Home & Lifestyle Magazine was invited by owners Filip and Shah to enjoy a wonderfully pleasant stay at The Riad Azure Hotel. This modest but charming two-bedroom establishment is situated in the attractive town of San Miguel de Salinas, near Torrevieja and five kilometres from La Zenia beach on the Costa Blanca. Delightfully warm and friendly, Filip and Shah pay great attention to detail – they simply could not do enough for us.
The décor primarily features a Moroccan theme, which provides a chilled-out casual feel to the hotel. The bedroom we were given was light, airy and peaceful, and came with a welcome folder that included in-depth information about interesting places to visit in the area, a comprehensive mini-bar, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV (with UK channels), WI-FI and a large, comfortable double bed.
The Riad Azure breakfast was more like a banquet with croissants, breads, hams, cheese, yoghurt with muesli, strawberries, freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee and an array of teas. The Riad Azure also provides other services such as a multiskilled local beautician/masseuse who visits the hotel and offers fantastic prices to the guests.
Filip and Shah organised an evening to try out a Locked In escape room – a new concept in adventure games where you are locked into rooms with other people and together you have to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape all three rooms within an hour. The rooms are dimly lit with screams booming over the speakers to create a truly sinister ambience! It was a great experience and highly recommended.
San Miguel de Salinas is half an hour away from Orihuela, a large municipality spanning 365 square kilometres which is home to many museums and religious buildings. The area can be divided into three different sections: the historical city; its surrounding countryside and the La Pedrera Reservoir; and the coastal area, Orihuela Costa.
Notable places to visit are the casino with its stunning tiled patio; the Teatro Circo for its excellent concerts; the Rio Segura which runs through the city and is great for walks; and the Pinar de Bonanza nature park where you can enjoy a picnic and go hiking.
If the town appeals to you more, there are boutiques, tapas bars and a market every Tuesday and Saturday.
Just 20 minutes from the hotel is Torrevieja, famous for its large salt lakes and an area that has been hailed as having one of the healthiest climates in the world. It is a popular destination for holidaymakers from other countries as well as Spaniards, with many people from northern Spain setting up home there. The beaches and coastline in this area are simply stunning, with fascinating coves, powder-like sand and clear blue waters.
The Riad Azure
C/. Benicàssim, San Miguel de Salinas, Alicante/Alacant
Tel. (+34) 966 723 247
C/. Ruiz Caracena, San Miguel De Salinas
Open Monday to Thursday from 11am until 10pm and Friday
to Sunday from 11am until late (bar hours may differ).
Tel. (+34) 681 680 718