We were not at all bothered about having to hire a car and accepted that we might have to drive to various places during our holiday. We wanted peace and quiet more than central convenience so we opted for the El Coto property with its private pool. The standard was very good indeed and the views out across the pool and garden were great.
We had to call the on site manager once during our stay for a minor issue with the TV and she was very receptive and helpful.
We particularly liked to eat in Canelas, which is deep inside the lemon trees, and you will need a car to get there.
Last summer we booked a three bedroom villa at La Manga Club in the area they call El Rancho. I must be honest and say that I had not realised that the design can vary with these villas but when we arrived I was pleasantly surprised how it suited us down to the ground.
The main living area was as you would expect with kitchen and dining area, lounge with terrace off of it and it had two of the bedrooms downstairs. As you looked at the front of the villa there was a staircase at the side which lead up to a further terrace and door which was the sole entrance to the third bedroom and bathroom.
My sixteen year old daughter and friend were delighted to grab this bedroom so they could be independent and private away from the rest of us. It worked perfectly as they could come and go and they liked. Perfect also for those travelling with parents too I suppose as they could also have some privacy away from everyone. I really liked the villa generally as we were no more than two minutes from a swimming pool. The gardens also really nice and very well looked after.
We have re-booked again for this and are really looking forward to our return trip to La Manga Club and the El Rancho villa.
Just arrived home and we all had a great weeks holiday!
J and family
We have stayed in Bellaluz on many occasions and wanted to try somewhere different just really for a change but also for something a bit larger as we now have 3 children under 8 years old.
The La Colina apartments were a good choice for us as we rented a 2 bedroom apartment with 2 bathrooms which happened to be on the ground floor so that was good as our youngest is still not that great with stairs. It was decorated nicely and we had everything we needed in the kitchen to self-cater. We could not afford to eat out every day so this was important to us. We hired a cot for our youngest which was only a travel cot but we did not have to take any bedding as this was included in the hire cost and it was put in our bedroom ready for when we got there.
The groceries left for us on arrival were very handy so we could make a drink and some toast when we got there.
We went to have a look at the childrens club which was only a few minutes walk from our apartment and it looked like a good place to leave the kids if you needed to because you wanted to play tennis or golf I suppose but for us it was too expensive just for a little time off and for 3 kids it was out of our price range.
We feel that the price difference between La Colina and Bellaluz was worth it and we would love to return.
We were very happy with our choice of apartment this year. We chose a 2 bedroom Las Palmeras apartment which sits behind the large development of Hacienda del Golf. We had 2 bathrooms and with only about 30 apartments of only 2 storeys high we really liked the fact that Las Palmeras did not feel too busy around the pool or amongst the villas themselves. Being behind Hacienda also meant that we were a way back from the main road which we liked.
Very well kitted out the Las Palmeras apartment had everything we needed and was in good order throughout. The people we dealt with on site were great and when we needed their help with sorting out a broken kettle they were there replacing it within a couple of hours.
Within a few minutes you can walk to the tennis centre and lots of the shops, restaurants and cafes. My children love Uncle Sams, the American style diner, I suppose the thought of not having a burger for 2 weeks is a bit too much for them to cope with so we did go there a couple of times. Quite a fun place and the food is what you would expect with some good ribs and steak. If you are looking for a really super restaurant for a special treat then do try the Amapola. Apparently the chef is new and the menu is constantly changing so if you can arrange a babysitter then worth a visit.
I was really looking forward to our holiday in the villa we had chosen as it seemed like it would be in a nice quiet location which is what myself and friends needed after a hectic few months. It did not disappoint as Albatros is just on the outskirts of the many communities that make up La Manga Club yet within walking distance of most of the facilities available.
There are only a handful of villas which all have their own private swimming pools and the layout is like a cul de sac so no through traffic or people wandering by.
The views from the pool terrace are fabulous and the villa was spacious and comfortably furnished with all the home comforts you would expect in a holiday home. We were able to dine al fresco on the terrace and enjoyed the privacy of the villa.
We were not too far from the supermarket in the Bellaluz square but the better one in my opinion is the one in Las Sabinas centre a bit further away for us but they were happy to deliver so a large order was not an issue. It just has a larger selection of fresh meat and fish but Bellaluz was fine daily buys like milk and bread.
Overall we loved the location of the villa, the standard was good and represented good value for money.
Chose to stay in a Golf Bungalow this year mainly due to the fact that they sit right on the South Golf course at La Manga Club so the setting is just perfect. Very quiet location and because there are only about 20 bungalows the pool size is good and the area never seemed crowded.
I really like to fact that the large supermarket, El Arbol, is five minutes walk away and that with lots of other shops in the Las Sabinas centre our need for a good coffee and tapas for lunch is catered for.
All the golf bungalows have two good size bedrooms with two en-suite bathrooms, a small galley kitchen but it is more than sufficient for preparing light meals and well equipped.
With so many restaurants close by it was great just to be able to walk to them with lots of choice of different food available. With two small children the bungalow style suited us well without having to worry about stairs.
We managed to get a babysitter recommended by the on site management team one evening and went off to enjoy a great meal at the Amapola restaurant. The quality of the food was fantastic and we can certainly sing the praises of the new head chef. This is certainly the higher end of the price range at La Manga Club but treat yourselves, you will not be disappointed.
We would like to recommend another restaurant on the La Manga Strip which we have been to a few times, San Remo.
The first time we went it was January and it was very quiet, to be expected I suppose. We had the speciality of the house of suckling pig.
When we returned in the summer it was lovely to be able to sit outside and enjoy a really nice lunch. The staff are very pleasant. It is tucked away a little bit so just ask someone before you set off.
We chose Las Palmeras apartments at La Manga Club because the photos we saw of the pool and the apartment block looked very nice. We also did not want too many apartments so we hoped the pool area would not be too busy and it turned out to be a really good choice.
The apartments are in the middle of La Manga Club which is large if you have not been before, but we could walk everywhere. We did hire a car and it was useful to have when we went to the supermarket and back and forth to the airport but we could walk to lots of places to eat, the tennis courts and golf clubhouse.
The apartments are a good size inside and have two bathrooms and a good size terrace. The pool is within a stones throw of the apartment and we spent lovely days around it in the glorious sunshine. Highly recommended.
You have not mentioned the superb restaurant, Amapola, really first class.
Not cheap but the standard of the food is superb and service hard to beat. Give it a try for a special occasion.