French living in Sweden, tired by the long and dark winter, for Easter break, we used to go to a warmer place, not too far away but enough to guarantee sun, and at a place we know we could relax and enjoy. This year we booked a all inclusive package from NAZAR (Premium Collection) and decided to go for the Hydros Boutique Hotel at Benalmádena (nearby Malaga). We went there from March 13 to March 20.
Arriving at the hotel over midnight, our first impression about the service and courtesy of the night staff has been very good. They offered us drinks and, despite very late, made our registration smooth and pleasant.
We stay in one of the exclusive room at the fourth floor (Suite 44), which is a very nice one facing the see and having a large terrace with a big jacuzzi, sun-beds and wonderful view from sunrise to sunset. The room is well furnished, with an expersso machine and a mini bar. The bathroom was very clean, with bathtub, shower (rain fall type), two basin and toilet, all in modern style with a touch of "exclusive." We used only few times room service but every time we called them they diligently delivered to the room, with smile and courtesy.
The bedroom has two large individual bed merged, as main-bed, in twin-bed and a sofa with underneath mattress, which our son enjoyed for its comfort. The room was quiet and the double-glass windows reduced the surrounding noise to a very decent level and we haven't been disturbed at all by the local train circulating behind the hotel, nor by the coast-road close to the see. In short, we slept very well and every morning enjoyed amazing sunrise from our terrace (early bird privilege but worse it).
The breakfast is continental style but it is possible to order anything you may like. Hard to find words to qualify the bakeries that were so good and delicious, we cannot resist to stop eating them. Coffee, tea and warm drinks are served to table, cold drinks part of the self service at buffet. Breakfast is served from 8am to 11am, giving time enough for late sleeper to well start the day. Breakfast is served in the Restaurant (or in bedrooms on order). Something to notice is that; the restaurant is facing the sea and wherever you seat, you can enjoy a the wonderful scenery.
Lunch is served from 13:00 to 15:30 and "A la Carte." The offering is a good mix of local and international, with a very good quality. The Chef is doing a great job accommodating fishes and meat in a very interesting way and during our week appreciated the offering. Maybe one note about kids menu which might need to be more extended (note about the Hydros hamburger, which is probably something Maxim Paris should consider to add to their card but a bit too sophisticated for kids (but no for Daddy (-:). Diner is served from 19:30 to 22:30 and if you are lucky to be there by full Moon, a real enchantment to dine with the Moon reflecting on the sea.
The hotel also features a Spa facing the sea. The spa is very well equipped and the amiability and professionalism of the lady managing the place making your time there a dream. We enjoyed the possibilities offered at the Spa and to enjoy relaxing in the bubble pool while watching, far on the horizon, huge boats and cargo cruising across the Mediterranean sea. As for the diner, if you are there by a night of full Moon, don't miss the special night at Hydros Spa relaxing in the pools while enjoying the Moon.
Beside the hotel is a large pool, which unfortunately is naturally heated by sun, which in March resulted in cold water. Maybe adding solar panels could make it a bit warmer in low season but I'm sure, in late May to September, bathing in this pool should be very pleasant. Especially when, after bathing, enjoying sun-beds facing the sea, and taking refreshments at the pool bar.
The hotel is located in a large complex of four hotels but isolated from them to guarantee quietness and privacy. In the complex is a water-park, which is served by a daily shuttle rotating about every 10 minutes. If you prefer open sea, from the stop at main entrance and security gate, it is only few minutes to walk down to the beach, which is almost 10KM long.
Benefiting from the NAZAR All inclusive package, we were able to eat at many other restaurants and watched shows. We also visited the Bioparc at Fuengirola (AMAZING! Don't miss it), the Crocodile Parc at Torremolinos and spend a day in Gibraltar, enjoying British atmosphere and the Monkeys.
During all of our stay we appreciated the amiability and courtesy of the personal and the fact, the hotel manager Pedro Herves always available and ready to help. Despite we have been to many upper-class hotel, that is the first time we have received such attention from the hotel manager and from the all staff. To me it is a very good sign that Quality and Customers matter for them, which resulted in wonderful vacations. The only low-tone was about the Internet access, which in our room was very random and poor quality but something the manager guaranteed us that will be fixed.
In short, great place to stay, nice people and wonderful vacations!
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Hydros Hotel Benalmadena
- Holiday Hydros Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain