Caserio del Mirador review

We visited Caserio del Mirador in August 2010 with the Boy. I wrote this review shortly after but thought I would share it with you now on here in case you are looking for a fantastic family friendly holiday.

We found Caserio del Mirador via the brilliant Baby Friendly Boltholes. The Man, the Boy and I (who was 21 months at the time) had a fantastic two week break and would not hesitate to recommend it for young families seeking a relaxing holiday where everyone’s needs – children and adults – are catered for.

Set in the mountains, an hours drive from Alicante airport (nice cheap easyjet flights from Gatwick) it is a beautiful location nestled amongst olive and almond groves and not much else. The remoteness of the location means kids can roam freely from the pool to the trampoline to see the horses, goats or rabbits without the fear of passing cars yet it is only a 7 minute drive to the nearest bar/restaurant/supermarket and 25 minutes to our favourite beach ( Calpe ).

Although you are not smack bang in the middle of a holiday resort, so a car is a must have, there are plenty of things to do both on and offsite. Onsite activities are mainly relaxing for the adults and swimming, playing in the sandpit/trampoline/playground/ping pong table or feeding the animals for the little ones. Within a 25-45 minute drive there are a number of lovely beaches, some nice little towns to visit (Moraira and Altea) or bigger more touristy cities (such as Denia or Benidorm), Aqualandia – a fantastic waterpark suitable for all ages from walking onwards, a funfair in the evenings (most suitable for ages 1 – 8), waterfalls and even a few mountains to climb!

The owners, Sarah and Johnny along with their children Poppy, Florence and Charlie give you just the right mixture of presence and privacy and the Robinson family are a big part in what makes this such a friendly and relaxed holiday. Sarah (the cooking) and Johnny (the drinks pouring/local history knowledge) cater for guests – kids and adults separately – each night (except Mondays and Wednesdays) and as someone who loves food I was happily impressed with the quality of both the ingredients and the cooking and, whilst all of it had a Spanish influence, there was enough variety to not get bored of eating there every night. In fact, the Man and I didn’t even take advantage of the babysitting service, as we would usually, to go out for dinner. Dinners are served communally on the upstairs terrace (within baby monitor distance) or privately on your own terrace, although we ate communally both with guests and with Sarah and Johnny as it was such a nice event and a lovely relaxing evening – especially being able to stumble 5 metres to bed after all the beer, wine and desert wine served every night!

Kids teas were a nice event each evening with kids being fed a range of foods and any special requests – early feeding, fussy eating – were catered for alongside a glass of beer/wine for the parents.

Our apartment (Nina) was a large one bedroom with room for a cot or toddler bed and a small kitchen. A small TV is in the living area which sporadically picked up UK channels and in any case there were enough to keep the Boy entertained while we had a lie in. There was no bath but a large bucket/bowl is provided which is not ideal but fine for a holiday (and big enough for the Boy to sit in). Great power shower! Although this is a self catering holiday the apartments are cleaned every other day which is lovely to come back to and towels/sheets etc changed after a week if you are staying on.

The outside areas of the property are well kept, the pool is well maintained, sunloungers are freely available and there were the most comfortable outdoor sofas (perfect for a glass of wine and a book after kids are in bed!). There is an honesty bar with soft drinks, beer, wine and ice creams by the pool. There is no need to bring your own toys, books, inflatables, parasols, beach blankets/towels, buckets/spades etc as there is a communal area to borrow these and a really good selection to choose from. There is a ping pong table onsite which was a fun alternative to the pool and beauty treatments are available on site once a week.

If it all sounds good, that’s because it really was and we look forward to returning to Caserio del Mirador soon.

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