This huge complex packs in a triple helping of pools, plus an impressive waterpark. It’s only a short walk from Arenal’s centre and sandy beach, too.
The waterpark is this place’s crowning glory, with pools, ring rides and slides to keep speed demons grinning like Cheshire cats. Watery fun aside, there’s also loads of sports and activities going on.
The hotel’s set in 12 acres of greenery, and is really close to Arenal Beach – you can walk it in less than 10 minutes. The town centre’s really close, too.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. Tea and cake 16.00-17.00.
Selected beer, wine, local spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee 11.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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The waterpark is right next to the Marina Parc Hotel. There's a great range of speedy slides, a bowl and even a lazy river. Kids get a section all of their own with slides and fountains. Even better, your All Inclusive can be used here, too. And just so you know, both the dinghy slides here have a height restriction of 140cm.
First Choice Kids' Club
First Choice Kids’ Club caters for 3 to 11 year olds – so brothers and sisters can join in the fun together. And most of it’s completely free. It runs 5 days a week and – outside of peak season – there are parent and toddler sessions for under 3s, too. For your peace of mind, all First Choice Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. Plus there’s a strict sign-in and out system.
3 outdoor pools
There are 3 large pools in the hotel, one at each block of apartments. Each pool has a poolside bar which is open from 11am to 5pm.
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Cant see anything wrong with it!
Landed back in England today (25/10/14). Very impressed with this holiday. Can't see where the bad reviews come from! We arrived and were very quickly greeted at the airport by our first choice reps, who showed us the way to our minibus. When we arrived one of our two rooms was ready, this was at 10am so we weren't expecting both anyway! We were told when to go back and it was then ready. Greeted with a nice refreshing drink and invited to a welcome meeting which we chose not to go to, never went hungry or thirsty, the well stocked bars and snack bars saw to that. Drinks were very generous, lots of spirits very little pop, so very strong but you could always ask for less, but why would you want to?! Although we didn't go with anyone Young enough for children's activites the reps were always engaging with the young ones, and even got us involved in games too! Even though we were out of season. We watched entertainment twice and despite the broken microphone it was brilliant, everyone loved seeing the reps get thrown into the pool! I honestly don't see anything wrong with the place. Not perfect but not Hilton! What do people expect for a family holiday resort. Range of food drink entertainmet, pools. Water park! I know of worst! Highly recommend to anyone...More
Nothing bad, nothing exceptional
A well laid out place with lots of pools and a decent water park. Food was varied and always seemed fresh. We went at the end of season and they still made an effort for the kids, rooms were cleaned every other day which was nice. Had an ant problem but it was sorted in 20 mins and they never came back. This was a reasonably priced holiday and if u want to stay by the pool, eat and drink as much as you can its a good place to do that. We wanted to get out a hot more but found there wasn't very ouch else to do but some nice coast to walk along and the beach was very good. Wouldn't go back but only because we want a more active holiday. More
Anthony R, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Great place for kids but not couples
We have just got back from this hotel, firstly I would like to say the staff, animation team and thompson reps make this place, they are very friendly and really helpful try to make your stay as nice as possible, I wanted to write a review as like you do before you go, you read the descriptions and they were generally good but no one has mentioned this is holiday is based around children and their activities so if your a family, its perfect however if you are a couple looking for a quiet getaway with places to go to and look around the area it is definately not for you, we ended up hiring a car as it was the only thing to do, this is a purpose built resort and in October most things shut, not that there is a lot anyway, the other thing I will say is the food was really not up to par, we have been on all inclusives in the past but this was definately the worst we have been on. The rooms were clean and the hotel complex was also nice and clean, we were not told this was a hotel mainly for children before we went but I suppose with a waterparc attached we should have known this in hindsight!More
bournemouth2014, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
We stayed here for 2 weeks - 4 - 18 October myself, my husband and our 4 children (14,12,9 & 1 1/2) I booked this holiday through Barrhead travel, then read the reviews and I worried somewhat, we actually found everyone to be polite and eager to help, the pools and splash park are great the food was plenty full, our first apt was a bit dated but unfortunately the air con didn't work and we was moved to a much more up to date apt which was more pleasing, the apt was cleaned every second day along with clean bedding and clean towels ... there isn't much outside the resort but that didn't bother us too much as we was looking for a relaxing peaceful family holiday, there was a family that arrived the same time as us and this was their second visit to marina parc so it can't be that bad... The entertainers have a hard job to do trying to please everyone but in my option they did their best, they were polite and alway took time to interact. I found the reps to be helpful and interested.More
Stuart680411, Banff, United Kingdom
Good & Bad Points but overall a pretty enjoyable holiday for the money
We booked to stay at the Marina Parc with our 11 month old son. Being 5 months pregnant we just a week away in the sun to relax and have some family time. We've booked with first choice/Thomson before and recently travelled to The riu Tourareg in Cape Verde for our honeymoon- we understood that the price we paid we werent going to get anywhere near the standard of the Riu Touareg. We arrived at the hotel to be greeted by 2 very friendly REPS with welcome drinks (in plastic cups) our first impressions of the hotel were good and we were pleasantly surprised- So far so good! speedy check in and taken straight to our apartment which was located in a lovely quiet part of the grounds. I walked in first while my husband carried our son, it was then that i went flying and slipped on a dangerously wet tiled floor. I hurt my back doing so and being 5 months pregnant i was not happy. We also noticed that we had not been given anywhere for our 11month son to sleep in- no cot. We went back to reception to A-report my falling and B-to say that there was no cot. The receptionist was very rude and bluntly told us to pay 21 Euros for a travel cot for our son. I spoke to the rep to report my falling as the receptionist was not at all bothered. He was lovely and took a full report and spoke to the manager who said we did not need to pay for the travel because of my fall- SORRY BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH!! No apology from the hotel manager nor did he ask if i was ok and we never heard anything back from our rep either regarding my fall. Very disappointing. Once the floor had been dried (slightly) we unpacked and headed for a look around. The hotel is set in superb grounds and you really cant fault the layout. A huge downside to location is there is no where to go for a look apart from a little (but very beautiful beach) with a couple of cafes and 2/3 small gift shops. Being all inclusive this doesnt normally bother us but there is no entertainment for adults at the hotel, there is a disco for the children which ends at 8.30pm. What happens after that im sorry but you cant call it entertainment. The All inclusive is only available from 11am to 11pm (and boy are they strict with that) I needed some juice for my son at 10.30am and despite somebody being behind the bar they refused to serve me even for my son. Staff were rude apart from the restaurant staff who work so hard cleaning up after the guests. I have never been to an all inclusive hotel and only ever been served drinks in palstic cups even hot drinks which i found pathetic especially when they have glasses and cups behind the bar. I was given a coffee in a plastic cup which i could not pick up because the cup was far too hot and was very very soft due to the heat of the drink. The food was ok, always something to eat. It was good but not the best ive had from all inclusive holidays yet certainly not the worst. Even fussy eaters would be able to find something to eat. We never had a bad tummy due to the food. They have a childrens corner for food which we thought was a great idea. The hotel was clean however we did arrive to a dirty toilet which despite asking them to clean it did not get done. The water park and pools are great. Clean, safe, really impressed with those. My son loved being in the pools and my husband enjoyed the water park. Overall for what we paid we cant really grumble. We had an enjoyable holiday but would not stay at the hotel again as it needs some changes to improve it. The area is also far too remote for us as a family. I felt sorry for young couples who attended the hotel because theres nothing for them to do at night. Its not as bad as some of the reviews on here but certainly not as good as some either.More
suzy k, lancashire
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