Iberostar Royal Andalus
7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A spanish Diamond...
"this hotel is quite simply fantastic in every way
the food (all inclusive) was amazing and varied we cant believe we ate in the same restuarnt for 14 days and never felt we repeated a meal!!!
the animation team were fantastic for the kids and took great care in entertaining them, even though they lacked a little proffessionalism for the adult entertainment.
the room we had was an apartment facing on to the pool
There are two pools the one farthest away from the restuarants was very quite and shallow enough for our 6 year old to play. the main pool is a little deep.
The surrounding area is farily quite and the commercial centre is very limited indeed for any shopping.
if you like cycling or walking, the golf course over the road has a pathway adjacent which you can walk around for miles!
The Guests are mainly German and Spanish which suited us as this is what we like!. Very little English is spoken by either the staff or guests so take a phrase book!!
There are "bridges" down through the sand dunes to a fantastic beach. when the tide is out (ish) you can walk (even a pushchair!!!) for miles, it is fantasic, a major highlight of the area.
if you are a couple or family and like to feel you have been abroad (no english influence) Then this is a Diamond of a place!!"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
See the sea
"We've just had a three day break in this hotel after visiting Cordoba and Seville. It was extremely hot for October and it was wonderful to arrive to sunshine, space and breezes. The staff were very polite and helpful, the accommodation was very good and the all inclusive deal was fabulous value. We have never stayed in a hotel on an all inclusive package before but we booked this direct from the hotel at a cost of 155 euros for two per night - this included food, drink, coffee, wine ordered at meals. The buffet food was of a very high standard. The hotel is on a long sandy beach which was quite busy with walkers, runners, surfers etc and is five minutes walk from the golf course. On a short visit we did nothing else but there were day trips from a local company at the commercial centre three minutes away to Jerez, Seville, Cadiz, Gibralter and Tangiers. The local bus service and train service will take you to these places as well. My only reservation would be if the weather was bad you'd probably need to do a couple of day trips though there is the beauty spa and the indoor swimming pool and gym. Children loved this place - the food was easy and healthy for them - the staff were friendly and there was plenty of space for them."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of October 2005
Lovely relaxing week in 4* comfort
"We went with our sons & their girlfriends (early 20s -them, not us) in early July last summer and ALL had a great stay. Beautiful hotel -huge pools and always plenty of loungers. The constant breeze was just right, otherwise the heat would have been unbearable. Not a lot in the resort, but the hotel's location -on the long, sandy beach, the excellent food and superb pool area made for a very relaxing week. Even had free Spanish lessons! Could have played boules, table tennis, outdoor chess etc -all free. For a relaxing week, we couldn't fault it. Small commercial/ shopping centre a 5 minute walk away with plenty of bars, if you wanted a change. Several hotels there, but all low level, so they didn't intrude. We had no problems with Germans etc. -don't understand the earlier complaints at all."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of July 2005
Best buffet ever
"Yes it was full of Germans but without exception we found them pleasant courteous and well behaved. There was a wide range of ages, mostly youngish adults in couples or small groups. The buffet dinner was the best that we have ever experienced with a good variety of nicely prepared and presented food. In April we found no difficulty in finding a table and golf parties were not a problem. Excellent location on a magnificent sandy (though rather windy) beach is a plus. Plenty of loungers for sunbathing around the large outdoor pool and hardly a deposited towel to be seen. Friends were told that the hotel was full but whether this was true or not we cannot say - but no evidence of over crowding. We found a hire car useful but friends found travel by bus (to Cadiz) and tours very acceptable. There is a spacious secure underground carpark. Apart from a partially inaccessible wardrobe the room was fine. Our only minor gripe was somewhat less than forthcoming reception staff and inconspicuous porters. Overall, highly recommended."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of April 2005
Full of Germans
"Good hotel although occupied mainly by Germans who think they own it.
Finding tables in the dining room for dinner can be a problem as there are dozens of golf groups who pre-book the. Management need to sort this out. Not everyone who visits plays golf. Food good and varied.
Amenities vg. Right on beach."
- Travel date: Sat 6th of September 2003
Happy with our stay
"Sorry for my English... Have been in August in this hotel and was very happy with everything, kindness of people working there, room that was big and very clean, airconditionning, view on the beach, pool is big and free chairs and towels, there is enough place for everybody, buffet morning and evening really exceptional regarding choice, quality OK, so, can recommend it without problem"
- Travel date: Fri 15th of August 2003
This was a last minute booking, trying t...
"This was a last minute booking, trying to get as good a value holiday as possible. The result was total success!!!!!! My wife and I booked half board in this 4* hotel but did check a few web sites after the booking was made. First impressions were very positive with very friendly staff at the reception and a light, airy, big and spotlessly clean reception area to keep the good feeling going. The room, although not massive, was more than sufficient for our needs. Aircon was at our control and during the first night we overdid the low setting, I was told to reduce the setting by my better half and from about 2am the set was just right. The booking agent did not mention the upgrades available. You could pay for all Inc for 20 euros pppn if you booked half board, 15 euros if full board and 30 euros if self catering or b&b. The value for money that this presented was only evident when you checked out the service. ALL drinks from premium bottled beers to Courvoisier brandy and Moet and Chandon were available to be drank, 10:30 to 01:00. Bottles of great quality wine at lunch and dinner with as many agua con/sin gas as required. Food was themed on each evening, we had Tapas, Arabic, Spanish, Carribean and even a diet option!!!!! Even with the themes there was always substantial alternatives available. Even steaks, seafood, pasta and fish cooked there and then. The general area is a dream for golfers, 27 holes just over the road. Three pools with bars and enough beds for all. The beach is across some sand dunes directly behind the hotel grounds, (25/30 metres). The sand is clean and white and the although the beach bar is expensive the hotel bar will provide you with paper cups full of cool water for free if you are all inc. If you have kids then the Animation Team were well on the ball but you have to be on the ball if you want to participate. Once the staff get to know you the task gets easier, Archery, shooting and much more. The check in at both ends was superb with no hold ups or problems. Jerez airport is pretty small but very efficient. On the down side there were a few flies about but it is a hot country after all. Thomas Cook Airlines could do with a bit more leg room, but for 2 1/2 hours it was manageable and they did pay attention to kids. If you decide to go then be sure to go to Gibraltar, the fags and booze are ridiculously cheap but donât try to cheat as they have one of the most intense customs outside the USA. I could flap on for a lot longer but you need some things to look forward to. Go and enjoy."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of June 2004