Just back from a 1 week stay in unit C2/2 of the Delta Mar resort (Crown resort property). This was an RCI exchange, booked to allow us to use some Delta FF miles to fly to Europe over my wife's spring break.
Since it is the low season the check-in at this resort was not currently staffed (RCI had warned us of that), and when we arrived (at 23:30) we were met with a darkened building, but also with a sign that clearly indicated we should push a button/buzzer for reception. A cheerful voice answered immediately, and a car was dispatched to lead us to the main desk check-in a couple of km away, arriving in a few minutes.
Check-in was flawless, and they were very willing to help us arrange a unit with a sea view (one of my wife's only requirements). Staff was very accommodating and spoke excellent English. In short order someone was leading us back to the resort to open up the unit for us.
Our unit was a smallish kitchen (apt sized fridge and stove/oven, microwave/toaster over, coffee maker, electric teapot, regular toaster, clothes washer, and all the necessary pots/pans and dishware/glassware/silverware you might need for 6), dining area with table and chairs and a buffet, living room with sleeper sofa, loveseat, TV and (non-functioning) fireplace, large balcony with table and chairs, master bedroom with queen sized bed, 2nd bedroom with 2 twins, and a large bathroom with sink, shower/tub, toilet and bidet. It overlooked the gardens/pool area and had tile floors and stucco walls in good repair. Once daylight broke we could see the Med in the distance (about 1 km) from the balcony and master bedroom window (making my wife very happy). Parking on the street was adequate and available right out front every day of our stay. There were no elevators for the building (4 stories) so be forewarned about toting luggage up the stairs. There is also no central heat or A/C. However, there was a portable heater that was more than adequate, and with the sea breezes I imagine it would be OK if you leave the windows open when it is warm (unless you like to keep the temp below 65F) We only needed the heater the first night since the unit had been closed up with the curtains drawn all day prior to our arrival.
The grounds were very nice, lots of plantings and green space, with a pool right outside our unit and one further down the hill that was heated. We didn't make use of the pool, but did stroll the grounds, and walked to the beach (reached by using an underpass to cross the A-7 out front of the compound)
About 1/3 km away was a small shopping complex with a few bars/restaurants, a video rental shop, and a mini-mall (opens at 9 am -- closes about 8 pm) that included a large grocery store downstairs , some gift shops, a bank, and a travel agency. On the corner was a good sized mini-mart open until about 1 am nightly.
The resort was a convenient place to use as a base for day trips and we went to Malaga, Granada/Alhambra, Gibraltar, Cadiz/Jerez, Ronda, and Tangier (Morocco) over the week we were there (each day trip was a 1 to 3 hours drive each way) We did go to the Flamenco show in the main resort one night which was OK but not as elaborate as you would see in Madrid or Sevilla (but it was free...) Dinner at the show was good, with an excellent paella. On the approach to the main check-in there are lots of restaurants and bars. A car is a definite plus in the area unless you just want to hang out at the resort.
I would definitely stay here again, especially in the low/off season when it is nice and quiet, the temperature is perfect and the area isn't too crowded.
NOTICE: Be advised (as of 4/09) that the location is NOT correct on the map link from the Tripadvisor site. Looking at the satellite view, resort is actually a couple of blocks south of the indicated spot, below the loop road and just north of the highway bordered by trees on the west .
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- Also Known As:
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