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Desert Springs

Serenely located on a stunning plateau above the dry Almanzora River valley, the unique Desert Springs resort enjoys some 320 days of annual sunshine, offering an outstanding holiday at any time of the year.

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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.

Golf

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 at Desert Springs

Opening Hours

Open all year round, 7 days a week, from 8am - 6pm

Restrictions

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

Facilities

  • 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.

Tennis

Tennis at Desert Springs

Opening Hours

Open all year round, 7 days a week, during daylight hours

The Desert Springs Tennis Academy is great for all ages and abilities. Groups and teams are most welcome!

The Tennis Academy has two tennis courts, two padel courts and a beach volley court, 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.
Tennis lessons from a qualified tennis instructor are available upon request.

Facilities

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

Restrictions

  • Open to non-residents No age restrictions
  • Open to non-residents
  • No age restrictions

Pricing

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 €2.50 for racket hire.

Gym and Fitness

Gym and Fitness at Desert Springs

Opening Hours

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

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.

There is a fee of approximately €5.10 per person for single entry to the gym. A monthly pass is available at 35 Euros.

For those, who prefer to exercise in complete privacy, there is also the equipped Private Individual Work Out Area in the Private Reserve facilities. There is a charge of approximately €20 per hour to use the gym facilities.

Facilities

  • Full gym
  • Unmanned gym

Restrictions

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

Pricing

Charges may be applicable

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

Other Activities

Other Activities at Desert Springs

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; table tennis, table football machine, an d pool. 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.

Facilities

  • 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

kidsClub at Desert Springs

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.

Sessions typically include activities such as the Trim Trail, 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, football machine and pool.

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

Kids Club

The kids Club might accept older children which is to the discretion of the monitor.

Ages 6 years to 12 years

Opening Hours

Open from 17th July -- 1st September, 5 days a week (Monday-Friday), between 11am - 5:30pm.

Pricing

Charges applicable

Pre-booking recommended

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

Spa

Spa at Desert Springs

Opening Hours

Pre-booking is required and treatments are by appointment only. The therapist is available after 4 p.m. on weekdays and in the mornings of Saturday and Sunday.

The Spa at Desert Springs is located in the Private Reserve, next to the Golf Club House with a therapist offering health and beauty treatments for your pleasure and convenience.
A wide range of individual treatments are available and our experienced health and beauty therapist, prescribes and uniquely ensures treatments are tailor made to suit your needs in an un- hurried and relaxed atmosphere leaving you feeling relaxed and revitalised for when you return home from holiday.

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi

Treatments

  • Facial

    Include facial creams, stimulating massage and mask with Q10 and Hyaluronic Acid or Vitamin C and Aloe Vera, depending on skin type.

  • Massage

    Includes therapeutic massage and cervical stretching.

  • Other treatments

    Reflexoterapia: Therapeutic massage and refreshing foot cream. Lymphatic drainage: Include hands and leg massages “active circulation”. Physical therapy: This treatment includes therapeutic massage, kinesis tape, electro-stimulation, creams, gels or ant-inflammatory spray.

Restrictions

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

Pricing

Charges applicable

Pre-booking required

Pool

Pool at Desert Springs

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 and Jacuzzi are set within natural rock, cascades and planting. 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

    Opening Hours

    Open between: 1st July and 3rd September 2017, 11 am to 6.30 p.m.

    Facilities

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

    Restrictions

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

    Pricing

    Charges applicable

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    Charges are applicable. There is a charge of 5.10 Euros for Lodge guests to use the pool and sun loungers are approx € 1.50 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 burgers, PizEl 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 Torrente Restaurant & Bar, International

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.

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 Restaurant, International

Good food, great drinks, friendly service, fantastic music, a unique setting – The Crocodile Club at Desert Springs.
Set on a high point overlooking Desert Springs with views to the sea and the surrounding mountains, the Crocodile Club restaurant is housed in an enormous African style thatched long house. Enjoy balmy summer evenings inside or outside on the terrace or in the semi-secluded terraced garden.
On offer are a selection of delectable meat and fish dishes with a twist. You will find influences of Creole, Cajun and TexMex cuisine alongside salads, burgers, pizza and pasta dishes. All to be enjoyed with a glass of chilled wine, an ice-cold beer or any other drink of your fancy.
The Crocodile Club at Desert Springs open for the summer season on 1st June to the 3rd September, 7 days a week, from 6.30 p.m. to 1 p.m., kitchen from 6.30 to 10.30 for dinner, last food orders at 10.30 p.m.

El Chiringuita, Pool 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 from 1st June to 3rd September 2017, 7 days a week from 11.00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rosewood bar, Bar

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”.
Come for pre-or after dinner drinks and relax with a glass of chilled wine, an ice-cold beer or any other drink of your fancy and relax to some exotic beats and enjoy the ambience of a truly unique restaurant and bar.
The Rosewood bar is open from 6.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. every day from 1st July to 3rd September 2017.

