Just back from 11 night all inclusive.
Nice hotel, well laid out gardens and pool area. Plenty of sunbeds.
Room a bit dated with shower over bath but there was always plenty of hot water. Room was clean with balcony but opened onto a flat roof so if you stood on a chair you could just about see the back fence.
The room had a fridge which had a couple of bottles of water and a couple of tins of coke and Fanta. This was free to AI guests but when it was used it wasn;t replaced.
Wifi in the room is free and also the beach towels. The safe key is 20 euros deposit and 20 euro to hire so at the end your 20 euros covers the hire charge.
Restaurant food was plenty and varied but at times a bit of a crush. At certain times there was a wait to be seated. The staff were always busy and the table was often not cleared. When the waitress noticed we were wearing AI bands she took away the wine list and we were directed to the help yourselves from the wine dispenser at the other end of the restaurant. Other guests without bands were served at the table. We would have liked a coffee at the end of the meal but we had to go to the entertainment bar.
Here again the all inclusive band was a disadvantage as the waiters would serve half board guests before all inclusive, I suspect the fact that if you were paying for your drinks then a tip was more likely. Anything on the wine list with a star was half price and a southern comfort with ice worked out at 2 euros for a good measure.
The bar near the pool provided snacks at lunch time with a good selection of pisas and burgers, Again the all inclusive guests were directed to the dispensers at the side of the bar, All inclusive ice creams were small tubs and if you wanted anything else you had to pay. 2 euros for a small Cornetto..
We ate out a few times at the bars and restaurants across the road. The Atlantic grill down the road did a couple of great steaks and a decent glass of wine, coffees total bill 45euros for the two of us.
Cash points are rare the nearest one is a ride on the tourist train to the marina. You will find it on Galleon Street behind the big white van in front of the supermarket.
The beach is wide and goes on for ever. It costs 8 euros for the two sunbeds on the beach next to a really nice bar that sells a good San Magell.
We did a few of the trips. One to Gibraltar. Was a bit of a trek as the resort is adjacent to a national park so the route has to be taken round via Seville.What we wern't told was that the Rock tour was an extra 20 euros each. The trip is well worth doing and the guide knowlegable and informative. This doesn't seem to be promoted by the rep as we had to ask for it.
The Saturday morning half day trip to the Gypsy market in Loule was a great experience. We picked up a few good bargains and got chased round the market by the sunglasses salesman who was intent on a sale. We did a deal and I got a pair of very cheap Ray Bans. There's a bar at the side of the market which was handy for a beer and toilets.
The trip to Seville also excellent with an hours guided tour before being dropped off for 4 hour sight seeing. We visited the Palace and Cathedral but more time needed to do these two sites justice.There were long lines at both places.
The return trip was hectic. The bus picked us up over half an hour late and when we got to Faro airport it was like a cattle market. Long lines of people trying to get through x-ray and passport meant we were straight onto the plane and off without any time to look round the duty free,
All in all not a bad holiday but we don't think all inclusive gave us value for money.More
Al_Retford, Retford Notts
Lovely week in Spain
We spent a great week at the Barcelo Isla Canela, we stayed all inclusive. The room we had overlooked the front and had a huge balcony. Everything in the hotel was always kept very clean. With all inclusive we received free wi fi in our rooms and free towels for use by the pool. The pool area was very clean and there was always plenty of sun beds. We were able to get drinks all day either from the help yourself machine or from the bar. The restaurant was very good and we always managed to get a table. Try and avoid 7.30 as this is always busy with a certain group of people. There is plenty of choice, a small tip,would be to try and improve the pasta options.
We went on an organised trip to Seville which was wonderful, to truly get the most of Seville you need at least two days.
The evening entertainment wasn't too bad and we have seen worse. We had no problems with getting served drinks.
A very enjoyable holiday and would thoroughly recommend this hotel.
Sue C, Leatherhead, United Kingdom
Awesome location in a huge nature reserve, absolute bliss for bird watchers. The hotel was excellent, clean, comfortable. The staff were always ready to help. Food was great. The Guadiana River trip was brilliant! The rep was great. Thomsons made the whole trip smooth and enjoyable. Can't wait to go again.More
Enjoyable and relaxing holiday.
A very beautiful hotel in a lovely setting. The hotel and grounds were kept extremely clean. The food was excellent with freshly cooked meats and fish, plenty of variety and a chocolate fountain on a Saturday evening. The rooms may not be to everyone's taste but we're clean and we'll furnished with comfortable beds. The staff are very friendly and helpful.
There isn't a lot to do in the surrounding area but a short bus ride to Ayamonte and a ferry to Vila Real in Portugal is well worth a trip. The beach is excellent. Lovely sand and lots of sandbanks which means the sea doesn't get too deep too quickly.
All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Would definitely return at some point in the future.More
Steven G, Derby, United Kingdom
Good hotel with great location near a very good beach with shallow and warm water.
Good variety and quality of food and affordable drinks. Only needs to improve the rooms quality and the smell on the restaurant when grilling fish.More
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