Alanda Club Marbella
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Camping Carbapino is a beautiful site. Set back from the main road in amongst the trees with lots of amenities especially the big heated pool and with lovely and very helpful staff. We had decided to stay for 2 nights but in the end stayed for 4 partly because we had another day of rain but mainly because we loved the site and Marbella. Lots of washing to do after Morrocco and all enjoying being back in the van again. I have to say I ...
... unpacked and aimed to set off the next day. The site owner (camp commandant) was as miserably hostile as ever but had kept our van safe and sound which was the main thing but we decided not to hang around the next day. A tremendous thunderstorm stared during the night and continued until the next morning which knocked out the Internet at the site. We were therefore unable to pay by card so I walked to the ATM around ...
... proudly this strikes me (ahaha) as a good time to take a closer look at the political workings of Spain.
In Holland the economic crisis in Spain always makes for a good news bulletin, with the most important question being: how will their mismanagement affect us? Although I can´t answer that, I have learned a thing or 2, or let´s make it 3, about how the system works here. First, about ...
... meatballs, Spanish Omelet and potatoes with a spicy sauce. And of course, some lovely little liqueur at the end. I think work would be much better if we had a lunch like that and finished with the liqueur.
Planning a quiet night since we have to be on the bus for Granada at 0630.
... the gates, apparently they do that when it rains although we don't know why. We do find a way in though, even though it involves a bit of walking in the rain. It's worth it because the view is quite spectacular. Ronda is set high up above a valley and the views down to the river are amazing. These old walled towns have wonderful panoramas and unlike Australia, none of it is fenced off. They would have a field day with it at home ...
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Great if you have a car
We stayed in March and the weather wasn't so great, so we couldn't profit from the lovely outdoor pool. The indoor pool had somewhat restricted hours, like 10h-18h, or was it 19h? Anyway we often rushed home in the evening in order not to miss a swim in the pool. The apartement really impressed us, the kitchenette was bigger and better equiped than our kitchen at home! Kettle, dishwasher, microwave, oven, mixer, ice crusher, washing machine, ....
Everything was clean when we arrived, the room got cleaned twice during the week. We were expecting a double bed (it was our honeymoon) but it was two singles pushed together, maybe if we had contacted the hotel in advance they would have had an apartement with a double bed. The beds themselves weren't very good.
The beach is just about a 10 minute walk down a quite road, but not at all pretty. The beaches all along the coast here are ugly. The staff were OK, not extra helpful but did the minimum. The one thing is that this hotel is really in a quite spot, built up, but nothing to do, so to enjoy your stay you must have a car. The hotel resturant was very overpriced in comparison to other resturants in the area and so we didn't even try it.
Great apartments, peaceful location
We stayed here for a week at the end of June in an apartment with a double room. The apartment was on the second floor in the block which was very quiet the week we were there. We were fully equipped with a TV which had satellite so we got BBC1 among others and there was also a cd/radio, as well as a jacuzzi bath which was fun.
The kitchen was fully equipped with nice crockery and glassware and the supermarket over the road had a large selection of supplies, although I never did find pepper or herbs bizarrely, but I can definitely recommend the very cheap cava they sell there.
The development is very laid back, and there is a deep pool with sun loungers to relax by which was mainly occupied by adults, as there is also a pool with a shallow end for the kids, although there weren't that many there the week we stayed. We only ate at the restaurant one evening and it was fine although not exceptional, we preferred to go out and about to eat anyway.
We found all the staff to be very friendly with excellent english and if we needed to get anywhere we got taxis (about 19 Euro to Puerto Banus), and we even got the bus one day to Marbella from across the road which was only about 1 Euro.
We thought it was a great place to stay as it was probably more relaxed than being in Marbella itself but it was close enough to get to easily and the taxi service was great and not to expensive. All in all a very good get-away!
Stayed at the Alanda club in April and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Accommodation is first class with plenty of room and good facilities. The entire property is very clean and has both an indoor heated and outdoor (not so heated) pool.
There is also a restaurant on site which serves excellent food but is a little pricey!
Several restaurants are also situated within a 10 minute walk.
The property is in a good location near to the main coast road. Its very handy for days out and I cannot recommend El Chorro in the Andalucian Lake district, highly enough. The scenery is stunning and you will find the restaurants in the area extremely cheap compared to the coastal resorts.
