Los Amigos Beach Club
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Just returned from a holiday at this "resort" - it was one of the worst resorts that I have stayed. We exchanged a timeshare and were lead to believe that we could sleep 4 - what a joke - the sofa bed pulled out to reveal a single bed on the floor. How this was supposed to sleep 4 is beyond comprehension! When we reported this to the front desk - they responded that we have unreasonable expections as they have not had this complaint prior. The accomodations were old and well worn. The resort had a serious crime problem - there were break-in's reported throughout the complex. I would NEVER recommend this resort - it was billed as a 5 star and in reality came close to a 2 star at best."
- Travel date: 9th September 2007
Welcome to britain on sea!
"If you are an independant, 30-something who wants a base from which to enjoy experience the joys of mediterranean spain then this is not the place for you. If you a middle aged couple with kids who enjoy shouting from 9 in the morning to 12 at night then you're in for a treat. The pool area is crowded and noisy, the entertainment 'turns' are mindnumbingly shocking and everything within the resort is overpriced. They obviously bypassed the all-inclusive approach as you even have to pay for your electricity on checking out (cost 60 euros for two weeks with air con off most of the time). A taxi back from fuengirola costs about 12 euros and whilst there is a bus service this finishes at about 7.30 in the evening and runs every 1-2 hours depending on the driver/traffic. The situation close to the resort is not good either. As you face away from reception up the hill on the right there is a row of restaurants which includes a sports bar, the codfather chippy, an indian and a chinese. Opposite you to the left is an underpass to the beach (full of sewerage) leading to the Faro Playa fish restaurant. This is very expensive, the food is poor (undercooked paella anyone?) and the service is slow. As you might have guessed we won't be going back to this resort ever! ps there is free wifi in the reception area if you take your laptop. Be aware though it won't fit into the tiny safe which costs money to hire anyway!"
- Travel date: 2nd September 2007
Nice but not close to anything else!
"Great accomodation (room 2), looked like new fixtures, furnishings & cookware. Microwave, TV and DVD in room. Small terrace onto central pool area; kids pool only knee deep & other pool 1.7metres deep so even I couldn't stand!.Other pool by tennis courts, crazy golf and boules much better for children as it slopes from 1m to 1.8 metres. Food portions at main restaurant were obscenely massive and almost off putting. Ask if you can share one main course between two or order the children's ortions which themselves are more than an adult portion! Pizzeria was OK - nothing special. Chinese restaurant along the parade also serves massive portions so be aware when ordering several dishes. Beach opposite side of road to hotel via a pedestrian bridge isn't worth visiting as it's very rocky and covered in seaweed. Go to Mijas Costa the beach is great, the sea lovely and no seaweed to be seen. Buy a beach umbrella for 6 euros instead of hiring a cabanna for 8 euros per day. Go to Mijas village; very picturesque - the police station doubles as tourist info and can let you have a map showing a walk around the sights. Do Not go to the safari at Estepona - the animals were aged and distressed, The tour drops you at 11am then you are trapped until 5.00pm when it collects you again. The activities are all extra to the entry as well. Apparently the Zoo is great although we didn't go. You really need a car to get anywhere from this location"
- Travel date: 20th August 2007
Los Amigos Aug 2007
"We have just returned from Los Amigos where we stayed for 1 week. The cab fair from the airport was 45 euros for a family of 4 with luggage and takes about 30 minutes transfer. The complex is very clean and tidy and apartments are cleaned every day except Sundays. The access to rooms is controlled by key card which is very good as some local youths did used to congregate in the late evening. The food on the resort was ok at La Casitas and the pizzeria. Because the resort is a bit isolated we ate just up the road most evenings (Out of Reception, turn right across the car park and up the steps). We ate at Le Teja, the fish & chip shop, the chinese and the Thai. I would have to say that we enjoyed the the food up the road more than on site with a family vote that the Thai deserved a special mention. All the meals were between 100 - 140 euros for a family of 4 including drinks. There are also about 6 bars that include a sports bar and an irish bar. On the resort there are two main pools, our favourite was the quieter one at the back of the complex, the one at the front was noisier (kids preferred it). 3 tennis courts, table tennis table, pool tables, internet access(1 euro - 10 mins), a bowling green (2.4 euros)and a small crazy golf course. A visit to Mijas for a evening meal is recommended (20 euros in a cab) and apparently La Cala is also very nice. The entertainment on site each evening was very good and varied and we had a trip into Feuengirola (90 cents) each on the bus from just outside the resort (10 minutes transfer). I didnt like the corner stoppers touting timeshares etc and the mass of cheap bars, pubs and clubs was not my cup of tea, reminded me of Brits abroad. Taxi back to the resort was 10 euros and you need to get a taxi at the rank as they wont pick you up from the kerbside. The beach wasn't the best in the area but was was easily accessed via a subway from the resort. All in all a really enjoyable holiday although a hire car might have been of benefit to get out more. Beware the added extras - safe key is 12 euros for the week and you pay for your electricity - between 15-35 euros depending on whether you leave your lights and air-con on."
