I really enjoyed my few days at Playa Andaluza. I needed a few days on my own after the Christmas madhouse, and my break at Playa Andaluza was very pleasant indeed. I had a two-bedroom apartment to myself, which was great. The apartment itself was very large with a beautiful balcony which had a pool view. The kitchen was fully equipped and spotless, the bedrooms were comfortable and very spacious, the bathrooms were luxurious (one of which had the deepest bathtubs I've ever seen). The apartment had wireless internet (which was free, if memory serves), and the tv received all five UK terrestrial tv channels. The location of the property is a little 'remote' perhaps, and in my opinion, a car is definitely needed (which I had, thankfully, which allowed me to visit the local Carrefour hypermarket in Estepona, Puerto Banus, and the very nice La Cañada shopping centre in Marbella), but if you want a relaxing getaway, then this is definitely somewhere to consider.
My only gripe is about the swimming pool. I also stayed at Playa Andaluza in October 2010 (ie, 3 months before the trip I'm reviewing), and as lovely as the swimming pool is, the water was utterly freezing. I'm surprised there weren't icebergs floating on it. I love to swim, and I've been swimming most days since I was 4 years old, and usually, you can throw any amount of cold water at me you want to and it wont bother me, but the pool at Playa Andaluza was SERIOUSLY cold. Bone-numbingly cold.
I spoke to the hotel management about this, and was told that during the summer months, the pool isnt heated. I guess they consider October to still be summer on the Costa del Sol. I was also told that in the winter, the pool is fully heated.
In January, the water was even colder, and there's absolutely no way it was heated. Once again, I spoke to the management, and was first told that it was heated (which it clearly wasnt) and was later told that to keep costs down, the pool wouldn't be heated for the winter season. Very nice indeed, assuming you're a penguin.
This was a real shame, because the pool itself is stunning. Super clean and sparkling, and extremely inviting, especially as the weather in January was really beautiful most days - but in the time I was at the hotel in January, I didnt see one person get into the pool, apart from me, and I was in it for about (literally) four minutes before I realised that the initial 'ooh its cold' feeling wasnt going to wear off, and that it was just getting worse. To avoid having a heart attack and freezing to death, I got out, dried myself off, and went and sat in my extremely deep bath tub for half an hour to defrost.
Overall a very nice stay, but for me, it would have been ten times nicer if I could have used their lovely pool. I really dont understand why Marriott (or any company) would operate such a deluxe property but completely remove one of the biggest perks from their guests: the ability to go for a swim in a very attractive pool.
I must also add that a couple of years ago, I stayed at their sister property, the Marriott Marbella Beach, and the pool situation was the same. It wasnt heated, but it was bearable (just). It was unbearable at Playa Andaluza.
But I'd certainly recommend the property to anyone wanting a very deluxe self-catering experience, especially if they hate to swim. I would have given this property five stars if it hadnt been for my dip in the Antarctic ocean.
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Playa Andaluza Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Vacation Club Estepona
- Marriotts Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Estepona
- Estepona Marriott
- Marriott Playa Andaluza
- Marriott's Playa Andaluza Estepona, Costa Del Sol, Spain