“Maximum relaxation for minimum effort at this suave apartment-hotel overlooking the sea: pools, restaurants and a free kids’ club”
The 19 suites range in price, size and amenities. All are spacious, white and impeccably designed, with 1-4 bedrooms, breakfast bars and clean-cut sofas, electronic sun shades and quiet air con. Huge glass doors lead from open-plan living areas to furnished decked terraces, many of which have pools or Jacuzzis - or both! Take your pick. Some also have sunken sandpits; heaven for toddlers. You pay more for a pool than a Jacuzzi but those with pools are divided by low see-through fences, so the pools themselves lack privacy.
Most suites face the ocean and get the morning sun, and also have super views over the mountains. Those at the rear look west towards the road, the sports centre, and the sunsets. Some are a hike from the kids’ club and the restaurants, reachable via several lifts and long concrete passages.
Throughout, kitchens are superbly equipped, and beds are said to be comfy. You also get pool towels, bathrobes and slippers; bath towels are changed daily; all is sparkling and spotless. There are no iPod docks or DVD players (though they can be rented) but there is good WiFi and satellite TV.
Boutique Suites have 1 bedroom and are spacious (64m2) and light, available with or without Jacuzzi. Serenity Suites have 2 bedrooms, a terrace (some have a sandpit) and a sea view, and some have a Jacuzzi and/or private pool. The 3-bedroom options (Indulgence and Vitality Rio) have private pools plus Indulgence has a dramatic rooftop setting and a Jacuzzi. The 4-bedroom Euphoria is ideal for 2 families travelling together, with a private rooftop terrace, pool and Jacuzzi. Click here for details of all the different categories.
Breakfast includes sparkling wine and freshly squeezed fruit juices, just-baked breads and pastries, and cooked dishes, all from a buffet in bite:Food & Coffee. Many guests prefer the hamper-to-your-room option, meaning you can eat on your terrace in the morning sun. Order the night before from a fantastic range of breads, cereals, smoked salmon, fruits, pastries, butter and jams, and bacon and eggs that you cook yourselves.
For other meals, there are 3 restaurants on-site. Fuel Restobar is a terrace-bar in the Activate sports club, surrounded by sand (meaning kids can play while waiting for food). The BB restaurant faces one of the pools, with a wide deck outside and a ship-like feel. On the menu: croquettes, ceviches, salads, stir fries, fish of the day, grilled tenderloin and much more. There’s a kids' menu too. For more sophisticated gastronomy there’s the formal Sucas restaurant on the lower ground floor. Book a babysitter and 'dine out'.
Suite kitchens are well-equipped for self-catering with fridge freezers, ovens, hobs, microwaves and Nespresso machines, plus a dishwasher and a few complimentary drinks. You can shop at a Mercadona a 5-minute taxi ride away, or walk to a (basic) mini market.
Baobab is nirvana for families. There's a recreational area with a playground, a free kids' club, 2 pools and splash pools, you're in walking distance of beaches and there are family-friendly restaurants and cafes on-site. Staff are thoughtful and do all they can to please.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Boutique and Serenity suites sleep 2-5; Vitality and Indulgence sleep 6-7, while Euphoria sleeps 6-9. All bedrooms can be set up as twins, and baby cots, extra beds and highchairs are all available for free. Many of the attractive decked terraces come with a Jacuzzi or pool, or both. Some pools are raised above the ground, making them ideal for families with small children pottering around. Some decks have sunken sandpits that look like mini beaches. See rates for full details of each category.
Must be booked in advance (extra cost)
High chairs and baby cots
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids aged 4-12 will love the free Saplings Kids' Club. It’s an indoor space, light and bright with fun colours, play houses, scooters and structures, hammocks, play palms and every imaginable toy. From handicrafts to face painting, creativity’s on tap, and the staff who run it are said to be well-organised and friendly. Children under 4 can play under the supervision of their parents. For an extra charge they do lunches, and there are a few evening sessions from 6-10pm, which include dinner and a film.
Kids' menu in BB and at Fuel, which is next to a sandy play area. All suites are well equipped for self catering and there are supermarkets nearby.
Some suites have decks which lead directly onto the main pools - dangerous if gates are left unlocked and little ones escape.