La Cala Resort
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Lovely hotel in stunning setting. We stayed in a superior room which was a very good size with comfy bed , sofa and outside terrace and stunning views over golf course.
Staff exceptionally friendly and helpful and we found the food in the restaurant to be very good - the tapas evening in particular. Interestingly on the advice of other reviewers we tried the El Jinete down the road but were very disappointed with the standard of food there and would not recommend it at all.
The golf courses were a bit of a challenge - the Americas course was possibly the easiest of the three - but they all had magnificent views which made them enjoyable.
As others have said there is nowhere to walk to but taxis are easily available and a ride into Orange Square in Marbella took about 20 minutes. Fuengirola is a bit nearer but not as nice."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of October 2008
Nice but not a 5*
"LaCala is a nice hotel. It is not a 5* hotel. It's very clean and kept very wel. I stayed in a standard room and it was perfect. The bedroom & bathroom were a nice size. Big balcony overlooking golf course but also very close to the car park. So people could see you sitting there while they parked their car. It was not very private. I stayed in room 202.. All other rooms should be ok. The location of the hotel is up in the middle of a mountain. It was 50euro in a taxi to Malaga airport and 30euro to Mijas village. I would highly recommend renting a car if you are staying here and want to get out of the resort. The three golf courses surround the hotel so it's very quite and everyone you see is either staying in the hotel or else playing golf there. There is nothing to do in the evening. We stayed here for 4 nights and there was NO entertainment on any of the nights. That's the only bad thing I have to say about the hotel. It's very quite during the day as everyone is out playing golf and it's very quite at night time. Not a place for kids, they'd get really bored. The SPA is fab, the best thing about the hotel, Highly recommend a visit. We spent nearly half a day/evening here. Overall we had a really relaxing time and totally chilled out. If you want anymore then don't go here."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of May 2008
"We are a 48/43 year old couple with a 10 and a 12 year old. We have been to La Cala four times beacuse we love it. Great selection of golf courses and academy and a fabulous spa. If you want the nightlife its a bit removed and you will need a car or taxi. The children played a lot of tennis and 'lived' in the pool. Great buffet breakfast & the hot weather means we dont eat much until dinner. Its better now than a couple of years ago and we also go to local restaurants. When the children are a bit older we might have to go to a more built-up area until they hoiday on their own but La Cala is our first choice. My wife prefers it more since they opened their spa as she doesnt play golf."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of September 2007
La Cala- good but not that good
"Lovely location in mountains ; steep windy road however from Mijas to get there. Rooms small , as other visitors have indicated , but comfortable. Maid service excellent , room service slow and unreliable. Breakfast has a reasonable choice but lunch menu is limited and is probably not good value -a one course snack for 4 with one drink each can reach 50 Euros. Evening meals are very expensive and you can do much better in the many excellent restaurants in Mijas or further afield in Benalmedena ,Marbella or Puerto Banus - all within 20-30 minutes by car. Hiring a car is a must here - the hotel is remote and there is little to do if you are not playing golf. Reception staff are excellent - their English is generally very good and they will recommend restaurants in town - we never had a bad meal during our stay. Overall the hotel is probably requiring a bit of refurbishment now - especially the dining and poolside areas. The jacuzzi was out of operation throughout our stay with no indication of any date for repairs. One word of advice would be to avoid the school holidays if you want a quiet time here - our first 2 days were blissfully peaceful but as soon as families with young children arrived from England the peace was shattered and we were glad to get out of the hotel during the day.The hotel provides towels for poolside use but we noticed that ther were several people - again from England - who were not resident at the hotel - who appeared in the afternoon and took over large areas around the pool - the management need to be alerted to this and then they will usually take the necessary action.Overall the hotel has a lot to recommend it but it did not quite do enough to tempt us to rush back- especially in peak season, for the reasons mentioned."
- Travel date: Fri 27th of July 2007
"I stayed here on a Golfing Weekend and it was really superb.
It has a stunning setting on the side of a mountain with great views especially from the outdoor pool and jacuzzi area which is a really relaxing place to wind away the day if you are not playing Golf. Lunch by the ppool is a must.
The Golf is also great with two lovely courses and a great clubhouse for post game drinks and eats.
The hotel bar and restaurant are also highly recommended.
The staff are efficient and courteous , if not friendly.
The bedrooms are clean and functional, but very small and spartan and are a bit of a let down compared to everything else the hotel has to offer.
You also need to be aware that this Hotel is isolated and in the middle of nowhere, so you need to drive or take a Taxi to get to anywhere , the action places suches as Marbella and Porto Banus are quite a way away, you may find this a plus, depending on what you are after."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of June 2007
La Cala - So Near, Yet So Far....from Perfect!
