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“A financial warning” 3 of 5 stars
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Club La Costa at Sierra Marina
1.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Ctra. de Cadiz Km 206, 29649 Mijas, Spain   |  
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Ranked #12 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Mijas
Dorset
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“A financial warning”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

We were invited to one of Club La Costa’s (CLC) marketing centres in the UK just over 1 year ago, where they tried to “sell the dream” to us, the sales pitch was extremely sophisticated and pushy. Even if you are seriously interested in buying a timeshare I would strongly advise you to resist signing on the day, visit the resort and more importantly do you own research.

We were sent options to choose time and dates to visit a resort of our choice, you should get the dates you requested but invariably you will be sent to Marina del Sol, Spain where they have a purpose built marketing centre and over 90 salesmen to welcome you!

The first shock is the sheer size of the Costa La Club’s complex; this is not the usual holiday village, it is expanding into a small city! The apartment was fine, fully equipped, AirCon, electric oven, microwave, English TV channels, DVD, CD player, washing machine, hairdryer etc. I would give it 4 stars.

The bottom line is basically £15,000 for a lifetime’s membership with a £475 annual service charge. So if you spread that over 20 year holidaying, that is £1225 per year and you have to pay for your flights and food on top. That is expensive.

My first major concern is that CLC used to sell fixed weeks in its timeshares, (a finite number) but to give “more flexibility and opportunities” to its clients your membership now entitles you to any week you like. Potentially that now leaves the door wide open for CLC to sell as many timeshare weeks as it can.

The special deal for signing up on the day was £6,500 for 10 weeks of holiday to be taken over 5 years, which is roughly £650 per holiday apartment week. Since the financial crises holiday prices have dropped substantially; a one-bed apartment of a higher standard than CLC’s we rented in Cyprus last May (2008) cost us £250 a week, this year it has been reduced to £150 a week in May 2009.

To really benefit from CLC membership you need to take extra weeks and these, we were informed, are all only £99 each! Any date you like, plus you could choose a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment at no extra cost apart from the £99. I double-checked this with the salesman who assured me this was correct. Seeking out existing CLC members later that week, to find out theirexperiences was quite a revelation; there are not just 1 or 2 bed apartment prices, but bronze ones, silver ones, gold ones, diamond ones and the list goes on and they all cost extra money. And a week in July can cost 5 times more than a week in January.

We also found members selling cheap Club La Costa apartments on Ebay! This is within the rules of CLC, so why bother joining? All you need to do is contact an existing member who can sell on his weeks and obtain any extra weeks for you.

They have an affiliation with RCI where time-shares weeks can be swapped for an extra £125 fee (Europe) £165 (Worldwide). We talked to an existing member who warned us that for a popular resort they wanted to visit the waiting list was over 2 years long.


Is this for you? In my opinion, if money is not an option and you like to visit the same sort of property every year so you know exactly what you are going to get no matter where in the world, then this might suit. But I would still be concerned about joining an expensive club where you have no voting rights and no idea of their financial position; at least my local golf club gives me these rights.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

The complex was a 25 minute drive from Malaga airport. We arrived late and a porter helped us to our apartment. First impressions WOW! The accommodation was spotless with everything you need. There was a welcome pack with some groceries (can't remember if we were charcged for this). As our trip was in January the weather was not very hot however the heated outdoor swiming pool was great. It was also nice as there weren't that many people staying so the scrum for sun beds (althought there was only a little sun) and space in the pool was not an issue. A day trip to Puerto Banus to see how the rich and famous holiday is well worth the drive. Mijas is also a beautiful place to visit. We didn't eat in the resort as it was a bit pricey but there was no shortage of place to eat in Mijas Costa and Fuengirola. Lidl and Aldi have a few stores nearby as does Dunnes Stores for groceries etc and the Hypermarket near Mijas Costa is worth a visit.
Then came the dreaded PRESENTATION. We were picked up at 09.30 exactly by a very nice salesman. We were taken for breakfast on the resort and then he drove us around the neighbouring villages. He knew the area well and made a good arguement for living in the Costa Del sol. We were brought back to a presentation suite where the Club la Costa sell began. We had decided that although it seemed like a nice idea it was not for us. There was no hard sell and we were left to enjoy the rest of the holiday.
The holiday was not quite free as we brought our son with us but was good value never the less. The evening entertainment in Safari was very enjoyable with good artists

