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For Kevin and I's Springbreak we decided for our first part to travel to Malaga, Spain. We stayed in a resort right off the beach and it was extremely relaxing. Weather was great in the 70s and majority of the days being sunny for an exeception of a few cloudy and windy ones.
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Malaga is a beautiful little town on the Spanish Riviera (if thats what you call it) in Costa Del Sol. We stayed just minutes from the old town/shopping district, packed with shops and restaurants. This part of the town (the restaurants at least) stays busy until well past midnight. One night we at dinner at 11:30pm... and then found Ice cream …
... to be an overdeveloped tourist resort town and it IS very developed but in a mostly tasteful way and the old town in really very charming. So we were pleasantly suprised. Just a 20 min bus ride from the campsiteinto the centre of Marbella. Had a lovely paella in a beachfront restaurant one night after walking along the boardwalk. A day of heavy rain gave the boys an excuse to have an indoor day watching old episodes of Tin Tin and playing board ...
... 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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews CLC Marina del Sol Mijas
Enjoyed Relaxed Environment - But a Bit Hilly (Birmingham)
We went on a "free 1 week holiday" not so free it did cost us approx 200.00 for 3 adults and 1 child but still a bargain. We were very dubious about the whole thing and expected very little, so what a lovely surprise when we got there. A taxi picked us up from the airport (38 euros) and delivered us to the reception area of club la Costa. The reception staff were very nice and gave us maps of the resorts and lots of other information we may need. We were then escorted by porters to our apartment. The 2 bedroomed, 2 bathroom apartment was beautiful and had a wonderful view of the med. Do be warned though, this resort is very hilly and spread out, there is a small train which travels round the resort which you can hop on at any of the stops, it was a life saver. There was a welcome pack of bread, butter, milk, eggs, tea, coffee etc for us and the apartment also had a dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, microwave, huge fridge/freezer, ironing board, need i go on, bascially it was like been at home, so if you do visit this resort pack 2 sets of clothes as you can wash to your hearts content.
The Sales Pitch. - Yes they do want to sell you a membership and if it suits your needs then maybe you will join. There is a trail membership of 3 years which will cost about 3.500 pounds if you don't want to sign for a full 60 years, overall its up to you. Our Presentation Day started with Scott (our rep) calling for us at 10am and taking us to breakfast, he is a very nice guy and gave us a tour of the resort and surrounding villages. He explained all about Club la Costa and its membership costs - we experienced no hard sales pitch from Scott and were left alone for the rest of the week to enjoy our holiday which I must say was brilliant. We will definitely go back to this resort.
Worth a try
we visited club la costa after winning a weeks holiday, it was a nice relaxing holiday bit boring though. we went to a complimentary breakfast and tour with a club la costa rep this was their opportunity to sell us their timeshare we were told we would be there for 90 minutes we were there 3 hours and had made it clear from the outset we were not interested the rep was nice throughout. apart from that one day we were not bothered by any club lacosta staff and were free to enjoy our holiday. the restaurants are overpriced so its worth the horrible walk into fuengirola for food. as we wentin april there was no entertainment and most of the bars etc were closed. the apartments have satelite tv so u can amuse urself with that after dinner the apartments were nice, clean and have everything you need. it is worth taking club la costas offer as it is a cheap holiday.
Keep going back,
we stayed at mijas with club la costa + really enjoyed it. very clean and staff very friendly. we have stopped there three times and are planning to go back in may. well we have booked for may so we are going.we joined a three year taster which is a good way to see how it all runs. and yes the reps do come and see you and take you out for breakfast and show you around the complex, but hey when it comes to life time joining all as you have to say is no. the good thing about it as well you only have to travel light, as you have everything you need in your appartment, short of nothing. it's quite central for visiting places like fuengirola, benalmadena,torri. you are better going into fuengirola to book all your trips,(gibraltar) it's half the price. there is a little booth at the bus station book there.you can catch the train in fuengirola to benalmadena torri ,airport malaga if you do always get a return.
Well, we "won" a seven night luxury holiday with Club La Costa, which eventually materialised (after a LOT of red tape - it cost us around £180 for two, which isnt bad!) and we arrived on 20 March. Due to a delay we arrived later than expected, but a Club La Costa agent was waiting for us and drove us to the complex - charged 40 euros.
On arrival we realised how big the resort was and were driven to our apartment - wasnt luxurious at all, but was more than adequate. Nice touch is that they provide essentials such as water, milk, eggs, bread, tea, coffee, sugar and juice as a welcome pack. Apartment seemed very nice - if a bit worn around the edges. It was two bedroomed - one double one twin with a seperate kitchen and patio area complete with table and chairs and loungers - very nice, but nothing amazing.
