The airport was fast, the transfer was 45 minutes and the check in took 5-10 minutes. We were greeted with a fresh glass of orange & a blue band which it thought was a fantastic idea as the workers were able to greet us in english. Our luggage was delivered to our room and we went straight to lunch.
The rooms: how anyone can spend their holiday critisizing furniture is beyond me! I don't remember what the curtains and bed sheets looked like as I was too busy eating drinking and sitting round the pool! Who cares if furniture is dated when you're on holiday? You only sleep in the room. We were in block 21 and it was fantastic, sea view and lovely balcony. I couldn't fault the room myself it had a huge flat screen tv which made my boyfriend happy for the World Cup when the bar had closed down!
The food: Absolutely amazing! How I only put half a stone on over two weeks I do not know. Breakfast had a huge selection of eggs, beans, bacon, Spanish omelette, omelette, tomatoes, toast, baguettes, cold meats and cheese, yoghurt, cereal, fruits, pastries, pancakes & chocolate spreads as well a huge selection of fresh juices and milkshakes. Lunch was lovely, I enjoyed fresh fish everyday, with the nicest selection of salad you will ever see. There was chips, chicken nuggets & fish fingers for the kids too so if you're picky you will find something you like. Pizza, pasta, paella, lots of choice. Ice cream, cakes, fruit for desert. The Italian restaurant was absolutely delightful! And we enjoyed the grill for dinner which was mainly grilled salmon, chicken kebabs, pork, Spanish sausage, chicken, turkey, ham and steaks. The andalucian restaurant was also nice, I enjoyed tasting new things. With all of this.. Between 3.30-6 the grill is open next to the pool with hot dogs, toasties, chips, hamburgers, and Ice cream to enjoy.
The drinks: the cocktails were lovely! Beer on tap, all 3 wines on tap & all fizzy drinks on tap all branded. If you wanted to you could go to the bar and be served. You could also get a cup of mixed nuts which we enjoyed way too much every evening after dinner. Bottles of water on demand from reception whenever you like (1.5litres)
The staff/entertainment: they could not do enough for you! They were all very polite and willing to help. My favourites were the entertainment staff who worked there bums off to make everyone have an amazing holiday they were there all day doing the bug selection of activities including football Zumba aqua gym volleyball rifle shooting darts bingo and loads more as well as putting on the most amazing entertainment in the evening I have ever seen abroad! There was also a night club open from 11-1am which was quite nice to go to!
The location: THE BEACH IS AMAZING. Please make effort to go and watch the beautiful sunset!!! Breathtaking. We went to the shopping center a couple of times which we loved, lots of shops to look round & restaurants and bars to go to! It takes 20 minutes to walk 4 hotels down the beach and cut through into the road or you can get a number 8 bus for 1.45 euros! Chiclana town didn't interest us much. But we went to the promenade which was lovely and worth it in the evening. Gibraltar was absolutely amazing and worth every penny through Thomson. The Reps were amazing and gave extremely useful information on the coach journey on the way & gAve us a lot of history about the area. Cadiz was a lovely couple of hours out of the hotel too. If Thomson did a trip to aqua land that would be fantastic as we couldn't get there as it would of required getting on a train and would've taken too long. There is a shopping center 10 minute walk too which is very big with a pharmacy nearby.
This hotel is suitable for any age! Couples, elderly, families & friends. We had no problem getting a bed each day only if you want to go in a certain spot will you need to get up earlier about 9.
Overall we had the most perfect holiday and I would love to go back one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located near Chiclana in Costa de la Luz * 1-story main building and 1 and 3-story annexes * 40,000 m2 garden * 200 m from the beach (several steps lead to the beach) * 8 km from downtown Chiclana * 2 km from various shops * 60 km from Jerez airport * 30 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Chiclana Hotel
- Hotel Riu Chiclana
- ClubHotel Riu Chiclana Novo Sancti Petri, Spain - Costa De La Luz