As you head off home from your stay at Spains premier resort, La Manga Club, if you are flying from Alicante airport remember you can indulge in your favourite sweet treat, churros and chocolate.
The newly expanded Alicante airport now has an excellent duty free area for some last minute retail therapy and plenty of places to eat some good food before you are left with no option but airline food.
You will find a branch of El Cortes Ingles selling some great bags and shoes and some of the high end fashion retailers are also there.
Valor, the chocolatier, is where you can purchase a good breakfast and the delicious Spanish favourite churros and chocolate.
La Manga Club properties have always had a good selection of TV channels supplied by the in house Club TV. You would always be able to find a selection of English speaking channels which would include BBC World, BBC Prime and of course some major sports channels.
Since the upgrade to digital TV you will now find every TV channel that you would find at home and therefore any drama or soap you follow you can keep up with whilst enjoying the Spanish sunshine. Just bear in mind the one hour time difference between Spain and the UK.
La Manga Club has a selection of shops on site with several boutiques selling European fashion at reasonable prices, even better recently with the Euro making everything much better value. For a great day out and shopping trip off site, La Manga Club is just a short drive to Cartagena where you can find a branch of the famous El Corte Ingles department shop. You can also enjoy the new port that has been designed at Cartagena which is very attractive and is now proving to be an important stop on the many cruise ships itinerary.
In between La Manga Club and Cartagena you can now also find the huge retail park known as Espacio Mediterraneo which consists of large stores such as Leroy Merlin and Mediamart and within the stylish malls you will find firm favourites such as Primark, Zara and H & M.
If you have ventured out of La Manga Club, heading towards Cartagena, you might wonder what is going on in the very brightly multi coloured building to be seen in the distance on your right.
It is the factory that produces Cuarenta y Tres, Licor 43 which is a Spanish liquor made from 43 ingredients produced exclusively in Cartagena . The exact ingredients is a closely guarded family secret but it includes oranges, lemons, vanilla and herbs. The stripes on the factory building represent the ingredients and at the entrance the red stripes represent the red in the Spanish flag.
Those of you who regularly visit La Manga Club will no doubt at least once during your stay visited the large supermarket just off the slip road at Cabo de Palos.
Only a few minutes drive and you will find the large supermarket formerly known as Upper set back off of the road into Cabo de Palos. Upper has now been taken over by the Spar chain of supermarkets but still remains a great place to shop with a huge range of groceries. There is a small electrical store within the main store entrance and an independent small café which serves snacks and drinks throughout the day.
It is not unusual to see a famous face on one of La Manga Clubs three golf courses or on one of the twenty eight tennis courts throughout the year. Some celebrities and well known sports stars own homes at La Manga Club and many just return and rent a beautiful holiday home.
We are pleased to hear that Angela Rippon, well known journalist and TV presenter, together with her friend Elaine Paige, musician and singer, are planning to return to La Manga Club in the near future.
Both are keen golf and tennis players and we look forward to seeing them again soon.
As undoubtedly Europes finest tennis centre, La Manga Club boasts 28 tennis courts of all types and top coaching programmes in their various academies held throughout the year. It comes as no surprise then that over many years La Manga Club has been home to many tennis tournaments attracting top players from all over Europe.
We are therefore pleased to confirm that the 4th La Manga Club Cup will be held in June on La Manga Clubs clay courts and is now open for those interested to submit their entries. There is also a pre-training camp available just prior to the commencement of the tournament.
The very well established spa facilities at La Manga Club are most definitely second to none and the feeling that you are entering a place of tranquility and excellence hit you as soon as you walk in. Set up high into the Murcian hills the spa building has spectacular views right across La Manga Club. You can enjoy these fabulous views as you submerge yourself into one of the wonderful spa baths or just take it all in lounging around the beautiful indoor 25 metre pool.
The pool has six lanes and is great for recreational and serious training.
After a wonderful day lounging around the swimming pool and then enjoying a great meal in one of the fabulous restaurants at La Manga Club you can be sure that after the sun has set, at La Manga Club, a party atmosphere is guaranteed. With a selection of live bars, a discotheque all located within a short stroll from your La Manga Club villa or apartment. There is something to suit everyone and we hope you will enjoy whichever venue you might choose to let your hair down.
The Si bar transforms at night from the fabulous and family friendly restaurant by day to a sensational Piano Bar venue with guest appearances from La Manga Club legend Brian Chapman by night.
There are many, many reasons why people flock back to La Manga year after year and one of the main ones is the golf, with a choice between three stunning courses plus a pitch and putt, golfers could be forgiven for thinking they’d died and gone to golfing heaven when they touch down at La Manga Club. With a choice between the North Course, the South Course and the West Course, even during a two-week holiday you won’t tire of the challenges posed by these offerings.
Add to the specifics of the golf courses themselves, the golf facilities, the weather and the mind-blowing choice of styles and types of accommodation and you start to see why this place is so very popular. Set right in the south of Spain, the resort enjoys an astounding number of hours of sunshine year round, which is great news for golfers who are sick of dodging showers in the UK.