AMA Hotel Andalucia
What We Love
- A relaxing Spanish coastal retreat, with breakfast, spa access, discounts and extras
- Dining al fresco on appetising options at the stylish ¡Ostras! Restaurant
- Taking relaxation and wellbeing to the next level in the luxurious spa
- Seeing Spanish wildlife in its natural environment at the Doñana National Park
Take a step back from the daily grind and retreat into Spain’s unspoiled Andalucia region. Here, you can be one of the first to stay at the brand spanking new AMA Hotel Andalucia, which opened recently as a peaceful retreat in which to escape your daily routine.
Standing head and shoulders above your standard Spanish resort, this lovely haven is an oasis of good taste and well-being. Its signature décor is fresh and contemporary, with unmistakable Moorish influences. Luxurious rooms are crisp white spaces shot through with unusual art and warm throws. To really unwind, head to the amazing AMA Health Retreat: here you can indulge in some traditional spa pampering, or even go all out and explore the range of paramedical and medical treatments, as well as healing and revitalising programmes.
Gourmands will agree a holiday in Spain needs a large helping of fine dining, and the resort doesn’t disappoint. Al fresco dining is an option at each of the two restaurants, where you can tuck into dishes with Mediterranean, European and Asian influences. The cocktail lounge has an exclusive private club vibe, so make like a VIP and sip one of the delicious concoctions on offer, or enjoy the delicious wines the country is famed for.
The modern hotel rooms are spacious and comfortable, and have a private balcony with views over the garden and resort. The cool white décor is broken up by stylish lighting, colourful throws and quirky art pieces.
The newly opened AMA Health Retreat goes a step beyond the standard massage menu, acting as a relaxing haven that also offers a complete range of paramedical and medical treatments and services. You’ll find a choice of preventative, healing and revitalising programmes, and wellness treatments alongside a menu of soothing spa treatments.
The hotel has two restaurants, each with a lovely terrace. Leave the diet at home and head to Fandado bar & restaurant, which promises a varied menu of tasty Mediterranean and Asian dishes in a cosmopolitan setting. Its cocktail lounge has a private club feel, perfect for pre-dinner drinks. The elegant ¡Ostras! Restaurant serves tempting local and international dishes with an intriguing twist.
The hotel is just a half-hour walk to the southern coast of Spain. As well as some lovely beaches, the surrounding area of Costa de la Luz is packed with options for sports enthusiasts, including golf and kitesurfing.For a day out, Doñana National Park is an hour’s drive from the hotel and home to unique fauna and a variety of wildlife, from deer to wildcats. If you fancy ticking another country off your bucket list, cross the border into Portugal – the city of Faro is just 85 kilometres away.
How to Get There
Went for a week through Thomas Cook in June 2019. Hotel had a train with 3 carriages that took you down to a small supermarket and a few shops about 5 off. Then above them are about 4 different eating places. That is it nothing else so l hired a car to get about. If you don't want to drive then you have a problem as towns are a fair distance so buses are not to frequent and taxis will cost you to get about. The hotel was a great size and very clean all over outside and in the rooms. 2 big pools and 2 small pools. The room we were in was a great size and no complaints there. We were only bed and breakfast and I found the breakfast disappointing. Overall the area is in rural Spain with shops closing from 14.00 to 17.00 and eating places from 16.00 to 20.00 I personally would not recommend this as a holiday destination.
We've just returned from a week at the Sentido Ama Islantilla and had a fantastic time. We opted for all inclusive and stayed in one of the apartments which was much larger than we had anticipated with a kitchen, living/dining area, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Our apartment also had two balconies. The beds and bedding were extrememly comfortable, so much so that I have tried to find the pillows since I returned home. The bathroom was large with a walk in shower and the whole apartment was very well lit with lots of natural light. However at night there are electric blinds fitted to the outside of the windows which blocked most of the light allowing for a decent nights sleep.
The food at the hotel was great, we've been to a lot of all inclusives and this was a typical buffet style restaurant but with really good quality options. There was fruit available as well as a variety of hot and cold options and there were always three pasta options. The menu is quite seafood focussed, but being near the coast we had anticipated this and the variety meant that you weren't stuck with just fish if this wasn't to your taste. The tapas restaurant is also very good and extremely good value at EUR 15 per head for a three course taster meal. The drinks were also included in this. The house wine was great and the pool bar serves sangria during the day. Our only criticism of the food and drinks were that not everything during the day was all inclusive, for example some of the pool bar food was an additional cost. We expected this to be the case with the a la carte and branded spirits but most all inclusives have ice cream and pizza at the pool or beach bars included.
The pool area is very clean, with a more child friendly area to the right and a more adult area to the left of the complex. The pool is cold but great on a really hot day. There are a lot of sun loungers with loads of parasol's included. It is a bit cheeky that you have to pay EUR 30 per day for use of the sun lounger beds considering that we'd paid for all inclusive and you could tell that most people thought this was excessive by how infrequently they were used.
The gym area is also well equipped with an outdoor terrace and a lot of lower weight free weights. I'm not sure it would be suited to anyone used to lifting really heavy weights but there are lots of cardio options too.
There is very little to do in the area if you're not interested in golf. However if you are the golf course is a five minute walk away and it's quite challenging which made for a great afternoon. Overall we had a lovely stay and would recommend the hotel if you're looking for a relaxing week away.
