Before you even arrive the service you receive from Brian the owner is fantastic. You get an infomation pack telling you everything you need to know.
The complex is in a fabulous location within walking distance of the major attractions that Benalmadena has to offer. Down the hill you are 5 minutes from the tourist information office and the main bus stop and 10 minutes from the marina. Up the hill you are a 10 minute walk from the start of Arroyo de la Miel and 25 minutes from the train station.
The complex itself is well maintained, with nice gardens and the pool is clean and great for swimming.
The apartment is on the first floor with side sea views from the spacious balcony. The lounge is very comfortable and has modern furniture, not the pine you find in so many holiday homes. The kitchen is fantastic, small but everything you need is there. There were nice touches, Karen the cleaner had left us some tea bags, sugar, oil, salt, washing up liquid etc to get us started. We in turn left things for the people coming in after us. The only thing that would have been even more perfect would have been if there was some water there we could have used to make a cup of tea, however its a tiny tiny thing.
There are 2 nice bedrooms, the master bedroom is the better of the 2 but the second bedroom is more than adequate. Plenty of space to put clothes and lots of hangers in the wardrobes. The shower pressure is brilliant and there is plenty of hot water and loads of bedding and towels. There is a safe, sun loungers and a cool box, with ice packs in the freezer.
In the cupboard in the lounge we found books and a couple of card games to keep us occupied. The TV works really well, we only switched it on the last day because I sprained my ankle and couldn't move. There is an airer on the balcony and shutters on all the windows so you can get a good nights sleep. The whole place is spotlessly clean.
Benalmadena itself is in a brilliant position to see the rest of the coast. In our fortnight we took a trip to Gibraltar, went to Nerja and Frigliana, visited the market in Torremolinos, went to Benalmadena Pueblo and went to Malaga for the day.
In Benalmadena itself we visited the Sea Life centre and went up the cable car to the top of the mountain to watch the birds of prey show. In the evenings we ate out most night and ate in a couple as the cooking facilities are so good. We also went to a brilliant flamenco show in Avenida Gamonal and saw the horses as Ritmo de Caballo. Paloma Park is absolutely beautiful and we had a wonderful time looking for rabbits, watching the birds, turtles and other animals just wandering about in their natural habitat.
If you get the 112 or 121 bus from the bus stop it takes you right through the centre of Benalmadena, past the park and up to Arroyo de La Miel, which saves loads of walking. If you buy a card at the kiosk, the journeys only cost 1.07 a time instead of 1.65. We saved a fortune.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday and can't wait to go back to stay in Don Joaquin.
Read the reviews before I booked. We weren't disapointed. The apartment catered for all our needs. Pool nice to,..quite and ideal for relaxing,Shops nearby and 10-15 walk to the beach promenade. Marina defenitly worth a visit. More than enough restaurants nearby to cater for everyone. We had a brilliant time and would not hesitate in booking the apartment again. Although may struggle in the future with all the good reviews !!
The apartment was perfect for the our 8 day holiday. It was spacious, had everything you needed and was very clean. Brian the owner was extremely helpful throughout the booking the process
The 2 wheeled shopping trolleys where very handy when shopping. We shopped at Lidl which was very reasonable and had everything you needed (it's down the hill to the main road, turn left and about 500 metres down the road)
There were lots of things to see and do in Benalmadena for our 4 year old daughter in particular Paloma Park. We would also recommend a walk to Arroyo (about a 25 minute walk), which was a local Spanish town where you could get a cable car up the nearby mountain, the views were amazing were amazing!
We stayed in Brian and Frances's apartment for seven weeks in Jan/Feb. It is on 1st floor of a very well maintained complex. The apartment is very spacious and very comfortable. The kitchen was very well equipped with dishwasher, washing machine and oven. The English tv and wi fi were appreciated, as we were away for a long period, we could keep in touch with family through the internet. The main bedroom was large and light and the king size bed very comfortable. As we drove to Spain, it was good to have private parking in the complex.
The balcony didn't get much sun this time of year, but we could see the sea in a couple of spots and loved watching the sunrise.
You are about 10 minutes walk to Lidl, downhill. We didn't find the walk back uphill too bad at all. The Marina (a lovely place) is also within 10 minutes walk. Arroyo is a 20 minute walk and you can also walk to the train station 'El Pinillo' in 20 minutes. Buses are plentiful a 5 minute walk away and very cheap. All in all the apartment is situated in a great location. We have visited Benalmadena 4 times now and love it. There are so many places to visit, lovely walks and so many restaurants to choose from, all reasonably priced. Brian responded very quickly to all my emails and everything went very smoothly. We had a fantastic time, so much so that we are returning again next year. Can't wait!
My wife and I stayed in the apartment over the Christmas holiday. Everything was spotlessly clean and prepared for our arrival. The apartment benefits from heating during the cooler months but, due to being a little dense, I couldn't fathom it. Rather than risk freezing I was obliged to email Brian the owner on Christmas Day for help and he replied instantly to ensure we soon warmed up again. Great tv package that includes sports and movies so, if the weather should be a little inclement [it was great for us] you shouldn't get too bored. 5/10 minute walk to the Marina and excellent Chinese [China Fu] at the end of the street. Overall, highly recommended in every way.
Just returned home from a 2 week stay at this apartment, our second time of staying here and just like the first time it was fab. Again the booking process was easy with quick email responses from Brian. He answered all our queries and was very helpful when we thought we might have to cancel our stay. However thankfully we didn't and we got to spend 2 glorious weeks in don
joaquin. The apartment is clean, home from home with everything you'd need for a self catering holiday. Plenty of towels to use, utensils for cooking decent meals and shopping trolleysite to help bring the shopping back up the long hill! To anyone considering booking this apartment go for it you won't be disappointed, I think all the reviews show what an excellent place this is. We love it here and hope to be back soon. As for the area itself it's a beautiful and friendly town with lots to do and also lots to explore further a field like Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Malaga and Mijas. Thanks Brian!
Stayed for a week at Brian's apartment & was just sorry we hadn't booked for longer. Apartment is like home from home and has everything you require, it's clean & spacious and so close to everything 10/15 minutes max to Marina, Beach, Water Parks. Plenty of places to eat close by or walking down to Marina. Lidl is about 10 minutes away and Brian has provided a pull along shopping bag that is a godsend for the trip. The complex in very well maintained and everyone was very friendly. I would recommend this apartment and would return. Brian is a great help and responds quickly to correspondence. Everything ran smoothly, from us receiving keys to deposit being returned. We really enjoyed our stay...many thanks Brian
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