Recommended by Linda Matthews
Red Monkey’s soft play area is situated in Quesada (turn left just before the arches). Its a new children’s soft play area but also offers lots of other activities such as girl´s pampering evenings and pre and post natal meetings.
Calle Los Arcos, Ciudad Quesada, 03170, Rojales, Spain
"Red Monkey’s is a really good soft play area which all three of my children love. They go to the disco every Saturday and look forward to it every week. I feel that the reason they love it so much is that it seems to be very well run and they offer lots of fun stuff for kids" (LM, May 09)
Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw
Located 90kms from Alicante in the village of Beniarbeig, the Hospital Acuario offer facilities which are unique in Spain including two birthing rooms with special beds, baths and monitoring equipment and a third in a self-contained facility with its own bedroom and kitchen. The common aim for Acuario professionals is to offer a high quality service based on a humanistic approach to medicine and their maternity unit in Beniarbeig (Alicante) is the only place in Spain where you are offered a natural birth.
Avda. Vergel, 11 - 03778 - Beniarbeig ( 34) 96647 260 firstname.lastname@example.org www.acuario.org
"This centre comes highly recommended in Spain and offers women the chance to have a natural birth (this is not usual here). If any problems were to arise there is specialist medical and technical equipment on hand. The centre offers antenatal classes even for people who do not plan on giving birth there."
Recommended by Carmen Luz
Opened in year 2000, Hospital San Jaime is a private hospital in Torrevieja located next to the Parque Natural de las Lagunas. There are Spanish and English speaking doctors here. Approximately half the patients that use the hospital are foreigners
Partida de la Loma s/n 03180 Torrevieja (Alicante) (+34) 966921313 email@example.com www.uspsanjaime.com
"If for some reason your doctor is not able to speak Spanish, this hospital does offer translators so language shouldnt be an issue here." (CL, Dec 09)
Recommended by Chanelle Marie Mills
The new Hospital de Torrevieja is a public hospital under private management. The Hospital houses 220 beds with 11 operating theatres. It also has an entirely new IT infrastructure and with 1,200 employees is able to provide a comprehensive range of clinical services.
CV-95, 03186 Torrevieja, Spain ( 34) 965721000 www.torrevieja-salud.com
"I had my daughter at Hospital De Torrevieja (the new one). They were really helpful and looked after me really well. I had been going into the hospital from 8 months to get my monitors and a scan to check if the baby was alright. There is a lot of friendly midwifes there. Some English too and the Spanish midwifes do try to speak English as much as they can. The only pain relief that was offered was pethadine or epidural. There is no gas and air. When your dilating you have your own room where your partner can sit with you and once your 10cm dilated they take you to the room where you give birth to your baby. I felt so comfortable having a baby in a Spanish hospital, one thing I thought I never would. I suppose it’s a lot better giving birth over here compared to England as they are running low on midwifes" (CMM, Nov 09)