This place markets itself as an Andalucian-style village, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a collection of low-level whitewashed buildings, topped with terracotta roofs and edged with wrought-iron balconies. They’re surrounded by gardens, and there are courtyards featuring long, rectangular water features.
In the bedrooms, expect smart spaces in cream tones. Traditional touches come courtesy of tiled floors and white-wood furniture, while mod-cons include satellite TVs and minibars. Plus balconies look out over the pools or lawns.
Talking of pools, this place has three. The two outside are linked by snaking waterways. You’ll find the other one indoors. Beach fans aren’t left out either - just a short walk across the road is Canela Beach.
In terms of food and drink, the main hub for meals is a buffet affair, with a range of international dishes. Spanish favourites feature heavily, including a local favourite of broad beans with cuttlefish. And nothing’s more Spanish than paella. You’ve also got a dedicated barbecue joint, which is included if you opt for All Inclusive.
As for where you’ll find it, the hotel is in a really quiet spot, about a ten-minute drive from the fishing village of Ayamonte. You can catch a bus there, from the stop close to the beach.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selection of local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and 50% discount on price list. Snacks at set times.
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With sunbeds, parasols and towels available for a deposit.
Hotel-run kids' club for ages 4 to 14 years.
Daytime and evening entertainment several times a week.
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Great for a week relaxing
The grounds are extensive and very attractive, bWe spent a week here at the start of September on a half board basis with Thomson's. After seeing our first room which had no sea view as booked there was no problem moving us to another room, all done in minutes. The new room was comfortable and very well appointed. Food was buffet based and very good. Lots of fish and a good variety of everything else. As we had an early departure on the last day an early breakfast was arranged, this had full selection apart from hot items. There was a good wine list with a decent bottle of Rioja available for 10 Euros - watch out for special offers. uilt in an old Andalusian style. Never a problem finding good sun beds around the large pool complex. Just outside the hotel there are several very good bars and restaurants where good lunches are to be had. The bus to Ayamonte stops by the beach This is well worth a visit with plenty of shops and tapas bars to be found. This is a quiet part of Spain and was just the job for a quiet relaxing week.More
Jessies_Grandad2013, London, United Kingdom
Great hotel with fab staff
Stayed here for a week the staff were great and very helpful. I have multiple sclerosis and have injections that need to be kept at a certain temperature. The fridge in the room was designed for drinks and I was unsure of the temperature as my fridge thermometer that i had taken had given up ! No worries Chef to the rescue, I popped in and borrowed his thermometer daily. All of which was met with a smile and some banter. Would definitely recommend this hotel opposite a fabulously long an sandy beach.More
macusla, Norwich, United Kingdom
Good if you are looking for total relaxation
Spent two leisurely weeks at the Barcelo Isla Canela, as it rained for our first five days we travelled out and about so will cover this also. We were booked into a seaview room but could only see a speck of sea due to the trees so I asked to be moved and this was done efficiently. We were on a half board basis which I thought would have been okay as we are not big drinkers but on reflection would advise anyone to go for all inclusive as a couple of soft drinks by the pool and coffees during the day and a couple of drinks in the evening would have covered the cost of the a/i never mind lunch and snacks. Unlike another review I read I found that those on all inclusive were dealt with quicker in the bar and those who paid were tipping but didn't get any better service. The hotel is a 4 star by Spanish standards and I could not fault the food in the restaurant which is rotated on a weekly basis as the choice was very comprehensive but by week two I was able to say what we were getting that night. One thing I would have liked to see was a special breakfast at the weekend maybe a glass of cava and some smoked salmon as so many Spanish hotels of quality do nowadays, but all in all the food as I said was good. I have a few criticisms with the restaurant and that is that you are charged 1.50 euros for fresh orange juice at breakfast should you want it - the machine is by the door to the restaurant, also the water for tea is not in an urn but comes out of the same machine as the coffee machine so you need to try and place your cup so that you don't get the coffee drips, I think I managed to do this twice. The bedroom was fine but if you have not looked on here you do get a shock by the furniture and the 70's inspired bathroom but both the room and bathroom are