Atalaya Park Golf Hotel and Resort
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Booked for 2 nights will stay longer - stayed 7 nights in all.. A very nice site under pines close to a nature reserve. Many campers from the UK - all very friendly. Camping Pinar San Jose.
January 27. Sunday
By 10:30 am we'd dismantled the camp and were heading in the direction of Gibraltar. We had planned to visit the Principality on our way to the next campsite on the west coast towards Cadiz.
We took the ...
Today we headed to the rock of Gibraltar, that sits on the southern tip of Spain. We thought we were staying in Spain and were shocked that we were actually in Great Britain! We had our visas checked by the British cops. It was not expected. We also thought it was just a small sightseeing event and were surprised that it was a FULL day affair… with hiking, big guns to take down ships, military caves and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atalaya Park Golf Hotel and Resort Estepona
June 2005 - Plenty to do for children and teenagers every day including football, archery, tennis, golf, the list is endless.
The swimming pool was very large with large beautiful gardens and terrace area for sunbathing. There were always plenty of free sunbeds available.
The restaurant was buffet style with a different theme every day plus the usual Spanish selection. The quality and presentation of the food was outstanding and even though we were only half board we went in for lunch on several occasions as well.
The staff were helpful, pleasant and always willing to stop and chat.
The hotel is right on the beach but out of the way from other bars and restaurants. This didn't bother us as the hotel had everything to offer.
Would definately go back there again and would recommend it to all my family and friends.
Overall Welsh family viewpoint
Just returned from a week visit to the Atalaya Park. Firstly it has wonderful rooms with air conditioning which was a godsend because the weather was very hot. It was fairly quiet for this time of year although the shallower and larger pool was busy with families the deep pool only had a handful of families around it. However the complex is in the middle of nowhere and you will need a car - which we did - and visited Gibralter (sooo cheap), Puerto Banus (you need to be rich) and Marbella which had a great beach. Talking of beaches Atalaya park may be right on the beach but it was awful, poor quality sand and pebbles, so going into the sea was a definite impossibility for adults let alone children. The other downside was the so called "inclusive watersports". Apparently we were told they had not yet had their watersport licence so we could not use the catamarans, pedalos, canoes and the jetski was not inclusive and cost 40 Euros for 30 minutes - a right rip off! The food was brilliant however and cannot be knocked. Overall we had a good time but would not return because of the isolation and the poor beach.
Early June at The Atalaya Park
I have just returned from 2 weeks at the Atalaya Park hotel. Firstly, just to get it out the way, the weather was fantastic for the fortnight, although there was quite a strong wind blowing from the Med for a couple of days.
The hotel it's self is nearer to Porto Banus (A very nice little port town for the rich and famous, with a good, but very expensive (10Eurs a drink) nightlife. Good place to go Ferrari spotting) than Estepona, which is more of a town, and less of a tourist trap than Porto Banus. The hotel is about 1/2 mile from the main coastal road, which is where the nearest shop (outside of the hotel) is, and a bus stop. The buses are very cheap, and pretty reliable, going each way (Porto Banus and Marbella) Every 20 mins. The Taxis are also cheap, with Porto Banus being less than 10E and Marbella being less than 20.
This being said, the hotel is pretty isolated. It is surrounded by about 1/2 mile in each direction by private Villas, and although Merriot are building a huge apartment complex nearby, it is still pretty quite, although we did go in Early June, which is not the Spanish Summer.
The hotel itself is two main blocks, seperated by a walkway of about 100m, lined with shops, which is interesting at first, but a 6 min return trip to the reception desk gets a tad annoying after a while. The rooms are well appointed, as you would expect for any 4 star hotel really, air con, tv, minibar etc.
There are 2 large and 1 small outdoor pools, as well as a couple indoor pools. The daytime entertainment is pretty good, although it was only 20% full when we were there, so the activities weren't that busy. The Animacion team is Mainly Italian, with Valerio and Keke being Excellent, and good fun. However, a few of their underlings have the personalities of wet socks, and the mathematical abilities of a shoe, which was interesting when judging the shooting etc.
