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On our recent trip to Benidorm we were recommended The Benidorm Palace - a dinner and show that was the talk of the town. If you are familiar with Arabian Nights and Medieval Times in Florida, then this is much of the same, but much less 'rushed'.
Upon entering the 'Palace' you are greeting and then photographed (the pictures of which will be presented to you later on in the evening). You are then led to your seat in a very large auditorium, luckily enough ours was very close to the stage.
To be honest I wasn't expecting much from our dinner, but I was pleasantly surprised. As well as a bottle of wine and a bottle of water, we were also given a bottle of champagne for the evening. The meal started with a vegetable soup which was thick and filling followed by a salmon and king prawn salad. The main was a fillet steak with sautéed potatoes and aubergine risotto which was excellent. The meal was finished with a cheesecake that was also very tasty. I suppose you are limited if you don't like what is on offer as that is all you get - unless you are a vegetarian.
Full, we turned our attention to the stage where the house band was playing some shmoozy tunes and where various greying couples and children were dancing. When this was finished the stage rose up and out came the dancers.
The show we saw was entitled 'Concerto' and was based around a Spanish nightclub. All of the dancers were finely chiselled twentysomethings who strutted their stuff magnificently in amazing costumes. Many of the women went bare topped which was we were quite unprepared for to say the least! But the dancers were certainly skilled and the show looked expensive and incredibly professional.
The show was a fantastic spectacle, full of beaming lights and finely chiselled features. The grey brigade that populated the majority of the audience seemed to also thoroughly enjoy the show - even if it was just the old men oogling the sight of naked breasts.
Certainly is was obvious that a lot of work had gone into the show with the dancers never putting a foot wrong. And it wasn't an amateurish affair either - most of the dancers were obviously professionals and performed their pieces to absolute perfection.
It was good to split the show up into sections as well. I enjoyed the comic section where one of the 'waiters' bursts onto the stage and performs on a trampoline. There were other interesting spectacles - most notably a balancing act and a breathtaking section on high ropes.
If you are likely to be visiting Benidorm and want an evening of entertainment and don't want to see a grown woman pulling objects from her cervix, then The Benidorm Palace is a good bet. At around £45 you can enjoy a great dinner and a fantastic show that you will be sure to remember for a very long time. Highly recommended.