The Marriot resort is about 45 minutes drive from Malaga Airport down the A7 Motorway, it is easy to find and the directions we were given were clear with good checkpoints, however be warned that Spanish Motorways have less warning of junctions and turn offs than UK /Dutch/German M Ways. Also stay off the AP-7 which I believe is a toll road.
The resort is 5 star, it is an impressive location, and the apartment we had was two bedrooms for my wife and I , our two year old, and my mother in law. The apartment has a lounge and kitchen diner, utility room, and two bedrooms and two bathrooms , ours had a huge bath, and shower, the other one was a bath & shower as well. The standard of furnishing and décor is very high, all rooms had TV,s and we had a DVD player as well, with international as well as Spanish channels. The kitchen was super equipped with cookers, dishwasher, fridge freezer, utensils., glasses, cook ware, microwave, and more, so you can easily cook, and buy your own food. We were first floor, and the buildings have basement parking which there are lifts down to, very convenient for large amounts of luggage we were carrying. Check in was a delight , quick, convenient, prepared, no form filling etc. There is a convenient little supermarket on site you can juts bill what you but to your room. There is a very plush indoor heated pool, with multiple Jacuzzis , kids pool, and very modern gym and saunas all to a very high standard of equipment.
There is a dining area (casual) and bar with some nice staff , who are polite,efficient, and well trained , the food is very good there and well priced , again you can charge direct to your room.
I ordered flowers as a mothers day gift from my son to my wife , the staff organised this without any issues at all.
There are two kids areas with ball pools, and toys etc which were well equipped, safe, and very clean, in terms of facilities, its hard to fault the place, there are also tennis courts, ping pong tables, giant chess and draughts boards, outdoor pools and outdoor kids pools, and so on .
Externally it is very Spanish in style (nice) and the gardens and layout of the buildings is very impressive, and absolutely immaculate.
My minor issues are the following, the beach fronting it was stony , gravelly, and not all that attractive, there were a few niggles at night with the power turning off at night, also there was some work going on during our visit , we went to sit outside for a drink, at that point the refurbishment of the outside pool started , and drills , hammers, etc all banging away, i know work has to be done , however it was unfortunate timing. We also had a crew cutting trees on a Sunday ,morning at around 10.30 right outside the window, again work has to be done , but timing was poor.
Check out was fine, although we literally had a maid knocking at the door the second the clock struck the hour, which was a little too efficient. It is very near Puerto Banus , 16 euro in a cab, but is kind of out of a town , Marbella centre is about a 25 minute drive, parking quite easy there. You are going to need a car basically if you have children, if you do have children note the hire car companies have child seats , but do NOT fit them , you need to do that at the pick up. Unless you stay at the resort the whole of your time and you easily could , you will need a car.
I enjoyed it, it was relaxing , great place to stay, and very high standard of accommodation, immaculately kept, however slightly removed from any nearby towns, and you will need a car in my opinion.
You will need to ask to get a view of the sea .
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