The food was fantastic, although the Italian and Chinese nights were a let down, proving that the hotels reputation for fine Andalucian cuisine was probably at the expense of the worst pizza ever tasted, and Chinese chicken curry which was, well, yellow chicken basically. Most of the food, even if some of it was not to my tastes, was exellently cooked and of the highest quality.
This brings me on to the best part of the holiday, the Staff. The staff were always friendly, overly polite, amazingly helpful and all exelled at their specific jobs.
I did not try the golf, but the Tennis, with 6 clay and 3 hard courts, was very good, although a little warm. The Pro, Antonio Troyano, and his son, are both ex tour pros, and although fantastic at tennis, are some of the nicest people you are likely to meet, as well as being top notch coaches.
IN Conclusion, not the sort of place to go for a larger fuelled burn in the sun, and most of the clientel seem to be Italian, so more coffee is drunk than lager. It is a very relaxing hotel, with great food, and good sports facilities.
I recommend avoiding peak season, as I very much doubt it would have been anywhere near as good if full to capacity. I'll go again, but not when it's busy.
Just arrived back from 2 weeks at hotel - Brill. The food is fantastic, we tried out lots of different things - presentation is excellent. The staff at the hotel are very friendly, helpful and efficient.
The swimming pools are superb and the lifeguards are very reassuring if you have kids who like to stay in the water all day.
The Mini Club is excellent. The staff ensure all the kids have lots of fun and each and everyone is included in lots of activites. The Mini Club Disco is not to be missed. My kids learned lots of dances so did I!! Again the staff are exceptional.
The only downside to the hotel is its location - there's no where to walk to (after a filling buffet!). We did find a Repsol garage on the Benahavis road selling cheap Cava.
Fantastic, 10 out of 10
Came to this hotel from the 10th - 17th July.Really Great Hotel, Everything was perfect...
The food was varied from day to day, but there was always the chips for the kids, with salads avaliable. The deserts were top class, and you put on a bit of weight by the end of the holiday! There is also a lot of resturants that you can visit, although one resturant would have bben good enough for us!
The swimming pools were lovely, there is one main pool, which is usually got a lot of children in it, but is quiet in the evenings. There is also a pool around the side of the hotel which is usually really quiet as it is 3 metres deep. There is also 2 childrens pools, and 2 indoor pools.
The beach has imported sand on it, which is a little dissapointing, but if you are prepared to walk, there is a beutiful beach about 3/4 mile walk, left of the hotel. Walk along the beach, and you will come to the wall, where it becomes rocky. Keep walking along that path, and you will also see some beutiful villas, along there. You will know that it is the good beach, because the hotel Don Miguel is beside it. We also spotted Darius sunbathing here!
The water sports were good, most could be hired for free, and those that couldent, were reasnobly priced.
The range of activities that you can do is great. They split you up by age, 18+, 12 - 17's, and under 12's. The under 12's have there own little club. The 12 - 17's do not go to a club, but if you are interseted in the activity, just wait by the pool, where they meet you. This is the same for the 18+. Under 16's can also fill in a form, and get tokens to the value of 18 euros to spend on drinks, ice creams, and drinks free. The activities vary from week to week, but you can pick up a leaflet from the travel agents area, or from the animation team. The evening entertainment was interesting! It started at 10pm, so it was more for adults, and i would advise not letting under 10's watch it! Especially not the Mr AND Mrs contests ( involves stuff like putting a ping pong ball, up one trouser leg, andf bringing it down the other, and the mr and mrs swopping clothes!)
If going with thomsons, which we did, make sure you go on the excursion to gibralter, as it is excellant. Also if you want a good party, go on the puerto bunus by night excursion, as it is full, of clubs, and bars, and good for celebrity spotting.
The rooms which you stay in are nice. The have news channels in English, and euro sport, but the rest are in spanish and german. Good views from Balcony, we could see the mountains, and the sea, which was nice in the evening with a quiet drink.
There are a lot of foreigners staying at the hotel, but it did not feel like a cruise ship, it was nice listening to the other languages, and it was not mostly brits - about a quater were brits, and the reat a maixture, of germans, spanish, french, american, and irish.
