THE MAGIC NATURA ANIMAL WATERPARK AND POLYNESIAN LODGE RESORT, BENIDORM with Onthebeach.co.uk
The Magic Natura Animal Waterpark And Polynesian Lodge Resort in Benidorm ticked all the boxes for a family holiday. First, you can go all-inclusive (always handy when kiddies seem to be peckish and thirsty pretty much all of the time) plus it’s adjacent to a zoo - the ‘Terra Natura’ wildlife park - and a Waterpark, ‘Aqua Natura’. The even better news? You get unlimited free entry to both attractions (which cuts a huge amount off the hefty price of days out), especially as you can hop in and out of both attractions as you please without having to worry about ‘getting your money’s worth’ and ‘making the most out of your visit.’ The resort sits in a restful spot about 6km above Benidorm and also has its own smaller pool complex, several onsite restaurants, bars, nightly entertainment and …need I go on? The adventure began as soon as we checked in to reception late at night and - much to our son’s delight - were whisked up a steep hill in a golf buggy to our Polynesian Lodge. With light wooden floors, we could see immediately that the lodge (though small) was spotlessly clean (and it was kept that way throughout our stay thanks to daily maid service). The two bedrooms – one double with a sofa, one with bunks – were both ensuite and outside, our decking was equipped with table and chairs, sun loungers and our very own hot tub. Taking the bottle of cava that had been generously left for us in a well-stocked mini bar we tried out the hot tub (with its colourful mood lighting slowly turning from red to green, to yellow and blue) taking in the sea view and the twinkling lights of Benidorm far below us. Below us, too, we heard the screech of parrots from the zoo and looked forward to visiting the following day.
After a buffet breakfast, filled with everything from fruit and porridge and bacon and eggs to churros and pancakes, we took a short walk to the Zoo where we were lucky enough to get up close to elephants at feeding time, munching apples in the water, tigers climbing up trees to search for their meaty dinner and a Bird of Prey Show where hawks and owls flew within a hair’s breadth of our faces. Next it was time to visit the waterpark filled with plenty of pools, scary slides and even the chance to hang out with sea-lions. The waterpark also has a snack bar where you can eat and drink free of charge if you when you show a wristband indicating you’re a guest of the resort. There’s plenty to keep you on site, but it’s also easy to get into Benidorm town thanks to a shuttle bus run by the resort regularly through the day. Staff at Magic Natura were hardworking and super-friendly. The restaurants, whilst they may resemble canteens more than candlelight havens, were clean and well-stocked with menus changing daily and food regularly replenished with something for everyone – from curries, roast meats, pastas and paellas to salads, burgers and fries. It wasn’t haute cuisine, but perfectly adequate. You also get the chance to dine one night at the resort’s ‘Tangaloa Restaurant’ – an outdoor terrace with bedouin-like tent shelters and waiter service. The pool complex onsite, whilst small, is quieter than the neighbouring waterpark and an infinity pool overlooking the elephants’ enclosure in the zoo below is a real treat. There are plenty of bars around the resort – all serving branded alcohol and staff are generous with servings. Entertainment at the resort includes special kids’ discos and we saw an
entertaining magic show. We also enjoyed taking a seat in the resort’s square after dinner, playing cards and drinking cocktails.
Beach holiday specialist On the Beach offers seven-night holidays staying at the 4* Magic Natura Animal Waterpark and Polynesian Lodge Resort on a half board basis with return flights available from across the UK from just £376. Book online at www.onthebeach.co.uk or call the UK call centre on 0871 474 3000
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