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“Keeps you Fit” 4 of 5 stars
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Urbanizacion Forest Hills S/N | Urb. Forest Hills, 29680 Estepona, Spain   |  
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CornwaII
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“Keeps you Fit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Forest Hills is a time-share/fractional ownership resort, and we are members of Seasons. This was our third visit to the resort. The first being in June 2009 when they were in the middle of a big refurbishment, in actual fact they closed the place the week we were there and moved us to other accommodation nearer Malaga. We returned the following year after the refurb. just to see what it was like, and this time we visited in February which was a totally different time of year.
Yes this is a hard to find place, and the access road is not well maintained, there are no lifts so this is not for anyone with walking difficulties as there are lots of stairs. But all this is compensated by the wonderful location and view, looking towards Gibraltar, and the African Coast, mountains and greenery around, and in a peaceful area.
Apartments are spacious very clean, with comfortable beds. The kitchen has the usual equipment, but we did have to ask for a teapot, surely as mainly occupied by Brits should be a standard. The only problem with our kitchen was the positioning of a wall unit which meant when you bent down to empty the dishwasher you needed to be careful as you stood up otherwise it was a bumped head. I would suggest that the linnings on the curtains have dropped and could do with taking up,, this would give a much more cared for look.
Heating/cooling, Feel that Seasons missed an opportunity on the refurb by not putting in air con, which would have saved the need for heaters and fans. We did find that if we had our lounge fire on (it is quite cold in February) and were using the cookings rings and cooker the whole lot tripped out and we had to switch off the fire if we were cooking.
Also feel that it was a mistake to take out all the baths and only leave showers, feel that it would be better if they are having families with little ones to stay, then a bath is really quite necessary, trying to shower a small reluntant child is not easy. (Not that I have any little ones anymore to worry about).
There is plenty of room in the apartments, storage is good and there is a safe. Dishwashers in units and free use of washing machines in the laundry room.
The pool area is pleasant, can be windy, the pool is heated and yes I did swim in the pool in February and it was lovely! There is a lovely hot tub on site, but I would suggest that prehapes a proper cover is purchased in order to keep the heat in during the winter months, not the bubble wrap, which could blow off if not correctly fixed on.
Prices in the bar can feel expensive when compared to those in local towns, and also the meals could prove an expensive exercise if eating in the restuarant every night. Having said that the menu is good and changes nightly, with some themed nights.
Entertainment, this is provided by the restuarant staff, and in February there were not many people around, Sunday night was good with a very versatile man complete with steel drum, who really knew how to read his audiance. A quiz night, darts, and casino night, plus a guitar player who sang (not really my kind of music), This is a small resort and therefore not everyone is in the bar every night, so it must make it difficult to chose acts for the entertainment which are not going to leave the restuarant out of pocket.
We have always found all the staff to be very helpful and pleasant, reception is not manned all the time because the resort is not large and the staff do lots of other duties, but could always be found around the site during their working hours.
If eating out, suggest using Mr Wok, next to MacDonlds on the way into Estepona, very nice and good price for all you can eat.
All of Seasons resorts are different and offer different things, it is difficult to be objective when writing a review because it depends on expectations and what one expects from a holiday, I always try and do my reseach first that I have a fare idea of what to expect. Tripadvisor is most useful for this.
We like our Seasons holidays, and were not disappointed by our February visit to Forest Hills, had a lovely guest relations person named Paul, one of the best we have ever come across, certainly not pushy. Well done to everyone at Seasons for good holiday.

Room Tip: Go for a high room with a view. The stairs are worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

I visited here in October last year as a break with my extended family. It was the week before half term and the resort was completely full (they told us as we checked in) but the staff were definitely winding down after the summer season. Reception was rarely manned, restaurant at the service was quite painfully slow the 2 times we ate there and despite all but 2 machine either being broken before i arrived or breaking in the gym during the week no one made any attempt to fix them or to even look at them.

The place is in a lovely location and the rooms and apartments are lovely as is the pool area. The resort has lots of stairs which were a little tiresome as we were located very far away and took about 5 minutes of stair climbing to get to our apartment.

