Tips for future guests:
Skip the "todoincluido" unless you plan on drinking a lot of cheap alcohol. We'll likely just pay-as-we-go next time (unless they update their market segmentation/pricing).
$60 flower/bottle service gets you fake plastic petals. Suites (which are very nice) come with 2 bottles and have nice real flowers outside.
They don't give a helpful map or guide or schedule or rules or information of how the place works, so ask lots of questions. Sometimes you won't get the right answer until you get to the 3rd or 4th person (even if you're Spanish like us). Staff is all very friendly and do their best. The list of activities is on the wall past the main office; you need to ask where each activity starts and ends. Beach towels are controlled by reception, no extra costs if you have a suite.
The beach sand is both rocky and muddy, and just a tiny strip at high tide. Lots still enjoy it as it is very flat and good for kids (shallow, no big waves). 15m car ride to Puerto Santa Maria's outstanding beach.
The pool is hands down fantastic. Kid's whirlpool is by the waterslide.
Spa is a nice bathhouse. Give yourself at least 1.5hrs to try all the pools.
Pharmacy opens at 6pm (hours not posted at time of writing). Beach store on corner opens sooner and has some necessities.
Compare with nearby Hotel Barceló.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Playaballena SPA Hotel enjoys a beachfront location, next to Costaballena Golf Club and set amongst charismatic spots such as Rota, Chipiona and Sanlucar de Barrameda in the heart of the Bay of Cadiz. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playaballena Hotel Rota