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Condo/Apartment -
11 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 24
Malaga, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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VickyyyN
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fabulous Holiday”
Reviewed August 16, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Just returned from a fabulous two week holiday at Padre Aviles with our two young children. The accommodation was even better than I had expected, the apartment was very spacious with a really great kitchen that allowed me to cook proper meals. The setting is gorgeous, very peaceful and the view from the terrace around the pool and our balcony was stunning. The owners are just lovely and very helpful, even rescuing us when our car broke down on the drive back up the hill. We managed to really relax and the kids had a great time in the pool and playing on the climbing frame on the terrace. So lovely to make friends with some of the other families staying there and our children loved saying hello to the cats in the morning. If you stay there and visit Malaga one day make sure you start the day with the delicious croissants at Galopain, a wonderful French run Panaderia near the Marina.

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Liked best: The pool and the view from it
Traveling group: Young Children
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travellin...
mexico city
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“Beautiful location; pity about the dogs”
Reviewed August 3, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Padres Avilles is set in the most gorgeous area. The accommodation is great and really well suited for children. It is very close to Malaga but far enough away to be able to enjoy a very peaceful holiday. The only problem we had was with the dogs. We knew when booking it that there were 3 dogs but when we arrived we found that there are at least 5. The older two dogs are very placid as far as I could see and we had no bother with them, the the black, younger dogs were a different story. All of the dogs roam around the area unrestrained and the three younger dogs tried to get into the accommodation, appeared on the patio every time we tried to sit down and eat and refused to go away. Infact when we did try to shoo them away they began barking and coming closer, it was quite intimidating, especially for a toddler. One night the dogs actually barked continuously outside our accommodation and woke up my child twice. On the last day I went to leave the keys into the main house when we were leaving and the dogs were lying in the sun. As I got close they got up and began barking. They then ran over to growling and knocking into me. I was very unsettled and they only backed off when an employee called them. As I said, the older dogs were no problem but these younger ones were. I think that they either need to be contained to the main house or trained properly, especially as this place targets families.

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Liked best: the setting
Liked least: the dogs
Traveling group: Young Children
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 27, 2014 for a stay in October 2013
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Liked best: Location
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
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Caroline...
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to unwind!”
Reviewed May 19, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We recently stayed at Padre Aviles and had an amazing time.

We travelled with our young son and as the apartments are very child friendly it meant that our little one could toddle around quite freely without us worrying about him hurting himself. The apartments have absolutely everything you could require throughout your holiday including suitable toys for little children.

Although the accommodation is situated a little way away from everything there is lots to see and do nearby. It is a perfect combination.

Claire and her family were so kind and welcoming that we definitely would recommend Padre Aviles to others.

Thank you Claire for a wonderful stay.

Traveling group: Young Children
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Elise H
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic Family Holiday”
Reviewed April 24, 2014 for a stay in August 2013
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My husband and I, and our 2 young boys stayed at Padre Aviles in Aug 2013. We had the most amazing 2 weeks of relaxation, sunshine, fantastic food and good company. Our boys loved the swimming pools, tennis courts, play area, sandpit, chickens, dogs, cats and roaming horses nearby! As well collecting grapes, figs and almonds and generally exploring the landscape - just being boys. There was so much to do a short drive away too, and I was amazed to find real Spain (ie non-speaking English) in the local village too which was so refreshing. This was heaven for all of us. We got to relax (and even read a book) while the boys thrived in the environment. Claire and her family were extremely welcoming. The boys still talk about "Blackie" the cat and the puppies and we loved it so much we came home and booked it again for August 2014. We can't wait to return.

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Liked best: The environment and amenities
Liked least: The mountainous drive - I left that to my husband!
Traveling group: Young Children
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CAITKEN
Edinburgh
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9 reviews
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“A little piece of Heaven found in Andalucia”
Reviewed October 7, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Padre Aviles is a peaceful , idyllic haven nestled in the hills near Malaga. We stayed in the Jasmine apartment which had stunning views down through the almond and olive groves to the glistening Mediterranean . The apartment was very child friendly and safe so our 2 1/2 year old son had a wonderful holiday playing on the bikes and scooters and chute and more importantly splashing around in the very clean and safe toddler pool. If I had to be fussy then maybe some of the internal furniture and decor could be said to be a little tired and in need of a spruce up - however what makes the holiday is the extremely warm welcome of the owners - David and Claire who couldn't do enough to ensure the holiday experience was fabulous. They were very informative and helpful - even organising their physio/masseuse to come to the apartment armed with her massage table - she was amazing! There is lots to do as long as you are prepared to drive everywhere - lots of restaurants, beaches and kid friendly entertainment ( would def recommend The Dolphin Park) . Malaga town is beautiful and worth a visit - full of wonderful tapas bars. I am looking forward to returning to Andalucia and to Padre Aviles . Would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.

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Liked best: The views and warm welcome
Liked least: No wifi in actual apartment - accessed in shared area.
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Liz C
Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Welcome to paradise!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We spent 2 fabulous weeks at Padre Aviles in August - the first time we have ever returned to a summer holiday location we have visited previously. Always keen to explore somewhere new, we just coudn't better what Padre Aviles has to offer. We have 4 children aged 3-10 and finding somewhere that is both relaxing, beautiful, well equipped and offers enough - but not too much - entertainment for the children is a tall order. We stayed in Bougainvillea (head for the apartments near the convent to make the most of the views) which opens (through a gated terrace - important for littlies) straight on to the enormous swimming pool which we shared with the owners' (lovely) children and the apartment upstairs. I would challenge anyone to find a bigger and more perfectly proportioned pool in a self catering house. It is especially fab for families with kids who are both swimmers and non-swimmers - there is a large shallow area (perfect for our 2 younger children to potter around in - they did in fact both learn to swim in it) and then there is a dividing wall which you can jump/dive off into the 3m deep section - perfect for our older 2 who spent 2 weeks retrieving objects from the bottom of the pool. The deep section is 20m long so also ticks the box for the parents who want to do a few lengths every day. The best bit is that the non-swimmers can't just wander out of their depth - genius. This is the first time my husband and I were actually able to relax with kids and the pool. The dividing wall also serves as a great spot for various jousting battles and Harry Potter-esque spell contests. Plus you can pretend you are walking on water. The property has a huge terrace with a range of ride ons/trikes/bikes/scooters, a climbing frame and swings for the kids, plus 2 sensational sky seats hanging from the trees with awesome views over the med. Perfect for a sneaky read of the book and beer while the kids whizz around. The apartments themselves are big and spacious, spotless, comfy and perfectly equipped. Claire and David are fabulous hosts (my kids keep asking when they will come on holiday to our house) - home made cakes on arrival and an absolutely brilliant paella evening on our penultimate night with 2 other groups of returning guests. Their 3 daughters are charming and great fun and our kids loved seeing them again. We returned to Padre Aviles because we wanted to be able to relax properly for once - tough with 4 kids. Well, having done a monster shop at Carrefour the day we arrived, we then didn't leave the property for 9 days. We just didn't need to, the kids were having a great time and we were relaxed for once! Top tip - play your daily tennis match first thing in the morning - it's too hot after about 10.30. We will definitely return!

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Liked best: Views, pool, tennis courts, hosts.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Young Children
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Recommended for:
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