Sahara Sunset Club by Diamond Resorts
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A beautiful perfect Christmas holiday
"With it being one of Diamond resorts our expectations was high,and we was not disappointed ,The girls on the reception was helpful before we even left home it was our first time and we rang for advice on airport transfers ,they advised us on using the train from Malaga Airport, it was easy and far from being a bad experience, we did have to get a taxi from Benalmadena station to the Sahara 6 euros and 7 on the train a lot better than 30 euros by taxi all the way. from walking into the reception area and the welcome we received the wow factor was already there , we was given a one bedroom apt and it was stunning ,clean ,modern, well stocked and spacious,flat screen tvs one in the living area and one in the Bedroom.all the staff was helpful and friendly and would take time to talk to you. nothing was ever a trouble to them. We was also overwhelmed by the friendliness and chattiness of the other guests ,not just hellos and good mornings but people would and chat sometimes for long periods. We was self catering but the restaurant and food was 1st class but we was on a budget and had all our meals out at the Horizon just round the corner from the Sahara 2 full breakfasts with tea or coffee 7 euro.All the meals are not expensive but they don't stint on quality.Christmas dinner 3 course was 10 euro each. The Horizon was always half full when the ones near by was empty ,which says it all. We had a brilliant Christmas fun and laughter all the time , try the Belfry pub we did again and again. Will we go again and stay at the Sahara Sunset yes we would even if we had not won a free weeks holiday at the Sahara at the welcome meeting.First class place not to be missed "
- Travel date: 15th January 2013
Fantastic, Highly recommended hotel
"excellent hotel/apartment. Upon arriving at ten o clock at night, we were rapidly checked in and were straight to our studio room. The room was brilliant, massive living/sleeping area, big bathroom and moderate sized kitchen behind a screened area. Room facilities were excellent, couldnt want anything else. Balcny big enough for 2chairs and table, and two sunbeds and still had space! Pool areas (2) were really well looked after and although a little cold for swimming in october/november (although i still did!) were still well maintained. Hotel includes bar/resteraunt, comportable seating areas, games room, on site (reasonably priced!) supermarket, gym, spa type area inc sauna, turkish bath, and other theraputic attractions, activities for all the family, 2 outdoor, a childs and an indoor pool, 2 jacuzzis and an outdoor playing area including basketball, mini golf, table tennis etc. What more could you ask for for Â£100 for 2 people for a week! Highly recommended, would love to go back!"
- Travel date: 6th November 2008
Good 3 star resort
"Sunset Sahara is a perfect 3 star resort that is well located and suited to children. The Good: -Reception area looks wonderful -In the middle of town, quite lively -A nice gym and spa -3 pools, 1 inside -Simple, but helpful supermarket nearby -No car needed, near the ocean (2 minutes walk) and bus routes -Porters and sales staff friendly -Public areas well maintained The Bad: -Apartments are really from the 80s, the kitchens need help! -Lots of extra charges, electricity, pool towels and the safe for example -We had the cheap white plastic patio furniture on our deck -There is no car parking at all, do stay here with a car -Town is noisy for the quiet traveler -This resort is 2 minutes from the beach, with a huge hotel in front blocking the sea view -Our apartment had been smoked in which was a disappointment, the smell haunted us all week -Staff were generally positive, but I never forget being told by one waitress, âdonât be so bloody stupid and eat your breakfastâ! I would go back here if the price was right, it is mostly timeshare with some rentals."
