This comfortable beach resort is situated directly beside 15-kilometres of sandy beach, and is easily accessible via public transport. This is one of Spain's premier nudist resorts, an oasis of palm trees, sand, and inviting pools and beaches. The resort's spacious guest rooms range from singles and doubles to apartments and suites, each with satellite television, air-conditioning, private en suite bathroom, and furnished balcony or terrace. Guests can start the day with a buffet breakfast, dine at the buffet restaurant or in the seasonal a la carte restaurant, and enjoy drinks and snacks at the snack bar and pub. Children will delight in the children's and teen's clubs, and everyone can enjoy the entertainment programme with aerobics, dancing, and volleyball. The resort also has a nude outdoor pool zone with water slides, Jacuzzi, and shady palm trees, as well as an indoor heated pool during winter months.
Currently additional security and sanitation measures are applied in relation to (COVID -19).
Distance to city centre 7.5km
On the beach
Distance to airport 85.5km
Address: 0034950467475, Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona, S/N, Vera, Spain
Vera, Costa de Almeria, Spain
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This is a unique hotel. I don't believe there is a hotel like it anywhere else in Europe, and probably not in the world.
There are many naturist beaches in Spain, and in fact it's lawful to be naked almost everywhere in Spain, but a large area around the hotel is specifically designated as naturist by the local authority. Despite this, the adjacent municipality, 400 metres to the north of the hotel, enacted a bylaw prohibiting naturism on its beach, in order to prevent naturists from straying on to it, but there are large yellow signs warning you in nonsensical English. If you walk to the south from the hotel, then there's no legal restriction and 99% of people are naked for around 1km. The section of beach directly in front of the hotel is the best part in my opinion, because it is much wider, doesn't have easy access from any roads (making it more difficult for others to reach), and there are very few stones in the water.
Walking around naked on a Spanish beach in the hot sunshine is something that one gets used to easily. But walking around in a hotel, particularly indoors such as in the lobby, lifts, staircases and long corridors, feels very odd at first. You soon get used to it, particularly after you see nearly all other guests doing the same, and it feels very liberating and normal. You can even walk around the streets of the naturist zone totally naked, where around 50% of other people do not wear any clothes in public in daylight, although there is almost nowhere for a tourist to walk to in the streets, except perhaps to the Consum supermarket, where you will need to get dressed for the last 200 metres.
The hotel's policy is that clothes must be worn between 20:00 and 08:00, but in practice there are guests swimming laps naked in the pool from around 07:00 and more leisurely until sunset or around 21:00; nudity is fine between 20:00 and 08:00 except in the lobby, bar and restaurant. You need to be clothed at breakfast (08:00 to 10:30), but given that breakfast is after 08:00 I question whether this policy at breakfast should be changed, particularly for guests sitting outside. Perhaps the hotel could carry out surveys on guests for their opinion on this, or a trial of optional naturism for breakfast.
All of the bars and restaurants in the street at the front of the hotel are textile or, even if they have a naturist policy, you won't see anyone else naked. Some of the chiringuitos on the beach are open for dinner until around 22:00. Chiringuito Natsun is the closest to the hotel, where the majority of other diners wear no clothing in the evening, but they don't take cards despite COVID-19, so you'll need to take cash. Cota Zero (el Pirata) is the best venue for lunch, where almost nobody (except the staff) is clothed, and they're happy to take even the smallest payments by contactless card so you won't need to take cash to the beach.
I disagree with the last review that this is a swingers' hotel. There is no evidence of this or of any public sexual activity either in the hotel or on the beach. The demographics are around 60% couples in their 30s, 40s and 50s, 20% families, and maybe 20% gay men. All are very well behaved. The languages that I heard were roughly 40% Spanish, 20% French, 10% German, 10% Dutch, 10% English and 10% others. At the time of my stay, there were hardly any over-60s; they were staying away because of COVID-19. I didn't hear any Brits until the end of my stay, but they didn't sound well-educated.
The hotel's Caribe bar runs a happy hour from 18:00 to 19:00 every day. Drinks are 2-for-1, with a pint of beer charged at €3.80. Many guests wander straight from the pool over to the bar's outdoor tables for happy hour, before going back to their rooms to shower and get dressed. It's a fantastic relaxed atmosphere where people make new friends.
The internet in the hotel is third world, and suffers frequently dropped connections on multiple devices. Part of the problem seems to be the choice of wifi channels, using only 2.4GHz and not 5GHz. Instead of only using channels 1, 6 and 11, which don't overlap with each other, the hotel uses channels 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, as well as sometimes 9 and 11, which overlap with and clash with each other. In the outdoor bar area, there are even two access points both using channel 1, so they immediately clash with each other, causing dropped connections. If you're in a public area, then you might get 7Mbps if you're lucky. In your room, expect less than 0.25Mbps, even on a high power device like a laptop. Despite all the complaints about the internet in previous reviews, I don't understand why it hasn't been fixed. In a modern country like Spain, anything less than 100Mbps throughout the hotel is inexcusable, and this needs to be fixed urgently instead of the hotel's complacent attitude to date.
Despite the hotel's 4 rating, the quality of the rooms is closer to 3. But this isn't a huge problem because it's possible to pay a 3 price if you get a good offer. Fortunately there's no longer a charge for towels or for the internet, which previous reviews mentioned.
The televisions have a good range of HD channels, including many German terrestrial channels and also BBC World and CNN for English speakers.
The safes are tiny, only 26cm x 26cm x 17cm, which is too small for an average-sized laptop. Even worse, you have to pay €3.75 per night for a key for the safe, which is an extremely unusual and unmerited charge. I've encountered a charge for using safes only at one other hotel, and that was coincidentally also in Spain. Maybe this is an unusual rip-off unique to Spain. Far better would be a full-size safe with numeric code and without any charges, just like almost every other 4 and 5* hotel in the world.
