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
- 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
a very friendly reception staff , we received our room before the expected hour. The room was nice, a bit older furniture, and with a beautifull view on the hotel pool and a part of the golf course and driving -putting range. The breakfast was a buffet, with excellent quality and wide choice of food. We were very positively impressed
We booked our trip relatively late but were pleasantly surprised with all aspects of our visit. The hotel quite small but has excellent facilities. Our rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. We were happy with breakfasts that offered plenty of choice. The restaurants attached also offered relatively basic, but reasonably priced meals.
In the evenings it would have been nice to have an alternative to The Irish Bar to sit and have a quiet, comfortable drink.
Generally we found the staff friendly, efficient and helpful. We would certainly return.
The check in at reception was quick and professional, staff there were very helpful, we stayed at the residencies which was a fair distance from the hotel.
The apartments were good, clean, spacious, and bright, we only received two very small well worn, washed out bath towels, so take your own.
We dined in both the restaurants Italian and steakhouse, very poor food, with even worse customer service, why the staff work in customer service when they obviously don’t like customers is a mystery.
The other 5 nights we dined out, I would recommend the shamrock ( 1st class ) and only a 2 minute walk off site.
Breakfast was horrendous and I left me hungry most days, the buffet was limited and cold, and every day had fly's all over the lame pastries.
The golf facilities were 1st class, a great course, driving range and practice area, my game improved massively, ;-)
A well-stocked pro shop with helpful, and friendly staff.
To use the spar you had to pay 12€ A day ! — why we are quests?
On-site was a padel tennis centre, run independently, this was great fun with first class facilities.
To summarise- The hotel/restaurant management need to train there staff to at least seem interested, and at the very least stop their own conversations, acknowledge the customer and perhaps even make eye contact.
And remember it is us the paying customer that keeps you in a job,
On arrival we checked in at reception in no time at all , staff there were very helpful , that soon changed( more of that to follow) .We were shuttled in a mini bus to the residencies which was a fair old distance from the hotel. The apartments I couldn't fault , clean , spacious and great views over the pool area .So far, so good .
A little hike over a couple of roads, past the driving range then another short road to the hotel where we chose to eat in the Italian restaurant. We had booked a table for 11 people ,we were seated at 8pm and not offered a drink for 25 minutes !! Numerous attempts to attract attention from the waiters were just totally ignored . When we eventually did receive service it was done very begrudgingly , they couldn't have cared less and to top it off my meal never even arrived , the waiter insisting that it had !!!! Don't go there
The following night we tried the steak house , upon sitting down to my horror we had the same waiters as the previous night , obviously they move from place to place depending on how many customers are in each venue. The night was a disaster , cold food , over cooked steak , no/wrong drinks , waiter was the rudest person I've ever come across . Don't go there either !!!
The clover bar and clubhouse bar however were very good ,food and drink and the staff were slightly better although sometimes very inattentive.
Breakfast was just ok , buffet with plenty of choice unfortunately plenty of flies buzzin around , rather off putting !
The golf facilities were 1st class , great course , driving range and practice area , well stocked pro shop and very helpful staff. Transfers to other golf clubs left the hotel at 9.30am (prompt ,don't be late) and return at 17.45 pm .
Although I didn't use the spar personally one of our party did ,for 12€ you could have use of the facilities for 3 hours . He said it was very good.
In summary , would I return ? Yes ,purely for the golf facilities which is why we chose the place in the first place. I wouldn't however use any of the hotels restaurants . I would prefer to get a short taxi ride to one of the nearby towns .
The management need to re train 95% of the staff in my opinion .
My wife and I stayed for 10 nights at the beginning of November 2018. It is a beautiful hotel, with a golf course attached. We stayed on bed and breakfast terms. Our room was large and well equipped with a bathroom that contained a spa bath as well as a shower. The breakfasts were nicely presented, on a buffet basis and included everything from a british style fry up to a continental type of rolls and preserves. Fruit was available and a chef was on hand to prepare omelettes to order. Cleaning services for our room was efficient and thorough each day. The hotel has 5 restaurants attached to the main building or just across the road, but off season they are not always all open in the evening. We used the golfers bar for lunch and drinks post morning golf, tried the main dining room, the Italian, the Irish bar and the steakhouse in the evening. They are all adequate but somewhat soul less out of season - and relatively expensive. There are much better value restaurants in Los Alcazares, a 15 Euro taxi ride away, or even just outside one of the security gates. We had better dinners at a lower cost even allowing for the taxi fare!
So its a great location for a relaxing holiday especially for golfers. BUT, I do not know whether we were simply unlucky or whether the hotel does not spend enough on routine maintenance. When we arrived the TV remote was not working, I managed to get it functioning but it failed again 3 days later and had to be replaced. Then one morning our electronic door keys failed to function and we had to wait for a maintenance man to come and open the door for us - it turned out to battery failure in the door lock, not the keys. He came fairly quickly but still made us late for our golf booked time. The outer curtain in our room fell down and the repair was simply to pin it back up in such a way that it could not actually be drawn. Then finally, on our penultimate day the we had the frightening experience of being trapped in the lift, we pressed the emergency button, and heard a dialling tone but nobody answered (that is really not acceptable) and after 10 minutes I used a golf club head to force the door open and climb out. We reported the failure to reception and that lift was still out of order when we left. But nobody contacted us to explain why the emergency call was ignored, and we did receive any kind of apology. Just unlucky? None of the above would stop us returning but........!