10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
a peaceful havem
"My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful week at this hotel 10/8/06 , the hotel is surrounded by a 27 hole golf course of huge proportions and is very peaceful, Islantilla resort is about half a mile away and the hotel runs a cute little train down to their own beach club every 20 mins it takes only 5 minutes to get there The hotel is about 14 years old and the rooms are a little dated but are clean and quite spacious, the spanish staff are excellent and like it when you try to speak a little spanish. The food is plentiful and very spanish, if you want chips with everything then this is not the place for you. the pool area is very nice and prices at the pool bar are very reasonable, it is a very family oriented hotel and resort with no amusements or motorised water equiptment I must admit this made it even more attractive and we would definitely return."
- Travel date: 9th August 2006
Quiet and Relaxing
"We stayed here for a week mid-July. The weather was excellent and you didn't have to rush out to the pool at 9am to get a sunbed. You could wander out at 11am and still get a sunbed, people tended to sunbathe later and the swimming pool area was still very busy at 7/8pm. It only took 50mins to get there from Faro Airport (I think our taxi driver knew a shortcut!) The buffet food at breakfast and dinner was excellent with a good choice. There were themed evenings i.e. Italian one night and Seafood another. If you sat outside for dinner there was a very peaceful and relaxing ambience as you overlooked the wooded golf course area. There were quite a few children there, we had a 10 year old who only wanted to read and swim - there isn't that much to do for kids and there is no evening entertainment as such. We went down to the beach club on the mini train (it is walkable) 3 times and found the beach to be very large and really quite busy, but if you go down during siesta time it is deserted as it is mostly spanish down there. My only gripe with the beach club was they didn't seem to tidy the area very well - there was rubbish around and tables weren't wiped etc. My husband didn't like the fact they served his beer in a whiskey tumbler! I would definitely rate this area as 3*. It is a good base for the beach however as you can come back and clean up then lie on the beds without being all sandy. We didn't eat at the beach club so couldn't comment but we found a rather basic looking restaurant on the beach, none of the waiters spoke any English and they didn't have a menu but we managed to communicate somehow and had the tastiest sardines ever washed down with a cold beer (we went back on other days!) There aren't many places to go to eat in Islantilla and not many shops but if you want a relaxing holiday with good food we would recommend the Islantilla Golf Resort."
- Travel date: 22nd July 2006
Nice Hotel probably not suitable for older children
"Location Located about 1hour from Faro airport or 1 hour 45 minutes from Seville. Main E-1 A44 motorway from both airports will bring you to within 10 miles of resort. Exit at junction 117 for Lepe and La Antilla. Hotel location The resort is pupose built around a 27 hole golf course. Large number of apartments and villas in the complex with the hotel and golf club house at the centre. The Hotel is located approximately 2 miles from the sea and La Antilla the main urban area. Beach The beach is magnificent running for miles and is in a quieter part of Spain so no crowds. Nearer the hotel's beach club there is some work going on to build a road but that is not an issue in getting to the beach and of course there are plenty of access points along the promenade further to the east of the beach club. Resort The resort of La Antilla is quiet with 2 small shopping centres. This is not a shoppers paradise nor if you are into pubs. night clubs, large selection of restaurants etc this is not for you. If you want beautiful beaches, peace,quiet and fewer fellow tourists other than Spaniards this is for you. It is not a quaint Spanish town but a purpose built resort with Spaniards as the main tourists. English is not widely spoken but it is easy to get by. If you are self catering there is a very large Carrefour supermarket in Cartaya about 8 miles from La Antilla. Hotel It is a large hotel that was full when we were there but the great mystery is where everyone disappears to because there is no mad rush to get sunbeds by the pool. In the evenings after dinner there are few people in the bar even on evenings when music is supplied. This was June and early July so I assume it must be quieter and other times of the year. Pool Very nice outdoor pool and smaller indoor pool again quiet with any children being babies or toddlers.There is playroom for them beside the pool that operates in July and August.There is a lifeguard on duty all day. Pay a 12 euro deposit and you get cards which you exchange for towels. Bring the towels back and get your cards back each day. Food Buffet style and very good as this type of food goes. Good choices but you need to make sure you clear your plate before you head up to get further items as they are very quick to remove items from the table in fact we thought the waiting staff may have been on commission to remove as many plates as possible during the meal!! No tea or coffee is available after dinner.The buffet does not cater for chidrens tastes. Room We had a"bungalow" this is in fact a 2 story building with 2 twin bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on each floor. A sofa bed fits in the 5th person. Good forkeeping family together and you can park outside.Ask for the ones with pool views or the ones that overlook the 18th fairway. The ones overlooking the driving range for some inexplicable reason have trees growing in front of them which completely obstruct what would be a very pleasant view. The airconditioning in the bed rooms was very good. Small finishing touches would make the place so much better- for example a kettle,an iron, better grips on the floor of the bath more English speaking channels on the TV.The finish of the bungalows is also a bit basic for a 4 star hotel. Nonetheless the hotel overall is very clean and well maintained. Golf Club The club is just across from the hotel. Clubs can be hired and it is a lovely course. Green fees for guest are 41 euros and they do package deals that include buggy hire and green fees. Overall Nice hotel that is 4 star in appearance probably nearer 3.5 because of some of the issues above but which could so easily bring it to the next level. Would be happy to recommend it for a relaxing break for couples or those with very small children who want peace and quiet. If wild late nights are your thing this is not the place. Happy to recommend it and probaly an advantage to have a car. There is the train to the beach and town each 20 minutes up to 7pm with a break between 2pm and 5pm."
