My sister and I stayed for a week's holiday at our Dad's villa in the heart of the Murcia region. The Villa is very modern, refurbished to a high standard, and has all mod cons available. Our stay was very comfortable and a home from home. We are used to traveling to resorts, so we welcomed the tranquility that the quiet location had to offer, with the sights and busy areas all on the door step, just a short drive away. There is allocated parking next to the villa.
Outside, there is a great family pool - great for kids, along with lounge-style outside furniture around the poolside and front of the villa for all day sun.
Inside, the open plan kitchen living area offers a great sociable space with a terrace at the front and back of the property. The bedrooms are very comfortable, with a large bathroom and double "his and hers" sinks. A balcony overlooks the pool area from the main bedroom for watching the sun rise over the surrounding hills.
We hiked many of the nature trails through the hills surrounding the resort, which provided a great escape from city life with lovely wild nature. The trails range from a short walk to up to ten miles, so lots on offer.
Mercadona supermarket is nearby along the road from Murcia, and neighbouring the property is Airmar shop and restaurant, offering fresh local produce, fruit, veg, meat, and has a restaurant and bar serving tapas that is popular with the locals (despite its roadside appearance). The family run place also run the petrol station outside the walls of the resort, where you can also pick up some basic amenities.
There is a lovely hotel restaurant at Banos Y Mendigo (Venta El Puerto Restaurant) at a local price, serving dinner, coffee and tapas. Opposite the hotel up through the houses behind the old petrol station, you can take a short walk (30 minutes or so) through rural farmland back to the resort to walk off the indulgence.
For a more expensive affair, head to the neighbouring El Valle Golf Resort for drinks, food, a round of Golf or the spa. Again, a 2 minute drive or a nice 30 minute walk through the natural landscape.
For more active holiday makers, there are lots of activities a short drive away. Highlights include Cartegena, a historic port city with Roman Amphitheatre, cafe culture, a promenade along the Portside area, and a popular Med cruise stop. Bustling nightlife, and chic bars. Murcia City is close by, with all the city has to offer, and out of town shopping centres at Thader Mall and El Courte Ingles department store at El Tiro shopping centre, which has late night food offerings (including an all-inclusive BBQ at La Parrilla. Several beaches are within a short distance drive at San Javier, Torre De La Horadada with a lovely long beach, promenade and marina and lots of eateries in plazas. San Pedro Del Pintar also offers wind surfing and sailing, along with a neighbouring Natural Nature Reserve with salt flats and flamingos. We recommend a drink at Mardesal Restaurant next to the wind surfers and marina. La Manga also offers a strip of hotels and restraunts looks over Mar Meno, with a long promenade and beach stretch down to Los Alcazars - anywhere along this stretch you will find water sports, beach bars and restaurants.
There's much more on offer, but that's all we could fit in in a week! The resort itself is not currently operational, which adds to its charm and natural landscape. You can pop to the bar for a beer in the evenings, and bar activities.
Getting here is very easy by hire car: San Javier airport is a 20 minute drive away (which British Airways now run a summer route to, along with the usual budget airlines), and Alicante is a 50 minutes' drive. A new Murcia airport at Corvera is opening soon.