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“Mar De Cristal - A liitle secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ribera Beach

Ribera Beach
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Ribera Beach
Bradford, United Kingdom
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“Mar De Cristal - A liitle secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

We stayed at the Ribera Bech apartments. The apartment was very clean and very well equiped. The resort is very, very quite with a small selection of bars and restaurants. We almost had the pool to ourselves most days, however you do have to provide your own sun loungers etc. The beach, which is a short walk away is very clean and the Mar Menor warm, calm and shallow, perfect for children. There are a very beach bars which serve up great snacks during the day.
The resort is a little isolated so we were glad to have hired a car. Lots to do in the area including all sorts of sports at the local La Manga club, scuba diving, sailing and Go Karting in Cabo de Palos which is only 10 minutes away in the car. This was the real Spain and not suitable if you are looking for a part style holiday

Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2008

We stayed at an attic flat at Ribera Beach, in a town (but really just an urbanisation) called Mar de Cristal on the Mar Menor in Murcia, Southern Spain.
The flats are new and well-equipped and the Mar Menor is great for children. It's basically a huge lagoon, so the water is warm, shallow and very salty, making it perfect for small children and practicing watersports. It is also jellyfish free (they spent a lot of money to clean it up), which is a big plus in this area!
We particularly enjoyed the range of activities available, watersports- sailing, windsurfing and kayaking at Aqua Adicta down at the beach. Also horseriding at Rancho de la Fuente in the next town, Los Belones. We are not golfers, but the nearly La Manga club is a paradise for those who like that sport.
The beach was very quiet in September and we enjoyed meals at various restaurants and beach bars in this town and nearby Cabo de Palos.
The accommodation was great value for money and we were pleasantly surprised at how well presented it was. We were a bit miffed when we saw that the promised air-conditioning was non-existent, but honestly it was not a problem. There was a cool sea breeze at night, so we could sleep comfortably with windows open.
That was ok until day 5 (of 10), when a plague of flies descended from the newly fertilised nearby farmlands! And I mean plague, like biblical!
There were flies everywhere, so we couldn't barbecue on the roof or eat on the terrace or sleep with windows open....and we couldn't do anything in the flat without spraying and swatting for half an hour! So, while we loved the beach, we were quite glad to leave on day 10.
So, my advice would have to be: avoid this place like the plague in September!
Also, note- no deck chairs are provided at the pool. Some had been left around by other residents of the block, but when my husband sat on it one of them one day, he was verbally attacked by a stroppy Brit who appeared out of nowhere!...beware.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2007

This is my second visit to these apartments and I have returned very relaxed from them both.
Mar de cristal it's self is very quite, with one excellent pizza resturant - however this closes on a Thursday from September.
The beach in Mar de cristal is lovely, very Spanish and the Mar Menor is warm and calm.
Close by is the La Manga club - for food try India a beautiful resturant with amazing views. Don't try Si (La Manga) service was awful and my Si pasta was very salty.
If you head for the strip you can either sun yourself next to the Med or the Mar menor just by crossing a road!
Ribera beach is a good set of apartments, the pool is nice you have to bring your own sun loungers though, the apartments are fresh and new - a home from home!

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ribera Beach
Address: Mar de Cristal, 30384 La Manga del Mar Menor, Spain
Location: Spain > Region of Murcia > La Manga del Mar Menor
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 25 Hotels in La Manga del Mar Menor
Hotel Class:2 star — Ribera Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 47
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