Marriott's Playa Andaluza
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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 ...
... We spent a few hours down there, loving the sun as we hadn't lay out in it for quite a few weeks now and need to work on our tan for the next month of beaches! Finally we decided we were looking pink enough and went to find some nice grass and shade to lay under, read and dry off.
Stopped in at the bar and had a really refreshing mojito. Headed home, showered and Tao made a few different Thai dishes for dinner. They were all so good!
About 10pm Sarah and I headed out to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Playa Andaluza Estepona
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.