My Family of 4 stayed here during the second week of the Easter Holidays where we were fortunate enough to enjoy a full week of Sunshine following a lot rain that this part of Spain has experienced recently.
The resort is spotlessly clean, well maintained and you wont find better quality accomodation, grounds and facilities anywhere, they really are first class. The service we experienced from the Reception team was also exemplory
There are various sizes and we stayed in a 2 bedroom one. All of them overlook either the sea, pool or lush grounds so there is no views of roads or the back of buildings. The apartments are huge by European standards with two full bathrooms, a well stocked kitchen that had eveything you could want from which to cook eat or drink with. The furnished balconies are quite large as well and there is even a (albeit small) utility room with washing machine and dryer / ironing facilities. A Family of four could quite easily live here.
There are three outside pools set in stunning locations and even though the resort was 95% full there seemed to be at least 5 sunloungers per person. Its a mystery of staying at a Marriott Vacation resort, that although they are full, there never seems to be anyone around. There is also a indoor pool with various jacuzzis, sauna and steam rooms and a well stocked Gym.
Set within the beautiful grounds you can also find mini golf, large childrens playground, sports court for football / basketball, a boules area, Paddle tennis court, volleyball court and babmington as well as shufflle board, giant chess and draughts. There is also seperate clubs for smaller children and teenagers as well as various table tennis and pool tables which can be found around the resort. There is also a small and overpriced supermarket on site. That said the freshly baked bread and pastries are well worth it
Although i have given this an excellent rating (anything else would have been an injustice to the apartments / grounds etc) there are a few negatives which many reviews have already cited.
The Location is quite remote and there are no shops within walking distance so you really do need a car here. There is also only one other Restaurant within easy walking distance which is the Vela Azul directly on the beach to the left of the resort. We ate here twice and on both occasions the food was fantastic, reasonably priced with fab views out to sea and across to Africa.
To one side of the resort are a number of very unslighlty 1970's style hotel blocks one of which had been turned into an old peoples home and the others looked very shabby. I should also point out that if you are looking for a resort with a beuatiful beach, this is not the place for you. The sand is very dark, stony and there are a lot of rocks leading into the sea and being honest you will find much much better beaches elseware including the UK. That said there is a small beach that is set back right outside the property and this is well groomed and the very comfy sun beds are available free to Marriott guests.
As other reviews have mentioned the outdoor pools are freezing and as such, were for the most part empty although our two boys and myself did venture in most days. This is obviously a constant source of bimusement to guests and reviewers, why at least one of the pools cannot be heated so that they can be enjoyed, particularly as they are so lovely and inviting. Given that the resort is full from March round to November it surely wouldnt cost much to heat one of the pools for the full enjoyment of the guests even if it meant paying a small premium.
The only other negative is that for such a large resort there is very little choice of where to eat or drink and in fact this is now limited to one place called the Solera since the beach bar was closed down. We ate here at Lunch and the food was overpriced and mediocre in quality and as such we chose not to eat here in the evenings and felt we had much better quality and well priced food in a far nicer location at the Vela Azul bar on the beach.
All in all we had a lovely time here and you do get a sense of escapism in luzury surroundings, which would be very hard to beat, however i would appeal to Marriott directly to upgrade the bar and dining facilities and heat one of the lovely pools that laid empty most of the time.
I would definately recommend this resort and having stayed at the Marriott Marbella just down the coast on two previous occasions the high quality of the resorts is consistant. For me the Marbella resort edges this place ever so slightly as the location, beach and dining options are better but i would say the facilities for children are more extensive here.