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Mar Azul Resort Estepona
Ranked #18 of 35 Hotels in Estepona
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1 review
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“Absolutely Brilliant”
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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Arlington, Virginia
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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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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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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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2010

We stayed in Caroline's apartment C4 for 2 weeks with our two children (aged 3.5 and 11 months).

From our initial contact, Caroline could not have been more helpful. She gave us full details of the apartment and its amenities, answered every question and was proactive in contacting us over the volcano issue!

The apartment is spacious and very comfortable. By far the nicest apartment we have rented in this way (ie through holiday lettings type sites). For the children, there were some toys, a toddler table, ikea plastic tableware,a mixer, books, dvds, a travel cot - their own bathroom!!! For the parents there was more crockery and glassware than at home, a dishwasher, a comfortable bed and .. their own bathroom!

There is high tech moodlighting etc etc, but that is not what makes or breaks it. It is simply a luxury apartment.

The pool area is amazing, with lovely shallow areas for the kids to play in and my son especially liked the 'secret houses' and bridges.

The staff were very friendly and efficient. In the complex, there is nothing lacking.

I would certainly recommend this holiday but with a couple of points to note for families with young children:

the pool bar was not operating so there is no catering on site;
the beach is not great, you need to drive into estepona for a child friendly beach; and,
there are not many facilities in walking distance for a young family.

Estepona itself has amazing playgrounds on the promenade, there are some very good restuarants and the town is unquestionably spanish - refreshing we found!

The Kempinski is within walking distance from the apartment and has a small play area for children and a spa and lovely restaurant if you are happy to use a babysitter (why ruin the 5* environment with the kids?!)

Many thanks to Caroline - and I hope anyone going has as happy a holiday as we did!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Brian50, Owner at Mar Azul Resort Estepona, responded to this review, July 6, 2010
BRIAN COLLING, owner of apartment E5, responds (helpfully hopefully) :-
The MAR AZUL-Resort has two cafe-bars. One is located right by the side of our main swimming pool overlooking the Sea, and the other is within our reception area lounge. Both offer good value drinks, light meals, and a special menu take-out facility. BUT, being a relatively small holiday resort, it is simply not economical for our community to open these out of peak times. Our peak times are normally from mid / end June through to mid / late September. During these & other months our owners & guests can wine & dine locally in various cafes & restaurants in the Laguna Village (8 minutes walk away) or within a choice of bars & restaurants in the very nearby Kempinski Hotel (4 minutes walk away). Less up-market options would include "Cruisos" beach-bar (8 minutes walk along the beach) and "The Garden & BBQ Bar" (just 2 minutes walk away)
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

We stayed at The Mar Azul Estepona in Apartment E5 which is owned and managed by Brian Colling from June 19 to June 27 2010. He arranged for a taxi to meet us at Malaga Airport and return us after our holiday with his special driver, Paco, who was so helpful
The setting and view from this apartment is lovely and the pool is kept absolutely spotless and the gardens are constantly tended. The apartment is so modern and totally well equipped. There is absolutely nothing we required that was not available, Brian has thought of everything. The kitchen has all the latest equipment and everything worked. Excellent glassware ,cutlery and crockery. Bathrooms were an absolute joy to use, Large spacious and beautiful. The large sitting room has a 42” TV with Sky .
The briefing that Brian presented prior to our departure was amazing in its detail and meant that anything we were not sure of initially was fully explained in his brief. His attention to detail and his professional approach to managing the apartment is to be highly commended. He even rang us the day before departure and the day after our return to make sure everything was satisfactory. How is that customer relations!
We will certainly be back.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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