The water pressure in the bathrooms is very good, but the hotel fits water-saving shower heads. Instead of reducing water consumption by half, it takes twice as long to have a shower with such a slow flow of water. Next time I'll bring a shower head from home.
Most guests do not wear anything in the pool area, except for a minority of teenagers who are less enthusiastic than their parents about naturism. The hotel's policy is that no clothing may be worn in the pool itself, and everyone respects this.
Most of the sun loungers at the pool are not designed to lie flat at 180°, so they're not comfortable for lying on one's front, only on one's back. A small number have a different design and do lie flat if you're lucky enough to find one. Many sun loungers, particularly in the most desirable locations, are occupied by towels for hours without being used. The hotel staff should remove towels from sun loungers that aren't being used for very long periods so that other guests can use them. The VIP area at the pool is not particularly appealing. It is north-facing and its large sun loungers cannot be turned to face the sun. I wouldn't advise booking a superior room if the VIP area is your main reason for doing so.
I agree with previous reviews about cleanliness. After walking around the hotel in bare feet (fortunately not a COVID-19 risk), one's feet do not feel or look dirty, except near the beach entrance where some guests don't bother to use the foot showers. My stay was in the first month of reopening during COVID-19. The hotel was making constant improvements to reduce health risks using both its own initiative and feedback from guests. There is no doubt that cleanliness and hygiene are one of the hotel's particular priorities, which are so important at the moment.
The entertainment is loud and runs from around 22:00 to around 23:45. It takes place outdoors closest to the lobby. Sometimes hardly anyone is watching it, so it disturbs the majority for the benefit of the minority, keeping awake guests who prefer to sleep during hours of darkness to make the most of daylight hours. The windows in the rooms are not sufficiently soundproofed to avoid being kept awake, particularly if you have a room close to the entertainment. Cheaper rooms are closer to the entertainment, and more expensive rooms are further away.
The hotel does accept American Express, despite their web site not doing so. It also accepts Apple Pay for large amounts, avoiding contact with the card terminal, which is important in view of COVID-19.
90% of guests do not have impressive bodies. This is not a hotel where you come to look beautiful or to be surrounded by beautiful people, but instead to enjoy being surrounded by likeminded people without anyone judging you.
Visited it again...same problems of the past (people leaving since early morning their stuff, to keep occupied sunbeds close to pool whole day). Impossible to reach reception by phone (I was hang-up two times). In general NOT worthing price. I definitively do not reccomend it.
After contacting the Hotel and the CEO of Senator hotels I have to post this review as they have not responded to my complaint which I have sent several times. The only time they did the manger of the Hotel referred to me as a woman of a nervous disposition.
Let me tell you that is so far from the truth.
I’m not going to complain about the resort or the food because it is what it is. What I’m complaining about is the safety of clients and the Swinger element of this Hotel.
We arrived at a quite time and all seemed great. We had a beach front ground floor apartment with access straight onto the beach. Within a day a single guy moved in next door and proceeded to bring back females where very noisy sexual activity took place for hours. This went on for 5 days. He even approached us and asked us about are sexual preferences.
On day 4 a single male walked along the area at the front of our apartment. He said hello and I then responded with a greeting. He then walked right up to the gate of our apartment and proceeded to masturbate right in front of me. I told him to go away and returned inside. He then moved away and walked and sat in front of a lady. Fully clothed doing Thia Chia and proceeded to masturbate in front of her. I was very concerned for the lady so went out. She asked for refuse in our room as she was terrified which of course we obliged. I again asked this man to leave. I called reception and asked for help as did other guest and was told help was on the way. After several more phone calls as no one arrived the receptionist finally admitted there was no one there to help.
During this time the male moved onto the sand just in front of the hotel and sat behind a couple and again proceeded to masturbate. In anger I got a jug of water from my room and ran across to him and threw it over him. My husband and then several men ran him off the beach.
We went to see the Manager who was very hostile and not helpful. He informed us that this happens everywhere and in England. I’m sorry this is a child friendly resort and there were 3 children in the apartment next to us.
The manger told us there was nothing he could do. Our only option would be to call the police but this would probably result in bringing trouble to our door and give the hotel a bad name.
On that very evening fully dressed me and my husband sat on the patio eating. It was around 7.30pm. Within minutes we where aware the people where in the Palm trees right in front of our room. They were whistling us. We soon realised there were several men in the palm trees masturbating. We went into our room and locked the door. For the remaining 11 days of our holiday we never went out the front of our apartment. Something we paid a premium for.
The single men being allowed into the hotel that are not guests was a massive problem. My husband got propositioned on many occasions about having his first Bi sexual experience. This was absolutely disgusting and very offensive.
The manger of the hotel said there was nothing to be done. If that was the case then why did he then put a member of staff on duty patrolling the beech moving people away.
Other things that happened.
A lovely couple mugged on the beech
A couple having sex on the beech and children were on the beech.
Sexual activity in the hot tub.
The walk up to the hotel and getting lewd remarks from the people hanging outside the Swingers clubs and bars.
I’ve been a naturist for 30 years and have never seen such lewd and disgusting behaviour.
The response from Senator Hotels has been none existant. They took my money and 2 weeks out my life and could not even respond apart from blaming me for not enjoying it as I’m off a nervous disposition. Yes I’m really nervous and meek pouring water over some disgusting individual. Absolutely outraged is how I would describe myself on that holiday.
I have never seen the like.
Please do not take your children here. They will see things children should never see.
As for the Manager and Senator hotels please do not have audacity to respond to this review after you have failed to respond to the 10 emails I have sent you.