This is a wonderful apartment in a lovely apartment complex. For once, the pictures on the website are accurate - in fact, the apartment was actually even nicer and more spacious than displayed in the photos. The private terrace is wonderful for outdoor dining and relaxation.The apartment complex is very pleasant and relaxing, with magnificently well-kept gardens and beautiful fountains. Each of the 5 swimming pools are clean and beautiful, with plenty of sun loungers, meaning that we never remotely experienced overcrowding. Pool areas were tranquil without much noise, even in the 1st week of September.
The many on-site tennis courts have been newly refurbished and overcrowding was never a problem.
Considering that the complex is in quite a busy area, off a main road, it is unbelievably quiet and relaxing. There is a lovely 10 min walk to a great beach bar overlooking a small but pleasant beach. There are a lot of restaurants etc around in the immediate vicinity. The Spanish restaurant directly across the main road serves very good seafood. The main road is busy, and even to cross over to go to nearby restaurants / supermarkets etc, one has to drive a bit to the nearest offramp to get to change direction. A bit annoying, but a relatively minor issue to stay in such a lovely resort.
For 2 lovely evenings out, we drove the 6km into the mountain village of Benahaven - great views, a multitude of restaurants etc. The 2 we tried were the 2 recommended in the apartment's guide book, and food was excellent and good value for money on both occasions (huge portions of all food and excellent seafood). Paella is very good at most places.
A day trip to Ronda, high up in the mountains; about an hour's drive away was well worth doing - lots of character and lovely views.
We also enjoyed a trip to Gibraltar for the day - worth parking a short distance outside the passport control area, and walking in. Signposting to Gibraltar is non-existent until one is almost right there - the Spanish don't seem to want to acknowledge this little crown colony until they have to! Once inside, good buses and taxi service - avoid getting ripped off by those offering expensive tours of the Rock; the official cable-car trip up is more than adequate and better value. Be warned, if planning to walk part of the way down from the Rock, water and good walking shoes essential. (walks are not very well sign-posted). The monkeys on the Rock are really a delight and the views are spectacular.
Other good trips are Estopona - lovely town; harbour area has a very atmospheric market on Sundays - park for free near the harbour - very busy though.
Marbella is worth a visit, although very commercialised. Beaches look better there than nearer to the apartment complex - we didn't use the beaches at all as the pool areas were so much more pleasant.
Overall, a really delightful holiday - we would definitely return.
Booking system etc extremely efficient, with good directions etc, + arrival instructions.