- Travel date: 18th August 2007
A great place for families!
"We stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment with Sunterra, the holiday club of which we're members. The accommodation was very clean and spacious. The pool and public areas were very well cared for. The lifeguards were vigilant and the activities were fun without being too "holiday camp". The area was very secure and safe for our children (age 12 and 15). They had all they needed on site - pool tables, table tennis, tennis, football, internet, etc. The on-site restaurants were surprisingly good quality and value for money. Our apartment overlooked the main pool and we did not find it noisy at all even though it was half term. By 11.30pm the entertainment had stopped and everything was quiet. We also found that the families who stayed here were not the type to allow their children free reign to disturb the tranquility of the resort. We didn't expect to like this resort as much as we did and will certainly return."
- Travel date: 2nd June 2007
A really nice resort
"I have just returned from a week at Los Amigos with a friend and their family. The resort is extremely clean (all areas - apartments, pool and grounds) and the staff were all very friendly. We were situated by the main pool and as it was not at the height of the season, it was relatively quiet and there were plenty of sunbeds. The pool bar was open and it was a good atmosphere. The daily activities were good fun (quizzes, darts, table tennis etc and lots for kids) and the staff were great. There is a childs pool and a 'main' pool, which unfortunately has only one depth 170cm, so not for the non-swimmer. However, the lifeguard was always in attendance and was very vigilent. There is a super little indoor pool and 2 hot tubs - all very nice and overseen by another lifeguard. The resort restaurant was very good - we went twice, including the Friday night entertainment evening, which was very good. As the resort is slightly out of the way, we sampled the local restaurants, just up the steps to the right of the resort, which were very good - La Teja, especially. The only disappointing thing, which is outside of the resorts control (as it is not attached to the resort, but described as nearby) was the beach. Although it is very close to Los Amigos, it wasn't terribly clean (bins overflowing) and needed clearing up. However, the beach did not detract from what was a super holiday."
- Travel date: 26th May 2007
"We have just returned from a week here. I had two 3 bedroom apartments on the ground floor, very near reception, for 12 of us. On arrival the staff were extremely helpful and gave us good answers to all our questions. The apartments were immaculate, well laid out and contained everything we needed. A room safe was available to rent (12 euros) and there were lockable gates on the outside of the patio doors, so security was no problem. Maid service was provided each day (except Sunday). We overlooked the main pool and there was always plenty of sunbeds available. Although children were present, noise was not a problem. the pool was cleaned everyday and the lifegaurds on duty seemed very professional. We used both the onsite restaraunt and teh local ones and found them comparable both for quality and cost. We had hire cars and so could travel out as and when we wished, but there was also plenty to do on site, with good nightly entertainment. would definatly use this resort again."
