I will start this review by stating that when we booked this accommodation, it was in error, we confused where we booked with where we really wanted to go. Having said that we asked several questions of the property owner that indicated we were confused, but these “elements” were missed. As an example we asked if the apartment was ‘near the games room’, no response to that question, probably as there isn’t a games room in the location we booked in error.
We booked an apartment with Gaynor Slater/Winfield (not quite sure which name she uses, mails are in one name and UK bank account in another and her agent tells us that she lives in France) and the transaction itself was painless.
On arrival and having established our error we requested directions to the apartment, we were met at the bottom of the hill – what a hill! The journey up the steep, rutted, pot-holed road was not encouraging, but we eventually arrived, tyres intact, at the furthest corner of the development. The apartment itself was well appointed, a good size, well equipped and furnished; in another location we would have been delighted. The views from the balcony had been described as having”beautiful views over the mountains and sea”. As can be seen from the photos, the mountain is perhaps more of a scrubland hill and the sea views also encompass a non-functioning building site and 4 cranes. After establishing that a 20 minute downhill walk (probably 30 minutes or more uphill) to the nearest shop/bar was not for us, together with being in an estate of abandoned/empty apartments, we spoke with Gaynor Slater/Winfield’s agent to find alternative accommodation, as a pool with no children and no activity was completely the opposite of what we were looking for. We later worked out that the apartments with the sun blinds up were totally empty and with blinds down were owned or abandoned, this put the level of occupancy at about 10%. This is where the reference “It is Legend” comes from - it was as if we were on the set of the film “I am Legend”; abandoned buildings, weed filled balconies, electricity that had been “hot-wired” to buildings, low levels of maintenance and roads that were unfinished.
Duquesa Village is north of the main road that separates the lively part of Marina Duquesa from the many apartments that have been built on the hill, as one agent described them to us “a testament to Spanish greed”. Many of the small houses at the bottom of the hill are for sale and judging by the flat tyres and dust on some of the cars, many of the flats had not been visited for some time. Across the road (the sea side of the road) there are many restaurants, a lively community, the roads are flat and it is possible to walk without worrying about steep unmade roads and you certainly feel safe even when it is dark.
We managed to find an apartment in Marina Duquesa at an additional cost of 1000€ (which evidences how unhappy we were at Duquesa Village), and whilst not as well equipped, not as big and not as comfortable as the apartment in Duquesa Village there was no possibility of us returning to Duquesa Village ever!
As a final insult Gaynor Slater/Winfield deducted a ‘relocation fee’ from our security deposit without either prior advice or an invoice. Our error there was asking Gaynor Slater/Winfield’s agent if he knew anywhere vacant, or any rental agents we could talk to, we certainly did not ask him to work on our behalf. We have yet to receive any response to our many mails and calls.
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- Also Known As:
- Duquesa Village Hotel Manilva
- Duquesa Village Manilva, Costa Del Sol, Spain