Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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Our beautiful apartment is set on the raised ground floor of Bonita Hills (direct pool and garden access from the apartment) in the upmarket and highly popular Upper Calahonda area of the Costa del Sol, so it is quietly residential, yet very close to all the amenities that the Sitio de Calahonda and the wider Costa del Sol region has to offer.
The apartment is very much our own second home, so it is stylishly furnished and decorated and has all the conveniences and media requirements that you would expect at home, certainly over and above what you would normally find in a holiday rental apartment. New for 2012 are - a flat screen TV, DVD player (with USB interface), Humax Freesat Freeview player for UK free-to-view channels, Ipod station, CD player and a high-speed broadband internet router. The bedrooms and bathrooms are well appointed and stylish. The kitchen is particularly well-equipped and boasts granite work surfaces and high quality German appliances. All-in-all, a supremely comfortable home-away-from home.
Outside the apartment are lush well-maintained grounds, two beautiful swimming pools, shower & toilet facilities and a communal gazebo dining area. The first of the two pools is just steps away from our patio / terrace.
The main internal features of the apartment are a master double (or twin) bedroom with en-suite bath/shower, a second twin bedroom and family bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, tasteful lounge and dining area, as well as the attractive outside space.
The apartment is ideal for families (as it is away from the street and the hustle and bustle of the bars and restaurants and quiet in the evenings), small groups or golfers (120 courses in the Costa del Golf), and is a year round sun destination - spring or autumn golf, half term breaks, summer holidays and half term breaks as well as skiing in the Sierra Nevada in the winter months. It is amazing how warm the Costa del Sol is, even in December!
For larger groups, there are some other similar apartments available for rent at Bonita Hills and we can recommend partner landlords if required.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Calahonda 3 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga (2.5 hours from UK) 35 km, Nearest railway: Fuengirola 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors||
- High grade marble floors throughout
- Anti-skid stoneware tiles on terrace and utility room.
- AirCon and heating with independent remote controls in the lounge and bedrooms.
The well equipped and stylishly decorated lounge leads directly onto the patio with stunning views over the beautiful tropically landscaped grounds and the nearest of the two swimming pools. It is equipped with two three-piece suites and an armchair, coffee table, fireplace, lamps and a dining area seating up to 6 people. On the rare occasions that guests are inside and not enjoying the beaches, golf, sights and restaurants of the area, a flat screen TV, DVD player (with USB interface), Humax Freesat Freeview player, Ipod station, CD player and high-speed broadband internet router are all new for 2012. The TV offers local channels and the Humax box allows viewing of free-to-air UK channels and the reception is excellent from the communal dishes. Entry phone for the front gates and block door is located in the lounge.
The kitchen is a cook's joy, particularly for a holiday apartment, with granite work surfaces and all the usual high-grade German appliances - fridge/freezer, stainless steel oven, ceramic hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, grill, dishwasher (new for 2012). It is also well equipped with crockery, cutlery, glassware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, etc. The kitchen is always well stocked with basic stock provisions.
Leading off the kitchen is a separate utility area with the hot water boiler, a washing machine, air dryer, sink, iron and ironing board and cleaning equipment. This is also used as a storage area for the patio cushions.
The master bedroom boasts a double bed (which can be parted to form two single beds), duvets and additional blankets, wardrobe storage space (the main part of the wardrobe is locked as contains our personal possessions) and patio door access to the terrace with views over the pool and gardens. There are two bedside tables with lamps and a ipod docking clock radio.
The 2nd bedroom, with views towards the mountains, has two single beds with duvets and extra blankets if required and plenty of wardrobe space. There is a single bedside table and readng light.
The master bedroom has its own en-suite with marble worktops, dual sinks, WC, bidet, bath with shower and shower screen. There is also a family shower room with shower cubicle, WC and sink. Towels and hair-dryers are provided in both bathrooms (please note - no beach towels are provided).
