We had a wonderful week at Benalmadena Palace. The hotel was beautiful, it has a welcoming reception area with friendly and helpful staff. We had a studio room with slanted roof, giving access to rooftop balcony/terrace, which was private and gave fantastic views of the sea, the mountains etc. Travelling with one child aged 7, we found plenty to keep us entertained. We made great use of the hotel swimming pools (we've really missed our daily swim since we came home!) The staff in the kids club also run the evening entertainment and do an excellent job. The evening entertainment was fantastic with the kids evening entertainment running from 8.30pm to 10pm (ish) then there was a variety of entertainment to suit all ages, with something different each night... there were vocalists, magic show, eagle and owl show, flamenco dancers, reptile show, and karaoke night. As there was so much at the hotel, it allowed us to take it easy and relax during the first part of our week, just venturing out for walks, shopping, and getting to know the area. We had a walk to Paloma Park, (signposted off 'windmill roundabout') a large park with birds, goats, hens, children play area, lake, cafe. Later in the week we got the bus to the Marina - (excellent bus service) where we admired the boats, and had a look round the shops. We had a great visit to the Sealife Centre, (nearly didn't go as we've been to other Sealife Centres, but I have to say, this was the best one I've visited and there were different sea creatures including jellyfish and octopus. On our last day we visited Selwo Marina (near to Paloma Park). A fantastic opportunity to see a dolphin show, sea lions, macaws, etc. A good day out, and we had a photo taken with Bruno the sea lion.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants close to Benalmadena Palace Hotel. As we were self catering, we were spoiled for choice with places to eat. Some of our favourite restaurants were Santini Italian restaurant, and Havana restaurant. We bought our milk and bread etc at a mini market just around the corner from Coco's Bar... the Costmar, on Pasaje del Aquile - run by a delightful English couple, Laurence and Clare. They stock all the basics, with friendly service, and very helpful, it was a pleasure to call in and have a chat while doing our shopping (now you don't get that in the bigger stores!). A bonus with this shop is that they deliver to Benalmadena Palace, so if you're not up to carrying your shopping up the steep hill, you can have it delivered.
There are plenty of places to visit, such as Tivoli World (fairground) - check what days it's open, as it was only open on the Saturday while were there; Cable car ride, Fuengirola Zoo and many more. There are plenty of leaflets at the hotel reception.
The beach is really great too, but be warned that the sea is cold at the moment (even for paddling... we were told that it doesn't get warm for another month yet, so beware!)
My only regret is that we didn't book for two weeks instead of one, but at least I've got a list of places to visit when we revisit (hope it's not too long til we go back!)
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