Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Classic Mediterranean resort set in palm-studded grounds
- Global cuisine served at the four restaurants including Japanese, Italian and barbecue
- The 18-hole, par 68 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus is one of six that form the famous Nicklaus Golf Trail
- The fitness center, sauna and steam room are open 24 hours
What To Know
- Golf is a big focus here; most rooms overlook the course
- There’s not much within walking distance, but there’s a supermarket on-site
- WiFi charges apply for non-IHG Club members
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Golf lovers and spa aficionados flock to this grand resort in southeastern Spain between the popular beach hubs of Almeria and the Costa Blanca. The restaurants and the spa have a multicultural edge, with cuisines ranging from Japanese to Italian to barbecue, and spa treatments inspired by India, Europe and the Middle East. All 64 guestrooms have a breezy beach resort feel with sandy-colored fabrics, terra-cotta floor tiles and wood panel headboards. The marble bathrooms come with twin sinks, a walk-in shower and a hydromassage tub, and the spacious balconies overlook palm trees, the outdoor pool or the rolling green plains of the Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course. Beyond the fairway, sink a pint of Guinness at the Clover Irish Golf Tavern, kick back in the steam room at the spa, or practice your serve on the tennis court.
In the Area
Explore the Mar Menor, a salty lagoon separated from the Mediterranean by a 14-mile sandbar, by chartering a boat from Virazon Charter, which can provide a skippered sailboat or you can play captain for a day. On the way back stop for lunch or dinner at La Tana, one of the many beachfront restaurants in the laid-back harbor town of Cabo de Palos, where you can sample the Murcian specialty arroz caldero (fish stew with rice) and feast on fresh-caught seafood. Get dirty in San Pedro del Pinatar with a therapeutic mud bath, a popular (and free) pastime in these parts. For something more cultural, head to Cartagena, which has a stunning Roman theater, historic landmarks and great Modernist architecture.
How to Get There
Area very well cared for and good facilities. The villa we stayed in was well resourced and furnished to a high standard. The hotel was at the heart of the complex.The restaurants outside the complex were in walking distance and varied.
This used to be an Intercontinental and it’s now Senator and standards have definitely declined I’m afraid
No problem with the rooms or cleanliness, first class
Olivio Restaurant. Very very poor. Ignored by passing staff for over 20 minutes yet when a Spanish family came in they were attended to with out delay, when we protested we were advised “momento” . We left, staff here were surly, unhelpful and at pains to serve.
Clubhouse. Tried their best but it’s a 10 minute wait for a menu and same again for food and drinks. Simply not enough staff
Clover Bar. Looks tired and jaded, ripped seats and again not enough staff, 15 minute wait for a drink and it’s quiet?
Pool. £25 euro for a cabana! No wonder they were empty! Sun beds are old and tired and I didn’t see anyone hiding down at night which doesn’t aid with cleanliness.
Disappointed and may not be back for a while
Our 3rd year at the Mar Menor golf resort, this hotel was the Intercontinental and taken over in May. The hotel feels like it is being run down. Main issues -
Towels not available until 11.30am, towels are slightly bigger than a hand towel and old
Sun loungers are dirty, worn or broken
No activities in the pool for children anymore at all
Life guards disappear for a majority of the day
Pool bar does not open until gone 12pm and there is often just one person working.
Every drink is served in a cardboard throwaway Pepsi max cup as they have a deal with them, so odd
Broken tiles and an area of the pool was taped off for 3 days as there was a broken rail which no one came to fix
We booked a triple pool view room and when we arrived it was a double bed with a camp bed propped up against the balcony doors
Room is cramped with lots of unnecessary furniture
Shower is tiny, it’s an effort to get in and close the door
Bath plugs are broken with yellow silicone on show
Toilet does not flush properly
Rooms are dark!
Everything in the room is old
Toiletries are cheap
One person on the reception desk most of the time
General areas of the hotel are worn
Mizu sushi is lovely but the rest need attention
Steakhouse bbq place was pretty bad, some food was inedible
Clover bar took 2 hours to serve nachos and chips
The clubhouse - not great either
Not enough staff at any of the restaurants although those that are here do work hard
Breakfast is full of flies
Entertainment - there is none. There is a dj on around the bar in the evening, that’s all.
The only positives are the sushi restaurant and the housekeeping - cleaning is excellent!
Would not return unfortunately which is a shame, this hotel will lose a lot of business unless they take action. Nowhere near 5 star.