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MacDonald Villacana Resort
Ranked #13 of 35 Hotels in Estepona
Certificate of Excellence
Claremont, California
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156 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Resort”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

PThis property is actually called Villacana Club and Villacana is an area with several resorts and restaurants. Before I give a review I will give a suggestion on how to find the place. Like several others we spent about two hours on our search for it. From Malaga take the A7 highway towards Cadiz. Watch the killometer markers on the side of the highway and when you get to 165.5 you will see a big white sign on the left side of the highway that says Villacana Club. This area has one way roads that parallel the highway so you will have to go about another three or four killometers to find an off-ramp that has a roundabout. If you take one too soon don't worry it will just get you back on A7 again. When you find the correct off-ramp follow the signs on the roundabout until you are going back to Malaga. After about two or three killometers you will take the off-ramp and proceed several hundred yards and you will be at the resort.

We stayed in a three story villa with a master bedroom and bath on the second floor and two twin bedrooms with a bath on the third floor. The villa had an enclosed patio with a table, four chairs, two lounges and a barbecue. The villa was spotless and very well equipped. The rooms were all very large and the dining room table would easily seat eight people. It appeared that our villa had recently been renovated and a number of other villas were being renovated while we were there.

The resort has two outdoor pools and one indoor pool and a outdoor hot tub. The poolside snack bar has a good selection of food and both it and the upstairs restaurant had excellent food, great service and reasonable prices. The adjacent market has a reasonable selection of food items but no meat or fish and a .limited supply of vegetables and fruit.

The resort tends to nickel and dime you all they can. Internet is 20 euros for a week (but each villa has its own router so you can connect multiple devices), using the lobby computer to print out boarding passes will set you back 6 euros and our electricity charge was about 30 euros and I expect it would be a lot more in the summer when air conditioning would be required.

The beach is a real disappointment. You get there by going about tnree hundred yards down a very shabby alley and although there is about fifty feet of sand away from the beach the fifty feet next to the beach is mostly rocks right up to the water's edge. The beach has a very steep slope into the water and isn't one that would be good for children. The good news, however, is that if you drive a few miles there are a number of very nice beaches.

Not withstanding these little annoyances this is one of the outstanding time share resorts we have stayed at and highly recommend it and .look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Choose one in the center of the resort and on the south side to get the afternoon sun and if you wan...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We were concerned re the reputation this area has of being very British. It was to be true but not of the 'full English' brigade during the last week of October. The reception staff were very good even though we arrived late from a delayed flight just before midnight. The bar 90 miles (named after the distance between Cuba and the USA and run by a Cuban lady who was lovely)was still open on the Saturday night and as she said they closed when the last customer left, we needed a drink!
The unit was in the South of the resort, T18. It is a small one bed house. a little dark and cold but with the air con on it warmed up. The owner had updated the shutters and this meant you couldn't actually open them in the bedroom to let any real light into the room as the Juliet balcony was too narrow to allow the shutters to fold back.
The air con downstairs didn't seem to work but this was ok as the temperature was reasonable. It was often warmer outside than in though.

The unit was well equipped and finished to a high standard. Lots of little extras that you don't normally get from an Interval International exchange.

The unit was cleaned mid week with new sheets etc. towels were provided for both the unit and the pool.

The unit was next to one of the small pools. It would have been nice to have had one of those units as this would have given us a view and possibly more light. I'd avoid T18 if possible for this reason in future but it was ok for one week. The tv had lots of channels including all BBC and sky sports / movies which was good. You do have to pay for electricity at the end of your stay so be careful about keeping the switch for water heating on as this will add up very quickly. We paid about 17 euros for a week, with little usage, as we were out most of the time.

The facilities were good in terms of bars, restaurants and supermarket on site. everything is quite expensive. Don't go for the welcome pack at 29 euros as we did, which was ok as we were delayed and couldn't get to the shops but had we been on time we could easily have bought everything in the welcome pack for half the price from the supermarket, which is where the items all came from anyway plus mark up!!

The resorts sits right on the beach but all the chairs etc were gone due to the time of year and the beach bar and restaurant closed on 1st November, which was a shame but understandable.

You must have a car if you want to stay here. I'd suggest Carrefours or Lidl in Esptepona for shopping for groceries. access to the site is easy if you understand the idea that you must be travelling in the direction towards Marbella rather than Estepona. Find a u turn roundabout and you are ok. The nearest one when travelling from Marbella towards Esteponais after Cancellada sign and is the second road on your left as you turn off that takes you under the coast road and back towards Marbella and doubles as a river in the wet season!

The village, and I use the word carefully, of Cancellada, is the nearest thing to a few bars and restaurants off site. Worth a visit but don't expect much. There is a nice bakery there.

