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“Two glorious weeks at Club la Costa”

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CLC San Diego Suites
Ranked #4 of 28 Hotels in Mijas
Certificate of Excellence
Dundee, Scotland
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“Two glorious weeks at Club la Costa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We have been members of CLC for 10 years and have just returned from two fabulous weeks (19 Jan - 2 Feb) in a 2 bedroom apartment at Santa Cruz Suites, California Beach Resort. We had a nice welcome at reception and check-in was very smooth as usual. Our apartment was close to reception but the porters carried our bags for us. The apartment was lovely and well equipped. We had a west facing balcony and a large north facing terrace (with jacuzzi).

Our holiday tends to always be in January because we don't like the weather too hot and we enjoy relaxing in the peace and quiet of the resort. We weren't let down - the first week the weather was a bit mixed but the second week was glorious and temps reached 24 degrees.

We ate at Safari restaurant a couple of times and the food and service were excellent; but also found a great little restaurant called Silks, up the hill and into the urbanisation of El Faro; this was run by an English couple and the menu was varied with something for everyone. We also enjoyed takeaway pizza from Safari. We spent most evenings at Sunset Bar where we thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment especially the Movie Night with Michelle Jane; the black jack night with Gary from Team Marina, and of course Jason Oliver and Nuria Lima. The guests were not many in number but we all had a great time.

This is our eighth visit to California Beach, our favourite resort, but we didn't hire a car this time, we either walked (to Fuengirola and La Cala) or caught the local bus to Riviera del Sol, Marbella (2.90 Euros) and La Cala (1.50 Euros). When we arrived at the airport we used the train to Fuengirola (2.60 Euros each) and then taxi to CLC (12 Euros).

A restaurant worth a visit is La Plaza (Italian) at Riviera del Sol where the food is awesome and they usually have live entertainment which is excellent. Another place worth a visit is Legends Bar in La Cala where you'll see some great shows - we've seen a Rod Stewart tribute act there and this time we were lucky to catch The Rat Pack - superb! Legends is run by Paul and Andrea and they are fabulous hosts. A good wee bar in La Cala for a nice reasonably priced meal is Harvey's Toucan Bar run by Stuart and Jenny.

We had a good walk in to Fuengirola to the market (Tuesday) and the Zoo (right in the centre of town but definitely worth a visit); a great place for a snack is Cafe Rody where you can have churros y chocolat for a couple of Euros and they are mouthwatering. We also managed a visit to the Castillo Sohail this time and the views from there were breathtaking, there isn't much to actually see in the castle but entry is only 3 Euros but there is lots to see from the battlements.

For the first time we used the sauna in the San Diego Suites gym and this was really nice; I also booked a neck, shoulder & back massage which I really enjoyed and was amazed at the price for half hour session of 20 Euros! Thank you Solange!

All in all another fabulous holiday at Club la Costa, staff were very attentive and cleanliness was to a very high standard; we look forward to our next trip in 2014!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

San Diego Suites is in my opinion "one of the greatest relaxation experiences ever" With fabulous accommodation and a fabulous family pool, San Diego suites offers a unlike and unforgettable experience, with many top restaurants on site. I would personally recommend Safari, the service is great and the food is in another world, I would defiantly recommend Paella to share! San Diego suites have many on site facilities including a shop, gym and great evening entertainment. The resort is next to a beech; however I would not recommend swimming there as there are many jelly fish which do sting.
There is also a lady which talks about skin care, protecting you in the sun, she is very friendly and is well worth the visit.
All in all San Diego Suites is a Resort beyond 5 stars, with great accommodation and food; it is the ideal family and romantic place to visit!

Room Tip: Rooms over looking the pool are great, if you have children and need to keep an eye on them.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Myself and my Fiancee have visited this resort twice in the past 4 years and on both occasions we have had a great time. The suite we had was the premier plus suite which included the Jakuzzi which was cleaned and checked each day. The suite was also right next to the swimming pool which was very convinient. The hard area outside of the large pateo doors was a large size and was surrounded by a hedge which gave us some privacy. The suite itself was of a great quality. The suite was very clean and had a "high quality" finish, with marble floors and a large double bed, all of the cooking equipment you could need. The suite also came with a safe which was very useful for documents etc. The suite also had a very good air con system which was great after takeing a walk along the coast line. The furniture was clean and tidy and in good condition, overall very impressed.

The resteraunts on the complex were all very nice, but the safari resort stood out by far. The resteraunt was clean, tidy and the staff all spoke english very well and provided a good friendly service. The price of the food and drinks were high but this is to be expected as it is an "in resort" resteraunt. We eat here almost each day and never had a bad experience. We also visited zackarys on one occasion and found the food to be nice, but the service was lacking a little, but they were still friendly.

One thing which we did find slightly negative was the prices in the resort shop which were high, but this again is to be expected due to its location.

Overall from start to finish we had an amazing time on both occasions, if you have a chance to go, then go and enjoy, you wont regret it.

