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.
We went to La Manga Club earlier in the year and have only just got around to submitting a review. We travelled in March which was out of season for the resort and whilst it was very quiet it made for a truly relaxing holiday and it felt like with had a private swimming pool as no one else was around.
There are about 100 El Rancho villas built around good sized, but unheated pools. Each pool is shared by about 10 villas of different sizes and each of the pools has a small childrens paddling pool alongside.
We flew into Alicante Airport and picked up a car from the airport and made the straightforward journey of about an hour to La Manga Club. We arrived early and the villa was ready upon our arrival and it was a nice touch to have a grocery pack in the villa upon our arrival.
The villa itself was very pleasant and had a Spanish rustic fell to it and we did feel like we were actually staying in an upmarket Spanish community. There is plenty of space between the villas and they are have nice landscaped gardens. We were allocated a 3 bedroom El Rancho villa but had only booked a 2 bedroom villa, but it was nice to have the extra living space and facilities. The villa had 2 private terraces and one included a BBQ and outside seating area, which was a lovely way to spend an evening with a bottle of wine.
The villa was very well equipped and had all equipment and utensils required to dine in and prepare lunches and dinners. We did arrange to have a mid stay clean whilst we were there and the management company were very pleasant to deal with and were very helpful in recommending a couple of good restaurants in the local town of Los Belones and Cabo de Palos.
We did manage to play a couple of rounds of golf on the West and North golf courses at La Manga. However the green fees a little expensive, but the courses are of a very high standard and are both memorable courses to play. We could not play the South golf course as a handicap certificate is required.
We did wander off the Club a few times and found some lovely little restaurants on La Manga strip including Parador and Gregorys an Argentinian meat restaurant. We also found Via Romana in Los Belones, which was recommended, a well priced Italian restaurant. I think that due the high competition in the area the standard of the restaurants has to be very high for these to survive.
La Manga Club itself is very large and almost like a small town, with many restaurants, bars, shops and a supermarket. A car is very useful if you plan to go off the resort, although there is a taxi service available.
All in all a very good and relaxing break. It would be interesting to see the contrast in the height of the summer, when we understand that La Manga Club is much busier. We would definitely return again in the future.
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El Rancho was a good choice for our family, as we were looking for a relaxing break in a warm climate with access to a good beach. The way the villas are set up you can allow your kids to play around the villa whilst our youngest was asleep. The most enjoyable aspect was returning to the villa in the late afternoon and just chilling with a cold beer or glass of wine on our own private terrace. We had a choice of few pools quite close to the villa and each one had a little paddling pool alongside. The villa was very well equipped with all of those little extras that make cooking a lot easier. We enjoyed our holiday at La Manga Club and would consider it again as a future holiday destination.
We really enjoyed staying at this beautiful 3 bedroom villa in El Rancho. It was nicely decorated in nice quality style. The views from the terraces are simply stunning and would certainly recommend to family and friends. La Manga Holidays and the management company were very helpful in making this a memorable holiday to La Manga Club
Great villa with large private terrace and BBQ as we did not eat out every night it was a nice place to sit and relax in the evening. We stayed for 7 nights and I had been to La Manga many times before on golfing breaks, but is was the first time we had taken a family holiday at the Club. The whole family loved it as there was something for everyone to do. Next time we go in the summer we will probably stay for 2 weeks to really take in everything that La Manga Club has to offer. The position of the villa is great, close to the pool and easy to walk out to other areas. We look forward to coming back again.