Me and my girlfriend had a week off last September and went to the Holiday Village, she wanted to go partly because she has family in Mijas and partly because as a First Choice employee we could have it really cheap.
We were pretty impressed with the place to be honest, the room was brilliant, massive for a couple to stay in, well equipped too with a great view down to the pool and out to sea. The staff were really friendly, even late at night as were the reps. We didn't try the entertainment as we were only Self Catering so went out every night, plus with us both working in a holiday resort we've pretty much seen it all before, but others told us it was OK if you had kids with you. We didn't eat in the ...
restaurant but the queues for the buffet that we saw, and the queue to get served at the AI bars would put me off, we were amused to see various arguments breaking out at the bar as the AI deadline approached. One thing I will say if you're SC is that the shop in the hotel is useless and VERY expensive, they charge about 3-4 Euro for a tin of beans or a bottle of milk, best idea is to get on the bus to Benalmadena from outside the hotel.Read More
Entry to the rooms is via swipe card so is very secure, there's various lifts and staircases for getting up and down. We had the cleaners in daily with fresh towels and sheets, the bedroom consisted of 2 double beds pushed together, absolutely huge, good wardrobe space, digital safe, the kitchen has a microwave, decent hob, fridge, loads of utensils. The bathroom...well what can I say, it was like an apartment on it's own, large marble counter with 2 deep bowl hand basins in front of a wall sized mirror, full size bath with shower attachment and curtain as well as a separate standalone shower cubicle big enough for 2 people! The living area consisted of a sofa bed in front of a coffee table and TV with a few channels to keep you occupied, full sized dining table with 4 chairs, more wardrobe space and various cabinets ,both the living and bed rooms lead out to a massive balcony with furniture for 4, the way the hotel is built means no balconies are overlooked from either direction so it was very private and secluded. We faced the pool and were up on a high floor so we had a lovely view right across the pool, the main hotel, the beach club, out to sea and along the coast to Fuengirola, lovely to sit out there early evenings.
The pool area was really good in September but I'd hate to have been there peak season as there's not a lot of room around the beds, especially when you consider the hotel must hold a good 1000 people. The wooden banisters into the pools were slippery, the steps were VERY slippery and unmarked, the rocks in and around the pool areas are literally razor sharp and the wave pool is a complete minefield of sharp and slippery surfaces.
If we ever go back to the Costa del Sol we'll stay here again not AI, the queues really did look huge and the menu in the lunchtime snack bars looked pretty poor. We'd probably use this hotel purely due to the standard of the rooms and the security of the place more than the facilities.