As a couple we visited Benidorm a few times. We enjoyed the live music acts in the evenings and lazing by the pool/doing the hotel activities in the day. It suited us at the time. When it came to choosing our first family holiday it had a lot going for it. The flight is short which meant less time to try and entertain a toddler on the plane. It is fairly cheap & we knew it really well so that familiarity gave us a sense of confidence. We also knew the weather would be a lot better than the UK and that meant we didn’t have to pack as much.
We are really pleased we chose Benidorm for our first family holiday abroad we had the most amazing week full of swimming, dancing and eating ice creams.
We booked our holiday in Benidorm with www.onthebeach.co.uk and stayed at the fabulous 3* Sol Pelicanos Ocas, you may recognise the hotel as its swimming pool is featured in the ITV Series Benidorm. We were lucky enough to catch them filming while we were there. The hotel is brilliant for kids; it has 5 swimming pools, 2 of which are toddler pools, it runs a daily mini club programme for the over 5’s (younger children can join in if accompanied by an adult) and every night there is a mini disco before the evening show. The hotel has a flinstone theme; there is a flinstone themed park, a flinstone themed restaurant and a character from the show visits the mini club everyday!
In terms of Benidorm itself, gone are the days when it was a run down part of Spain overrun with drunken Brits; yes there is the odd stag and hen group that you will bump into in the evening if you visit the strip but if your a family staying in a family hotel such as the Sol Pelicanos then it hopefully would be less of an issue. It did however spoil the promenade walk by the sea for me as all you would hear is loud pumping music and crowds of drunk people (even in the day!). On the beach it was less of an issue due to the distance involved but it did still give a background noise. This didn’t affect us much as we usually stay by the pool in the day anyway but I did miss my evening sea front peaceful strolls!
Benidorm has had a lot of investment in the past few years and this is evident with brand new architecture, new hotels and restaurants. It has amazing golden sandy beaches (equipped with free outdoor gyms if you like that sort of thing!). It has plenty of places to eat and stop for ice creams.
At an average cost of £1200 for a week, including flights and B&B, for a family of 3 can you afford to ignore this Spanish treasure?!
Don’t delay visit www.onthebeach.co.uk today!
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