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“Better than an Almond Toblerone !”
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Gemstones private pool
Swimming pool with mountain view
Swimming Pool for your exclusive daytime use.
Apartment Entrance
Beautiful Terrace View
Main entrance to the villa
Alfresco breakfast area
Dining Room
Spacious Airy Lounge Area
onsuite bedroom
Kitchen
Entrance from guest private terrace
Garden Photo
Apollo Beach in central Moiraira
Moraira Central Avenue
Moors and Christians - local festival in June
Moors and Christians - local festival in June
Sunset from the Villa
Moraira Marina
El Portet - Local Beach
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Moraira, Costa Blanca, Province of Alicante, Valencian Country

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johnfashm...
Folkestone, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Better than an Almond Toblerone !”
Reviewed March 18, 2015 for a stay in July 2013
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I followed the tip and titled the review in one sentence of my experience , apologies for any confusion as many will not share my love of almond Toblerone ! 

We stayed at Gemstones from 20th July for 6 days , and I would say that the title describes the experience , as the 2 hosts are without doubt a couple of Gems . 

Gemstones comes with it's own Butler - Bartender - Concierge - Waitress - Domestic - Sommelier - Chef and - Tour guide - etc , topped with a secret ingredient - Lola !
In fact to be precise - - -all those ingredients “are” Lola topped with the additional ingredient of Michael .

Lola is an invisible wiz that every day , cleans - replaces towels and pillows - spruces - sweeps and mops - - so that when you return after a serious busy doing nothing the whole day through day - It's as if you've just arrived .
(oh ! and your Tobelerone remains untouched )
I am fairly sure the the inside of our apartment was getting bigger as the week progressed ! Cleaning erosion !

The pool is fantastic , the hosts organise the sun to heat it up to exactly the right temperature for you , and they had clearly booked up away vacations for any and all of the nasty bite-y things for the duration of our stay ! 

The Villa has everything you would expect , including a TV . Which apparently it has been known for guests to actually watch . After experiencing the delights of Moraira and the area , the thought of someone sitting and watching TV will make you cry . 

Talking about the area , what a great place to be and explore .
We would like to say we drove until we got lost , enjoyed the experience in whatever beautiful area of where we found ourselves and made our way back whilst enjoying the lovely sense of freedom that this gave us etc .
However , we were actually given specific detailed instructions from our very knowledgeable hosts - - and - - - 
got lost anyway - - - - several times . 

We were advised that if we wished to avoid squishing ourselves amongst hordes of screaming crying sand eating small people and umbrella wielding adults in varying degrees of scary undress , then a secret beach location used by the locals was a brilliant alternative choice .
On this beach there is an amazing bar serving locally caught fishy wriggly things that were indignantly eyeballing you for invading their personal space just a few hours earlier . 
Top tip , take a snorkel with you , and after you have totally embarrassed yourself stumbling and falling over the large rocks before falling into the sea , you then get to swim up to your lunch and apologise personally beforehand . 

Apparently the way to find this amazing place is to drive to the top of a mountain and back down the other side . 
We found the drive up - - , but failed miserably to find the route down the other side! and managed to continually fail at this for about 3 hours . Eventually deciding not to be beaten , we parked up and climbed down the cliff ! . 
Nothing more to add other than we survived , it WAS worth it , and we wouldn’t recommend be taking that particular route ! 
The beach is rocky not sandy , and you should bring some kind of shoes .
Those rubbery type shoes would be ideal , high heels and loafers not so much . If you choose to go barefoot be prepared to look like geriatric weebles that very much wobble and definitely DO fall down - - - - often !

There are other beaches to go to , Calpe is sandy and very popular , as is Javea and Denia. 
Calpe is larger than Javea beach and about the same distance from Gemstones . Denia is a bit further on . 
There are things to do on the beaches , jet-ski - kyak - explore caves - inflatable bouncy things on the sea - and lots and lots of bars . 
Or , you can just book a lounger and an umbrella . Sorted . 

One of the great things about Moraira is the abundance of good places to eat . We went out most nights , but we always had in mind that we were returning for a late night drink on our terrace , to watch a beautiful sunset over the distant hills . Magical . 
Casa Toni is one of many restaurants we visited , as recommended by our Hosts . The setting is top class , the food not bad , and the price very reasonable . It is advisable to book ahead , well maybe book each entire person not just the head . You can take a chance and just turn up as we did one night and consume a few Toni Tina's whilst you wait an hour or two for a table . 
hmmmmmm , I think we had a meal that night ? - - - - 

Back at Gemstones , Breakfast is served on the terrace every morning , overlooking that same beautiful view .

