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  • Aqualandia & Mundomar opening dates Summer 2020

    Benidorm's famous water park Aqualandia opens for the summer season on the 3rd of July 2020 with certain Covid 19 protocols to be followed.  

  • Bus to Benidorm water parks from Calpe, Moraira & Javea.

    Aqualandia Vertigo

    Are you planning a visit to one of the Benidorm Theme parksAqualandia, Mundomar, Terra Mitica, Terra Natura or Aqua Natura this summer and are staying in Altea, Calpe, Javea, Morairaor Benitachell? Transport could be a problem..... but not any more!

  • Benidorm TV Series - Cameo Role for Benidorm's Mayor

    Augustin Navaro Benidorm TV Series

    The Mayor of Benidorm played a cameo role today in the hit ITV Show Benidorm.
    The show which is now in its 8th season has been filming on location in Benidorm since March.   This eighth series will contain seven, hour long episodes which will be filmed in the Hotel Pelicanos and various locations in the city.
    Augustin Navarro played himself in the role of Mayor awarding the prizes for the “Pride of Bendiorm Awards” which was filmed in the Hotel Melia.    Mr Navarro awarded prizes to Tiger & Joey, portrayed by Danny Walters & Nathan Bryon respectively.  In this same episode Joan Collins returns to take part in the series.
    Once filming had been completed Mr Navarro immortalized the day with a selfie with local producer Pere Agullo & with the actress Jessica Ellerby, who plays Amber.

  • Base Jump Extreme World Championships Benidorm 2015

    The Gran Hotel Bali will host the 8th edition of the BASE Jump Extreme World Championships this weekend the 5th and 6th of June.

  • Calpe - Horse Drawn Carriage Tours.

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    These elegant sightseeing tours visit the most popular areas in Calpe, the salt lakes, the fishing port, the Queen's baths (which was a fish farm dating back to the Roman occupation) and the famous Peñon the Ifach.

  • Terra Natura - UK promotion with Tesco Supermarkets

    asia leona asiatica jasdon abr08Terra Natura Benidorm promotion in the UK .  The Benidorm Tourist Foundation has signed an agreement with the supermarket chain TESCO to enable Tesco clients to visit the complex.

  • Terra Natura - UK promotion with Tesco Supermarkets

    asia leona asiatica jasdon abr08Terra Natura Benidorm promotion in the UK .  The Benidorm Tourist Foundation has signed an agreement with the supermarket chain TESCO to enable Tesco clients to visit the complex.

  • National Rugby Finals Villajoyosa 2012

    rugby2NATIONAL RUGBY SEVENS FINALS at VILLAJOYOSA on Saturday 30th June 2012.  Free Entrance for spectators.

    Next Staurday 30th June, from 12.30 to 9.00 pm Villajoyosa Rugby Club will host National Rugby Sevens Finals. 

  • National Rugby Finals Villajoyosa 2012

    rugby2NATIONAL RUGBY SEVENS FINALS at VILLAJOYOSA on Saturday 30th June 2012.  Free Entrance for spectators.

    Next Staurday 30th June, from 12.30 to 9.00 pm Villajoyosa Rugby Club will host National Rugby Sevens Finals. 

  • Boat trips to Tabarca and Calpe from Benidorm

    calpeboat1Excursiones Marítimas Benidormwill increase the number of days that the boat trip  from Benidorm to Calpe &   from Benidorm to Tabarca  will operate for the summer season. 

  • Spiritualist Anne Germain in Benidorm

    Anne Germain became a household name in Spain after the successful Tele 5 programme Mas alla de la Vida.annegermain

    Spiritual Medium and Reiki Master Anne was born in Surrey, England in 1960. From an early age she has been able to perceive, hear and feel spirits. She received her first message at two and a half years of age, a message for her mother from her Uncle.

  • Spiritualist Anne Germain in Benidorm

    Anne Germain became a household name in Spain after the successful Tele 5 programme Mas alla de la Vida.annegermain

    Spiritual Medium and Reiki Master Anne was born in Surrey, England in 1960. From an early age she has been able to perceive, hear and feel spirits. She received her first message at two and a half years of age, a message for her mother from her Uncle.

  • Schwinn Spinning Bike Event in Aqualandia Benidorm

    schwinnThis Saturday 9th of June 2012 Aqualandia Benidorm will host the II Edition of the Aqualandia Schwinn Cycling Event.

    The Benidorm water park will hold a Spinning master class which will attract an estimated 700 participants from all over Europe.

    As from 11:00 am in the Atlantic Surf area of the park, the sun beds and sunshades will be replaced by Spinning Bikes for the second edition of this European event.

    This is the perfect excuse for sports lovers to combine a healthy day exercising with the amenities in the water park.

  • Schwinn Spinning Bike Event in Aqualandia Benidorm

    schwinnThis Saturday 9th of June 2012 Aqualandia Benidorm will host the II Edition of the Aqualandia Schwinn Cycling Event.

    The Benidorm water park will hold a Spinning master class which will attract an estimated 700 participants from all over Europe.

    As from 11:00 am in the Atlantic Surf area of the park, the sun beds and sunshades will be replaced by Spinning Bikes for the second edition of this European event.

    This is the perfect excuse for sports lovers to combine a healthy day exercising with the amenities in the water park.

  • Terra Natura Benidorm confirms pregancy of two sea lions

    Experts from Terra Natura the animal and nature park in Benidormhave confirmed that two of the sea lions from the park are expecting.

    An ultra sound has been carried out on both females which confirmed the pregnancies. For Lola it is is her first but for Eva this will be her fourth successful pregnancy.sl

    To familiarise the females with the ultrasound equipment, staff from the park allowed the sea lions to play with and examine the scanner. When the time came for them to be examined both responded well and allowed the vet to carry out the examination. Veterinarian Patricia Gene provided the special scanner need to examine animals of this size.

     Clearly seen on Lola's ultrasound was the amniotic fluid, placenta and the foetus. In Eva's case the view was much clearer and the vet was able to see the bones, ribs and spine of the foetus. Experts are providing vitamins and have devised a special diet for both females during this time.

    Sea Lions have a gestation period of eleven months, so it is estimated that the offspring will be born late June or early July. The births could take place during the day or night so during the last days of their pregnancy, Lola and Eva will be moved to a dry enclosure to ensure the young pups don’t drown.

    Once the pups are born, they will spend eight to ten months breast feeding until they are weaned. They will also an extra food supplement via bottle which will include vitamins, lactose free milk cod liver oil, and liquidized herrings and be monitored continually.

    Currently, the park has five female and five male sea lions. Sea lions have the ability to sleep in water and a great sense of balance.

  • Terra Natura Benidorm confirms pregancy of two sea lions

    Experts from Terra Natura the animal and nature park in Benidormhave confirmed that two of the sea lions from the park are expecting.

    An ultra sound has been carried out on both females which confirmed the pregnancies. For Lola it is is her first but for Eva this will be her fourth successful pregnancy.sl

    To familiarise the females with the ultrasound equipment, staff from the park allowed the sea lions to play with and examine the scanner. When the time came for them to be examined both responded well and allowed the vet to carry out the examination. Veterinarian Patricia Gene provided the special scanner need to examine animals of this size.

     Clearly seen on Lola's ultrasound was the amniotic fluid, placenta and the foetus. In Eva's case the view was much clearer and the vet was able to see the bones, ribs and spine of the foetus. Experts are providing vitamins and have devised a special diet for both females during this time.

    Sea Lions have a gestation period of eleven months, so it is estimated that the offspring will be born late June or early July. The births could take place during the day or night so during the last days of their pregnancy, Lola and Eva will be moved to a dry enclosure to ensure the young pups don’t drown.