- Travel date: 7th July 2006
Recommended, would visit again.
"I would definately recommend this hotel. First of all, my partner and I don't play golf, but we had a great time. All the hotels areas are very clean, with modern, comfortable seating areas. You will be surprised when you walk in the lobby, how many couches there are!! We had a junior suite, which as someone mentioned before, was a very large room, with two beds together (the continents' favourite!) We had a view of the golf course. I think if you are going to this hotel the views from all the rooms will be good, either pool or course, maybe would be best to ask not to be at the front of the hotel,, or your balcony will look at the car park and entrance!! The hotel train was good, very punctual going to and from the beach club, which is a good facilitie that the hotel has, it is basically right on the beach, with a pool and bar and serves food (more expensive than the pool grill at the hotel though, so we didn't try it) The food was EXCELLENT. There was so much choice. At breakfast and dinner there are indiviual grill items, such as ommellets or scrambled eggs with your choice at breakfast, and at dinner it was meats such as chicken, beef, pork, shish kebabs, etc. Alot of seafood was on offer as well. One word of warning, if you have children who are picky, I wouldn't bring them here, there is no childrens food in the buffet, and all the foods are adult orientated if you know what I mean, there were hardly any simply dishes except the grill orders which you chose to have plain if you like. At Breakfast it is free coffee and tea and smoothies and water, but it was a bit of a pain that at dinner you had to buy water or soft drinks. A bottle of wine costs between 8 and 15 euros. The pool grill was good, we had lunch ther 3 or 4 times, it is reasonably priced and decent food. I would say the food was the thing my partner liked best about the trip! The course was nice to go for walks or runs on, it is nice having so much greenery around. We found that we only went down to the beach once, but it was nice, huge expanse of sand, we preferred to stay by the pool at the hotel. A car is nice to have as instead of transfers we drove ourself, but once we got there we didn't really use it. One other tip, the hotel only cost 42Â£ a night half board on thomsons web site, we got our deal considerably cheaper booking seperate easy jet flights and hotel and car (instead of a holiday package). I hope this helps you, I would say 50% of people there were spanish, about 30% older english, then 10% german and 10% other. Most people there seemed to be well off, there were no scrotes hanging around, it was a relaxing holiday. most staff speak English, but some spanish would be helpful as we did come across some who didn't . The gym was ok, not very big but a couple of treadmills and bikes and weights. I would definately go back, to relax and get sun."
- Travel date: 20th June 2006
Nice hotel but not a second time
"The hotel and the services were nice but not that wonderfull as all the other guests described. We had a junior-suite, it was indeed a rather large room with larger bathroom. Unfortunately there is no sea-view possible (we knew this at front) because the beach is indeed somewhat fare-away. (You can use the hotel-train) The swimming-pool area at the beach is rather nice, you also have the possibility to have lunch eg. The beach wasn't that nice a lot of rubbage, very old boats and building material were just laying on the sand. An evening walk along the shore was therefor not on our agenda. The beds at the swmmingpool near the hotel are not provided with any matresses (unlike the beds near the beach). Both swimmingpools are nice and pretty large and clean. The beds in the hotel were very good !! The Spa; went there to get a French manicure (including polish) but unfortunately the results were not good and it took 11/2 hours !! Finally we solved it, but just to inform you.. Due to the location a car is desirable ! From Faro Airport it is only a 70 minutes drive ! The food was OK; especially the appertizers and the desserts were great. The main course was resonable. On the other hand the wines were great !!! The weekend are pretty busy with mostly Spanish guests. The staff were very nice and frendly but to my opinion the services could be somewhat better for a 4* hotel."
- Travel date: 5th June 2006
Great hotel - brilliant food
"My husband and I and two friends have just returned from a week playing golf at the Islantilla Golf Resort. The hotel was of a very high standard, the rooms were big and very, very clean. We had half board and the food was really good. There was so much choice in the evening that it was hard to choose what to have. In fact this was some of the best food that I have ever had on a half board basis. The staff were very friendly and very obliging. Entertainment in the hotel on a few evenings was o.k. We played golf every day and thoroughly enjoyed it. OK some of the fairways are very narrow but that was part of the fun. Must say that some of the holes are very hard especially for players who have not been playing for long and also if you are walking a few of the inclines really get your heart pumping. Still I feel much fitter as we walked the course every day. Shame the weather was not better - we had a couple of days of heavy rain and apparently this was the first rain they had had for a year. Trust us to choose that week. Still we had a good holiday and would go back again. One thing I didn't like was having to wear a hat in the indoor swimming pool - found it hard to keep the thing on!!!"
