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Serenely located on a stunning plateau above the dry Almanzora River valley, this unique desert resort enjoys some 320 days of annual sunshine, offering an outstanding holiday or golfing experience at any time of the year. The resort’s rustic red and warm ochre tones, surrounded by palms and cacti, sit beautifully within a rugged wild west landscape reminiscent of Arizona or New Mexico, with a range of accommodation to suit all needs. You’ll find colourful markets nearby at the traditional Spanish fishing village of Villaricos and at the precariously perched hilltop town of Mojacar, while a variety of beaches stretching 20 kilometres along the coast offer everything from buzzing beach bars to peaceful seclusion. Besides the strikingly beautiful golf course, there’s a fantastic array of family-friendly facilities here with activities to cater for all tastes and age groups.

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Whether you are a serious golfer or just starting out, teaching the kids or playing just for fun, the 72 par international championship Indiana golf course provides a test for all levels. Inspired by the top quality desert courses of Arizona, it features bright green fairways which contrast vibrantly with the surrounding arid landscape of cactus, rock and flowering desert. So if you do end up in the rough, at least it will be in visually stunning surroundings!

Desert Springs golf course

Desert Springs golf course


  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Open to non-residents


  • Golf academy
  • Driving range
  • Putting green
  • Club house
  • Equipment hire
  • Golf shop
  • Golf buggy hire
  • Tuition

Course details

  • Course type: 18 hole golf course
  • Course signature: Peter Evoy
  • Course par: 72
  • Course yards: 6231
  • Male handicap: 28
  • Female handicap: 36
  • Dress code

    Golfing attire and golf shoes are required.



The Desert Springs Tennis Academy is great for all ages and abilities. With a resident LTA Qualified Tennis Professional on site year round, even those at the top of their game have a chance to improve their skills. Groups and teams are most welcome as well!

The Tennis Academy has two brand new tennis courts, two new paddle courts and a beach volley court, approx €6 per hour to hire. The tennis and paddle courts have top quality, 'Cushion Life' surfaces that give high bounce and add to the ease and pleasure of the game.

You can put your skills to the test at the regular tournaments and friendly matches that are organised by the Tennis Pro all year round. During the summer, the Tennis Academy hosts regular BBQ Quiz Nights and Celebrity Matches. The friendly and informal 'Tennis Roll Up', held twice a week affords you the opportunity to meet Jim Gordon and fellow players on a social basis.


  • Racket hire
  • Hard courts: 2
  • Equipment hire
  • Tennis academy

Opening Hours

Open all year round, 7 days a week, from 8:45am - 7pm


  • Open to non-residents
  • No age restrictions


Charges may be applicable. Approximately €6 per hour court hire for a tennis court and approximately €9 for a paddle court. There is an additional €2.25 for racket hire.

Gym and Fitness

Gym and fitness

Located beside the Crocodile Club, the Sierra Sports and Fitness Club is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment from Star Trac, including treadmills, steppers, rowers, resistance equipment and weights, with plenty of space for floor work. Light and airy, this is a relaxed and pleasant gymnasium to tone up; the whole front opens up to take advantage of the warm dry climate. The external exercise steps are just outside, as are Boxing Bob and Junior.

For those, who prefer to exercise in complete privacy, there is also the aerobically equipped Private Individual Work Out Area in the Private Reserve facilities. There is a charge of approximately €10 to use the gym facilities.


  • Full gym
  • Unmanned gym

Opening Hours

Open all year round, 7 days a week, from 8:45am - 10pm


  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Open to non-residents


Charges may be applicable. There is a fee of approximately €6 per person for single entry to the gym.

Other Activities

Other activities

Desert Springs offers a fantastic array of sporting activities including aerobics and fitness training and a number of exercise and fitness programs and fun events.

Besides that there are also other organised fun sports activities including Basket Ball, Beach Volleyball, Beach Football, Golf & Aqua Aerobics. Everything is catered for, you choose what you want!

Two spectacular Jogging Track Loops of 1.6 and 2.2 km are available through the landscaped areas of the Resort.

Take yourself on a spectacular self-guided bike tour. Ride through to Cuevas del Almanzora, Vera, Garrucha, Mojácar or Turre for an unforgettable, unique sightseeing experience. With hundreds of kilometers of tracks through wild countryside, mountain trails and quiet rural roads, both flat, hilly and some excruciantingly steep, there are rides to suit everyone, from beginners to veterans!
Desert Springs has 22 quality sturdy Ventura Mondraker Mountain Bikes available for hire. There is a range of different sizes, suitable for use by all the family and each have independent front suspension and disc brakes. Helmet, bike lock and a route map are included.

