Marriott's Playa Andaluza
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For our third week on Costa del Sol (coast of the sun) It was a great pleasure to be able to show off Andalusia at last to old New Zealand friends who have been promising to come for at ...
... were staying at is not on the main transport lines, so it was with some trepidation that we set out yesterday from our hotel in Barcelona to make the journey.
Our first leg of the adventure started with hailing a cab outside our hotel at 5.30am to get us to the bus station. We had decided to take the aerobus rather than train as it was a more straightforward exercise. We caught the bus - they leave every ...
... irritable particularly as the taxi driver charged us €20 to go 500m to the hotel. We are peregrinos, we know how far 500m is and this guy ripped us off! But we got there, a clean bed and our own facilities even a room kettle. The Holiday Inn Express has never seemed so plush. Up earlyish and a train to Benalmadena ensured that we were outside of family's apartment before 9:30. Big mistake! They weren't there! After choosing to stay nearer to work because of car problems we ended ...
... vinegar. Dear Jane I do not know what has happened to the puppy yet as Aunty Helen is back in England until tonight so we have not been back to the dogs home. Granny, cat pictures are coming. Mary, glad you are learning new stuff with us. Iain - we went for a walk with uncle Steve yesterday to check the level of the water fin the tank for his area's houses. We measured the water level and it needed ...
... really only ventured outside the Medina briefly and saw nothing of the Ville Nouvelle (new city) but had a great time both there and in the Marrakech Medina. For us, Casablanca and Tangiers offered little other than a transport hub.
We get ourselves to the bus stop to wait for the bus to Tangier-Med to catch the ferry. There is the usual couple of guys offering us help but as usual we tell them no thanks and they give the usual "no problem" and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Playa Andaluza Estepona
Fantastic Resort Espcially for Familys
I would like to start off by saying the reveiw from october 2005 has completey changed the rooms are like suites and its is perfect for kids! there are 4 swimming pools, 3 outside and 1 inside. The beach is romantic at night with the sunset on the horizon.
each room felt like it was new as it was very clean and imaculate thanks to the maids that clean every day with out fail. All staff made our stay feel welcome and enjoyable nothing was too much trouble.
For the more energetic children and adults there is a games room or why not have a breath taking game of outdoor giant chess.
the reception felt welcoming as you walked in the mable room with the beautifully carved ceiling.Each person felt special. And all your amenities were close by. And for the animal lover there is a zoo (selwo) just minutes away. We would have no hesitation recomending this wonderful resort and have done so already.
i hope this has helped you as we feel the first reveiw in now incorrect because it has changed dramatically into a 5 star resort.
We're 70+ and stayed a week with two college friends in May, 2006. You need a car, but we rented a relatively inexpensive one from Hertz at the Malaga airport -- a manual Diesel Peugeot that got about 50 mpg, nice at the price of fuel these days. Our 2-bedroom villa was on 4th floor, with lovely views of the sea and the grounds from the balcony and master bedroom. With temperatures in the 70s, the balcony was a favorite spot for eating and conversation. Furnishings were tastefully done. Beds very comfortable. Kitchen adequate for what little cooking we did. Breakfasts on the balcony were memorable with wonderfully fresh croissants and warm rolls available from the Marriott Market at 8:00 a.m. each morning -- and at reasonable prices. The beach is rocky, but the outdoor and indoor pools are fine. The restaurant was the most disappointing feature. Lunches only were available, with the "real" one is still a year away we were told. However, we were more interested in trying out restaurants in other towns as we did our sightseeing. The very pleasant, welcoming staff is most helpful in recommending places to eat and to visit. Rooms are cleaned every day. Construction was going on but we were not aware of it at least in our building. We'd recommend this facility to any of our friends. It's a convenient, comfortable take-off point for getting around Andalucia.
Top Marriott Resort
One of two Marriott resorts in Andulacia area. This is the newer of the two and is in a different style. There is still some construction work going on, but we never heard a thing from it. Whether it was halted for the summer or not, I'm not sure but all was quiet. They even cover the construction in green cloth to make it look better!