Everyone in the area is nice. all were helpful. I'd visit Ronda if you can. The world's first bull ring is worth a visit. It has an interesting drive up to it as long as you don't mind heights. A good road though. Gibraltar is a short drive away for tax free shopping.

Room Tip: Try to get a unit in the South and one around a small pool or better still facing the sea, if availa...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

we stayed here in August and liked it so much we came again in September. September was quieter and better for couples but August was more lively, and there are more children around then. restaurant was really friendly and the food was great! Cancelada the village across the road had all we needed for eating out if the restaurant was full, and buses are plentiful to Gibaltar/Marbella/Perto Banus -we visited them all -All in all a fantastic holiday-and for a 5 star resort (Macdonald resorts) the price was great too!

Room Tip: higher floors usually have a sun terrace but some have a roof terrace which is very hot!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here the past week. The two good things about this place were the apartment itself - it was spacious and clean and had all you needed. The other positive to the resort were the reception staff who were very helpful.
That's where the good review ends. On our first night we decided to go the resort restaurant as we had had a long day travelling with a 3 yr old. We got seated right by the huge speakers which we later found out was for a lame karaoke night. We couldn't talk as we couldn't hear eachother so my husband asked to be moved. The staff were very snotty and acted put out for inconveniencing them. The guy doing kareoke was irritating as hell.
The place is impossible to find unless you know the area (we didn't)
We also got charged for electricity we used. We were rarely in the apartment but got charged 40 euros for the week. This was a charge we weren't expecting as there is nothing on the website. I would not have booked to stay if I knew that on top of what I had already paid I would be charged for electric.
The apartments are also have time share opportunities something we were not interested in. One day we got a knock on the door it was the sales woman with "fantastic offers" for timeshares asking if I had time to talk. I explained we were going out so she asked how long we would be when I said we would be out most of the day she badgered me to give her a time I was free. When I said I wasn't interested she left only to call the next morning to badger again. Not what you want when your on holiday.
I will not be staying here again, it's too far out, too like an episode of benidorm and overpriced.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Stayed here in June this year and the place was Fantastic, the accomodation was one of the best I have ever stayed in. The Apartments are mostly private owned and are really well appointed, we stayed in a 2 bed apatment and it was more than adequate for our needs. The (north) complex was small and compact but well layed out, the pool area was well layed out and there was always enough sun loungers to go round and the closeness of the bar area to the pool allowed you to relax with a drink while still being able to watch the young one's in the pool.the pool was very clean and there was also a small indoor heated pool if it got too cold for the outdoor one. There is a beach about 5 mins walk but staying by the pool suited us.You need a car if you plan on going out and about. We hired a car at the airport and went out and about in the morning and came back to the pool after lunch. we visited Gibralter and a few of the villages round about the complex. Directions to find the complex were not too clear and we missed turn off twice before we managed to find the right one and the road under motorway was badly pot holed. ther is plenty to do round about if your prepared to drive but otherwise not a lot.There is a supermarket just outside the complex which is a little more expensive but is well stocked and provides fresh rolls in the morning.There is Pizzeria across the road but they do not deliver and it is a good 10 mins walk to get there.All in all we would recommend this accomodation as the apartments are spotless and they have everthing you need in them, the Complex is immaculate and well presented and the pool area is very clean and well laid out.The staff are all very friendly and go the extra mile to ensure that you enjoy your holiday.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

The apartment is very well equipped with all the usual mod cons other than a washing machine but there is a laundry room at Reception that costs €5 per wash and is open until midnight. The resort is beautiful and has a great little supermarket on site - a bit like your local corner shop. The only disappointing bit is the beach, very pebbly and maybe not the cleanest but we have some lovely swimming pools to choose from that have very relaxed attitudes towards inflatables and jumping in - perfect for the children!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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glasgow
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Stayed at the Villacana for one week at the end of July, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment, very spacious, all the necessary utensils in the kitchen, you also have your own roof top terrace with table, chairs and loungers,the courtyard was stunning with very colourful flowers, staff worked continuously to keep the area tidy. Handy supermarket on site, but if you are looking for a bigger supermarket there is one around twenty minutes walk and across the over pass which has everything you should require for self catering, tried a few restaurants in the village across the road which were very good, Itapu was one of them. Local buses are great for getting around and only cost 2 euros each way, half hourly service, reception will supply timetables. We will return to these apartments in the future.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: MacDonald Villacana Resort
Address: Calle Cadiz 165/166, 29680, Estepona, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Estepona
#3 Best Value Hotel in Estepona
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Estepona
#4 Romantic Hotel in Estepona
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Hotel Class:3 star — MacDonald Villacana Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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