UK to ‘Asia’ in 2 Hours — Asia Gardens Hotel
As much as we dislike mega early morning flights, this year we have done more than we can count. It’s not until the alarm goes off at 3am that we realise why we got such a good deal on that air fare… and every time we do it we say that we’ll never do it again.
Yet here we were again, creeping around in the dark as quietly as we could so that we wouldn’t disturb our neighbours. As you may have seen on our Instagram stories; we made the journey across the Pennines to Manchester Airport in the fog, hopped on a plane and landed on the Alicante coast in Spain just before lunch.
Our reasons for visiting Spain were twofold. We were invited by Asia Gardens to spend a couple of nights at their hotel and as we learned a little about the concept of the resort we were intrigued - the hotel aims to create ‘an Asian paradise in the Mediterranean’. And also we really wanted to take a couple of days to relax as we’ve had a whirlwind of travelling in the past 6 months and with a whole lot of work still to fit in before the end of the year we wanted to do as much as we could to relax, even just for a short time.
Even though it was November we were met with much milder weather than we had left behind in the UK so we were able to pack extremely light and breezed our way to our coach transfer. We had toyed with the idea of hiring a car but figured that as we just wanted to relax, immerse ourselves in the hotel and as our stay there was so short we wouldn’t have too much time to explore beyond the hotel gates. We would recommend hiring a car if you stayed longer, because Spain is definitely somewhere worth exploring - we’ve been a couple of times and would highly recommend it.
As we were driven towards the hotel we could pick it out of the hillside straight away; the gardens looked green and lush against the relatively arid surroundings.
We were welcomed into the hotel through their impressive lobby, handed herbal tea and immediately felt transported much further away from home than the reality. The whole place definitely had a Southeast Asian feeling to it and we’d only just arrived.
After checking in we were shown to our room, complete with garden and sea views from the terrace. The room itself was massive, with all the amenities you could think of plus the biggest bed we’ve ever seen.
The gardens here really did live up to their reputation; it felt like a lush jungle with many palm trees and exotic plants filling the vast grounds, all surrounding three main pools (two of which are heated from October to May for year round outdoor swimming).
We spent most of our time exploring the hotel grounds and eating lots of delicious food, whilst sitting and reading in between.
The weather didn’t hold out on our second day, but the rain added to the overall tropical feel of it all. The hotel provided umbrellas everywhere so we didn’t need to get wet at all.
November in Alicante is *usually* glorious, and a great time to visit when the skies are clear and the temperature is a little cooler.
We made use of the inclement weather by escaping to the onsite spa where we each had a traditional Balinese massage and then relaxed by the spa pool. The spa is tucked away in a quiet corner and the staff there were brilliant, the pool is half inside and half outside with plenty of comfy places to relax. Oh and they have a great steam room which we made full use of.
When the time came to leave we wished we could stay for a little longer, but work and life were calling back in the UK but I’m sure we’ll find an excuse to visit again in the not so distant future.
*We stayed as guests of Asia Gardens Hotel. Thoughts and opinions are ours*
If you'd like to see a little more of the hotel, here's their promotional video.