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Mar Azul Resort Estepona
Apartment E5, Mar Azul, | Next to Kempinski Hotel,, 29680 Estepona, Spain   |  
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Ranked #7 of 34 Hotels in Estepona
Wroughton
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“It's no surprise this is no 1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

One wonders why a holiday apartment could be no 1 on tripadvisor - no doubts here. Brian's apartment is brilliant. Very comfortable, fully specified, not wanting for anything - pool, kitchen, 2 baths/jacuzzi, showers, comfy beds, underfloor heating, air-con, tv, piped music - you name, it's got it. The beach is a minute away, any closer and it would be in the sea!
The surrounding area is great, best have your own car to drive around a bit.
And Brian's communication is great as is his help before and during the trip. Trust me, this is well worth it! My only worry is now that it is at the top, rebooking would be difficult!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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ST AUSTELL, CORNWALL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Just like everyone else that has had the pleasure of staying in Brian Colling's apartment, I would also agree that it is a fabulous, spotless, well equipped 'home' and such a peaceful and relaxing spot. I have to say that sadly the weather was extremely unkind to us and we only saw the sun once during the whole week - but plenty of the wet stuff! Thank goodness for Brian's apartment!! Sky tv, dvd's to watch, a covered terrace, free wi-fi, the softest 'huge' blankets I have ever seen to snuggle under, wonderful views out to sea and of course free use of the indoor leisure centre. The one day when the sun graced us with it's presence just confirmed what a stunning resort Mar Azul is. If you book with Brian you won't regret it - come rain or shine this is a superb place to stay. We will definitely be back - probably in the summer next time though! Thank you Brian

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We stayed in Brian Colling's apartment E5 in the Mar Azul resort for a week in August and had an amazing holiday. (www.marazul-resort.com) The apartment was spotlessly clean, fantastically well equipped and had everything we needed for a superb holiday. The provision of a travel cot, high chair and a safety gate and trellis for the outside areas meant that the apartment was very well equipped and safe for our young children (aged 20 months and 4). The pool is fantastic for swimming in or relaxing by and the number of shallow areas and fountains etc kept our little ones fully entertained. Even though we stayed in peak season the resort never felt overcrowded. The beach in front of Mar Azul is criticised in some of the reviews we read, but was absolutely fine for our needs- calm water for the children to splash and swim in and a mix of sand and stones on the beach area, or a short drive away takes you to some lovely sandy beaches in Estepona. Overall a top class apartment and we look forward to visiting it again.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

My family and I have just returned from a great 2 week holiday in Brian Colling's apartment E5 in MAR AZUL. Everything was exactly as described in one of the most comprehensive information packs I have ever seen for a holiday rental apartment which Brian sends out just prior to the holiday. Brian also takes the time and trouble to telephone just before the arrival date to ensure everything is arranged and if there are any questions.
The apartment is well equipped with everything you need for a great holiday including satellite TV and internet access that kept my teenage daughters more than happy when we were not all relaxing around a superb and well-kept pool area that is just a few meters from the apartment patio area. Being peak season the pool was watched over every day by two pool attendants during the day and a very nice poolside bar has snacks and drinks available.
A hire car is in my view an important part of staying at MAR AZUL as restaurants in realistic walking distance are limited, but a short drive to Estepona Harbour or longer drive to Puerto Banus (Marbella) has lots of choice. There is a large Carrefour hypermarket approx. 10 mins drive away or a more basic ALDI a few minutes drive or a possible walk away. Being away from the busy areas however means that a stay at MAR AZUL is very quiet and relaxing with no noise disturbance at all that we experienced during the night.
If only all holiday rental owners were as genuine and well organised as Brian !

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We loved the stay. Brian is very, very helpful, eventhough he was not around it still felt like you have a personal guide. The directions he gave are so clear. Everything you can possibly need he either has it or will let you know where to find it. We didn't have any issues at all because everything you need to know, he'll tell you. From groceries (pretty close) to clothing, food or restaurants, he will guide you. The apartment is really nice, we loved it.
We enjoyed strolling through Estepona, trying out restaurants, checking out the stores, just being tourists. We checked out Gibraltar, only 45 mins away. Drove to Tangier, and checked out Morroco too. Definitely one of our most memorable vacation ever! We will be back Brian! Thank you!!

P.S. we left our invisalign braces and Brian was so kind to mail it to us. He tried to contact us a whole bunch of times when I didn't get the previous e-mails. Again, thank you!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bramhall, Chehire
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed in Mak's apartment, and both the apartment itself and the resort in general were both superb. Can't wait to go again!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

we had a lovely time and the resort is a great place for the entire family. The kids really enjoyed swimming in the pool! we booked through www.marbellaresorts.com and were given B2, the view from the apartment was fantastic!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mar Azul Resort Estepona

Address: Apartment E5, Mar Azul, | Next to Kempinski Hotel,, 29680 Estepona, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Estepona
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Estepona
#5 Spa Hotel in Estepona
#6 Family Hotel in Estepona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mar Azul Resort is an exclusive, luxurious and peaceful oasis in a prime South-facing beach-side location next to the Kempinski Hotel Estepona & Laguna Village, with panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. It comprises only 72 privately-owned luxury apartments (some of which are available for rental) & Aparthotel with leisure centre, in a magical setting of tropical gardens, sculptured swimming pools, fountains, waterfalls, and romantic thatched cabanas. The Mar Azul apartments encompass the external charm of traditional rustic Andalusian architecture, yet with every concession to todays' requirements for comfort, convenience, stylish outdoor living, and security. No effort or expense has been spared to provide the ultimate levels of luxury and comfort:- Top of the range air-quality, heat & cool control system throughout the apartment;. Under-floor heating with independent control to every room, including entrance hall & bathrooms. Infinitely adjustable sunken lighting incorporating 'mood-lighting' in lounge & dining area. High quality piped music system throughout the apartment, including bathrooms & terrace. Ultra modern kitchen featuring :- Siemens dishwasher, washing machine & tumble-dryer Stainless-steel fridge, freezer, microwave & cooker. Beautifully sculptured cupboard doors & granite worktops. Convenient marble "hatch" to dining area. Highest quality Travertino Marble on floors, walls and surfaces in both bathrooms, enhanced by:- Bidet in both bathrooms. Hydro-massage shower in a perfectly-matching marble cubicle. Rinsing shower over jacuzzi bath. "His & hers" wash-basins. Vast electrically heated mirrors which never steam-up ! Unfortunately, there's no rushing the ladies out of these bathrooms! For the security conscious, though never yet needed in an emergency, we have :- Video & audio entry system Magnetic key-cards Underground car park with remote-controlled gates Lift from garage Safety deposit box in master bedroom Alarm system and panic alarm button, Peep-hole in front door. These all combines to maximise the feeling of well-being on MARAZUL, enhancing the relaxing and care-free ambiance of this peaceful haven. "Outside living" is what it is all about here at Mar Azul. Vast full-width sliding doors open from both the master bedroom and lounge onto Sun-drenched terraces. Some ground floor apartments have their own gardens provided with dining table and comfortable chairs. This is the perfect place for those alfresco breakfasts in the morning. The perfect place for spreading yourselves out and relaxing during the day. The perfect place for a romantic candle-lit dinner in the evening 'til late. ... more   less 
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