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Pierre & Vacances Terrazas Costa del Sol Holiday Village
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Avenida Sierra Morena 2 | Urbanizacion Bahia las Rocas, 29692 Manilva, Spain   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Manilva
edinburgh
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“relaxing break”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

Just back from a 2 week break with my wife and 3yr old. After picking up hire car (essential ) follow signs for Cadiz then follow signs for AP-68 (toll rd 16 euros)coming off at jnct 133, go under motorway past the petrol station then follow A7 towards Manilva. When you reach the Manilva roundabout double back on yourself and it is about 2OOM on your right, get use to this road as you will see alot of it ! The complex was extremely quiet which suited us as we like a quiet pool area but this would not suit everyone. The accomodation was good, bedroom with full en suite,a seperate toilet/showeroom if in 2 bedroom ,large living room with decent kitchen area but no oven . The vievs from the balcony are amazing looking out over the sea to gibraltar and north africa .One area I would advise you to check is the locks on the windows and balcony doors ours just slid open even when locked, I complained at reception and maintenance sorted it out within 10 minutes! Security boxes are 20euros p/w . One area we were not happy with was the fact that in a 2 week period we had one change of bed linen and towels, thats what the maid service consists of, nothing else, you are expected to clean the apartment yourself, if we had known this we probably would have looked elsewhere as you expect more from a 4 star resort!
The pool area was really nice with seperate kiddies pool and a very bored lifeguard as it was so quiet! Dont expect an infinity pool as it is camera trickery in the brochure but again the views are breathtaking. There is a pool bar and restaurant onsite which are average, definately worth driving to Puerto De La Duquesa or Sabanillas for a great choice of restaurants which were only about a 10 min drive.
The supermarket on site is a joke the nearest supermarket is Eroski which is about a 5min drive down the A7 (not open sundays), if you want a hypermarket try Carrefour just follow signs for Mcdonalds in Estepona and you wont miss it .
The complex makes a great base for visiting the area, Marbella, Puerto Banus and Gibraltar all in easy reach.
All things considered we had a great family holiday, the complex is perhaps a bit remote for some but as long as you have a car its fine.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Cheshire
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2009

Good friendly service on arrival by multilingual staff. The apartment was clean and spacious with patio doors to a garden area. We used the restaurant for breakfast which was a buffet style and good value. The restaurant staff were helpful and friendly. A car is essential for getting there. The local beaches are of better quality nearer to Gibraltar.
Gibraltar is well worth a visit. There are stunning views of Gibraltar from most of the apartment areas. We booked through Eurocamp who provided excellent service.
The resort provided children's clubs and activities (aerobics/aqua aerobics) daily. An excellent pool with a separate children's pool with plenty of sun beds to relax on.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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ireland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

We stayed there for 9 days in June, firstly we were told it was in Manilva, it's no where near Manilva (its about 3 miles away, up in the hills!!- don't be fooled by the picture on the brochure, clever photography), there is no shop or restaurant within walking distance. There was hardly anyone there, my children aged 11, 9 and 7 were the only english speaking children there. It was still a building site. We had to drive everywhere. We could have got over all that, the final insult is still to come, on the last day of our stay we were BURGALED with no broken windows or doors broken in (work that out), and what insulted us more was the staff were very slow to react and when we requested a log of who entered our apartment, they couldn't be sure who exactly entered our electronically opened door apartment, we were told that in order to sort this matter we would have to call the police but our flight was leaving in 3 hours and we were one hour's drive from airport.... it looked like a set up. When I complained in writing I was accused of being a liar.... so all in all never ever again will I stay with Pierre & Vacances, they are very unprofessional in the way they deal with their complaints and also sold me a holiday totally unsuitable, they lied about on site entertainment, shop (there was no shop, it wasn't opened) how close the beach was etc etc.... I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS HOLIDAY TO MY WORST ENEMY.........

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2009

P&V is a French company and so naturally there were losts of French families who had driven down, resulting in a very relaxed and chilled out feel. Staff are well trained, multilingual and welcoming. There are great views of Gibraltar (20km) and Morocco.

There was plenty to do both for teenagers (with their own hang out area) and for smaller kids. Pool is good, with life guards and the animators organise plenty of activity.

This is a relatively new Holiday complex, and while the apartments were very well equipped with high finish quality, there still seemed to be some snag lists which the complex staff were getting through. Guests seemd to been having regular problems with their air conditioning systems, but this was being worked on. We had to move apartments as our air con didn't work, but P&V were excellent arranging this. WiFi is available in a WiFi room.

We were Self Catering. The kitchen was well equipped with dishwasher, microwaves, hob etc, but we would liked to have an oven. There is a buffet and barbecue restaurant on site, but outside the complex there is very little to recommend, so really you need to be willing to cook if you want to eat really well. There are good supermarkets within 10-15 minutes drive, the best is the Supercor, with exellent fresh meats and fish, off exit 31 on AP-7. A Metacorda supermarket opens beside it shortly.

