There’s no need to go to Tahiti – here you get Polynesian style in spades. And there’s a waterpark in summer, too.
This hotel comes with a huge, lagoon pool. And it’s just a really short shuttle bus ride to the beach club and waterpark. There’s a buffet restaurant that serves internaltional 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.
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.
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.
We spent a week in the Polynesia with our 15 year old and friends and had a fantastic family holiday. It is a great hotel for a family holiday. The hotel is beautiful with lots to keep teenage boys occupied. The pool is lovely at the hotel but you also had access to the holiday village where the boys were able to go and play football, tennis and basketball. They were able to get drinks and snacks down there if they wanted. There is a shuttle bus that runs during the day between the two hotels. The rooms are spacious with a huge amount of storage, much more than we required. The rooms are modern, clean and well equipped. We were on the 5th floor and had great views out to the hills and down to the sea. There are plenty of lifts to all floors but we used the stairs to help work off all the food. The food in the buffet restaurant was varied and of excellent quality. There are also two other restaurants that you can use once during a week stay. We enjoyed them both and the staff were great fun there. The staff throughout the hotel were hard working, friendly and helpful. We paid for wifi which is 12euros per device but found it not to be of a great quality.
The hotel is a bit out of the way but we found it suited us. There was a good bus service beside the holiday village and a train station about 20 minutes away. We actually got about quite a lot. We had visit to the marina in Benalmadena and went up in the cable car. The old village is also worth a visit. We went to the market in fuengirola by bus but struggled to find the stop on the way back so ended up in a taxi. Taxis are quite inexpensive. We also had a day trip to Malaga on the train.
Definitely a good place for a family holiday and I'd recommend it to anyone. Thanks for a great holiday!More
fantastic family holiday
We have returned from this hotel ready to book for next year. Having read some of the reviews on the hotel we had some reservations but from start to finish the hotel exceeded expectations.
On arrival which was before the official check in time we were met by a friendly and helpful member of staff and the process took about 5 minutes.
Our room was on the same level as reception, it was clean and spacious with the added bonus of a kitchenette. The bathroom was great for two kids as the shower was completely separate. Nice sized terrace with access from the lounge and bedroom.
The staff within the hotel were helpful and friendly and appreciated the fact that we were practising our Spanish on them!!
The food within the restaurants was good and contrary to other reviews I didn't have to use a microwave once.... at breakfast the selection was good and if you wanted English bacon it was cooked to order. Lunchtimes within the main restaurant was again great with a good home of food for all the family or if you fancied a snack the poolside snack bar hit the spot.
For evening meals we tried the two Al carte restaurants which were both great but the Chinese one had the edge over the Polynesia style one. In the main restaurant there was again a wide choice of food with a chocolate fountain and marshmallows one night -kids loved it!!
as it was October the outside entertainment area was closed and the shows that were on had been scaled backed but they were still fun.
The puka puka kids club was very good and my 6 year old loved it. The staff were great with the kids and the language barrier wasn't an issue, my son even learnt some more Spanish.
The spa is great and the offer to let kids use it in a morning for 5 euros for an hour is worth it for something different.
We didn't book any excursions but did get the bus to the marina, nice walk around the promenade with some great bars. Down by the beach club to the right is a lovely beach bar, well priced and have sunbeds and buckets for the kids.
All in all a great family holiday, my main tip would be to go with the flow, you are on holiday and as the Spanish say things can wait till 'maÃ±ana'.More
carol h, Wigan, United Kingdom
Fantastic holiday! Beautiful hotel and food was really nice. (Lots of variety)
Reception staff & bar staff all very friendly & helpful. Apartments modern & clean.
Only thing that lets this hotel down Is the entertainment it wasn't that good & got abit boring! Maybe it might be abit more lively in the summer months?? The nightclub upstairs within the hotel was closed whilst we were there in April.
pools were great and kids loved the waterpark over the road which you can get to by jumping on the free bus right outside the hotel. Booked again for April 2015. Best hotel I've stayed in so far! Fantastic for families.More
We loved it
I'd read the reviews on here after booking so I was prepared.....yes there is a steep hill, yes the hotel is a bit out of the way but like I said, I was prepared.
On arrival we checked in which only took about 10 minutes. The reception area is very impressive with the bridge & waterfall.
We were in room 105, it was very quiet and we were able to watch the sun rise each morning. The rooms were tidied daily which we were impressed with.
The queues for food weren't bad at all but it was late September. The food choices were great, it was hard to choose what to eat each mealtime. The drinks were great too although it would be good to know that for your evening meal, your 1st drink is brought to you whereas at other mealtimes you need to get it yourself.
The pool area was great, what would make it better would be better quality loungers, ones that had different positions.
The staff were excellent, always very polite and friendly and nothing was a bother to them.
The entertainment wasn't great but it didn't bother us.
Buses to the marina were only about 3 euros so we ventured out a few times.
All in all, a brilliant hotel, just what we were looking for.More
hotel Polynesia,(fab )
Had a great time,don't listen to the bad feedback,As soon as you arrive in reception,it will blow you away,the two ladies on the desk made us feel so welcome,they were always smiling and very helpful,just a tip pay for a sea view it is worth the extra.The rooms were huge,and very clean,they were the best rooms we have stayed in.The view from our room was fantastic.Some people said there was not a good selection of food,we stayed a week and had a different meal every day.The staff in the restaurant were brill,Cant say about the entertainment,we always ended our night at the piano bar were we could unwind,there was a young guy called frank,he always made us very welcome ,and on the second night we walked in,by the time my partner got to the bar ,he had the drinks ready,first class bar man,Last but not least the cleaning ladies came in most days changing towels and kept the room so clean.Only one negative point it was a bit far away from other resorts,but you had a free bus up and down the hill,were you could catch a bus to any of the resort at the bottom of the hill.Overall a great hotel ,we would like to thank all the staff for great holiday.well done and thanks,A+++++More
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