Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Pad is located just 10 minutes' walk from the award-winning sandy beach lagoon, on the outskirts of the town often referred to as one of Spain's best kept secrets. Quiet and peaceful, yet only 5 minutes from the all amenities, including a weekly local market for bargain hunting, supermarket with an excellent fish counter, banks, bars and many excellent restaurants for eating out.
The Pad benefits from it's own private roof sun terrace which hosts an outside shower, a BBQ, sun loungers, table and chairs and a viewing deck. At night, watch the stairs with a glass of wine, beautifully lit by the fairy lights surrounding the roof terrace.
The front door to The Pad leads into the spacious living room, furnished with a large sofa which becomes a very comfortable double sofabed if required. Here is where the entertainment console is located, hosting a flatscreen HD TV with full UK satellite channels, DVD player with a huge library of DVDs suitable for all ages. In amongst the storage units, you will find children's books and novels, maps and travel books for the adults. We also provide colouring for the kids.
Also on the ground floor towards the rear of the property, we have the dining area. A foldout table and enough chairs for everyone. Need a highchair? We got one!
With one double, one twin bedroom, a bunkbed room and a double sofabed, The Pad is ideal for families or large groups, or golfing parties, with plenty in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay.
The Pad is located within the Albatros complex containing 2 swimming communal pools, 1 for the kids. All within an elegant garden setting which is set in secure gated community. Everything is on your doorstep so definitely no need for a car!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Los Alcazares 800 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Murcia 10 km, Nearest railway: Torre Pacheco 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The Pad can sleep upto 8 people comfortably:
1 x spacious double bedroom
1 x spacious twin bedroom
1 x bunkbed room
The 2 x large bedrooms have large fitted wardrobes, ample hanging space and drawers for your clothes and luggage.
We also have a single roll-out bed which is stored under the bunk bed and can be used in the bunk bed room or moved to another room.
Lastly, we have a very comfortable double sofabed located in the living room. All bed linen is provided in with the price.
The kitchen has fitted units and ALL the mod cons you would need if you were at home:
- washing machine
- washing airer
- iron & ironing board
You will always find the previous guests leave some items which they didn't get a chance to use and, as long as they are still within the use-by dates, please feel free to use them. So, you'll probably find tea, coffee, sugar, sauces, cooking oil, herbs and spcies, etc and washing powder.
If you are arriving late at night or very early in the morning and would like something specific to be there at The Pad upon your arrival, we can arrange this for you. We will ask you for these 'special requirements' on the point of your reservation, although you can contact us anytime up until a week before you depart.
The Pad hosts 2 x fully tiled bathrooms. One located on ground floor level and the other on first floor level. In each bathroom, we have:
1 x showers
1 x toilets
In the larger bathroom on the first floor, you also have a bath and a bidet.
With air conditioning throughout, The Pad is equipped with a security intercom system to enable identification of callers. We also have full English TV satellite package & a DVD player with plenty of DVDs suitable for ALL ages!
Our secure roof sun terrace is the place to be day or night. Equipped with an outside shower, a BBQ, viewing deck, sun loungers, chairs, table and umbrella, you can truly relax, unwind and top up your tan. By night, the roof is beautifully lit by the solar generated fairy lights...perfect to watch the stars with a glass of wine...or two!
The swimming pool is communal and has a separate children's splash pool. The pools are surrounded by grassed areas with the provision to stick your umbrella in the specially designed holes in the ground to avoid the ground being dug up. There is plenty of space to lie out on The Pad's luxurious sunloungers or on the tiled seating around the pool.
For our younger guests, we have provided a high chair, a potty, a toy chest full of toys, swimming floatation devices and water toys. Should you need a cot, please advise include this in your 'special requirements' request.
Our guests have left books for ALL ages at the property so please feel free to 'read & leave' for our next guests and just incase the younger guests want to know...we do have Peppa Pig books too!! We also know what a pain it can be when it rains although usually in Los Alcazares it's a welcome shower to cool everyone down, so we have provided pens, crayons and paper just incase!!
For our more sporty guests, we have included golf clubs which you are welcome to use. If you want to know more about the golf courses, please see our Golf section of our website or email us direct with any questions you may have.
Should you wish for us to arrange your airport transfer, please request this upon booking. The return charge from Murcia Airport is €30.
A cleaning fee of 75 Euros is payable locally on arrival per stay.
For long term rentals please contact me for discounted rates.