The complex is on a hill about 1 km from the beach. P&V have a section of the beach. The beach is a shingle beach and also has higher rocks for jumping and diving off (great for older kids and adults). P&V provide a shuttle bus each way twice a day. It's a hard, and not very safe walk due to traffic and it's better to drive or take the shuttle bus. There is good restaurant there, Sal y Sol (not part of P&V) with good Spanish menu for lunch and dinner, though its worth checking the bill as we were overcharged once.

The complex is really only suitable for those with a car and is 100km from Malaga airport. At first it requires some concentration to find it, depending if you use the AP-7 or A7. The easiest option is to take the AP-7 to Junction 32, head back in direction to Manilva on A7. At Manilva roundabout, go right around, come back the way you came on the opposite carriage way and look out for a sign after 2km on your right.
Note also that the AP-7 is heavily tolled from Malaga, approx €16 over 4 toll stations.

This is be a very good holiday destination for those who want a quieter family holiday with some activities.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cumbria
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2009

We have just returned from a holiday in a 2 bedroom apartment here with our 2 teenage children during the last 2 weeks of June. Overall we had a great holiday in a good location for us. As other posts have said, it is essential to have a hire car if staying here as it is a little out of the way.

First the positives: The apartments are new and therefore spotlessly clean. It was great having 2 full bathrooms with 2 teenagers. They are well furnished and equiped, including a large fridge, and are quite spacious. All towels, sheets etc. are replaced free of charge at the end of each week and a small kit with all cleaning materials is provided. Parking is free and close to the apartments in shaded bays.

The pool area, although not huge, is very attractive with lovely views again, and a good snack bar next to it.
Our apartment was situated on the top of three floors facing the sea and had terrific views of Gibraltar and the north coast of Africa on clear days. It was in a good location for exploring the white villages north of the location, yet within half an hours drive of Marbella, or Tarifa in the other direction with its superb beaches. The location is quiet with not much in the way of evening entertainment on the doorstep, which suited us.

The food provided at the snack bar was good and not too expensive, dinner in the restaurant was buffet style, and around 20 euros pp with a reasonable selection. We prefered to drive to the marina at La Duquesa around 15 mins away where there was a good selection of restaurants with a nice atmosphere.

The younger children staying in the apartments seemed to be having a great time, with plenty of entertainment for them, nationalities were mainly French and Spanish, which we liked.

The people on reception were friendly and helpful, there was no language barrier. A little more information about facilities on site on arrival would have been useful though.

The less positive things: As the Minimarket at the resort was not open it meant either a 20 min round trip down the dual carriageway to the nearest supermarket, or a slightly shorter trip in the other direction to a small general store at Torreguardiaro in order to get any supplies such as bread or croissants for breakfast, which was a real pain. There was a buffet breakfast available in the restaurant, but at 8 euros pp was a little too expensive for 4 of us.

We found the air conditioning ineffective, even at the lowest setting, and it seemed to go off completely at 1am making sleep difficult in the heat. Luckily it was quite breezy at times and we were able to switch it off and open the windows instead to get a bit of respite. Lower floors may not have been as bad?

The lack of oven or grill was an inconvenience as we do like to cook at times on holiday, only a hob and microwave is provided.

The resort is geared towards families with young children, even in the evening, there is little for teenagers to do on site or nearby. Ours did enjoy evening trips to La Duquesa and Marbella though.

Overall a great holiday, with nice areas to get in the car and explore.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

we're a family of four from Brighton, UK with a 6 month year old and a 2 year old - I was very surprised to read the earlier review below as our experience of the P&V Terrazas Holiday Village was brilliant

We booked through the pv-holidays website which has some special deals for UK and Irish consumers.

I agree that the village was a little difficult to find as its not in Manilva but it is very well sign-posted off the A7. If you are travelling on the motorway don’t get off at the Manilva exit like we did, but go onto the next exit and then get onto the A7 headed back to Malaga. The site itself is located on a hill with fantastic views of the sea and the Rock of Gibraltar.

We booked a 2 bedroom apartment which was perfect for our needs. The apartments are nicely designed and spacious with massive terraces to enjoy the views and the weather. Most terraces are well shaded. Ours had great views of the pool, sea, and surrounding countryside. Plus it gave our toddlers lots to look at during dinner times and its easier to clean up the subsequent mess outside. Given we had one who was just starting solids and another who was potty training this was great news for Mum and Dad!