The Croc Club also provides a range of other diversions; a magnificent external giant chess and draughts board, table tennis, table football, air hockey, pool and a range of exciting video games. Table games of chess, draughts, dominos, backgammon and playing cards are also available in the Rondavel.

Football & Cricket pitches with changing facilities are also available for hire.


  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling / Mountain biking
  • Multi purpose court
  • Paddle court(s)
  • Volleyball
  • Walking / Hiking trails
  • Aerobics
  • Football/Rugby pitch
  • Games room
  • Pool tables
  • Childrens playground
  • Table tennis
  • Ping pong tables
  • Football tables
  • Beach volleyball

Kids Club

Kids' club

The Desert Springs Kids Club has devised a number of fun activities to keep children of all ages actively occupied at the resort’s well-designed Crocodile Club, leaving grown-ups some peaceful time to themselves. This service allows you to escape with the peace of mind that your children are in safe and capable hands of the professionally trained team.

Sessions typically include activities such as the Trim Trail, Gator Tractor, 5-A side Football, Paddle Tennis, Junior Golf Clinic, Tennis, Basketball, Table Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Drawing, and always finish up in the pool with supervised pool games!

There’s an excellent sandy playground complete with slide, wobbly bridge and scrambling net, while the older ones can enjoy everything from football, volleyball and giant chess to table tennis, air hockey and pool.

The family orientated main pool is also found here, an ideal place for children to make new friends.

Kids Club

Opening Hours

Open from 18th July - 2nd September, 5 days a week (Monday-Friday), between 11am - 5:30pm.


  • Ages 6 years to 12 years


Charges applicable. Pre-booking recommended. Children, age 6 to 12 years, can sign up for anything from a single session for approximately €10 per child, a full day for €28 per child, through to a 5 day programme for €112 per child.



Enjoy some well-deserved time out away from the kids and treat yourself to one of the wide range of individual treatments available at the resort’s delightful private Day Spa. From facials and manicures to massages and wraps, the experienced resident therapist provides a truly personal experience using Neal’s Yard Organic skincare products to pamper, soothe and de-stress.

Treatments should be booked in advance, so the therapist may prescribe and uniquely ensure that treatments are tailor made to suit your needs in an un-hurried and relaxed atmosphere.

The Day Spa may be entirely booked out as a whole for groups of friends or families, for hen parties, baby showers, anniversaries, and boasts a beautiful private garden area with terrace and fountain where guests may relax outdoors. Inside there is also a private gym and lounge area.


  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi


  • Facial

    Rejuvenating frankincense facial, Rehydrating damask rose facial, Nourishing orange flower facial, Purifying palmarosa facial, Soothing starflower facial, Antioxidant facial for men, Ultra visage non-surgical face lifting

  • Massage

    Stress-a-way, Spirit reviver, Musclease, Back, neck & shoulder massage, Back massage with ultra sound, Indian head massage

  • Pedicure

    Pedicure, Deluxe paraffin wax pedicure

  • Manicure

    Manicure, Mini-manicure, Deluxe paraffin wax manicure

  • Body wraps

    Aroma spa ocean body wraps,

  • Other treatments

    Aroma spa pre-sun prep scrub, Bubbles & bubbles spa package, Absolute spa ritual package, Eyebrow shaping, Eyelash tint, Eyebrow tint, Lash & brow tint, Hopi ear candles, Full leg wax, Half leg wax, bikini line wax, Underarm wax, Full arm wax, Half arm wax, Lip or chin wax, Lip & chin wax, Eyebrow wax,

Opening Hours

Open by appointment only.


  • Must be accompanied by an adult
  • Open to non-residents
  • Pass required


Charges applicable. Pre-booking required

Communal Pools

Communal pool(s)

The main pool at Desert Springs can be found at the Crocodile Club, although there are also several other pools throughout the resort on each community (however these are generally only for residents of that community). The villa you are staying in will determine which community pool you will have access to.

The large shaped main pool, chilling out pool and Jacuzzi are set within natural rock, cascades and planting and are cooled by an occasional fine mist. The main pool features underwater music and has a contra current to swim against. The fresh “desert springs” water, treated by a saline purification system, is free of eye stinging chlorine and is a delight for young and old. The pools are surrounded by cool grass sun bathing lawns, where families and friends can enjoy relaxed semi-private days at leisure, looked after by the friendly pool bar team.

