Mainz/Marbella - After their form and results dropped alarmingly towards the end of the Hinrunde, 1. FSV Mainz 05 taking just four points from their final eight matches in 2014, Kasper Hjulmand's men probably welcomed the winter break more than most of the 18 Bundesliga sides.

Their accommodation is anything but low-key either, with the Mainz players quartered at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Marbella Estepona, a five-star luxury resort overlooking the Mediterranean and boasting a golf course, tennis courts and and four swimming pools. From there, they will make the 22-km journey to their training ground each day.

The Karnevalverein will play two friendly games during their eight-day tour. On 14 January they face Bundesliga rivals SC Freiburg, themselves staying a short way down Spain's south coast, before taking on second-tier Eintracht Braunschweig in the nearby city of Algeciras.

One notable absentee is Japanese goal machine Shinji Okazaki, who, along with South Korean duo Joo-Ho Park and Ja-Cheol Koo, is away on international duty at the . Hjulmand will, however, be able to work with new loan signing Christian Clemens (pictured) from FC Schalke 04 as well as No. 1 goalkeeper Loris Karius, who signed a new contract this week.