Modern Detached 3 Bedroom Villa, Large Pool, A/C, Ensuite Master Bedroom, Solarium with BBQ, SkyTV, 20mins Alicante Airport, 10 min walk to shops, bars & restaurants, 10mins to beach
Inside The Villa
This modern villa has a lounge, dining area, kitchen, utility room, 3 Bedrooms and two bathrooms furnished to an exceptionally high standard to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.
The lounge has comfortable seating, Open Fire Place, Air Conditioning (metered), Sky television, DVD and CD\Cassette player. The dining area has a large wooden dining room table which seats 6 people. The kitchen is fully equipped for self catering which includes an oven, hob, microwave, fridge freezer, kettle and toaster. The utility room contains washing machine, airer, ironing board and iron, The three double/twin bedrooms all have fitted wardrobes with the upstairs ensuite master bedroom complete with bath and shower.
Outside The Villa
The villa is alarmed and secured by high iron fence and lockable iron gates ensuring ultimate privacy and security while on your stay. Within these gates is a driveway and large garden complete with Orange, Lemon and Olive trees. Attached to the Villa itself is two outdoor living areas, a veranda and a roof top solarium. The veranda is complete with a comfortable bamboo seating area while the roof top solarium has a large stone dining table and built in barbeque. These areas can also be used in the daytime for relaxing and sunbathing on one of our many sun loungers.
Communial Area of The Villa
The communial area is accessible from rear of the villa grounds using a locked gate. Inside this complex (shared between 12 other privately owned villas) you will find a large pool with shower and sun bathing area. It also has two sizeable garden areas which are in the process of being landscaped to include trees, grass and seating areas.
La Marina Village and Urbanization
La Marina has a population of 3,000. There is an unquestionably attractive coastal landscape for tourists, and the bathing season starts in early spring and lasts until late autumn. But one must not forget the environmental uniqueness of this area, where great expanses of beach combine with spectacular rolling dunes where conditions are ripe for the appearance of really unique types of flora and fauna. The village has a range of shops, bars, banks etc. and has a regular bus service north and south along the coast. The sandy beach at La Marina stretches some 17 kilometres from Santa Pola to Torrevieja.
During the summer the vacationers can find themselves under the Spanish sun at temperatures up to 40 degrees and the resident all year round can enjoy the mild climate. Winters temperatures are very rare less than 5 degrees and one can stay at Christmas at 15-20 degrees here easily. Precipitations fall in this area above all especially in November and April. In the spring the average temperatures is mild 20-25 degrees and everything blossoms and in autumn one can still sit in late October with a cardigan on the terrace.
In the evening one can enjoy the international kitchen, drink a little glass of sangria with Spanish live Music or enjoy the fantastic sundown. You should also visit a Spanish Bodega and try the different wines with Tapas typical from the area.
During the day apart from the usual beach activities a varied sport and leisure activities is offered. Thus you can rent bicycles, mini-golf play, a diving course, take a walk by the dunes or salt-work areas or go into the numerous small souvenir stores. In the closer surroundings one can book a riding excursion, hire a quad or a balloon flight over the nice scenery of this region.
The WHO (World Health Organization) has distinguished the climate in the La Marina region as a recommendable climate, especially, for those with breathing and heart problems. The great salt-works, in Torrevieja and Santa Pola, provide the air with high salinity and raise the intake of iodine, which helps with the respiratory problems.
The Spanish weekly markets are liked very much in almost all towns close to La Marina. In the Urbanization it takes place every week on Thursdays and Sundays on the marketplace near the centre. The Mercado of Santa Pola and the biggest weekly market of the region on Sunday in Campo de Guardamar have numerous offers for the visitors of local fruit and vegetables, as well as shoes from the Spanish traditional workshops, craft work, clothes, leather article and of course a sufficient offer of catering trade for every taste.
The spring and the autumn are suited particularly for excursions to the close and farther inland of La Marina. Away from the beaches in the green hinterland, in the mountains, with great views of the different best preserved sceneries. Climb the mountains, enjoy the fantastic views of the countryside and of the sea and be surprised by the Spanish friendliness. You will discover a lot of new things. La Marina has more than the beach and the sun to offer.
The villages of San Fulgencio, La Marina-Pueblo, Rojales, Almoradí, Crevillente, Dolores and Catral etc. invite you to visit them. Stroll by the Old Towns, along the mostly agrarian-economically used surfaces, past oranges and lemon trees, and call into the little stores with a wide offer of local products (e.g. jewellery, fans, wine, ham and olive oil).