Croc Club pool

  • Outdoor pool
  • Supervised
  • Open poolside shower
  • Sunloungers
  • Separate jacuzzi

Opening Hours

Open between 18th May and 14th September, 7 days a week


  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Open to non-residents


Charges applicable. There is a charge of €6pp to use the pool and sunloungers are approx €3 for hire. However, community pools are free of charge to use.


Restaurants and bars

Desert Springs has a great selection of places to eat and drink, from the African-themed ‘Croc’ restaurant serving an eclectic menu of Mediterranean, Pacific Rim and Thai dishes, to the renowned El Torrente restaurant, specialising in fine Spanish dining. A pool snack bar and two informal bars are also available. Please see below for the seasonal opening times.

El TorrenteInternational

Award-winning food and service to be enjoyed indoors or ‘al fresco’ within the beautifully appointed Clubhouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus served and is famous for its delicious Spanish dining including several very special local dishes and fresh fish. The restaurant often hosts themed nights with a set menu. Opening hours are 8:45am - 11pm. The clubhouse is also home to The Deck where you can enjoy an early morning coffee, evening cocktails and delicious lunches in a stunning setting.

The Croc RestaurantInternational

Featuring an eclectic menu of Mediterranean, Pacific Rim and Thai dishes, along with fresh fish and grills, Pastas and Pizzas and Desert Hamburgers; there is lots for kids and something special for the adults. Tables are available in the restaurant, on the terraces or outside in the semi-secluded terraced garden. Open 1st August - 31st August from 7pm - 1am with food served from 7pm - 10.30pm.

El ChiringuitaPool bar

Serving light lunches and a range of superb healthy fruit punches of the innocent and more grown up variety, the "El Chiringuito" pool bar is a great place to relax.
Open May 23rd to July 31st: 11am - 7pm (Hot and Cold Snacks served throughout). August 1st to August 31st: 11am - 7pm (Lunch Menu served 12pm – 16:30pm). September 1st to 14th: 11am - 7pm (Hot and Cold Snacks served throughout).

Rosewood barBar

This is the number one meeting place for an early, and indeed not so early, evening drink on the resort and features a delicious, but dangerous, selection of "croctails". The Rosewood Bar is open daily during all school holiday breaks, and over the weekends during the rest of the year from 7pm until midnight.

The Cave barBar

The Cave Bar is an original but refurbished cave which is a really cool bar and offers an extraordinary private meeting room and exclusive and atmospheric private dining facilities in its underground gallery. You can book at reception if you'd like to book this out for a special occasion.



On site, you will find a gift shop and golf-pro shop, where you can pick up a holiday souvenir. There is also grocery delivery available on request, where you can get your essentials delievered right to you. Alternatively you can find a fully-equipped supermarket within a 15 minute drive of the resort.


  • Gift shop
  • Grocery delivery

Opening Hours

The grocery service is available at the Clubhouse Bar daily from 8:45am - 10pm

General Info

Last day

The Resort offers luggage storage behind reception and changing rooms in the Clubhouse. It is possible to book a late check-out subject to availability. The late checkout will be until 16.00hrs.


Reception storage and changing rooms are free of charge. The late check-out service will cost 30€ (payable locally).

Internet access

Free WIFI is available in public areas.


Free of charge

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    15 Jul - 9 Sep 2017

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    • Holiday must be booked by 31 May 2017 inclusive
    • Holiday must depart between 15 Jul - 9 Sep 2017 inclusive
    • Offer applies to selected properties in Desert Springs
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Desert Springs Reviews

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Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 47 reviews
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9 out of 10


desert springs Couple
Excellent apartment at desert springs almeria the only thing that let it down was the bath it had been repaired with a filler around sink hole which didn't look very inviting to take a bath in should be replaced let bathroom down badly!
Confirmed guest: 04 March 2017
Published on: 06 March 2017

Las Sierras 214

10 out of 10


inverness Couple
Beautiful villa
Very well equiped
Comfy beds but only doubles
Pillows and bedding lovely
Dead quiet at night so great nights sleep
Showers need updating .shower heads too close to walls and cold.ok in the height of the summer,but not during winter months
Small dishwasher
Villa sleeps 8 so if cooking to capacity
Your doing the dishes
British tv channels which is a bonus
Because very little to do in the evening
Need a car
Aldi and mercadona in vera and
Garrucha fantastic choice fruit veg and bread everything you need
Predominently spainish
If you play golf this is perfect for you
Restaurant expensive they have got you
As theres nothing around to go eat for about forty mins in the car
We stayed over xmas and new year
Villa very cold at night
Weather gorgeous during the day up to 20
Check out the day before as reception coverage patchy not exactly friendly
The girl who checked us in took us to the villa and made sure everytning was ok,showed us how to use wi fi and that we connected ok,which was very good.
Milk and water in the fridge
Confirmed guest: 01 January 2017
Published on: 02 January 2017

