We went to the Hasdrubal for an eight day get-away-from-the-city-trip. Our mission was to find a slow, calm place, with a touch of luxury and the Hasdrubal does indeed provide that. We went for the dinner inclusive as it didn't really cost a lot extra. Food was ok, buffet style with lots of variations. Friendly staff and very low key.
The hotel does not promote the beach at all and instead market itself as a luxury spa. They have a zillion spa treatments on offer, however, we found the beach to be very pleasant. Clean, quiet and comfy sunbeds. Hotel staff provide you with towels and take up orders throughout the day which is a nice touch. To be able to just lie flat on your back and order whatever you feel like and have it delivered right to the beach is just one of those little things that is very easy to get used to.
The hotel is a rather large one and the downside of this is that the service tends to be very uneven. You are always sort of a small person in a very large group of people, no matter how you look at it, be it dinner, breakfast, strolling the garden or lunching in the hotel restaurant. This is very evident at night in the hotel bar where staff will love you if you leave a little tip and ignore you if you don't (we tried both).
The whole stay has lots of little luxury surprise extras (evening maid with her rose petals, bottle of wine and fruit as a welcome gift, the owners cocktail evening etc).
Being a rough traveller used to the off beat way of travelling, this was all in all a very comfortable stay. Low key, quiet, no kids and good value for money.
Tip: The minibar prices are ridiculously high and beat those of the top five star hotels in London. It didn't come as a surprise to us so we brought a liter of vodka beforehand. If you fancy brand name alcohol, be sure to pick up a couple of bottles in the airport before you depart.
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