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Reviewed 26 December 2009

Managed to get super bargain with Thomsons for half board at The Yaramar. 0nly drawback flew home on Xmas Day! But the holiday cost only £220 a week each (stayed 2 weeks). Hotel service really good, food choice was varied and food hot and tasty. You could help yourself to Cava at breakfast if you wish. Entertainment - Group called Ruthless were fair but we thought that James, Robin, Harry and Heather the Thomson Gold entertainment team were really good - panto on Xmas Eve loads of fun. Thomson Rep in hotel - Ben - was the best rep we had ever met. He even rang us up twice to see if we were happy with everything.

Fuengirola was quiet but we really liked the resort. Easy to get about by bus and train. Visited the zoo and have to say don't miss it - it is amazing and you can get real close to animals kept in wonderful surroundings. Tip pick up small zoo discount card in Tourist Info or hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2009

My partner (60) and I (61) stayed at the Yaramar from 1st until 15th of November on a Thomson Gold package. Partner will not travel in lifts so we requested a low room. We were given a room on the lowest accomodation floor, level with the pool. Room good. Paid extra to use the fridge (3 euros a day) and to park rental car in hotel parking (6 euros a day). The latter reasonable compared to street parking costs and convenience.

Restuarant is buffet basis for all meals with open seating. We rarely had to queue to be seated and even then not for more than 5-10 minutes. You are allowed to eat a la carte once each week making your request to the head waiter. Some dishes on this menu carry an additional charge. (lobster 9 Euros).

Pool area is nice and most activities are organised in this area. Some are held at the Beach Club just opposite. To use this facility at other times incurs a cost but this is at a reduced rate for hotel guests.

What made our holiday was the quality of the activities/production team of James, Harry, Heather and Robin. They arrived on the same day as ourselves.

There are two entertainment lounges. One is quite sedate with traditional music for dancing. We did not frequent this lounge. In fact we likened it to a scene out of "waiting for goddo". We frequented the downstairs Aquarium Show Lounge which has a resident duo providing excellent live music (Ruthless, Ruth and Les) and is also where the Thomson production team provide nightly shows. All entertainment in the Aquarium Lounge is excellent. On Saturday an entertainer is flown from the UK to give a show. On both occasions this was a singer/comedian. Very funny and no bad language.

We hired a car from Holiday Autos for 12 days for £125 plus 3 Euros per day additional insurance. All done on Internet prior to arrival. Rental office is 15 minutes walk from Yaramar. I took my SatNav and this really helped as Fuengirola has a lot of one-way streets and most of these were taken into account by my Garmin. Because I perceived that parking would be a problem in Gibraltar we went on the Thomson trip. Very good with time to shop.

Yaramar has a fitness room but this does not have a tradmill or rowing machine. Just about everything else.

Overall this is one of the best holidays we have been on. To think at our age we would be dancing till midnight, every night, astounds us. This lease of life we put down to the quality and talent of all those responsible for the activities and entertainment. Very nice people indeed.

Kath and Mike

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank MikeColeIsleofMan
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Reviewed 17 October 2009

We arrived on a very warm Saturday afternoon in October and enjoyed super weather all the week we were there. Fast and efficient reception and we were in our Premier room in minutes. We were on 6th floor, the rooms were excellent with superb views across the sea. The higher rooms are probably pretty scary !! the Hotel is 15 stories high. The room came with free safe/fridge/flowers /champers/bathrobes. We were cleaned 2 or 3 times a day !. Well worth the extra payment..

Booked with Thomson online ,TIP ...booked the hotel rate first then added morning flight from Manchester.
Good poolside positions and plenty going on to fillyour day.
Food 7/10 just lacked a bit of class but thats Hotel food for you. Always had to wait for a table though at around busier times.
Drinks expensive but plenty of happy hour opportunities where half price kicked in.
Train travel was very cheap , you can go direct to Malaga airport from 100 yards from hotel for 5 euro return .

Nightime in Hotel was poor and the only downside. The music was set for 95 year olds. I'm sure many people enjoy it but beware. !! We chose to walk out to the many street bars at the rear of the Hotel where we were entertained by street musicians or just sat and people watched. Much cheaper and very enjoyable.
All in all i would recommend this Hotel, no complaints at all really. The resorts on Costa Del Sol are massive but are geared up correctly with plenty of healthy competition in the bars.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank tonynewport
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

Fantastic location, right opposite the beach. Small pool area is the only thing that let this hotel down
Dont use the beach club directly opposite the hotel, use the one to the right - much nicer!!!
Have a meal in MOOCHERS if you can - great food and atmosphere

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Deb1407
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

Hotel in a great location and very clean but Thompsons lie about it being a couples only hotel ,we were awakened by a baby crying and my disabled wife was nearly knocked over by 2 boys as she tried to leave the lift , not what we paid for . The food at night was ok but half way through the week we were getting a bit fed up with very similar choices plus the drinks prices were very high. The breakfast food was very poor , the bread was dreadful and the scrambled eggs cold ,i don t no what the sausages were made from even my father who normally would eat anything was very disappointed with the quality of the breakfast. We were looking forward to the entertainment but as we were non smokers we could nt put up with the ver smoky surrondings downstairs were it was held .I thought the smoking was banned indoors in all EUcountries and even if it was nt this room was far to low ceilinged for people to smoke .The beach opposite is lovely and you can get reduced sunbeds just as well as we could nt get beds at the pool also the beach was cooler.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank lholidayheaven
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