We stayed here the first week of August 2011 as part of an RCI exchange and I would definitely stay at Club Calahonda again.
The room itself had a kitchen which was well stocked with equipment, and a washing machine. Living room with sofa, television and dvd player, dining table and chairs for six, a large balcony with a table that sat 4 and had several sun loungers for use. One double bed in the bedroom was off the balcony, the second bedroom, with twin beds was opposite. Two bathrooms, of good size. All in all, a very nice room and spectacular view of the water. The resort charges 28 euros for electricity for the week - however, the room does not have air conditioning, it is for normal utility consumption. I was a bit surprised as I have regularly been charged an extra electric fee for air con, but never as an extra for normal consumption. However, I did regularly use the washing machine to wash sandy towels and clothes, so I am not complaining. They had a large clothes rack out on the balcony to dry the wet laundry and put swimsuits and such.
The room was clean and neat. A couple lightbulbs were burnt out, but we contacted the front desk and maintenance came within an hour to fix. Mid week they changed the linens on the beds and all the towels.
Also, security is a concern, with coded gates to enter the property, and signs in the room all instruct you to lock your valuables in the safe, and to lock your gates which slide across the glass doors if you take a nap and when you sleep. However, in order to use the safe, you must rent a pin from the front desk at 1 euro per day. I thought this might be overkill (all the gates and such) until we met a woman at a restaurant who was staying at a different property and had fallen asleep on her balcony during siestsa. Thieves apparently climbed the balcony and entered her room as she had not locked the gate. They stole her purse and all her credit cards/money etc. Again, this did not happen at this property, but it does happen often enough in the area that management places signs in your room to remind you.
The pool looked nice and had lots of loungers, however, the week we stayed it often looked like kid soup. Most of the guests were British or Spanish, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Our room faced the pool and it was noisy until around 11pm every night, but didn't bother us. This is a place for families. Our teenage daughter just didn't want to go as the kids were all much younger. Many times it too hot to sleep until well after midnight, so we shifted our schedules to more of a Spanish one (dinner around 10pm, bed around midnight, 1am, sleep until 8am), siesta around 2-3. The beach was not far and we took the shuttle once down and walked back. We also spent time exploring the coast and found several nice beaches and great restaurants.
The front desk offered us an arrival package for 20e which included eggs, bacon, bread, tea, sugar, milk, juice, coffee, thus allowing us to make breakfast in the morning. (The markets close early Sunday, and were thus closed by the time we arrived) It was very nice and unexpected.
I found the front desk to be very helpful and nice. The Little Palms Restaurant was ok foodwise - we ate there the first evening. Discovered other restaurants for breakfast/lunch which were much better.
There was plenty of parking, and a small elevator to use so we did not have to haul heavy suitcases up flights of stairs.
They do not have beach towels, so plan on bringing your own or buying some. The welcome packet had a comment that the front desk rents beach towels, but I didn't see it until after I bought a couple. Not sure what the price was. Loungers were available at every beach we went for 4e for the day and included an umbrella.
It was hard to find the first time, despite having a GPS. It is also a bit further from Malaga, Fuengiarola and other places than we realized.
If I was just staying to get a bit of sun, I might forgo renting a car. We had a car, as we had flown into Madrid and driven down (7 hours driving), and found we spent a lot of time driving around as we explored the rest of the coast.
Almost everything a guest may want was in walking distance or shuttle distance, and at the end of the trip I felt a bit exhausted from all the driving. The resort does offer tours to Grenada and Tangier and several other locations, but you must arrange several days in advance. Also, there is train service to Sevilla from Malaga, but it was expensive, so we chose to drive to Sevilla for the day, spent the night and then came back to Club Calahonda the next day. It was convenient to use as a base for exploration as this was our first trip to Spain and there was so much to see..
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