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... with it's cobbled stoned streets, the white buildings glare in the sunshine and orange trees loaded with fruit line the squares . We stopped for a while at a very picturesque square for Tapas and beer and listened to two musicians strumming their guitars. That evening we dined at another square in town watching life go by and noticing that the evenings are starting to get cooler. Hoping it's only the altitude and not ...
... developed sense for finding the bars, we found an outdoor bar with free wifi to look for a hotel for the night. The helpful Dutch staff gave us a bit of information on the town, and that it is more than just a holiday destination as people live there throughout the year.
After a couple of quick beers, we booked a cheap(-ish) hotel outside Marbella and took a walk along the beach. It was really nice with lots of people still ...
... she ran off again but because she hadn't started the braiding she just stayed with her family. We were watching her do re-enactments of what the woman was doing to her hair, it was so good. The poor kid. I thought she might give up since it looked like it was hurting her heaps but nope, once it was all clear they all came back, the 3yr old boy carrying the stool and the girl got back on with getting her hair done. Pretty entertaining ;)
Home to have another hot sleep..
... at my watch to see if that might work. It doesn't, so I try demonstrating with a pen and paper in the hope that we might achieve some kind of mutual understanding. What happens next is quite bizarre. The old man standing next to me asks me if I parle francais, and the arrangement is made perfectly fluently in French as he translates my request to the barmaid, for our arrival later that evening to partake of their local menu, to much smiling and ...
... with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. Narrow streets lead to staircases and balconies....cafes waft delicious garlicky aromas and artisanal shops display tablecloths, pottery, olive oils and sausages. We wander aimlessly, enjoying the sights around every corner. The Puento Nuevo of course is the piece de resistance. Spanning the gorge with the small river a hundred feet below, it is a photographers dream. Standing on the 18th ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aloha Gardens Marbella
Lovely apartments, lovely views
Aloha Gardens is lovely. Our apartment was fantastic - all the mod cons you could ask for. Clean and spacious. Lovely patio area. Would recommend Aloha Gardens. Only downside is a lot of walking to get to your apartment - you need a case with wheels. If you want a lovely meal out try the Pasta Cafe - about a 10 minute walk but worth it. Also have a drink at the Little Mermaid, the owners are lovely, very friendly. The market on Saturday by the Bull ring - great bargains. All in all a very enjoyable 4 day break.
Please take note
I am sorry but please ignore the fantastic comments. the pool area is lovely but the rest in need of a paint job. the apartment was basic and depressing and worn out towels and faded bed linen.It is not walkable to banus at all, too far in the heat and along a busy road. reception said couldnt book taxi's you had to go down the road and book from a phone box, and this was the case for everyone which was a massive inconvenience. I have stayed in better 3* its is most definately not a 5*.If you still go please visit Marbella old town (orange square)sit and have a jug of sangria under the orange tree's
Spent 3 nights at aloha gardens - beautiful stylish villa - lovely peaceful location. About 15 mins from Puertos Banos - if you love posh boats this is a must!! - beach was quiet and sunny despite it being November. English cafe about 5 mins from Apartment - friendly staff . Range of bars [ entice you with free drinks !! ] Port area can be abit pricey but well worth the trip - will definately return. Good idea to learn a little basic spanish!! but most people speak English. Best weekend break I have ever had - Flew via Easyjet - miles better than I expected. Go... go... go... go... to Aloha Gardens you will be thrilled. Smile x
My Partner, my mum and myself are just back from a week at the Aloha Garden Apartments (22nd-29thMay). Many of the reviews I had read here turned out to be spot on. We stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom ground floor apartment with private garden (we payed approx £350 per person for the week). The apartment was lovely and couldn't be faulted however I would agree with the other reviews on the following comments:
Nice and quiet but no 5*
We were lucky with our apartment as it was on the ground floor at the end of a row meanign we had a nice private garden. It was also right by the heated pool which was usually deserted. In fact, the whole place felt very deserted - which to us was not a bad thing!
I would also not rate this 5* though but a good 3 to 4. The apartment itself was very good, with all the mod cons (though dryer didn't work) and well equipped. The beds were comfortable and they had a cot and highchair for our baby.
It is in the middle of nowhere and there are no facilities on site, which is unfortunate because a cafe would have been nice. It didn't matter much to us as we were stuck in the apartment with our baby mostly. HOwever, if you're looking for a bit more fun, this is not the place.
Run down shambles
WE HAVE JUST EXPERIANCED THE 5 STAR LUXURY ACCOMODATION AT THE RESORT. It needs a visit by a review board to regulate the rating.If torn bathrobes,1 towel change,a slapdash collection of kitchen utensals,satalite tv with no channels,no atmosphere and a set of security keys to run the best prisons in the world, then this is the place to go.It would be fine if you are told in advance that the resort is in the middle of nowhere , with no facilities.At least you can make a choice.PLEASE GET REAL REGARDING THE 5* RATING.IT IS NOWHERE NEAR THAT .The resort needs a complete overhaul.Stop hood winking people.Great restraunts in the area ,but get a car or you will be marooned.And that will compound the misery.
Close to Puerto Banus ???
We stayed there for the last week in Feb (winter break) Be careful of the quotes on some sites saying "Resort is in Puerto Banus" in actual fact it's about a 15min walk to the marina.
Plus points are that the standard of accopmadation couldn't be faulted. We stayed in a 2 bed appt, which had 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitching, large living room area and the plus was a large roof terrace although I'm not sure if all the apartments have the roof terrace. Some may only have a balcony.
They do seem to go over the top on security which isn't a bad thing I suppose but doesn't fill you with a lot of comfort.
Great location, being only 1.5 miles from the fantastic Puerto Banus marina. Lovely grounds, with 2 pools, lots of great golf courses nearby. The bar and restaurant were very good with really friendly staff. Secure parking within the complex was an added bonus.
Great time had by us all
We have just returned from a week here and had a lovely time. It is true that one pool was closed due to a leak but it didn't affect our renjoyment. We palyed tennis every morning and the court was in excellent condition. The gardens are loevly. True there is no poolside cafe but we didn't want one. There is a nice cafe bar on the complex and as our apartment was only a few steps from the pool we were able to use our own fridge. We will certainly go back.
Tired and shoddy!
Aloha Gardens - (26 June - 3 July 2004) what a disappointment!
Kids pool is closed and has been for months, the place is tired and shoddy looking. The tennis courts / play area is outwith the complex and seems locked up most of the day. Web sites gave the impression it was on a golf course - it is not, being in a residential area in front of two tower blocks. No poolside cafe and no atmosphere. Various web sites claim 5 star - it would not merit even 2 star in the UK. MY RECOMMENDATION IS TO FIND ANOTHER PLACE - A WEEK IN YOUR LIFE IS WASTED IN THIS PLACE.