The pool: the beach is just behind it but down quite a steep hill!
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve eked out my holiday posts for long enough, and should now bring it to a conclusion….so here’s a quick review of my amazing summer holiday. I’ll keep it short as I don’t want to make myself miserable with the idea that I won’t be on holiday again for at least another six months.
View from the first floor: to the left is the entrance to the main dining room.
I went to Benalmadena which is in Malaga and on the coast…not that it matters as I left the hotel once, and that was only to stock up on duty-free. When I go on holiday, I just want to loll about, sleeping, eating, sunbathing and reading. I’m not really one for travelling (I’ve been to Spain plenty of times so I’m familiar with the culture, although in fairness I didn’t make enough effort to explore Malaga further) so I spent the whole time indulging and doing exactly what I wanted to do.
The “Labyrinth” style centre of the hotel.
I stayed at the Hotel Polynesia which is an all-inclusive hotel. I’ve stayed at AI hotels before but this one was completely different as literally everything was included; not just the three main meals and all drinks, but there was also a snack bar next to the pool that had a mega selection of constantly replenished food all throughout the day, such as fruit, yoghurt, pasta dishes, ham and cheese toasties, chicken nuggets, chips…it was fantastic. The food selection during the main meals was also amazing and there were far too many options to mention here, but I have to mention the chocolate fondue that was on offer several of the nights we were there, which was a giant vat of pouring chocolate (milk one night, white another) with all sorts of doughnuts, profiteroles and fruit available to help yourself to. It was fantastic!
View from the left of the balcony: taken on the last day when it was a bit cloudy.
The rooms were fantastic and like mini flats. You have a bathroom with two sinks, a bath and separate shower, a kitchenette with a breakfast bar and a living room with a comfy sofa and large TV that had about 20 UK Sky channels, including Film4. I was really happy with this because when I go on holiday I don’t want to drink or go out partying, I just want to rest as much as possible, so I spent my days sunbathing and my evenings catching up on films; up until my holiday it had been such a long time since I’d had a chance to just watch films, so this was great!
View from the balcony to the right.
The balcony is also massive; it had a table with two chairs and enough room for a couple of sunbeds. However, there were no sunbeds on the balcony which I thought was a shame. We were lucky with our balcony as we got the sun from late morning until it set in the evening. We were also very lucky as we had amazing, hot sun every day apart from the last day when it was a bit cloudy.
All-in-all it was the dreamiest of holidays that managed to encompass everything I want from a holiday. I ate plenty, slept really well, read four books, got a tan (which seemed to start fading just as I got on the airplane home and was virtually invisible by the time I hit arrivals) and came home feeling wonderfully rested and like I’d had a really great holiday.