- Travel date: 2nd July 2008
Would Return Here
"would definatley go back. superb location. took my grandchildren and had best holiday. apartment superb and staff wonderful"
- Travel date: 2nd July 2008
"We have been going to the sahara sunset for the past 3 years and we absolutly love it!!! The staff are friendly. The hotel is clean. and there is so much for you do that you can never get bored. The night entertainment is really good to. The food in the restaurant is good and if that dont take your fancy then the hotel is close to others set around!! Its a nice walk to the marina which only takes 20 mins!!! all in all we think this is a lovely hotel and look forward to be going again this year. Tom and Hayley In Kent ,England"
- Travel date: 10th June 2008
great place to stay
"Sahara Sunset Club Benalmedena Spain March 8th to March 15th 2008 I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this holiday. I have had an image of the Costa del Sol as being extremely packed and people crushed like sardines everywhere. I know we came away out of season but the excellent weather certainly made it a very enjoyable holiday. Every day bar one we had blue skies and temperatures fit for June, low 20âs throughout week. We arrived at Malaga airport early on Saturday morning, having collected our cases we headed off to find the train station using directions that we had been given from the forum. Having got to the bottom of a fairly long walkway over the main road we then had to face the ticket machine. Easy enough once we got past the first hurdle of what type of ticket do you want in Spanish. We purchase 2 single tickets to Benalmedina at the huge cost of â¬2.80!! and duly waited for the train. We didnât have to wait long before climbing up 2 steep steps to board the train. Luckily there is an announcement before each station in both Spanish and English giving you plenty of time to get off the train. Having reached Benalmedina station we then found the taxi rank and got a taxi for â¬5 to the resort. Upon reaching the reception we found a small queue of fellow guests waiting to check in. Arriving early meant that some rooms were not ready. We had received a very pleasant email 2 weeks previously informing us of different activities etc and asking us our arrival time so that if possible our room would be ready when we arrived. We responded to the email and our room was indeed ready for us. One thing to note ask for 2 key cards as you need one to keep the electricity on when out. We were then taken to our apartment by a Bell Boy, very novel for someone else to struggle with your suitcases especially when going up stairs. Our apartment was D2 in the Royal Sierra block, which meant it was on the top floor so the poor lad had to lug 2 heavy cases up three flights of stairs. Once inside the apartment, which incidentally is a studio apartment, we were amazed by the size, very high ceiling and a big living area. The room opened up on to a balcony with views down to the Casbah restaurant and pool and through to the sea. The balcony was in full sunlight from dawn till dusk, well equipped with table and chairs and loungers. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you need. There are now alarms in each of the apartment and all you need to do is ring reception and they will give you the code to use it, well worth using as it is free. I have to say the actually resort actually was very security conscious as there are locked gates at every entrance which you need your key card to access. I like this as you know then that only Diamond Resort members are the only people on site. We had a look at the Benal Beach hotel where we wondered around inside without being challenged by anyone. Once unpacked and settled in we decided to go and have a walk along the beach which is just down from the reception across a very busy main road. A word of warning if you turn right on reaching the main road just past McDonalds on the corner you will be accosted by touts trying to get you to do scratch cards; they are very persistent and very annoying. The welcome meeting on the Sunday was a pleasant affair and informative, they do warn you about the touts and sellers. We were informed about several free trips, but beware, if you go on the Blanket trips you will be taken to a room where you will be asked to listen to a presentation on their fantastic mattress and blankets!! Which takes up the majority of the time with the promise of free time at another place, be it an out of the way garden centre, which is no different from England or some other place. Needles to say having booked for 3 of these once done one we didnât do the other 2. Having said that there is a free trip to Mijas which includes a talk at the diamond centre which is fairly short and once this is done you then have a lot of free time before the coach goes back and if you donât want to go back on the coach the local bus service is very good. There is a very nice park at the back of the resort opposite the entrance to Benal Beach hotel called Parque de la Paloma, which has a big lake, lots of wildlife including hens and chickens and rabbits running free. Towards the top of the park there is an exceptional Cacti garden which is quite amazing especially when the peacock started to show its feathers off. We would also recommend the Marina which is very pleasant. Here you can wonder around just looking at the boats or popping in to the shops or just sitting at one of the many restaurants, with a drink of course, people watching! We walked here a couple of times but take it slow as it is quite a long walk although once again there are plenty of bars shops and restaurants along the promenade to tempt you in to break up the walk. Or you can walk along the beach. Places to eat are in abundance and a couple that we tried were the Restaurante Brasserie, you canât miss it as it has a big monk outside, along the promenade were we had the biggest piece of steak that we had ever been given, which was a good as it looked, for the price of â¬14 for 2 thoroughly recommend this. We also tried a Chinese restaurant, unfortunately have lost the card with name on but if you go out of the resort and turn left, walk along the road past the roundabout with the sails and start to go upon the hill it is on the left hand side just set back from the road, were you could eat for just â¬4.95 each, again a very nice meal. As we are both football supporters we found the Wolves bar were we could listen to the match on the Tuesday, sad I know especially as we lost! Although you have to be a diehard fan for this bar. I also have to recommend the Casbah which is on site where the food is very good especially the Sole with seafood, absolutely perfect. I have to say we came back a lot browner than when we went due to the lovely hot weather we will be going back next year to hopefully do some more sightseeing as opposed to sun bathing in March!! I am now looking forward to next year ."
