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Mar Azul Resort Estepona
Ranked #18 of 34 Hotels in Estepona
Reviewed April 6, 2011

My wife and I had a really relaxing and refreshing week stay at Mar Azul. The weather was not perfect but was definitely warm and inviting ! With being on the south west side of the pool (which is fantastic) - we had Sun in the terrace from 11:30 all the way to late afternoon. I stayed in Mak's apartment in B block (booked through www.marazulownersdirect.com) and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a relaxing and peaceful holiday. The apartment itself is stunning and has a really large terrace with 2 great sun loungers that we could wheel around to get the best view of the garden, pool and sea. The beach itself is only 1 min from our terrace and it stretches to the left in front of the Kempinski hotel next door and allows access to their gardens and pools. The beach itself is sandy (and wide towards the front left of the hotel) but gets a bit pebbly at the water edge. The resort itself is stunning and the pool is wonderfully designed with lots of features. We did make use of the indoor pool in the early evening and had it to ourselves! I would also recommend visiting the beaches along Estepona - they are beautifully sandy and wide (takes 5 mins in the car and parking was not a problem along the side of the promenade - although we also discovered extensive underground parking).

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2010

While the complex is really beautiful, make sure you don't stay in one of the units close to A-7 which is a 100 km/h four lane road right behind Mar Azul and very very busy. The beaches are a brown-grayish disappointment and there's no beach alongside the complex at high tide. You better hang out at the pool, which is a real lovely place. If you don't travel with kids, thus being immune to their noise, you also rather bring ear plugs as the sound insulation between the apartments isn't all too good. We had the "luck" of being surrounded by families on three sides which wasn't a pleasant experience, to put it mildly.
To end with something positive, we have to say that the staff is extremely friendly and the whole complex is meticulously cared for. It may just not be our cup of tea.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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fredsmith1, Manager at Mar Azul Resort Estepona, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2011

The overwhelimingly favourable reviews of Mar Azul reflects its status as one of the jewels of the Estepona Coast. Like most properties up and down the coast with a beach view iit is near to the coast road. In reality its position and the fact that the apartments face into and away from the road mean that in practice noise is minimal and certainly no different from noise experienced by any other similar properies . In 4 years of dealing with guests none have ever complained about noise from the road

As a popular resort with families it will of course have many families staying there which contributes to the great atmosphere at the resort. However there is also a very responsive reaction from staff and guests towards persons staying who have any issues about noise from other guests. Unfortunately in this case you did not make any complaint to the staff before leaving. Had you done so this would have allowed any issues you may have had to be addressed. Interestingly the couple staying below you in C4 who were a mature couple without their family had no compalints about noise from the families you refer to and are looking to rebook next year.

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Reviewed September 7, 2010

Hi Brian
Just to let you know we have all arrived safely back home and thought that I would just send you an email to say A BIG THANKYOU. We have had a terrific time, your apartment E5 AT MAR AZUL is absolutely beautiful and the Mar Azul was great. We have all thoroughly enjoyed it. The quality of accommodation was fantastic, it was really nice to go somewhere with all the home comforts. We would love to go again and will be in touch with you again to arrange this. Our children loved it, the teenagers were really happy with the Wi-fi and loved being able to take their computers and keep in touch with their friends on facebook on an evening. The staff were really helpful, especially Mimi, Carlos at the Pool Bar and the lifeguard Salomee who really was very nice and helpful, in fact she really entertained our youngest daughter who is only 5 and learning to swin, and would give her floats etc in the pool to help her......Paco was great too, he collected us from the airport and took us back this morning and was really friendly and helpful
The pool area is so well kept and clean, I don't think we have every been anywhere before where the staff pay so much attention to ensure how clean the areas and pool are kept. The pool bar was open every day (in fact it was actually closing today) so it was well timed on our part as we used it every day and found it very convenient for drinks and snacks for us all. Also Maria who runs the Pool Bar we visited her restaurant called LA PAMPA in Estepona and can honestly say the best place we ate whilst being there, the food and service was absolutely outstanding.
Anyway just thought I would send a quick email just to say Thank you. The information you supplied before we got there was very informative and very useful on your web site, www.marazol-resort.com Thank you for all your help. We will be in touch again with you to rebook for definite.
Many Regards
Mr and Mrs D Jackson

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2010

We stayed in E-2 and had a wonderful time. The peaceful and tranquil nature of the pool areas and beach make this an ideal location for relaxation. For those of you that are looking for the party, don't worry, Puerto Banus is only a few minutes away. I would really recommend this resort to anyone. Families were all around, singles as well. The staff was very professional and accommodating. Solome is the best, she can steer you to some of the great restaurants that are a little off of the beaten path.

Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

I have now stayed at Brian's apartment E5 for the past 3 years in a row and I dont usually return to the same destination twice. If you want to get away for a completely relaxing break this is the place to go, my sister and I (on our annual girls holiday) dont even bother to hire a car, we go to the Supermarket at the beginning of the week by taxi to buy drinks and snacks for lunch and then get taxis out for dinner in the evening either to Estepona (5 minutes) or buzzing Porta Banus (20 minutes). Brian's apartment is very luxurious and everthing you could possibly want is supplied including UK TV channels!!! The apartment is right next to the pool (15 feet or so) which means you can pop in and out as much as you like without an inconvenient long walk. This year a pool bar has opened which provides very good food and drink all day. As a guaranteed week of good weather (usually reliable in this part of Spain) and lovely, luxurious accomodation and facilities, I couldnt recommend it highly enough. I will no doubt be back again next year. Thanks Brian!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

This is the second year running we have stayed in Mak's apartment at Mar Azul Resort (see www.marbellaresorts.com) and i have already booked for next year. The kids (2 & 6) absolutely love it. The whole area is so secure and the comfort of having 24hr security guards and CCTV gives total peace of mind. They love to play on the grass in the garden and then run in and out of the pools. There are 2 life guards so we were never worried. Apparently the life guards will be giving swimming lessons from now on which will be great for next time we are there. The apartment is very nice with wonderful views over the pools and the sea. Its such a peaceful place to be and all the staff are very helpful. The grounds are beautifully maintained and everything is so tasteful and classy. Can't wait for next year!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

Stayed at Caroline's apartment c4 in May with daughter and husband.
We had a lovely holiday with no complaints thanks to Caroline's friendly advice and info regarding apartment and surrounding area.
She has thought of everything in terms of making your stay as enjoyable as possible right down to cotton buds, eye make-up removal pads etc. she even supplied 2 soft bathrobes for myself and daughter! the apartment is 100% spotless and the grounds and view from pool are absolutely breathtaking, the whole resort was so peaceful when we stayed there.
Hope to return again at some point.
Thanks again Caroline.
PS. We also used Paco for airport run he is so friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mar Azul Resort Estepona

Address: Apartment E5, Mar Azul, | Next to Kempinski Hotel,, 29680, Estepona, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Estepona
#6 Family Hotel in Estepona
#10 Spa Hotel in Estepona
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Estepona
Price Range: $187 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mar Azul Resort is an exclusive, luxurious and peaceful oasis in a prime South-facing beach-side location next to the Kempinski Hotel Estepona & Laguna Village, with panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. It comprises only 72 privately-owned luxury apartments (some of which are available for rental) & Aparthotel with leisure centre, in a magical setting of tropical gardens, sculptured swimming pools, fountains, waterfalls, and romantic thatched cabanas. The Mar Azul apartments encompass the external charm of traditional rustic Andalusian architecture, yet with every concession to todays' requirements for comfort, convenience, stylish outdoor living, and security. No effort or expense has been spared to provide the ultimate levels of luxury and comfort:- Top of the range air-quality, heat & cool control system throughout the apartment;. Under-floor heating with independent control to every room, including entrance hall & bathrooms. Infinitely adjustable sunken lighting incorporating 'mood-lighting' in lounge & dining area. High quality piped music system throughout the apartment, including bathrooms & terrace. Ultra modern kitchen featuring :- Siemens dishwasher, washing machine & tumble-dryer Stainless-steel fridge, freezer, microwave & cooker. Beautifully sculptured cupboard doors & granite worktops. Convenient marble "hatch" to dining area. Highest quality Travertino Marble on floors, walls and surfaces in both bathrooms, enhanced by:- Bidet in both bathrooms. Hydro-massage shower in a perfectly-matching marble cubicle. Rinsing shower over jacuzzi bath. "His & hers" wash-basins. Vast electrically heated mirrors which never steam-up ! Unfortunately, there's no rushing the ladies out of these bathrooms! For the security conscious, though never yet needed in an emergency, we have :- Video & audio entry system Magnetic key-cards Underground car park with remote-controlled gates Lift from garage Safety deposit box in master bedroom Alarm system and panic alarm button, Peep-hole in front door. These all combines to maximise the feeling of well-being on MARAZUL, enhancing the relaxing and care-free ambiance of this peaceful haven. "Outside living" is what it is all about here at Mar Azul. Vast full-width sliding doors open from both the master bedroom and lounge onto Sun-drenched terraces. Some ground floor apartments have their own gardens provided with dining table and comfortable chairs. This is the perfect place for those alfresco breakfasts in the morning. The perfect place for spreading yourselves out and relaxing during the day. The perfect place for a romantic candle-lit dinner in the evening 'til late. ... more   less 
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Mar Azul Resort Estepona Spain - Costa Del Sol

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