We stayed at Club Calahonda for the first 2 weeks in October 2011 in a 2-bedroom apartment. Although the apartment standard was quite good, we really didn’t like the area it was in.
The apartment was well equipped and furnished and quite clean. Everything worked apart from one very small shower which had a badly broken door which the management didn’t seem bothered about fixing despite being repeatedly asked. One potential problem during the summer would be the lack of air-conditioning, which we understand is the norm in most other equivalent residences. To be fair the ceiling fans worked well in October, but in our experience they wouldn’t be enough in the peak season. Additionally, the site has obviously had a security problem; there were many security advice notices and leaflets left in the apartment; the site entrance is via coded gates (which some people continually left open!). There was a safe in our apartment, for which we were surprised at having to pay in the light of this!
The site is also good with two swimming pools - one heated, the other unheated. There were plenty of sun beds around - but not enough with a “sit-up back” for our liking! The grounds are well kept and the Palm Tree restaurant provided a reasonable selection of meals at a fair (= non rip-off) price. There are also two supermarkets and other restaurants within walking distance.
The location is NOT exactly where shown on the Tripadviser map - the “star” shown points to Club Marbella - Club Calahonda is closer to the sea between Urbanizacion Jarales de Alhamar, Calle del Conde de Jordania and Av de Espagne. The whole of the coastal strip is just now one long suburb, virtually continuous from what we can make out west from Malaga. We found that there was no real centre nearby, or anywhere nice for a walk after dinner in the evening. The coastal road - now a continuously day and night roaring dual carriageway - separates the area around Club Calahonda from the sea. The nearest reasonable beach is several km west by car/bus.
Club Calahonda is OK if you want to either stay in the grounds and relax, or use it as a base for visiting places (Granada, Gib + many others). However, it is not suitable if you want somewhere within walking distance of a decent beach with some local flavour without having to negotiate continual traffic.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Calahonda Crown Hotel Mijas
- Hotel Calahonda Crown
- Crown Resorts Club Calahonda Spain/Mijas, Costa Del Sol