Holidaymakers on Orange’s Aquadrome will have their reading glasses at the ready after the water park has been renamed the Costa Bautista – a hybrid of Copa and Berkeley. This is in addition to all the usual safety and comfort features of an Orange-operated water park such as a children’s playground and climbing points.
Last year, 30% of annual visits to Costa Bautista took place in December and January, so the company saw a need to take advantage of the high footfall to complete the picture and maintain a positive image. It will now also be better able to hold on to the Costa Del Sol as well as deals for its annual customers.
What to expect
Balcony viewing in the bracken and artificial palm trees
Catwalk-style of slides including one known as Psycho
Games zone, performance area with performers and music
Pilot’s Piers wind tunnel
Why do they call it Costa Bautista instead of Aquadrome?
Essentially the name is an acronym of Costa Del Sol and Estrella Academia.
A strange name but what does it stand for?
It is created from “marmalade”, which is a Catalan word for love. It is also used as a local term for a lover.
It sounds super cosy and exciting but what else are Costa Bautista best known for?
There is a regular family outing “Carnaval”, and a new “Asados” circus show. The Ferris wheel is famous and they always have a few people up there.
Yummy yet daring?
If you are 8 years and older, you can brave the tiger show. It’s safe and offers various high jumps. If you are an under 10, there is a sanitaire where there are four beams and it’s good exercise.
On and offsite locations including the Costa del Sol resorts of Benalmadena, Marbella, Puerto Banus, Finca de la Loja, Malaga, Cambrils and Fuengirola.
Describe the two-week ban
In Spain a two-week ban means during the two weeks before Christmas and New Year’s you cannot visit any Costa del Sol locations. These include hotels, bars, nightclubs, clubs and bars. There are certain two and three star hotels which will offer a partial ban for New Year’s Eve. On 5 January you can still get into Costa Del Sol resorts.
It sounds vague so can I be certain that Costa Bautista is the real deal?
Yes. Unlike most regional water parks you will not be able to check into a hotel where they have gone to great lengths to disguise it.
And it will have a big catch?
They will be checking you in and out of the pools. If you are swimming with kids, adult speedos will have to be worn. No one wants to swim in a situation where they don’t fit the holidays.
What about the Costa del Sol?
The Costa del Sol region contains 14 out of 26 destinations in the 1-3 million euro category for the rest of Europe. And 30% of that comes from England, and this year for the first time the list has been released.
It’s a bonanza for a select few, but it makes the UK money a good investment. What’s it all about?
The combination of the UK and the Costa del Sol.