Barcelo Punta Umbria Mar
6 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent Hotel. To be recommended
"We stayed at this hotel for two weeks and were very satisfied with the accommodation, service, and the helpfulness of the staff.
This hotel should not be confused with the Beach Resort , which is far bigger and not as close to the beach as this one.
We had a room on the ground floor, on the opposite wing to the bar. This is the quieter part of the hotel. Our room was spacious and everything worked. Although the maid service was good, dust was left under the bed for the two weeks.
The food was varied and plentiful, with enough variety for most people. Certainly no reason to complain.
The hotel's proximity to the beach via the private path made it an ideal location. This is for people who like a quieter location amid sand dunes and pine trees.
We were there in June, after this time the Spanish take their holidays and the place would be far more crowded."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of July 2008
The hotel is situated in a fantastic loc...
"The hotel is situated in a fantastic location just a few minutes walk to a beautiful long stretch of sandy beach. We had a lovely room with balcony overlooking the pool/sea and it was quiet and cleaned daily.
It's definately a Spanish hotel with very few British or German tourists which we liked since we were wanted to practice our Spanish. However the staff were very helpful and most spoke some English.
The two negatives for us were:
1. the food 2. distance from the town/amenities
The food was hugely disappointing - bland, ordinary and repetitive. The selection of dishes on the buffet was limited by comparison to other hotels we have visited in Spain of a similar rating. Also the Dining room appeared to be short staffed and the outside restaurant area whilst attractive and well screened wasn't as clean as it could have been - the floor and the cushions on the chairs were rather grubby and it lacked the attention to detail on cleanliness you would expect.
Surprisingly there was no courtesy bus service and it was about a half hour walk along a particularly busy road into the town, so that was a bit of a drag in the evenings. Taxis into town were only 5 Euros each way but we didn't want to get a cab every night. The hotel had a timetable of local buses but they never seemed to turn up - maybe we were just unlucky but it was frustrating!
Even the little 'tourist' mini train which ran in the evenings was no longer stopping outside the hotel to pick up or drop off passengers (!)
There was entertainment every evening if you wanted it. And we did have some great flamenco dancers on the last night.
- Travel date: Sun 20th of July 2008
We stayed there for Christmas for 2 week...
"We stayed there for Christmas for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time. The weather at first was not good but afterwards we had cold mornings, glorious sunny afternoons, 65 - 70 degrees, and cold evenings.
The hotel is generally well run and the hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. We congratulate the Manager and his staff. Our Saga Reps, John, Sue and Kathy, worked extremely hard to make our stay very enjoyable The location is excellent - a quiet, mainly residential resort, with a couple of supermarkets which you can walk to. You can also walk to the town of Punta Umbria. a pleasant walk which takes about 25 minutes if you are a pensioner. The shops there are not too inspiring - many "pound type" shops but you can buy cheap shoes and handbags there.
There are also chemists there where you can buy antibiotics over the counter and cheap medicines. We had a courtesy bus which ran every half an hour so often took this into town and then had a pleasant walk back. You just have to walk through the pleasant hotel garden with a lovely swimming pool, through the sand dunes with pine trees, go through a security gate and then you are onto a glorious sandy beach which stretches for miles and is covered with shells.
The hotel accommodation is good, with clean, large rooms and very comfortable beds, the baths are a bit narrow (if you are a bit large) but you have a good shower anyway. It took about 15 minutes for our water to get warm but I think we were at the end of a run - a minor problem. We had an excellent quiet sea view room with a good sized balcony and had plenty of sun and saw some lovely sunsets.
The other rooms are still very good and large and many overlook a good sized swimming pool and lovely gardens. The corridors are very attractive but you will need to take a torch if you get up early and they are very poorly lit. The electricity is typically Spanish - after two days our adaptor prong came out of our plug and was stuck in the socket which we considered dangerous.
We reported it to reception but the maintenance man never ever came. We also had a short in our Lamp. They have an English chef there, Matthew; who knows what we like and the food and selection were generally very good, buffet style; the fish was super. Our Christmas lunch was excellent. probably the best we have had in a foreign hotel. We had a nice variety of entertainment which was generally good, although the Singer repeated the same songs 3 times during our stay and her top range made your ears hurt. There is a small indoor pool and spa but we did not use these as we preferred to be outside. Many Spaniards and Portuguese were there (a good sign) and there were about 70 English - not many Germans. We all mixed very well and had a great time dancing or jigging around in the evenings.
The Spaniards celebrate their Christmas on 6 January and so there were about 450, many with children, coming in when we left on 31 December so if you want a quieter time I suggest you go when we did 17th - 31st. It means that you are at home for New Year and back in your own beds which you don't mind after having a good time there.
If you like bird watching and nature it is an excellent place to go where local guides take you to the Donana National Park and lagoons. You also can spend the day in Seville - well worth a visit, go to Moguer, Almonte, and Niebla, or spend half a day hearing about the fascinating insight into Columbus's discovery of the New World - very good trip.
