Monday, 7 August 2017

Aqua Natura Benidorm

During our holiday to Magic Natura, Benidorm with Jet2Holidays we were delighted to find that we had unlimited free access to the Aqua Natura water park for the entire week as part of our all inclusive booking.

The resort ran a free mini bus to the water park and back throughout the day (literally a constant loop!) However, the entrance to the water park is a 5 minute walk from the resort entrance so you needn't worry about the mini bus if you missed it and didn't fancy waiting. You also have free unlimited access to Terra Natura when you go all inclusive at this resort, all three are neighbours and have access links for guests.

Aqua Natura is also open to the general public and at just 10 minutes away from Benidorm and on a bus route it makes it very accessible.

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If you are not a guest at Magic Natura then Aqua Natura and Terra Natura tickets can be purchased as a 1 park or multi ticket and annual passes are also available. They also offer tickets which include meal deals and group deals.

You can also purchase tickets for both Aqua Natura and Terra Natura by using Tesco Clubcard vouchers! In fact just £5 in vouchers will get you a 1 day entry to the park.

We really weren't sure what to expect when we heard that we had an inclusive water park at the resort, on a previous holiday we had a similar facility and as great as it was it didn't prepare us for what we found at Aqua Natura.

The place is HUGE!!!

Aqua Natura has five large sections: the wave pool, the water slides, the kid’s pool, the lighthouse breakwater and the Spa-Sun Deck.

There are cafe and refreshment facilities for the general public and as part of our all inclusive booking this included food and drinks (alcoholic and soft) at Aqua Natura, this was situated upstairs (these could have done with a good sluice down to be honest as it wasn't pleasant walking up them!) The menu was a little limited, burger and chips, pizza and chips, chicken nuggets and chips (I believe there was a salad option) crisps, fruit and ice creams but they did the job and the drinks servings were very generous! The girls loved the slushies! All inclusive guest just need to show their room card.
Guests are also able to bring in their own picnic.

The main pool is a graduated beach style entry which makes the pool accessible to all, including those with mobility problems, there were some steeper slopes so bare this in mind. The water park also has water wheelchairs available free of charge to those who require them.

We visited during May Half Term and as you will see from the photos the whole place was very quiet!

There were hundreds of sun loungers around the perimeter of the wave pool and kids zone, general public could pay a small fee to hire these, all inclusive guests were able to use these for free. We never had a problem finding four sun loungers together, quite often getting the same ones on the edge of the wave pool. 

The landscaping was quite picturesque, especially with the mountains in the background and the beautiful foliage encompassing the water park, edging the walkways and dotted throughout the pool.

Chris and the girls never waited long to get on the water slides and the children's splash pool was a great enticement for little ones. The water was rather chilly but refreshing in the hot sun.

Over the far side of the water park we were so excited to find there was daily Sea Lion shows. 
We watched this each time we visited and on one occasion the girls were invited in to help with part of the show!

The guy running the show was hilarious, he reminded me of a Robin Williams character and he had a great relationship with the Sea Lions, the main star of the show "Charlie" was a 12 year old sea lion and the handler had been working with him ever since he was a pup! You could see their close relationship and respect for one another.

After the show guests were invited to have their photo taken with one of the sea lions, only a certain amount were allowed through during each session but as the water park was quiet whilst we were there this was never a problem. They had a photographer and you could buy photos but they didn't stop you from taking your own photos either.
The girls had an opportunity to see the sea lion and he just couldn't resist a cheeky kiss or two!

They also offer sea lion encounters, one of which was to swim with the animals and interact with them, priced at 35 euro. 
We didn't get a chance to do that this time but would definitely book up next time we visit (yes we are planning to go again!) 
We watched a group swimming with the sea lion and it looked great fun, swimmers are told to just allow the sea lion to approach you and he was certainly a playful character!

The various sea lion experiences were detailed and priced on a display board near to the sea lion enclosure.

The water park also has a small shop, just behind this you will find the photo shop where you can view any photos taken of you and your group during your visit. There was no pressure to buy but they were happy to tell you all their offers (these seemed to vary depending on what you had looked at, how many children were in your group, what experiences you had visited etc.) They were also open to bartering! 

Lastly I mention the Mermaid School!
This was priced at 20 Euros per child (or adult if you wished) and the experience was amazing. I won't tell you all the details, that can wait for another blog feature!
But just look at how beautiful the girls were as Mermaids.

We booked our holiday with Holiday Hamster, They were great and handled all parts of the booking for us. Make sure you check them out if you're looking for great service.
They can also be found on Facebook.

Enjoy your holidays!!!!

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