Exchange the winter blues for the white sands and aquamarine waters of Alicante in eastern Spain – with some exciting wildlife-spotting
and water-park fun thrown in.
We’re offering readers the chance to win a luxury break for a family of four at the Magic Natura resort just 4km outside of Benidorm.
The hotel, located close to the Mediterranean coast, combines a relaxing beach vibe with unlimited access to the neighbouring Terra Natura zoo and Aqua Natura water park.
Zip down multi-lane slides, splash in crystalline waters and careen down dizzying chutes (age and height restrictions apply) at the huge Aqua Natura park, which boasts a super- fast 15m ride that gives you a zero gravity feeling
If you want a break from the wave machines, head to the water park’s aquarium where you can see sharks and rays, and spot Nemo among the colourful shoals of fish. You’ll also learn about caring for our marine friends and can watch sea lion demonstrations.
Back on dry land, take a night-time safari through the famous Terra Natura zoo, home to 1,500 animals and 200 species – 50 of which are on the endangered list. The animal park has been designed to closely recreate the habitats of these animals and it runs environmental workshops to teach children important lessons about conservation.
As well as elephants, rhinos, deer and big cats, family-friendly Terra Natura has a petting zoo where little ones can get up close to creatures their own size. Both the water park and Terra Natura belong to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and are committed to animal-welfare best practice.
At the hotel, which hosts guests in spacious bungalows set in a Polynesian-style landscape, you can swim in one of three pools, eat at one of several restaurants (providing all-inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner) and party away the night at the poolside bars. The children can enrol in family-friendly activities by day, too and the bungalows come with TV, Wi-Fi, minibar
and wood-decked terrace.