On arrival we were allocated two pools that we could use. The complex had over 13 in total and the ones we saw were lovely and clean with great views of the med. Very nice. We had a week of VERY COLD weather - had been glorious up until our stay, so that did put a dampner on things. It was nice that each apartment has Sky TV, so we could entertain ourselves by watching movies on a night and sport through the day.
Some tips for you if you are staying here.
1 NEVER go the Zacharys restaurant for your evening meal. It is horrendous. Overpriced with poor staff and even worse food. We ate there once - waited 20 mins for a menu then had to get our own. We were in their an hour before we received our drinks.... When it arrived the food was awfu.
The breakfast buffet is worth going to once but you will lose interest fast.
2 DEFINATELY try the restaurant called "El Tajo". Club La Costa do not give out details on this restaurant as it is privately owned BUT it is definately the best one on the complex. It is next door to "Sams Pantry" and reception. They had to turn us away twice as we hadnt booked - so remember to book!!!
3 DO NOT buy your groceries etc at Sams Pantry. There is a bigger and cheaper supermarket at the bottom of the complex - on the way to the beack - the mini train that runs around the complex will take you there.
4 BEWARE OF THE CHICKEN - We visited "Safari" restaurant . This is one of the restaurants in the five star complex. First meal was lovely - its a bit unecessarily fancy, but still lovely food. Unfortunately, our second visit was a bit scary! We both ordered the Chicken Satay as our starter. My partner was really hungry, so basically devoured his first skewer with loads of peanut sauce. It was only when he looked at his chicken that he saw it was bright bloody red in the middle......... how awful!!! He had eaten quite a bit. Obviously we returned the starter but there was not much of an apology or anything. You would expect a bit of concern from the staff - but there was none! Fortunately my partner was ok....
BEACH - The nearest one is accessed through an underground old flood pipe. Its pretty scabby. Only saw three other people on it all the time we were there. Lovely blue sea though.
CLUB LA COSTA REP & SALES PITCH
Our marketing day arrived and our rep turned up on time in a nice car. Took us for breakfast at Zacharys. We then visited three star and four star apartments. Very nice. He then drove us to La Cala Beach - which was lovely and then took us around a five star aparment. Wonderful. We were genuinely interested in the concept of being a CLC member - though membership does cost £11,995 joining fee plus £200 per year admin - for this you get one weeks holiday a year. Each additional week costs £84 and, of course, you pay for your flights yourself.
We were then offered a "special deal" which costs £3,595 for six weeks of accomodation over three years at five star places. This would be worth it but, again, you have to pay for your own flights and one week would be at Marina Del Sol again (in a five star apartment this time....) You only get 2.5 years to take six weeks in though and you have to sign up and pay there and then. Although I was tempted we didnt sign up. The cost of this is then redeemable against full membership, so it seems pretty good really. If I had £4k doing nothing then I would test it out and report back, but I dont!! Which is why Im going on a "free" holiday in the first place.......
There were also some white lies told to us. We were told that everyone staying at the resort was on a marketing holiday. Not true. Some of the areas are existing timeshare owners apartments. In fact, after speaking to family members once home, I am informed that my grandma used to own a timeshare at this resort. All in all I would be slightly sceptical about it, but Im sure you will make your own mind up.
All in all, I would say that you definately need a car. The complex is huge and very hilly. The marketing apartments ( like the one we were in) were located on the hill immediately after the main entrance, so it was far from peaceful. I was shattered after this week away. There were mopeds, dumper trucks - rubbish bins were opposite our apartments.... at all hours, so it wasnt quite as relaxing as I had hoped.
I wouldnt go back again even if it was free. Reasons - in the middle of nowhere. Not much to do. Not that many choices of restaurant. NO nighlife at all. Nowhere to walk to on an evening. Bit boring really. If you are going on a "free" holiday then take some good books and keep your fingers crossed that its sunny - you should be fine then.
Better than expected
Went on this holiday with my boyfriend after taking up one of the Club La Costa offers. We prepared ourselves for the worst but were more than pleasantly surprised. The room was spacious, modern, well equipped and cleaned to a high standard. The balcony overlooked the pool area and the Med. in the distance. Saw some beautiful sunrises / sunsets...
The resort itself was well maintained - there always seemed to be people working in the background.
Gave us a breakfast pack so that we had bread, eggs, juice, milk, tea and coffeee for the morning after we arrived.
The walk into Fuengirola is hideous. Through a dirty underpass and along the edge of the motorway.
The resort is abit out of the way from anywhere else if you don't drive.
