Pools out for summer

Lake Maisie King-Wheeler with mummy Ashley at the Kempinski - Happy 1st birthday 11/07/19.

I LOVE walking on the beach and going for lunch or dinner to a chiringuito is heavenly, but I’m not one for lying on the beach or hanging out in the sand, particularly in the summer heat.

With this in mind and having decided to start my ‘staycation’ I’ve been visiting some of the pool clubs along our coast and so far, so very, very good. My first day out was to a hotel that supports our #zerohero incentive and just been named Europe’s Leading Entertainment and Dining Resort in the World Travel Awards 2019: The Kempinski Bahia.

This hotel has also received several awards for their subtropical gardens and I’d heard a lot about the Spiller Beach Club so yes, expectations were high. The price for the day there also seemed high, until you start to put value to where you are and what you are getting, in comparison to what we’d spend on a normal day out and about anywhere.

Now in high season the sunbed was €95, but it included a €50 contribution to lunch at the Spiller restaurant, which covered us well. Everything tasted so very fresh it was noticeable and the service was exquisite from the moment we arrived, lush towels, sumptuous mattresses and loads of lawn for my granddaughter to crawl around safely whilst taking in the incomparable and often breathtaking views of Africa and Gibraltar.

It was so nice having the beach so close, feel the breeze, smell the ocean and yet have the tranquillity and safety of the lovely swimming pools. My next holiday day was to the Ocean Club with the whole family. We didn’t have to pay to go in and we didn’t take a sunbed, but we did all chill out on comfy sofas for hours!!!!

The prices were high, eg one gin and tonic (more like half a gin and tonic it was in such a small glass and only half full) cost €19, but we had a great place to chill, again by the ocean, but without being in it. The babies and toddlers with us had as much fun as their young parents who also got to enjoy the glitz, glamour and vibe they associate with Marbella, but again in a safe and controlled environment for the youngsters.

We travelled a little further afield to the Reserva de Sotogrande this weekend but with the toll road only costing €3.35 each way it was a short and easy drive. The place blew me away: a ginormous artificial sandy beach that continues into a vast man-made lagoon, surrounded with sumptuous beach beds, in a truly private and exclusive setting; it was almost like being on a film set.

The service was noticeably slow, my €21 burger arrived stone cold, but the staff were so friendly and the place so very lovely it didn’t matter. What did matter is that we had a great time and it was the perfect way to start my granddaughter’s birthday week – happy first birthday darling Lake! One today!!



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