We stayed at the Villacana resort of MacDonalds for a week in August 2011. This was our first visit to the resort. The resort is situated to the east of Estepona, on the coast side of the busy N340/A7. There are 2 resorts called Villacana, the other situated between the MacDonalds resort and the public beach is also called Villacana. In some respects the resort is quite isolated. The village of Cancelada is across the highways, some ten minutes walk away, Estepona itself is about 8 kms away and Marbella some 21 kms. Malaga is 72 kms away. There are few local shops and the nearest tourist attraction is the Selwo Animal Adventure Park.
We were accommodated in a 2 Bed/1 Bath apartment in the middle of a 3 storey block in the middle of the complex. Reception is at the front of the complex with an adjacent small childrens playground. The complex itself is long and thin in shape stretching about half a mile from front to back but only 50 yards across. Access is down and single road that connects the Reception Car Park to the car park by the Tennis Courts; a single pathway at the rear of the larger Units that have a courtyard each leading out onto this pathway and an internal passageway to which all Units have access. This is formed into a charming series of interlocking courtyards, with balconies, staircases, fountains, tiled features and an abundance of flowers and trees. These pathways all lead down to the large entertainments area that features a grass sunbathing area, irregular pool, indoor plunge pool, covered bar and seating area and, on a balcony, the complex restaurant. There is then access to the Tennis Courts and the Gym. There is a smaller quieter Pool in the centre of the complex. The complex also has a small supermarket.
The Reception area at the front of the resort is pleasant, with a coffee vending machine and a snack vendor. Also a Book exchange and a DVD library. There is a single computer giving internet access at 8 euros for 2 hours. Though the speed was a little slow – it was more than adequate.
Our apartment with marble floors throughout had a cool contemporary feel. It featured a lounge, perhaps 6m x 4m with 2 windows, 3 seater sofa bed, a 2 seater sofa, dining table for 6 and large coffee table. Also a side table and large glass doored cupboard. The 32” flat screen TV had a DVD player in the unit below. Drapes were heavy and had a good black-out effect. All windows to the balconies had glass sliding doors, with outer sliding louvre doors.
The lounge had an integral lobby/hall area from which it was possible to access the kitchen – essentially a galley style with dishwasher, cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave and ample cupboards and work surfaces. Plenty of pots, pans and utensils and cutlery. Also off the lobby was a bathroom, 2m x 3m, with shower over the bath, wash unit, toilet and bidet and door out to a balcony. This had an interconnecting door to the bedroom, with 2 single beds and 2 wardrobes plus a table as a dressing table with chair. On window out to a balcony. There was a utility cupboard off the lobby area with equipment including an umberella.
Each person has a hand towel and bath towel provided (changed once in the week) and Beach Towel (for the week).
There is a safe in one wardrobe (key from Reception).
The general state of the decoration is excellent.
The servicing was done on Tuesday. It was early in the morning so we were there. It took 15 minutes and focused mainly on the Bathroom – it was well done. Changed bed linen was crisp and well pressed.
Sunbathing around the Pools can be a bit of a challenge – the main pool attracts the children – they have their own host, but this Pool is used throughout the day, as the pool is large, there is a large grassed area, there are lots of sun loungers, it is next to the Bar and snack outlet and there is a small indoor pool, used everyday for childrens volleyball at 1600. There was, despite advice in every pool area, the constant towels on sunbeds problem. The other Pool which, in the main, is much quieter, starts to go into shade from about 1400 each day.
The reception is staffed throughout the day and staff were knowledgeable and helpful, check-in and check-out was quick and easy, leisure staff were not particularly noticeable. We hired a car and went to Gibraltar, Ronda, Marbella, Puerto Banus Casares and Mijas. There's a very good bus service into Estepona (west) and Marbella, Puerto Banus etc (east). The bus stop going west is just outside reception and the east bound bus stop is just across the road in Cancelada. I think it's the Portillo bus company and they're very punctual and operate every 22 mins. It's possible to use public transport from Malaga airport (train to Fuengirola,bus to Marbella, connecting bus to Estepona).
There's some entertainment in the evenings: quiz nights, karaoke, bbq, singers (Elvis Presley tribute and Meatloaf tribute) and a visits from snakes and Parrots for the kids.
One little dwnside, there is little local shopping around within walking distance and the supermarket has limited stock so if you are self catering you need to plan your shopping!!!!
Villacana is good resort – try it – you’ll like it, clearly many people return time after time – we met one owner that has been coming for 25 years, and the well stocked owners garden suggests that owners respect the resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Villacana Hotel Estepona
- MacDonald Villacana Resort Estepona, Spain - Costa Del Sol