The Murcia region
Los Alcazares is in the Murcia region of South Eastern Spain. The town is located on the western shore of the Mar Menor, a salt-water lagoon separated from the open sea by a 22 kilometre long strip of land called La Manga,
The Mar Menor being the largest salt-water lagoon in Europe with a temperature of 5 degrees above the Mediterraean and you can swim out quite far and still only be leg deep. It is one of Spain's best-kept secrets!!
The area enjoys an average of 320 days sunshine per annum. The warm and shallow water of the Mar Menor provides a paradise for sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts (mainly windsurfing). The mineral rich waters of the Mar Menor are renowned for their health-giving properties and the town still has thermal baths, which have existed since Roman times.
The Spanish don't need much of a reason to have a party and/or set off some fireworks and there's hardly a month goes by during the year when there isn't a celebration of some kind or another going on.
Here are some of the main public holidays and celebrations, although there are others.
January 5 th – Festividad de Los Reyes Magos (The Festival of the 3 Kings arrival in Bethlehem ) Celebrated in most towns and cities across the whole of Spain .
February – Los Alcazares, along with most of the towns on the Mar Menor has it's Annual Carnival. The most historically spectacular Carnival in the Murcia Region take place an hour down the coast in the town of Aguilas , where the whole town comes out to celebrate and to choose their Carnival Queen.
March 24 th – 27 th . The Tamborada Festival in the Murcian towns of Moratalla and Mula celebrates the Passion of the Christ with the pounding of a thousand drums over three crazy days in March.
Easter – Semana Santa (Saints week or Holy Week)
Celebrated across the whole of Spain , but easily the biggest Semana Santa celebrations in the region are in the Capital Murcia. Smaller, but no less colourful festivities take place in nearby Cartagena and San Pedro del Pinatar.
April - The Burial of the Sardine , the climax of the Spring festivities, is Murcia 's wackiest night of the year. On the first Saturday in April, and looking like a cross between Rio's famous carnival and ‘It's a Knockout' a crazy cavalcade of giants and big-heads, torch-bearers and entertainers, demons and Brazilian samba groups escort a fleet of some twenty floats, which will throw hundreds of thousands of euros worth of toys and gifts into the crowd in the space of just a few hours.
Over the previous days, there are marches through the streets with brass bands and on the night of the eve of the Burial, the Testament of Doña Sardina (Ms Sardine) is read from the balcony of the Town Hall. The fiesta ends in the early hours of the morning, when, a papier-mâché effigy of the Lenten sardine is burnt in the Plano de San Francisco amid public rejoicing.
May – La Manga Fiesta incorporating the La Manga Ladies Windsurfing Championships.
1 st – 5 th May. The Festival of the Holy Cross in Caravaca de la Cruz includes the famous ‘ Race of the Wine Horses' where the horses used in the Vineyards are raced through the streets to the Castle at the top of the town.
July – The San Javier Music Festival runs throughout the whole of July featuring leading Jazz & Blues artists, but there are some rock, pop & folk acts appearing as well from time to time.
The Festividad de la Virgin del Carmen (The Festival of the Virgin Madonna of the Sea) includes street processions, fireworks and the symbolic burning of an artificial castle as well as a procession of boats which scatter flowers on the sea. Celebrations of this festival take place on the 16 th in Los Alcazares, Santiago de la Ribera, Lo Pagan, Cabo de Palos and Cartagena and again on the 25 th in Santiago de la Ribera and Cartagena .
August – A month-long International Festival of Theatre, Music & Dance takes place in San Javier.
A Flamenco Festival takes place in the former mining town of La Union .
There is a folklore festival in Cartagena and there is week long Festival of La Huerta (The Market Garden) in Los Alcazares.
September – In Cartagena you can watch colourful mock battles in the street re-enacting the struggle between the Carthaginians and the Romans .
October – From 8 th to 13 th October, Los Alcazares has a week long celebration of the town's municipal autonomy, during which there are fireworks displays, processions, the Mar Menor Surfari Windsurfing competition and the ‘Caldero' Festival where the local fisherman light fires on the beach and cook their catch in hanging cauldrons for the consumption of the public.
November – Cartagena Jazz Festival takes place.
December – on the 3 rd December there is the Fiesta de San Francisco de San Javier (Saint Francis of San Javier) during which there are sports, games, exhibitions and concerts.
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31 Jul 2014
"Excellent 'Pad' for a relaxing holiday"
Not a bad word to say about this holiday base - secure complex, lovely pool, nice gardens. And The Pad itself has everything needed for a great holiday - well equipped, walking distance to the town s… More
9 Jul 2014
Myself and 4 friends have just come back from our stay in The Pad, don't know how many times we used the word perfect but that is exactly what this place is, The decor the comfort the location co… More
4 Sep 2013
"Great time-out venue. One long siesta with the boys!"