Leading from sliding doors from both the lounge and master bedroom is a large, spacious and welcoming partially covered patio, with an outdoor dining table and 6 chairs and two loungers, all with cushion seating - perfect for relaxing with a book, al fresco dining or a glass or two of sangria in the evenings. A few step downs from the patio lead to the communal grounds and the first of two swimming pools and gazebo seating. The patio area offers wonderful views over the gardens, pools and to the sea and North African coast beyond and has lighting for the evenings. The patio has a secure gate, so children can't roam into the pool area, unsupervised.
|Further details outdoors||
The communal grounds and two swimming pools are a particular feature of the Bonita Hills development. Originally built in 2004 in a terracotta-coloured Andalucian style, the development is one of the best maintained in the area. The communal facilities are second to none - two large swimming pools, shower and toilet facilities, a covered communal dining area, the whole development is set in lush tropically landscaped grounds - looked after by full-time staff and a truly spectacular place to relax in the sun. The first swimming pool is of a free-form and sits just a few paces from our patio terrace, so after swimming, you can simply retire back to the privacy of the apartment - it is like having your own private pool. The second pool is more formal, and is set on the lower level, down some steps, again in beautifully landscaped and maintained grounds. Neither pool is ever very busy, so it is very peaceful and relaxing.
The apartment is situated in a secure gated complex and is accessed from within a secure block. Communal parking is directly outside the apartment.
As well as our own patio furniture, the community provides loungers around the pools and there is a covered dining gazebo with BBQ facilities. Around the pools are showering and toilet facilities.
Whilst smoking is "not encouraged" in the apartment, guests are welcome to smoke on the patio terrace.
Some (small) pets are allowed to stay in the apartment, but please note that pets are not allowed in the communal areas. Please ask for more details.
A neighbour, Ricardo, offers an airport transfer service. He can be contacted on +34 632 442 171 or email@example.com
The Costa del Sol region
Because Calahonda is on the coast and slap bang in the middle of the Costa del Sol, there is large choice of beaches from quiet intimate spots to the hustle and bustle of the main tourist beaches. There is the main Calahonda beach (3km or 5 minutes drive) - La Luna beach, which is a smaller more private beach with its own beach huts and shower facilities or you could visit Puerto Cabopino (again just 3km away), which is Calahonda's own port. The port is particularly quaint when lit up at night and has several excellent restaurants, bars and cafes, including one with a Saturday Flamenco show. To the side of the port there is ample parking for the beach. The beach is long with golden sand (declared a national monument!) and a large well-equipped beach bar, showers and toilet facilities. It has all the water sports that you would hope to find as well as sun loungers, parasols etc. The famous Niki Beach (4km) is a private beach club with restaurants, bars and extensive water sports. Also consider Andy's Beach at Cabopino, La Cala beach and Fuengirola beach.
The Costa del Sol is also known as the Costa del Golf, boasting around 100 courses, many of championship standard, with green fees ranging from €40 to €300++ (at Valderrama for example). In the immediate Calahonda area there are about 16 courses within 10 minutes drive from the apartment including La Siesta (2km) - a nine hole par three course with driving range, bar and restaurant and Cabopino (4km)- a full 18 hole course with bar, restaurant and grass driving range. At La Cala Golf (5km) there are excellent three courses and Miraflores (5km) is also close by.
OTHER SPORTS & LEISURE
The Club del Sol just down the road (<1km away) offers reasonable day or week passes for tennis, gym facilities, steam rooms and saunas. Horse riding is also available locally.
Puerto de Cabopino – 10 minutes - a pretty smaller version of Puerto Banus with a range of excellent bars and restaurants as well as the stunning beach with its extensive facilities. Try one of the fantastic restaurants round the port.
Gibraltar – about 70 minutes - drive south down the coast to the British dependency of Gibraltar with its famous Barbary apes, cable car, port and standard British shops, pubs and restaurants. Duty free shopping opportunities abound from electrical items to cigarettes & tobacco.
