IBEROSTAR Royal Andalus
Steps from the beach, Iberostar Royal Andalus is a family-friendly hotel in the resort town of Novo Sancti Petri on the south coast of mainland Spain. It sits next to the sweeping dunes of La Barrosa beach, which is widely believed to be one of the best beaches in Spain. Set in flat gardens, the hotels buildings have a whitewashed exterior, with matching windows and a sun terrace overlooking the lawns. Guest rooms have bright white walls, wooden flooring, beach-themed artwork on display and patio doors leading onto a terracotta tiled balcony or sun terrace. Iberostar Royal Andalus has six outdoor swimming pools, one of which has a water slide. If you want an active holiday, you can find a variety of facilities at the hotel, including a gym, a tennis court and a beach volleyball court. For some downtime, you can head to the hotels spa, which has a Turkish bath, a sauna and an indoor pool. It offers Ayurveda-inspired treatments, alongside sports massage and aromatherapy. You'll have a variety of dining options, with a buffet restaurant and two a la carte restaurants on offer. The hotel serves daily afternoon tea, and you can sit in the shade of the lobby bar, which serves soft drinks, alongside local spirits, wines and beers. In the evenings, you can watch the family-friendly entertainment, perhaps with a glass of sangria from the bar. There's also regular children's entertainment, along with a playground. The hotel runs a regular shuttle bus to Chiclana de la Frontera.
Iberostar Royal Andalus is 100m from La Barrosa beach, which stretches for 6km and holds Blue Flag status. If you fancy a game of golf, you can visit the club next to the hotel, with its 36-hole and 54-hole courses. The hotel is 8km from the centre of Chiclana de la Frontera, where you'll find old cobbled streets lined with tapas bars, sherry bodegas and open-air cafes. A short drive away is Sancti Petri, where you can watch flamenco dancers at a traditional Spanish bar or hunt for souvenirs in the shops. You could also explore the adjoining abandoned village, which sits on a piece of land between the ocean and estuary. Further afield, you could take a day trip to C·diz, which is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. You can wander the maze-like streets lined with seafood restaurants, whitewashed buildings and old stone monuments. You could also walk along the waterfront or take a dip in the sea.
At Iberostar Royal Andalus, you can dine at the buffet restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It offers a variety of Mediterranean cuisine, alongside regular theme nights. If you're feeling peckish, you can grab a snack from the lobby bar, which serves sandwiches and salads throughout the day.
At Iberostar Royal Andalus, you can play darts or table tennis. There are also fitness classes on offer, including aerobics or aqua aerobics.
The neutrally decorated rooms at Iberostar Royal Andalus have Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning. Newly refurbished, the bathrooms have light coloured wall tiles and matching flooring.
Chiclana de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain
Address: Novo Sancti Petri, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
Phone: 0034 956 494109
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