Overal a great hotel, although a little let down by the beach.
Well established hotel
Date: May. 1. 04
Reviewer: H. G. Köhler- email@example.com- 61191 Rosbach
My wife and me- we just returned from 2 weeks at the
Atalaya Park Golf Hotel and Resort.-indeed an enjoyable time. Not only the wheather was fine, but the accommodation at the hotel in Estepona was excelent- a nice room with balcony and ocean view.
The large park made it possible to find a coshy spot to rest- without a neighbour on both sides. The golfing facillities- putting green and driving range were in good shape- as well as the indoor Sporting club.
The food (variety and quality ) was very good.. Finally- to have a fair discount on the two 18 hole Golf Courses rounded the picture up. We certainly like to recommend the hotel very much
We stayed at Atalaya Park in December 2003 just after xmas for 3 nights. When we booked our trip (Madrid - Sevilla- Ronda - Costa del sol - to Madrid) we thought the coast would be wonderful, and we purposfully tried to shy away from Malaga, Marbella, Torremolinos, etc.
to avoid being touristy, yet we wanted a 'resort' stay for those few nights after being in small towns. We selected Atalaya based on the few reviews we found, and the fact it was in Estapona, which seemed smaller and more village like. Well, it is on the Malaga side of Estapona, we had to drive into town 20 minutes to get to the great Spanish restaurants that the coast is famous for, you'd need a car to go anywhere since the hotel is miles from anything. It was nearly full with Brits, French, Germans, Italians, hundres of Japanese, even a few Spaniards, but mostly Brits on holiday. They seemed to be having a great time, so perhaps we're being picky, but we were greatly disappointed. The entire hotel seemed like a broken down version of Disneyland. The cabaret shows were really tacky, and the overall feeling was that you were on a huge cruise ship with thousands of other people all doing the same thing. Breakfast, which was included, was great, a large buffet, but in a massive room that really had the feeling of a cruise liner, with 300+ people (and dozens of screaming babies) all eating at the same time, standing in line for the Zumex orange juice machine, etc. But that was the only place there was a no-smoking area in nearly all of Spain, so that was a plus. The hotel restaurants that we tried were fine, served great food. The rooms they initially gave us faced to the east in the Tower (torre) on the 6th floor. We requested west views so we could see Gibralter. They moved us no problem. But the rooms were musty, the beds were really small singles, hard as a rock, and the pillows (or pillow since we had to request two more) should have been retired with Franco. There was a wide balcony with table and chairs, however, and the view was great (over a small building, we'd been better off furhter toward the sea-end of the tower). The beach was rocky such that you'd need shoes to enter the water. I guess my overall impression is that the hotel had its heyday some time back when Austin Powers had his Mojo, and the price was easily the most expensive we paid in 2 weeks in Spain, so for the money it was a grave disappointment. Especially coing from two nights at the Parador in Ronda, where our rooms were some of the finest we have ever stayed in (5+ stars) overlooking a 14th century townscape across or two balconies (one a private 30x25 foot area with tables and lounges), with an incredible restaurant serving gourmet food, for $175/night, or about 2/3 of the cost of Atalaya Park. We were warned that the Costa del Sol would leave us feeling ripped off, and we should have listened, but now we know. Next time I avoid the coast and stay in inland at a smaller venue and drive in for the day. If you get to Estapona there are some great sea food bars, one right off the main plaza downtown - check it out.
After reading some disturbing reports about this hotel after I had booked my annual holiday I was quite distrubed and even tried to cancel it.Upon our return I feel I owe it to the Atalaya Park Hotel to write our feelings.I am a very fussy person and only really like 5 star hotels, but as we have three children they wanted somewhere with something to do as well as a pool, beach and sunshine. This hotel seemed to fit the bill.Well I have to say we were pleasantly surprised.
