Hello everyone ☺
Long time, no speak!
I feel like I have a lot to catch up on, but to keep you updated with what’s been going on: I’ve finally finished my Journalism course at uni and I will be graduating with a 2:1! 💃🥂
That also means I’ll have a lot more time on my hands to work on my blog!
If you follow me on my social media (and if you don’t, my links are down at the bottom of this post 😉) you probably know that I’ve recently come back from a holiday in Spain with my boyfriend.
We stayed in Benalmadena, located in the south of Spain, about a 30-40 minute drive from Marbella.
The hotel we stayed at, Playabonita, is situated just outside of the main town of Benalmadena, which was a bit of a nuisance as we only had the bed and breakfast plan, meaning we had to travel via bus (which in fairness, was only €1.55 per journey) or taxi (around €8 – €10). However, the hotel is right on the beachfront and every room has a sea view.
Our room was on the first floor (the restaurant is located on the 7th floor and reception the 8th) and we had a nice view of the sea. You need your keycard to get through to the gates which lead out to the beach and another gate which allows you to access the pool area.
Playabonita is very child-friendly as there was entertainment throughout the day from the animation team, including: mini golf, table tennis, water sports and live cooking performances. The pool had two slides (which are adult friendly too) with a mini waterfall and a pool bar where you can get food and drink.
Evening entertainment was available too, however if I’m honest I didn’t really enjoy it! It was a variety show with some classics e.g. Mary Poppins, burlesque, Abba etc. I do believe this is more tailored towards the children though.
As for the hotel room itself, it was your typical blue/orange/yellow themed room like you’ll find in most hotels in Spain.
It was a little dated, but let’s be honest, who goes on a beach holiday to stay inside their room?
The room included: a hairdryer, a mini fridge (so important when you’re visiting a hot country), a TV (one of those retro, block TVs that only had one English channel, but this was no big deal for us), air conditioning, a giant sliding mirrored wardrobe – coat hangers included – a safe, and an enormous bed – like seriously, it was two double beds put together!
I can’t really comment on the lunch/evening food but there was always a wide variety of food and drink for breakfast, including bubbly 🥂 and it was cooked well.
There are a few restaurants about a five (if not, less) minute walk from the hotel which we ate at a couple of time, especially the Juan Palomo (you can’t miss it, the sign has a big picture of a pig with teeth 😂) which was quite nice.
Although Benalmadena isn’t one of the most tourist-esque places you can visit in Spain, there’s still quite a fair bit you can do there.
We visited Tivoli World on one of the evenings, which I recommend – although it is more targeted towards children. It looks lovely at night time when it’s all lit up, however there’s a fair bit of walking involved which is something you should be aware of.
Towards the end of our stay, we also spent the day at Aqualand in Torremolinos (didn’t get any photos of the water park, only the food! Priorities, right?). You can easily spend a whole day here and not get bored, there’s loads to do for both children and adults.
There’s a lot of other things dotted around Benalmadena and its surrounding cities that we didn’t do – mainly because we wanted to chill for a whole week, which was well needed!
The whole of the town gives off so many blogger-esque vibes with the vibrant flowers and beautiful white buildings – the feature image (and all of the other photos featured in this post) have not been edited or taken with a filter just to show you guys how beautiful Spain really can be.
The staff at the hotel itself were super friendly and spoke fairly decent English (based on other reviews I’ve read, I’ve noticed that some people find this factor really important, so I thought it’d be worth mentioning for anyone who’s curious).
If it’s worth noting – we booked through onthebeach.co.uk as we found the cheapest deals on there (we booked in winter last year) and everything from the airport to the transfers, was well organised.
I 100% have major holiday blues. Where’s your favourite travel destination? Give me some inspiration!
And whilst I’ve (maybe) still got your attention, please follow me on social media and I’ll return the favour!