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, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, until 23.00 in winter and 24.00 in summer.  Snakcs 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

Open during the summer, the Beach Club waterpark overlooks the sea. 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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junior suite

Junior suite sleeps up to 4 with 2 beds and a sofa-bed. Cots are available on request.


Suite sleeps up to 4 with whirlpool on the large terrace and sunbeds. Cots are available on request.

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Absolutely fantastic stay

We stayed for new year , the resort is wonderful . We stayed in room 044 which is a junior suite with a jacuzzi on the terrace . The room was very spacious and well equipped with a big double bed in bedroom a full kitchen . We were out of season so the hotel was half full , so I can imagine it busy in August . The kids club was very good , I think the only downside the mini disco at 9-30 a bit late . We used the spa every morning it's great . Unlike previous reviews we got premium brand spirits on the all inclusive , but they have been down to the gold wristbands with the suite . Again after reading reviews I wasn't sure how the restaurant would be but we found the food great . The New Years eve gala was incredible . The only downside was the hairdresser he refused me a haircut as doing a crop was beneath him ( his words ) even tho he had an empty saloon ... Reception staff very good and all staff really friendly . All in all a top notch hotel , and as we do at least 6 all inclusive breaks a year I'd say this one of the best . We will defiantly return again More

Shchrome S, Alcudia, Spain

Thomson is a deceptive holiday company

Thomson is a very deceptive company. They are good at advertising lovely looking holidays so you hand over your money but when you get there you are offered awful food and poor quality drinks. You pay all inclusive but hardly anything is actually included - not even water. We were told we had to pay for water at £3GBP per bottle even at the pool bars which is disgusting given that we paid all inclusive. The trips are very expensive and again you have to pay £3 for a bottle of water to take on a 5 hour coach trip in the heat. We spent most of our holiday complaining about the cheap service, constant attempts to sell 'extras' which spoils the ambience and relaxation of the holiday. If we had realised the awful service and quality of food and drinks we never would have booked this holiday. Book with someone other than Thomson is my advice.More

Rainbowshell123, Sheffield, United Kingdom


4 star plus hotel and it actually is! Stayed july 2014, husband 2kids 16 and 8. Food great, restaurant great, lovely helpful staff, clean, well maintained, staff cleaning constantly, very helpful reception. Definate wow factor. room - a suite with small kitchenette, main bedroom, great comfy bed, kids on pull out sofa beds in lounge. nice bathroom. Location- between benalmadena and fuengola, a 10 minute walk down a steep hill to the water park and main road (about 20 mins back up!) but there is a free bus until about 6 o'clock. A bus will take you to the main beech but there is a beech about a 5 minute walk away once you get down the hill, there are a lot of steps down to this particular beech. However this is just one of the beeches, there are others that are more accessible further into the resorts of benalmadena and fuengola. Water park was nice and clean and drinks all inclusive if you are an all inc guest. great for little ones but no daredevil rides for teens. also, don't go without any money as you will need to hire a rubber ring for the lazy river. Transport- as mentioned a free bus down the hill to the main road, then buses regularly in both directions to travel around the area. free bus does not go all night though. entertainment- a couple of options, singers by the pool or acts such as magicians, dancers etc on the main stage. there is also bowling, arcades, cinema etc. All in all FAB!More

s r, midlands

Wonderful Christmas and New Year 2014, already booked for 2015!

We spent two weeks in this hotel and absolutely loved it! Some people have mentioned that it is in the middle of nowhere. This is not true. At the bottom of the hill, outside the hotel gates, there are bus stops that take you to Fuengirola, Marbella, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Malaga. Buses are fairly regular and very cheap. We also walked along Fuengirola beach promenade regularly and walked (approx 20 mins) to the nearest train station at Carvajal. The hotel itself has an interesting theme with elephant roundabouts outside on the road and a small aviary and turtles inside. Others have complained about food but we really enjoyed it, however we were always early into breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't like to eat a lot of gluten and there were plenty of salads, meats and cheese for me to eat. My husband tried a lot of the meat that was cooked fresh on demand and in front of you. Desserts were also a mix of icecream, cakes, jellies and fruits. Alcoholic drinks were "proper" brands. There were free shuttles into different areas such as benalmadena peublo but if you want to go further afield, talk to reception and they will book your trips. We went to Seville and Gibraltar. Be aware...there is a noisy games arcade that can make you spend a lot of euros! We spent a small fortune playing pool. There is also a bowling alley and loud, flashing, child friendly games which will take your money! You also have to pay for wifi. We bought a week worth for 12 euros but the wifi in our room was pretty poor. We just loved the New Year eve Gala dinner - thanks Kay, Andy and their two daughters for making it such a lovely welcome to the new year! We have already booked to go back - (Jet2 has great flights and are cheaper than other operators)More

Vikki D, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

You did well Mum!

We stayed at the Polynesia over Christmas 2014. My 19 and 20 year old sons and myself stayed for a week. We were astounded by the look of the hotel and made us smile and feel very happy. The rooms, staff and facilities were of a high standard. Entertainment was poor but we were not there for that. We made some lovely friends and thoroughly enjoy our stay. Not much to do in the local vicinity but a bus or taxi ride is available should you wish to take a visit locally. I would highly recommend this hotel but a car is advisable for easier access for nearby towns. I'd definitely stay there again.More

Catherine K, Orpington, United Kingdom

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