11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great resort and Staff!
"Beautiful resort, definitely five star! Rooms were self-catering, fully equipped, large and spotlessly clean. Maid service every day and the staff were most attentive. Not much entertainment but that which was provided was high quality! Plenty of pools, gymnasium and activities provided. Overall a most enjoyable stay. I would particularly thank the staff for their kindness and friendliness. they made very effort to ensure our visit a most pleasurable experience!"
- Travel date: 15th October 2016
Nice accommodation, shame about the lack of life
"Four of us stayed in a three bed, three bath apartment from 6th January for a week's sunshine break. The apartment was certainly well equipped. The master bedroom had a bath room and a separate double shower (with, bizarrely, two showers in it!) and two vanity units with basins. The bed was extremely comfortable. The 2nd bedroom had twin beds and a bath with shower over and was perfectly adequate, as was the 3rd bedroom. As always with marriott properties, the kitchen was well equipped with all the pots, pans, dishes and glasses one could wish for. The lounge area had a DVD player, large TV and two easy chairs and a bed settee. The latter was extremely uncomfortable to sit on. All of our party are somewhat short and maybe it was this fact that made the cushions slide out from underneath us at regular intervals! If there were eight people staying in the apartment, then I suspect it would be very crowded in the living area. Because it was January, we spent more time in the apartment than we would in summer, I suspect. However, there is absolutely NOTHING to do at the resort. There is a beach bar which serves tapas and that is open between Wednesday and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. (by which time it's pretty chilly and getting dark in January). There is no restaurant or bar on site otherwise which is a bit of a pain if you do not want to drink and drive. The nearest bar is over the footbridge across the other side of the A7 road (15 minutes walk) and wasn't our cup of tea. There are some restaurants there too, but we didn't try any out. If you undertake some creative driving around the back roads, you can drive to the Crowne Plaza Hotel and, near to it, the Robin Hood Bar which are both on the same side of the A7 road. However, there is no direct access along the slip road between Marriott and the Crowne Plaza. Nor is there from Marriott to the Taj Mahal Indian, although you can walk there if you are prepared to walk through a bit of a dirt track. It is sad that somewhere as up-market as the Marriott tries to position itself should be surrounded by a not very nice, being developed area. On the positive side, the concierge was very helpful in arranging golf, giving directions to markets and other places of interest. There is a games room which contains a few pool tables and four pcs for internet access. The on site shop does warm bread every morning and you can buy all your essentials there but it is expensive. Much better to go to the supermarket over the road. Do go to Benahavis, a small village not far away by car. There is a lovely restaurant near the Guardia Civil office where you can have lunch. They do very good fish and an amazing pork dish with garlic that will definitely keep Count Dracula away! In summary, this is a lovely place to stay if you don't want to meet anyone, talk to anybody else or have any entertainment. I suspect in summer the beach will be a big pull here. When we visited, the outside pools were all closed but the the inside one was open and was quite nice. Kids would probably love this place in summer because they can be in and out of the water and there is a kids club too. However, for adults wanting a quick break, you'd be better going to the Marriott in Marbella or the one in Son Antem, Majorca (see my other review). We met a Marriott timeshare rep in Marbella who tells us that Marriott are opening another resort in Tuscany which does sound appealing but I pray that they at least open a bar/restaurant in the first phase!"
- Travel date: 15th January 2007
"all i can say is this was the most amazing hotel, we had everything we needed in our apartment and the supermarket was only a short drive away. The pools were fantastic for us especially the childrens pool which the lifeguards were very friendly and kind. the beach i must admit was abit stony but overall i had a great week of fun and sun and i would recommend it to anyone!"
- Travel date: 30th December 2006
Enjoyed our stay
"We stayed at the resort in May 2006 with the possibility of buying a time share. The apartment was excellent and the poolside located right next to the beach was ideal. Although there was some construction work going on it did not cause any problems. If we had a young family we would have certainly considered purchasing at this resort as the future of the complex looks very good. However for us it was slightly disappointing as there was no restaurant on site and the car was essential to get to others in the area. Also as a previous reviewer mentioned the main N340 road just out side the complex is very difficult to negotiate if you have not been there before. If you miss your exit you will have to travel quite a distance for the next one. Irritating !!! Yes. The small shop on site has the basics for food etc. but the larger supermarket (on the N340) is well worth the trip. Although this complex is not for us we will certainly recommend it to our daughter who has young children as it would be ideal for them in the future. Perhaps the developer should have considered constructing the restaurant area earlier, then our holiday would have been perfect. Going out in the car everynight was a chore !!"