Mijas – 25 minutes - the famous whitewashed Andalucian mountain village with traditional bullring arena. Mijas Pueblo is one of the finest examples of the white villages retaining its charm with its little whitewashed houses perched on the hillside, quaint traditions such as the donkey-taxis which line the central plaza. It is perched high above Fuengirola and Mijas Costa with spectacular views of the coast and surrounding heavily wooded mountains and is a web of narrow cobbled streets complete with terraces overflowing with geraniums, red tile roofs and archways. There are two Mudejar (Moorish) churches here to prove it, as well as the sanctuary of the patron saint of Mijas. A must visit.
Malaga – 30 minutes – the birthplace of Picasso, Malaga has many attractions worthy of a visit including the Alcazaba Fortress, the Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga Cathedral, the Roman Theatre, the Plaza de la Merced, the Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso Gardens, the Malaga Bullring, the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, the Buenavista Palace (Picasso museum) and the Playa de La Malagueta beach.
Fuengirola – 15 minutes – five miles of sandy beaches, is a bustling town with varied nightlife, street and flea markets but most famous for its five miles of sandy beaches, with magnificent views of the Mediterranean and the coastline. With a new wide promenade and plenty of palm trees, flower beds and bench seating, Fuengirola sea front is a favourite place for tourists and locals. The beaches along Fuengirola, Los Boliches - Gaviotas and Torreblanca hold a European blue flag. There is a large and lively street market on Tuesdays and a "boot sale" on Saturdays.
Ronda – 75 minutes – the traditional Andalucian mountain town is one of the oldest cities of Spain and lies 60km up a winding mountain road from Marbella in the mountain range known as the Serranía de Ronda at an altitude of 739 m. It is one of the most visited towns in Andalucía with most people arriving on day excursions from the Costa del Sol. Some artifacts found around Ronda date back to prehistoric times. Every architectural era is represented here including Roman, Arabic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. A must visit.
Puerto Banus – 15 minutes – and next door to Marbella, PB is the famous marina, home to the yachts and supercars of the rich and famous, glitzy restaurants, bars and high end designer shopping as well as a marine observatory and multi-cinema. A Spanish alternative to St Tropez, this party port is about the see-and-be-seen lifestyle. It's not unusual to see famous celebrity faces strolling along the seafront.
Marbella – 15 minutes away - is the high society and expensive shops of Marbella and its Golden Mile, casino, fine restaurants, bars, nightlife and shopping and is the choice of the rich and famous. Set against the stunning backdrop of the "La Concha" mountain Marbella is a mixture of old and new, with typical Andalucian houses to be found along the picturesque alleys of Marbella's Old Town. A favourite area to visit is the beautiful Plaza de los Naranjos in the Old Quarter. Marbella's main street houses many stylish boutiques and shops, while the gardens at "Parque de la Alameda" make a nice place to sit and relax. The Parque de la Constitución has its own little amphitheatre for outdoor productions during the summer.
Coin – 40 minutes - situated approximately 21 km inland from Marbella, Coin was featured as the setting for the BBC's spectacularly unsuccessful soap opera, Eldorado.
Sierra Nevada – just 3 hours away is the most southerly ski area in Europe, the skiing area of Sierra Nevada and the highest point in Spain at 3500m. The season runs from Christmas to Easter and the lift queues are remarkably short.
Seville – 2 hours 45 min - a cornucopia of things to do and see from the Cathedral of Seville, La Giralda minaret tower, the Real Alcázar is a beautiful moorish palace, built in the XIV Century, the Jewish Quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz) filled with small winding streets, the Hospital de los Venerables, Parque María Luisa, Plaza de España the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija the Casa de Pilatos, bullfights, open air markets as well as many galleries and museums.
Granada – 2 hours – worth the trip for the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built in the 14th Century. This series of buildings – including the Generalife summer palace, with its fountains and gardens - stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada. The hill facing the Alhambra is the old Moorish casbah, the Albaicin, a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed houses with secluded inner gardens. The Plaza de San Nicolas, at the highest point of the Albaicin, is famous for its magnificent view of the Moorish palace.
