4 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We went on our prelude holiday to the co...
"We went on our prelude holiday to the costa del sol having taken up Trial Membership with CLC and have had the best holiday we have ever had. Admittedly we were on our prelude and therefore got given their top class rooms (as they are still trying to sell you full membership). Our suite consisted large kitchen/diner/lounge with everything we could want, ie dish washer, washing machine, full cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer, master bedroom with spa bath, separate shower and toilet, second bedrom with twin beds and another bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. The apartment was clean, modern and I liked the fact that the room was alarmed and had electric shutters on the bedroom windows. We had a large balcony with a table and chairs and two sun lounge chairs and also a hot tub. From the airport we were collected by their taxi transfer and quickly taken to the resort. We arrived just before 1pm and check in isnt until 4pm but were told that our room would be ready just after 2pm and then given a voucher for drinks at the restaurant located near our room. At 2pm we went to collect our keys and the porter took our cases and took them and us to our room. We had our presentation with the reps the next day and had the usual free breakfast etc. We were shown around the resort and taken to see each class of apartment and all of them were well above anything we have stayed in on holidays before, even the standard rooms. In total we were probably with the rep about 2 and half hours and decided not to purchase anything with them at this time. Our rep was absolutely fine about this and that was the end of it. The restaurant we used, Safari, was great. Food really good, maybe a bit pricey, but it saved us having to find somewhere in the evenings with our young daughter and with the facilities in the apartment we also cooked for ourselves some evenings. (there is a big supermarket, Euroski (?), just down the road). Sunbeds around the pool were plentiful and my Husband used the heated pool with our Daughter everyday. The resort itself was clean and tidy and pleasant to walk around with great views of the seas and mountains. There maintenance staff always seem to be busy keeping everything up to standard. All in all, a great holiday and will definitely return again."
- Travel date: 27th May 2008
DATE OF STAY: 5.5.07 â 12.5.07 (WEEK 1...
"DATE OF STAY: 5.5.07 â 12.5.07 (WEEK 18) Flew out of Manchester with Thomsonfly.com Cost Â£103.55 each (inc new green tax). Hired a car from Do You Spain http://www.doyouspain.com/quote.asp?idioma=EN&id=&stl=DyS â 7 seater Opel Zafira at a cost of 293.91 Euro (included child car seat @ 2 Euro per day). The rental partner was Auriga Crown Rent A Car situated in the car hire hall â turn right out of arrivals. Very long queue and took approx 45 mins to get to the desk â would recommend one passenger going ahead (if possible). No such problems on drop off. You are required to pay for a full tank of petrol and this is refunded if the car is returned full. We had a 3 bed roomed apartment (# 782) on the third floor with two large patios. The apartment is well appointed with good fixtures and fittings throughout. Maid service and towel change every day if required. Also drying cloths and mid week change of bed linen. Patio doors onto balcony from the main bedroom and lounge area with two separate small tables, each with two chairs that caught the sunrise and was lovely and sunny for breakfast. The larger patio off the hallway had a table that seated 8 people with chairs and 4 sun loungers + two small patio tables. This proved to be a very good asset to the apartment as it had the sun until sundown. Good quality patio furniture on both and shaded areas if required. Air-conditioning/heating in the lounge/kitchen and all bedrooms. KITCHEN: Good quality units & utensils, crockery, glassware, fridge freezer, microwave, full oven, coffee maker, toaster, washing machine and dishwasher. Grocery pack provided with eggs, orange juice, milk, water, biscuits and the usual coffee, tea, sugar, butter, jam, condensed milk sachets etc. Dishwasher, washing machine detergent, washing up liquid was also provided. LOUNGE/DINING AREA: Two sofas in a L shaped configuration with cushions, glass square coffee table, unit with shelves and drawers that housed the TV/DVD and music centre. Cupboard with hanging space, iron & board and general cleaning articles. Large glass dining table for 8 people and good quality modern chairs. There was also a large mirror adjacent to the TV