The Cave bar, Bar

The Cave Bar is an original but refurbished cave which offers extraordinary and exclusive dining facilities and bar in its underground gallery. Book this for special occasions.

Shopping

Shopping at Desert Springs

Opening Hours

The mini market at El Torrente 8:00 am - 10pm

On site you find a golf-pro shop, which offers a great variety of golf clothing and golf related items.
The El Torrente restaurant operates a mini market where you can buy essentials and freshly baked bread in the morning. Alternatively, you can find a fully-equipped supermarket within a 15 minute drive of the resort.

Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Grocery delivery

Internet Access

Free WIFI is available in public areas.

Pricing

Free of charge

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.

Pricing

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

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Cleanliness
8.8
Decor and quality of furnishings:
8.4
Outdoor living area:
8.1
Swimming pool (If applicable):
8.4
Value for money
7.9
Overall rating
8.3
Scores 8.3 out of 10 based on 34 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10

Judith

Leamington Spa
The villa was very special, just a pity that the wi-fi does not work in the bedrooms. There is nowhere away from others to work on computer. Also we had a problem with the return of the hire car to Avis. My daughter had to walk from the offsite office to the airport after returning it.
Confirmed guest: 30 September 2017
Published on: 17 October 2017

Desert Drive 29

10 out of 10

Peter

Bridgnorth Group
Beautiful property.
Pool and outdoors areas ideal.
Bedrooms great.
Kitchen area perfect.
Confirmed guest: 16 September 2017
Published on: 07 October 2017

Desert Drive 29

9 out of 10

Alison

Epsom Family, with only the
Perfect place for the family to return to after a busy day. Great furniture indoors and out. Not sure we quite mastered the BBQ, so will need some tips before returning. We will be back😀
Confirmed guest: 26 August 2017
Published on: 04 September 2017

Desert Gold 10

9 out of 10

Ian

Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great, high quality villa, outside living space and pool was excellent, good position, very quiet. A few too many flies, apparently due to local water melon harvest.
Confirmed guest: 19 August 2017
Published on: 29 August 2017

Desert Drive 24

9 out of 10

Neil

Family (the eldest child is at school)
The villa was just what we needed with regards to space and facilities. A fair bit of the furniture clearly came from Ikea. The kitchen was well equiped although the design was terrible ie couldn't open the kitchen door if fridge, oven or dishwasher was in use. The pool was great and the patio space was good allowing us to move around and make the most of the sun/shade as appropriate. Great views of the golf course and very handy for site facilities. Shame about the flies. They were very bad and they would probably put me off going to this site again.
Confirmed guest: 12 August 2017
Published on: 28 August 2017

Powderhorn 5

8 out of 10

Huw

Family (the eldest child is at school)
Nice place, quite quiet, great shared pool for children but not somewhere to go for a buzzy atmosphere. Staff all fantastic.

The apartment itself is air conditioned and pleasant, a little tired but nothing awful.
Confirmed guest: 12 August 2017
Published on: 28 August 2017

Las Sierras 215

10 out of 10

Martin

Leeds Couple
We enjoyed our stay at Las Sierras very much, everything was absolutely wonderful, couldn't find one negative, the apartment was very comfortable, a home from home.
Confirmed guest: 12 August 2017
Published on: 27 August 2017

Las Sierras 331

6 out of 10

Nicholas

London Family (the eldest child is at school)
The villa is lovely. Shame about the flies which are localised to Desert Springs. It appears to be as a result of watermelons rotting in nearby fields. It means that you can't sit outside when the sun is up because the flies will irritate you and it isn't relaxing. They are not a problem in the pool but out of it they are. I would avoid Desert Springs completely in July and August because of this. Also note that the Kid Club at Desert Springs is for 6+ and that the advertised spa is not existent (although I understand James Villa are removing reference to this from their website)
Confirmed guest: 12 August 2017
Published on: 27 August 2017

Desert Drive 24

8 out of 10

Anne

Surrey
Lovely outdoor space. Traditional décor with plenty of room. Just a few steps away from the communal pool and close to the clubhouse. Lovely views of the golf course. Outdoor furniture very worn and tired; no furniture on the upstairs terrace and only 2 sun loungers for a villa sleeping 4. Villa given a very light clean mid-way through the holiday.
Confirmed guest: 12 August 2017
Published on: 27 August 2017

La Rosa 11

8 out of 10

Andrew

Darlington Family (the eldest child is at school)
Love this style of villa at Desert Springs. Surrounded by established landscaping gives a home from home experience.
Confirmed guest: 12 August 2017
Published on: 27 August 2017

Powderhorn 5

Views and opinions in these reviews are solely of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of James Villa Holidays (JVH). JVH provides no assurances regarding the accuracy of the information and cannot accept liability for complaints, loss or damage resulting from the article. It does not form part of the contract made when a holiday is booked with JVH and the information provided is not intended to be a rider or replacement to the booking conditions. Reference to the service or product of a third party, is not an endorsement or recommendation and JVH accepts no liability as a result of complaints, loss or damage arising from their use.

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