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Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
View of Sandy Bay from the top of the Rock.
The beach
Sandy bay
The great sand dune
Catalan Bay
Dusk
Your bed
Private terrace
Outside patio
Front entrance
Private terrace
Full moon rising
La Mamela restaurant for amazing food, just down the road
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Sandy Bay

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Colin S
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“very enjoyable”
Reviewed August 14, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Really relaxing holiday just what I and my wife expected, beautiful views of the bay and beach areas also the rock, Carol was most helpful and accommodating and we loved our little welcome pack, plenty of buses to get into town or wherever you wanted to go, lovely people lovely place, would definitely go again,

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Liked best: waking up to the view
Liked least: can not think of anything
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Peter W
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great beach holiday”
Reviewed July 17, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Spent two enjoyable weeks at Both Worlds. Carol meet us with the keys and made sure we settled in OK. The apartment is modern with a comfortable bed. The terrace overlooking the beach is great. The thing I missed is an Internet connection.. I would book again.

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Liked best: the the bed and patio
Liked least: no internet and kettle could do with replacing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Rachelle...
Creysse, France
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed June 3, 2015 for a stay in July 2013
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Gibraltar is only small but though you may think it is hard to get away from it all, the hotel offers that opportunity. Sit on your terrace and feel the sunshine of a summers evening. Staff are friendly and its easy to get to town. In fact, if you are energetic, walk it and see the diversity of the place. It is worth it!

Travelling group: Solo
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philippav...
Poitiers, France
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“When the Sun Shines !”
Reviewed April 18, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
3
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This is a lovely studio apartment in a secluded area and beautiful when the sun shines. The apartment is well equipped and cared for by Carole, who wants everything to work out well for her guests. She points out that one needs to catch a bus to collect provisions which isn't a hardship as the buses run on time, are frequent and the drivers helpful; however the service stops at 9pm in the evening. When the sun allows sun bathing and swimming a lovely place to be and only five minutes walk from Catalan Bay where there are two excellent restaurants. When the weather is poor, one hops on the buses to tour Gibraltar and to walk.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Only 2 basic TV channels
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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terry G
Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sandy bay and sunny views”
Reviewed March 29, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
3
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Lovely place to stay a bus ride out of the main town but they are very frequent and only 2.40 for a hopper ticket. Place very clean and inviting and hospitality very good made to feel very welcome , only let down was no WIFI in the room! And limited to only two TV channels. I would definitely stay again. Thank you hope to see you in the future. Terry and Gina from Brighton

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derekharl...
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Lovely Stay”
Reviewed March 11, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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This was our first visit to Gibraltar but won't be our last. We booked our own flights and landed at Gibraltar Airport at 7pm on aSunday night. First tip. There is a very good and cheap supermarket right outside the airport and we got some provisions before getting a taxi from a rank near the border crossing. This taxi cost us 7 pounds to the both worlds complex. Carol had sent me a key and directions as due to circumstances she was unable to meet and greet.This particular chalet style flat is on the top tier by the road. For me and my wife it was ideal just a room with a bed,chairs and table in it with a small kitchen and a bathroom to one side. Its very compact but comfortable. There is a lovely patio with table and chairs and it was lovely to sit outside just watching and listening to the sea. drinking coffee or wine. The scenery outside is stunning and watching the sunrise every morning was magical.The rock itself is literally right behind the flat and from the top you can look right over where the flat is. As it was our first visit everything was a little bit hit and miss at first. Some places were closed because of it being out of season and there isn't a lot at the actual both worlds complex. The Calleta Hotel is a 5 minute walk away and has lovely bars. Also in Catalan Bay is a lovely Seafood restaurant which I'll review elsewhere and An Italian Restaurant at Catalan Bay Michael Angelo's New yorker which served massive portions and was very cheap. Also it does takeaway if you fancy a meal in the flat. There is a bus to the bus station out side Casemates Square and from there you can catch any bus and travel anywhere for just 4 pounds for two adults. The bus stop is just a 5 minute walk away. The last bus back is 9pm. A couple of nights we stayed late and the Taxi's from the Square were around 5 pounds. Just like to thank Carol for a Lovely holiday.