unit. MAIN BEDROOM: Double bed, bedside tables, wardrobe, tall boy with shelves and television, no separate dressing table, large floor length mirror, patio door with access to the balcony. Separate controls for a/c in the main bedroom. ENSUITE: Good size with double basin vanity unit with plenty of storage underneath, hairdryer (no blow drying nozzle), toilet, shower over bath. SECOND BATHROOM: Larger than en-suite with shower over bath, single vanity unit, toilet and bidet. No hair dryer. BEDROOM 2: Double bed with two bedside cabinets, wardrobe, tall boy with shelves & small TV. Small patio outside that could hold a very small table and two chairs if required. My eldest son and wife had this and was shared with my grandson of 2Â½ who was provided with a good quality modern travel cot by CLC. This was requested prior to our arrival and was not charged for. BEDROOM 3: Two single beds, bedside cabinets, tall boy with shelves and wardrobe. No T.V. There was another large floor length mirror in the hallway. POOL TOWELS: Provided free of charge and were placed in the vanity units in both bathrooms. SAN DIEGO SUITES POOL AREA: Excellent, well kept gardens, with a childrenâs play area on the grass. Small childrenâs pool and larger pool area â none were heated at the time of our visit. There is a small heated pool at the Santa Cruz Suites. At the time of our visit and in addition to the main bridge over the large pool, work was being undertaken on another small bridge. This seemed to be just a cosmetic enhancement and although the area was closed off for safety, it did not pose any problems with noise. This area is home to the popular Sunrise Pool Bar which has a good range of snacks and drinks. Outside toilet facilities available under the Sunset reservation/restaurant block. Although busy there wasnât any problems getting a sun bed during the day no matter what time you arrived. Team Marina held regular activities during the day at 12.30 ranging from paella demos & wine tasting, a swimwear fashion show, sangria demo, water aerobics and salsa lessons. You are free to use the pool area at Santa Cruz if you wish and we did on a couple of days as this had the heated pool and we tried to get our grandson to go in but he wasnât too keen. There is also Mini Golf adjacent to the Safari Restaurant and close to the Team Marina area. SAFARI RESTAURANT: On this visit we eat here twice and found it reasonable. Not my favourite restaurant, but was always busy. Pleasant outside area where you can have a meal or just have a drink. We did just that one night when we offered to baby-sit. Instead of sitting in the apartment, we took our grandson to the play area, and as the evening was still warm stopped for a glass of wine before heading off home. We had a very pleasant evening chatting to other couples with grandchildren in tow, whilst the children played together quietly. Wish we could baby-sit like this at home. SUNSET RESTAURANT: Did not eat here this time as we had a small child with us and no children are allowed. We did have a drink at the bar and this is my favourite place to meet up for drinks on the site at this time of year, when it goes cooler at night. Had our complimentary breakfast here with our sales rep Harold who kindly invited all seven of us to attend. PLACES VISITED THIS TIME: NERJA: Lovely resort with plenty of little streets with bars and restaurants in the main town. Also a large beach area with sun beds and beach bars/restaurants. Well worth the drive and whilst there also visit FRIGILIANA - a beautiful little town high on the hill with whitewashed houses and little streets. Lots of places for refreshments. Not quite as touristy as Mijas. Can recommend a good restaurant in Nerja with a lovely view of the sea â Benitez, Had chicken with sauce and fresh veg for 8 Euros â all freshly made to order. This is situated in Hernando De Carabeo and is a road that looks over the beach to the left of the Balcon de Europa â no the Malaga side. Have been there before when staying in Nerja and although it has now been taken over it is still as good. You are spoilt for choice in the variety of restaurants and little bars. MARBELLA â lunch in Orange Square was very enjoyable, if a little expensive â but you are in a very popular place in the old part of Marbella. Lots of shops to browse in â some very expensive, but nice to look at. FUENGIROLA â went in three times for a meal in the evening with the family and for my birthday. Each time we had a good meal and can recommend La Casa Rustica â on the road back from the beach (Calle Moncayo). There are a number of good restaurants here and a really good Irish bar