|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Beautiful apartments right next to the Las Palmeras pool so really convenient. Centrally located so a short walk to shops, bars, restaurants as well as the tennis centre. Great accommodation - spacious,bright, all mod cons - Wifi, cable TV, DVD player, music system, books, games, well equipped kitchen. Linens & towels provided.
Between the 2 apartments with their 4 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms, up to 13 people can be accommodated (9 on 'real' beds, 4 on sofa beds) in 4/5 bedrooms.
Las Palmeras is a small, friendly cluster of 30 apartments in the middle of the resort, 5 mins walk from the Tennis Centre, shops, restaurants & right next to the popular Par 47 pitch & putt course. These 2 storey apartments are built in typical Spanish villa style set in beautifully mature, well tended gardens surrounding a secluded private pool.
Our very pretty ground floor apartment is right next to the Las Palmeras pool to which it has direct access (you can almost dive in!) from a covered terrace with table/chairs/BBQ. The upper floor apartment has a terrace - also with table,chairs & BBQ and an awning for protection - with wonderful views not only over the pool but also to the lake & even as far as the Mar Menor; the master bedroom also has a small balcony with a cafe style table & chairs. They share a fabulous large private roof terrace - great for parties! The well designed apartments are light & spacious & have marble floors, air-conditioning & ceiling fans throughout. The living/dining rooms are colourful and fun with TVs, DVD players, music systems and sofa beds. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms which all have excellent storage. The large well equipped kitchens offer all mod cons - fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, oven & hobs, microwave, kettle, toaster & coffee maker. There's excellent free Wifi throughout as well as cable TV; cable channels include Skysports, BBC & ITV.
Easy parking and easy walk to the tennis centre, plus many shops, bars & restaurants.
La Manga Club facilities: La Manga has something for everybody. Play golf on one of the 3 championship courses or tennis on one of the 28 multi-surface courts at the Tennis Centre where there are tournaments and tuition available. Rent mountain bikes, go horse riding, or the whole family can play pitch 'n putt on the Par 47 or crazy golf by the Oasis swimming pool. Or just relax by the Las Palmeras pool or the larger Oasis pool. For young children there is the crèche / mini-club and babysitting, if required. Enjoy the spectacular scenery - especially at sunset - of the winding road down to the Club's private cove at La Cala with its wonderful restaurant,
The Principe Felipe Hotel has a piano bar, live music, nightclub & casino. There are several restaurants, bars, a pub and disco on the Club, 2 supermarkets, several boutiques, chemists, doctor, 24 hr security, banks, estate agents and telephone exchange with Internet access.
Outside the Club: The safe, shallow, warm waters of the Mar Menor are just 10 mins away by car & offer miles of sandy beaches; you can hire a pedalo, go wind-sailing or dive in the Mediterranean (PADI courses available). Visit the picturesque fishing village of Cabo de Palos (10 mins by car), eat at the restaurants around the harbour and combine it with a trip to the Sunday market (the largest around). Visit the beaches of the Calblanque National Park (10 mins by car). Walk from the Club to the Portman Guns and other spectacular scenery. Visit the ancient port of Cartagena or see the Cathedral at Murcia. Shop at Spain's largest department store El Corte Ingles (in both Murcia & Cartagena) as well as the local 'ceramica' shops - real treasure troves!
Eating out/eating in: There's a vast choice to suit all tastes and budgets. Within the Club itself there are over 20 restaurants - from La Cala (the Club's stunning beach side restaurant), Victor's International dining, Tapas bars, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Asian, Mexican to Sam's American diner and Tom's Pizza and Pasta - these last 2 offer take away service too. In addition, there are some excellent restaurants in the nearby towns, eg Los Belones, El Algar & the wonderful fish speciality restaurants in nearby Cabo de Palos harbour. You can also lunch in the informal restaurants at the seaside villages next to the Mar Manor, e.g. Mar de Cristal.
If you prefer to eat in (perhaps a BBQ?), there are 2 Supermarkets at the Club plus many more in the local towns of Los Belones and Cabo de Palos and La Manga strip, plus hypermarkets in Murcia and Cartagena. Wonderful local markets with fresh produce are available too.
We first visited La Manga in 1998, fell in love & bought this apartment. Have never regretted our decision even tho we've been based in Asia, USA & now back to Asia since 1999, so it's not on our doorstep!
It's relaxing & fun to be there - the minute we enter the apartment all the cares of the outside world seem to slip away! There are great sports facilities in the impeccably kept Resort & we can walk to the tennis centre in about 5 minutes.