Room Tip: Take the train which takes you around the resort, it will save you a lot of time and effort.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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wrexham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Once again we had a relaxing time at San Diego Suites.....but not straight away !
When we arrived we were put into an unsatisfactory room....this was eventually solved.So no more needs to be said on the subject.
We did ,once again,attend the freebie breakfast/sales patter meeting.And once again we bought more points.But,we bought the points because it was right for us not because of pressure from C.L.C sales staff.We can't understand why people complain and whine so much about the sales pitch etc....you are afterall adults and can simply say NO and walk away when ever you want to.
Once again,the room we stayed in had everything you need for a nice relaxing week or two in the Spanish sun.There is nothing really that you need that isn't in the room.Even if something was amiss then C.L.C would arrange it without any hassle...just ask them.
The resort is always clean and tidy and even though we went in the peek summer weeks there was still plenty of loungers and space around the pools.
The staff ,as usual, were always pleasant to who ever they spoke to.This is the same with all staff,from reception to gardeners.
We always have a great time in San Diego Suites and would fully recommend the resort to anyone.

Room Tip: Ask for a pool view.You get stunning scenery but still not too much noise.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed at Malibu Mansions as part of San Diego Suites and all members of my family felt very well. I was on vacation with husband and two little kids, one of them even baby plus some more friends and family. The baby cot was not very well cleaned on one side. The appartment was fully equiped. Once a week cleaned. We had a jacuzzi on the teracce but the water was not enough warmed. Everything else was great. The appartment was even luxtury and confortable - two bedrooms, kithen and big teracce on wich we prepared breakfast every morning and eat watching the sea and the town infront us. Amazing view! The place is quiet and clean. Big tv screen, parking space. There are nice resturants in the area of Club la Costa. Internet is not available in the appartments only in the lobby at the reception wich was a little dissapointing. Altough I like it and I would love to go again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Hawkinge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

We had a wonderful week here staying in a two bedroom apartment. There was a full kitchen, large living/dining area and huge dining terrace with a private jacuzzi. It was everything you could want. The swimming pools were extremely nice and there were plenty of loungers and umbrellas. i dont think I've been to a more peaceful swimming pool in a lot of years. And there was no towel reserving nonsense going on. We know this area very well and we mixed self catering with eating out and visiting the market in Fuengirola and down to Marbella. We always have a car and I would always recommend one. The landscaping is especially good here. Some things can be improved: we had to attend a sales presentation and what should have been breakfast and 90 minutes turned into a 6 hour gruelling session. Not pleasant and it took a day of our holiday. It was also followed up by a call and a visit to the apartment which we didnt particularly appreciate. There is no wireless in any of the apartments. You have to go to the pool or the reception to access the free wifi service. This is not acceptable at this level of accommodation and there is just no excuse for it - its so easy to install.
Other than that, can't recommend the place highly enough and would love to return. I would take a very strong line on future presentations though.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ClubLaCostaWorld, Guest Relations Manager at CLC San Diego Suites, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post a review, and we are pleased that you had a wonderful week’s holiday. We believe that at our presentation we are talking about an important investment in holidays for people and their families, and it would be wrong to compress the information needed to make an informed decision into too short a time. We do ask people for a minimum of 90 minutes of their time and find that once we have used that time to introduce ourselves many are happy to hear and see more. We make our presentation as interesting and enjoyable as it can be, using state-of-the-art multi-media presentation tools and a guided tour of the resort. It is important to get to know our clients and the sort of holidays they enjoy and what they would enjoy in the future so we can identify a product that would best suit their needs, and we recognise that this can take time. However, we should stress that no-one is under any obligation to purchase or join anything and if people decide that our holidays are not for them, then they can of course leave at any time. We are pleased that you feel able to recommend our resort and hope that you will enjoy future stays with us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

We've been fully members of Club La Costa since 2009 and never felt that the Sales Team were pressuring us since our trial week. All of the 3 sales staff that handled us in Fuengirola and Tenerife were excellent sales team. I should know as I used to managed a National Sales Team for a Pharmaceutical Company in Asia and understood the way marketing and sales work.

We stayed at the Santa Cruz Suites for a week as part of our signing up as full members and I can only sing praises for the hotel staff as well as the marketing staff. The room we had had the full specs - jacuzzi, bubble bath, fully fitted kitchen and the quality of fittings and furniture were top notch. The pool nearby was perfect for our 7-year old son who loved playing with other guests children and has really enjoyed his time around the pool. The ambience and atmosphere of the place was screaming of quality - we've been to Spain four times in the last 3 years and by far, this is the best we had with Club La Costa. I can't fault it. Highly recommended.

We drove from England to Fuengirola with our new car as we know the place before. You'll better off with a car/rental car so you can experience the sights more and have your time to enjoy the area.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: CLC San Diego Suites
Address: Carretera Cadiz km 206, 29649, Mijas, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Mijas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 28 Hotels in Mijas
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ISO 9001:2008 Certified by BSI (Resort Management services) ... more   less 
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San Diego Suites/California Beach Hotel Mijas
CLC San Diego Suites Spain/Mijas, Costa Del Sol

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