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
Got moved to this hotel last minute as our chosen
Hotel was flooded! This worked in our favour as
The hotel caliea could not be faulted. Everything from the huge pool, bars,breakfast, staff all exceptional, cant wait to return next year????
We stayed here recently (10-15 Sept) which covered the period of the significant flooding of the area.
We've been to this hotel several times over the last few years, and we were interested to see the difference with new owners. Unfortunately this hotel needs some investment to bring it up to standard as although its lovely it is very tired. The main issue is they run this hotel with such minimal staff.
The breakfast service has its pros and cons; we love the fresh buffets choices and the chef to cook your eggs to order. But I did have to ask every day for gluten free bread, which was a frozen roll reheated to order. Also no soya milk displayed without having to ask.
The after effect of the floods that hit the area on the Thursday night/Friday morning obviously had a impact on the hotel, as the morning shift couldn't reach the resort and the night staff couldn't leave. All the golfers ended up taking over the hotel and I pitied the staff at The Clover who suddenly had 100s of demanding customers for drink and food. They did a fantastic job all things considered. We spoke to several staff, who had suffered personal flooding at their homes, but were still working to serve us 'holiday makers' which at the end of the day all flew off to our unaffected homes. I'd like to personally thank them under such extraordinary circumstances.
We stayed at the apartments for 5 days, we checked in at the hotel and breakfast was at the hotel. It was also the time of the worst flood in the area. No golf, which was the purpose of the trip. No wifi, no water, no elevators, no spa, long lines to get a glass of wine. I can understand that there were issues after the flood but what I can t understand is the lack of sympathy from the hotel to their guests. Also, bring your own blow dryer because they do not have enough and that has nothing to do with the dryer. No desire to go back