The Marriott Beach Resort is at Elviria, about 6 miles east of Marbella towards Malaga in the ribbon development between the main coastal dual carriageway (the N340, or A7, autovia del mediterraneo) and the sea.
We were lucky enough to find a timeshare swap for the two bedroom, two bathroom unit we stayed in, but we believe you can also book direct or through an agent. We were quite amazed to find the separate apartment blocks share underground garages so you go up to your apartment from your car in a lift – is this really Spain? It was a lovely, quality apartment, which felt good as soon as we walked through the door. There is no point in describing the light and airy, good size rooms with quality fixtures and fittings – you’ll get a better feel for the place by having a look at the uploaded photos. This was the first apartment we have ever stayed in that has its own separate laundry room, which we reckon must be a boon for families.
Like most places, you can find odd things that are not quite to your liking, but we don’t think there is much wrong with the Beach Resort. Given the price of electronic equipment nowadays, we thought why not change the old tube TV’s to flat screen models? Maybe it’s because they’d have to change 3, yes there were 3 TV’s in the apartment, plus there are DVD and video players. For us Brits, it was great to have TV in Spain with a selection of normal UK entertainment channels if we wanted to vegetate before bed, instead of the usual (and presumably free) BBC World and CNN channels. We also thought it would have been nicer for there to have been more separation of the ensuite bathroom from the master bedroom, instead of having a wide arch opening, (thankfully, the toilet was separate and had its own door). The main bathroom had a separate bath with a really amazing shower, which we used in preference to our ensuite over bath shower, until friends joined us later in the week.
The public areas and extensive gardens are very nice and well tended and the outdoor and indoor pools were good, even if the outdoor pool was “chilly” to say the least in November. There is also a spa, which we didn’t use. For us bargain hunters, the pool bar has “happy hour” periods, which helps the Euros go further.
If you choose to stay at the Marriott Beach Resort you need to be aware that it is not in a holiday resort as such – the front of the complex does go right down to a beach, but the area is mainly residential or timeshare apartments and unlike lots of Spanish holiday resorts and towns, it doesn’t have a promenade walkway above the beach that you can stroll along. There are a few beach chiringuitos close by, which are quite nice, but you either have to cross the sand to get to them (in the dark at night not so good) otherwise, it’s quite a lengthy circuitous walk by road. There is an upmarket restaurant on site, but we were not very impressed given the price and it has a disappointingly limited menu. You can get “junk food” hamburgers, paninis and pizzas in the bar-restaurant above reception at more reasonable prices, but we didn’t use that one. There is also the usual on site shop close to reception, which was handy for extras.
Given its location, we think you really do need a car to get to the Beach Resort and to make the best of the area, but then it comes into its own as a great base for exploring the Costa del Sol west of Malaga. It doesn’t take too long to get to Malaga itself, an elegant traditional Spanish City, or to places such as Ronda, Gibraltar and Mijas, as well as all the Costa holiday resorts that get so busy in summer, which are really nice and relaxed in the warm winter sunshine.
If you don’t have a car, you can still walk to the Elviria shopping complex on the north side of the dual carriageway in about 15 minutes. There are a number of reasonably priced restaurants here as well as a large well stocked supermarket, but you’d be hard pressed to shop at Elviria without that car, unless you take one of the waiting cabs that seem to be plentiful. The walk back from Elviria at night can be a bit dark and spooky in places, so bring a small torch for safety. We came across an absolutely wonderful restaurant in the small centro commercial before you cross the bridge over the road. It’s called Restaurant Elviria, (not very original we know). It’s not the cheapest around, but we thought it was well worth the extra. As a meat eater I think that I had the best steak I have ever had in my life, the fish choice was impressive, and the crepe suzettes were to die for.
Marriott Beach Resort is sheer quality accommodation. There is a sister Andaluza resort west of Marbella, which looks to be similar in design and in the same type of location. Whichever one we book, we will be back.
- Also Known As:
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- Marriott`s Marbella Beach Hotel
- Marriotts Marbella Beach Hotel
- Marriott Vacation Club Marbella
- Marriott Marbella
- Marbella Marriott
- Marriotts Marbella Beach Resort
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