Having reinvented itself over the past few years, the Costa del Sol's much-loved resort is now a refined blend of family-fun and buzzing nightlife, renowned for its clean, sandy beaches. If you're looking for a handy central spot in among it all on your holidays to Torremolinos, the family-friendly Gran Cervantes is tough to beat. For something with a touch of authentic old-school local character, the classic Pez Espada Hotel, a former Sinatra hangout, is well worth a look.
If taking time out from swimming laps of the pool to soak up the immense ocean view sounds good, this could be your kind of place. In the summer of 2017, two hotels became one, so you'll enjoy facilities excellent here. There's a splash park for nippers, a beautiful stretch of beach just beyond the palm trees, three outdoor pools, three restaurants and a whopping six bars. The lively atmosphere of Torremolinos is not far on foot, and it only takes five minutes in a cab.
On-trend and right on the promenade, this is a swanky little adults-only retreat. Palm trees line the pool and the cosy outdoor seating is begging to be lazed upon. The views are epic, the elegant marina is a few minutes' stroll away, and the poolside bar area makes for an ideal spot to take it all in. There are two restaurant options, a snack bar and salon bar, a spa and indoor pool, and live entertainment to be had in the evenings.
Boasting a long and lovely pool set in lush-green gardens, this was the Costa del Sol's first luxury hotel, frequented by legends like Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren in times gone by. Ol' Blue Eyes probably fell in love with its classic look, and the food to be enjoyed in the Spanish Quarter after a stroll to take in the scenery. There's even a swanky cafe-cocktail bar named after Frankie, and as you'd expect, there's plenty going on come nightfall.
You're right in the middle of things here. Family-friendly with a good-sized pool and terrace, this modern, urban hotel has a playground, kids' club and mini-disco for little holiday-makers, and plenty of live shows and music for the bigger ones. There are a couple of bars, a snack bar and coffee shop, together with two restaurants. It's only a 20-minute walk to the beach, but you can always jump on the complementary shuttle bus.
The picturesque gardens make this place feel peaceful and chilled, while still being only 10 minutes from the beach, and a short walk from handy transport links. There's plenty of room in the pool, lots of sporting activities, all the dining happens in the main buffet restaurant, and there's also a bar and snack bar. There are live shows three times a week and it's only just over six kilometres to the airport.
The big pull of this classic beach-front hotel is the elegant rooftop terrace, with its hot tub, comfy loungers and cracking ocean views. The pool is a treat that's lined by palm trees, and there's a restaurant, live music and vibrant late-night bar. It's only minutes on foot to the beach, cafes and bars of Playa la Carihuela, but if you're hungry for more, non-stop Torremolinos town centre is a 15-minute walk away.
There's a lot happening at the Palia. The pool plays host to all kinds of games and activities, and there's also rifle shooting, racket sports, basketball, and a playground for the little ones. The kids have their own club too, along with a pool and mini-disco. A mammoth beach and all the local attractions are a short walk away, and if you're feeling adventurous, 20 minutes on the train and you'll be taking in the bright lights of Malaga.
A classically-styled, family-friendly property with a welcoming, elegant pool area, this is an ideal place to stay and explore the best of the area. It's near the airport, a 10-minute walk from the beaches, and the main station is only six minutes away on foot. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre and kids' club, and they have live evening entertainment going on in the lounge bar.