Having read the reviews on here I was somewhat confused however what I needed to understand was that Heritage Resorts own several blocks and resorts in the area. There are three fairly high blocks close to the beach and near reception and the two on site restaurants, then there are some villas and the See breeze and El Toro complex. My review is for our apartment at El Toro in the Marbessa Urbanisation.
I suppose it depends what you are looking for, if you have young children or teenagers then it is possible this is not the complex for you. On arrival at reception we were provided with a map to the El Toro complex which is about 1 mile up a hill. If you arrive by taxi then there are no facilities to get you, your family or luggage up that hill and I would imagine it would be a nightmare in hot weather. Luckily we had a car so we were able to drive up to the complex and access the private gated are using the key provided.
I was travelling with my two grown up daughters who just wanted to chill out by the pool and relax and this is exactly what we got, an apartment in beautiful surrounds with the pool just a few steps from our apartment's patio. There is nothing else there, although there is a large supermarket and restaurant within walking distance you really need a car even to nip down to reception.
The apartment itself was a little tired but clean with the entrance being on the first floor where the bedrooms were with a staircase down to the kitchen and living area and patio out to the lawns and pool. The bathrooms like the rest of the unit were in need of refurbishment. One had a bath and the other a shower with a very clingy curtain making it impossible not to soak the floor.
We were cleaned once on Wednesday with a change of bedding and towels. Parking was easy with our own car port and if you just want to relax by the pool then this is the place for you as it is just a few steps from your own patio making it feel as if you had your own private pool. The resort was very quiet and having spoken to an owner who has visited for the past 25 years she said it was always peaceful.
The safe was not good, it was the hidden by a fascia that looked like an electrical outlet but it was so small my wallet would not fit inside. Forget it if you have phones, ipads, kindles etc our three passports about filled it.
My daughters loved it because of the peace and quiet and we had some lovely meals each evening driving out to a different place. So if this is what you like then it is fine but not for those who are after any form of entertainment and if you have children remember the pool is not fenced off or attended by any lifeguards. It is also unheated!
Please feel free to email me if you have any specific questions, especially if you are having to attend the sales breakfast meeting as they are trying to sell floating time and using the private villas as examples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the beach, close to Marbella town centre with famous Puerto Banus nearby. Built around beautifully manicured gardens which house a magnificent outdoor pool and poolside bar, Club Playa Real will fill your days with whatever you wish: lazy hours around the pool, sunbathing, strolling for miles along the beach or dining in one of the numerous "chiringuito", beach bars along the fabulous Marbella golden sands. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Heritage Resorts Club Playa Real Hotel Marbella