We also enjoy going to the beaches (there are 3 very different kinds within 10 minutes drive), exploring the historical cities of Cartagena & Murcia as well the local villages and their markets; Cabo de Palos on a Sunday must not be missed! Our younger son can never wait to get back there and our older kids - now grown up - are enjoying bringing their own families there now , especially as we're right next to the pool.
In fact we love it so much, that we bought the apartment dire fly upstairs in 2013.
Jane purchased this apartment in 1999
Location, location, location. Need to run back from the pool for a drink/more sunblock/new book etc? Easy access straight onto the terrace.
Also in great condition, looked after really well both by ourselves & our wonderful local agents.
You can rent upstairs/downstairs or both! Great for families, great for groups of golfers or tennis players or other sporty folk. Wonderfully relaxing for those who just want to 'chill'!
We rented both apartments for a week, for a family holiday for 9 people, ranging from 2 to 70 years old. The apartments were modern, spacious, superbly equipped and immaculately clean. Located on the poolside, the kids had a fantastic time. The whole area was beautifully quiet, but with plenty to do within walking distance. Booking the apartment was very straightforward, and the owner is very accommodating and easy to deal with. We would definitely go again.
The La Manga Club is conveniently located with motorway access from Murcia Airport (San Javier) 20 minutes away and from Alicante (60 minutes). From the La Manga Club you can look across the golf courses to the Mar Menor (inland sea) and the Mediterranean. In the immediate area are the villages of Los Belones and Cabo de Palos, 5-10 minutes away by car. 10 minutes away are the beaches of the Calblanque National Park. 20 minutes away is the ancient city and port of Cartagena. Murcia, the regional capital, is about 40 minutes away. There are many coves to visit along the coast and walks to suit all levels in the foothills around the club. There are numerous bars and restaurants both on the club and in the surrounding area to suit all tastes. You can choose to relax on the club, visit the local area, or a combination of both. The La Manga Club really does have something for everyone.
Other Activities: Go karting, spa, gym, health & beauty, squash, bowls
Golf: La Manga, with its mild winters & less than 12 inches of rain a year, is one of Europe's premier golfing destinations. Although the golf courses are always in demand, what is so noticeably different about La Manga Club is that there is none of the overcrowding so often seen at golf clubs on the Costa del Sol, for instance. Its 3 Championship Courses offer a comprehensive range of activities to golfers of all abilities, from the Par 47 Pitch and Putt course to the redesigned (2004/5) Championship South Course. The facilities are excellent, suiting all abilities & ages. The comfortable clubhouse includes a spacious bar & restaurant, plenty of space in locker rooms & an extensive pro shop where clubs, shoes, buggies etc. are available for hire, along with spike change. Just beyond the caddy master's building is the golf academy which is overseen by the pro & which includes the latest state-of-the-art video technology for swing analysis. Nearby is a 90-bay floodlit driving range & a practice putting green which seems to be prepared just as well as the greens of the 3 Championship courses. Additionally there are 2 chipping greens, a practice bunker, resident professionals available, & competitions 3 times a week.
Soft spikes are required on the 3 main courses & an official handicap certificate is required for the South Course (not required for the North or West Courses). Las Palmeras residents qualify for 50% discount on public rates.
Other things to do & see:
Cartagena – esp the recently restored city hall and the Roman amphitheatre; see:
Murcia – see http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/24-hours-in-murcia-434051.html
Cabo de Palos – small fishing village nearby with a fun market on Sunday morning. Good “ceramica” shops.
Los Belones – nearby village with a small plaza for coffee, nice cake shop, wine shop etc. Also a few nice restaurants – see below
La Manga “strip” – if you have time it's worth driving the 30 kilometres or so to the end of this strip – interesting sights en route inc mud bathers !
La Canela – just outside the resort ( small pottery right next door too)
La Cala – at La Manga’s private beach cove
Via Romana – in Los Belones (see above)
Cartagena & Murcia have large stores eg el Corte Ingles, also lots of interesting small shops. Ceramica shops in Cabo de Palos are fun. On the practical side, there are 2 supermarkets in the resort – small, friendly one in Bellaluz square and a larger one, El Arbol, in the Las Sabinas shopping centre (opposite Repsol petrol station) open 9-9 every day ex Sundays & fiesta days when opening hours are 10-2. For emergencies, the Repsol station has some groceries & is open until midnight.
As above, the resort and area has tons to offer – apart from the obvious golf & tennis, there’s mountain biking, horseriding, waterspouts at the Mar Menor, gokarting on the main road near Cabo de Palos. Variety of beaches - cove, sandy strip & the wonderful wonderful bird sanctuary with many small beaches at Calblanque.