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Villa living in Murcia with James Villa Holidays

Villa living in Murcia with James Villa Holidays

The sun peeks over the horizon on the edge of the golf course and transforms the sky from inky black to cerulean blue via every shade of navy imaginable. Sunrises here in Mar Menor in Spain are utterly beautiful.

Perhaps it has something to do with being so far South as Mar Menor is in the region of Murcia, south of Alicanti. We’re staying at the Luxury Mar Menor Golf Resort as guests of James Villa Holidays who kindly invited us to stay in the gorgeous Villa Selina – the perfect base for exploring Murcia.

After a two day road trip across France and Spain this was certainly a welcome sight!

Villa Selina Mar Menor James Villa Holidays

We’ve taken James Villas holidays before in both Spain and Italy and we’re big fans of villa living – you get a lovely property to stay in with all the facilities that a family needs in a great location, plus the insider info that only a local can provide.

We first started taking villa holidays before the little ones came along but I find self-catering so much easier now that we’re a family and a sizeable fully equipped kitchen/diner like the one at Villa Selina means we can eat when we feel like it rather than being on a hotel schedule (you can see we’ve already made ourselves at home below!).

Kitchen at Villa Selina

Plus the outdoor eating area with not one but TWO barbecues – electric and charcoal – are allowing us to make the most of the amazing weather here and for at least one of us to chill out while the other plays in the pool with the little people.

Outdoor living at Villa Selina

At Villa Selina Little Man and Curly Girl have a bedroom each with their own shared bathroom while the husband and I have a lovely double room and en-suite with a balcony that looks out over the lake and golf course – you can see the gorgeous view below. We booked a cot and high chair for the Little Man and were delighted when we arrived to find that stair gates had also been fitted for us – something we’d asked for but that wasn’t in the original villa inventory.

Unfortunately there were a couple of things broken in the villa when we arrived – including one of the dining room chairs – but they haven’t affected our enjoyment of the holiday. (I’ll be writing about my top tips for villa holidays – including what to do when things go wrong or aren’t what you expected – in a future post.)

A huge bonus with the weather here being so warm (29 degrees today as I write this) is that all of the rooms have air conditioning which is included in the price and shutters that we close when we’re out and about during the day to keep the villa cool.

Master bedroom Villa Selina

View from master bedroom balcony at Villa Selina

Add to that a private swimming pool (which can be heated for an additional charge) that just invites us to jump in every morning, a hot-tub, washing machine and huge satellite HD television with Cbeebies to keep the little ones busy while we have a little quiet time, and you’ve got the recipe for a great family holiday in the sun.

This fab one piece from has a tummy control panel to smooth out the lumpy bits but I have to thank Noom for helping me to get swimsuit-ready in time for these photos!

Open plan living area

Fun in the pool at Villa Selina

Swimsuit ready with Noom

The villa owners have converted their garage into a games room with pool and table tennis tables which would be perfect for older children and teens – in fact I can imagine my two spending a lot of their time in there if they weren’t so young!

Games room at Villa Selina

Villa Selina sits within the gated Luxury Mar Menor Golf Resort and as villa residents we can use some of the facilities including the Spa and restaurants.

Resort restaurants

There’s also an on-site supermarket which is well-stocked and had almost everything we needed for our stay – for a bigger range the Mercadona in Los Alcazares is just a 10 minute drive away with it’s own indoor parking garage.

Mar Menor Luxury Golf Resort

In my opinion Villa Selina is the perfect base to explore Murcia. I’ve written about the 10 things I learned about the region before we set off on our two day road-trip with the little ones and I’ll be sharing how we’ve put that research into action visiting the pretty and family-friendly beaches of Los Alcazares, cultural Cartegena and La Manga. Here’s a sneak preview!

Cartagena and Alcazares sneak preview collage

For more information about staying at Villa Selina or one of the almost 50 villas and apartments at the Mar Menor Golf Resort visit the James Villas website. We drove to Murcia but James Villas are also able to put together flights with a villa plus car hire and airport parking for the complete family holiday.

Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted our time at Villa Selina by James Villa Holidays in return for an honest review. 

Linking up with #BrilliantBlogPosts at Honest MumTried and Tested at Family Fever and Fashion Friday at Mummys Got Style


  1. What a beautiful looking villa. I have immense holiday envy! The idea of a villa is definitely really appealing with a small family.

    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

  2. What a wonderful holiday! and the swimwear is gorgeous, you look fab! #fashionfriday x

  3. Wow you are looking fabulous darling, adore that swimsuit! Love a polka dot! Thanks for linking up to #fashionfriday

  4. Oh my goodness, what a stunning villa in a gorgeous location. Thank you so much for sharing on #TriedTested

  5. Oh honey this place looks stunning, we usually stay at hotels when we go away as like to have service and everything there for us-my Mum is obsessed that staying at a hotel means if the kids are ill, you can get a doctor quickly (she’s nuts as makes no difference)-so going to stay at a villa in the future, looks so fun and like the idea of cooking up a feast together! You look fab too! Love this post! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

    • Villa living is the way forward! BBQs outside on the terrace, eating when you feel like it, really it’s a home from home but in a better location with fab weather! x x

  6. Amazing! Sounds like paradise to me and what a lovely family holiday you had! You also look fan-bloody-tastic in your swimsuit. Swit swoo lady! xxx

    • *Mwah* I was really unsure about posting that swimsuit shot – thankfully it has a great tummy control panel!

  7. This brings back the most amazing of memories – my Spanish friend’s family used to have a villa at Mar Menor, so when Murcia City got too hot we would escape there with them. I LOVED my time living in Murcia when I was a student, and this is really making me want to go back with the kids. I remember the warmth so well – when I lived there it was warm enough to go to the beach in March, which was heaven for us Brits! You look amazing in your swimming costume, go you! Keep enjoying and sharing :-) xx

    • Do it! It would be lovely to see it all again through the fresh eyes of motherhood I should think. And thanks for your kind words :)

  8. Are you deliberately trying to make me jealous? As I look out onto the rain at Coombe Mill :) It looks gorgeous Michelle. Loving the hot selfie shot. You look fab! Murcia looks beautiful – I can’t believe the weather is so warm even at this time of year xx

    • Ha ha sorry! It was stunning, really lovely and we can’t wait to go back again one year. The weather really is a great incentive to return!



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