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The room was clean, quiet and had wonderfully comfortable beds. The only disappointment was the shower. It was a little worn and the head was broken and kept falling off. The thermal spa is wonderful along with the lido, which must be tried. Great for relaxation. Breakfast was disappointing. Not healthy for a spa.
We were 2 couples on a day trip from Playa Flamenca using the thermal Baths. The village of Fortuna is a short drive northeast of Murcia and the thermal baths a mile or so outside the village. The water was very comfortable, tempratures in the main pool between 33 and 37 C. A minor pool at 28 C. Natural spring water and Natural temerature makes it a pleasant experience. You will need a swimming cap (gorro) which you may buy in the ticket office for 3 E. Entrance fee 10 E. 1 - 2 hours drive from the Costa Blanca holiday Places, why not try. You wont regret it!
Spent the afternoon at Leanne Balneario (Hotel Victoria, Los Baños Fortuna) spa with my family. Relaxing in the thermal baths, though one was out of order the other two were good. We enjoyed the steam room, the sauna with its special stone feature and the wonderful infused showers. We felt thoroughly cleansed and didn't want the time to end. Later in the afternoon we went across the road to the outdoor public thermal swimming pool. There was two thermal swimming pools which were very clean and warm. With the swimming pools being outdoor we had the added bonus of the Spanish sunshine bearing down on us, making it a truly tropical afternoon which was most appealing. Around the swimming pools were sun lounges and parasols which were very much needed when you require some shading. We're all looking forward to a return visit.
Dave Bull and photographer Mark Welton visited one of the regions oldest, and prettiest, hotels, the Hotel Balneario in Fortuna and discovered that things haven’t always checked out well for the historic complex. Having been used by Romans and Moors as a spa, (not the supermarket…) Fortuna was left abandoned until 1860 when along came Juan Cascales Font with an idea to build a hotel on the site of the hot springs, the hotel was Hotel Balneario and it is much the same today, Victorian in its style and quality, as it was when it opened 150 years ago. The first building built on the site was just 16 metres x 50 metres and was situated on top of the thermal springs and which is now called the Gran Hotel. However in 1874 it went up in flames and particularly on the upper floor meaning two years’ worth of repairs before it could reopen and fourteen years later, in 1888, the Gran Hotel was extended and more buildings were added in modern designs (for the time) which included three hotels, the Hotel Balneario, Hotel Victoria and Hotel España and the Casino. All of the buildings were designed to complement one another, which you’ll see if you go along there, and the facade of the main hotel, painted pink, highlights the wide balconies and the main entrance with its very classical frontage. According to the owners own history on the place the restaurant, which was restored in 1910, was inspired by the restaurant of the Titanic (I wouldn’t ask for ice…)and a glass cabinet inside contains some of the curious objects from the Royal gallery including golden miniature crowns and precious stones of all the Royal Houses at its inauguration. ALONG CAME THE WAR Around the turn of the century road layouts were changed and access improved to turn the resort into one of the busiest and eye-catching of the time and things ticked along quite nicely, thank you until the civil war when the hotel was requisitioned by the republicans to serve as a field hospital. However, once the war was over the hotel fell into disrepair and one of the region’s most popular and beautiful resorts before the war began to slowly fall apart. The state of hotel, and how far it had fallen, was highlighted in the 1960’s when a movie was partly filmed there but it took another 30 years for the place to start getting a well-deserved revamp which began in the 1990’s when the Cascales family, the original owners, spent a small fortune restoring the place to its original glory and opening it up, once again, for people to enjoy its therapeutic waters and the host of other treatments available there now too. TREADING THE BOARDS The original theatre is there too, and performing artists still come to entertain on the stage. The Café Teatro has been restored using original and where necessary, matching materials to give visitors an idea of its ambience all those years ago. For the men, the original equipment used (projectors and stuff – that’s all I know…) are on display and you can even climb the stairs to enjoy a drink on the original upper balcony. Although Carol, the café manageress assures me that these days they won’t charge extra for sitting upstairs, but it really does give you a feel for how an evening at the theatre might have been in Victorian Spain (and how blooming short they must have been!). Anyway, to balance things up (the men have the projectors) for the ladies, the café does some of the most delicious looking cakes and goodies, and eating them out on the terrace overlooking the warm springs isn’t a bad way of piling on a few (necessary) pounds in time for winter… If you like old buildings, hot springs, a bit of history or just really want a decent cake it’s worth a trip out to the Hotel Leana complex, not only for the therapeutic springs or just to appreciate the quality of the Victorian architecture on display inside and out of all the buildings which are all still owned by the Cascales family. No…just go there with the idea of having a really nice cake and how better to justify it than chomping it down at a health spa?
We spent over one hour traveling to this venue as it was recommended to us. We were extremely disappointed. We researched first on the website on facilities and location. Nowhere on the website is there any information on prices or rules. When we arrived, there was no where to park so we drove around for over 30 minutes until we found a space, some walk away. We were then charged 12 euros each to enter the baths (we found this charge high for what was on offer). On entering the baths area there were no sun beds available so after paying a hefty entrance charge we had to sit on the grass. We then went to enter the baths and were told by a member of staff we must have a bathing hat on. We were not told of this when we paid to enter the facility. Bating hats available to buy at 3.50 euro EACH. We did not have enough cash on us! So we drove over an hour, spent further time trying to park, paid 24 euro to sit on the grass and not be able to go in the baths. Needless to say, we left after 40 minutes. We also noticed the sun beds that were there and occupied were covered in bird poo. Would definitely not recommend unless you like getting ripped off. We live in Spain and have a lot of visitors but would not take them here which is a shame as it is a unique product.
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