on the corner that serves a very good G & T. This is a favourite spot for people watching and has the best position in this part of the town. Didnât make Fuengirola town for shopping this time, but did go to the Miramar centre and bought a few things in ZARA which is the same in Euros as it is in Pounds in the UK. The âcharge it to your roomâ is handy and can be used in all CLC restaurants and shops. NOTE: This was the first holiday we have taken with our grandson and we noticed several things that go unnoticed when you donât have children with you. The balcony off the lounge was very dangerous for young children if left unsupervised. My sonâs wife noticed that there were large gaps in the balustrade as a result of my grandson managing to peer through to look at the balcony of another apartment. On closer inspection we noticed that there was an ornamental flower planter with a gap either side and above that was big enough for a child to get through and fall. As we were on the third floor, this would be fatal. We kept the doors closed, unless we were outside with him and made sure he didnât get out onto the balcony on his own. Lucky for us as we like to sit outside, the second balcony was completely enclosed and did not pose any problems. There are also mats on the floor that can be slippery to small children and glass tables with sharp corners. Although we did not have any problems at all, if there were more than one child and they were running around it could be deemed as not a very child friendly apartment. It is a pity they do not have a crÃ¨che for children under 4. Although not a problem for us, it could be an added bonus for parents with more than one child under 4. Team Marina only allow children of 4 and over to attend. This is our third visit to CLC on the Costa del Sol, having previously stayed at Santa Cruz Suites and Sierra Marina and enjoyed both. This was the first time we have holidayed in one apartment with the whole family and it proved very successful. Would have no hesitation in recommending San Diego Suites and would definitely return. "
- Travel date: 30th April 2008
We have arrived back from our prelude in...
"We have arrived back from our prelude in mainland Spain with C L C. First can i say the presentation wont take 90 mns they kept us 6 hours and all the way we were told if you think its not for you just say no ha ha that was the first joke. We decided against becoming full members as everyone in the bar the previous night were given different prices and told as we were dont go out and tell anyone what you were offered but why i asked if it is supposed to be sooooo good. You will be told you were given a special offer just for you thats the second joke. How can my maintenance fee be Â£750 and the lady beside me get it for Â£500 a year. Was i wearing more jewellary? Anyhow when at the end of our six hours we said no and the rep we were with all day turned into a demon, was very rude and acted like a child. He tore the papers up in our face and said he was shocked and would even go as far as saying he was disgraced at us. We were the ones who were shocked but at his attitude it was as if someone took his toy of him. AVOID these people it may sound good but beware. The accomadation was first class but take plenty of money if you are going to buy food on the resort and a ludo game for night time."
- Travel date: 7th April 2008
Nice apartment, very clean, however, ver...
"Nice apartment, very clean, however, very badly soundproofed, and unless you had drunk the bar dry, sleep was regularly interrupted! Pools were freezing, and only attempted one swim, as it hurt. The beach below the resort was not very nice at all. Lots of different naff activities such as karaoke and bingo, however there was a couple of slick jazzy/salsa type evenings in the bar at San diego. Very close to the A7, a hell like busy road, which at points was the main view, and the noise at times when on the balcony was quite loud. It was also quite hard leaving and arriving from north or south, and had to go a few kilometres out of the way to get on the right side of the road. The area is lovely though, when you get away from the totally tourist bits, but as in Mijas, which is touristy, it was fabulous. Weather was fantastic, people very warm and friendly, and we had a good time cooking local produce and drinking nice wines, also local. I would not join CLC, but would not say no to visiting there again if I have the time and money to do so. Grenada and the palace of Alhambra well worth the 2 and 1/2 hour drive! See it! Cheers! "
- Travel date: 7th April 2008
CLC San Diego Suites is also called
- San Diego Suites