"We have just returned from a week staying in a deluxe room at the La Cala Resort hotel. In general we had a lovely relaxing time but it has to be said that the La Cala hotel and the resort in general lacks many things that would have made our stay better and to be quite honest more in keeping with the expectations of a 5-star venue.
On arrival, we were shown to our deluxe room with a large sunny terrace. The room was an excellent size and had wonderful views over the hills to Mijas and beyond but it had to be said was a bit dated in it's style. That's not to say it was in anyway shabby or dirty, far from it, but we just felt based on our previous experiences of 5-star hotels that the room needed updating, especially the somewhat drab orange-brown marble in the bathroom and the wardrobe doors that didn't quite fit! We did notice that some of the rooms had the builders in so maybe the hotel is working through a program of modernisation. The bed by the way was very comfy and in general the room and surrounds were very quiet so no issue with a poor nights sleep! Also, a problem with our shower was rectified within 2 hours of us informing reception. As with a lot of Southern European hotels the room did not offer any tea and coffee making facilities, and to order by room service cost 2.5 Euros!
Dinner was poor to say the least and we only ate there on the first night and not again for the rest of the week. The food was boring, unimaginative and bland, not at all 5-star nor even typically Spanish and for what it was expensive (we paid 100Eur for 2 courses each and a bottle of wine). The meal was summed up by the chefs appetiser we were given, which believe it or not was 'cheese and pineapple' complete with cocktail stick, only not a good quality cheddar but a dry, chewy Spanish goats cheese that stayed with us for most of the meal!
Breakfast the following morning however was very good with a wide selection of hot and cold food.
Also, the hotel restaurant missed a trick as it had no outdoor eating area and for a hotel positioned high in the hills with wonderful views all around and great weather for most of the year that's a real shame, the architect deserved shooting we felt!
Having travelled to La Manga further up the coast a few times in the past we were expecting the La Cala Resort to offer a few other restaurants and some shops including a supermarket so that we could eat without travelling miles and could buy drinks and snacks. La Cala has none, apart from the hotel and the golf clubhouse (closes at 9pm in summer) restaurants the resort offers no other eating options and has NO shops whatsoever, meaning a 15 min drive back downhill to find a supermarket (and they are all closed on Sundays!). As for restaurants, thankfully there was a lovely, traditional Spanish bar and restaurant about 5 mins down the road with a great menu at excellent prices and wonderful views from inside and from their OUTSIDE terrace!!! We ate there 3 times in the week. Apart from that it was trips to Marbella and Mijas for food, both are 20-30mins drives (at speed!) and therefore limited the enjoyment of the evenings as one of us had to drive each night (and the roads are narrow, unlit and twisty in places).
Overall, La Cala is a wonderful venue with great views and 3 great golf courses however the hotel lacks the true quality one would expect especially if you are paying the full daily rate displayed on their website and the resort itself lacks any facilities meaning a car is an essential item. We would return if we were invited by friends but will not be organising a holiday there ourselves, we prefer restaurants and a few shops within walking / short car ride from the hotel. Shame really as the area is amazing and beautiful, if you ignore Fuengirola and Benalmadena!"
- Travel date: Thu 24th of May 2007
Great hotel. great location
"We stayed here for a week over Christmas 06. Really enjoyed our stay. Hotel sits highin the hills and is surrounded by 3 challenging golf courses. Rooms are big and comfortable if just a little dated decor wise. Bathrooms large and spacious. Staff are really friendly and attentive (the lobby bar waiter was very attentive bringing hot lemon & honey drinks when we succumbed to a severe cold!) Food in the main restaurant is ok if somewhat limited - we were on B&B and so popped down to Mijas/Puerto Banus some nights (you do need a car here).
Staff at clubhouse & pro shop helpful, and the clubhouse is fine for snacks and drinks - nice terrace area overlooking the 18th.
Never maximised our time at the really stunning Spa (due to the colds) but it was beautiful. Really reccomend this hotel but mainly for golfers I think. We'll def be back!"
- Travel date: Sun 1st of April 2007
"After reading some of the reviews and hearing positive comments from some friends, we decided to give it a try, mainly for the Leadbetter golf school.
The place is very rustic and the rooms are pretty small and basic (although we had a superior room). Years ago, when we lived in Greece, the opinion of the major Western European tour operators was to deduct 1 to 2 stars from the local rating, and this was clearly the case here. LA CALA IS AT BEST A 3 STAR HOTEL BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.
