Falcon/Thomson FAM - I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside
9th August 2017 - 5:00pm
Driving up to the Seaside Palm Beach Hotel, the lush, landscaped gardens and impressive entrance gives you a taste of the 5-star luxury as you step inside the luxurious lobby. It is chic, retro and very cool. The design isn’t safe or neutral but bold and interesting and really enjoyable to soak in and experience. We were welcomed with marvellous mojitos and (virgin) cocktails for the children. Both daughters got personalised letters welcoming them to the kids club and a soft toy seahorse, Pepe, emulating the hotel’s logo. Subtle five-star touches make you realise this is where you want to be spending your holiday.
The bedrooms are designed by Alberto Pinto specifically for this hotel and tie in with the hotel’s decor - a retro 70s style. 24 of 328 rooms are suites and all have minibars, room and turndown service, welcome gifts and balconies. All important wifi is free. The sea views are spectacular as the hotel is next to a golden beach stretching for 5 miles and the famous Maspalomas dunes and lighthouse. Equally, it is close to the beach promenade for shopping and nightlife (though I doubt you’ll want to leave the confines of this oasis).
For the younger clientele, the children’s club, “Pepe’s Club”, is a spacious haven for little ones with dedicated childcare staff to ensure they have a ball. It caters for 4 to 12-year-olds and is available from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm, 6 days a week. Next door is an impressive outdoor play zone is a world of adventure with everything from standard swings and slides to a multi-story maze/climbing frame to entertain all ages. There is also a baby and children’s pool (with slide) next to the playground.
Families can relax in the lagoon shaped freshwater pool and there are two adult only pools. Also outside is a gym under the palm trees, tennis court and classes including yoga, Thai Chi and water gymnastics. Nearby there are three exclusive golf courses (with fee concessions available to guests). If like me, a ruined walk is not your thing, the hotel has a luxurious spa with saunas, thalasso pools and a broad range of beauty treatments.
The hotel offers half board with a view that guests should explore the surrounds and support the local businesses. Gastronomy offering applies to this place - describing this as food doesn’t do it justice. There are a number of restaurants on offer, the Esencia - Mediterranean specialities, La Bodega - the Tapas restaurant and the Main Restaurant which alternates between à la carte and themed buffets. Our buffet meal in the Main Restaurant was spectacular. We ate al fresco with drinks orders taken at our table and then the difficult decisions had to be made from a seemingly endless abundance of choice. This buffet isn’t your standard affair. It isn’t a case of piling cooked food onto your plate but picking your food raw and the chef preparing it there and then - such as selecting your type of pasta and your sauce for your chef to expertly cook it in front of you; picking your meat and having it cooked to order. Every taste is catered for and there is ample staff to ensure there are no queues. While the restaurant was full, it was calm and relaxed with live music serenading the diners. Throughout the meal, waiters subtly checking everything was as it should be. This is first class service at its best.
There are two bars: the African Bar also offering snacks (home-made waffles, cakes, crepes and drinks by the pool); and the Bar Salón for live evening entertainment and cocktails. If your budget stretches this far, this would be an unforgettable holiday.
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