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Neilson Mar Menor Beachclub

Los Urrutias, Municipality of Cartagena Spain
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Our brand new beachclub, in the beautiful region of Murcia, south-eastern Spain, is a stylish, modern oasis, designed and built to our own high specifications with superb facilities for all things active or kicking back and taking it easy.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Free internet
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Laundry service
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Family rooms
Air conditioning
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I have done a fair few Neilson holidays, decided to try this new resort. Definitely worth a visit. Same Neilson quality with regards to activities. I am land based, excellent tennis coaching and groups, and great swimming pools on site. I also took the opportunity to go out golfing - well worth it. Really well organised and easy to do with clubs provided. Something different from the usual Neilson. Bikes were also good with great new kit. Other members raved about the sailing and the kite surfing was fab too. Beach not sandy or attractive but the lagoon good for sailing. Hotel is nice if a bit concrete as new and the plants need to grow. But clean and rooms spacious ! Staff helpful as ever. Food - good but more variety needed and I think will develop as only open a few weeks. Another great Neilson resort, I’d recommend giving it a go.
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This is a fantastic resort. A huge thank you to the very friendly enthusiastic tennis and sailing staff in particular for us but the staff were outstanding throughout. It was very easy to find activities at most times of the day pitched at different levels from beginner to expert. My two teenagers who have loathed the kids clubs in another (well-known French equivalent) all-inclusive chain had a fantastic time which I think was thanks to the efforts of the friendly “nannies”. The journey to the resort was really well organised. The transfer time less than an hour and we were quickly in our rooms and welcomed to the resort. There was a huge amount of equipment available , all brand-new and all of a very good standard: boats, bikes, windsurfers, rackets Etc etc. I was really impressed with how many staff are present to offer you help at all times. I watched one nanny teach a youngster to ride a bike for the first time. From a sailing and windsurfing point of view the wind statistics for the area are pretty consistent gentle begginer / paddle board weather at first usually getting up to at least a force three-four by the afternoon. We had 3 days of force 5 + which was great. I met a lot of people who had tried out sports activities for the first time including cycling and sailing and really enjoyed themselves. It is a lagoon not the Mediterranean but it’s a very safe area to sail as a result. We’re not beach people so didn’t mind the frond covered sea floor. There is a sandy beach next door to the sailing area ( pictured) but it is squelchy mud underfoot as soon as you walk in to the water for the first 2-3 metres. Then it’s frond covered sea bed. Once you’re out past the jetty it is shoulder height plus and would be good to swim in. The flies didn’t really bother me as they seem to disappear halfway through the week so I got the sense that the team had done something to get rid of these. We had already read about the mosquitoes so took some spray with us which kept us free from bites. I always avoid the midday sun and , whilst it’s a new resort that needs a few more palm trees, there were always plenty of umbrellas. The swimming pools never felt crowded and we felt very relaxed. The food was fabulous, I counterbalanced all my sporting achievements by eating vast amounts of delicious fresh fish, cheese etc. washed down with a great house Rosé. There were healthier options I understand... We did the evening trip to Cartagena which was very good value and was a great balance of fantastic Roman architecture and some tragic attempts at ordering Tapas with practically no Spanish! I agree that it would be sensible if you have smaller children to take a room on the swimming pool side rather than the tennis court side of the site as then everything is closer, but the road between the pools and the beach is pretty quiet. I suspect that rooms by the Reception/ Restaurant area on the ground floor might be a little noisy but we found our room comfy, cool and silent. We had a fantastic time and a big thank you to the Neilson team.
