If you thought only Americans did things big and beautiful think again or better still stay in the Santa Cruz Suites at Club La Costa Marina Del Sol in Spain’s Mijas Costa.
From the moment we arrived everything seemed to be done on a grand scale. The resort has two different reception areas and a train to take you around the impressive site as the grounds are so large.
Our home for the week is in the resort’s Santa Cruz suites within the California Beach Club – yes, it’s a little corner of the US set right on the edge of the Mediterranean. And the accommodation is on an American scale – our three-bedroom suite has two en-suite bathrooms, a separate bathroom, a very well-equipped kitchen with nice extras such as a coffee machine, juicer and dishwasher.
The décor is tasteful with good quality furniture, plenty of comfortable seating in the living room area which also has a sofa-bed, television and surround sound home entertainment system, while out on the large balcony there’s another dining table to seat eight. The pièce de résistance however is to be found in the master bedroom – in the open-plan bathroom area is a good size Jacuzzi bath. The suite could easily host eight people while a family of six will be more than comfortable.
Another aspect that would likely appeal to families is that security is taken very seriously here – as well as 24-hour security patrols and in-room safes, the Santa Cruz suites come with motion-sensor alarms that you set each time you leave.
As we arrived on a Sunday evening we were grateful for the thoughtful welcome pack of bread, butter, milk, eggs, tea, coffee, beer and wine that had been left for us in the kitchen. It felt as though the staff had gone the extra mile to make us welcome.
Looking over my balcony I was greeted by the friendly smiles of two ladies luxuriating in the late evening sunshine in their hot-tub (though the ground floor suites lack the Jacuzzi bath they make up for it with the hot-tubs on the terrace).
Throughout the resort’s verdant gardens featuring tropical flowers and lots of waving palm trees we also found a number of Stars and Stripes flags blowing on the breeze. At first we thought this was all part of the California Beach Club theme, but as Club La Costa is set to launch its first resort in Florida next year we realised it was actually part of their celebrations.
Find out more about Club La Costa Marina Del Sol.