    Once the pups are born, they will spend eight to ten months breast feeding until they are weaned. They will also an extra food supplement via bottle which will include vitamins, lactose free milk cod liver oil, and liquidized herrings and be monitored continually.

    Currently, the park has five female and five male sea lions. Sea lions have the ability to sleep in water and a great sense of balance.

  • Benidorm Palace named Best European Night Club 2012

    The Benidorm Palace has just been voted the Best Night Club in Europe 2012.

    The award conceded by the Confederation of Editors, Writers and Journalists in Tourism and Economy (ACPETUR) was granted to the night club for providing customers and the tourist sector with all seven of the requirements:

    1. Providing a quality product as a night club.surreal

    2. Capacity and amenities in the auditorium.

    3. Up to date technology in the auditorium.

    4. The promotion of Benidorm as a resort.

    5. Friendly and helpful staff.

    6. Quality menus on offer.

    7. Providing a professional live show and Circus.

    The Award will presented to the Night Club during the  Official Première of the new show "Surreal" on Friday 8th of June.

    The Benidorm Palace  first opened its doors to the public in 1977 . The show is changed every year to ensure variety for the large number of repeat clients that return to Benidorm year after year.

    “SURREAL”is based on the Spain that amazed the world with its creativity, originality and the genius of its artists.

    The spectator is immersed in sensations that the scenery, costumes, music and lighting provide. The magic unfolds as the stage fills with dancers, with the choreography and costumes designed once again for the Benidorm Palace by Moore Productions.

    Benidorm Palace is open all year round.  Watch the show or complete the evening with  dinner as well.  Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the show starting at 22:00 hours.

  • Benidorm Palace named Best European Night Club 2012

    The Benidorm Palace has just been voted the Best Night Club in Europe 2012.

    The award conceded by the Confederation of Editors, Writers and Journalists in Tourism and Economy (ACPETUR) was granted to the night club for providing customers and the tourist sector with all seven of the requirements:

    1. Providing a quality product as a night club.surreal

    2. Capacity and amenities in the auditorium.

    3. Up to date technology in the auditorium.

    4. The promotion of Benidorm as a resort.

    5. Friendly and helpful staff.

    6. Quality menus on offer.

    7. Providing a professional live show and Circus.

    The Award will presented to the Night Club during the  Official Première of the new show "Surreal" on Friday 8th of June.

    The Benidorm Palace  first opened its doors to the public in 1977 . The show is changed every year to ensure variety for the large number of repeat clients that return to Benidorm year after year.

    “SURREAL”is based on the Spain that amazed the world with its creativity, originality and the genius of its artists.

    The spectator is immersed in sensations that the scenery, costumes, music and lighting provide. The magic unfolds as the stage fills with dancers, with the choreography and costumes designed once again for the Benidorm Palace by Moore Productions.

    Benidorm Palace is open all year round.  Watch the show or complete the evening with  dinner as well.  Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the show starting at 22:00 hours.

  • Terra Natura celebrates the birth of a baby Capuchin Monkey.

    Terra Natura the animal and Nature Park in Benidorm, are celebrating the birth of a baby Capuchin monkey (Cebus Apella Apella). The little one weighing only 200 grams never leaves its mother for an instant and travels around the enclosure clinging to her stomach. From this position the newborn can feed on demand as nature intended.criacapuchino

    It is normal for this species of primate that the mother takes care of the young alone, male capuchins rarely take part in caring for the young.The birth went smoothly with no complications during the night. Keepers found the newborn in perfect health alongside its mother the following morning.

    The gestation period was 160 days and this birth was the 10th healthy Capuchin born in Terra Natura Benidorm.

    Like all mammals the newborn will breastfeed and later with its mothers help include fruit, vegetables, eggs and some meet until it is completely weaned.

    When the young is one year old it will start to become independent. In the wild the males usually leave the group when they reach sexual maturity at approximately six years of age. Females on the other hand remain in the group all their lives.

    At the moment the young monkey is being introduced to group who is showing great interest and are trying to touch him and pick him up.

    This species is considered one of the most intelligent primates from Central America.  They are very sociable animals that are considered to be endangered according to theRed List of Threatened Species that was created in 1963 by theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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  • Terra Natura celebrates the birth of a baby Capuchin Monkey.

    Terra Natura the animal and Nature Park in Benidorm, are celebrating the birth of a baby Capuchin monkey (Cebus Apella Apella). The little one weighing only 200 grams never leaves its mother for an instant and travels around the enclosure clinging to her stomach. From this position the newborn can feed on demand as nature intended.criacapuchino

    It is normal for this species of primate that the mother takes care of the young alone, male capuchins rarely take part in caring for the young.The birth went smoothly with no complications during the night. Keepers found the newborn in perfect health alongside its mother the following morning.

    The gestation period was 160 days and this birth was the 10th healthy Capuchin born in Terra Natura Benidorm.

    Like all mammals the newborn will breastfeed and later with its mothers help include fruit, vegetables, eggs and some meet until it is completely weaned.

    When the young is one year old it will start to become independent. In the wild the males usually leave the group when they reach sexual maturity at approximately six years of age. Females on the other hand remain in the group all their lives.

    At the moment the young monkey is being introduced to group who is showing great interest and are trying to touch him and pick him up.

    This species is considered one of the most intelligent primates from Central America.  They are very sociable animals that are considered to be endangered according to theRed List of Threatened Species that was created in 1963 by theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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  • Hundreds of sports fans in Aqua Natura Benidorm

    Hundreds of sports fans attend the III Kangoo Jumps Festival in Benidorm

    kangoo

    Hundreds of sport fans attended the III Kangoo Jumps Fitness Festival, which was organized by the Spanish Association for Health and  Sports  (AESD).  Aqua Natura Benidorm was transformed into an open air gymnasium, where the participants were able to practise different types of sporting events.  Pilates, spinning, hidrobike, fitness, kangoo jumps, were among some of the activities that formed part of the fitness festival dedicated to physical training and sports.

  • Hundreds of sports fans in Aqua Natura Benidorm

    Hundreds of sports fans attend the III Kangoo Jumps Festival in Benidorm

    kangoo

    Hundreds of sport fans attended the III Kangoo Jumps Fitness Festival, which was organized by the Spanish Association for Health and  Sports  (AESD).  Aqua Natura Benidorm was transformed into an open air gymnasium, where the participants were able to practise different types of sporting events.  Pilates, spinning, hidrobike, fitness, kangoo jumps, were among some of the activities that formed part of the fitness festival dedicated to physical training and sports.

  • Agua Natura Benidorm will host the Third Edition Fitness Festival Kangoo Jumps.


    Aqua Natura Water Park in Benidorm will on 12th June take part in a major outdoor sports festival. Hundreds of people are due to take part in the new edition of Kangoo Jumps Fitness Festival, which has been organized by the Spanish Association for Health and Sport - AESD. The Festival will commence at 9.30 am until 19.00 and  will be held for the third year running in Benidorm.

    kangoo
    During the day, participants can practice different sports among which is  “kangoo jumps”,  a sport  practiced with a special shoe that incorporates a buffer to reduce by up to 80% the impact that occurs when you jump.

    The activities include the worldwide launch of the Fitness Studio System, which includes innovative and fun fitness programs such as pliometric combat, inspired by combat techniques or pliometric mix.  There will also, be sports demonstrations and workshops that combine speed and body exercises such as dance, body function, freestyle or latin rit.

    Practical advice on all types of fitness, along with indoor cycling, hidrobike etc .
    Visitors can attend the Pilates workshop which develops muscle tone and flexibility using special devices that are specially designed to take care of your body and posture.

  • Agua Natura Benidorm will host the Third Edition Fitness Festival Kangoo Jumps.


