Came back to the Babalu the first week of December 2013 after I stayed there with my Husband back in October 2012. This time my In Laws came with us too.
I had e-mailed the Babalu in advance to request a pool level/ground floor room as I like the fact you could go in and out of your room easy from the pool. I was delighted that we had both been given ground floor rooms next to each other.
The rooms are very basic and I agree with other reviewers, they could do with a bit of a refurb, but they do the trick for what you need. You get what you pay for which is value for money. We did have a slight problem with the hot water not lasting long in the shower which we did mention and someone did come in to have a look but the problem never got rectified.
The kitchenette is, again, small and basic with a small hob and microwave but you do have to hire a toaster and a kettle if you want one. We bought a little travel kettle with us so we didn't need to hire one. We didn't really eat in the room apart from lunches. We popped over to the supermarket in the Europa Centre over the road and bought in the essentials. The pool bar does do some great snacks at fairly reasonable prices.
The pool area is fabulous and one of the main reasons I booked to go back. The main pool and the kids pool are not heated and are way too cold for December (braved it up to my waist and chickened out, haha) but the smaller adults pool was heated. My only gripe would be the plastic sunbeds. They're not very comfy. There are always plenty of them around though as the place seemed dead. We got chatting to a really nice lady who owns one of the apartments (quite a few are privately owned) and she informed us the apartments were full and usually are over the winter months. You'd never of believed it though. There weren't many English guests though. Prehaps its just us that are the pool bunnies!!! It was nice and peaceful though but it would be nice for the music at the pool bar to be a bit more modern or at least cater for all ages. It wasn't too loud though like other reviewers pointed out.
The Babalu is situated quite high up and is inbetween Amadores and Puerto Rico. We walked down to both sides. The walk to Amadores is less steep than the roads down to Puerto Rico. There are steps down to Puerto Rico but after experiencing them last year, we opted for the road way this time. We didn't chance walking back up, although my In laws did on a couple of occasions, putting us to shame!!! Taxi's are readily available and only cost about 3-4 Euros back up.
The Europa centre is across the road from The Babalu but has really had its day. Hardly any bars or restaurants in there and the ones that are cater for the Scandinavians. In the space of a year, Barbacoa has been changed into a Scandinavian bar!!! I can recommended Mary D's bar though. Real friendly bunch and a great atmosphere. My hubby even won €70 on a game of Deal or No Deal. Bonus!!!
The main shopping Centre down at the bottom in Purto Rico is much much bigger so a lot more choice. Riders is a good lively bar and we had a nice Indian in the Happy Valley restaurant.
Down on the harbour I can recommend Charliez Cocktail Bar. Amazing and great value cocktails and a great atmosphere. We also had an amazing meal in Arizzona Resturant. The service and the food was spot on.
Aside from a couple of bad days at the start of the week, the weather was glorious. The nights can get a bit chilly though at this time of year so you'll need a cardigan.
We had a fab week at The Babalu and will definately return.
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