The entire Mare Nostrum Resort complex occupies a prime location in the redeveloped and upmarket heart of Playa de Las Américas, in easy distance of the must-visit Siam Park. The hotel is flanked on one side by the lovely El Camisón beach, fronted by the outlandishly kitsch Pirámides de Arona theatre where the Carmen Mota flamenco show is staged, and surrounded by designer label shops, stylish bars and good restaurants.
The Mediterranean Palace features generously sized rooms with low, large divan beds, blue and white soft furnishings, and black and chrome, geometric-shaped occasional table and chairs. Some rooms have been in active family service for many years and are overdue a touch of TLC. Private balconies have more than enough space for sun bathers and mini superheroes to hang out on, while top-floor suites have an upper storey terrace with a private pool.
The lobby is a cavernous affair of sweeping, glass-sided escalators, pendulous glass chandeliers, and islands of mini lounges with black leatherette banquettes floating in a sea of ornamental fountains and waterways. The air conditioning level is perfect and coupled with the soundtrack of water fountains, it makes for a welcome sanctuary from the busy pool areas.
Eating and drinking
The buffet restaurant, with its outdoor terrace and expansive indoor dining area, gets busy in peak periods, but the standard of food doesn't waver. The amount of choice is a ditherer's nightmare, and I have not heard a bad word spoken about the taste, quality or freshness of the food. Even the fussiest of little darlings find plenty with which to fill their plates and still have room to hit the ice cream and chocolate sauce.
A lake sized, 1300 sqr metre pool is surrounded by sunbathing terraces and gardens, and is a magnet for families. When they can be dragged away from the pool, children from six months to 14 years have a brand new, state-of-the-art Mini Club centre, with games, adventure playground, table football, movies, their own chill-out lounge and a menu of activities. Frazzled parents can head to the spa and wellbeing centre for some aromatic pampering, pummelling and peeling. With more than 60 treatments available to relieve stress, tiredness, aches and pains, Mum may never re-emerge.
Lavishly praised by guests, the service throughout the resort is affable and professional - they take their customer service very seriously here. Staff versus guests football matches are organised and the staff, from the Director down, appear in the weekly Rock History Musical Show. For Halloween, the entire resort is given a fabulous spooky makeover.
Who stays there
Mainly British families, couples and singles, and increasingly a more cosmopolitan blend of Italian, French and Spanish and quite a few Russians.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Facilities of four hotels in one resort
- Excellent for families
- Rooms are in need of some TLC
- Solitude seekers should look elsewhere