    Aqua Natura Water Park in Benidorm will on 12th June take part in a major outdoor sports festival. Hundreds of people are due to take part in the new edition of Kangoo Jumps Fitness Festival, which has been organized by the Spanish Association for Health and Sport - AESD. The Festival will commence at 9.30 am until 19.00 and  will be held for the third year running in Benidorm.

    kangoo
    During the day, participants can practice different sports among which is  “kangoo jumps”,  a sport  practiced with a special shoe that incorporates a buffer to reduce by up to 80% the impact that occurs when you jump.

    The activities include the worldwide launch of the Fitness Studio System, which includes innovative and fun fitness programs such as pliometric combat, inspired by combat techniques or pliometric mix.  There will also, be sports demonstrations and workshops that combine speed and body exercises such as dance, body function, freestyle or latin rit.

    Practical advice on all types of fitness, along with indoor cycling, hidrobike etc .
    Visitors can attend the Pilates workshop which develops muscle tone and flexibility using special devices that are specially designed to take care of your body and posture.

  • Aqua Natura develops a pilot scheme to enable the disabled to dive with sea lions.

    Aqua Natura develops a pilot scheme to enable the disabled to dive with sea lions.


    Sea lions from the Aqua Natura Water Park in Benidorm took part in a pilot scheme to enable people with disabilities to scuba dive. ASMIBE members (The Association of Disabled in Benidorm) and Doble Amor both participated yesterday afternoon in the first dive,  which has been designed to bring the world of diving to the disabled community and to enable them to interact with the marine animals.buceoadaptado2


    After putting on a wetsuit and learning the basics techniques, the participants were immersed in the aquarium water. Each participant was accompanied by two specialized monitors from the Diving Stones Centre in Benidorm.  Due to their disabilities both mental and physical, the number participating in the dive was small and the number of staff monitoring the activity was increased.


    Apart from the control and monitoring of the divers, the group was also aided by six other monitors and a psychologist. The standard diving techniques were adapted to the needs of each of the individuals depending on the degree of their disability.

     

    The initiative aims to encourage this interaction as it provides emotional benefits for the disabled person.  The nonverbal communication generated, produces therapeutic benefits which stimulates the central nervous system and in some cases it may be useful for the treatment of depression. Through contact with these animals the person’s self –esteem and confidence is increased.

     

    If you would like to take part in this activity you can do so making by making a reservation in advance.

  • Aqua Natura develops a pilot scheme to enable the disabled to dive with sea lions.

    Aqua Natura develops a pilot scheme to enable the disabled to dive with sea lions.


    Sea lions from the Aqua Natura Water Park in Benidorm took part in a pilot scheme to enable people with disabilities to scuba dive. ASMIBE members (The Association of Disabled in Benidorm) and Doble Amor both participated yesterday afternoon in the first dive,  which has been designed to bring the world of diving to the disabled community and to enable them to interact with the marine animals.buceoadaptado2


    After putting on a wetsuit and learning the basics techniques, the participants were immersed in the aquarium water. Each participant was accompanied by two specialized monitors from the Diving Stones Centre in Benidorm.  Due to their disabilities both mental and physical, the number participating in the dive was small and the number of staff monitoring the activity was increased.


    Apart from the control and monitoring of the divers, the group was also aided by six other monitors and a psychologist. The standard diving techniques were adapted to the needs of each of the individuals depending on the degree of their disability.

     

    The initiative aims to encourage this interaction as it provides emotional benefits for the disabled person.  The nonverbal communication generated, produces therapeutic benefits which stimulates the central nervous system and in some cases it may be useful for the treatment of depression. Through contact with these animals the person’s self –esteem and confidence is increased.

     

    If you would like to take part in this activity you can do so making by making a reservation in advance.

  • Hotel Helios. 10 - 15% of our clients repeat every year.

    “We have at least 10 - 15% of clients that repeat every year” - Manager of the Hotel Helios, Jose Maria Garcia Mondragón.

    After 10 years working in the Hotel Helios, Jose Maria Garcia Mondragón took over as Manager in May of this year.  Jose Maria was born in Zaragoza and came to Benidorm many years ago after completing his military service and graduating from the Tourist School in Zaragoza.   He arrived in Benidorm with just a rucksack and a dream of a professional future in the town.  Now he is at the forefront of the Hotel Helios which is currently under renovation, with a strong team and a high percentage of satisfied clients that return year after year.

    What made you come to Benidorm to pursue a professional career?chema1

    While I was studying at the School of Tourism in Zaragoza, one of the professors stated that Benidorm was every thing a tourist destination should not be.  This fascinated me.  When I arrived and saw the diversity of what was on offer in the area and the atmosphere, I loved it and decided to stay.

    So the expression better to be talked about badly than not to be talked about at all applies?

    They have talked about Benidorm being a saturated tourist destination for years and it was classed as such 22 years ago.  In those days there was a lot less here than there is now but in fact it is exactly the opposite.   By building upwards the resort is much more sustainable.  If everything was constructed horizontally the area from Alicante to Valencia would be completely built up.

    How have you structured the hotel to ensure maximum customer satisfaction?

    I have only been manger for two months but have had the incredible good fortune that I inherited a magnificent team from the previous Manager Sr Casases, and they have made the transition a lot easier for me.  I believe that honesty, humility and  courage are very important  today , you cannot sit back and hide, we must face things head on, stay abreast of the latest trends and technologies.

    How many members of staff do you have and have there been any changes to the team due to the economic situation?

    We have 64 staff members, obviously there has been a reduction but a large percent of our staff have been with the company for many years.  If we need more staff at certain times of the year we generally employ temporary staff from an agency.

    From your experience, is it true that hotel staff in Benidorm are way ahead of other tourist destinations

    Yes, Benidorm leads the way with regard to standards i.e hygiene, prevention etc and demands much more from its hotels than in Palma or Cataluna for example.

     

    The Rincon de Loix area is normally associated with the British tourist.   Are there more foreign clients in the hotels in this area?

    No.  Up until three years ago 70% of the tourists were British and approximately 20% Dutch or Belgium.  Now there has been a drop in the number of British visitors and a growth in the number of Spanish.   There are hotels in the Rincon de Loix area that are dedicated exclusively to the Spanish and Dutch market.  Obviously the British identify with this area and therefore frequent the hotels in this area more than the ones on the Poniente beach or in the centre of Benidorm.

     

    New technology like the internet for example allows the client to familiarise themselves better with the resort and the accommodation that they are to visit and even to read comments from other visitors .  Has this influenced clients’ requirements?

     

    Absolutely, but we shouldn’t be afraid of this.  If we work hard and improve daily then we should not fear these new technologies.  There are of course times when some opinions are negative even ridiculously negative but if you do things well clients do appreciate it.  These negative criticisms also allow you to correct things that are going wrong, for example as a result of one of these comments we are renovating 8 rooms for people with mobility problems and it is proving really popular.

    The hotel has a Web page, has your position on the search engine improved?chema

    Yes, ever since we started including information such as excursions, concerts, national and local fiestas and sporting events in the area our position has improved.

    What leisure activities does the hotel offer?

     

    There are different activities on offer depending on the time of year. During the winter the activities are designed towards retired visitors and during the summer months geared more for children.  In the winter we offer dance classes, keep fit and aqua gym in the heated swimming pool, board games, bingo and in the evening professional shows with live music.  In the summer there are weekly parties and lots of activities for children.

    What percent of clients repeat?

    We have at least 10 - 15% of repeat clients every year.  Some of them have been more than ten times.  Customer satisfaction is extremely important and we have been gaining the confidence of second generation guests.

    Undoubtedly the renovations to the hotel will increase client satisfaction. How is the work progressing?

    We are completely renovating the hotel in stages.  We have approximately 33% of the rooms finished and by June we hope to have completed the work and then upgrade to a four star hotel.

     

    Macu Esteve.