If you wish to indulge yourself in a greasy full English , El sid's in Moraira square will satisfy all of your cholesterol cravings at a very reasonable price . 

so satisfied with our stay , I actually forgot I had left several pieces of Toblerone in the fridge ! ! ! 

Now that's unheard of ! ! 

All in all , you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stay , better hosts , and definitely not this reasonable .
Ok guys - - - - did we leave anything out ? is the cheque in the post ?
Until the next time - - - - - - (very soon we hope)

Date of stay: July 2013
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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BonusTwin
Gata de Gorgos, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Encore”
Reviewed July 7, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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person found this review helpful

Our Second visit to the most wonderful place to stay in Moraira - We had an incredible time in 2013 and could only hope this was matched in 2014 when we booked - Our expectations were again surpassed with none of the charm of the property or our hosts diminishing in the slightest. The incredible weather, the pool, the pure relaxation all complemented by 2 of the most wonderful people you could wish to look after your vacation. Again the recommendations made by our Hosts of where to go left us amazed - every single recommendation was spot on and it really was the icing on an absolutely fabulous cake.

Date of stay: June 2014
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Liked best: The Peaceful Location
Liked least: Having to Leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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StevenBak...
Redding, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Amazing Honeymoon destination!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 for a stay in August 2011
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In august 2011 my (then brandnew) wife and I booked this villa for our Honeymoon. Not knowing what to expect, the villa as well as the hosts made our honeymoon more than perfect. When we arrived we found a bottle of champagne and a fresh bouquet of flowers waiting for us in the villa!

Even though it has been over 2 years know, we still talk about our honeymoon quite often. The wonderful breakfast in the morning out on the patio, the after-breakfast swim in the private pool, evening bbbq's and a late night drink in the jacuzzi really made our Honeymoon so great that we'd get married again just to be able to experience it all over again!

Every evening when we came back from the beach the villa was totally clean! Fresh towels, clean bathroom, new bedding etc. Michael and Lionel are wonderful people and took care of us as if we were family! They did everything they could to make our stay as comfortable as possible and I can say that they succeeded!

We hope to visit these wonderful people again someday :)

God bless you guys!

Date of stay: August 2011
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Liked best: The service of the hosts and the facilities around the villa (Pool, BBQ, Jacuzzi etc.)
Liked least: It was quite hard to find the villa since it didnt show on my navigation.
Traveling group: Partner
Your age range 25-34
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BonusTwin
Gata de Gorgos, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Outstanding Holiday”
Reviewed July 5, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

We were both wanted a great relaxing holiday and our expectations were exceeded by choosing to stay at Gemstones. Our hosts were delightful and helpful. The property was superb and cleaned every day with fresh towels by Lola. The pool was incredible and we spent hours relaxing there. Breakfast was served every morning and was fine tuned by our hosts to suit our taste during our stay. Their knowledge of the local area helped us make some informed choices. We have already booked for next year - If you see a space in the calendar grab it before it goes and treat yourself to a great get away !

Date of stay: June 2013
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Liked best: The Hosts and relaxation they created for us
Liked least: leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Susan S
Cirencester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Perfect”
Reviewed June 23, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Perfect location, beautiful gardens and apartment and great hosts. Everything you could wish for is provided. Nothing is too much trouble. We felt we were staying in a good hotel rather than an apartment. You are within easy reach of many good restaurants which your hosts can advise on. Moraira is a lovely place, not very big but has everything. The area is outstandingly beautiful, very green, mountainous and scenic.
We loved everything about this place and will definitely be back.

Date of stay: June 2013
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Liked best: Location, Villa, Hosts
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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SamG573
Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Absolute peace and serenity for all who enters. Bliss.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013 for a stay in September 2012
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person found this review helpful

Well, look no further, we have found paradise.

Upon arriving, day or night, you will receive the warmest of welcomes and introduction to your new surroundings, recommendations about the local area, places to see, places to eat, and much more.

The apartment is superbly presented and spacious, everything you could want. Each day the apartments are cleaned and bedding is changed.

The breakfast is by far one of the highlights of staying here, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea, fruit, cereals, toast, pastries, the list goes on, you will not go hungry!

The exclusive pool is also another highlight, stunning views across the valley and surrounding mountains make for a picturesque swim setting.

An all round fantastic holiday, wether it be a short break, or a few months! It is, a blissful, home away from home.

Date of stay: September 2012
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Liked best: The lovely people.
Liked least: Nothing!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

Date of stay: September 2012
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Liked best: Everything was great
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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