It was my boyfriends birthday on the first night and i mentioned as i checked in at reception (as my boyfriend had gone to get the bags) "Oh lovely, are you eating at the restaurant tonight? We will let the bar staff know and they will do something special" nothing happened during the meal which was bot a problem but don't tell me you will plan something and then dont.

On the last night we had to wait such a long time at the restaurant that we eventually complained and the manager made it sound like it was our fault 'Well you are a party of 5 who came in without a booking at peak evening meal time.......' Right ok! He then came back an somewhat begrudgingly told us he would give us free desert, which we declined.

Lovely place and i would visit again but try to minimise any interaction with the reception and restaurant staff.

Room Tip: The higher level rooms have wonderful views but be prepared for lots of stairs to the pool :)
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Denver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

This resort was a good base for us to do day trips around southern Spain. We went to Cadiz, Gibraltor, Granada (Alhambra) and Rhonda. The receptionist recommended Rhonda and we were so glad she did since it ended up being one of our favorite spots. The accomadations have a great view of the hillside and medittrean but it is not water front. We had a little trouble finding the place since it was dark but called and the receptionist was able to talk us there. Once we did it once we didn't get lost again. The chef Sam was great and would cook us anything we wanted as well as was great with giving advice on the local area. Our 1 bedroom condo was 2 stories and was fine (about what we expected for European standards) but not nearly as nice as our timeshare in the USA. The balcony was great. We did not use the pool. Expect to travel into town for restaurants, grocery shopping etc and a car is a must. We did not mind the drive and we planned on renting a car anyways for all our day trips.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We arrived very late on the Sunday night and were still offered a meal at the poolside restaurant,the staff couldn't do enough for us,we were not happy with our apartment as it was on two levels within 10 minutes we were in another,magnificent views looking out to Gibraltar & Africa.
The Apartment was very clean and to a very high standard,only complaint was no air conditioning,just a cooler in the living area,so had to have the fan on all night.
Entertainment was great,Food Excellent but the staff were what made our holiday so enjoyable a credit to Forest Hills.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maybole
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

Good service from staff. We arrived very late, however the receptionist was waiting for us. All the staff were very friendly and good.
Our apartment was on two levels, but once you got used to this is was ok. Very spacious, great terrace with fab views looking towards the sea.
The resort is built on a hill therefore it has lots of stairs. The pool was good but not much room around it. We only used the pool and the restaurant/bar, both were good.
Really the only things that we did not like was the access and the location. The resort is a considerable distance from any main attractions and the access road is full of pot-holes and has a very steep hill to negotiate.
A car is a necessity.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

Stayed here with my wife and another couple in a one bedroom apartment. As mentioned previously the one bedroom apartment then has a sofa bed that makes another double.

The accommodation itself is nice enough, our room had a flat screen tv with a number of English channels (although not really a big selling point when you are on holiday) a dishwasher, full kitchen facility etc.

My observations:

- our room was only cleaned (bins emptied, towels and beds changed etc) once for the week that we were there. Keeping in mind that your towels get a lot more use on holiday I didn't think that was good. Also for four people in self catering accommodation all using one small bin... it was overflowing by the end of the holiday only having been emptied once.

- The location is subjective... it depends on what you are looking for. If you have a hire car (which is a must) then you might be ok, but even then driving into Estepona each night (10 or 15 min drive) and not being able to even have a drink with your meal nevermind a few after... on the other hand if you are tea total or don't want to drink out then you should be ok.

- The bar and the pool were funny... on the day we arrived it was busy. They had the BBQ going all day, the pool was packed and it was quite lively with kids splashing in the pool and people around. Every day after that it was dead... the pool doesn't get sun until about 10:30am and even then we were normally the only ones around the pool until about 12:00 or 13:00 most days.

- Also on day one I got in the pool in my brand new white swimshorts and by the end of the day they had turned green?!?!? Not sure what the heck had gone on but we noticed later that day after showering, all of our towels had green patches on where we had wiped ourselves on them. Not really sure if it was the chlorine / chemicals in the pool, our sun lotion or a combination of the two... I also overheard a few other people talking about the pool maintenance and how things had turned green...