     

     

  • Hotel Helios. 10 - 15% of our clients repeat every year.

    “We have at least 10 - 15% of clients that repeat every year” - Manager of the Hotel Helios, Jose Maria Garcia Mondragón.

    After 10 years working in the Hotel Helios, Jose Maria Garcia Mondragón took over as Manager in May of this year.  Jose Maria was born in Zaragoza and came to Benidorm many years ago after completing his military service and graduating from the Tourist School in Zaragoza.   He arrived in Benidorm with just a rucksack and a dream of a professional future in the town.  Now he is at the forefront of the Hotel Helios which is currently under renovation, with a strong team and a high percentage of satisfied clients that return year after year.

    What made you come to Benidorm to pursue a professional career?chema1

    While I was studying at the School of Tourism in Zaragoza, one of the professors stated that Benidorm was every thing a tourist destination should not be.  This fascinated me.  When I arrived and saw the diversity of what was on offer in the area and the atmosphere, I loved it and decided to stay.

    So the expression better to be talked about badly than not to be talked about at all applies?

    They have talked about Benidorm being a saturated tourist destination for years and it was classed as such 22 years ago.  In those days there was a lot less here than there is now but in fact it is exactly the opposite.   By building upwards the resort is much more sustainable.  If everything was constructed horizontally the area from Alicante to Valencia would be completely built up.

    How have you structured the hotel to ensure maximum customer satisfaction?

    I have only been manger for two months but have had the incredible good fortune that I inherited a magnificent team from the previous Manager Sr Casases, and they have made the transition a lot easier for me.  I believe that honesty, humility and  courage are very important  today , you cannot sit back and hide, we must face things head on, stay abreast of the latest trends and technologies.

    How many members of staff do you have and have there been any changes to the team due to the economic situation?

    We have 64 staff members, obviously there has been a reduction but a large percent of our staff have been with the company for many years.  If we need more staff at certain times of the year we generally employ temporary staff from an agency.

    From your experience, is it true that hotel staff in Benidorm are way ahead of other tourist destinations

    Yes, Benidorm leads the way with regard to standards i.e hygiene, prevention etc and demands much more from its hotels than in Palma or Cataluna for example.

     

    The Rincon de Loix area is normally associated with the British tourist.   Are there more foreign clients in the hotels in this area?

    No.  Up until three years ago 70% of the tourists were British and approximately 20% Dutch or Belgium.  Now there has been a drop in the number of British visitors and a growth in the number of Spanish.   There are hotels in the Rincon de Loix area that are dedicated exclusively to the Spanish and Dutch market.  Obviously the British identify with this area and therefore frequent the hotels in this area more than the ones on the Poniente beach or in the centre of Benidorm.

     

    New technology like the internet for example allows the client to familiarise themselves better with the resort and the accommodation that they are to visit and even to read comments from other visitors .  Has this influenced clients’ requirements?

     

    Absolutely, but we shouldn’t be afraid of this.  If we work hard and improve daily then we should not fear these new technologies.  There are of course times when some opinions are negative even ridiculously negative but if you do things well clients do appreciate it.  These negative criticisms also allow you to correct things that are going wrong, for example as a result of one of these comments we are renovating 8 rooms for people with mobility problems and it is proving really popular.

    The hotel has a Web page, has your position on the search engine improved?chema

    Yes, ever since we started including information such as excursions, concerts, national and local fiestas and sporting events in the area our position has improved.

    What leisure activities does the hotel offer?

     

    There are different activities on offer depending on the time of year. During the winter the activities are designed towards retired visitors and during the summer months geared more for children.  In the winter we offer dance classes, keep fit and aqua gym in the heated swimming pool, board games, bingo and in the evening professional shows with live music.  In the summer there are weekly parties and lots of activities for children.

    What percent of clients repeat?

    We have at least 10 - 15% of repeat clients every year.  Some of them have been more than ten times.  Customer satisfaction is extremely important and we have been gaining the confidence of second generation guests.

    Undoubtedly the renovations to the hotel will increase client satisfaction. How is the work progressing?

    We are completely renovating the hotel in stages.  We have approximately 33% of the rooms finished and by June we hope to have completed the work and then upgrade to a four star hotel.

     

    Macu Esteve.

     

     

  • Opening times for Tourist Information in Benidorm

    Summer opening times for the Tourist Information offices in Benidorm.touristoffice martinezalejos

    Office in the Centre of Benidorm  - Calle Marinez Alejos nº 16,

    Opens:-  Monday to Friday from 09:00 to  21:00 hours .  Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00 hours.

    Telephone:-  96 585 13 11 -  96 585 32 24

     

    touristinforincondeloixRincon de Loix Office.

    Located between Calle Derramador and Calle  Gerona.

    Monday to Friday 09:00 to  21:00 hours.  Saturday  10:00 to 15:00 hours.

    Telephone:- 96 680 67 34 -  96 680 59 14


    tourist office ave europaEuropa

    Located in the Calle Ibiza.

    Monday to Friday 10:00 to 13:00 and  17:00 to 20:00.  Saturday  10:00 to 15:00 hours.

    Telephone:-   96 586 00 95

     

    Estación

    Located at the Bus Station

    Monday to Friday 09:00 to 15:00 .  Saturday - closed.  Telephone:-  96 683 16 48.

     

    www.benidorm.org

    www.comunidadvalenciana.com

  • Opening times for Tourist Information in Benidorm

    Summer opening times for the Tourist Information offices in Benidorm.touristoffice martinezalejos

    Office in the Centre of Benidorm  - Calle Marinez Alejos nº 16,

    Opens:-  Monday to Friday from 09:00 to  21:00 hours .  Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00 hours.

    Telephone:-  96 585 13 11 -  96 585 32 24

     

    touristinforincondeloixRincon de Loix Office.

    Located between Calle Derramador and Calle  Gerona.

    Monday to Friday 09:00 to  21:00 hours.  Saturday  10:00 to 15:00 hours.

    Telephone:- 96 680 67 34 -  96 680 59 14


    tourist office ave europaEuropa

    Located in the Calle Ibiza.

    Monday to Friday 10:00 to 13:00 and  17:00 to 20:00.  Saturday  10:00 to 15:00 hours.

    Telephone:-   96 586 00 95

     

    Estación

    Located at the Bus Station

    Monday to Friday 09:00 to 15:00 .  Saturday - closed.  Telephone:-  96 683 16 48.

     

    www.benidorm.org

    www.comunidadvalenciana.com

  • Cultural Activities in Benidorm June 2010

    arts

    Dance

    12th of June 22:00  Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá Parque de L’Aguera

    TheConservatory for Music and Dance Benidorm

    26th June 22:00 Anfiteatro Òscar Esplà Parque de L'Aguera

    Paqui Mora Dance Academy.

    29th June 21:00  Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá - Parque de L'Aguera

    Dance and Music from Kazakhstan - Erkem-ai, Avezdy- Ylibka

    Exhibitions

    2nd – 15th  of June  Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 14:00 in the Town Hall

    Sculpture exhibition

    Navajas Casa de Castilla la Mancha

    18th to  30th June 09:00 - 14:00 in the Town Hall  World Heritage sites in Rumania

    Rumanian Cultural Institute  Madrid

    Rumanian Asociation  Ulpia Traiana Benidorm

    Theatre

    Every Thursday.

    4th June Plaza Neptuno  19:00. Stories from Benidorm PIM PAM PUM 1º episode  ¿A donde vamos de vacaciones?

    11th June Centro Social La Torreta 19:00. Stories from Benidorm  2º episode -PIM PAM PUM  Cuidamos Benidorm

    18th June Parque Avd de Bélgica. 19:00 3º episode – Stories from Benidorm  PIM PAM PUM

    20th June 22: Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá Parque de L’AgueraCatarsis – Tres Sombreros de Copa de Miguel Mihura.