The non-reception staff do not seem to speak English. We took a bus from the resort into Marbella to go to the market but the driver could not even direct us to where we needed to go once the bus arrived. We had a nice day but didn't make it to the market!
On another day we took the small train which goes regularly around the resort (a nice touch as its quite large and hilly) to the end of the resort where the shops are but the driver did not tell the passengers that it was not going back straight away. We were all sat there like lemons!
In my opinion, although the reception staff were efficient, they could have been friendlier.
DO NOT be lured in by the friendly reps trying to sell you the Club la Costa package. Our rep was sweetness and light, took us ito breakfast in one of the resort restaurants, then into Mijas for a little look around for a couple of hours (which was nice) but as soon as we were back in the office and we made it clear we didn't want their deal she switched. Even so, thought it was a small price to pay for, overall, a lovely holiday.
Only peacefull - When reps go home
We stayed here and thought it was going to be great. It was a nightmare. We paid a lot of money but were hounded and insulted by the reps, who thought we were easy game. We were not part of a promotion. The prices were absolutely rediculious. £10 for a chicken breast with a spoon of vegetables, the entertaiment ended very, very early - as like everyone out of the way and in bed.
The atmostphere was tiring and bland, the resort is miles from anything. Go here if you like being bullied and insulted by the awfull staff.
No wonder no one wants to buy into their scheme of buying points anymore.
Club la costa prices
we stayed at the califonia beach resort . early oct .
the apartment nothing to complain about. you need a car to get away from the horrific prices they charge for everthing breakfast
15 euro ? steak 18+ beer 3.50 no entertainment at night very poor also too many kids running about go to tenerife better value
for your well earnt money .if you have plenty of money and like
screaming kids its fine . and we didnt go school holiday time? so
god knows wat its like then ..? peter and lorraine blackpool ..
Excellent Resort, Beautiful area and country
This is a great resort, we had a very wonderful time. The units are nice, the views are outstanding of the Mediterranean and the mountains. We stayed in March, weather was nice, usually 70's for the highs. The beach is a short hike away. On site there is a well equipped grocery store (SuperMercado), with prices that were very competitive with the larger stores in Fuengirola. Its a hilly complex, so expect a little walking exercise. Pools are plentiful and also well maintained. The small coffee shop/bakery in the main area has wonderful fresh breads and baguettes every morning, be sure and make that part of your daily routine!! Fuengirola nearby has some fun shopping along the beach, parking can be a bit of a chore, I would suggest in any city that you just pay to park in the public ramps, much easier and safer (from not getting dinged standpoint). Be absolutely sure to hit Ronda, Antequerra, and the Alcazaba in Malaga. Skip a restaurant occasionally and just drop into one of Tienda grocery stores (closets : ) ) and grab baguettes, cheese and some Iberian ham, wash it down w/ a cold Cruz Campo for 50 cents and you are set.
We brought our 2 kids, 8 and 10 years old, they had a blast!! No worries, here, lots of english speaking and friendly tourists and staff, but work on your spanish anyway, it will help once you are out of the main drag areas.
Lovely child friendly resort
Just got back from a great holiday at Marina Del Sol. The apartment had everything we needed, including Air Conditioning, and the resort itself was really good.
The restaurants on site were good and there was lots for the kids to do. Each day there was kids activites organised by the resort and most of it was free.
Lots of pools to choose from and in the evening there was quizes and stuff like that.
All the staff were friendly and everywhere you went someone was tidying up and making things look good.
Not a 4 star resort!
Let me put it bluntly for you: The units have no Air Conditioning! Try to live in southern Spain, with a stiffling heat day and night without it!
There is only one bathroom for a unit that can accomodate 5-6 people: Good luck in the morning!
This is supposed to be a 4 stars resort: In the USA it would not even been rated!
The beach is a ten minutes walking distance: The sand is gravelly with garbage everywhere and the water is dirty.
There is construction going on everywhere. The entire Costa del Sol is overbuilt and the traffic is horrible.
Do you still want to go there? Here there are the positive aspects of this resort.
All the units are single new apartments with a full kitchen, bathroom, 2 medium size bedrooms, a large living room/dining room and a patio facing a well kept landscape. The pool is large and serves only a few units, so that it is never crowded. There are several pools serving the resort that is nested along the hills overlooking the sea. There are several good restaurants within the resort and a large grocery store with everything you need if you feel like cooking home. A little train, free, takes you everywhere within the property. People are very friendly and hepfull. The maid comes at mid week and cleans well and replaces towels and bed sheets.
Unfortunatelly, in my opinion, the negatives overcame the positives and, overall, we had a bad experience here.