We would return but would like to go when it is a little warmer in the Spring. I think it may be too hot in the height of Summer. If you are pensioners, as we are, it is a lovely place to go for a break in the winter/spring time to get away from the cold weather, not too crowded and not too many youngsters.
The Saga flight times are good, but the only drawback is the airports - so much security and waiting around. For this reason we still prefer to go on the Saga Rose and Ruby to avoid them. I am sure many other folk feel the same."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of January 2008
Positives: Have just returned from this...
Have just returned from this resort where we spent a week all inclusive. The locality, hotel and its facilities were great. It was lovely to actually visit a typically Spanish holiday resort rather than one distorted by mass tourism and 'brits-abroad'!
All rooms were well equipped (no tea/coffee making facilities) and were very comfortable although balconies and terraces could be a little bigger. Pool and gardens were beautiful and well maintained. Restaurant served a huge variety of fresh food in a buffet style. This did get very busy at times and was a bit chaotic with waiting staff over stretched but the quality of the food did not suffer.
Punta Umbria is a very lively Spanish village which seems to only come alive after about 10.00pm when families (young and old) throng onto the streets to socialise in the many street cafes and shopping areas. Don't take a car into the town of an evening, parking is an absolute nightmare and there were lots of police tow-away trucks just waiting for an unsuspecting tourist to pick the wrong spot. There is a little train which runs along the coast to the hotel hourly so there isn't really any need. The walk is very pleasant but closer to 45 mins by the time you take in the scenery.
We arrived on Saturday night late and were given rooms without terraces or balconies. We were told by the reception staff that they were fully booked and couldn't move us to the room of our choice for another two days. We agreed to this as there didn't seem to be much of an alternative only for them to lose one of our suitcases in the transition (approx 200m!), after a good hour at being told they never picked our suitcase up from the room they finally decided they had and it was in their offices all the time.
The waiting staff did seem to prefer serving the Spanish tourists over Brits or Germans and this was noticed by all 27 British residents and a couple of Germans we spoke to.
Be warned that the noise from the bar can go on quite late and can be disturbing if you prefer an early night, we were offered rooms above the bar which we refused - make sure you request a room away from the bar!
- Travel date: Mon 4th of September 2006
The hotel was great lovely rooms food an...
"The hotel was great lovely rooms food and directly onto the beach the surrounding areas lacked atmosphere and if there for 2 weeks would struggle for things to do. The hotel in July was full of Spanish and their children which meant that peace and relaxation was out of the question.
The walk into town was approx 30min and the hostility to the brits abroad was very much felt. We paid a lot for the holiday and were left feeling let down by First choice who we felt could have highlighted the downsides as we were not the only brits to feel this way, out of the 14 couples in the hotel, only one was happy with things. To sum up for a weeks holiday to relax and stay hotel base great, or if you get a cheap deal do not pay top wack for this it just not worth it.
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of August 2006
I went to this hotel in August 2005 and...
"I went to this hotel in August 2005 and it was fab! We chose this hotel as other reviews seemed to suggest it was more typically Spanish and not one of the 'brits abroad' type places. The hotel was very clean and well run. The staff were very professional, helpful, friendly and polite. We went half board and thought the food was fantastic. It was typically Spanish food with lots of fish, meat and cheese. Breakfast was certainly worth getting up for too.
The hotel is located right on the beach. It was expensive to hire a bed and parasol on the beach (200 euros for a fortnight) so we bought a few mats and our own umbrella from a local shop for only a few euros. There are a few local shops and restaurants nearby or you can walk (20 mins) or get a taxi (4 euros) into Punta Umbria centre. Here there are lots more shops and restaurants and the place really comes alive at night.
We did the Spanish thing a few nights which involved going out at about midnight and coming home in time for breakfast - the nightclubs stay open all night. We had a really relaxing trouble free two weeks and if you are thinking about staying here I would say YES!
- Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2005
We have just returned from this very Spa...
"We have just returned from this very Spanish resort.
The hotel is first class, and a fish loverâs delight, as the area has a very interesting and busy fishing port and market. Prawns as big as yr thumb and loads of other seafood and shellfish always on offer in the restaurant. Smoked salmon always there for breakfast and Cava - yes the Spanish drink Cava for breakfast. The all inclusive option is worth it , but not if you are vegetarian. There was always pasta but twice a day for seven days is a bit galling, and although loads of vegetables/salads, remember that the Spanish love to add bits of ham to EVERYTHING.
The beach is close but forget snorkelling, the water is clean but not clear, and there is usually large waves - great fun if you are a strong swimmer. The red flag was flying on the beach most days, so the large hotel pool (plenty of room and lawn areas) was handy. If you hate windy weather you might think twice about this part of Spain as it has very strong prevailing 'northwesterlies'. Surrounding areas v beautiful, lots of pinewoods to ramble in - but they are very quickly being decimated in order to expand tourist amenities.
The only downside to this holiday was the First Choice rep who knew sweet nothing about anything. Also brochures seem to state a 1 hour transfer from Faro in Portugal - make that 2 hours even on the motorway. All in all a good holiday.
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005