    25th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá Parque de L'Aguera 19:00 Stories from Benidorm  PIM PAM PUM 4º episode " Un rincón para la cultura"

    Art Workshops

    Every Satureday, for all age groups FREE 11:00 – 13:00

    Músic

    4th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá- Parque de L'Aiguera 22:00 Sejazz.-  The Hippie Monks.

    5th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá- Parque de L'Aiguera. 22:00.  Symphonic band - Unión Musical.

    10th June Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aquera 22:00 Rumanian Folklore group – Music and Dance – Rumanian Asociation  "Ulpia Traiana"

    11th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá 22:00Traspies- Frequenzy

    18th Junio Anfiteatro Òscar Esplá 22:00Sra Robinson, Mirza Zaza

    19th June  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla Parque de L'Aguera 22:00

    5th Festival of Bands "Cuitat de Benidorm"

    Unión Musical Casinense (Casinos Valencia)

    Fomento Musical de Navarres (Navarres Valencia)

    Agrupacion Musical  "Jose Gracia Sanchez" de Pozuelo de Calatrava (Pozuelo de Calatrava Ciudad Real)

    Societat Musical L'Illa de Benidorm (Benidorm Alicante)

    25th  June 22:00  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla -  Petalos Negros-  Switch off

    30th June22:00  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla Parque de L'Aguera-  Viva el Pasodoble . Asociacion sociocultural el Desguace Violeta Montenegro.

  • Cultural Activities in Benidorm June 2010

    arts

    Dance

    12th of June 22:00  Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá Parque de L’Aguera

    TheConservatory for Music and Dance Benidorm

    26th June 22:00 Anfiteatro Òscar Esplà Parque de L'Aguera

    Paqui Mora Dance Academy.

    29th June 21:00  Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá - Parque de L'Aguera

    Dance and Music from Kazakhstan - Erkem-ai, Avezdy- Ylibka

    Exhibitions

    2nd – 15th  of June  Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 14:00 in the Town Hall

    Sculpture exhibition

    Navajas Casa de Castilla la Mancha

    18th to  30th June 09:00 - 14:00 in the Town Hall  World Heritage sites in Rumania

    Rumanian Cultural Institute  Madrid

    Rumanian Asociation  Ulpia Traiana Benidorm

    Theatre

    Every Thursday.

    4th June Plaza Neptuno  19:00. Stories from Benidorm PIM PAM PUM 1º episode  ¿A donde vamos de vacaciones?

    11th June Centro Social La Torreta 19:00. Stories from Benidorm  2º episode -PIM PAM PUM  Cuidamos Benidorm

    18th June Parque Avd de Bélgica. 19:00 3º episode – Stories from Benidorm  PIM PAM PUM

    20th June 22: Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá Parque de L’AgueraCatarsis – Tres Sombreros de Copa de Miguel Mihura.

    25th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá Parque de L'Aguera 19:00 Stories from Benidorm  PIM PAM PUM 4º episode " Un rincón para la cultura"

    Art Workshops

    Every Satureday, for all age groups FREE 11:00 – 13:00

    Músic

    4th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá- Parque de L'Aiguera 22:00 Sejazz.-  The Hippie Monks.

    5th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá- Parque de L'Aiguera. 22:00.  Symphonic band - Unión Musical.

    10th June Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aquera 22:00 Rumanian Folklore group – Music and Dance – Rumanian Asociation  "Ulpia Traiana"

    11th June Anfiteatro Óscar Esplá 22:00Traspies- Frequenzy

    18th Junio Anfiteatro Òscar Esplá 22:00Sra Robinson, Mirza Zaza

    19th June  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla Parque de L'Aguera 22:00

    5th Festival of Bands "Cuitat de Benidorm"

    Unión Musical Casinense (Casinos Valencia)

    Fomento Musical de Navarres (Navarres Valencia)

    Agrupacion Musical  "Jose Gracia Sanchez" de Pozuelo de Calatrava (Pozuelo de Calatrava Ciudad Real)

    Societat Musical L'Illa de Benidorm (Benidorm Alicante)

    25th  June 22:00  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla -  Petalos Negros-  Switch off

    30th June22:00  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla Parque de L'Aguera-  Viva el Pasodoble . Asociacion sociocultural el Desguace Violeta Montenegro.

  • The Dolphins of Sierra Helada in Benidorm

    delfines2

    On the 11th , 12th and 13th of June the Nature Park of the Sierra Helada will host 3 days of lectures and discussions about the dolphins that visit the area.

    Friday 11th June

    10:00 Inauguration.

    10:15 Study of the cetaceans in their natural environment.  Patricia Gozalbes.  Conselleria MAAUH.

    11:00 The presence of the mular dolphin in the Nature Park Serra Gelada.  Jose Antonio Esteban.  LÓceanographic.

    11:45 Break.

    12:15 The diet of the listed dolphins in waters of the Valencian Community. Raul Miguez Lozano.  University of Valencia.

    13:00 La RAD Juan Guillen.  Institut d´Ecologia Litora.

    14:00 Lunch

    16:00 Following the dolphins of the Nature Park Serra Gelada.  Jose Santamaria.  Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada.

    16:45 Photo identification of the dolphins.  Russell Hollingworth.  Marina Biologist.

    17:30 Break

    18:00 Conference Watch how we watch.  Joana Vian, Espco Tallassa, Pico Island Acores.

    19:00 Baptism of the Dolphins.

    Saturday 12th June 08:00 - 13:00 excursion by boat to the Lighthouse in Albir to observe the dolphins.

    Sunday 13th June 08:00 - 13:00 excursion by boat to the lighthouse in Albir to observe the dolphins.

    Hotel Albir Playa 11 to 13th June 2010 Alfas del Pi

    Information and inscriptions.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 966.807.879

    Generalitat Valenciana

  • The Dolphins of Sierra Helada in Benidorm

    delfines2

    On the 11th , 12th and 13th of June the Nature Park of the Sierra Helada will host 3 days of lectures and discussions about the dolphins that visit the area.

    Friday 11th June

    10:00 Inauguration.

    10:15 Study of the cetaceans in their natural environment.  Patricia Gozalbes.  Conselleria MAAUH.

    11:00 The presence of the mular dolphin in the Nature Park Serra Gelada.  Jose Antonio Esteban.  LÓceanographic.

    11:45 Break.

    12:15 The diet of the listed dolphins in waters of the Valencian Community. Raul Miguez Lozano.  University of Valencia.

    13:00 La RAD Juan Guillen.  Institut d´Ecologia Litora.

    14:00 Lunch

    16:00 Following the dolphins of the Nature Park Serra Gelada.  Jose Santamaria.  Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada.

    16:45 Photo identification of the dolphins.  Russell Hollingworth.  Marina Biologist.

    17:30 Break

    18:00 Conference Watch how we watch.  Joana Vian, Espco Tallassa, Pico Island Acores.

    19:00 Baptism of the Dolphins.

    Saturday 12th June 08:00 - 13:00 excursion by boat to the Lighthouse in Albir to observe the dolphins.

    Sunday 13th June 08:00 - 13:00 excursion by boat to the lighthouse in Albir to observe the dolphins.

    Hotel Albir Playa 11 to 13th June 2010 Alfas del Pi

    Information and inscriptions.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 966.807.879

    Generalitat Valenciana

  • The medieval era between Benidorm and L''Alfaz

    Half way between Benidorm and Alfaz del Piyou can leap back in time to the Medieval era.  A time of knights, ladies, lances, challenges and above all honour.  The Castle “Count of Alfaz”transports you back to the middle ages with their medieval show located inside the Excalibur Complex.