- Travel date: 27th October 2006
"As an MVCI owner I stayed at this resort for the first time. Yes you definitely need a car but that is not surprising if you want to do something outside the resort. It is a bit irritating that you have to exit the N340 several km. after the resort in order to go over the bridge, turn around and drive back to the resort. This area is a whole new development and still looks well...new. The check in was efficient and friendly. The appartments are great although not as big as the ones at the Marbella resort and admittedly I am totally not a fan of Mr Marriott's interior designer as it is all heavy and old fashioned furniture but I guess that is the way it is. This resort is child friendlier than the Marbella resort as their are pools specifically designed for kids with a slide etc. I also thought that the activity amenities are better than at Marbella. Their are pool tables and table tennis tables everywhere. The grounds it self are also smaller than Marbella. They have crammed more into it but I suppose that's what you get with rising land prices. The beach is not much different than Marbella with the exception that the sun loungers are free and when one goes for a swim in the sea wearing rubber shoes is advisable as it is fairly rocky but the beach its self does not contain rocks as suggested by another reviewer. All in all a very nice resort be aware that they do not have a restaurant but only a chinguito but hey plenty of restaurants around. The Italian is nice just cross the footbridge. Sorry forgot the name of the place."
- Travel date: 18th October 2006
Nice but beach not great
"Nice place except for the beach which is full of large rocks. Also the resort is a little hard to find you need a car."
- Travel date: 29th September 2006
"We traded our Marriott timeshare in the States for this resort. It was wonderful!! You will really need to have a car to get around the area and driving here can be a challenge, but well worth all your efforts. The property is absolutely beautiful - We were in the Cadiz building - on the top floor overlooking the pool and Mediterranean. The sun rises late here - after 8AM in early Sept and sets after 9PM in the evening - so it's very conducive to sleeping in. Every unit appears to have a balcony facing the sea and you see them used constantly for breakfast, dinner and reading. Speaking of meals, there is a market adjacent to the check in area, that has everything you need so you don't have to run to the store immediately. They bake bread all day and coffee is always available as well. The grounds are gorgeous and there's a large pool overlooking the sea as well as another pool midway back from the sea in another area of the property and then, of course, a childrens pool with a waterslide and fountains. We were there the week after school was back in session and so not a lot of kids around. The gym is large and very state of the art - no waiting for equipment because there's a lot of it. There are some great day trips offered. Our favorite was the trip to Tangiers - if only we could have avoided the rug tour after lunch. The people there will high pressure you to buy a persian rug at various prices depending upon the quality selected; however, if you're interested in purchasing, we offered one third to one fourth what they were asking and then decided we really didn't want to buy one that we couldn't see finished. By the time we left the factory, they were telling us they would accept our offer - so be aware, they mark them up substantially! I would also add that Tomasso, the concierge gets high marks from us for his patience in explaining directions and his friendliness. He always gives you as much time as you need and then asks about your trips as the week continues. Also Leonie, at the front desk, is a pure delight. She is friendly, courteous and always ready to help out any way she can. Both of these employees are truly an asset to the Marriott organization."
