Travelled on the 27th Feb 12 for ten days stay with 5 rounds of golf. The trip was arranged via Golf Breaks.com. The weather during our stay was great except for one heavy rainstorm, otherwise shorts and golf shirts the order of the day. The public rooms and the bedrooms are first rate, the latter having two queen size beds, two armchairs and a flat screen tv with BBC 1 and 2, along with many other channels. Bathrooms an excellent size with many unexpected extras, from hair brush to toothbrush and sponges, moreover clean towels available twice a day.The golf course was excellent long with many interesting elevated tees and lightning quick greens. We were allowed to play in a 2 ball, my wife and I and progress was excellent with one exception when we followed a German 4 ball, one of whom insisted on playing from the white tees and all four of them were walking. Five and a quarter hours later it was clear that walking this course was for the very young and fit with large distances between some holes and big elevation changes. The staff in the pro shop were excellent, smiling and helpful, we altered several tee times to quieter periods and even on one occasion altered to an earlier day, Vanessa deserves a special plaudit for her attitude. Almenara is on the sottogrande estate about an hour and a quarter south from Malaga on the toll road a very easy drive to exit 133. The surroundings are sensational with stunning views all around. On the downside it is fairly remote with very little to do other than golf. The marina is a 36 Euro round trip away by taxi and other than the Sunday market (antique and clothes) the marina was very quiet in the evening, during our stay, with just a few bars open. The other major criticism of the holiday was the food in the restaurant and the price of refreshments. On arrival we were offered 5 days buffet dinner for 25 euros a night each, or 2 days for 30 euros a night each. We had read some doubtful reviews on trip adviser so opted for the 2 day option to try things out. Both breakfast and dinner were well set out in the comfortable dining room and both had a plentiful and tasty variety of cold dishes but the hot food was appalling for the price, being unappetising and luke warm at best. On the final morning I watched a new delivery of scrambled egg being brought in thinking oh good, only to find it was stone cold. I told the waitress, who in fairness offered to bring fresh but I had a plane to catch and could not be bothered waiting. Why would they bring out a stone cold dish in the first place? My wife and I normally breakfasted on the wide selection of fresh fruit and breads and the cold dishes on offer allied to good coffee this was adequate. In the evening we visited Pueblo Neuvo de Guadiaro were we stumbled upon a servicable Italian Ristorante, which we visited twice and an absolutely brilliant Grill Argentino called La Reunion, where the Empanados and the grilled meats were superb. I count myself an afficianado and I can say the entrecote steak and the rib eye were as good as I have ever tasted, it was very quiet though and I hope it survives it certainly deserves to as the service and welcome was equally outstanding.
To recap great hotel premises, great golf, great weather sort out your hot food its such a let down compared to everything else.
Close to main hotel is convenient
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