Stayed in April over Easter, It was our first trip to Spain as a family, our daughters were aged 14 and 19. We arrived at the airport and had not booked a transfer, we had decided either to get a taxi or a train to the resort. We left the airport and took a taxi, deciding it was easier with 3 cases, journey took about 20 mins and cost 23 Euros which I thought was good value.
We arrived early at the hotel and the room was not ready so we were given drinks vouchers to use in the snack bar. We had booked a one bedroom apartment but I had sent over a couple of emails about a 2 bedroomed apartment that I know they had got, when I enquired about an upgrade he said that they had given us a 2 bedroomed apartment. (what was not mentioned was that we only had 4 days in it before we had to change rooms, as people were coming in who had already booked the room, if we had known this we would have stuck with the one bedroomed apartment). That was the only downside to the holiday.
Staff were very helpful and well mannered, all areas were kept clean and tidy and my daughters loved the towel animals and sweets that were laid out. If you stay over Easter try to get to one of the Easter parades that are on, not to be missed, the reception have details of them on the computer..
We visited the Selwo Marina Delfinarium which was a great show and even at a price gave you the opportunity to get in the pool with them. The Paloma Park was good there a 3 cafe's in the park where you can get Tapas and can even ride a bike or segway around the lake. The park has a large children’s playground and a lake. It makes a great/free day out for all the family. A beautiful place for a picnic too. We had one day of rain and decided to visit the Cocodrilos Park. Parque de cocodrilos en Torremolinos ...again a nice experience, to start with thought this is not worth the money, but the talk and paying 1 euro to hold a baby croc was worth it (I think). On a couple of occasions we walked along the beach to the harbour, which is a lovely walk and took about 40 mins, walking back along the restaurants and shops. The Sealife centre in the harbour area is worth a visit but if you can book tickets online while at the hotel you can save about a third on the price. The hotel will always print it out for you if you ask, you can send it to their email address.
The hill at the front of the hotel is not that bad, not as bad as people make out, and there is always the short cut through the garage as well. The supermarket near burger king has all you will need if you find the hotel shop a bit expensive, we found a nice plastic litre bottle of sangria for 1 euro, plenty of bread, ham and cheese, you can get to it via the gate at the side of the paddle tennis court.
We stayed half board and the staff always had a welcome for us when we entered the restaurant, no complaints with the food at all, always plenty of it and good quality, salad, fish and meats, we used to eat early when it had just opened so not sure what it was like later.
Other amenities we used were the indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym, paddle tennis court, Benny's bar and of course the outdoor pool which although very cold in April was great to just jump in.
The evening entertainment although on the line of a holiday camp was fun, but it did go downhill when Patrice was not around.
If I were to make any comments it would be that the paddle tennis was very rarely used and this I think might have been due to the price of the court and that we did not really know if the rules were the same as tennis or not. Maybe the inclusion of some local bands might help the entertainment or a local amateur singer.
Overall a very nice relaxing holiday will certainly come here again, hopefully next Easter.
Many Thanks to Trevor and all the staff.
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