Two ocean-view pools steal the show at this grand hotel. The entertainment is well worth staying in for, too.
There’s a colonial feel to this stylish hotel, with its high ceilings and dark-wood detail. But the first thing you’re likely to notice is the ocean view – it’s particularly impressive from the 2 lagoon pools.
A mix of local and international dishes makes the menu in the buffet restaurant, while the entertainment features everything from piano music to flamenco dancing. The nearest beach and bars are only a 10-minute walk away.
For breakfast and dinner. With themed nights twice a week, weekly gala buffets and show cooking, where you can watch dishes being prepared right in front of you. Dinner is between 6pm and 9pm in winter. Special dietary requirements can be catered for if reception are advised at least 48 hours in advance. If you'd like an à la carte item that isn't available from the buffet, a charge will apply. Just so you know, gentlemen will need to wear long trousers in the restaurant for dinner.
I can only echo all the fantastic reviews which have been left. We had a wonderful week away with fantastic hot weather.
Overall, the hotel is immaculate inside and out with exceptional staff.
Hints and tips you might find useful:
Wi-fi in the foyer IS very slow but there are several bars and cafes along the promenade walk into Playa Blanca which offer this service free and faster. We were able to have a relaxing stroll each morning along to the shops and beaches as the promenade walk was flat (only 2 slight slopes) There were benches and low walls to sit. When the heat proved too much to walk back to the hotel, we caught a taxi (approx E3.50 from Playa Blanca and E6 to Rubicon Marina).
The only slight disappointment was that we arrived at 21.45 after the restaurant had closed and were supplied with a boxed measley sandwich, a boxed fruit salad and bottled water. It filled a hole but was not what was paid for as an evening meal under the half board that I had expected.
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Very annoying were the perennial (older people!) who, despite all the warnings, hogged the sunbeds.One couple next to us, had three! one for his trousers. Then they went off shopping for 3 hours and left their towels and puzzle books on their beds. Why do that? There are plenty all around the pools.
We did not go on any Tompson trips but did notice that they were considerably cheaper from tour operators in Playa Blanca.
The entertainment was good...perhaps our week had the interesting acts.
We are 60 and 62 but most couples were older than us.There were some small chldren who were very well behaved. Many guests were German or Scandinavian so it was lovely not to have an exclusively British population.
The quantity and quality of the food was outstanding. I noticed several choces for diabetics. The locally caught fish were wonderfully tasty.
There's not much more to add..I can see why so many people are repeat visitors!More
Bruntysnr, Harrogate UK
Hotel for relaxation .
My wife and I have just returned from our second visit this year (October 2014) to the Natura Palace . We hope that the Hotel will not loose its focus on quality and service .The staff are working very hard to maintain the service that we expect . The management need to take on more staff to help relieve the pressure on them .In contrast to our visit in May ,staff in the restaurant were almost at running speed and tables were not cleared between courses . We had to move used plates to other tables to make room for the next course .The atmosphere in the restaurant was frenetic and not a relaxing place to be .The quality of food was excellent but we seemed to have too many nights with a pork joint as the main carving joint .
The reception staff were very helpful and could not do enough for us .The pool area was clean and tidy and sunbeds in good condition .The usual problem of towel reservation before 9am with some loungers not used for 5 hours .
The rooms were comfortable and clean This Hotel is one of the best on the island and still a relaxing place to be and we shall return next year .
Michael and SonjaMore
Great Hotel and Holiday
We stayed for one week at the Natura Palace, returning home the 19th October. This is the 6th time we have stayed at this hotel at this time of year. This year it was busier than i have ever known. However, we never failed to get a sun bed, although i was slightly put out to receive a card on our sunbed one morning asking us not to reserve the sunbeds. (We had put our towels on the sunbed at 09.15 went to breakfast and was back by our sunbed by 10.00) - so I felt a little premature with being issued with a card especially when you could be queuing to go into the resturant, which quite often happened. The food in the Restaurant is excellent with plenty of choice. The staff in the hotel are always friendly and professional, and it's the little touches like your bags being taken to your room, tea and coffee brought to your breakfast table etc. I celebrated my birthday whilst there and there was a really nice touch by the hotel in leaving a little gift in my room and decorating a table in the restaurant especially and presenting me with a glass of champagne and a delicious desert. The only downside in the restaurant is that there is no air conditioning and I found it too warm especially if you sit by the window in the mornings. Last year when we stayed here there was a good selection of English speaking tv channels but was disappointed with selection this year - no BBC1 or BBC2 and only an intermittent ITV. All small niggly things aside, this is one of my most favourite hotels and hope to return next year.More
Sue J, Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Went to playa blanca in September, first holiday in a few years, stayed at the Hotel Natura Palace, absolutely fantastic, there is a web site and everything on there was exactly as they showed, clean, air conditioned, polite lovely staff can not do enough for you, food was gorgeous we stayed as half bourd well worth the money, highly recommendMore
Elizabeth B, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Best value for money hotel in Playa Blanca
We had high expectations of this hotel mainly because of the very positive reviews on this site. Our expectations were surpassed in all areas : the room was a good size with lovely views over the garden and sea; the choice of food was outstanding and beautifully presented with 'theme' nights; the entertainment was good and kept to sensible times.
However, the difference between this hotel and the rest is the friendly and helpful staff. From reception to housekeeping to restaurant and management, they all gave you a warm welcome and a smile. The whole place is expertly run and the head chef and restaurant manager are always visible and keen to engage in conversation with you. The biggest surprise was to see the assistant hotel manager - Timo Schild - welcoming guests to the restaurant at meal times and being visible throughout the day to deal with any problems. Our favourite part of the hotel was the foyer bar area where delicious cocktails and beer were dispensed by a most pleasant and efficient waitress called Jessica. We are looking forward to returning and wouldn't even consider the 5 star competition up the road. This is our tenth visit to Playa Blanca and the best yet.More
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