I can't imagine anybody having a negative thing to say about this beautiful place. The location is straight out of Captain Correli's Maldolin or Mama Mia - more Greek pension in terms of look and feel than Spanish. The hotel/restaurant is set in the heart of the Cabo de Gata so it is as far from the maddening crowd as you can imagine - but this is its charm. The restaurant is hugely authentic, a pretty indoor area with whitewashed natural walls, fishnet decor and rustic furniture. Outside is the most magnificent terrace overlooking the most breathtaking natural harbor. The fresh fish plate jumps from the sea to your platter in a matter of hours and it is beyond delicious. As you eat on the terrace watch fishermen bring the catch home - or watch them sell squid from a bucket for a pittance on the shore. Throw a few crumbs into the water to see a feeding frenzy of teeny fish demolish the feast in a vortex of water. Sit beside brightly painted boats and marvel at how lucky you are to be in such a stunning place.
This is a very popular location in summer (even though in the middle of nowhere) so terrace tables must be booked. Yes it can be a little hectic when busy but this is not the kind of experience you want to hurry. If you want ship shape and polish then stick with the resorts. If you want flavors to die for in a dream location that will stay with you long after the experience itself, then welcome to one of Andalucia's hidden gems.