This place is absolutely brilliant. We booked online, we were basically looking for somewhere with a beach nearby. How lucky were we to find this place?
When you first arrive at a campsite (we've done quite a bit of camping) you generally feel a little nervous, and tend to notice all the negative aspects. By the time you leave, though, you usually love the place and can't understand why you were initially so critical. At La Marina when I arrived I began to worry because I couldn't find fault.
The welcome was excellent, the pitch perfect (they even have awnings over the pitches). The washing facilities are really superb, and SO clean. The whole place is immaculately maintained, they have staff keeping it looking pristine 24/7 it appears. Washing up area: pristine, showers: pristine, toilets: always clean and supplied with toilet paper. The plants around the campsite are likewise beautifully looked after, and many of the more impressive palms etc. have name plaques giving country of origin (this is not your average campsite). The playground was hugely enjoyed by my children (5 and 2.5), and they even joined in with the "entertainment".
Sounds good? I haven't even mentioned the pools, or the beach, yet.
The pools were, well, they looked like they looked on the website. Lots of pools, some interconnecting, with big statues of elephants and tortoises, some of which sprayed water, and water slides, and waterfalls... Both my children had a whale of a time, it was their idea of bliss. Amazingly, despite going in August, there was not a single time when we couldn't find a sun lounger.
Looking at the site map, we thought we'd try the walk to the beach. It's not a short walk, but it's a lovely one. There is a wooden walkway, surrounded by pine trees (wonderful smell) which is excellent for scooting along (we took our children's scooters, which was a good move). The beach is absolutely perfect, and (again) wonderfully clean and well maintained. The sand is clean and soft, and utterly brilliant for making sandcastles and sea forts. The sea is warm, clear and you can watch fish darting about if you look for them.
The walk to the beach, though, as mentioned above is quite long. But, hurrah! La Marina takes this into account, so there is a minibus service which runs for most of the day. Free, and great fun (my children found it a real treat).
The management clearly take genuine pride in their site, and the staff are just unbelievably enthusiastic and committed (I did wonder if they have some sort of employee share system in place?). The gentleman selling ice-cream remembered us, and joked with the kids (it is this sort of detail you do recall), no member of staff was any less than courteous. It is rather lovely that all around the site there are displays showing how the site was back in the 1980s, the 1990s etc up until the present. The pride is palpable, though it did make us rather wish we'd been there back in the 80s! They are currently building a health spa (I must hasten to point out that the building works were entirely non detrimental to anyones stay: the management would never have allowed that).
All in all, I think we are all very lucky that the people running La Marina chose to do this rather than, say, take over the world with evil intent. Because these people are remarkably good at what they set their mind to. It is a wonderful place, we loved our stay.
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