This place is lovely and every part the 4 stars it has been rated. We stayed in a 2 bed apartment which had everything we needed for our stay. We was bed and breakfast. We had a kitchen including dish washer, washing machine, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, oven and hob. The oven was a nightmare to try and work because it's 3 in 1, oven, microwave and grill. We had to get someone up to show us how it worked and even they struggled, however we worked it out in the end. The super market is a 5 min walk from the hotel. It has all u need in terms of food etc. There is a larger one in the centre of Islantilla where there are more shops and restaurants. We only ate breakfast in the hotel which was nice, something for everyone and always hot considering it is a buffet breakfast. We ate
at the pool snack bar for lunch. Chips, pizza, sandwiches etc. Islantilla itself is very quiet and caters very much for the Spanish so everything is cheap which is great if you are eating out. It's quite cool in a morning and doesn't really warm up until the clouds clear and then stays hot from about 11am onwards which I assume is why the pool is open till 9pm. All in all a lovely quiet place and we have well and truly chilled out this week. Thank you for a lovely stay. We will recommend to friends and family.
We were looking for a hotel to spend a week mid June and among other hotels we found this one. It looked odd since it was away from the beach (2km). But after looking at some other reviews and some other hotels we choose this one. And… we made a correct choice. We are a mid 30’s couple with no kids and very busy lives, so peace and quiet were a must. We opted for the all-inclusive package that granted us access for at least 16 hours per day of food and beverages nearly without limitation.
So… how was it? Nearly perfect!
The arrival – On our lookout for the property we asked about parking and the hotel charged a fee that for us specifically was too much and we were worried about it, but it came out very nice that the surroundings have places to park that are somewhat safe. The checking in quick and without any fuss. We were issued room keys and towel cards and explained the house rules and timetables. And we were off to a great start.
The Room - Pretty spacious with a big comfy bed and a couch with a footstool. The bathroom was also very nice with a walk-in shower and a full bathtub for those in need of full immersion bath. We also had a balcony with a pool view.
The Food - Bear in mind that this hotel serves multiple nationalities and they do make an effort to please to the most of them. We loved the food. It had lots of variety and during our 6 day stay we did not notice many do-overs and repeats. They have most of the entrees and deserts already served in very small portions (so if you don’t like them its not that much of a waste and also you can try more than one without the guilt part), but also if you are a big boy or girl you can use the big bowl and take as much as you want. The food was very well presented and cooked. The staff in the restaurant are ever so friendly and always trying their best to please. They do work as a big team and everyone clearly knows what they are doing, and they do it well. Finish your plate? In a few seconds someone comes over to take it away. Just like that!
The bar - Our experience with the bar was a limited but once again the staff. They do make an effort to please you. The menus state what you can drink for “free” and what to you need to pay. Some hotels do have a “smaller fee” for more premium drinks, but not this one. If there is no asterisk on the menu you pay as everybody else. This applies to all menus on all bars and restaurant. They have a daily show about 10pm that is enjoyable. We were not expecting Las Vegas Cirque de Soleil thing but we were pleased with the performances.
The Pool and Pool side bar - The hotel has… four outdoor pools and one indoor, plus a Jacuzzi. Two of the outside pools are on one “half” of the hotel and serve most of the guests, namely the families with small kids. The other two are smaller ones and are on a quieter spot on the other “half” of the hotel and you notice they are much quieter. The indoor pool is heated and requires a proper head attire. Bring your own or buy it there. The pool side bar… we had a rocky start, but it seems that we were not the only ones. There appears to be a problem with the interpretation of snacks and snack times that was explained later, but we though hey… we are foreigners so… maybe we got it wrong… nope… some Spanish guests were also caught in this interpretation problem. Aside from that the staff once again… they work tirelessly to make you enjoy your time here. Loved it!
The beach -There is no beach… but there is a train to take you there and back, which is an experience on its own since everyone is happy and laughing. Also bring your best clapping and waving abilities to cheer to the other trains. The hotel as a reserved spot on the beach. Just look for the blue hotel flag and enjoy.
The entertainment - The hotel has staff for that, that once again work tirelessly to help you and your kids to be happy and entertained. The hotel intranet presents the weekly schedule of activities and still the crew wanders around the pool inviting you and your kids for the activities. We enrolled on a stroll around the beach with them and it was very nice.
We had not a “stay” at AMA Islatilla but an experience. All of the little bits and pieces of the space come together and make your stay a true experience. I just have to thank to this amazing crew that makes Sentido AMA Islatilla the gem that it is. People be aware that for you to eat drink bathe and repeat there are hundreds of people working for you and they do deserve the upmost respect from you.
I cannot begin to say how good this place is apart from spot on. Easy check in beautiful apartment/flat fully furnished to the hilt. Nothing has been left out here for a totally relaxing holiday we were totally blown away by this place. There is a shuttle service to the beach every day where sun beds and shade are supplied free. Or you can walk and take the very pleasant woodland walk to the beach which will take half an hour whish we did quite often. All in all this place and surrounding area are excellent the staff and locals were superb. For a genuine surprise and taste Andalusian Spain this is it 10/10. Thank you sentido ama istantilla for a fantastic holiday.