Hyatt Regency La Manga lies at the heart of the luxurious resort of La Manga Club, amid the rolling hills that separate the crystalline Mediterranean from the warm waters of the Mar Menor Sea, in Murcia, southern Spain. Lying to the south of the Costa Blanca, this region is known as the Costa Calida, or 'warm coast', thanks to its mild, year-round Mediterranean climate.
One of the Costa Calida's biggest attractions is La Manga Club itself. The beautifully landscaped 1400-acre resort is home to three of Europe's finest golf courses, a 28-court Tennis Centre, eight-pitch Professional Soccer Centre, Fitness Centre, swimming pools and elegant residential developments, as well as the Hyatt Regency La Manga hotel, holiday apartments, villas and a vast array of restaurants, bars, shops and services, all tastefully laid out amid palms, pine trees, lemon groves and oleander-lined streets.
Close by, La Manga del Mar Menor, from which the resort gets its name, is the narrow strip of land that separates the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor (Europe's largest saltwater lagoon), which is over 22 kilometres long and stretches from the fishing village of Cabo de Palos to the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar. With beaches fronting both the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor, the region is ideal for water sports, and numerous sailing centres offer lessons in windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing.
Just 20 kilometres from the resort is Cartagena, an ancient port founded by the Carthaginians in 221 BC, with the ruins of a Roman theatre and a number of archaeological museums. Inland from Cartagena, the countryside of Murcia, bordered by the dry, semi-desert plain of Almeria, winds its way towards the picturesque towns and villages of Lorca, Totana and Alhama.
The city of Murcia is the region's capital and lies 70 kilometres from Hyatt Regency La Manga. Its most important monument is the cathedral, with the Episcopal Palace, the casino and several churches all worth visiting. Amongst its museums are the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of La Huerta.