- Travel date: 10th April 2008
"We have just returned from a great weeks holiday at Sarah Sunset, lovely clean resort with really friendly and helpful staff. Heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, the spa area is great with steam room, sauna and funny water jet things although you have to book for this and the gym (no cost). Recommend the restaurant Last Resort turn right from reception and the restaurant The Corner walk along the sea front towards the marina, Paloma Park is situated just behind the apartments, a must to see if you have children its full of chickens and rabbits running wild! Also if you walk through the park, crossover the road and follow the road round to the right you will find a Mercadona supermarket, great food and drink at really cheap prices. If you carry on up the hill past the supermarket and keep going until you get to the main road (Supersol in front of you) turn left and you will find you are on the road to the rail way station, Tivoli world and the cable cars all worth a visit. We took the train into Fuengirola only 1.75 euro each return, From there we walked down to the Miramar shopping mall and cinema complex, a great day out. The weather was mixed 15-20 deg., as it was February a lot like an English summer, so if you go at this time you will need shorts, coats and sunglasses lol."
- Travel date: 20th February 2008
Good Location but Average Rooms
"Sahara Sunset was in a very good location to all the site seeing spots. However the rooms had 70's furniture. They had a policy where they give you towels only 2 times a week if you stay for 7 days but do not let you know, they hung up our dirty towels up hoping we would not notice. The staff were not helpful with sightseeing stuff, they were pushing there own tours. Also they do not have local sight seeing maps you have to buy one from them."
- Travel date: 11th January 2008
Go somewhere else
"My credit card was stolen from the room and used. I called the hotel to notify them of what has happened as soon as I could, and they did nothing. They said they are not responsible even for in-room theft. To me this means that they know that this is an issue at their resort, but they decide to look the other way. Extremely disappointed!"
- Travel date: 4th June 2007
Wouldn't bother again
"I stayed at the sahara sunset club with my parents and boyfriend as an exchange from our usual timeshare resort in Gran Canaria. We went in November and subsequently there was nothing going on, the pools, if open, were freezing, even the jacuzzi, and whilst it was warm by day, the evenings were freezing! The location isn't great, too touristy, and the place looks like a building site. The restaurants along the front all cater for British people, which is great if you are one of those people that doesn't like foreign food, but a bit boring and all the same. The rooms were adequete, nothing special, but the views were mainly of other buildings. This was a dissapointing holiday for all of us, and although there were a couple of evening of decent entertainment, the hotel was like a ghost town and the staff didn't really care about us. We did have a good shopping trip to Malaga, which I would recommend, lots of good clothes shops for us girlies, but I wouldn't stay at this hotel or any nearby again."
- Travel date: 15th January 2007
chilling out in spain
"We stayed for a long weekend from 11th to 1th November. The Sahara Sunset Club was in a good position within easy reach of restaurants and about 20 mins walk from the Marina. We hasd a one bed apartment which was well appointed. The balcony was large enough for a table and chairs 2 sunbeds and dryer for the washing. The bedroom had 2 single beds and plenty of cupboard space. The sofa converted to a bed if there were 4 people staying. The swimming pool area was well set out, but the swimming pool was extremely cold. The one big problem was the Jacuzzi. On the first day it was cold, as apparently the water had been changed and we were assured it would be warmer the next day. It was fractionally, but well below blood heat as the Spanish Health and Safety regulations are different from any one elses!!!!. There is some building work going on at the moment which meant that the cafe on site was shut, but the supermarket was open and it carries the basics that you need. We went for a nice meal at the Waterfront Restaurant about 10 mins walk on the sea front. This is a very friendly place run by Julie and Mel, with a very good chef, Gordon, with Pepe and Maria as well. We had some very good fish meals here and some very good laughs.Well recommended. As we were at the Sahahra Sunset Club in November, I suspect that in the Summer it would be a lotnoisier, but we had a great time."
- Travel date: 16th November 2006
Top traveller tips for Sahara Sunset Club by Diamond Resorts
"go for a ride on the cable car, have a drink at the Casbah and the Belfry pub"
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