- Travel date: 24th October 2005
Hotel Islantilla Golf Resort
"My wife and I spent a week in early September at this golf resort hotel. The weather, and in particular the warmth and duration of the September sun, in that part of southern Spain was the driver behind the holiday. The hotel met all our needs: spacious rooms with satellite TV, mini bar, safety deposit box, A/C and balcony (reasonable views all round regardless of your room). We had a taxi transfer from Faro in Portugal, which took only an hour. In the back of an air-conditioned Mercedes Benz the hour flew by. It is worth noting that Portugal is an hour behind Spain at this time of the year. You do not have to show your passport at the border because of the Schengen rules (removal of internal EU border control). The hotel is set in the heart of large residential area and surrounded by the immaculate 27 hole golf course. The Course Club House is directly across the road from the Hotel. The pool complex is excellent with plenty of free sun loungers and parasols to keep that midday sun at bay. There is a poolside bar serving hot and cold drinks and lunch from midday onwards. Lunch can also be taken at the Golf Course Club House but stricter dress rules apply. There is a table tennis set by the pool and paddle tennis courts in the grounds. Internet access is avaiable in the large reception area at 12 mins for 1 Euro or 30 mins for 2 Euros. There is a Spa complex next to the pool area if you feel the need for pampering. The indoor pool opens during the winter months only. Breakfast and evening meals are taken in the buffet restaurant. We stayed Half-Board (BB&D). The breakfast menu was vast and will set you up for the day. A glass of grapefruit juice followed by a bowl of fruit and then a cheese and ham omelette with brown bread toast washed down with a pot of tea is considerably more than I would normally eat, but I was on holiday! Evening meals are served from 8pm to 10.30pm. There is a hot buffet serving freshly grilled meats and seafood along with the usual range of starters, side dishes and desserts. Wine or water can be ordered with your meal at a very reasonable rate. A decent Rioja and a bottle of sparkling water will set you back 20 Euros. Before of after dinner you can relax with a brink in the bar or on the patio. I recommend a long ice-cold Gin and Tonic with Bombay Sapphire. Th bar prices are very reasonable and the measures generous. The local Campo Cruz beer is served ice cold ~ perfect. The hotel has guests from many European countries but retains that Spanish feel in its food and ambience. Those of you who do not like cigarette smoke and I count myself in that group need not worry the restaurant is no smoking and there are no smoking areas in the bar too. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus (small diesel powered road train) between the hotel and the residentâs beach club. The bus runs back and for the all day. This is also great way to get down to the beach and explore the sea front which is remarkably under developed. The beach is fantastic, miles of golden sand and acres of space per person. It can get a little windy as you are, after all, on the Atlantic coast. The beach is a 'Blue Flag' beach which indicate high levels of cleanliness and much more There is little in the way of sizzling nightlife in the town and the hotel entertainment is low key: cabaret singers one night and jazz guitarists the next, but this suited us to perfection. If you like lazy days, not having to worry about where to eat, and spending long hot sunny days by the pool interrupted only to buy a cold beer and shuffle the cards for the next hand of rummy then give Islantilla a look."
- Travel date: 9th September 2005
Loved this hotel - again....
"We stumbled on this hotel a few years ago, find it wonderfully relaxing, we swim & sun ourselves - it has great rooms, & relaxing buffet food - do go to the beach club, swim & eat there - a hire car is useful, go to Tavira (wonderful town, great food) - we also take the train from Tavira (park in the Lidle shop next to the stn for free at Tavira) & go to Faro, this avoids parking hassle in Faro - there are other great little towns in easy driving distance on Costa de Luz / Portugal...it may seem odd to go to what is a predominantly a dedicated golf resort, but we dont play - however, it is a wonderful relaxing week, & I wont hestitate to go back. A really great relaxing week. Wont suit everyone, but does it for me!!!!!"
- Travel date: 4th July 2005
"The golf course was surrounded by Villas at extremely close proximity, so that shots would be endangering property. All levels of players using the course were commenting on how many balls were lost because the fairways were narrow and embarrassed by how many shots were hitting the surrounding housing. The large estate surrounding the resort was still being built in many areas. While playing golf we had a number of occasions where tower cranes were lifting building materials directly over our heads! Due to health and safety considerations this would never be allowed in the UK and was extremely off-putting."
- Travel date: 6th September 2004
Wonderful relaxed atmosphere
"We stayed in this hotel on June 2004 for 4 days. It is a lovely hotel, very nicely decorated with friendly personnel. We took half-pension and although it was a buffet restaurant which usually disappoints, I have to say that we enjoyed the food very much. I would receommend this hotel. However, those of you who are looking for "action", there is none in this area. Pure relaxation and slow pace atmosphere."
- Travel date: 15th June 2004
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