Spain is bursting with passion, rich culture and heart-warming locals ready to welcome you with open-arms. Boasting golden sandy beaches, exquisite cuisine and a hot summer climate it takes its rightful place amongst Europe’s premier holiday destinations. Flights last less than 3 hours from most UK International airports meaning your taste of the good life is closer than you think.
The Costa Del Sol provides the ideal holiday destination whether you’re travelling as a couple, family or group there truly is something for everyone. From the glitz and glamour of Marbella to the traditional family-orientated Estepona and Fuengirola there are a whole host of memories to be made. Nicknamed the Costa Del Golf, this gorgeous region plays host to more than 60 golf-courses with many staging major European tournaments over the years. Culture is an integral part of Spanish life with the Musee Picasso housing works by perhaps the regions most famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Enter the Caves of Nerja to explore the International Dance & Music festival in July whilst the architecturally impressive Malaga Cathedral and El Tajo de Ronda are must-see sights. Taste the exploits of the Costa Del Sol with a Tapas lunch or paella and sample the wonderful flavours of the Mediterranean with Chiringuitos, Malaga fried seafood.
This sun-soaked coastline is home to numerous award-winning timeshare resorts offering a superior holiday experience to remember. Below we have selected 5 Interval International Premier Resorts which also collected TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2015, bar one, for you to explore:
First up on the Costa Del Sol are the golden sands of the famous Nikki Beach and Marriott’s flagship European resort the Marriott Marbella Beach Resort. An eclectic mix of stylish 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments feature with gorgeous views of the Mediterranean from their private balconies, well-appointed kitchens and elegant living rooms. Cool off from the warm embrace of the sunshine with a dip in one of the four swimming pools and steam away the strain within the rejuvenating sauna. Work-out at the state-of-the-art fitness centre or challenge each other to games of tennis whilst the kids have a whale of a time at Pepe’s Kids Club. Dining at Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort offers a wonderful selection of cocktails and tapas at the Chill Bar and Charlie’s Restrobar & Grill. The best views of all are reserved for diners at the El Med restaurant who can ponder the sweeping sea views along with an exquisite menu.
Settled in Estepona close to the glamorous marina of Puerto Banus is another Marriott resort, this time the Marriott Playa Andaluza. A gorgeous collection of 2 & 3-bedroom apartments decorated in warm, pastel colours boast full-kitchens and beautiful lounges as well as stunning sea & garden views from their private balconies. Indulge your senses at the soothing Eglee Spa to feel rejuvenated and ready to soak away in the beach-view swimming pool & whirlpool! The kids can cause a splash, tear around in the adventure playground and enjoy entertaining games at the 9-hole mini golf-course as you soak up the sunshine poolside. Settle down to a delectable menu at the Solera Restaurant for a sensational selection of mouth-watering dishes to savour.
Surrounded by two 18-hole Championship standard golf-courses on the gorgeous Balearic Island of Majorca is Marriott’s Son Antem. A wonderful choice of 2 & 3-bedroom villas boasting sweeping views of the golf-courses are available. Each accommodation is beautifully decorated with open-plan lounge and kitchen that is complimented by a built-in BBQ on the terrace with generous views of the golf-courses. The aforementioned East & West golf-courses tee up golfers for an excellent holiday in the sunshine with a driving range and putting green to practice on beforehand too. Guests looking for moments of idyllic relaxation must visit the Son Antem Spa for an eclectic mix of treatments whilst the kids are kept amused at Pepe’s Kids Club. Marriott’s Son Antem features a connected indoor/outdoor swimming pool affording the best of both worlds when it comes to a cooling swim. Fine dining is to be indulged upon at La Terrassa restaurant mixing sublime views of the fairways with a delicious array of International cuisine.
On the East side of Spain’s South Coast in the Mar Menor in Murcia is a sports lovers paradise at the La Quinta La Manga resort. Stylish, air-conditioned 2 & 3-bedroom villas featuring patios, well-appointed kitchens and comfortable lounges create the perfect self-catered holiday home. Boasting some of the best sporting facilities on the Costa Del Sol La Quinta La Manga offers fantastic all-weather cricket facilities and 28 tennis courts! The world famous football centre counts Chelsea and Real Madrid amongst previous visitors whilst keen golfers will love the 2 International standard golf-courses regularly frequented by pros. Enjoy a slower pace with holistic treatments at the Health & Beauty Spa or soak up the sunshine alongside the spacious swimming pool complete with refreshing cocktail bar.
Situated between the glamour of Marbella and the buzzing cosmopolitan town of Fuengirola on the golden beaches of Elviria is the RCI Gold Crown Alanda Club. The beautiful Studio – 3-bedroom apartments are designed in two distinct decors, modern & minimalist or traditional Andalusian, coming fitted with well-appointed kitchens and lounges. Relax into the laid-back environment of the Alanda Club with afternoons by the poolside or refresh your senses in the sauna & jacuzzi. Take to the squash courts or work-up a sweat in the fully-equipped gym whilst the kids make new friends at the Alandito Kids Club. La Despensa de Alanda is a first-class restaurant serving an appetising menu of dishes from all around the Mediterranean for you to sample.