When we arrived, the weather was unusually terrible (not their fault) and we thought the spa would be nice after golf. Unfortunately, their literature didn't say that the spa would only open in Spring 2006. Based on what we saw, very, very, late spring 2006 (i.e., November) would be most likely.
The restaurant was middling and the tables dirty. With two very pleasant exceptions (the night barman and the day porter), the staff was rather dour.
Don't bother unless you're very keen on golf"
- Travel date: Tue 31st of January 2006
Great location and facilities though rooms a little cramped
"Was staying at the Westin La Quinta for a week but have been interested in checking out this hotel so went up and had a look.
The location is 10 minutes from the coast (just west of Fuengirola) up a slightly winding and steep road into the hills which gives the place a beautiful mountain location and view.
As the resort has 3 golf courses we wandered around having a look at them - they looked to be in good condition and very picturesque but also quite tricky for the higher handicappers (a lot of hanging lies) and I would have thought a buggy would be necessary for most.
Also checked out the pool, tennis courts and golf club house which also looked first class. We also asked the reception to show us a room which they kindly did (it was a standard room - not a superior or junior suite).
Comments on the room we saw are
1)Bathroom - marble, nicely done and a reasonable size
2)Balcony - the room we saw had a huge terrace with a magnificient view
3)The room itself - disappointing in its size (the bed took up most of the area) and a little dark though all the fixtures were in good condition (though a little dated which was surprising as the hotel is only about 6 years old I think) and there was reasonable hanging space.
Also looked at the restaurant menu which looked good except the prices looked a little on the steep side in comparison to the coastal restaurants (the prices were comparable to Tragabuches in Ronda or the Cafe De Paris in Malaga - both excellent Michelin Star restaurants). The golf clubhouse menu looked a lot more reasonable
As there are often good packages to this hotel I would recoomend it as a good overall resort though be prepared for a slighly cramped bedroom."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of November 2005
Great Hotel... as ever!
"Just returned from what is probably our tenth visit to La Cala! The setting is simply stunning and I can't think of many better hotel views than those from the terraces and balconies at La Cala... right out over the Mijas hills. And the night-time floodlit view of the pool area that's in all the brochures looks even better in reality!
Right, for those of you that haven't been before...
It's about a 6-8 minute winding drive up into the hills from the turnoff of the N340/A7 at La Cala de Mijas (perhaps a bit less if you adopt rally-driver mentality and have anything over a 1.2 Litre Vauxhall Corsa hire car!) Tourist-wise, there's nothing else on this road really (apart from the rather basic looking Restaurant El Jinete just outside the La Cala complex entrance... but which actually is very nice and great for an evening meal!) So you will need a hire car to go out and about - and also for meals - unless you want to eat in the hotel every night.
Anyway, back to the hotel. They've upgraded the rooms a bit since we were there last year. A new lick of paint, pictures, armchair, curtains etc. Very comfortable... Bathrooms are still gorgeous and the balconies and/or terraces are fantastic. Thereâs a new Spa complex currently being built (to be opened at the end of 2005) and theyâve just re-done all the changing rooms in the golf club house. It also looks like a new gym is going in there too.
Everywhere is clean, spotless and has good-quality furnishings. Breakfasts are great and theyâre now offering a new âMenu del diaâ three-course dinner option in the main hotel restaurant (25 Euros per person I think?) and a lunch option in the clubhouse (12 Euros I think)â¦ perhaps to counteract previous grumblings that evening meals were pricey in the hotel?
Around the pool area itâs still fairly quiet and relaxing during the day - probably in part because a lot of guests are golfing for 4-5 hours during that period. The pool bar is quite expensive (though only on a par with any other 5-star resort.) Instead, many people seem to stock up on water/soft drinks/beers from the SuperSol supermarket down in La Cala de Mijas and simply clear out their minibars and convert them to mini fridges!
The only real possible downsides I would consider for people are:
1. The short-ish drive from the âresortâ down to the main road for people who want to go out at night to eat/drink.
2. Being quietish, itâs possibly not the best family resort (ie for younger children to meet and play with other younger children!)â¦ though they do seem to have started a small kids club this summer. I guess it's just the luck of the draw as to who else is staying there (and what nationality) when you're visiting.
3. As I believe the hotel was originally conceived/designed as a time-share development, some of the rooms do have (locked) interconnecting doors. On one occasion in the past we did have a screaming baby from hell next door and a serial furniture mover on the marble floor upstairs! However, this time we had no noise at all from adjoining roomsâ¦so perhaps theyâve done something to help the soundproofing as theyâve modernised the rooms!
Not much more to add really. Just go there, youâll love it!
Oh yes, and the golf courses are great too!"
- Travel date: Wed 27th of July 2005