Powderhorn 9

7 out of 10


Bristol Family (with only pre-school children)
The villa was lovely. It was very well equipped and clean. We went in the first full week of September and it was very quiet with one of the restaurants having already closed.
The swimming pools were lovely although our 4 year old did cut his foot on a sharp tile at the base of the steps.
Confirmed guest: 10 September 2016
Published on: 16 November 2016

La Fuente II

10 out of 10


Preston Group
Really good, will go again
Confirmed guest: 10 September 2016
Published on: 11 October 2016

Buenavista 6

7 out of 10


Northampton Family (with only pre-school children)
a stunning setting overlooking the golf course, however the villa was in need of some tlc, tiles missing in pool, very rickety chairs round outside dining area, some with split wood and temporary repairs, the staff replaced those but with non reclining hard chairs. main air con in the lounge broke down twice but was sorted by excellent staff.
OVERALL A GOOD HOLIDAY, ps, take plenty of anti mosquito treatments!
Confirmed guest: 10 September 2016
Published on: 11 September 2016

Powderhorn 12

10 out of 10


Colwyn Bay Family (the eldest child is at school)
Lovely villa right by the pool, perfect for families and outdoor living. Just beautiful.
Confirmed guest: 27 August 2016
Published on: 29 August 2016

La Fuente 23

8 out of 10


East Preston Family all over 21
Need patio furniture and fans to keep away the flies
Brought lilos and pool games.
Had a great time all enjoyed.
Lovely views watching golf.
Croc bar at desert springs was very good
Confirmed guest: 20 August 2016
Published on: 27 August 2016

Powderhorn 12

9 out of 10


Much Wenlock Shropshire Family (the eldest child is at school)
Well equipped villa which was furnished and decorated to a high standard; bedrooms and bathrooms good sizes.
Dining area inside was a little small for six,as was kitchen, but this was a minor point really.
The only real criticisms were that the built in barbecue was dirty and would have taken some cleaning( so we didn't use it) and the TV signal was poor, particularly on BBC( this was a problem as we wanted to watch some Olympic coverage)
It would have been nice if the pergola over the patio had had some kind of roof to provide shade outside.
The Desert Gold pool itself was good,, but some of the loungers needed a scrub and were a little shabby.
The Sienna Club was a particularly good place to eat with excellent service and ambiance and we loved the Crocodile Club where, again , service was excellent and the pool and facilities were super, with a wonderful view
During the two weeks our bed linen and towels were changed twice which was spot on.
Overall we were very happy with Desert Springs.
Confirmed guest: 13 August 2016
Published on: 15 August 2016

Desert Gold 6

9 out of 10


Ottershaw Surrey Family (the eldest child is at school)
We were very happy with out Villa - the size and outdoor pool area were amazing. Didn't really use much of the resort facilities however did eat in both restaurants which were great. Had a few electrical issues but staff were amazing and assisted as best they could. Would definately go back - fantastic holiday 😀😀😀
Confirmed guest: 06 August 2016
Published on: 13 August 2016

Desert Drive 18

10 out of 10


Family, eldest child 18
The villa (Powderhorn 15) was excellent. The only improvement could be installing darker blinds in the bedroom so it doesn't get so light, but otherwise it was perfect. There is an issue with flies but we brought a device with us that killed hundreds so it was manageable.

The golfclub restaurant was also excellent with delicious food, at a good price and the service was excellent and "well-paced". The lady on our first night 30/7/16 (name escapes me but she was English) was brilliant... we didn't get there until 10.10pm but immediately appreciated our need for some a drink and was exceptionally helpful and friendly. The confit of duck and the Chateaubriand were simply superb. Fresh baked bread was great too.

The driving range was good value and the practice green well maintained. The resort was very clean and well-maintained.

Service and attitude of all staff was excellent.

The downsides were that the resort advertised football and cricket facilities but the football was locked each time we went and we couldn't find the cricket. My boys are very sporty so this was a disappointment. The table tennis table and net were in poor condition and there were no pool tables. One of the tennis courts was quite dirty with what looked like spilt drinks on it.

The meal in in Crocodile bar was poor. Four starters came but it was 15 mins before the other 2 arrived. The beef "kebab" was shocking value, there were 4 cubes of meat on a dish that was over 10 euros. The ribs were also poor.
Confirmed guest: 06 August 2016
Published on: 10 August 2016

Powderhorn 15

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