Surrounding Areas an Places
GUARDAMAR(approx 8 mins from Villa)
A beautiful area with eleven kilometres of sandy beaches, many of which are rated blue flag for their water quality. The ancient town of Guardamar del Segura is built on a hill and the ruins of the castle and other historic remains are still preserved. With challenging golf courses and tourist accommodation this part of Spain is an ideal destination for golfers
TORREVIEJA(approx 15 mins from Villa)
Is primarily a tourist resort and many residential urbanizations have been built on the hills surrounding the town, but the parkland has been preserved. An important resource of the area is the extraction of salt from the La Mata and Torrevieja salt flats. The presence of these salt lakes produce a micro climate that is said to be therapeutic and forms a natural park inhabited by flamingos and many species of wildlife. Golf Courses abound in this area.
ORIHUELA COSTA (approx 20 mins from Villa)
The resorts of Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, Villamartin, La Zenia. Cabo Roig and Dehesa de Campoamor all attend to the demands of the Golfer.Orihuelas golf courses include clubs such as Villamartin, La Finca Algorfa, La Marquesa, Las Ramblas and Real Club Campoamor. The challenging terrain and Mediterranean shrubland offer impeccable facilities for golf enthusiasts.
Alicante City (approx 30 mins from Villa)
Alicante has it all: parties, discos, festivals, castles. Its best to start exploring Alicante on the beachfront, along the citys main pedestrian walkway, the Explanada de España. Spread out in front of the main part of the city, this elegant boulevard, stretching around the harbour, is shaded with palm trees and lined with shops and cafes. Alicante is a hive of activity throughout the year, not just in the summer months. Its a city where the sand seems to go on forever…and so does the entertainment. Its a city steeped in history, rich in culture, awash with every kind of shop and restaurant imaginable and literally bursting with beach life.
The villa was great, particularly the roof terrace and barbeque which we cooked on most nights. The villa had everthing we needed and the separate upstairs air-con was handy to have. The pool and the area around was spotless and it was very quiet which meant that we had it to ourselves most days. We also ordered a high chair and cot and both were there, set-up on arrival and were ideal for our 9 month old.
The area is well served by good supermarkets and wed definitely recommend hiring a car for shopping, finding other restaurants and getting to the beach easily.
Rachael from Whitley Bay
Stayed 13 Aug 2011
The villa is in a quiet residential area, however there are bars, restaurants, banks, takeaways, etc nearby. The manager Alan was a nice bloke, who we could contact with any problems however there were none. I was concerned about the aircon after reading previous reviews, but the owners seem to have taken notice and on our arrival we were supplied with some 2 euro coins free of charge which lasted 5/6 days. We feel this was a thoughtful gesture and eased the panic over the 2 euro coins, so the aircon was not an issue to us at all. The villla and pool area are as described, and the location was perfect for us, although we would recommend a car in order to facilitate your enjoyment of the surrounding areas. All in all our 2 weeks in August with three young children was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!
John Paul from Linlithgow
Stayed 04 Aug 2011
This is a lovely, clean villa. We made good use of the pool and found the neighbours to be friendly and helpful, as was Alan who looks after the property.
As a family with three small children we spent a lot of our time at the beaches of Guardamar, Torrevieca and La Zenia - all of which were easily accessible by car (and we thoroughly recommend that you hire a car, as La Marina is primarily a residential area).
There are several pubs and restaurants in La Marina itself which are nice, friendly and reasonably priced. There are also three supermarkets within the development so you dont need to eat out constantly if you dont want to.
We had a fun, family holiday here, but we would also recommend this villa if you prefer to take things at a more leisurely pace.
Paul from Portslade
Stayed 07 Jul 2011
Party of 5 stopped at the property between 7th July 2011 and 14th July 2011.
The property is comfortable and well decorated. The furniture was comfortable and modern enough. The owners (when contacted via email) were helpful, courteous and prompt with their response. There was certainly no lack of support and assistance from them. The caretaker, Alan, was very friendly and helpful and apparently lives nearby if help is needed (he attended within 20 minutes to deliver the key to the safe when it was requested). There is a supermarket, bars and restaurants nearby and a collection of larger supermarkets within a short drive away. The villa had ample off street parking for two cars, was secure and equipped with a safe for valuables (this is not mentioned on the webpage but rest assured there is one)
There were a few issues with the villa though. Most prominent was with the air conditioning. As stated above we visited the villa in the second week of July. The weather was hot all week with temperatures regularly topping 100 degrees. Therefore air-conditioning was not an option it was an essential. The air-conditioning in this property was on a meter that required 2 euro coins to operate. Having paid for the property for the week I feel it was inappropriate that we were then required to pay for air-conditioning too. I appreciate this is stated on the site however we have stopped in Villas before and have never had to pay for air-conditioning. Further to this 2 Euro is a bit steep for the amount of air-con time it bought.
