Marbella is a gem (lots of money there) and we loved our day in Morocco, but the Alhambra in Granada should not be missed! There is so much to do that we decided to leave Cordoba and Seville until another trip.Best Things About the Resort:This is a VERY big complex. Lots of walking up and down hill. We found that the staff in all the shops and restaurants spoke excellent English, while the cleaning staff did not. However, whether they spoke English or not, everyone made the effort to understand and help.
The main reception area for Costa Del Sol included a boutique, a small market/bakeshop (Sam's Pantry), and restaurant. The boutique had a nice selection of items and they booked trips (we booked Morocco) at competitive prices. We shopped at a grocery store in town the first day, but later were amazed to find the prices at Sam's Pantry were just as cheap as elsewhere. The selection was small but adequate. We just got what we needed from there for the rest of the week. There are several restaurants on property.
There are swimming pools and tennis courts scattered throughout the resort, as well as a games room and activity center near the reception, but we didn't use any of these. There is also a gym and sauna at the new San Diego Suites resort (just opened - gorgeous) but those facilities are only free to San Diego suites guests -hmmmm. Overall, great resort - we wouldn't hesitate to go back!
WARNING: The turn off the highway into the resort can only be described as dangerous! It is on a curve and suddenly there is the entrance: TURN HERE! at almost a 90 degree angle! They do warn you with a sign high up on the hill that Club La Costa is 300 meters - respect the sign and slow down! If you miss the turn, it's very difficult and time-consuming to circle around to come back - this is a divided highway!
Resort Experience:We spent our March break on the south coast of Spain this year - what a wonderful week!!! Clean, friendly, scenic, and CHEAP! We used a Bonus Week last September to pick up a two bedroom, two bath at Club la Costa, Marina del Sol - a beautiful resort in Fuengirola, about half an hour drive from Malaga.
Unit: Facing the sea, with lots of windows and great views, we were quite pleased. Clean throughout. Nicely decorated and comfortable. By North American standards, the unit was small, but it was more than adequate for the needs of two couples. The kitchen could be described as a mini-kitchen with small refrigerator, microwave, and stove. Not a lot of room between counter and island - one at a time! No dishwasher. Plenty of dishes and utensils. Small TV received several English stations, but we weren't there to watch TV. Large balcony with great view, table and chairs, as well as a drying rack for wet clothes.
Bedrooms were small with dresser and clothes closet with safe for valuables that worked quite well (set your own combination). Lots of extra blankets and linen. Beds were terrible! Too soft for us, they needed to be replaced. Bathrooms were small with little counter room, and hot water could be a problem if you showered too late in morning. Fixtures included bidet. Bathrooms were spotless. Never had problem parking in front of our unit even though there wasn't a lot of space for parking.
Weather: This was the middle of March, and the weather had been hot for the weeks leading up to our visit. We noticed temperatures over 80 all the previous week. A little cooler when we arrived - the first four days were in the mid 60s but the last three days it rained and the temperature was in the 50s. We still went out touring every day! Speaking to locals, we were told that you can't depend on the weather in March - it can be hot or cold. But as the weather was below freezing all week back home in Toronto, we weren't complaining.
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From journal April in Spain
November 10, 2006
From journal Costa del Sol
by Lake of Bays
March 14, 2006
From journal February escape to Spain's Costa del Sol
by Dundee Scotty
Dundee, United Kingdom
November 10, 2005
From journal October in Costa del Sol
August 4, 2005
The staff was the most friendly and helpful of anywhere we've stayed; the on-site restaurant served decent food. Mid-week maid service. There are two pools; the larger one is heated, so tended to draw the families, and there were daily staff-led pool activities, as well as games, on the restaurant patio. The smaller, unheated pool drew more adults for sunbathing, and from the upper pool, there's a view of the ocean.
Although the listing says "beach nearby," the closest one isn't very appealing, and we ended up driving to visit others. Driving directions from the airport were correct, but it's very easy to miss the turn off the highway.
From journal Costa del Sol, Spain
March 29, 2005
From journal Golden Costa del Sol
northamptonshire, United Kingdom
January 25, 2005
The beach was across the main road, but not too far away, and Fuengirola's town centre was within walking distance.
The zoo is in Fuengirola town centre, and we took our nephews for the day, as there wasn't much else to do in Janaury, and they loved it! In fact, it turned out to be a really enjoyable day.
Best Things About the Resort:The apartment was wonderful--totally not what I was expecting. We had a two-bedroom unit which had separate levels, with the balcony, kitchen, lounge, and dining room on the ground floor and the two bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor.
The unit was well-equipped, with a washing machine, microwave, full kitchen, heaters, iron and board, etc.--all the things you have at home but take for granted when you travel.
When we checked into the apartment, we were surprised to find a welcome pack consisting of tea, coffee, sugar, milk, water, bread, eggs, butter, jam, marmalade, biscuits, and red wine.
The unit was cleaned twice in the week that we stayed there, and I mean cleaned--not just the sheet-changing and new towels. Our cleaner did our washing up, arranged clothes left on the bathroom floor into a neatly folded pile, and mopped the floors from top to bottom. She was there for a good 45 minutes, cleaning up.
The staff on reception was very friendly, and the restaurants on-site were the best I found in Spain. Zacary's is my particular favourite, with a to-die-for beef stroganoff. They also offer a pizza delivery service to your apartment, which comes in handy when you can't be bothered to go out or cook.
The pools on-site were well kept clean and maintained. The main pool is heated, which was what we needed while travelling in Janaury. The whole site is huge, and because of it being on a hill, they operate a train service to take you around the resort for free. I believe that this goes around and around all day and night, as I saw it at 1am once.
I was really pleased with this resort, and so was my family. The only gripe I had with this resort was that we were charged 20 euros for electricity, which I felt was very high. Resort Experience:It's a great place to visit if you are travelling with family or a group of friends. It's also good if you just want to chill out on holiday. I really enjoyed myself at this resort and would go again, although would go in hotter months this time!
From journal Club La Costa at Marina Del Sol
ringwood, United Kingdom
June 23, 2004
The gardens were lovely in our location.
All of the staff were friendly AND THE SECURITY GATES WERE IDEAL WITH SMALL CHILDREN around the pool.Resort Experience:Clean, friendly resort. Plenty to do around and about if you go off site. Nice apartments. Four resturants but they could do with a wider variety of food choices. The menus were much the same. Small playground for kids. Horse riding. A train to get from AtoB.
From journal Family hol at Marina del sol Mijas
by brent jespersen
April 14, 2004
From journal Spain in March