My first holiday WITHOUT my kids and wife since having my first 6 year ago...and BOY what a great location and accommodation.What I will remember most:-1. The Pad's rooftop bar overlooking the sw… More
18 Jul 2013
"Happy Hen do at amazing apartment"
We visited the pad in July 2013 for a "tame" hen holiday. We wanted to go somewhere where would could relax, eat nice food and enjoy the Spanish weather in nice surroundings. The Pad is situated on a very secure complex, it has a great pool for relaxing in the sunshine and is very close to the local town and beach and also the old town of Los Alcazares.
The Pad is a beautiful apartment with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, it has everything you could ask for to make the stay feel like home away from home - wifi, tv (not that we even turned it on), books, fantastic bikes (one of which seats 4 people and is great fun) great kitchen facilities and most importantly 2 outside patio areas, 1 downstaris which catches the sun early in the day and a balcony upstairs which cathes the late sun.
Upon arrival the Pad offers a guest book which tells you everything you need to know about the local area and the pad is managed by a great lady (Ang) who is available 24 hours to assist with anything else you may need.
Overall we had a great break and will definitely be back to see more of the attractions that we didnt manage to visit whilst we were there the first time.
10 Jun 2013
"Stress free holiday -EVEN WITH SMALL CHILDREN"
The Pad is brilliant - especially if you have small children - like you can see in other people's reviews. The owners must have thought through really carefully what they can provide for a family… More
14 May 2013
"Lovely family house with fab shared pool and minutes from the beach."
We stayed here last week and had a lovely time. The Pad is in a quiet residential complex with a shared swimming pool. The Pad is great for families (we had a small baby and our friends a 3 year old).… More
16 Jan 2013
Best holiday in years the owners have thought of every thing , home from home settled in staight away our 12 &9 year old boys loved the pool which is seconds away in peak season they have a life guard… More
12 Jan 2013
"Fantastic venue for a family holiday"
'Le Pad' was the most comfortable and well equipped accomodation we have stayed in abroad. We normally go with James Villas and although their villas are a good standard, 'Le Pad' really felt like 'home from home'!
We took 2 suitcases between 2 adults and 2 children but we could easily have coped with 1 becase Le Pad is so well kitted out with everything you need. There are loads of towels, bedding, blankets, a double buggy and inflatables for the pool - even a cocktail recipe book - yum :) etc! The washing machine made it really easy to have taken a lot less clothes with us too.
Thank you 'Le Pad' and hope to see you very soon!!!
10 Oct 2012
"Our first holiday for over a decade"
I was in the pool everyday. Loved it.
My daughter and her family has already booked two weeks next year on our recommendation.
You even get to see an air show (Spanish equivalent of the Red Arrows) most days as they practise their flying over the beach!
We walked along the beach to Old Town (which was beautiful) everyday and especially liked catching the road train (hola train) on the way back which takes you to ALL the areas.
Next time, I won't leave it 10 years to go on holiday again!!!
4 Oct 2012
"Fantastic Accommodation - lovely area - My Family loved the holiday""
My family and I, had a brilliant time. We were all really happy with the town house. Marble floors and a modern feel. It was split over three levels so had plenty of space, even for a large family. You can see the pool from the house, so lots of swimming all the time. Lots of grassy areas to sunbath as well if the water isn't your thing. Very clean and well maintained grounds around the pool areas.
Brilliant location to travel around as the beach was only 10 minutes walk from the house and there are plenty of restuarants and bars on route. Make sure you find the spanish owned tapas places. The food was great in these. "El Torro" was one that stood out for us. They did a fine Mohito too. The old town is definately worth a visit. I walked it in 30 minutes or so, but be careful of the heat as you don't get much of a breeze on the main roads. It was 40 degrees on this day though! There is land train you can get from the main road all the way to the old town. This was great fun (for kids and adults) we wish we had caught this sooner as we only spent 1 day there.
We found a spanish market (on sunday morning) half way between the house and the old town. Fantastic bargains here. we managed to get an authentic coffee maker for around £10. this would have been about £25 in the uk. The food was great here. Try to find the chicken stall. It was one of the nicest things i've ever eaten!
All in all, a really fantastic break. There is something for everyone here. Explore just 30 minutes walk away and you will find some hidden gems for food and cocktails.
Finally. Ten minutes drive from the airport, so even if you haven't got a transfer, the taxi fare is minimal.
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