I would also recommend a trip to Gibraltar. If you want to take a guided tour use a local taxi.....much cheaper
Overall a first class resort which I would not hesitate in visiting again!
Alanda Club Marbella great hotel
We just returned from a 1 week stay at the Alanda Club Marbella. We stayed at Granada 1 and the room was spacious. We had a 2 bedroom suite with 3 baths, living room, dining room, bar area and kitchen. We were lucky we got to stay on the main floor so we had a patio area and our own pool area. There was also a waterfall nearby so it was very soothing to hear the waterfall at night. The bedrooms have sliding doors but it also has bars so noone can step in or out of your bedroom when your sleeping. The suite also has its own washer and dryer so it enables you to pack light.
The only negative about the Alanda is the staff. They arent so polite. They DO speak some english but they werent so friendly. We often asked them for their advice on some sites to see but they werent so helpful. They need to pay better attention to their guests. However, the staff at the restaurant was EXCELLENT especially the young bartender. He was very friendly and often had a smile on his face. On certain nights, they have a pianist playing top 100 hits and he was there singing along with the crowd.
The Alanda is within a 5 minute walk to the beach. The mediterranean ocean is quite cold so we didnt bother going swimming. We'll leave those to the polar bears club :-) You should experience the sunrise on the beach. My husband and I woke up at 6:30 am and took pictures of the sunrise. It was serene experience. You will also see the local fishermen in their boats pulling in their nets.
The club is also along the A-7 highway if your renting a car and it is also within the bus route. It was very convienient. We rented a car and drove to places like Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Malaga, Marbella (centro), Puerto Banus. Cordoba was the furthest ~3 hour drive. Make sure you leave at 7:30am to get a full day experience. The streets are not lit and sunset is around 8:00pm. You dont want to be stuck in the mountains with no street lights!
Overall, it was a great experience. If you have any questions, respond to my review and I'll be happy to answer them.
Great, different from all the others in Marbella
We just came back from a great holiday at the Alanda Club Marbella! The kidsclub is perfect, our children just loved it. The apartmens where very spacious and fully equiped which you do not see very often.The temperature was still 20º. We will come back for sure!!!
Great choice for families
The Alanda Club is a 5 star rated timeshare complex located in Elviria and is suitable for families. It is about a 35 minute drive from Malaga Airport and easily reached via the N340 coastal highway. The Club is about a 10 minute walk to the nearby beach. Marbella is a further 10 munutes drive to the west.
The much improved Alandito Kids Club is a welcome addition to keep kids occupied, suitable for ages 4-11.
Studio apartments are small, best to go for a 1 bed suite apartment at the very least which sleeps up to 4. Generally, the rooms are well kept with all amenities you would wish for. For families, it is best to stay near the Clubhouse. Several golf courses, supermarkets and banks are also nearby.
There have been improvements made to the indoor pool area and restaurant/bar has also seen revisions within the last year.
Restaurant service has deteriorated and prices although I consider reasonable have gone up slightly possibly to pay for all the improvements made to the resort. There are however, plentiful nearby restaurants to try. I would recommend the Hacienda, located in Las Chapas Hills and the italian Rosmarino.
Stayed there in March 2004, also stayed in several other hotels in Andalucia on this trip, this was by far the worst. Food and drinks overpriced and terrible. Service non-existent. Problems with hot water, I took a short shower, my daughter then went to take one, no hot water, the person who came to fix it tried to make out it was my fault, that I must have taken a bath!!! Rooms are large and spacious, but the amenities at the club are very poor, we had a car so that was not a problem for us.
I would not stay there again.
Where is the Customer Service we all want and need
Alanda Club Marbella, in my opinion, has no customer service skills. The personnel that work there are rude and unhospitable. We loved seeing the Andalucian Coast but the people would not raise a finger to make my vacation one bit more memorable. I thought that was thier job. I thought that was what they enjoyed doing. I thought wrong.The Villa's were very nice, the location was great. I just wish we would have stayed elsewhere. The Andalucian Coast is a very expensve area, look to the mountains for the better deals. Mijas is an awesome place to shop and see the sights. Rhonda is also spectacular.
The very spanish alanda club
The rooms here are fabulous, although the hot tubs were a little hard to get working. The sangria and paella option at lunch is fabulous! You see the paella being cooked in front of you. The staff at the front desk are very helpful, most speak english fluently. There is live music in the evenings - on one night there is karaoke which sounds tacky but is actually done quite well. This is a solid holiday destination.