The Ambar Beach apartments are NOT on the beach, but are within five minutes stroll of two beaches, Playa Levante which is at street level so there are no hills, ups or downs from the apartments to the beach. The other beach, Playa Calaga is down a steep slope and is covered in seaweed, but it is very peaceful and does have a lifeguard, and is a great place to go in the sea.
We booked the Ambar Beach with Easyjet Holidays/Hotelopia and found the information about the apartments incomplete and inaccurate, after confirming the booking and making payment we found we would have to collect the keys from the Turmalina apartments and pay a 100€ deposit, although the website description implied there was 24hr reception. We contacted Easyjet several times asking for the address of the Turmalina apartments and confirmation of the check-in details, however they managed to miss-understand most of the emails and did not ever give the address. We went straight to the Ambar Beach and found there was daytime reception and checked in, collected keys, paid the deposit by way of a credit card swipe and had use of a safety box at reception, however this is only in June, July and August and finishes on 5th September, after which someone opens reception for about an hour around midday, so for the rest of our stay we did not have the safety box and there was no luggage room at the end of our stay. However the company that manage the Ambar Beach, Unitursa also manage many other apartment blocks in the area and are very helpful, if you require contact with them or a Safety Deposit Box or other services when there is no reception they will arrange it for you at the Esmeralda Apartments which is about five minutes walk away on the route to the beach.
The Ambar Beach apartments (we would like to start a campaign to stop properties having “Beach” in their name when they are not on or opposite the beach) are modern, clean, have a separate bedroom (double bed, dresser, bedside units and wardrobe) lounge diner (wall unit with lots of storage space and TV with remote, a bed/settee, coffee table, dining table with chairs and full air conditioning) there is a kitchen area at the inner end of the lounge diner, fully equipped including full oven, hob, toaster, coffee maker, fridge and microwave and all the glassware, cutlery, crockery and utensils you need.
The bathroom has a basin on a vanity unit with some more storage space, a toilet, a full size bath with shower and an enclosed area contains the water heater and a washing machine.
There is a large balcony with a decent size table and four chairs, clothes dryer and the air conditioning unit is on the wall neatly covered. There are good sea and inland views from the balcony especially if you are on the eighteenth floor, as we were.
There are three pools (two adult and one children’s, but no depth markings) with a surrounding sunbathing area with loungers.
If like us you do not want to hire a car, or travel by taxi, there are lots of ways to travel from Alicante Airport to the Ambar Beach apartments. From the airport take the TAM/Subus to Alicante, at the last stop, leave the bus, cross the road to the Tram station and by a ticket to Calpe, you will have to change trams 2 or 3 times and the journey is over 2 hours, but the ride through the Costa Blanca makes it worthwhile.
You can also take the Alsa bus from Alicante airport, a lady stands by the bus stop selling tickets to Benidorm, if you explain to her you want to go to Calpe she will sell you a ticket to Benidorm and explain you should leave the bus at Benidorm Bus Station and take your ticket to the ticket desk, they will give you a ticket for onward travel to Calpe at no extra charge and tell you which stop your bus leaves from. The bus stops in the new Alsa bus station in Calpe. Travel time is once again around two hours.
From the Tram or Bus station you can take a local cab, or board the local Ifach bus (the Ifach bus does not pick up from the bus station, but from the road above) and for just over a euro links the tram and the bus stations with the town and the beaches, there are three stops near the Ambar Beach apartments, the best would probably be the Mercadona Supermarket. If you don’t have much luggage and want to walk it takes about an hour from the bus station to the apartments. The Ifach bus timetables and website state there is no service on Sundays but line 1 (there are only three lines or routes) runs once an hour on Sundays.
Within five minutes walk of the Ambar Beach apartments there are two large supermarkets, Consum and Mercadona where you can buy everything you might want, including freshly roast chicken, roast peppers and other cooked takeaway items from a little assado takeaway at the end of the Consum building.
There are all the usual eateries, cafes, bars, cafeterias, a few tapas bars, a few seafood restaurants for fish shellfish and lobster and many watering holes within a few minutes’ walk of the apartments.
There is also a large Belgium population in the area, so there are many Belgium, butchers, bakers, teashops, cafes, bars and restaurants. As far as we are concerned this makes for the perfect resort, Moules et Frits with dark Belgium beer while sitting in the Spanish sunshine by the sea.
The one downside to Calpe, it has been “Benidormised” and the skyline is almost endless tower blocks.
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