spotlessly clean. The sheets are changed regularly but not the white coverlet which may lead some to think the sheets aren't changed either but they are. Toiletries are minimal, you can ask for more but it is best to take your own. There is a hair dryer in the bathroom a proper travel hair dryer size but perfectly adequate. For once we went to the evening shows and on the whole they were fine especially the flamenco although for the rest if you don't like Boney M and Abba stay clear. The Animation Team were not my cup of tea as more often than not in the evening there were more of them than customers so they just stood about enjoying themselves. If they are employed to interact with the guests then it's not working as they only spoke to a few chosen guests. A suggestion would be that in the evening instead of dancing with each other get the guests up, some guests love to dance but have partners that don't (or can't). There is free wifi in the large reception area so if you don't wish to pay for it for your room you can use it there. If you rent it for your room only one can use it at any one time and then you have to wait ten minutes until the I.T. server realizes and then you can use it on another gadget. There are also safe deposit boxes to rent in the rooms but they wouldn't take anything bigger than an iPad. There are two interconnecting pools and plenty of sunbeds around the hotel that are free to use, I never saw anyone have trouble finding one. The beach is across the road, you pay for the beds and umbrellas there and there area few beach bars there. I can recommend the one directly across from the hotel which even has a toilet that is cleaner than many in bars I was in during the holiday.The area is very quiet, perfect if you want to do nothing but lie on a beach but if you like to venture out the hourly bus to Ayemonte is 1.25 (timetable from reception), buses go off from around 2 to 5 and a taxi is 9 euros. There is a ferry over to Villa Real in Portugal from Ayemonte - on the half hour over and on the hour back, it takes about 15 minutes. Portugal is an hour behind Spain which we found good but weird. The trip to Seville booked with Thomsons was excellent, we were warned to watch out for the street people giving out heather as then they charge you for reading your palm, whilst waiting for entry to the cathedral we saw them in action and were glad we had been warned. In Ayemonte I can recommend La Puerta Ancha restaurant for a special meal - reviewed elsewhere. Just as an aside, it was our thirtieth anniversary whilst we were there and was a bit disappointed for it to go unnoticed even though our cards and gifts were up, unlike the Grecotel El Greco for 28th anniversary.More
ChucknJoany, Glasgow, Scotland
We have just returned from a lovely stay at the Barcelo, marred only be a petty rule, enforced by an officious maitre de. Having bought a bottle of wine with dinner and wanting to take a glass out of the restaurant to enjoy on the terrace, we were told to pour it into a plastic cup. Ridiculous as you can get glasses at the bar. Nick, the lovely Thomson rep tried to sort it out, but we ended up having to dodge the guy to get out of the restaurant glass in hand. The only other minor point, is that although the food is great, there were no crackers to have with the cheese. Quiet location, but easy to get about. Check out the taxi prices if there are 4 as it may be cheaper than a trip.More
Tricia612, Coventry, United Kingdom
Nice hotel in a good beach-side location
We had a seven day break in mid-October and had a good holiday here. The hotel was in easy walking distance from the huge sandy beach. The hotels outdoor pool and sun-loungers were well used but never over-crowded. The buffet-restaurant was pleasant to use, although we found it overcrowded on Saturday and Sunday evenings; food was good but not brilliant, plenty of variety and loads of fresh fruit. Like most of the guests we tended to over-eat. We were half-board and found with breakfast and evening meal we had more than enough to sustain us for the day. The room was a good size and layout with a superb view from the balcony overlooking the pool with the beach and Atlantic Ocean beyond. The room was cleaned well every day and the hotel staff were always helpful. Our only negative comment is that after the midweek bed and linen change, the quality of the towels and linen was not as good as those originally provided when we arrived; one of the bed-sheets was worn so thin it had a hole in it. There was a frequent local bus service (1.25 Euros) from outside the hotel to Ayamonte about 4 miles away where there was a good selection of local shops, cafes and amenities. From Ayamonte we took the short half-hour ferry trip (4 Euros) across the River Guadiana to the port town of Villa Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal, which was slightly bigger than Ayamonte. Together with Ayamonte this made a nice day out. With a bit of planning we could easily have taken a bus from Ayamonte along the Portugese coast to Tavira for a day trip, something we'll definitely do next time.More
R0bin47, Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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