony had comfy chairs, loungers and a large table. The kitchen was well equipped with almost every utensil you could want (although a toaster or grill would have been nice for toast in the mornings).
The apartment was clean and well serviced through our 4 night stay. The area was very quiet with a supermarket across from our apartment block and one out of the hotel grounds across the road.
The reception staff were very helpful when we wanted to book a day trip.
Our apartment was near to the pool and we rarely saw anyone using it even though it looked clean and a decent size (I think people preferred just to sit on the loungers by it!). We used the pool on our last morning and enjoyed it.
The beach was less than 10 minutes walk, where there was an array of water sports on offer- pedlos, jet skis, banana boats.... the usual. The walk into Oura was about 15 minutes (in Oura there is another nice beach, para-sailing and numerous places to eat and drink), and a taxi to Albuferia Marina was less than 10 euros. There are a vast array of trips leaving from the marina from dolphin searches (we went with Black Runner and had a great time) to "party boats" and fishing trips. So much to do!
There were some reviews on here which said there was nothing to do and the apartment blocks were "miles" from the main hotel. Fair enough, the hotel did not have any "activities" on when we were there, but we were happy with that- who wants to go away for a nice break and have some "entertainer" wailing away in the background? Our apartment block was the furthest away from the reception and it was 2-3 minutes walk MAX, so I really don't know what that person wanted out of their location!
We didn't eat at the hotel, although the option was there if we wanted it. We did see breakfast one morning when going to the pool, it looked fine, but maybe a little pricey at 15 euros per adult for a buffet breakfast (when compared to local restaurant prices).
All in all a great stay and will return/recommend to friends!
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