My 21 year old daughter and I stayed here for a week at the end of May and had a wonderful time. We do not own at this timeshare resort but swapped in from Marriott using Interval International and were not disappointed at all. We were allocated a 2 bedroom ground floor unit which was very spacious and looked to be newly fitted out - certainly all of the kitchen appliances looked brand new. The beds were comfortable - twins in both rooms which is a bit unusual - and we had a little internal suntrap courtyard off one of the bedrooms and a large terrace with table and chairs on the front which was great for lunches. The lounge/diner was very spacious and had a new smart TV which could also access the internet and play computer games. The glassware in the apartment was of extremely high standard - it felt luxurious. We ate out every night but many people appeared to eat in and you could easily do so.
Location: - about 40 minutes drive south from Malaga airport on the sea side of the A7 and accessed directly from the A7. This takes a bit of getting used to - not for the fainthearted - but it's not so bad, you just have to wait for a gap in the traffic rather than attempt anything risky. There is a shopping complex directly across the road - Sitia de Calahonda - accessed by pedestrian bridge and there you will find banks, a supermarket, restaurants, internet cafes and tourist shops. All really useful.
Facilities: We used the pool most days and there was always enough loungers and plenty of umbrellas. The gardens around the pool are particularly lovely, very tropical. The pool is not huge and the childrens end is delineated but not seperated by a low ledge wall. This means that the "adults" area of the pool has only a narrow part which you can stand in. Not a problem for swimmers but if you are an adult that can't swim you will be faced with either going in the kids end or remaining very close to the dividing wall. The property is directly on the beach and its quite nice. There are loungers and umbrellas here too for your free use. Right next door is a beach club where you can pay for loungers and umbrellas and receive service from their cafe. The loungers were 4 euro per day. Not a posh place but food looked great.
The resort has a very family atmosphere and most other people there we met had been coming for 15 + years. Lots of grandparents with kids and young families. Having said that it was extremely quiet, we were never disturbed. Our room faced outwards towards a pine forest, rather than on the pool or gardens and while at first I thought this was a disadvantage, I now think it gave us more privacy and peace. The resort also has a crazy golf course, tennis court, snooker table, bar, restaurant, gym, Turkish bath and indoor pool. We used the bar a couple of times to buy bottled water but none of the other services. Check in was friendly and welcoming and took a couple of minutes. You pay for your electricity use on top and ours was about 40 euro for the week. Wed used the a/c at night.
Area: There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance, most we used were a short drive.
The Beach Bar: down to the beach, turn left and walk maybe 200 yards. Fantastic rustic beach bar with slightly eccentric owner but wonderful meat and seafood platters at a cheap price. Good wine list. Right on the beach with great sea views.
The beach club: down to the beach, turn right and its there. Very casual and good seafood. very family friendly.
Drive: Rancho Grill: go south on the to the Las Chapas exit, about a mile. Cross the A7 there and it is on the roundabout at the side of the road. Fantastic atmosphere, family friendly, a la carte and set menu. The set menu at 17 euro for 3 courses is particularly great value and includes dishes from the a la carte, not cut down. Portions are very large.
Maxis Beach: Go north on the A7 about a mile. Just after the Macdonald hotel you will see Maxi Beach on the sea side - large pink building. It has a great bar and deck area over the sea and a wonderful atmosphere. Family friendly and excellent standard. Menu at 22 euro is good value and the fillet steak option was fantastic.
Japanese Restaurant: If you like sushi and Japanese food this is a fantastic little gem of a place. Go south on the A7 to the Elvira exit - about 3 miles. Take the exit and at the top of the ramp is a small shopping precinct. The Japanese restaurant is at the top end of it on a corner. Wonderful sushi, especially the 27 piece boat at great value. Good wine list.
Things to Do:
We took the hotel bus trip to Estepona market on Tuesday because I didnt want the parking hassle. Great market and most enjoyable time there.
We drove up to Ronda one day - about 50 miles. A spectacular drive up into the hills and a stupendous place to visit. Many historical sites, good shopping, lots of typical restaurants and views over the gorge is amazing. Dont miss a trip up there. Spend the day its worth it.
We didnt go to Marbella itself this time as we have been lots of times before but it is only about 7 miles down the road. There are many golf courses in the area if you play. Its a great part of the Costa Del Sol to stay because its peaceful and yet there is plenty to do around. I would certainly go back. We had a most relaxing and enjoyable time
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- Macdonald Leila Playa Club Hotel Calahonda
- Macdonald Leila Playa Club Sitio De Calahonda, Spain - Costa Del Sol