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“Another Excellent Stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marriott's Playa Andaluza

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Marriott's Playa Andaluza
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Estepona
Certificate of Excellence
Ipswich - UK
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114 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Another Excellent Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

This was I think my fifth time at this resort, it is still as good as my first about 6 years ago!

As a family we love this resort, it is our favourite Marriott Vacation Club resort in Europe.

The accommodation is excellent, with us staying in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit as usual. Which is of a high quality and very well maintained.

The pools are great especially the "fun pool" for kids with it's slide and water features.

The resort now has entertainment on 3 evening's a week, which is a huge improvement from having only one evening of entertainment. It could do with more, but it's improving.

The restaurant seems to have improved also.

My one big negative comment is there is only one restaurant & bar, which although serves different styles of food depending on whether you eat in the restaurant or have a snack on the terrace there is still only one location on the resort.

The Marketplace store has a pleasant seating area outside, and you can easily take a self service coffee outside with a pastry, but it would be great to have a coffee bar available at this location on the resort. The other problem is there is no where near the kids' pool to get a drink, there is a small kiosk which is nearby but is rarely open. I am sure if there was a bar near the pool I would buy more drinks, it's a pain walking over to the main bar for a cocktail or beer by the pool. I know in high season there is someone walking around taking orders, but it would be so much better to have a bar close to the pool. It would also be good for the kids to get ice-creams, etc.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

My wife and I are huge fans of the Marriott. We had friends staying and were lucky enough to catch Antony Wolfson's show at The Marriott. Rarely have I seen someone bring an entire audience to their feet and dance to music that I have not heard for many years. If you get a chance go to the Marriott and see his show. The food and service is second to none. Highly recommended. Steve S, Doncaster, UK.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Ryan N, Corporate Customer Care Manager at Marriott's Playa Andaluza, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
We are glad to hear you enjoyed the Rock'n'Roll show, Steve! Thank you for your feedback and we hope to entertain you and your family again soon at Marriott's Playa Andaluza!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Having been a regular visitor to the Marriott I love the place but the only thing missing was live entertainment. The Marriott now have a first class entertainer in Antony Wolfson. Billed as number 1 Rock'N'Roll Artist we were sceptical having seen a number of so called entertainers before. Antony Wolfson was fantastic! Our whole family and friends loved his show and we went to every show. We have recommended Antony's show to our friends who are Marriott owners and we hope we see him when we return in September.

Stayed May 2014
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

A fantastic high end 2 bedroom apartment, sleeps 6 - great room service, with great kitchen facilities in the self catering apartment. 3 outdoor pools - children's, activity and adult pool and an indoor pool great gym facilities and exercise classes. Kids activities themed around ages of children on site. The gardens are really well kept and maintained this is a beautiful site and we just love it. Could do with more restaurant options on site and bars but can't complain about what's here. Would highlight recommend it 5 star in our opinion.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ryan N, Corporate Customer Care Manager at Marriott's Playa Andaluza, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Thank you for the great review Anita! We hope you will return soon to Marriott's Playa Andaluza!
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

We were pleasantly surprised that, upon our arrival, the assistant manager acknowledged the special reason for this trip and welcomed us with champagne. He even sent us a picture which we received after we came home!
The three two-bedroom units we had rented at the Playa Andaluza for our family of 12 proved to be a perfect choice. Not only did we feel very welcome, the staff went out of their way to meet our requests, one of them being our wish to have the three suites in the same building.
The 2Bed/2Bath units are great: very spacious, clean and well-equipped. Good beds, daily cleaning service. The grounds are beautiful, and, despite the size of the resort, it feels very cosy because of the way the buildings are set up.
When the (young) grandkids occasionally had had enough of pool and playground, there was plenty to do under the enthusiastic guidance of the staff. They really encouraged the kids to participate.
One day, there was a very interesting bird show. We all loved seeing the birds of prey from up close. Another day, the restaurant hosted a Flamenco show, yes, very touristy but still fun.
The restaurant on property is decent, not great, with nice choices, and very convenient especially with small kids; again a very nice staff.
One can also use the BBQs and picnic tables, which we did twice to the enjoyment of the kids.

I did not particularly like the beach. The sand is dark and hot; we found many cigarette butts when the kids were building their sandcastles, and were regularly addressed by vendors trying to sell their stuff. The property is well-protected: access from the beach with room key only.

We all had a wonderful vacation here, and would love to come back.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ryan N, Corporate Customer Care Manager at Marriott's Playa Andaluza, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on TripAdvisor! We are glad you chose Marriott's Playa Andaluza to celebrate your special occasion while visiting Spain. Our team hopes to see you again soon!
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Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

This hotel has a 3 star rating! Rubbish - it's easily as up to par as our FIVE star timeshare!

We exchanged our usual week in Madeira for a 2 bedroomed apartment here. Everything is laid on and included - 3 flat screen TV's, 2 ensuite bathrooms, full kitchen and utility room, free wifi, free parking. Maid service daily and the entire complex is kept immaculate!

The hotel has FOUR swimming pools included one indoor and a full sized one for kids. The resort is right on a semi private beach complete with loads of FREE sun beds (15 euros to non residents) so swimming in the Med is on the doorstep!

I'm not into Sports Gyms but have been in enough to know that the one here is extremely well equipped with all the latest gear!

We can't fault the place - something for everyone. Great for couples, families and small groups.

EVERY member of Staff greets you with a smile and a 'Hola' - they are so friendly starting with Roberto in Reception and this has obviously been drummed in to ALL the staff. Even the ones cutting the grass or emptying bins smile and greets you.

I could go on and on - we just wish we could exchange our timeshare PERMANENTLY for this place!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Adrian S
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Ryan N, Corporate Customer Care Manager at Marriott's Playa Andaluza, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Thank you for your great review Adrian! While TripAdvisor sets the hotel class level, our user rating on TripAdvisor is 4.5. We are lucky to have guests like yourself who share their experiences with others online. Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you again soon!
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Welshpool Powys
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39 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

I go to this resort most years and love it, this year no exception.
Grounds and facilities very well maintained as always. Used BBQ facility for 1st time (well I didn't but I joined people who did) and it really was great.
Market place is ideal for essentials but it is expensive, not a problem when it was just the 2 of us but families who cook in their apartment would probably benefit from going to a supermarket at the start of their break.
2 problems during the stay; Nespresso machine didn't have water jug and it turned out the machine was broke - these things happen, it was replaced within 10 minutes of me reporting.
TV in 1 of the bedrooms stopped working, Maintenance arrived and sorted within 10 minutes of reporting (turned out that a wire had been loosened at the back by cleaners).
I think the apartment I stayed in should be due a refurb; furniture started to show signs of wear and tear but really that's being picky and the worst I could say.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ryan N, Corporate Customer Care Manager at Marriott's Playa Andaluza, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
We are happy Marriott's Playa Andaluza is your destination of choice Diane! Thank you for your sharing your review on TripAdvisor and we look forward to your next stay with us in Spain!
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Property: Marriott's Playa Andaluza
Address: Calle Cadiz km 168, 29680, Estepona, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Estepona
#1 Romantic Hotel in Estepona
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Estepona
#1 Spa Hotel in Estepona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Marriott's Playa Andaluza 3*
Number of rooms: 173
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marriott's Playa Andaluza invites you to a place of relaxation surrounded by lush beauty. Located in beautiful Malaga, Spain, alluring backdrops accompany yoru stay. ... more   less 
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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

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