We arrived at Club La Costa San Diego Suits with mixed feelings. Here for two weeks I had checked the weather forecast before we left home and found that we were probably in for a long spell of rain. Unfortunately the forecasters were terribly accurate!
Check in was easy but arriving at 12.30pm as expected our apartment was not ready. We were given a slip for complimentary drinks at the Safari restaurant and decided on a lunch there as well which was reasonably priced and quite delicious. We had only just finished when reception rang us on our mobile to advise that the apartment was ready. Preferring an apartment with extra patio space I had tried to book the same suite for two weeks but we were put on a waiting list for one week and had expected to have to move mid holiday. This turned out not to be the case and we had a lovely spacious unit for the whole period. A bit over the top for two people I know but we had a large open space with kitchen, dining area and lounge, two bedrooms, three complete bathrooms, three televisions (handy when the football is on) and a huge wrap around patio with its own private Jacuzzi and a nice sea view.
The grounds and pool area were immaculate and the staff all very friendly and helpful. Bedding was changed three times during the two week stay and rubbish collected daily. Towel change was offered every two or three days. The jacuzzi proved a wee bit temperamental and needed maintenance to tweak it a couple of times but was very relaxing and comfortable when the weather allowed.
The first week saw rain every day but we did a small shop at the small Marina del Sol shop that kept us going until Monday when we did a main shop at Eroski in the Miramar shopping mall. We also picked up a few bits and bobs round the other shops in the mall and had an enjoyable lunch at the Terra Sana restaurant. Of course there was the obligatory visit to C&A but we were less than impressed by the clothing on offer and prices were higher than expected. We ventured out on Wednesday afternoon as it was sunny so we had an enjoyable day out in Fuengirola. After an exhausting hour of browsing in Dunnes stores, Mrs settled on two inexpensive tops. This afternoon proved to the only bright weather patch of the week so thank goodness there was a reasonable selection of TV channels (BBC1, BBCwold, ITV, Sky1, Sky sports, Discovery, True movies 1&2, CNN, Sky News) in our comfortable and heated apartment.
We fared a bit better our second week with only a couple of days rain and had been looking forward to our usual visit to La Cala market and our Churros at the Canon café. They did not disappoint as the market had quite a lot of unusual items that were reasonable priced as long as you haggled. One example was a leather wallet priced at 25euros. This was reduced a bit at a time until it reached 10euros. I offered nine as I had seen it for this price in Fuengirola at the covered market. The stall holder would not budge so I left it till we went back to town later. The fruit and veg was a lot cheaper than the supermarkets and much better quality. The churros at Canon were a light as ever and covered with cinnamon sugar, quite delicious. Prices at Canon were only slightly higher than last year but at 5.4 euros for a cappuccino can of Pepsi and a tray of freshly cooked churros, excellent value for money.
The little free train that runs round the site is very handy as the area is quite hilly in places and the taxis proved to be reasonable with all the drivers we had courteous and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ISO 9001:2008 Certified by BSI (Resort Management services) ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Diego Suites/California Beach Hotel Mijas
- San Diego Suites/California Beach Spain/Mijas, Costa Del Sol