Edition Three, August 2022

 

  • Hola y bienvenido to my third Chairman’s Blog, which continues to provide you with updates and information regarding the people, activities and events happening in and around La Quinta, La Manga Club and the Cartagena/Murcia regions, straight to your email inbox. The blog is also accessible on our website.

  • I can't believe it's nearly August already. Summer really is in full swing here at La Quinta ☀️
  • I am currently on holiday at the club, having arrived on Saturday and I am happy to report there’s a great vibe here, it’s just like old times. Things are very busy and our members and guests seem to be really getting into the holiday spirit and enjoying themselves.

  • La Solana is very busy at lunch times and the pool bar is buzzing with members having fun, enjoying the fabulous weather, eating Tapas and supping beers, wines, cocktails & Sangria. Late afternoon is particularly popular for sundowners!
  • It’s been really good to meet up again with friends and members that I haven’t seen for a while.
  • After the withdrawal of TV services by Sky in Spain and the resulting disappointment due to the subsequent loss of mainstream sports via Club TV, I am pleased to tell you that we have purchased and installed an additional 65" Smart TV on the wall in the raised area of La Solana. This will allow members to watch more than one sporting channel in the clubhouse through the DAZN App, or if desired, the same channel on both TV’s.

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Meet the staff

 

As you know our staff at LQC are more like family, so continuing with my regular feature of 'meet the staff', this month I would like to introduce: Juani Garcia & Santo Angulo.

 Juani Garcia

 

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  • Juani is 58-years old and works in housekeeping.
  • She has been with us here at La Quinta from the very start and is one of our longest serving members of staff. She began working for us as part of a sub-contracted company back when only the front row villas had been built!
  • Then in 1986 she became a full LQC employee.
  • Juani is divorced, but has three children Raul (41), Quique (38) and Pedro (27). She also is the proud grandmother to Jonathan (17), Africa (15) and Juan Raúl (12).
  • She was born in Cartagena, where she currently still lives.

Juani is very family orientated and most of her free time is taken up with her children and grandchildren.

  


Santo Angulo

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  • Santo works as a general departmental assistant, carrying out a variety of roles across the housekeeping, cleaning and maintenance departments. Whenever you see him, he will always greet you with a ‘Hola’ and a cheery smile.
  • He is 48 years old and was born in Ecuador but came to Spain some 21 years ago.
  • Santo started working at La Quinta as part of a subcontracted cleaning company in 2003 but realising his potential, in 2005 we employed him directly.
  • He is married to a Spanish lady called Mari Carmen and they have a son aged 15, called David.
    Santo very much enjoys his sports and participates in; Football and the martial art of Taekwondo. He also practises Krav magá, a military self defence system developed for the security forces. So clearly not someone you want to mess with 😂.

A Recap of July events

  • July has been a busy month for us and the new format Wednesday night pool party, (which started on the 13th) has been a big success and great fun. Just a reminder that this now starts at 6pm and is very casual. So just stay down at the pool, enjoy drinks and great music at the pool bar and on the terrace and don’t forget food will be available when you or the kids get peckish. 

 

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  • Our new pool etiquette seems to be working, with members following the guidelines we have introduced. There are posters with full details by the pool bar and in reception. We have had lifeguards on duty during July and they will continue throughout the month of August.

  • Monday night dinners continue to be well supported and are great value for money. Don’t forget we have two different acts now. Two-Twenties will perform one week and our new singer, Jesus the other week. So if you’re here for a fortnight there’s really no excuse not to come on both nights 😂.

  • Wimbledon came to LQC on the 9th & 10th July when we hosted watching the Men’s and Women’s finals on the TV’s in the clubhouse at La Solana. Tapas, Pimms & Strawberries & cream/ice cream were served. It felt just like you were in the stands on centre court....🍓🧃🍧

  • Our kids club, (open 2pm-6pm) is also proving popular, giving parents time to chill out and sample our extensive cocktail menu, which includes some new additions from the Florida Keys; the ‘Rum Runner’ and the ‘Key Lime Colada’....🍹

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  • Lastly, huge congratulations to Maria de Guia, (reception) who gave birth to a healthy baby girl, (which she has also been called Maria), on the 14th July. Mum and baby doing well.

  


Car Rental

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  • Securing rental cars has been challenging this year and prices seem very high, so I would advise early booking. There seems to be a reduced amount of hire cars globally, (which of course also affects Spain) as car hire companies struggle to obtain vehicles. This is in part due to reduced vehicle production, as a result of a scarcity of microchips that are component parts of the electronics in all new vehicles.

  • Don't forget you can book with our partner car hire company, Conccord Cars, (who provide a meet & greet or delivery service), through La Quinta Club or via their website https://conccordcars.com/ They offer a discounted rate to LQC members and provide a small commission to us if you book with them through the club.

 


Upcoming events and activities - August 2022

San Javier International Festival of Theatre, Music and Dance - something for all tastes.

 

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  • Now everyone who visits Spain must go and watch Flamenco at least once.

  • So why not treat yourself to an evening at the Annual Cante de las Minas Flamenco Festival in nearby La Union?

  • It takes place from 28th July-6th August and is held in the old La Unión Public Market 

 


Historic Cartagena

  • If you are going to visit nearby Cartagena then why not check out the Roman Theatre, Roman Forum, Castle and Panoramic Lift?

  • There are a number of different tours available to see these iconic sites with a combo ticket for around £12 per person giving you access to all four locations,

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Evening and night markets?

  • Why not visit an arts and crafts market? There are two on this summer. One at Plaza Bohemia on La Manga strip and one at the Marina de Las Salinas in San Pedro Del Pinatar.

  • They are both summer evening/night markets, Plaza Bohemia is open from 7pm until 2am every day until 15th September and Marina de Las Salinas from 6pm until late every Friday.

 

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Who’s up for Adventure Golf?

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  • A great new miniature golf course is now open in Cabo de Palos. It’s called La Manga Adventure Golf and is run by a British guy called Ian and his team.

  • Open from 9:30am-9:30pm every day. Booking is essential especially if you wish to play after 6pm, when it’s a bit cooler.

  • The mini golf course can be found at exit 12 just off the RM12.

  


Trips Summer Club

  • Trips has re-invented itself and as well as a nightclub, it now offers a variety of shows, acts, DJ’s, bands and dancing in addition to six stylish restaurants (including Undersun at La Manga Club), with food prepared by some of the most influential chefs from the region of Murcia. They have entitled this new concept....‘Tasty Trips’

  • Check out their website for full details of the restaurants and upcoming events:

Trips Disco | La Manga (tripslamanga.com)

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New: members photographs

  • Many members take lovely photographs during their stay and often ask us to share them. In answer to this we have added a new folder called ‘members photos’ in the gallery on our website. So please feel free to share your holiday experiences with us by emailing your photos to webmaster@laquintaclub.com and we will add them for you. There will also be an award for the best photo of the month, so get snapping!

 


 

  • That’s a wrap for the August Blog, I hope that you have been enjoying them so far. Look out for September’s Blog, which will be published towards the end of August. As always, although activities and events have been checked and validated at the time of publication, please don’t blame me if they are cancelled or rescheduled 😉 

  • Thanks for reading and I hope you have a fantastic holiday this year at La Quinta Club.

 

 See you soon at the club...Mark.

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