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Family of 5. Kids 17, 15, 12. We've done a few beach club resort holidays and, on balance, were a bit underwhelmed by this one. As others have echoed there are some great features:- 1) New hotel, great rooms, comfy beds, very clean 2) Some truly amazing staff members 3) Excellent fleet of Boardman bikes with knowledgeable staff 4) Two big pools. Kids have a habit of vomiting (or worse!) in pools and closing them for 12 hours which can be a problem in some resorts like Messini but here, you have an alternative if one is closed. The 50 yard (not 50 metre as advertised!) pool is fantastic for swimmers who want to get some distance swims in 5) Delicious food. A wide variety of food on offer at all meals. We chose to eat in all week and didn't feel the need to escape! 6) The 7 day option is cheaper than some other resorts. The 10 day option seemed very costly though... 7) Great kids clubs with fun activities and great staff 8) The tennis courts look a bit green but play really nicely and the tennis staff were fantastic. 9) The core class I did was great 10) Shorter flight than to many other Neilson resorts. Both our outgoing and incoming flights with Titan Airways (Stansted - Murcia) ran to time. BUT 1) The flies were tiresome. They are really bad some days, although pretty non existent on others 2) The mosquitoes come out at dusk.... 3) The beach is properly grim 4) Entering and exiting the sailing area is unpleasant. Wading through the mud and seaweed really put me off the sailing. I normally go out every day, but only went out twice here. Some of the beach team were great but there was a really grumpy lady who was downright rude the first time i took a boat out. 5) The local area just didn't ring our bells. The roads and locals are very cycle friendly (we even saw the world cycling champion Alejandro Valverde out on our rides - TWICE) but the landscapes just don't match Greece. Riding past large industrial gas works just doesn't ring my bells! The Portman ride is the most popular - it's a good work out to earn your lunch! 6) There is just WAY too much concrete here and not enough shade for the kids. 7) The aqua aerobics class I did was a joke! High speed zumba in the water.... 8) It's a short walk for the older kids to get to Paddy's Bar. They seemingly serve alcohol to anyone who asks for it. I hear that teenage guests have had issues with some of the locals at times this season but there was no problem the week we were there. My 17 and 15 year olds had some great evenings out and loved the social side. 9) The hotel facilities are on 3 sites with 2 (very quite) roads running through them. If security is important to you, this resort probably isn't for you.
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Group of six, three adults, an 18 yr old, a 16 yr old (TAG) and a 15 yr old (Waverider). Kids clubs as always were great, probably didn’t do as many water based activities as in other resorts but the lagoon was safe and if keen sailors/surfers like ours they could take themselves off and sail. Didn’t find the local village particularly welcoming, keep a close eye on your teenagers. Between our group we did Level 1 and Level 2 windsurfing courses which were great, thanks Summer, Ollie and Marcus. Tuition was excellent as were our groups. Great for learning to windsurf as it was shallow but the sand banks caught out even some of the experienced surfers. Bikes great for organised rides and also to free ride along sand banks and promenade to the Mar de la Cristal. Fitness classes not as good as in previous resorts, Not sure if it was because it was difficult to hear them or lack of enthusiasm but slightly disappointing. Food good, lots of grilled fish and meat and salads. Would recommend venturing further afield to Los Belones, Cabo de Palos or La Manga Club for non-inclusive nights. If you fancy a week of relaxation after a week of Nielsen book a hire car and a Villa in La Manga Club and enjoy the area.
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We visited in the second and third week it was open as first time Neilson guests (and first package holiday as a family). I would echo many of the positive and negative points of the other reviewers. We loved being as active as we liked and the huge amount of activities available with minimum fuss and set-up time.The flies improved but were a pain, and everyone was squirting mozzie repellent as soon as the sun went down - the restaurant and beach bar were providing repellent candles, but it rather dampened the evening experience and we were disappointed not to be able to sit out on our balcony after our little one was in bed. Nannies brilliant and Josh leading the tennis team really understands what a difference fun and epic amounts of encouragement make to shaky beginners. One of the fitness team does an excellent stretch class, but effectively doing zumba in the pool is more of a fun splash than aqua aerobics. Staff in general were working very hard to iron out the many niggles of a new hotel. Parents of primary school age children in particular should be aware that there is a very quiet public road dividing the tennis side from the main hotel. Apart from our view only being of the tennis courts, which are great but not much to look at, we would never have knowingly chosen a room which would have meant our seven year old couldn't pop back to the room without leaving the hotel site. I hope the hotel is going to provide much more shade as there is little natural shade at the moment and it was very hot during our stay: we couldn't do any genuine relaxing by the pool.There are a few lovely four poster sunbeds with drapes for shade, which are unfortunately "booked" for the day by 9am (come on, people...). Although the very warm shallow water is great for watersports, the seaweed, muddiness, shallowness until way out and extra saltiness of a lagoon make it pretty rubbish for swimming, and the beach really isn't up too much. My husband did lots of solo rides in the very parched slightly industrial hills. I preferred rather gentler cycling along the short promenade and along the sand tracks by the sea. On the good roads motorists are very courteous to cyclists, and give them a wide berth. If you make the most of the facilities eg my husband did two sailing courses, and we had plenty of childcare, the cost is easier to swallow: we would book another Neilson but probably not at Mar Menor.
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SpainRegion of MurciaMunicipality of CartagenaLos Urrutias
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