A recommendation to people stopping at this Villa would be to ensure that you have plenty of 2 Euro coins, guard them jealously as we had tremendous difficulty getting them from the local businesses. If you are struggling try the Iceland which is nearby - it was the only place we managed to get 2 Euro coins successfully (as an interesting side note the staff at the Iceland appeared to be mainly English and so a lot easier to express your needs when asking for the change!)
The pool at the property is communal and through a gate to the rear. It is shared by 12 villas but was never anything like as crowded as that might suggest. The most I ever saw in there was 5. The pool area is nice but could do with some seating near the sun shades. As it stands you have to carry sun loungers from the Villa to the pool area. Having met some of the neighbours in the pool they were a mixed lot. Some were very nice and you could have a nice chat to them and some were frankly stand-offish. Of the 12 villas 1 was empty, 2 were lets and the other 9 were privately owned. The complex definitely had the vibe of being predominately privately owned...
Another tip for those staying at the Villa and using the pool (to avoid any unintentional faux pas) is to use the shower at poolside before you get in. There is a small and easily missed sign under the heading Pool rules that requires you to do this. The level of Stand-offishness from the neighbours evidently rises in proportion to failure to observe this rule as my (60 year old) step-father found out when he got into the pool without doing so (he too was unaware of the sign and the requirement for a pre-dip shower) As an interesting aside it was observed that not all the neighbours observed the pre-dip shower themselves...
The Villa is part of a large urbanisation so was pretty much surrounded by complexes of Villas. Despite this the area is eerily quiet and we saw very few people around so the Villa is perfect for a quiet getaway. What I would say about the area (at the time of our visit) is that the area is still being developed by the looks of it (or possibly had been but economic issues had stopped work) As such the area is not always as neat and tidy as it could be. At the front of the Villa is an area of scrubby wasteland which appears to be awaiting development. It is not particularly offensive but is untidy and there has been some minor fly-tipping on this land.
One of the party also requested I mention that the back bedroom on the ground floor didnt have a mirror in it. This is something that could be very easily solved (and I am sure will be)
I have raised some issues re this property during this review but I like to think it is fair and I would like to say that the party did very much enjoy the stay. The area was fit for our purpose and is ideal for those wanting a quiet getaway. The in-Villa facilities were very good, we all particularly enjoyed the upstairs terrace (very nice space to enjoy meal times) And we all found the Villa a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. For those who dont want to miss Eastenders while they are on holiday the full range of English channels was available too.
On the whole the property has its flaws but it we would recommend it for future bookings. Hopefully this review will give future holiday makers a fuller picture of what holidaying at the property entails.
Karen from Berkeley
Stayed 07 Aug 2010
Lovely property, spaceous and clean. Choice of dinning areas, plenty of equipment in the kitchen (except a dishwasher!). Pool was lovely and quiet. August was very hot so air conditioning was needed and this is charged extra. Alan was very helpful and available when we needed him. Would recommend.
Jaswinder from Birmingham
Stayed 27 Jul 2009
Excellent location and superb neighbours! The property was clean and well maintained with very good quality fixtures and fittings. We had no problems with key collection.
We had a lovely holiday - thank you!
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My husband, baby and I had a fantastic week at the villa.
The villa itself is beautifully kept and has everything you need for a confortable stay. We particularly enjoyed the privacy of the roof terrace and the location of the villa which is perfectly placed for anyone who wants to explore the surrounding areas.
The pool was great and surprisingly quiet. We pretty much had it to ourselves!
There are loads of places to eat in and around the residentail area and lots of supermarkets to get everything you need.
The minute we arrived we were so pleased we chose to come to the villa instead of staying at a resort or hotel. It was great to feel at home..especially with a little one.
I would gladly return to the villa and recommend it to anyone!
We have now stayed at this gorgeous villa on two seperate ocassions and have to say we will be booking again next year, everything about it from the large stone table and barbeque in the solarium to the sizeable pool made our holiday, the surrounding blue flag beaches are also of the highest quality. Jane Macleod
Large upstairs solarium and balcony with stone table and barbeque.
It is recommend (if possible) to hire a car to fully appreciate La Marina and its surrounding areas as even though there is a decent bus service, previous renters have commented on the flexibilty and independence a car can provide. This is also something that could be arranged by Alan who manages the Villa.
Sports and activities:
Boat Hire Cycling Fishing Golf Horse Riding Sailling
Scuba Diving Sports Center Tennis Water Skiing Wind Surfing