Last winter my family invited me to come stay with them in the Marriott Plaza Andaluza, a vacation club resort in Spain.
Besides its location, what I loved most about it was the inclusive property details and furnishings. This is the sort of resort that caters to the large family on vacation as much as they cater to the romantic couples. There are many white hill towns to see and coastal areas to explore, this location worked perfectly for sight-seeing in Southern Spain.
There are multiple outdoor pools of differing sizes and styles. One we walked by was clearly meant for watching over the little ones, while another was set back from the beach front and overflowing with beach chairs pointing directly into the sunlight, perfect for sunbathing.
We stayed in a three-bedroom upstairs apartment as we were three couples. It was perfect because the living area was pleasantly large and open, and each bedroom had its own bathroom.
This Marriott property is a timeshare that has over 200 apartments that can accommodate 6-8 guests each. It is a great alternative to a traditional hotel since you can either eat at their Restaurant Solera or cook in (I still think about the Belgian roast chicken we had!).
They have activities for all levels, including a game room for kids and outdoor chess for dad. They have a large indoor pool, sauna and spa besides a small fitness center which had about a dozen cardio machines and a series of weight machines. With all of that and direct access to the calm Mediterranean there is something for everyone to enjoy.
They offer free Wi-Fi and we used our iPhones to get our internet fix every morning while we had coffee outside at their beach bar. It was relaxing and we met lots of Brits doing the same thing. The property also has a small store that sells everything you forgot to pack, plus small food items. However more importantly is that they make fresh baguettes everyday there and since the store is right off the lobby – OMG that heavenly smell!
Another benefit to staying here is that you are just a short driving distance to Marbella, a beautiful Spanish resort town. Marbella went from a fishing village to a popular hot-spot starting in the 1940s as hotels began lining this stretch of the Mediterranean.
Ctra de Cadiz, KM 168
Malaga – Costa del Sol – Spain
Phone: +34 952 88 9230
Photos by Sharon Castellanos and Marriott