Ride in to summer 2020
Our brand new beachclub, in the beautiful region of Murcia, south-eastern Spain, is a stylish, modern oasis, designed and built to our own high specifications with superb facilities for all things active or kicking back and taking it easy.
Mar Menor Beachclub is the first of our ‘Select Beachclubs’, we really think you’ll love it here. You see, it’s the attention to detail and the little things that all add up to make a big difference.
*7 & 14 night holidays
The beachclub enjoys a unique setting on the shores of the Mar Menor, a large coastal saltwater lagoon. The lagoon is great for dinghy sailing but if water sports aren’t your thing, you’ll find some superb road biking in the surrounding hillsides. With over 300 days of sunshine a year and a microclimate that generates consistent thermal winds we think we’ve found the perfect playground; however you choose to unwind.
While the shallow shelving beach is great for all watersports, if relaxation and swimming is your thing, the fabulous pool area is the place to be, with three pools including a toddler pool and a 50m pool that is perfect for swimming laps.
So, whether you’re here to relax or to embrace the many inclusive water and land sports on offer we think you’ll love our Spanish retreat.
There’s a whole host of inclusive water sports to choose from. Dinghy sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking are all included and for a little extra you can also join our beginner kitesurfing or dinghy foiling courses.
Our water sports beach is on the shores of the Mar Menor, Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon with 170 square kilometres of warm, shallow, non-tidal water, providing the feeling of open sea sailing with the security of an enclosed lake. The vast expanse of flat, shallow water creates a perfect learning environment for beginner sailors and windsurfers. The afternoons bring with them a consistent thermal breeze to provide great conditions for those looking to improve their skills.
Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding: Gemini single and double sit on top kayaks; Red Paddle Co stand up paddle boards (10'8") and XXL stand up paddle board.
With a microclimate that generates consistent, steady thermal breezes the Mar Menor is paradise for sailors. The predominant wind is the Levante blowing from the Mediterranean Sea in an east-north easterly direction. The wind tends to pick up around midday, sometimes to force 3-4.
Back on dry land, take your pick from inclusive road cycling, mountain biking, tennis and fitness classes. The road biking is simply excellent with plenty of opportunities to clock up the miles on our guided rides on a huge network of smooth roads that wind through valleys and climb over dramatic mountain landscapes.
The area is no stranger to pro-cyclist training camps and the quality of the rides so good that it has in past years featured in stages of the Vuelta a Espãna. We’ll be hosting some road bike training camps where you can expect to develop your riding, improve endurance, power output and climbing technique – keep a look out for details.
At the beachclub, there are four brand new tennis courts with inclusive coaching, suitable for all abilities. If you're a keen player you can get some intensive coaching with the premium tennis pack. With just eight places available you'll get some quality time with the coaches, but we do recommend you pre-book before travel to save your space. There’s also social tennis and free play, plus for a small supplement, you can book super drills or a one-to-one coaching session.
Gym bunnies will be in their element, running between our extensive timetable of classes featuring yoga, HIIT and circuits and the air-conditioned gym with functional fitness space. Did we also mention the morning runs, aqua fitness and swim coaching?
Any golfers out there should know that there are six excellent courses within 10 kilometres of the beachclub. We are partnering with one of the local golf clubs, allowing you to book tee times to fit in around your other activities, we're still working on the finer detail, so check back for more information.
What better way to prep your body for another day on the water, in the saddle or on the courts than with a visit to our calming treatment rooms for a massage to relax aching muscles. If the most exercise you’ve managed to squeeze in is moving from your sun lounger to the pool that’s OK, our therapists are equally happy to pamper you with a facial or manicure. Everybody deserves some ‘me’ time.
You'll enjoy a flexible and refined approach to dining with a menu that uses plenty of local, seasonal produce. You won't go hungry as we include the usual delicious and inclusive daily breakfast and lunch but with the addition of an extra evening meal, giving you five inclusive evening meals per week (4 night holidays have 3 inclusive evening meals, while 10 night holidays get 7 inclusive evening meals). The flexible bit is that you get to choose when you wish to dine with us as the restaurant is open every evening.
At sunset, there's no better place to be than the rooftop bar for a cocktail or two before heading to the restaurant for your evening meal. The menu focuses on Mediterranean classics, all making the most of fresh, locally sourced produce, with some Neilson favourites and local Spanish specialities to tempt you. You can look forward to a huge array of grilled fish (cooked to order), meats and traditional Spanish dishes from our tapas bar plus vegetarian and vegan options and a huge choice of salads and vegetable dishes. For dessert tuck into delicious cakes, puddings, fresh fruits and ice cream.
When not dining with us, head out to explore the local area. There are a handful of places to eat in the immediate area or ask us to recommend a restaurant in nearby Cartagena or La Manga.
There are 146 rooms and two suites, all are stylish and modern with contemporary furnishings, plentiful storage and large private terraces or balconies. You’ll find rooms in one of two u-shaped buildings, the first our 'poolside' rooms are built around the swimming pool and restaurant area and the other our, 'courtside' rooms, are close to the tennis courts.
Bathrooms are top notch with modern fittings and large walk-in showers, except the ground floor pool view twin and double rooms which have a shower over the bath.
This beachclub is just great for families; with a short flight from the UK, a 40-minute transfer to the resort, inclusive kids' clubs six days per week and inclusive evening childcare six nights per week, you’ll soon be into the swing of things.
Cots, highchairs, strollers and interconnecting rooms are available, and you can pre-book toddler and baby packs to be waiting for you on arrival, so you can travel a little lighter. There’s also a 24-hour baby room, where you can make feeds, warm milk and sterilise bottles.
Mar Menor Beachclub is situated on the shores of the Mar Menor lagoon, close to the small village of Los Urrutias. The village is a 15-minute stroll along the seafront from the beachclub and has a small marina, a handful of restaurants and a small market once per week.
Looking out from the sailing area across the lagoon you can see the cosmopolitan town of La Manga. La Manga is approximately 20 kilometres away and has a lively atmosphere, with a number of excellent restaurants, good shopping and a Sunday morning market.
Hotel and flights
• Direct flights • Coach transfer (40 mins) • Beachclub accommodation • Wi-Fi in public areas and in rooms • Beach towels • Nespresso coffee machine • Bathrobe and slippers • Temple Spa toiletries
Food and drink
• Breakfast everyday • Lunch every day • 5 evening meals per week on 7 and 14 night holidays) • 3 evening meals on 4-night holidays • 7 evening meals on 10-night holidays • Water, tea and coffee with inclusive meals
• Dinghy sailing with tuition • Windsurfing with tuition • Kayaking • Stand up paddle boarding • 50m swimming pool • Freeform pool • Kids' pool
Departure airports: London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester and Leeds Bradford
Departure day: 2019 - Sunday and Thursday / 2020 - Friday and Monday
Holiday duration: 2019 - 4,7, 10 and 14 nights / 2020 - 7 and 14 nights
Arrival airport: Murcia (RMU)
Flight duration: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
Airlines: Titan (ZT) / Jet2 (LS) / easyJet (U2)
Transfer time: approx. 40 minutes