    Castle Count of Alfaz The show started just over 30 years ago and along with the rest of the installations is part of the Magic Costa Blanca hotel chain.   The idea came from Francisco Garcia, the President of the Magic Costa Blanca chain, explains Enrique Folgado, the manager of the Medieval Challenge.

    Thirty years ago this type of show only existed in the United States and Mr Garcia thought that it would complement what was already on offer to the tourist sector in the Costa Blancaappealing to all nationalities and age groups.  This is demonstrated by the number of yearly visitors to the castle; approximately 40.000 people visit the castle, mainly during the summer season.

    The castle covers 3,000 square metres and the Pit of Terror which is another part of the experience and only for those who are willing to confront their most terrifying nightmares, more that 400 square metres.

    The Medieval Challenge offers a medieval banquet and show in which the visitor is an integral part of the experience taking part in games and near deadly challenges.

    The visitor is not just a spectator but an active part of the show.  They are divided into opposing teams red and green on their arrival and take part in traditional games, sack races and the handkerchief game among others.

    The count of Alfaz and his young wife are splendid hosts and greet each guest individually on arrival.  Guests are divided into two groups that in approximately one hour will meet face to face in a challenge performed by mounted knights armed with lances and other weapons from the era.

    FOTO TEMPLARIOS ROJOS Y NEGROSA challenge in which the knights must demonstrate strength, honour and loyalty to the Count and the visitor must show his potential by winning points for his team.  All this leads to the final armed battle where defeat is never accepted by the loser who claims revenge, something that also happened in medieval times.

    The show is performed right in front of the spectator, the staging, decoration inside the castle, costumes worn by the knights and the medieval banquet giving you the sensation of actually being there, centuries ago.   Those attending the banquet enjoy an excellent menu from the era comprising of soup, chicken, roasted pork ribs, and roast potatoes.  A menu which following strict medieval tradition must be eaten with your fingers!

    When the banquet has finished and three of the six knights remain in the Count’s favour guests can either leave with the court jester, a hunchback with the knack of getting a laugh from the public, to the dark side of his owner’s property, the Pit of Terror, or make their way to the discotheque, also in the castle.

    The Medieval challenge, its content and staging have changed a lot over the thirty years and so has the client, each one finding a fun way to spend their free time with friends or family at the Castle Conde de Alfaz.

    Macu Esteve.

  • The medieval era between Benidorm and L''Alfaz

    Half way between Benidorm and Alfaz del Piyou can leap back in time to the Medieval era.  A time of knights, ladies, lances, challenges and above all honour.  The Castle “Count of Alfaz”transports you back to the middle ages with their medieval show located inside the Excalibur Complex.

    Castle Count of Alfaz The show started just over 30 years ago and along with the rest of the installations is part of the Magic Costa Blanca hotel chain.   The idea came from Francisco Garcia, the President of the Magic Costa Blanca chain, explains Enrique Folgado, the manager of the Medieval Challenge.

    Thirty years ago this type of show only existed in the United States and Mr Garcia thought that it would complement what was already on offer to the tourist sector in the Costa Blancaappealing to all nationalities and age groups.  This is demonstrated by the number of yearly visitors to the castle; approximately 40.000 people visit the castle, mainly during the summer season.

    The castle covers 3,000 square metres and the Pit of Terror which is another part of the experience and only for those who are willing to confront their most terrifying nightmares, more that 400 square metres.

    The Medieval Challenge offers a medieval banquet and show in which the visitor is an integral part of the experience taking part in games and near deadly challenges.

    The visitor is not just a spectator but an active part of the show.  They are divided into opposing teams red and green on their arrival and take part in traditional games, sack races and the handkerchief game among others.

    The count of Alfaz and his young wife are splendid hosts and greet each guest individually on arrival.  Guests are divided into two groups that in approximately one hour will meet face to face in a challenge performed by mounted knights armed with lances and other weapons from the era.

    FOTO TEMPLARIOS ROJOS Y NEGROSA challenge in which the knights must demonstrate strength, honour and loyalty to the Count and the visitor must show his potential by winning points for his team.  All this leads to the final armed battle where defeat is never accepted by the loser who claims revenge, something that also happened in medieval times.

    The show is performed right in front of the spectator, the staging, decoration inside the castle, costumes worn by the knights and the medieval banquet giving you the sensation of actually being there, centuries ago.   Those attending the banquet enjoy an excellent menu from the era comprising of soup, chicken, roasted pork ribs, and roast potatoes.  A menu which following strict medieval tradition must be eaten with your fingers!

    When the banquet has finished and three of the six knights remain in the Count’s favour guests can either leave with the court jester, a hunchback with the knack of getting a laugh from the public, to the dark side of his owner’s property, the Pit of Terror, or make their way to the discotheque, also in the castle.

    The Medieval challenge, its content and staging have changed a lot over the thirty years and so has the client, each one finding a fun way to spend their free time with friends or family at the Castle Conde de Alfaz.

    Macu Esteve.

  • Aqualandia Benidorm celebrates 25 years

    It is one of the largest water parks in the world and the first to be installed in Spain, a total of 150,000 m² dedicated to leisure and fun with more than half a million visitors each year.  We are of course talking about Aqualandia in Benidorm.  It was May 1985 when Aqualandia first opened its gates to the public, so when it opens for the new season this year it will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.Toboganes2

    With the economic crisis in everyone’s minds it is running an “anti crisis” campaign for pensioners and those on lower incomes, giving them special prices so no one misses out on a fun filled day with the family, and passes for the whole season for those who will be visiting the park on more than one occasion.

    After 25 years it has become a must for visitors and residents alike, the Black Hole or Kamikaze are names immediately associated with Aqualandia but it is also famous for having the tallest water slide in Europe only recommended for thrill seekers that have no fear.

    Apart from the water slides, there are 6 in total; the park offers areas for relaxing after the adrenalin rush.  Areas such as the Niagara, Amazons, Atlantic Surf and the Jacuzzis and there is also an area exclusively for children which includes smaller versions of the slides. The Rapids and the Laguna are areas characterised by the use of the yellow doughnut rings and all these attractions are complemented by the restaurant and picnic areas in the park.

    Aqualandia Big BangAqualandia offers its visitors new experience for example the possibility to swim with sea lions.  Animals are the stars of its neighbouring park Mundomar which is a perfect way to end your day after soaking in the waters of AqualandiaSea lions, parrots and other exotic birds, owls, flamingos, the friendly lemurs, comical penguins, dolphins and turtles reside together in Mundomar along with the squirrel monkey, a species of small monkey, that lives in groups and excels in hunting.  Your visit to Mundomar would not just include admiring the animals, there are various live shows performed in the park featuring parrots, dolphins and sea lions.

    Mundomar opens all year round and in the winter season receives visits from school children hungry to learn about the different species and their habits.  These visits are organised jointly by the education department at the park and the attending schools, during the last school year 20.000 pupils visited Mundomar from different areas in the province of Alicante.

     

    Macu Esteve.

  • Aqualandia Benidorm celebrates 25 years

    It is one of the largest water parks in the world and the first to be installed in Spain, a total of 150,000 m² dedicated to leisure and fun with more than half a million visitors each year.  We are of course talking about Aqualandia in Benidorm.  It was May 1985 when Aqualandia first opened its gates to the public, so when it opens for the new season this year it will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.Toboganes2

    With the economic crisis in everyone’s minds it is running an “anti crisis” campaign for pensioners and those on lower incomes, giving them special prices so no one misses out on a fun filled day with the family, and passes for the whole season for those who will be visiting the park on more than one occasion.

    After 25 years it has become a must for visitors and residents alike, the Black Hole or Kamikaze are names immediately associated with Aqualandia but it is also famous for having the tallest water slide in Europe only recommended for thrill seekers that have no fear.