Nerja – 75 minutes - once a small fishing village, it is now a large resort with plenty of bars and nightclubs. The old town centre has retained some of its original charm. The Balcón de Europa is a cliff that juts out to sea and is enclosed by two sheltered beaches. It is a favourite spot for many visitors with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean. Nerja is famous for its well preserved and protected caves, which lie 6km inland. Excursions can be booked in advance from Calahonda strip.
Morocco - Morocco is just nine miles from Spain and so it is a very tempting day trip to take when you fancy a break from Europe. The only city you are going to be able to see in a day is Tangier, once a bohemian city popular with artists and writers. Ferries depart from Gibraltar, Algeciras or Tarifa and the high-speed ferry crosses the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco in 45 to 60 minutes. In Tangier you can visit the little souk with its spice markets, the Medina (old quarter) and the Kasbah (old fortress) where you will discover Morocco's rich architecture. See snake charmers, haggle for carpets and handicrafts and enjoy lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant and watch a performance by a Berber Dancer.
For the Kids -
Parque Aquatico Mijas @ Fuengirola - this park offers plenty of pools and slides as well as picnic areas and restaurants. Start with the Body Ski, a medium-speed family slide, before a go on the Labyrinth, where slides take you on twists and turns before throwing you out into the pool. The wild river takes you on a ride on a float and the kamikaze slide is a sheer three-storey drop. Recommended for a family fun day. Kids will love it!
Crocodile Park Torremolinos - from a distance of less than 2 metres, you can wonder at the gigantic crocodiles by silently walking beside them, observing the secrets of one of the most fascinating creatures of our world. Children also have the opportunity to hold a baby crocodile.
Benalmadena cable car - next to Tivoli World, the cable car runs to the summit of Monte Calamorro. From the top there are fantastic views over the Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada, Gibraltar and North Africa. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. Donkey rides, exhibitions of birds of prey and Spanish horse riding are included in the price of the ticket. It is possible to walk or mountain bike back down
Bonita Hills is an exclusive development is the stylish and desirable "top end" of Calahonda with secure parking behind electric gates.
There are several restaurants (including Miel y Nata), bars (Johnny's Bar) and a small supermarket with a few minutes walk of the apartment and a "road train" runs between lower Calahonda (the El Zoco area) every hour during the day in the summer for just €2 one way or €3 return.
Down in El Zoco (3km) there are many restaurants, bars, shops, banks, ATMs, doctors, newsagents, foreign exchange facilities,
Other shopping facilities in Calahonda include Los Cipresses and Los Olivios, where there are supermarkets, banks, ATM machines, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, bars, restaurants, etc.
The nearest beaches are just a few km away, with, amongst many others, Cabopino Beach (3km) declared a Natural Monument for its pristine sand dunes.
Golf is well catered for locally, with about 16 courses within 10 minutes drive from the apartment including La Siesta (2km) - a nine hole par three course with driving range, bar and restaurant and Cabopino (4km)- a full 18 hole course with bar, restaurant and grass driving range. At La Cala Golf (5km) there are excellent three courses.
Tennis, gym, sauna and steam rooms and other sports facilities are available just a few km away from the apartment at the Club del Sol, where reasonable daily and weekly rates are offered.
- Department stores - the main store is El Corte Ingles at Fuengirola, Malaga, Marbella and Mijas Costa.
- Supermarkets - SuperSol is the main supermarket chain, at Los Olivios, El Zoco and Mijas Costa.
- Outlet Malls - Playa Major at Malaga near the airport, with all the normal outlet bargains.
- Doctors, dentists, clinics and pharmacies - all close at hand in Calahonda.
The community around Calahonda is a mixture of locals as well as holiday home owners from northern Europe. Most shop assistants speak fluent English (and many are English owned and operated).