Hotel Polynesia  

This place has been designed to feel like a South Pacific island. So there’s a waterfall and a rope bridge in the lobby, and a birds of paradise aviary in the grounds.

This hotel comes with a huge, lagoon pool. And it’s just a really short shuttle bus ride to the beach club and waterpark, which are open in summer. There’s a buffet restaurant that serves international cuisine and a lunch place over at the beach club.

The hotel’s in a gated complex with the other hotels that make up the Holiday World Resort. It’s at the top of a hill, overlooking Caravajal beach, which is a 15-minute walk away.

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  • 1Building
  • 6Floors
  • 328Rooms
  • 8Lifts

Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
All Inclusive

Full Board meals in the buffet restaurant. Lunch and selected drinks at Beach Club buffet restaurant - reservation required 24 hours in advance, open from 15th April.  Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, until 23.00 in winter and 24.00 in summer. Selected drinks from snack bar at Beach Club.  Snacks at certain times.

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Outdoor pool

A large, lagoon-style pool takes centre stage at the hotel. Lined by a terrace with sunbeds to enjoy the sea views from.

Buffet restaurant

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with children's options, this restaurant makes a statement with an arched, glass ceiling. Dinner options include meat or fish, and there's show cooking, too. Special dietary needs and vegetarians can be catered for if prior notice is given. Highchairs are available.

Beach Club

The Beach Club waterpark overlooks the sea and is open during the summer months. There are rapids to float around on, waterslides, a pirate ship, splash zones and even giant sandpits with equally giant elephant statues. If that sounds too much like hard work, there are quieter areas with in-water sun loungers too. A shuttle bus service to the Beach Club is provided and the journey takes just a few minutes - just ask at reception.

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These contemporary suites can sleep up to four. They come with a large terrace with a whirlpool and sunbeds. Cots are available on request.

junior suite

These contemporary junior suites with their relaxing vibe can sleep up to four. They come with two beds and a sofa-bed. Cots are available on request.

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Fantastic Hotel & Staff

Just back never written a review before but this place is amazing .. Hotel is spotless rooms are fantastic , There was a party of 4 adults one 5 year old & baby .. We had great hol & my grandson got involved in all activites football , mini golf ,table tennis ect because of staff who work really hard involving everyone .. The animation team work there socks off . Nothing to much for any member of hotel staff .. Only thing was food was sometimes cold &, dont know if its because low season but felt restuarnt more help especially the cooks on grill , overall great p;ace to staff & lookin to book again next year .. Hopefully there will be free wifi ...More

DENISE1606, Dundee, United Kingdom

A great holiday

we were arrived 17-28th sept. The hotel was great.The room was very large .The food they had a great selection.One of our party celebrated there 40th birthday.The put a bottle of prosecco in the her room which was a nice surprise .More

70John, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Great Hotel

We booked this as we needed a family friendly hotel for our 2 young children & that's what we got. Our room was very clean & was cleaned every day. There were plenty of lifts but they were slow which could be frustrating when you have little ones in a buggy but we got used to that. Yes, it was out of the way but we knew that when we booked. I think once my children are older I would book something more central. The food was better than I thought it would be as we normally do self catering as we prefer to try different places. Plenty of choice, especially for breakfast. Some of it could've been hotter but we were happy enough. We ate in the Chinese one night & that was just ok. The pool area was great, plenty of sun beds but we did prefer the beach club which was just a small bus ride away. There was plenty of entertainment, it wasn't our cup of tea but others seemed to enjoy it. All in all I would recommend it for those with young families but if I returned to The resort I would choose a more central hotel. More

Gayle32, Manchester,England

Lovely holiday

I stayed here with my husband and 8 year old daughter from 13-20 September. We were celebrating our honeymoon. This hotel really has the wow factor. Its very visually attractive and there is so much to do. Our room was really nice and spacious. It had a sea-view which also took in the pool area. The staff left us a bottle of champagne on our fist night as a treat for our honeymoon. The food was of a great standard. Not everyone would have liked all of the options available but never the less the quality was fine. We ate breakfast and lunch in the hotel but had dinner in Benalmadena most evenings as we like a trip out and about in the surrounding area. The beach club was a fantastic facility and our daughter loved it. We felt very safe in the hotel and the security team at the front entrance were very vigilant. We didn't feel just as safe in the main town of Benalmadena though. Apart from the marina, the rest of the town is very run down and shabby. We got hassled quite a bit from street sellers and doormen, I know you get this in every resort but it just seemed worse in this part of Spain. A lot of people have complained that the hotel is so far out of the town - we were actually very glad of this!! I would return to the hotel but I wouldn't rush back to Benalmadena.More

RosieD85, Tyrone

Best Hotel So Far

Everyone has their own Idea of what is a good hotel, if you want extreme first class go pay £2000 a night, if you want cheap as chips, go pay £20 a night, but if you want a great hotel and don't mind paying mid range this hotel is well worth a visit. We normally go to each hotel twice, last year we chose another hotel in Benalmadena and regretted it, this year we were more careful and landed on our feet, the hotel s massive, the rooms are 3 to 4 times the size of any hotel we have stayed at and were cleaned every day. One word of warning though, I am sure the maids are under orders to remove any cards left in the power slots to cut power to the rooms while the customers are out of them, we had to get 3 new cards over a 11 night stay as they kept disappearing if we did not take them with us, next time we will remove the card until after the room has been cleaned. There's a cinema, disco, launderette, gym, spa and shop which is useful but a bit more expensive than other shops but bear in mind the hotel is part of a complex and a bus or taxi ride away from the main shopping area, we never had any problem obtaining sun beds, plenty of room in the pool and 3 restaurants, 2 of which have to be booked the day before, the food was very good but could be a bit hotter, we found one microwave which was set on low power, maybe the hotel could put a few more in the main restaurant and set them on high?. We went with our daughter, son in law and granddaughter as well as our eldest son and daughter in law, we were amazed by the size of the rooms and the hotel, we had a kettle, toaster, fridge which worked! and an electric hob, the TV had English channels but you had to change during the day but it was nice to see normal BBC News, ITV News,as well as some normal programs plus football and rugby in our rooms. One small thing with the room doors, in every hotel we have stayed in when we locked the door from inside the room they stayed locked, in these rooms after putting the extra security lock on we found if anyone including a child pulled the handle down the lock came off and the door opened, no child should be able to over ride any security lock put on by their parents, something for the manager to consider? The entertainment during the day was provided by a local Spanish team who worked well, plenty of laughs and games daytime as well as regular dance / keep fit stints around the pool roughly every 2 hours, the sound system was very good, fixed in one corner of the pool and out of the way, poolside snacks and drinks were very good as well. There was entertainment provided every evening for children and adults, however the venue changed from outside to inside with no warning? I guess they were starting to pack things away for end of season? I have gone on long enough, in short, we all loved our stay and will be returning to this hotel more than once in the next few years, Please bear in mind, we went on Sunday the 13th of September, there were still lots of family's but the UKs silly fine system might have caused many to go earlier in the year? I guess from June to end of August it might be a lot busier?. As I said, we loved it and every day of our stay and we be returning. out of ten we give it 15 as it was that good to us. Last thing, lets be honest, what we adore others will hate, what we hate others will love, your choice but we had no complaints, PS, the water park in the Beach Club is good but not a lot of slides, drink is free as part of the complex but you pay for food there.More

rjpaige121, Corby, United Kingdom

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Hotel Polynesia
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