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

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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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.

suite

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

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Just not very good

Beautiful hotel, large stylish rooms with huge balcony, but that's all folks Food makes Wetherspoons look like fine dining, it's not awful, it's just bland, you'll never starve but you'll never feel that you've had a nice meal. The pool is just a complete and utter joke, if they doubled the size it would still be too small for this hotel, a grown adult can simply not swim more than two strokes without hitting someone. Entertainment seemed to be professional and varied but we have spent most of our week ( im writing this 5 days into our stay ) paying 15 euros a trip cab fares into benalmadena for a nice meal or to be able to go for a swim in the daytime. I'd say this is one for families on a bit of a budget but if you have no kids or a little more to spend go elsewhere. Thompsons 4 star plus rating must be based on the building and not what's going on inside itMore

Phh121,

Out of this world

outstanding out of this world hotel, nothing I could find fault, food was amazing hotel itself was stunning , loved every minute , kids throughly enjoyed it, amazing staff , wouldn't hesitate to returnMore

Gemma C, Cwmbran, Wales, United Kingdom

Perfect first family holiday

We had a fantastic 2 week holiday in early June with our (almost) 4 year old daughter. The hotel on arrival is pretty stunning, and rooms are fab, really big, huge balcony, enormous bathroom with bath, separate shower and 2 basins, plus lots of extras such as kitchenette and fridge which are handy with a little one. Although there is the water park, we didn't bother with it as the water is cold there and children need to be 120cm to have the ring. We much preferred the basic pool at the Polynesia. There's so much going on, inflatable water slides, dancing around the pool with Worldy, games, all super safe with 2 lifeguards who are really vigilant. It was just amazing! Entertainment is out of this world, my daughter loved the mini disco every night which led onto professional acts which were not the usual cheese, suitable for both adults and children. Things like falconry, magic, hypnosis (that was a bit dodgy tho!) and really high standard entertainers were just brilliant. The highlight was the white party around the pool. There are trampolines and little cars for the kids (payable but affordable) and the indoor entertainment such as the bowling is great fun. The kids club is great, I have never met staff who love their jobs so much. My daug hter blossomed from a shy girl to a girl who was first on stage dancing and running around by the middle of the first week, and this is down to the encouragement and dedication of the kids club staff. They were simply awesome! The only slight let down is the food... not the quality, but the food is just not hot enough, even when straight out of the kitchen it was not piping hot so by the time you'd queued it was really cold. A better system would be an easy fix to this, I did make a written complaint but it wasn't responded to. We were disappointed at the lack of local stuff like fresh tapas, I think they are missing a trick there. The Chinese was 'ok' and the Polynesian restaurant nice but slow, don't visit on a night when the mini disco starts early! Location is ok, but to visit Benalmadena or Fuengirola is a bus or taxi ride away so budget for that. It is nice to get out and have a meal in a different environment. Not really near a good beach but the pool is so lovely this isn't really an issue. All in all the lovely rooms, helpful staff, and amazing pool and entertainment far outweigh the negative food comments. We just loved it and fully intended to return, however due to the location we would like to do a 2 centre, alas we are not allowed to book direct from the UK, we have to go through Thomson who won't do a 2 centre, so we cannot return, which we are pretty gutted about. I'd really recommend this for a fun family holiday and hope one day we can definitely go back! (When they aren't tied to Thomson!)More

Alli_H, Nottingham

The turtles were excellent

(I'm hoping this is the right hotel) Incredible place, our room was on the turtle wing which our little boy loved! The room itself was huge, bathroom was great. Lots of storage and space. The kitchen was tiny with not a great deal to it and no high chair - we even asked to hire one or borrow from the restaurant but weren't allowed. Balcony was a great size too. We were the furthest away from the pool and in the quiet end of the hotel which was perfect for us. Balcony got son late into the evening. Pool was freezing but think that's time of year. The set up at the pool was great and beach club over the road suited us great. The hotel try to discourage you walking places but 10 minutes wander to the right of the hotel was a great beach and stretch of restaurants. Could even get the local train service here. Cheaper and easier than the bus we found with the buggy. Walk to benalmadena centre was a long one but lovely along the beaches. Buffet menu was great at the all you can eat. Good mix and very tasty!More

HollyBollyDo,

Hotel polynesia 5*

I visited hotel polynesia in june 2015 with my partner,and two young children and can't wait to book for next year. The hotel is beautiful with a wide variety of things to do and theres something for everyone no matter what age. The food is beautiful & they cater for everyone from breads, cheese, fish, pizza, salad, chicken & beautiful deserts/ice cream as well as snack bars throughout the day. The hotel also has vegetarian food and different milks for if you have allergies. We had the best holiday and i would highly recommend hotel polynesia. My little kids are 1 and 3 and they loved it. Holiday world is amazing with the lovely swimming pools and pirate ship. You can catch the shuttle bus from hotel polynesia every 10 minutes and it takes you to the swimming world. The hotel rooms are very spacious and clean with aircon and fresh towels everyday. The hotel layout is very impressive with live turtles, fish & birds & has beautiful waterfalls. I hope you find this review helpful and if you go to hotel polynesia have fun and enjoy every minute ♡.More

cassielouxx,

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Hotel Polynesia
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 1554 customer reviews
from £193.28