This hotel is a little hard to find as the signage is not yet in place, but they talked us in (in broken English but a good heart!). You have to take your own luggage to and find your room, but then we found an extremely spacious family room with a great view. It could easily have slept another person (we are 2 + 2 tots). The pools are uncrowded and very clean. No scramble for sunbeds either. Everywhere seemed clean and spacious. Food was fine, and plenty of it. Watch out though - we flew into Faro where there is no time difference to the UK, then drove to Cartaya. It was only after 3 days we found out that Spain is an hour different, and we met others who'd been there longer and were still unaware - so were late for kids clubs, meals, entertainments. How frustrating - a clock at reception would have solved this. However, most visitors by far were Spanish, which we loved, as it made it far less 'touristy' and made us all (including our two year old) try out our Spanish! Nice beaches too, and a beautiful location. Well worth a visit.
Bridget from West Sussex
The Cartaya Garden Hotel & Spa is located in El Rompido, 600 metres from the beach. This 4 stars Andalusia hotel is the …More
This was my second stay at the Barcelo Punta Umbria. It is a beautiful hotel with a very good beach and pine woods. Nearby there are many good little restaurants with good prices and fresh fish.
My only problem is that the hotel controls the air conditioning system in such a way that you are usually hot in your room.
Whilst this (large) hotel is well maintained and spotlessly clean, we were eaten alive by flies and mosquitos, probably due to the adjacent river and sand dunes. The swimming pool was too cold for most people to use (bear in mind, we holidayed in October)and there was a charge of 10 Euros per person per day to use the indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in an adjacent hotel. Not the place to go for a romantic holiday for two - at peak times you couldn't hear yourself think in the self-service dining room, although the food choice and quality was excellent. You definitely need a car for this part of Spain and the resort itself is not really within easy walking distance of the hotel, unless you like a daily hike.
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