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Hotel Isla Canela Golf
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

I chose this hotel because it had only 58 rooms, offering a "boutique" feel that I was seeking, and I was not disappointed. The room was spacious, with a king-size bed, a love seat, a table and chair, and a small balcony with another table and two chairs overlooking the 18th fairway. Even though we were on the ground floor, the balcony was built up about three or four feet off the ground so you didn't feel you were sitting at ground level. The bathroom was large enough but lacking a bit in privacy, as the door was frosted glass and the bathroom itself didn't have a fan to disguise the sounds of any ablutions taking place therein. The WiFi was a hotspot in a pleasant seating area off the lobby, but it was a bit wonky. We received emails just fine but were unable to send any. After three days the entire WiFi was down for the entire weekend until a repair person could come in on Monday to get it up and running again.

The dining room was quite charming, with classical music to accompany your meals. Breakfast was a typically Spanish buffet but more than adequate. The orange juice is not to be missed, as it is rich and sweet as only Seville oranges can make it. The half-board option gave us a three course meal each evening, with the starter and dessert set by the rotating daily menu, and an choice of two options for the main. It is served to you at the table, so you don't have to feel like a schoolchild going through a buffet line. All the food was prepared in traditional Spanish ways, which didn't suit the palate of some of the Brits we met but we thought it was wonderful. The presentation was also lovely. We discovered on the menu a fantastic but quite inexpensive Spanish rosado made entirely from Petit Verdot grapes, and we were enthralled with it. The staff quickly learned that we liked this wine and would offer it first.

The golf course was a pleasant and challenging track, but it was more like a neighborhood course than a resort course. It played among the many apartment buildings built to surround the course, and each hole featured its own difficult strategic decisions, many requiring layup shots in front of water hazards. Even the holes without water were not totally straightforward, as the greens would be protected by bunkers on the front and sides. The course is not hilly, so walking is easy enough, and the exercise was welcome for us after being holed up for the winter in England.

The local town of Ayamonte is quite charming. Clean and friendly, the locale is a great place to go for shopping or lunch (although the tapas at the hotel made a perfect lunch for us on most days). About three miles down the road is the Marina, which was closed at this time of year, but it was everything I DON'T like about resort locations: large, busy hotels with entertainment and tourist trappings everywhere you look. I was happy to stay away from the Marina and enjoy the personal service at our hotel, where the staff knew our names and we knew theirs.

The Isla Canela Golf Hotel was the perfect holiday for us, and we would recommend it for anyone who enjoys experiencing local food, local wine, and local people in a small, personalized setting.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a view of a fairway. Don't be afraid to be on the ground floor, because even those rooms have delightful little balconies.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The golf course is a proper one 18 individual holes, properly set out with green to tee kept to a minimum. The restuarant serves fantastic food. I felt healthier after the meal than when I started. If they can hang on to these chefs they will be doing great. Service is great, the staff friendly and helpful.

Under new management and concentrating on golf they are trying to provide a relaxed, comfortable, stress free opportunity to play on a quite technical course which also allows the high handicapper to play short and still keep the ball in play. Most of the greens are protected by bunkers but not to the extent that they are impossible. the fairways are in good condition and the greens very good and fair with some slope but not too much. Being on a delta there are no hills to climb making for a more relaxed round. No standing breathless over the ball on the tee after an uphill trek. All the usual facilities are available from the hotel desk.

Food, I am not a foody person. I do remember one steak in Madrid which was fantastic, six years ago, I can now remember a steak from here which was really superb and will also stay in my memory. the starters were also just brilliant. We tried other places but they were no comparison for taste and value, you really should eat here.

Breakfast is typically Spanish, there were very very few guests due to the change over, so it was difficult for them to provide a huge selection. Everything was there that you would expect and the service was also good. Don't expect a full English. You are in Spain so enjoy the difference.

The hotel is approximately ten years old and in good condition with some wear and tear, which I am sure they will put right as they go along. There is currently not too much for non golfers except good walks around the course, but the food does make up for that. I am sure they will gradually increase the facilities available as they go along. If they haven't already done so.

If you want relaxation with the opportunuty to play golf, this is for you. If you want busy, queing, noisy, cheap, then this is not.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Stayed: March 2018, traveled with friends
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Stayed: December 2017
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