Playa Andaluza is a Marriott Vacation Club timeshare resort located close to the city of Marbella. Some posters refer to it as a hotel, but this mischaracterizes the fact that it is a timeshare resort which duing the peak seasons ( June through October ) will be mostly occupied by resort owners, other timeshare owners trading into the resort, and individuals who reserve a stay via Marriott's hotel site or who visit on a discounted "preview" stay.
The resort consists of five buildings containing apartments which have a full kitchen, ( w/ washer dryer) dining room, living room ( TVs in the LR and BRs ), full-sized balcony, master bedroom/bath/shower ( these bedrooms do contain a "spa" tub ) w/ king bed, and a second bedroom with a seperate bathroom/shower w/ twins which can be kept seperate or together. Some units are three bedroom units -- the third bedroom has it's own toilet/shower, balcony, microwave/mini-fridge and it is more to a hotel room in size/dimension. This third bedroom can be "locked off" apart from the main 2 BR apartment.
The resort is lushly landscaped and has 3 outdoor pools, the main pool has a disappearing view edge, another pool a dedicated "sports pool" and the thirds pool an expansive "kiddie pool" for toddlers and older kids with a water slide. This idea tends to spread guests out so that one does not feel crowded/confined even when the resort is at high occupancy. There is also an indoor pool with jacuzzis and a large exercise room overlooking this pool. There are also massage rooms, showers, and saunas. The beach sits in front of the resort and free lounge chairs are provided. The beach here is fine dark sand which turns to mostly small rounded stones. That said, the first 15 meters into the Mediterranean require some dexterity as there are rounded stones the size of melons at water's edge. This doesn't impeed swimming or bathing, but some guests put on an entertaining show as they wobble in and out of the water.
The resort also has on on-site restaurant/bar serving B/L/D, a store selling food and sundries, a chiringuito on the beach, and all sort of activities in a games pavillion. Concierge service offers the ability to book tours with pick up at the resort, car rentals, airport transportation ( contact the resort prior to your arrival to arrange airport pick up ). An airport limo is a bit pricy ( 90 Euros ), but the drive from Malaga airport to the resort is close to 40 miles so it is what it is.
One can anticipate a comfortable, relaxing stay at Playa Andaluza as the staff is friendly and accomodating. There are a few restaurants within walking distance of the resort, but one will require a car or a taxi to access the larger array of dining choices availible. One key attribute of the resort is its' location to the towns and tourist sites. Puerto Banus and Marbella are an 8 minute drive, Estepona 15, and Gibraltar 45 minutes. There are nearly 100 golf courses within a 60 minute radius of the resort. Ronda is less than an hour away and Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours drive. The mountains and scores of white villages are easily accessible via good roads. Throw in Roman ruins, prehistoric cave paintings and horseback riding and there are more things to do here than time to do it.
If you plan a Costa del Sol visit, I strongly suggest that you allow sufficient time to
- 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