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Liked best: the glorious sunrises. leaving the curtains open and looking at the stars at night.
Liked least: the lack of anything actually at sandy bay
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Denise H
Accrington, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“bijou in gib”
Reviewed October 15, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Apartment 160 Both Worlds welcomed us on the 29th September to 6th October 2014. Years ago, my husband and I lost out on the purchase of one of these properties and because we like to cruise it took us years to swallow our pride and book a stay here.
We arrived at noon and owner, Carol, let us into the studio and explained all we needed to know for our stay, but all I could concentrate on was the view from our balcony and couldn't wait for our first sunset where we would be sat with glass in hand on our comfortable sun- loungers and finally unwind after months of hard work and me, recovering from a broken leg! I was glad the studio was situated at the top of the block for easy access. The beach had been improved since we were last here for a visit and the sand had been harrowed and was level and litter free. Very nice to sunbathe on. We were given a "welcome pack" of coffee, tea, sugar, milk, and a nice bottle of red wine. The kitchen was well equipped, the bathroom roomy for the size of the properties and there was a tv for those who can't go without, but we just loved to put on the radio and sit on the balcony- with that view!! One thing that did surprise me was how comfortable the bed was. I was pleased that it was a double bed and not a sofa bed, as many studios have. The access to the beach meant negotiating 86 steps or you could use a tarmac road at the far end of the complex. There is also a way via the stairwell through the apartment block, but that meant having the responsibility of keys, which we declined. The sea was a little too choppy to swim a couple of days and when we did go in it was cool but refreshing! Safe for swimming as it has a breakwater and also floatation buoys and ropes to section it off. We ate in town some times (good restaurants like "Gauchos" steakhouse) and self-catered some meals but kept it simple, shopping at Morrisons to which there is a regular bus service. To get around Gib it is best to use buses and these stop directly outside Both Worlds, running approx. half-hourly. The "Hoppa Buses". You but a ticket for £2.25pp and that gives you unlimited use in the same day. Most single journeys being £1.50 a time. I get the impression there isn't much room to park if you are thinking of hiring a car? Most days, we bussed into town and walked Main Street for the shopping! Duty frees galore! But one day we took the cable car to the top of the rock to see the cheeky monkeys and admire an even greater view to Morocco. The Alameda Gardens is lovely for a quiet stroll. We took a picnic there and later paid £5pp to visit the Wildlife Park inside the gardens: apes, reptiles, exotic birds, pot-bellied pig, and I believe that most of these animals were rescued after abandonment?
Another bus trip (all are quite short 10 mins or so as the Rock is small) took us to Europa Point. A lighthouse and a lovely promenade area with a café and restrooms facility. Although E.P. is within walking distance from Both Worlds the southerly way round they discourage it as you have to pass through a tunnel and traffic is quite fast there. So I recommend taking the bus.
Eating out? We found a little Moroccan place up a narrow street, "Tagin" and we had lamb tagine, chicken kebab and a tomato salad (hubby had a beer). all for £19. "Gauchos" at Casemates was the most expensive but the meal was exceptional! They serve the steak how you like it and it comes with a hot slab of volcanic rock so that you can cook it a little more and keep each mouthful hot- it takes time to eat the full steak and savour every delicious piece! Argentinian cooking at it's best!! With salmon and shrimp starters, steaks, sides ,desserts (fantastic homemade ice creams) and a couple of glasses of wine each the bill was £76. Dining at the other end of the scale but just as delicious, inside Casemates, "the Little Rock". Friday Tapas menu only £2.50 a plate, fresh and tasty.
We'd take the last bus home (9pm) to finish our evening on our romantic balcony, or if we stayed out late we'd take a taxi, £6. Friday night was best in the Square as there was a guitar duo at "Little Rock", playing best of Eagles, Guns n Roses, current rock and the act was very capable and not "over-grungey". I think the thing which stood out for me , though, was the location and feel of the studio. it was everything you'd expect for a romantic break yet not too far from amenities. A bit of traffic passed by the complex, but the only noise really was from the breaking waves and the cawing gulls. I can't wait to go back next year!! "Thank you Carol S for the loan of your little bijou on the Rock."

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Liked best: The location, the view, the beach----wow!
Liked least: The access road in a state of property development,but will be lovely!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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