The 2 bedroom apartment had 2 bathrooms and all the necessary cooking equipment including dishwasher, microwave and hob. It also had aircon which was great to cool down the apartments before bedtime. The two sofas were comfy and had nice big cushions – perfect for building sofa tunnels for our 2 year old. There was a TV in the apartment but only with Spanish channels – not that it bothered the kids! Mum and Dad were happy with the views, music and a chance to read a few pages of our books.

The Terrazas Costa del Sol Holiday village is brand new. As a result all the staff were incredibly friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. We also found their English to be very good and had no problems communicating.

The pool and surrounding garden are beautiful and there’s both a kiddie pool and play area in the grounds. There’s a lovely air-conditioned restaurant which does a buffet breakfast between 8 and 10 in the morning and evenings. And there is also a poolside snack bar which is open between 10 and 10. We used this quite a lot, it does a nice selection of well priced meals which can be adapted for the little ones. Our 2 year old loved the Spag Bol. At 5 Euros so did Mum and Dad, especially as Dad got to finish off the huge portion.

Though there are supermarkets quite closeby they are opening up a mini-market on site. It should be open by July. In terms of supermarkets head either way from the residence on the A7 and you will soon come across a number of supermarkets which are well sign-posted. The closest is called Eroski. The best is the Carrefour which is the Marbella side of Estepona. Though most are closed on Sundays the reception team helpfully advised us that there is a supermarket open 24-7 at Estepona port.

There are separate children’s clubs for age ranges from 3 – 18 which operate from 10 to 12 in the morning and 4 till 6 in the afternoon. Though our 2 year old was too young they were happy for us to accompany him to the club, and he loved it, particularly the play house and the trampoline. The organisers are really friendly, enthusiastic and speak excellent English.

One of the big events each night is the mini-disco at 9.30pm. We would have loved to get our little ones involved but they are just a little too young – maybe next year! This year we let the kids sleep while we watched from the balcony over a bottle of Rioja!

There are also lots of activities for the adults, one of the most popular being aqua aerobics which we all joined in!

In terms of informal activities both the kids and Mum and Dad met lots of other parents and their toddlers around the kiddie pool. Because there are people from lots of different countries it has quite a cosmopolitan feel with a good mix of English, Irish, Spanish and French.

One of the real plus points is the beach closeby. There is a regular shuttle in the morning and afternoon but we chose to take the car to give us a bit more flexibility. I cannot rave about this beach enough – it was amazing. Locally its known as ‘rock beach’ so its not a sandy beach, but because the pebbles are quite small (we come from Brighton) our 2 year old didn’t mind it at all. There are lots of rocks alongside the coast so lots of rock pools to explore plus little mini sea pools to play in. P&V provide free parasols and deckchairs plus a great drink and snack bar with table service.

It can get a bit windy on the hill, so on these days we headed for the beach which wasn’t so affected by the wind.

There’s a huge amount to do in the area but you definitely need a car to explore. We had numerous outings to Estepona which has a lovely sandy beach and lots of restaurants plus an amazing outdoor play area for children on the front. Closer by is Sabinillas, which also has a lovely sandy beach and a selection of restaurants on the front. Marbella and Porte Banus aren’t far away either.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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ireland
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

Admittedly, without a car, we would have had a different experience at this resort, but we did have one, so we had a wonderful holiday here. Our two children aged 4 and 7 loved the kids club - there was no problem with language - everyone speaks good English. I also thought it was a good experience for them to be in a different situation where English is not spoken, after all they are in Spain!!

The apartment itself was excellent - very new and clean. Two bathrooms, two bedrooms and a lounge/diner with kitchen, including washing machine. Television and phone, and large balcony (ours was facing over the pools, with wonderful view to Gibraltar). The balcony got the sun in the evening - what more could you want?

We had breakfast once on the first morning, which was v good, but then went to one of the many supermarkets within a 10 minute drive to stock up on supplies for the 2 weeks. We did eat once or twice in the restaurant too, as we were in the pool till almost 8pm on those evenings and reluctant to go out. The casual bar food was good during the day/afternoon - very good menu and not too expensive.

Every evening there was a mini disco for the children, at 9.30pm, which they loved. Unfortunately the bar was not open at this time, which I think was pretty much our only complaint about the holiday. I assume when more people are there in high season, this will change.

There are two beaches that are walkable from the apartment, although it is down a steep hill. However there is a bus service from the reception to bring you there and back each day if you require. Lovely towns nearby with more beaches, wonderful restaurants e.g. Sabillinas, Port du la Duquesa, Estepona.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida Sierra Morena 2 | Urbanizacion Bahia las Rocas, 29692 Manilva, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Manilva
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Manilva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pierre & Vacances Terrazas Costa del Sol Holiday Village 4*
Number of rooms: 328
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Amazing views of the Rock of Gibraltar. New stylish and spacious apartments Children and teenage clubs for 3 to 18 year olds. ... more   less 
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