    Apart from the water slides, there are 6 in total; the park offers areas for relaxing after the adrenalin rush.  Areas such as the Niagara, Amazons, Atlantic Surf and the Jacuzzis and there is also an area exclusively for children which includes smaller versions of the slides. The Rapids and the Laguna are areas characterised by the use of the yellow doughnut rings and all these attractions are complemented by the restaurant and picnic areas in the park.

    Aqualandia Big BangAqualandia offers its visitors new experience for example the possibility to swim with sea lions.  Animals are the stars of its neighbouring park Mundomar which is a perfect way to end your day after soaking in the waters of AqualandiaSea lions, parrots and other exotic birds, owls, flamingos, the friendly lemurs, comical penguins, dolphins and turtles reside together in Mundomar along with the squirrel monkey, a species of small monkey, that lives in groups and excels in hunting.  Your visit to Mundomar would not just include admiring the animals, there are various live shows performed in the park featuring parrots, dolphins and sea lions.

    Mundomar opens all year round and in the winter season receives visits from school children hungry to learn about the different species and their habits.  These visits are organised jointly by the education department at the park and the attending schools, during the last school year 20.000 pupils visited Mundomar from different areas in the province of Alicante.

     

    Macu Esteve.

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    Benidorm in Palace: orgullo de Costa Blanca


    Benidorm Palace Cena EspectáculoSon las seis de la tarde. A esas horas en Benidorm las playas devuelven una brisa fresca y un sol suave a quienes estamos junto a la orilla. Es quizá el momento de tomar un café, o sencillamente de deambular por esas callejuelas llenas de risas, de colores, de escaparates. Las mismas aceras que no duermen: que no descansan de día ni de noche,  y que mantienen vivo el asfalto de la ciudad a cualquier hora.

    En Benidorm no te sientes ajeno. Parece que su gente siempre te está esperando. Siempre hay algo que ofrecerte en esta ciudad: bulliciosos paseos junto al mar, cientos de terrazas donde conversar, o rendirse al sol de invierno, miles de detalles y objetos que comprar a todas horas, reclamos en forma de luces que distraen el ánimo, lugares donde conectar miradas bajo cualquier banda sonora de tu vida. Cada semana, más de doscientos mil nuevos vecinos volvemos a ser turistas la semana siguiente.

    Es hora de volver al hotel. De cruzar el jardín hacia el vestíbulo y subir a la habitación. Tras la ducha te cambias de ropa y sales al encuentro de la noche. En recepción preguntas donde cenar cómodamente, donde bailar al ritmo de temas inolvidables, donde poder tomar una copa o ver alguna de las atracciones únicas, o espectáculos que las guías turísticas presentan o se apresuran a anunciar por Internet. Te contestan amablemente con una sonrisa y un plano: con su nombre en la solapa te señala restaurantes de buen comer aquí y allá, cafeterías con baile, y lugares variopintos donde artistas, humoristas o seres excepcionales te distraen con exhibiciones nunca vistas. Antes de dar las gracias por la información la recepcionista se detiene. Con rotundidad afirma: lo que usted busca es algo como el Benidorm Palace. Lo tiene todo en una sola noche, en un solo local. Asiento con la mirada. La muchacha es diligente con una llamada:
    .- Aquí tiene su reserva. El espectáculo se llama Crescendo. Lo acaban de estrenar.

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  • ...orgullo de Costa Blanca (II)

     

    ...orgullo de Costa Blanca (II)


    Benidorm Palace Cena EspectáculoMe dispongo inquieto a caminar. No queda lejos. Casi vale la pena ir andando, sin traspiés. Dejándote ver por quien se exhibe. Por momentos te sientes elegante, casual, alternativo, dandi o cualquier otra expresión del carnaval de la vida. Qué más da! Te diriges a un sitio único, cosmopolita y entrañable. Todos los lugareños lo conocen amigablemente como “el Palace”.
    Comienzas a reconocer la ubicación de este local en la ciudad porque a tu paso se van uniendo parejas de paso romántico, familias ilusionadas con hijos de mirada expectante, grupos de amigos con ganas de sorprenderse, coches con clientes habituales que saben lo que quieren y no arriesgan, autobuses con grupos de gente que tiene la vida hecha y merecen un disfrute, ciudadanos de lenguas, perfumes, atuendos y afectos diversos: todo un mosaico de humanidad encaminado hacia el templo del ocio en Benidorm.

    La fachada fascina, y no defrauda, con esa especie de serpenteante pared brillante y sugestiva, alzada a base de sofisticados paneles plateados y engarzados al aire que reflectan la luz: como si preanunciasen la comedia de la vida que cada jornada se cuece dentro.

    Queda a penas media hora para abrir las puertas. Son las ocho y media, y sonríes cómplice a los que llegan después que tu. Unos se arreglan la solapa, otras se ciñen la cadera, mientras los de más allá echan fotos para demostrar lo inolvidable, para captura una fachada que se sale de encuadre. En el interior ya son más de cien repasando la composición de las mesas, colocando las últimas copas y cubiertos sobre los manteles, abrillantando los aseos, haciendo pruebas de luces, enfriando bebidas, activando telones, reponiendo en camerino decenas de trajes, zapatos, pelucas, plumas, abalorios y porciones de fulgentes swarovski. Son decenas y decenas de profesionales a ritmo de cha-cha-cha. Cada uno en su rango. Cada uno en su lugar con todo dispuesto a recibirte. Ya hemos traspasado el umbral, compramos ávidos el programa de mano, y alguien cortésmente nos indica que descendamos a la sala.

    Decir que el Benidorm Palace es único en su género no añade nada nuevo a lo que ya sabemos por las guías, la prensa y el propio sector. Son más de treinta años abriendo sus puertas. Y eso se nota. No queda ningún espacio de ocio como este en todo el Mediterráneo: realmente no se comprende esta afirmación en toda su magnitud hasta que estás sumergido entre sus paredes, seducido por su atmósfera, y compruebas atónito cómo se abalanza el escenario sobre ti al primer compás que suena en cada espectáculo.



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  • ...orgullo de Costa Blanca (III)

     

    ...orgullo de Costa Blanca (III)
     

    Benidorm Palace Dinner Show

    Acceder a la Sala principal de “el Palace” es como zambullirte en una inmensa bañera de terciopelo azul, salpicada de luces, de destellos, de camareros atentos donde todo transcurre agradablemente, con precisión. Da igual la mesa donde cenes, la visibilidad es total y perfecta desde cualquier ángulo. Con los primeros platos se abre el inmenso telo rojo que cubre una boca de escenario de más de veinte metros. Es la orquesta que llega a los postres. Mejor así: los temas que interpretan no te dejan indiferente y ya están en la pista central decenas de parejas haciéndole caso a sus pies, a sus caderas y a esta especie de desinhibición que te saca lo más simpático que hay en ti.

    Si vuelves a tu mesa ya tienes dispuesto un fabuloso trago de cava frío, como si supieran que lo vas a necesitar. La orquesta suena como una big-band y por un momento te sientes como el chico de la película en pleno rodaje. Presientes que algo magnífico va a suceder en la siguiente escena.

    Ya sentados se apagan todas las luces. Se hace el silencio. Es un instante que sobrecoge hasta que comienza a arreciar un lluvia de miles de luces que te traspasan el corazón, los ojos y las manos. Parece que flotas sobre la silla. La música inunda la sala y sobre el escenario se desata, a un ritmo trepidante, un vendaval de bailarines con una coreografía impactante llena de plasticidad y efectista. La fuerza del escenario llega a tu misma mesa y solo puedes dejarte llevar. Son decenas de cuerpos esculturales marcando el paso preciso sobre el escenario: rotundos, con una presencia casi celestial aumentada por esos juegos de plumas de colores y de vestuarios imposibles que desbordan la imaginación. Están contigo. Con todos. Delante mismo de ti mientras te rindes boquiabierto a su complicidad rítmica.