- Travel date: 20th May 2007
"My boyfriend and I stayed here through my parent's time share between 25aug and 08 sept last year, ( we were 18 and 19 at the time) We loved it!! Its probably one of the best places I have stayed. As we booked our accomodation and flights seperately, we had to make our own way to the Beach Club, costing us around 30euros in a taxi, which was a bit steep we thought! Once there the reception staff were so friendly, speaking fluent in english. They were really helpful and told us of the local places we could go, and how to get to the nearest towns etc. Our apartment was up a flight of stairs, but I wouldnt have had it any other way as it was over looking the tennis court, quietest pool and nice gardens! There are some apartments facing on to the main pool in the middle of the club, which would have been too noisy for us! The apartments were lovely, and the maids really nice. The restaurant is lovely, the food amounts they give you are huge, and it was always popular and packed full so make sure you get a reservation in early! Our friends stayed in another hotel locally and they loved to come over for food here as it was so much better than theirs. Yes it is out of town, but there is a bus that stops right outside the hotel every hour that takes you into Fuengirola - and at 90cents you can't get better than that!! and plus it takes all of 5 mins to get there. Once there you can do anything you want, I would recommend catching the train (for around 2euros at the most) and going up the Costa Del Sol coast. There is a HUGE shopping centre a few mins walk from the bus stop in Fuengirola - ideal if you are self catering. The bus stops right outside of there too and drops you back right outside the Beach Club. There is a small beach right next to the Club, walk out of the reception and through the walkway under the main road. On our last day we decided to catch the bus to Fuengirola, and catch the train to the airport. It cost us 3euros (better than 30 which we paid getting to the Club) and is really easy anyone can do it, even with kids, there were about 4 other couples doing the same thing on the last day. Overall I would recommend it here, don't be put off by the negative reviews. I wouldn't like a apartment by the main pool as it was heaving all day when we went - with screaming kids- I would recommend getting a quieter one towards the back, and visiting the quiet pool as it was more peaceful and relaxing!! Oh and visit the Selwoo Animal/Safari park - its amazing, Id go back to spain just to go there again. You catch the coach from Fuengirola bus station - and buy your tickets there too. Well worth it!!"
- Travel date: 13th April 2007
Hated it We were robbed
"This resort has serious security issues, we had our appartment broken into due to the total lack of security for this resort they provided suberb swiming pool safety to excess ! but the accomadation can be broken into at will as ours was and the staff of this resort could'nt careless it took them two attempts to relocate us, needless to say we will not be returning to Los Amigos and would advise others not but if you do take a chance please use the room safe and alarm ."
- Travel date: 15th November 2006
Out of town- not for families
"Have just returned from 2 weeks at the LABC. Very disapointed. We checked in to then find that we had to carry the suitcases up 2 flights of stairs- with 7 suitcases and 4 kids this is a bit difficult. The rooms are of an ok standard- all that you need from an apartment- however don't bother with the welcome pack as the shop is open on sundays despite what Sunterra tell you. The pool in the middle of the complex is very dangerous- although a lifeguard is present and the depth is indicated, it is all one depth- I saw many children and adults struggling who were not strong swimmers (I am a qualified lifeguard!) whilst I watched. No Lilos, no ball games, no fabric frisbees or any item in the pool other than waddles. The lifeguard was very assertive and would not let you in the pool un less you had showered- and by the way- no tshirts- you have to buy rash vests from reception at 14.99 euros (buy them at decathlon for Â£5) so that just about removes all the fun from time spent in the pool. There is a small kids pool but with a round feature in the middle- watch out for the blind spots when your kids can't be seen! To be fair there are daytime activites which included organised games of water polo etc- but anyone other than a strong swimmer would not be advised to join in due to the deep pool. The community pool (which is open to non LABC residents) gets plenty of locals at weekends- however that did not bother us as much. The lifeguard was far more relaxed- however still no ball games or lilos!! The pool is a lot safer though- shallow at both ends and deep in the middle. There are a further 2 kids pools- alot safer than the ones in the main complex. The resturant- Las Casitas- we ate there 3 times in the evening the first was good- however repeat visits not so good. Seemed to struggle when resturant full- this also was the same at lunch times. Would recommend "La Teja" just round the corner- excellent fresh cooked food- consistant for the 3 times we ate there. Nice atmosphere too. The entertainment was poor- or maybe not for us. They did not cater for people who were there for a fortnight- A good comedian (if you like that kind of thing) however not so good 2nd time round when you know all the jokes!!! As we had children we were disapponted that there was nothing for them in respect of entertainment at night. Watch out for the electricity charges- it cost us 120 euros It is metered and would recommend that you get them to read the meter when you go in the apartment- and keep checking it, otherwise you may be in for a shock- they blame it on the airconditioning!! Beach is closer then we thought, but pretty poor- not clean and very stoney under foot- also be warned of the strong currents and rocks around. I must point out that we are not Sunterra members- we travelled with family who are, however a consensus of members we did speak to suggested that this was not the best Sunterra place they had visited. In summary not a place I would return to again- but may be ok for a one week getaway for a couple with a car, if you are brave enough to drive!"
- Travel date: 5th August 2006
Los Amigos Beach Club is also called
- los amigos beach hotel
- los amigos beach resort