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.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based On 1983 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 1Building
  • 5Floors
  • 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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junior suite with balcony

These contemporary junior suites come with twin beds and a sofa-bed in the lounge area. You'll also have a kitchenette, fridge and satellite TV.

suite with balcony/terrace with private whirlpool

These contemporary suites come with a large terrace or balcony with a whirlpool and sunbeds. You'll also have a lounge, kitchenette with fridge and satellite TV.

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Awesome hotel , awesome holiday

Very impressive hotel and facilities. The food was more than adequate with a wide variety to cater for all tastes. The rooms are very well presented and spacious. I felt very relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed my time. I don't usually visit a place more than once however I have made the decision to go back again this year. If you have children the beach club pools will keep them occupied while you lap up the sunshine if that's your thing, don't forget your sunglasses 😎More

Jamie M,


This was the first time to this hotel and it did stand out, this is the best holiday we have ever had. The beach club is lovely for any aged kids, young or old would love it, there a variety of pools and sun beds and the food down there is really nice. But don't forget to get down there early as the lockers and rings do sell out of you visit in the afternoon. Entertainment is fab, the reps are Spanish but know some English and always gets everyone up and involved in the activities, you don't have to if you don't want to though. Food is good can get repetitive but they do themed nights where other foods is bought out which is a nice change. Would love to come back, ignore the negative reviews as we had a fab time. More

maddiexxxx, 34515

nice family holiday

To sum it up - nice family break but not the best food. Hotel definitely has the wow factor when you walk in and rooms are one of the biggest we have stayed in. Beach club is brilliant for kids and the animation team work so hard with the kids and dont seem to stop the breath!! Only downsides to this hotel is that it's not close to anything. We got taxis to benalmadena marina for a change of scenery a couple of times during our stay. Personally we felt the food let the hotel down. I'm not a big meat or salad eater so I lived on chips, pasta and pizza for the entire holiday and the little one lived on chicken nuggets. Also food was very rarely hot. Overall lovely break but don't expect great things from the foodMore


Really impressed

Went for 7 days to this place last week. It looks even better in real life than the pictures. We have a 2&4 year old. This place is perfect for little ones. They were entertained all the time. The waterpark is brilliant. The kids club is really good and has loads of activities. The shuttle service was constant and great for going back up the hill. We went to both local towns on the bus both worth a visit and the beaches were good although not the best for smaller children as it gets deep quickly and is a bit choppy. The best beach for us was the bit next to the waterpark really secluded and no one about really. The buffet restaurant was average and what you'd expect quite a bit of choice and different every night. The wok restaurant was good. The Polynesian restaurant was awful don't bother going really not worth a visit. The food by the hotel pool was ok too. And the restaurant at the waterpark was good for lunch possibly better than the hotels. The evening entertainment was great for kids. My kids thought it was awesome. I would not go to this resort if I didn't have children!! But if you do it is definitely worth a visit. We had a one bed apartment which was great it was over the back by the crazy golf which we decided was better than being near the pools and entertainment as it was nice and quiet. I really can't criticise much about this hotel it was exactly what we were looking for it kept our kids happy and that made our holiday fab. Every staff member we encountered were really friendly and helpful. Would recommend for sure.More

kate83mc, 186361

Good holiday

We visited here from 9th-16th June..transfer was 30 mins from Malaga airport, check in isn't as bad as other reviews state!! 15 mins and we was done and dusted!!! We had a studio apartment 2 adults and 2 kids 1 10 and 1 3. The room was clean and lovely decorated, the only other comment I have on the room is that watch your clothes... The maids thought it was ok to help themselves to my 3 year old boys clothes !!!!!! Reported to Thomson rep and reception with no joy !!!! Okay so pool area.... With the size of the hotel this needs another pool!! The pool is a big lagoon shape pool but was always so full due to only having one pool and the hotel being so big !!!!! The snack bar around the pool tho is fab!!!! Self service food jacket potatoes ... Chilli ... Spag Bol.... Burgers ... Hot dogs.... Chips ... Beans .... Nuggets .... A salad selection ... This was out 12-4.30pm then they took food away and brought out cakes. Cola Fanta Sprite tonic water Fanta lemon all on self service machines around the pool ... Beer spirits and cocktails you had to go to the pool bar for, the cocktail list is massive and didn't have to pay for any!!! Although I had to tell them to go easy on the spirits that they put in !!!!! You need to be up early to put towles on the beds!!!! I mean early as in 7.30am!!!!!! U will get a sunbed anytime but it will be way back from the pool !!!!! Food was okay as okay as all inclusive goes ... You never struggle to find something to eat !!!!! The restaurant is clean and you were instructed to a table by waiters who brought you your first drink ... The view from the restaurant over looks the pool which is lovely ... Entertainment at night ..... POOR!!!! Absolutely crap and I mean crap let the hotel down massively !!!!! There's a shop in the hotel that sells everything you will need all branded labels that we get at home, it's very expensive tho and its full of toys so ever time u pass the kids want to go in! We spent a fortune ... There is a arcade for kids with a bowling ally again expensive !!! We went to the beach club most afternoons there is a free bus that comes and picks you up at reception and takes you down ... Her name is Julia a open top bus... The kids loved it !!! Bus comes literally every 5 mins !!! Then back again to bring you home ... Beach club is lovely loafs of pools ... Mega clean ... BUT... You have to pay here for pool side food !!!! If you want to use the restaurant here you need to book in a day in advance at the Polynesia reception and they give you a ticket !!! Drinks are all inclusive at the beach club, there is a massive kids club open every day... My kids didn't go but I no other kids looked happy enough to want to go, overall was a good holiday ... Expensive tho so take plenty of euros if you have kids !!!!!! More

Kimstringer5, 186248

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Hotel Polynesia
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 1983 customer reviews
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