This was our second visit to Grangefield Oasis Club so I thought I should write a more practical and objective review of the complex:
• Cleanliness, excellent generally – the apartments are visited every few days by a cleaner and the bed linen replaced. The pools obviously, at the end of the day, end up a bit cloudy with sun tan cream but the lower pool is nicer than the top one. The complex is litter free and kept very clean and tidy.
• Apartments, excellent – I can’t speak for them all but the apartments we’ve seen are large and air conditioned. they also have reasonable kitchens with a microwave, oven, hob, fridge freezer, washing machine, etc.
• Location, poor – the complex is self-contained including a restaurant, bar and mini-market. There is, however, nothing else within about 30 minutes walk so you’ll need a car or taxi to get around.
• Entertainment, OK – the entertainment gets a bit repetitive if you’re there for more than a week and they've cut down a lot since last year but it’s on most evenings next to the restaurant. Great for younger kids. The bird show is something to watch out for – they don’t let you take your own photos. You have to have one of their photos and then pay for a print. Not what I call free entertainment.
• Complex food, good but a bit pricey – the mini market is about 10% more expensive than the closest supermarket and the restaurant is a bit pricey too. If you buy one of the full-board upgrades in advance you’ll save a lot of money. There is a good range of food available from the restaurant for breakfast (buffet) including full cooked breakfast or continental.
• Free Wi-Fi, unusable – they advertise free Wi-Fi in the reception area, however, after a frustrating 10 minutes trying to diagnose why I couldn’t display web pages, I checked the speed which turned out to be about 0.8kb download and 0.1kb upload speed which is (if my maths powers are working) about 1/30 the speed of a dial-up connection or 1/16800 of my connection at home. You can also get a resort-wide connection, but you have to pay for it.
• Pools, nice but busy – deep enough to dive into and water is generally pretty clean (lower pool better than the top pool). If you want a sun lounger during peak season, you’ll have to queue up at 10am. A lot of people put towels on their loungers then go and have breakfast. This is against the rules but they’re not really enforcing this any more. The life guard used to be pure evil but he seems to have mellowed a bit in his old age. Or maybe everyone just moaned about him? Who knows?
• Beaches, hit and miss – the closest beach is pretty ropey, however, if you head a mile or so towards Marbella there’s a really nice beach there (more info below)
• Clientelle, mainly families – depending on what time of year you go, there’ll be dutch, Germans, French, Portuguese but mainly English.
• They advertise a 'kids club' but it's not particularly good and only for kids aged around 6 or younger.
Here is a list of practical tips to make your stay much better:
• Best tip ever for this area – ‘cambio de sentido’ means turning place or roundabout. You’ll see a lot of these on the signs along the coastal road and they mean you can turn round and head the opposite direction.
• Second best tip ever for this area - take a Sat Nav with Spanish maps
• Sat Navs will likely need to use GPS as postcodes don’t work here so find out how to program them in before you go.
• Have a hire car – this is the only practical way to get around if you’re going to be doing anything other than sitting by the pool all day and eating at the complex restaurant. After being burned by Hertz before we used Yellow Car instead (opposite Malaga Airport). Looks a bit pricey at first but there are no hidden costs and no excess which is much nicer for a relaxing holiday! They’ll meet you at departures with the car and when you drop it off, they’ll drive you to the departure terminal. Overall a MUCH, MUCH nicer hire-car experience! Seriously, I’ll never use one of the big companies again! Yellowcar.com
• Find out where the local supermarket is – head up the Urbanisation Riviera del Sol IV road until you get to the weird sculpture (of someone sitting in their bath) which is just before the tunnel under the motorway and turn left. Keep on this road past the Paris Bar to the little roundabout which is at the end of the motorway slip-road and then head down the hill to Calahonda. After about a mile or so you’ll see the supermarket in the right. GPS coordinates for your sat nav are 36.492655,-4.714508
• Find the nice beach – this is a bit of a well kept secret. Head down to the main coastal road and head towards Marbella. Take the turning for Cabo Pina and head down to the beach there. There are some nice restaurants at the port, bars on the beach and the beach itself is fantastic. If you can get a designated driver or avoid taking the car, all the better! GPS coordinates for your sat nav are 36.485038,-4.740965
• Nearest restaurants – there is a little complex with a few nice restaurants – Indian, Spanish, Pizza – not too far away from the complex (next to the internet café). Also, a mini market selling all your usual English bits and pieces like baked beans and Heinz tomato sauce. GPS coordinates: 36.498977,-4.702792
• Nearest Wi-Fi – there’s a little Wi-Fi café and bar run by some English (from the look of it) which is not too far away. GPS coordinates: 36.498356,-4.702792
• Buggy Safari, fantastic for the kids – my friend and I took our daughters on this (aged 11 and 9 respectively) and they loved it! Although health and safety regulations haven’t quite reached this far south yet, it was still great fun. Probably not good for nervous kids or ones under about 8. Don’t take your best clothes and you’ll need a shower when you get back as you’ll end up with half an inch of dust all over you. Masks and goggles provided. The 2 hour trip is more than enough. Head down to the coast road direction fuengirola until you go past the BP petrol station then find the next ‘cambio de sentido’ (see above) and head back in the direction of Marbella and then turn off at the ‘Jardin Botanico’ which is opposite the BP garage. The buggy place is one of the first units in the line of shops. Advance booking advised and they do discounts if you can find one of the little vouchers (check the Grangefield reception area although they’ll probably give you the discount if you ask them when you book). See buggysafarimarbella.com. GPS coordinates: 36.499369,-4.68789
• Lots of fun stuff to do in Puerto Banus like going out to see the dolphins or looking at the super-yachts. I saw one for sale at $100,000,000 USD (by the way I didn’t make a mistake with this figure). Make sure you check the prices of the drinks before sitting down at a bar unless you want to spend 9 EUR per pint. I would recommend researching what you can do here before you set off to Spain. GPS coordinates: 36.487661,-4.953117
• Aventura Amazonia is great for the kids. It’s extreme tree trekking although it’s actually very safe. Best for kids aged 9+ and they’ll likely need an adult with them so make sure it’s someone who doesn’t mind heights. Unfortunately, I had to go round with my daughter which wasn’t much fun. You’ll find discount vouchers and leaflets around (like for example in the Grangefield reception area). Head down the coastal road towards Marbella and take the Elviria turning. GPS coordinates: 36.497045,-4.773281
• For some mega-cheap booze and food, head to the Lidl just outside Calahonda. From the main roundabout in Calahonda, don’t take the road that takes you onto the main coastal road. Instead, take the turning that heads away from the coastal road up the hill and stay on this road for a few miles until you get there. GPS coordinates: 36.489118,-4.727758
• There is a complex containing several shops a mini-market and loads of restaurants and bars in Calahonda. Chinese food, Spanish food, Italian food, etc. Avoid the restaurants on the outside. Instead, head inside to find an Aladdin’s cave of restaurants. Loads of free parking here too. GPS coordinates: 36.49005,-4.71468
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