Cyril and I have just returned from spending 8 nights at the apartment owned by Beverley and Dave. After arranging to be collected from the airport, Beverley spent time explaining all we needed to know to maximise on our enjoyment at the apartment and visiting local amenities. A document file was also provided so that we had everything to hand for our stay.
The apartment is traditionally Spanish style, located in a residential area. It was so quite and peaceful yet only 10 minutes walk from a selection of restaurants and mini supermarkets. We ate out everyday but Dave was more than happy to take us to a larger supermarket if we had wished.
The very large terrace was amazing and it was south facing and the pool was for our sole use. We would sit on the terrace with a glass of wine, listening to the parakeets while watching the sun go down in the evening.
There is an excellent bus service running along the coastal road, again, only 10 minutes walk away. One day we travelled to Fuengerola, then took another bus to Mijas, a whitewashed town in the hills. Quite touristy but very picturesque with narrow streets and pretty squares. Mijas is famous for its donkeys and horsedrawn carriages for hire for sightseeing around the town.
Another day we travelled in the opposite direction to the next town of La Cala, where there is an excellent market on a Wednesday and Saturday. FInally, our last trip was to Marbella which takes 1 hour on the bus. Get off in the centre of the town and make your way to the harbour. There you can get a "water taxi" to Puerto Banus, the millionaires playground.This place is where you can imagine what it must be like to be rich and famous, quite and experience.
Finally it was time to leave and say our sad goodbyes to our excellent hosts Beverley and Dave, not forgetting Volcan who did their utmost to make our stay so memorable. We can't wait until we are able to share their beautiful home on the Cost del Sol again next year
Before arriving at the apartment, we had planned to go to a number of locations during our two weeks visit to El Faro. On arrival, after seeing the wonderful swimming pool, gardens and terrace areas this soon went out the window. Instead the holiday ended up being the most relaxing one we have had spent mainly around the apartment. We did venture into Fuengirola a couple of times, (once on the bus and once by taxi on market day) and to the next town La Cala De Mijas, but apart from that, just chilled. Beverley and Dave were so helpful when we required a bit of advice plus Dave took us to the supermarket when we first arrived, thus avoiding the need to lug multi bags of shopping at a later date. In El Faro, there are a number of small supermarkets nearby and at least a dozen very reasonable but good quality restaurants within 10 minutes’ walk. The beach is only 5 minutes away, but due to the lovely pool, we only visited it once during the holiday. The end result was a superb relaxing holiday and would recommend it to anyone, hence 5 stars.
Location is excellent. Everything is accessible. Bus or taxi ride away. Beach is 5 minutes walk as are the shops and restaurants. Beverly & Dave are easy going and will assist at any time, if needed. The photo's do not do this villa justice. The pool area is relaxing and calm and the living area large. Would recommend this villa, urbanisation and restaurants to anyone. Vulcan, the dog is adorable and spoke to him daily. Didn't want to come home
Location: A major positive about the location of the villa is the ease of getting to the beach; only a five-minute walk. El Faro itself is an attractive place consisting mostly of residential properties.
Villa: We had a pleasant stay at the property. Beds comfortable and everything very clean. We were very taken with the outdoor space which Dave maintains so well, likewise to the pool cleaned by Dave every day to which my daughter liked as it was deep enough to do full lengths.
Service: Could not fault Beverly, Dave and Dafydd, very respectful hosts full of information to help you explore some of the Costa Del Sol.
This is the perfect place to relax and soak up the Spanish way of life.
The apartment is large and airy but has air con when needed. The beds are really comfortable and everything was meticulously clean. The terrace is a great place to
soak up the sun or sit in the shade and take in the view of the flower filled valley below with green parakeets chasing each other. There is a barbecue if you brave enough to endure more heat and a huge wooden table mostly in the shade to eat at.
The beautiful pool is is kept clean as Dave cleans it every morning and evening. There are plenty of loungers and chairs and if you need anything else Dave and Bev are always happy to help.
A few minutes away are a small selection of Spanish and English bars and restautants which good cheap food and relaxing atmospheres. There's also a convenience shop for anything you need. There are clean golden beaches within walking distance with beach bars and lounges under shade for only €5 for as long as you wish. The sea is so clear with a gentle swell which is perfect for children of all ages, but make sure they wear beach sandals as it very hot on the feet! For disabled people it's amazing as I drove my mobility scooter down the ramp and along the boardwalk and left it a few feet away from the sunshade.
From El Faro there is easy transport to Call a Mijas a few miles away which is a beautiful small town with a fabulous beach with a promenade full of restaurants and stalls. If you travel a few more miles in the other direction to Fuengirola which is a large town with a big shopping centre consisting of both Spainish and English shops. There's a Lidl for food shopping, a river walk where you can hire swan shaped paddle boats, leading down to a gorgeous beach overloaked by a castle!
We travelred further by taxi to Benalmadena and visited the Delfinarium . Although we missed swimming with sea lions, we stroked dolphin, had parrots and parakeets flying over our heads and watched penguins being fed! A lovely place for all the family.
I want to thank Dave for being so helpful when my Daughter had to have medical treatment, and Bev for helping with my mobility scooter hire, you are both genuingly lovely people. As for Vulcanl their soppy dog, he was no trouble at all!
I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.
We have just returned from a great week in the apartment owned by Beverley and Dave. I was a bit concerned having read a scathing review from an earlier reviewer but soon realised that something was not right there.
This is a very spacious apartment with all the mod cons including a washing machine and, unless you wish to spend all day/night sitting in front of a tv screen, there will be no issues. This is indeed a Spanish villa with all the charm which that brings. It is certainly not dark as suggested by the previous reviewer and, if you look at their photographs, you will see they have the curtains closed.
There is plenty of shade if you want it and a fabulous pool area with plenty of sunbeds and a couple of umbrella's as well. The patio areas are really large and we used both the covered bench area in the morning for breakfast and the wicker chair coffee area in the late afternoon and evening. You will not be directly overlooked by anyone so it is really private.
A word about the guard dog. Vulcan is a beautiful boy and, yes he does bark at strangers, sure isn't that his job? The 1st couple of days, he barked at us, but after that we were met with a wag of his stumpy tail and by the end of the week he was seeking a playmate. Please don't be concerned about him.
The key issue - I carry more keys at home than I was given for the apartment. There are keys to open the doors and also the gate and garage and I know I certainly lock my front door and gates when I leave home so why would I not do that on holiday?
To finish, I would have no hesitation to recommend this apartment to anyone and I am no pushover when it comes to quality. We are widely travelled and have stayed in some of the worlds best hotels. If you want peace and quiet in a really great location then this is the place for you.
We cant wait to book again for next year!!