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Desert Springs

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.

  • 1hr fromAlmeria
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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.



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.


  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi


  • 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.

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.


  • 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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Desert Springs Reviews

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Scores 8.3 out of 10 based on 27 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10


Rayleigh Family older child at
For two wonderful weeks we thought we had won the lottery!
Confirmed guest: 05 August 2017
Published on: 11 August 2017

Buenavista 6

8 out of 10

Confirmed guest

Family (the eldest child is at school)
The villa and setting was lovely. The main issue was the number of flies everywhere which prevented us from sitting out/staying at the resort during the day.
Confirmed guest: 05 August 2017
Published on: 11 August 2017

La Rosa 10

8 out of 10


County Durham Family with grown up
Villa was well presented on arrival and welcome pack provided was very useful. We had a very relaxing holiday and found the kitchen well equipped and the bedrooms were spacious and cool with plenty of storage. The air con in the lounge was less effective and we found the sofas a bit uncomfortable. The outdoor space is beautiful with a view of the golf course and plenty of loungers and shade. Desert Springs is inland from the coast and you do need to be prepared to drive everywhere. The clubhouse was not open for evening meals every night and we felt that there was a general decline in the facilities. However, it is still a lovely place to stay, remember to take plenty of mosquito repellent.
Confirmed guest: 05 August 2017
Published on: 11 August 2017

Desert Drive 24

8 out of 10


Banstead Family (the eldest child is at school)
The villa was a very good size and very well equipped. It has a cable TV with English channels. The air con in every room was fantastic. The kitchen had everything that you could need. The wifi was great and enabled us to use Netflix so the kids were very happy to watch films in the evening.The only area that needs updating are the two sofas. They did have a throw on but could have been renewed.
The swimming pool could be improved with some more loungers and umbrellas as there was little to no shade.On some occasions we had to take the sun loungers from our villa to the pool which to be honest was not difficult but was a chore.
Confirmed guest: 05 August 2017
Published on: 10 August 2017

La Estrella 1

9 out of 10


Chippenham/Wiltshire Family (the eldest child is at school)
Villa was clean and well equiped, it states Sky TV in the description but we did not have that although we didn't go to watch TV.

Overall lovely and would probably go back my only concern would be the fruit flies, this is a known issue and they are attempting to deal with it, but it remains a serious issue.
Confirmed guest: 29 July 2017
Published on: 03 August 2017

Las Sierras 132

7 out of 10


Bristol Family (with only pre-school children)
A lovely villa, with great pool and outdoor space. The bedrooms and bathrooms were perfectly sized and clean.

There were a few problems with the house alarm going off and the air conditioning not working, which meant several disturbances from maintenance teams to fix such problems; they were, however, dealt with efficiently.
Confirmed guest: 25 July 2017
Published on: 28 July 2017

Buenavista 4

6 out of 10


Basingstoke Family (the eldest child is at school)
Villa was comfortable but outside area around pool was initially quite dirty and had lots of bird poo on beds and floor. It would have been nice to have maid service more than once in the 10 days we were there and second bedroom didn't have air con which meant it was stifling at night.
Confirmed guest: 22 July 2017
Published on: 26 July 2017

Las Sierras 111

9 out of 10


Family (eldest at university)
We have as a family had several villa holidays and this villa is one of the best we have stayed at
Confirmed guest: 22 July 2017
Published on: 23 July 2017

Sweetwater Island 5

8 out of 10


Ruislip Family (the eldest child is at school)
This villa is much bigger than pictures show - a beautiful spacious villa. However, we found the amount of flies difficult to deal with - we ended up inside much of the time other than when we were swimming. The villa did also not have a TV in the lounge - which was a shame as we mainly lived in the lounge! The wifi did not work very well - most of the time not at all. We did report this but no one came around to fix?
Confirmed guest: 08 July 2017
Published on: 11 July 2017

Buenavista 6

9 out of 10


Rochdale Family (the eldest child is at school)
Nice Villa with good facilities directly on the golf course
Confirmed guest: 08 July 2017
Published on: 11 July 2017

Powderhorn 14

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