- Travel date: 26th September 2006
Out of this world
"Stayed at this hotel for a week at the end of June 06. The accommodation was out of this world. 4 adults staying in a 2 bedroom apartment with excellent facilities. Washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, iron and ironing board, full oven/hob & hood, large fridge/freezer, cupboards full of wine glasses, glasses, mugs, cutlery and all plates and bowl. The living area has a large queen size sofa bed which is comfortable and 2 other comfortable one seater chairs. Patio doors onto the balcony with table and chairs. Large master bedroom with TV and DVD player. Large walk in wardrobe with lights switched on automatically when doors are opened. Walk in bath and basin area (2 basins) and then an ensuite with large walk in shower for 2 and WC and bidet. The other bedroom has it's own bathroom that you would share with any other people staying possibly on the sofa bed. The facilities in the room were immaculatey clean and very fresh. The outdoor facilities were again, clean, tidy & very spacious. The amount of pool area that was open was fantastic, with the view of opening another one or two pools in the July, which from other reviews I can see are now open. We visited this resort as part of a timeshare taster and ended up buying a week here too. We are travelling as a family with an 8 year old and also expecting a baby in December, so the idea of buying this quality of accommodation for holidays was not really to be questioned. Summary - well worth the visit to the resort, although as other reviews comment, it's a little bit in the middle of no where...but then with the beach hut developing and the restaurant not open when we were there, it may well be a different resort 3 months down the line. The pool areas certainly have opened and probably made some difference to the resort. Car hire would be of advantage, but saying that, the taxi fares were only about 10 euros in each direction. Well worth the visit and buying into the Marriott time share deal is definately well worth the money especially buying in this resort being NEW and very reasonably priced."
- Travel date: 6th September 2006
Nice but lifeless
"We stayed here for a week in August. The rooms are wonderful - spacious, well equipped, comfortable and immaculately cleaned and maintained. The pools are nice, and the resort shop is fine. The problem here is twofold: 1. The complex is just off the road between Estepona and Puerto Banus, without actually being within walking distance of either of said towns, so it feels a bit "lost". There are a few restaurants beside the road, but there's no nearby town or village you can walk to. You should only come here if you're prepared to get in a car and drive every time you want a drink or a meal. 2. There's no social scene at the hotel. The restaurant is still not open, and the only bar is away down at the beach and it closes at 6pm. This place is CRYING OUT for a pool bar so you can sip cocktails in between your dips in the pool. The whole resort is completely dead after 6pm."
- Travel date: 13th August 2006
Now even better
"Just returned from the Marriott Playa Anadaluza and the standards are as high as ever. Yes there is building work going on but seldom noticeable. The good news is that on Saturday 15 July the two new swimming pools opened. One for activities and general swimming, the other an excellent childrens pool. This is zero entry one end with features such as water cannons and fountains, the other end is a large water shute. We left late on Saturday but the children lovesd their day in the new pool. There is still no restaurant on site and the nearest require either a walk up to the busy main road or a drive out somewhere. Overall though the resort is excellent."
- Travel date: 15th July 2006
Great family holiday resort
"Just returned from Playa Andaluza during Half Term. Firstly must admit that I am a Marriott Owner and actually own at this Resort so I may be a little biased, however I think I can be objective enough to give a fair review. That said can only recommend this Resort to anyone who wants a relaxing, easy break in the sun. The villas are wonderful with every thing you need to make your stay comfortable, they are spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished and they are like home from home. Each day there is a towel change and quick clean, there is a large balcony, 3 TVs, DVD, CD player and free wired internet connection. The thing that makes Playa Andaluza special is the staff, they are attentive, knowledgable, very friendly yet not over the top. They genuinely seem to want to please and can't do enough for you. I also think the Grounds at the Resort are excellent, the plants etc are beautiful and well stocked especially for such a new resort. Now for the cons: 1. there is still construction going on but it is hardly noticeable 2. it was busy when we were there and the pool was not big enough, however two more pools are due to open shortly 3. there is no on site restaurant, again this is due to open next year. There are two beach bars but they have a restricted menu, the service is quite slow, and do not open on an evening. 4. the sea is very rocky, take some shoes that you can wear in the sea. Playa Andaluza is also ideally placed to visit many of the lovely Spanish cities, Granada, Ronda etc, but you will need to hire a car, the resort can also organise trips for you. If you want to see some real Spain, take a 10 min drive into the hills to Benahavis, it is a beautiful village with some great restaurants. I would recommend Playa Andaluza to all types, however it was UK Half Term when we were there and there were a lot of children, if that's not for you, then try to go at a non school holiday time. If you have children then they'll have a great time and so will you!"
- Travel date: 13th June 2006
Top traveller tips for Marriott's Playa Andaluza
"Use the reception staff as they are always there to offer personal assistance and advice."
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