You couldn’t get closer to the beach unless you built the hotel actually on the sand. At the beginning of Poinente beach, you can turn left and be in the old town, with all its shop, bars, and cafes within five minutes, or turn right and take a stroll along the two kilometres of newly restored promenade.
The lay-out of the bedrooms seemed a bit strange at first glance, with the bed set facing the large windows and sitting area behind it, but I was quickly converted because it allows you to wake up in the morning with an almost undisturbed view of the Mediterranean. All the bedrooms have sofas, so you aren’t reliant on just having the bed to sit on, but if you want a double bed (cama de matrimonio) as distinct from two singles, you need to ask for one, or all that romantic ambience will disappear as you fall between the gap when you try for a cuddle-up. If you want to be totally decadent, ask for a room with a Jacuzzi, which is right next to the window. The bathrooms are all equipped with a hydromassage.
There are limited public places to relax other than the bar, but guests make the most of the terrace at the front of the hotel in everything but the chilliest of weather. A roof-top chill-out area is equally as pleasant for stretching out in the sun as it is for taking a cocktail in the evening.
Eating and drinking
The all-in price doesn’t lower the standard of the food, and although it is typically orientated towards meat and fish, vegetarians still won’t get hungry or bored. Snacks and fruit are available day-long in the dining room as part of the all-in deal.
Villa del Mar does more than just nod in the direction of keeping the kids entertained as it has a whole area specifically dedicated to them with climbing frames, nets, a mini club room and a swimming pool. Adults have a spa with a Turkish bath and an aromatherapy shower, and large Jacuzzi on the roof terrace, a swimming pool and a gymnasium.
Friendly, courteous and efficient.
Who stays there
Almost everyone, but it is popular with families because of all the entertainment it provides for children.
The room rate includes all meals and drinks. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel a a charge for of 1€ for fifteen minutes internet connection on the public computers, which is less than most hotels charge. A room with a Jacuzzi has a 20€ supplement.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Contemporary, attractive design
- The children’s play area has constant supervision
- Very close to the beach