we had a suite a bedroom for the three children and a lounge area with sofa, chairs and tv and bed for my husband and I. Balcony's off both rooms, one facing the beach, sea and palm trees the other was the beach and the other side of the room overlooking one of the pool areas.There are 6 pools, contrary to what one person wrote. The big pool was too big for us so we chose to stay by the two smaller ones which was much quieter. We did go out of season, end of June begin July, which we feel made a great difference. It was a very relaxing holiday. The people there were very similar to us with teenage children, so no little ones running around shrieking.The food was absolutely out of this world. I don't think anyone could fail but be delighted with it. There really was something for everyone. Burger, fish fingers, chips for the kids if they didn't want fillet steak, pork in madeira sauce, paella, salmon in cream sauce, beef stew, numerous salad options, soup, french bread, rolls. That much choice was the same everynight but the food was different.The staff were very friendly and helpful.You can hire pedal bikes (free of charge, deposit required), table tennis bats/balls, play volleyball, golf, aqua sports, play tennis on one of the many courts, you do need to book in advance, usually 24 hours if you want a specific time like 6p.m. when slightly cooler.We stayed for a week and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Very relaxing, just what the doctor ordered.
We didn't feel the need to hire a car, we wanted a lazy holiday. If you did want to explore more you would definitely need a car. The hotel does run a bus on a Saturday morning to the market at Puerto Banus which is nice to see and we managed to walk to the harbour to see all the lovely yachts and designer shops.Should you wish to see a bull fight reception can organise that for you.Our view is, a very well run friendly hotel, very large but lots of places you can hide from others.
Definitely an out of season hotel for us, can imagine complete chaos in the prime summer months.
Somewhere between a regular hotel and a package hotel the Atalaya Park seems to be made up of 2 neighbouring properties that at some stage in their life have joined up to make a big one. A long corridor with a games room and a few shops joins the two buildings. The hotel is set in large grounds full of palm trees, tennis courts and leads on to the beach. Bear in mind as you read through this that we were at the hotel in October and as such we saw the place in the quiet season. Suffice to say everything will be a fair bit busier in high summer.
Coming from Malaga (50 to 60 min journey) we were the first off the bus as the hotel is accessed from the north side of the dual carriageway. To get to the complex one leaves the main N340 coastroad dual carriageway and drives about 500m down the picturesque lane leading to the hotel. As an aside Estepona is a further 10 mins down the coast. The other Thomson hotels that people were being dropped off to were accessed from the beach side of the road. The holidaymakers going there were dropped after us but the reverse was true for the journey home, which meant we spent a bit longer hanging around in the coach at their hotels waiting for late-comers, bags etc. The lack of pavements on either side of the main road combined with the well spaced shops and eateries kinda forces you down the car/taxi route for exploration. The shops at the top of the lane contain a couple furniture shops, an expensive corner store and a scruffy Irish bar. The local medium sized supermarket is on the other side of the road, across the walkway and a further 5 mins walk.
This was a fairly large hotel which had a large restaurant for the regular mealtimes, ie breakfast and lunch/dinner for the people on more than just B+B. The staff in the restaurant were excellent, really friendly and helpful. They were almost as good as the buffet/carvery food, which was fantastic, if slightly German oriented as the Teutonic Types had a fair presence at this hotel. The choice for those with fussy kids and/or plain palettes was a bit limited, as the theme is obviously Mediterranean but most nights there were chicken nuggets or similar for the kids and they would also produce something from the kitchen should there be nothing on display for you. Main meal choices were too many to list (literally) but suffice to say there would be 3 hot fish and 3 hot meat dishes, traditional Spanish meals, pasta, salad, bread, just loads ! The four other eateries were in the main part of the hotel: mexican, italian, trad spanish and chinese These were run by the hotel (as opposed to being franchise) and were generally not terribly busy, as those on the half/full board option had no real incentive to go there due to two factors. These were the fact that the food in the main restaurant was so good, and of course youÂ’d already paid for it, and that the choice for those trading their main restaurant ticket for the other restaurants was single meal only. This was offset slightly by the fact that the a la carte menu was 25% off for those on the half/full board deal. The other good point to mention about the meal ticket system was that you could swap your dinner ticket for a lunch ticket (flexi-dining !) with 24 hrs notice which was really handy when needed. One drawback if any was the 7:30pm dinner time which meant that our 5 year old had to get used to eating late (with the consequent morning lie-in !) Another pleasant aspect was the restaurant policy of asking the chaps to wear long trousers to dinner which was pleasing.