- Reception staff were really friendly when we did have dealings with them. However a few days they turned up late to open reception and the desk was rarely manned with no way of contacting them if we needed something. The "Emergency Contact Number" was on the door but for non-emergency issues that still needed some help, we were stuck. I.e. on check out day lots of people had no where / no one to leave key cards with so just left them on the desk because reception staff were late in.

- Not so much about the hotel, but parking is expensive everywhere around, for instance if you drive down into Estepona for the day to go to the beach then expect to pay 15 - 20 euros to park for the day. There are a few sneaky spots around which are free but hard to find an empty one.

- I would highly recommend a trip to Puerto Banus though... go there and see how the other half live :) Really nice cars, really nice boats, posh restaurants and shops. That place is beautiful (but expensive).

- Sunbeds in Estepona cost about 4 euros per day. Bikini Bar has sunbeds with cushions on (really nice and comfy) for 6 euros so worth the extra.

- Finally, air-con... the portable units in the apartments are useless. They should have proper aircon in there really if they claim to be 5-star.

Overall I would say the accommodation was ok. I think Seasons sell it in their timeshare brochures as 5-star but I would say it definitely isn't that. Its acceptable but not amazing.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

We came to be here as we had "won" a time share in a competition with Seasons Holidays! Arrived Sunday afternoon from Malaga Airport (very good directions, mind you don't drive into the cement works though. 4 kms from main highway, see video) and taken very quickly to our apartment which was very nice inside and very clean. It was a one bedroom on the ground floor one of six. The room had everything toaster, Microwave oven/grill, dishwasher, flat screen TV with BBC1,2, ITV3, Chan 4, DVD player, hair dryer, iron & board, safe for £10 per week, room fan, telephone and a welcome pack!
Just a couple of things that would have made it better....the windows could be opened or closed no part way locking system. I say this because it was very hot and worse at night and being on the ground floor I would not recommend leaving them open at night. even the locals have bars on their windows. They did provide a portable air-con which you fill with water but it was very noisy and only effective in one room at a time. Proper air-con should have been installed. A radio alarm clock and or wall clock would be an idea.
A one bedroom apartment sleeps four; the other two guests sleep on the settee which converts into a bed. The problem is if they wish to go to the toilet at night they have to pass through the bedroom! But hey you could always buy a bigger/two bed apartment.
Our apartment (220) had a 50/50 view...half countryside with sea view half of the reps office and local apartment block. A number of the other apartments had views through the car park of the countryside. We did have virtual sun for most of the day though but if you sat out in the mornings or evenings to eat outside you could always listen to the reps trying to sell more time share to the other guests...so we didn't eat outside.
There was an "adults only" sun area on the roof with a Jacuzzi which was very nice, around the corner was a fully equipt modern gym and games room with table football, table tennis and pool table.
The staff were very helpful and friendly if you needed anything it was there almost instantly...I can't fault them.
The pool area was very nice and the corner bar provided food all day inc breakfast with happy hour 3 till 4. In the evening the restaurant opened (not tested) with entertainment on some nights.
In Spain its zero tolerance so no drink driving. If you want to eat out and have a drink it’s a taxi job the complex is at the top of a very large hill and there is nothing close you could walk to.
During our stay we visited Estepona, Marbella, Benalmadena, Gib and Laguna Village. Everywhere we went we spent most of our time avoiding standing in the dog doings. In Marbella we had to park at the top of the town and walk down the streets to the sea front. Apart from more dog doings in the tree lined streets there was an over-riding smell of urine everywhere! While waiting to cross into Gib (park up and walk in) a Spanish woman crossed the road and released three dogs while she spoke to a friend. The dogs promptly ran off on to the beach and did what they do in a number of locations returning to the owner who then walked back home. She must do that at least twice a day then multiply that up with the other local dog owners and you have a massive problem.
The resort is very very remote you do need a vehicle if only to escape for a few hours. The team did do a run to the local supermarket for the few that did not have a car. On that matter remember when you hire a car they will ask for a deposit on your credit card of around 100 Euros which you get back if the car is returned undamaged.
We have never been to Spain before and will not be going back, give me France any day.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Urbanizacion Forest Hills S/N | Urb. Forest Hills, 29680 Estepona, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Estepona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Forest Hills Estepona, Spain - Costa Del Sol

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