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Wight
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2009

We had a free holiday here and it was amazing. Fantastic view from the balcony. Exceptionaly clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a presentation which lasted 5 hours during which there was no pressure and the time flew by. Dennis the rep was great fun to be with and showed us the sights. If you have a chance to get on this holiday then do go. If we could afford it we would buy into their timeshare as it is a very good deal giving you the world at your feet to visit. Well done Club La Costa.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2009

I loved this place. It wasn't at all what i had expected. Lovely location, really friendly and helpful reception staff, nice facilities and the restaurants served lovely food which in my opinion was fairly priced. The entertainment each evening was good as well. There is also a games room where you can play games like, ice hockey, pool or even pinball. Its great for children and adults alike, depending on your sense of fun. The beach is not far away and you can tell that most apartments have sea views. We stayed in a studio apartment, which was really lovely and had a smashing pool, tennis court and sea view. Absolutely spectacular. Complimentary toiletries in the bathroom and a start off pack of coffee, tea, sugar and milk sachets were also left in the compact kitchenette in the studio. The grounds were beautifully maintained. The walk to Fuengirola was a pleasant one. The free train around the resort is a good idea. There are quite a few trips offered through the resort, which can be booked inside the reception area. There are local restaurants outside of the resort as well as supermarkets. This place was really nice and i would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

Stayed here recently with some family and we loved it. The grounds are beautiful and the views spectacular. The unit had a small washing machine and 3 bedrooms. We traded for this unit, so didn't have to sit through any presentations.
On the grounds there are 3 pools, tennis courts. In january, there was practically anyone there, but I can imagine it is probably packed in summer, as the beach is literally across the street.
We'd trade for this unit again without question.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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wirral
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2009

This was a free holiday, and after reading other people's reviews on here i was a bit worried but honestly it was fab from start to finish. we hired a car which cost £45 for the whole week!! called marbosol, recommend it!! Only took us 30 mins apporx to get to the hotel and first impressions were wow, we were shown to our room which was in the santa cruz resort by a friendly porter who did not expect nor want a tip! The apartment was luxurious and huge, much better than what i have ever stayed in. we had a sea view which most do. The kitchen had everything there and a lovely welcome pack.
only bad thing to say was the kids activity club did not really cater for under 4's which was fine for us as we explored and due to poor weather did not stay around resort. Bars on site were very expensive to beware.
The sales pitch was again ok, nice bloke drove us around the area showing us the market, walked down beach and showed us best places to go for tapas! finally come back to our apartment where we talked for about an hour then went down to the office to speak to boss. Very impressed with sales pitch and how it was delivered. Would not mind going on another freebie if its going to be like that. Loved it, enjoy xx

  • Liked — the standard of the accomodation
  • Disliked — very vast and hilly despite the train that takes u round
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sunderland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2009

Helllooo Everyone Club La Costa Is Brilliant!:D.. ii Went With 5 Other Family Members Including 2 young children, and everyone of us loved it. The staff were very friendly & Helpful all of the time and got everyone involved within the resort; with activities such as, Bingo & Water aerobics. a Children's club is by the pool were you can take children . it was great!! ii would advise anyone to go ! We Have Already bought into club La Costa ! Its Great This Is V.Goos Marina Del Sol. i (LL) iT !!

:d XX

  • Liked — Pool & Space
  • Disliked — Nothing It Was Great !!:D
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Ctra. de Cadiz Km 206, 29649 Mijas, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Mijas
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Mijas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Club La Costa at Sierra Marina 1*
Number of rooms: 60
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