Our room was very pleasant, standard European system twin beds normally although ours came with a massive double, mini-bar, TV with some satellite channels, air con, balcony, nice bathroom. The only complaint was that there was no outside light on the balcony Â… well there was, only they all had to be switched on at once by the maintenance guy !!! So we bought some candles. The pool was good, just long and deep enough to swim lengths (although we were there in the quiet season). This bordered the grassed hotel grounds with plenty of trees for shade. There was a poolside restaurant and a bar, giant chessboard and play area for the kids. As well as this the kids club at the poolside was a hotel only concern and nothing to do with Thomsons. This was possibly because it was a little small with no great amount of facilities although the place looked clean enough and the staff looked OK. We never saw many more than 4 or 5 kids in there at any one time generally. Next to all this was the beach with beds and umbrella things but gravely sand was the order of the day and 3m of pebbles and stones separated you from the sea. The water sports facilities were OK, free pedaloes, sailing, surfing various, jetskis for Â£40 per 30 mins, that sort of thing.
We hired a car from the Niza Cars office in the hotel for 2 days (1 day hire available). Staff there were very efficient and instead of the expected Mediterranean Â‘manÃ£naÂ’ service, I had the keys in my hand after 10 minutes. WeÂ’d ordered a supermini (Peugeot 206 type thing) which cost us Â£60 all-in, including the optional excess waiver (unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver etc) which was a very good price. I had looked around for other hire car firms but found none close by and certainly not as convenient. The place in the shopping strip across the road didnÂ’t do hire for less than 3 days but for what I could see their prices were no better anyway. The car we actually got was a Ford Focus estate 1.8 diesel as they had run out of the requested class B motors. This was an unexpected bonus as the thing should have cost us an extra 60 quid, and the fact that it was a terrific car. We took the car to Gibraltar on one of the days (50 mins away) for a look around. DonÂ’t forget your passport ! Your best bet is probably to leave the car in a car park in La Linea, which is the town on the Spanish side of the border (underground one opposite McDonalds 100m from the border Â– very cheap). This because the border shuts to traffic on the odd rare occasion due to the Old Disagreement. The walk into the town only takes 10 mins but if you want to take the car that is alright, parking is hellish though. The nearest village/town along the N340 from the Atalaya is San Pedro, about 3m away. The turn off for Ronda is in San Pedro, which is a fabulous way to spend a day. Ronda is about an hour up into the hills on a wide but winding road and is perched across two sides of a valley which earns it the label of Â‘really beautiful place to goÂ’.
We were due to vacate our room by midday but the hotel reception staff happily allowed us to keep it until 5pm as our coach wasnÂ’t due until then. This avoided the usual faff of hanging around the poolside with packed bags in the luggage room and no shower facilities. I guess this was easily achieved as the hotel wasnÂ’t packed full but nevertheless we would have been charged an extra Â£20 by Thomson if weÂ’d booked this before leaving the UK.
The reps area near the foyer contained a good smattering of information about the area and where, say, ThomsonÂ’s file on a topic was thin, you could read up on it in the JMC file or the Portland file.
Entertainment was laid on nightly, late starting at 9pm generally. From what I saw it looked like the standard holiday hotel cabaret sort of stuff, although there was kids entertainment also (bit of a late start for my 5 year old though !).
Hotel Atalya, not what it is promised to be
We recently booked into the Hotel Atalya for one night. When we arrived we found it to not be what was promised. Instead of the 6 swimming pools that are advertised we found only one, with a small childrens and a small indoor pool near by. There were bus loads of people arriving to stay and the whole place had a real mass touristy feel. It didn't seem relaxing or comfortable. The room we were given was dreary and dark. We ended up leaving and not staying as we really didn't like it. It may be great for some, especially those with families, but I'd check carefully if it really is what you think it is and provides the facilities it advertises. We were very disappointed by what we found.