La Manga Club may be a well known haunt of the sporting world's glitterati but this stylish 2-bedroom villa with shared pool is all about a relaxing escape for babies, toddlers and frazzled parents. Set on Spain’s dry and sunny Costa Calida it boasts a host of parent-friendly facilities on the doorstep and, thanks to the insight of owner and mum of two Marianne, a host of baby and toddler gear on tap too.
'Las Brisas' is a pretty townhouse style villa within a community of 20 or so others, set in lush gardens and around a swimming pool with a shallow, toddler section. It has the atmosphere of a quiet, family oriented neighbourhood with the luxury spas, creche, kids club and leisure facilities, top restaurants, bars, private beach and manicured golf courses of Murcia’s snazzy La Manga Club all close at hand. It’s no surprise that quite a few celebs come here to get away from it all and enjoy some serious R&R.
The villa is spacious and stylish, with two ensuite bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen, open plan living dining area and large enclosed patio with electric, retractable sun shade and a garden with gate leading out to the pool area. There’s air con for the long hot Costa Calida summers and underfloor heating for toasty little toes in case it does fall chilly, although La Manga is noted for its mild and sunny year round climate. A great big toy box, board games and family DVD’s is provided plus the 32” flat screen TV is linked to the La Manga Club system, with Sky Sports and 50 more channels. The villa also has plenty of essential and leading brand baby equipment to make packing simple, including a Bumbo baby seat, Fisher Price baby monitor, Avent steriliser and Maclaren buggy are all available.
Las Brisas comfortably sleeps a family of four plus a baby in a cot. The master bedroom has a queen-sized double bed, built in triple cupboards and ensuite with bath, shower, bidet, basin and wc. The second bedroom has two single beds , built-in double cupboards and ensuite shower room with basin and wc. The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge freezer, oven/hob, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer. The living room has one 3-seater sofa and one 2-seater sofa, 32” TV with Sky channels and DVD player. The dining area has a table and seating for up to 6 or more.
Please note: cleaning is charged at £20 per adult and £10 per child.
Las Brisas is set in a quiet corner of the lush, landscaped 5-star La Manga Club Resort, tucked into a hillside between the vast Mar Menor lagoon and the Mediterranean. The resort attracts the rich and famous with its private beach, fabulous golf courses, kids clubs, spa facilities and a choice of 15 bars and restaurants which means they don’t have to venture very far. Having so much onsite, often within toddler walking distance, also makes Las Brises a breeze for pooped parents to unwind with the little ones in salubrious surroundings, with all kinds of sports and leisure facilities for older children.
The Costa Calida, or Spain’s ‘warm coast’ is renowned for sunshine and little rain virtually all year round and is a relatively short and easy 2.5 hour flight from most UK airports, making La Manga well within tolerable toddler distance!
As Las Brisas is a self catering villa, two supermarkets are conveniently nearby and a hypermarket is within 15 minutes drive. There is a variety of local shops in the bustling little town of Los Bolones, including a fresh fish shop, butchers, bakers and more, along with a number of bars and restaurants. Within half an hour away, Cabo de Palos has a pretty little fishing harbour and marina, with quayside bars and restaurants.
La Manga Club takes its name from the extraordinary several mile long strip or ‘sleeve’ of land which separates the huge lagoon of the Mar Menor from the Med, lined with hotels and apartments which appear to rise from the sea. The warm calm waters of the Mar Menor is a wonderful place for babies and toddlers to get to grips with the idea of the sea and pedalos are available for hire from numerous little resort towns which line its shore. The Mar Menor is also a mecca for windsurfing, sailing and other watersports. In addition to the Mar Menor, La Manga Resort has a private beach on the Mediterranean coast and is on the edge of the rugged Calablanque Regional Park which has unspoilt, golden sandy shores and glittering clear sea.
Nearest Medical Services: La Manga has its own medical centre with English speaking doctors and its own ambulance for emergencies.
Getting There: There are several airports within a short drive including Murcia (30mins) and Alicante (60mins)