Staff very attentive but not over the top, all spoke English impeccably.
On site shop is small, but there are limited numbers staying at the resort so not really a problem. There is no onsite restaurant yet, still to be built, but the do offer a delivery service for nearby restaurants etc. Supermarket is 5 mins drive away and is quite large.
Not much close by, so you need a car to get out and about, resort is well popstioned for visits to Gibraltar and rest of coast.
In summary a good resort and quiter than the Marbella one (at the moment), but beach area is not as good as Marbella as you can't really walk along it in the evening, no promanade or anything like that yet, although it is to be extended.
Apartments are home from home, everything you could want. Super aircon, can be fridgelike if you like it that way. Top quality fittings and suppies.
Much better than the USA resort
Having just visited the Marriott Ocean Pointe in Florida the Playa Andaluza is a million miles away in style and amenities. We visited with our young grandson (9 months) and would say it is ideal for young families, the staff pre- arranged car seats, high chairs and cots without a hitch and the overall impression is one of quality and efficiency due to the design of the resort and the quality of the ever smiling staff. Of course there is some building (it is Southern Spain - but have you been to Dubai!) however it is of minimal impact and we were accommodated as far away from noise as possible. The apartments are well furnished equipped with all facilities and we found the 'order in food' to be of reasonable quality and very convenient.
The outdoor areas are very well maintained and user friendly but the beach is disappointing in that it is difficult to access the sea across some fairly large stones, the other surprise is that the bar / restaurant closes at 18.00 with no food available on site at all - come on Marriott it's a gold mine waiting to open!
All in all we rate the Playa Andaluza very good with an easy relaxed style, excellent apartments, friendly efficient staff and ideal for young 'uns.
spent three nights here in the first week of april.
excellent apartment (2 bed), fantastic service. we went there on a promo trip for special rates. we were warned there was ongoing construction and were also reassured there would be minimal disturbance. however we complained about some noise and they apologised profusely and gave us a restaurant voucher for 75 euros! the pool is quiet both indoor and outdoor, the beach is a bit ragged but quiet and has a nice bar/restaurant.
not the best place for a teenager as part of a family. not much to do. little kids have a good time it seems.
would definitely go there agaun, perhaps wait until it is completed.
We have just returned from 5 days at Marriot Playa Andaluza Spain. Overall the resort is lovely. We were in a two bedroomed apartment with two ensuites and lovely balcony and the standard of the accomodation was very good. The indoor and outdoor pools were clean, beautiful and not over crowded. Beach is man made and I agree would be difficult to paddle in due to rocks at waters edge, but nice for sunbathing. Shop had just been extended and had coffee facilities with outdoor tables and chairs. Nice games rooms. Excellent kids club catered well for 5 year old girl and 10 year old boy who were very happy to attend. Spa and gym looked lovely though didn't try them personally.All staff friendly and helpful.
You do need a car as it is necessary to travel out to restaurants (although told an on site restaurant will be ready in next couple of months) and shops.Was very little within walking ditance. Eating out in the area with children was tricky as places don't start to fill up till after eight thirty and going out before then there was a distinct lack of atmosphere. The 'order in' food service was costly and poor quality,the beach bar is very pleasant to sit in but has a limited menu.Loved Estepona Mijas, Puerto Banus and Marbella and had good reports about Benahavis but generally too much development going on in this area and local surroundings were not picturesque.At times it felt like driving through a building site
Going again I would plump for the Marbella Marriott whih is more established in a more convenient location and has better facilities for families with children.
What a beautiful resort, the complex when it is finished in 2009 will be out of this world! We stayed in a 2 bed apartment in the Granada block and we were amazed by the size of the rooms and how luxurious they were. The rooms were huge, two large bedrooms. The master bedroom had a separate bathroom containing a double bath with shower, two basins etc. Through the bathroom led you to a huge double shower, toilet and bidet. The second bedroom also had its own bathroom with shower. Both bedrooms had a full size TV with plenty of choice in terms of channels and they even had CBBC and Cbeebies which the kids loved.
