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When I think of hotels in Spain, I always imagine crowded pools with guests reserving sunbeds with their towels, children running and splashing about, the buffet being chaos and noisy rooms with thin walls.
Or, at least, that was the memories from my package family holidays as a kid!
That was until I checked in at the beautifully serene Alegria Palacio Mojacar in Almeria with Jet2holidays.
The fact that it’s been converted from a historic Almerian Palace really adds a touch of luxury to your stay.
Plus, with its inviting lagoon pool to relax by and a Tinto de Verano in hand, you may find it a challenge to leave the resort and explore the surrounding areas (you have been warned!).
When I found out it was an adult’s only resort it was like music to my ears! That meant that my downtime was undisturbed and slumber was uninterrupted. It was heaven. On. Earth.
This is a complete Alegria Palacio Mojacar review.
Where is Mojácar in Spain and how to get there
Mojácar is based in the stunning Costa De Almeria region in the south of Spain.
With its 17 kilometres of unbroken coastline paired with pristine beaches, whitewashed buildings and swaying palm trees, the tropical vibe will quickly take hold. I had never heard of Mojácar until I flew here with Jet2holidays. Now I’m dying to go back!
Although you may feel like you’ve been transported to an exotic paradise, the journey time here is only a quick 2 hours from the UK. Jet2 run flights from London Stansted, Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
The closest airport is Almeria which is a quick hour’s transfer down the road. The views are so eye-catching, you’ll hardly have time to notice the drive.
The rooms at Alegria Palacio Mojácar
Even though I’m quite tiny, I love a room with lots of space!
I had a double room made up for one, but there was plenty of room for two with lots of luggage.
As I was welcomed into the room the cooling air conditioning was such a respite and (pretty much) saved my life from the high temperatures of the peak season.
I almost sunk into the super soft mattress as I did an obligatory jump onto the bed.
It was a pleasant airy space with lots of light and the balcony with a view of the sea was one of the biggest I’ve ever had. It was almost as big as the room!
The bathroom was a bath/shower which is always something I love as you have a choice whether to relax in the tub or not.
There were lots of fluffy towels and toiletries and the hot water was instant and lasted forever. Another thing that was great was the water pressure; perfect for my long hair and getting that pesky seawater and sand out.
I’m always carrying around tech gear, so I was thrilled there were plenty of plug points. There was a flat-screen TV in the room but as I usually watch stuff on my laptop I didn’t use it.
The only thing missing was coffee and tea facilities in the room but as there was a Nespresso machine downstairs, my caffeine fix was only a short walk away.
The Pool and Grounds
One of the deciding factors on where I book my stay has to be the swimming pool, I really appreciate my downtime and what better place to relax?
Personally, I loved the fact that at any given time of day, there was a choice of sunbed.
There was sangria, beer or cocktails on tap courtesy of the bar, the staff were offering a refreshing blend of complimentary tropical fruit and the water was the perfect temperature for a dip. I kept thinking to myself, this is a good life!
It’s the perfect location to bring a book or sunbathe the rhythms of the background music. Or, if you’ve had enough of lazing around you can get up and take part in their aqua aerobics class to burn off all that delicious Paella and wine!
The only downside to using the pool facilities was the fact you had to bring your own towels or put down a 10 euro deposit, cash only which you get returned to you.
This also can’t be charged to your room. Usually at a 4* resort pool towels are provided, so I was surprised this was the case.
Luckily, I had my own colourful beach towel to take down with me so this wasn’t an issue for me. But, it’s something to consider.
The grounds were also picturesque with the cacti and colourful pops of flowers, it really added a tropical vibe to the place as you strolled around.
After the sun goes down, the comfy couches are the perfect place to chill out with a drink while you watch the live performances in the evening.
What’s the food like at Alegria Palacio Mojácar?
I had heard great things about the breakfast buffet in the hotel so when my belly was rumbling the first morning, I was almost skipping down the stairs to the restaurant.
My eyes were definitely bigger than my belly as I loaded a fried breakfast onto my plate with toast and plunged my teeth into the fresh juicy doughnut peaches on offer (omg, I simply love doughnut peaches!).
The variety of the menu options for breakfast seemed to be endless.
Juices, yoghurts, smorgasbords, salad, fried breakfast, poached eggs, fruit and all sorts of bread and condiments were available in abundance.
Alas, to my despair I only discovered the Nespresso machine near the end of my stay but, we were best buds after that.
Having spent time in the restaurant for lunch and dinner as well, it’s perfect for an all-inclusive holiday.
It’s a typical buffet affair but the food is of good quality. Every day there’s a variety of international dishes on offer for a change of palette. So, you can’t get bored!
Personally, I would always try to sample some of the traditional restaurants in the town as a well as the hotel on my holiday but that’s just my preference.
Alegria Palacio Mojácar location in Mojácar
It was a little bit of a balancing act between the serenity of the resort and its location in Mojácar.
It was beautifully quiet and the adults-only part was a godsend! But, although it is close to the beach, I found that it was a little far from the action of the town itself.
For example, Mojácar Pueblo which is the main draw for tourists (old town) is located around 5.5km uphill from the resort which I felt was out of walking range, especially with the heat.
The nearest supermarket was 10 minutes walking distance. Any ‘non-hotel’ restaurants were also around 15-20 minutes away.
I would also make sure you have some Euros with you as ATMs are only located in the central part of Mojácar and beyond.
Saying this, the beach was only 5 minutes walk from the hotel, so if you didn’t want to travel far and you’re not interested in sightseeing then it’s ideal.
There was a bus stop located nearby that could take you to drop you off further along the coast. Prices were around 1,80 Eur per journey. So, if you don’t mind travelling, it’s a small price to pay for peace and quiet!
Things to do in Mojácar
I can’t believe that I had never heard of Mojácar before this trip and I had been missing out on this little gem in the south of Spain. I was pleasantly surprised at just how much there is to do in the surrounding area.
Of course, you can stroll along the beautiful coastline or relax on the beach. Take a tour of the old town (Mojácar Pueblo) and be charmed by the whitewashed Moorish architecture, quaint street corners and spectacular views.
Take a hike up to the castle ‘Torre Pirulico’ or kayak for a view of it from the Mediterranean sea. Learn how to play golf, quad bike, go scuba diving or just simply bask in the sun and take in the Almerian vibe. Either way, you’re sure to fall in love with it! I know I did.
So, that’s my complete Alegria Palacio Mojacar review
I definitely left with fond memories of the Alegria Palacio Mojácar and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again if I found myself in the area. Although it’s far from the action, I think that the quiet atmosphere is worth the distance!
This hotel completely changed my opinion of Spanish hotels and how holidays here can be luxurious and relaxing. It was like a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle.
Make sure you check them out if you find yourself in the Moorish town of Mojácar!
With thanks to Jet2holidays and Alegria hotels for hosting my stay. Although I was a guest all pictures, views and opinions are my own.