     

    Ha acabado el primer número del espectáculo y casi sin darte cuenta ya están en escena una de esas atracciones que hacen de lo excepcional algo a la medida humana, que arrancan aplausos con cada proeza. En vestuario solo hay tiempo para recuperar al aliento, retocar el maquillaje y cambiar de trajes. Es momento de tango, de noche arrabalera dentro de la propia noche de “el Palace”. Es un número sentido, apasionado, conmovedor, a piel. Con las ultimas notas del bandoneón emerge del escenario todo un prodigio de fusión de artes y raíces, del puro flamenco a los ancestrales ritmos celtas, con el acierto artístico de llevar cada coreografía hasta el límite donde se funde con los sonidos de otros mundos, de otras culturas. Es lo que tiene el espectáculo: que te conecta con la expresión humana más elemental, con el mismo latido que acompaña nuestras vidas. Solo que aquí el corazón late en los pies hasta robar quejidos y estremecer el escenario.

  • ...orgullo de Costa Blanca (y IV)

     

    ...orgullo de Costa Blanca (y IV)

    Benidorm Palaca Dinner Show

    Es media noche. Ha finalizado la primera parte y sin descanso la orquesta vuelve a sonar para ti. Es mejor venir con compañía al Benidorm Palace y dedicarte unos compases sobre la pista. Será porque el baile nos hace comunes y nos une, nos predispone a relacionarnos a cara descubierta, pero en esta sala de fiestas se cumplen y se proyectan los deseos hasta liberar el ser feliz que llevamos dentro.

    Es momento de tomar una copa, y de sacar matices a lo que acabas de ver. Comienza la segunda parte. Te sientes en casa con más de treinta bailarines exhibiendo la marcada raíz del ballet clásico español con esa gracia elegante, el talle estirado y el sabor del sur a cada paso: compases que evocan a Goya y a Velázquez, a la frescura de las fuentes de la Alhambra. La orquestación del tema envuelve y presientes –cautivo-, que volverás irremediablemente a “el Palace”. En ese instante la escenografía da un giro espectacular. Suenan compases de rock and roll, del clásico, del que puso los cimientos de la revolución musical popular del s. XX.

    El cuerpo de baile se desparrama por la sala mientras todos levantamos los brazos para compartir el compás y las palmas. Los jeans dejan paso al número final: una colosal escenografía en blancos y brillantes, repleta de elegantes chaqués, sombreros de copa y fascinadoras plumas que insinúan, realzan y envuelven cada nota de una orquestación generosa. Aun quedan sorpresas por desvelar.

    Ya te has olvidado de lo que sucede en el exterior, y de lo que harás la semana siguiente. Por unas horas te has hecho protagonista de “el Palace”. Así es el espectáculo. Porque el final de las buenas películas es mejor no desvelarlo. En una esquina de la sala el productor y el jefe de sala sonríen satisfechos. Una vez más lo han conseguido. Como las más de trescientas noches al año que puntualmente abren las puertas a las noches de la Costa Blanca. Volveré.

    Tomy Everet.
    Reporter.



     
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    Benidorm Palace Cena EspectáculoMe dispongo inquieto a caminar. No queda lejos. Casi vale la pena ir andando, sin traspiés. Dejándote ver por quien se exhibe. Por momentos te sientes elegante, casual, alternativo, dandi o cualquier otra expresión del carnaval de la vida. Qué más da! Te diriges a un sitio único, cosmopolita y entrañable. Todos los lugareños lo conocen amigablemente como “el Palace”.
    Comienzas a reconocer la ubicación de este local en la ciudad porque a tu paso se van uniendo parejas de paso romántico, familias ilusionadas con hijos de mirada expectante, grupos de amigos con ganas de sorprenderse, coches con clientes habituales que saben lo que quieren y no arriesgan, autobuses con grupos de gente que tiene la vida hecha y merecen un disfrute, ciudadanos de lenguas, perfumes, atuendos y afectos diversos: todo un mosaico de humanidad encaminado hacia el templo del ocio en Benidorm.

    La fachada fascina, y no defrauda, con esa especie de serpenteante pared brillante y sugestiva, alzada a base de sofisticados paneles plateados y engarzados al aire que reflectan la luz: como si preanunciasen la comedia de la vida que cada jornada se cuece dentro.

    Queda a penas media hora para abrir las puertas. Son las ocho y media, y sonríes cómplice a los que llegan después que tu. Unos se arreglan la solapa, otras se ciñen la cadera, mientras los de más allá echan fotos para demostrar lo inolvidable, para captura una fachada que se sale de encuadre. En el interior ya son más de cien repasando la composición de las mesas, colocando las últimas copas y cubiertos sobre los manteles, abrillantando los aseos, haciendo pruebas de luces, enfriando bebidas, activando telones, reponiendo en camerino decenas de trajes, zapatos, pelucas, plumas, abalorios y porciones de fulgentes swarovski. Son decenas y decenas de profesionales a ritmo de cha-cha-cha. Cada uno en su rango. Cada uno en su lugar con todo dispuesto a recibirte. Ya hemos traspasado el umbral, compramos ávidos el programa de mano, y alguien cortésmente nos indica que descendamos a la sala.

    Decir que el Benidorm Palace es único en su género no añade nada nuevo a lo que ya sabemos por las guías, la prensa y el propio sector. Son más de treinta años abriendo sus puertas. Y eso se nota. No queda ningún espacio de ocio como este en todo el Mediterráneo: realmente no se comprende esta afirmación en toda su magnitud hasta que estás sumergido entre sus paredes, seducido por su atmósfera, y compruebas atónito cómo se abalanza el escenario sobre ti al primer compás que suena en cada espectáculo.



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    Benidorm Palaca Dinner Show

    Es media noche. Ha finalizado la primera parte y sin descanso la orquesta vuelve a sonar para ti. Es mejor venir con compañía al Benidorm Palace y dedicarte unos compases sobre la pista. Será porque el baile nos hace comunes y nos une, nos predispone a relacionarnos a cara descubierta, pero en esta sala de fiestas se cumplen y se proyectan los deseos hasta liberar el ser feliz que llevamos dentro.

    Es momento de tomar una copa, y de sacar matices a lo que acabas de ver. Comienza la segunda parte. Te sientes en casa con más de treinta bailarines exhibiendo la marcada raíz del ballet clásico español con esa gracia elegante, el talle estirado y el sabor del sur a cada paso: compases que evocan a Goya y a Velázquez, a la frescura de las fuentes de la Alhambra. La orquestación del tema envuelve y presientes –cautivo-, que volverás irremediablemente a “el Palace”. En ese instante la escenografía da un giro espectacular. Suenan compases de rock and roll, del clásico, del que puso los cimientos de la revolución musical popular del s. XX.

    El cuerpo de baile se desparrama por la sala mientras todos levantamos los brazos para compartir el compás y las palmas. Los jeans dejan paso al número final: una colosal escenografía en blancos y brillantes, repleta de elegantes chaqués, sombreros de copa y fascinadoras plumas que insinúan, realzan y envuelven cada nota de una orquestación generosa. Aun quedan sorpresas por desvelar.

    Ya te has olvidado de lo que sucede en el exterior, y de lo que harás la semana siguiente. Por unas horas te has hecho protagonista de “el Palace”. Así es el espectáculo. Porque el final de las buenas películas es mejor no desvelarlo. En una esquina de la sala el productor y el jefe de sala sonríen satisfechos. Una vez más lo han conseguido. Como las más de trescientas noches al año que puntualmente abren las puertas a las noches de la Costa Blanca. Volveré.

    Tomy Everet.
    Reporter.



     
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