May 16 to May 23rd 2014
The MARAZUL-Resort at Estepona has long been a favourite of ours, and we have very much enjoyed holidays there, for 6 years, almost since it was built. For the first time this year we stayed without our children, but with friends instead, and we can now say it is suitable for both a family holiday and a relaxing retreat with mates.
Most of the staff, particularly the security staff, have worked there over all the time we’ve visited, and we are treat them, and they treat us, like friends ! They are always around for help and advice, and they can rectify any little problem we may have within the apartments. We have stayed in a few different ones, but they are not all alike. Some have poor views, or in the shade much of the day. Our favourite is easily Brian’s apartment E5, in which we have stayed 4 times, the latest time for a week in May 2014. It has a great view over the Sea (we watched a fishing boat checking his lobster pots from our bed two mornings running) and over the gardens and pools. Brian keeps it in absolutely immaculate condition, and yet every year we find a little addition or improvement when we arrive. Find Brian’s details on his very own web-site : www.marazul-resort.com
There is no shortage of bars & restaurants within easy walking distance, the nearest being a 2 minute walk away ! Although we like splashing the cash occasionally on a posh meal in the very nearby 5-star Kempinski Hotel (4 minutes walk away from door to door) or in one of the fab restaurants in Laguna Village (8 minutes further) we have had many a cheap & cheerful nights (and an afternoon or two ! ) in Cruisos Beach Bar with our feet in the sand, just a 15 minute stroll along the beach……perfect !
Estepona is a lovely unspoilt town just 5 minutes in a taxi, 8 minutes in a bus, or a lovely 35 minute walk away, along a mixture of side roads, a tree-covered boulevard, and a promenade, and there are cafes and tapas bars on the way if things get too hot. Estepona is amazingly relaxing……local children walking around hand in hand with their grannies at 11.00 at night….it’s just the normal thing to do ! The choice of places for eating & drinking is amazing, from the cheapest (but full of character) tapas bars in the old town (nearest) to the chic restaurants around the marina (furthest away) with wonderful views of the piers full of bobbing boats.
We tend to re-book when we return from one holiday, for another, because we can’t wait to go back. And Brian’s apartment gets booked up early, particularly in high season (June through to September) but out of season prices are cheaper and the weather normally good too.
MARAZUL is not the cheapest place on the coast for a holiday, so...once you’ve tried the rest, try the best !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mar Azul Resort is an exclusive, luxurious and peaceful oasis in a prime South-facing beach-side location next to the Kempinski Hotel Estepona & Laguna Village, with panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. It comprises only 72 privately-owned luxury apartments (some of which are available for rental) & Aparthotel with leisure centre, in a magical setting of tropical gardens, sculptured swimming pools, fountains, waterfalls, and romantic thatched cabanas. The Mar Azul apartments encompass the external charm of traditional rustic Andalusian architecture, yet with every concession to todays' requirements for comfort, convenience, stylish outdoor living, and security. No effort or expense has been spared to provide the ultimate levels of luxury and comfort:- Top of the range air-quality, heat & cool control system throughout the apartment;. Under-floor heating with independent control to every room, including entrance hall & bathrooms. Infinitely adjustable sunken lighting incorporating 'mood-lighting' in lounge & dining area. High quality piped music system throughout the apartment, including bathrooms & terrace. Ultra modern kitchen featuring :- Siemens dishwasher, washing machine & tumble-dryer Stainless-steel fridge, freezer, microwave & cooker. Beautifully sculptured cupboard doors & granite worktops. Convenient marble "hatch" to dining area. Highest quality Travertino Marble on floors, walls and surfaces in both bathrooms, enhanced by:- Bidet in both bathrooms. Hydro-massage shower in a perfectly-matching marble cubicle. Rinsing shower over jacuzzi bath. "His & hers" wash-basins. Vast electrically heated mirrors which never steam-up ! Unfortunately, there's no rushing the ladies out of these bathrooms! For the security conscious, though never yet needed in an emergency, we have :- Video & audio entry system Magnetic key-cards Underground car park with remote-controlled gates Lift from garage Safety deposit box in master bedroom Alarm system and panic alarm button, Peep-hole in front door. These all combines to maximise the feeling of well-being on MARAZUL, enhancing the relaxing and care-free ambiance of this peaceful haven. "Outside living" is what it is all about here at Mar Azul. Vast full-width sliding doors open from both the master bedroom and lounge onto Sun-drenched terraces. Some ground floor apartments have their own gardens provided with dining table and comfortable chairs. This is the perfect place for those alfresco breakfasts in the morning. The perfect place for spreading yourselves out and relaxing during the day. The perfect place for a romantic candle-lit dinner in the evening 'til late. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mar Azul Resort Estepona Hotel Estepona
- Mar Azul Hotel
- Mar Azul Resort Estepona Costa Del Sol, Spain