The lounge/dining room area had a DVD and CD player with huge TV. A three piece suite (sofa bed)also a round dining table with space for six people and a breakfast bar.
The kitchen was fully equipped with halogen hob, oven, full size fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. All appliances are Whirlpool.
In the utility room you have a washer, separate dryer, ironing board and iron.
The appt has so much storage space and even the lights come on in the wardrobe when the doors are opened. A safe is contained in the master bedroom. The patio is huge and contains a great table and chair set of which two of the chairs are loungers.
No restaurant is built yet and the beach cafe wasn't open due to it being the winter season. A supermarket is being built and will be ready in April, however if you want the basics a mini mart is available on site. The nearest restaurants are a long walk to some basic ones or a drive/taxi to the better ones. A number of restaurants offer a takeaway service and we used this one night and were not dissapointed.
The indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms get us occupied in the mornings and these are all top quality. Marriott are planning to build another outdoor pool and another gym although not sure when.
VERY BAD LOCATION AND NO RESTAURANT
Overall we were very disappointed with this half built resort. It has now been under construction for almost three years and is still only half finished. The whole area is one massive building site. Reception id still in one of the apartment blocks and the entrance to the site is in a side road.
Although it features pools, good facilities for kids and a health centre it still does NOT have a restaurant. It has a small beach cafe which opens for a few hours a day (weather permitting) but closes between five and six o'clock. So, unless you self cater you have to travel out to eat dinner.
The ONLY way in or out of the resort is by sea, or via an extremely busy, and notoriously dangerous, motorway - certainly no pleasure to be on after dark.
The carpet in our villa was very badly stained and the furniture was stained. There was also a great deal of dust on furniture,not really surprising when the daily clean lasts no more than ten minutes.
The staff were very good and friendly.
Marriott's Playa Andaluza in Estepona
Stayed at Playa Andaluza for nine nights from September 30-October 9th 2005. Traded our lock-off option so we ended up with a lock off unit. They are very, very small compared to the ones in the States and in Aruba. Adequate, but small if you are staying for a week or longer. The two bedrooms timeshare units are lovely. Not as large as in most Marriotts but very nice. I would never stay in the lock off part again. The facility itself is typical Marriott. Very clean, beautiful pool, nice landscaping etc... The outdoor pool is large with a lot of pool chairs and was never crowded during our stay. There was some topless tanning going on as this is a very European resort. The beach sand is nice but the area to enter the water (Mediterranean Sea) is very rocky. You really couldn't go into the water bare footed. The beach bar/restaurant had some good food, average to above average prices. The Market in the lobby had pretty much anything you would need but was very costly. We went to the local grocery store and got the exact same things at one third the cost of what Marriott charges but it was convenient to have the ability to buy on site. The parking was free, there were a few restaurants you could walk to but not really any grocery stores. Definitely needed to rent a car. Went to the Estepona flea market on Thursday morning and that was very good. Tons of locals selling stuff. Lots of little towns within one hour driving distance that were charming and full of good shopping and eating. Went to Gibralter for the day and was glad we did. It was worth seeing. The monkeys are little devils that steal anything they can grab.
We were very lucky with the weather. It was at least 80 and sunny every day except one. The construction at the resort starts promptly at 8:00 in the morning and even though it was close to us the noise wasn't that bothersome. If you are a t.v. watcher, take your own movies and dvd's. The tv selection in english was very limited. Cnn Europe and Cnn British version. There was a nice internet room on site and we bought internet cards. 15.00 euros for three hours.
We will return but not into the lock off option unit.
W've never been in such a beautiful resort. The inside swimming pool is amazing. The location at the beach lovely. We had a 2 bedroom app. with 4 kids. Very luxury. The only point is that you need a car to travel to cities, shops and restaurants.