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Communication with the owners was excellent. The apartment is conveniently accessed just off the motorway. From Alicante airport it's an easy 2hr drive to Valle del Este resort. Less if you're flying into Murcia or Almeria. We found the apartment a great base for exploring both the nearby towns of Vera, Mojacar and the beaches along Vera Playa as well as for venturing further afield to the Cabo de Gata national park villages and beaches such as San José. The lovely town of Nijar with it's pottery and rug shops is another easy drive as is Sorbas, an interesting moorish town built right on the edge of a gorge. Tabernas desert and the old movie sets there are worth visiting if you're a spaghetti western fan. The apartment itself was well set up to accommodate our group of two adults and four kids. Plenty of space and excellent WiFi as mentioned in another review. It did stop working for the last few days but this didn't affect our enjoyment. The kids played with the Wii and had fun with a dance game. The highlight for our kids was the pool. It remaining open during October was fantastic and we all made use of it nearly every day. Having two showers in the apartment was another bonus. Reasonably priced groceries can be found at the supermarket Mercadona if you prefer to cook your own meals. There's a good Mercadona in Vera town but we found it easier to park at the big one further out the main road towards Garrucha. You can't miss it on the left if you take that road. Our youngest got a kick out of squeezing the orange juice in-store. Fresh bread can also be found most days in the little shop near the hotel. The resort itself seems geared to retired golfers and the residential section where we stayed was very quiet during the first ten days of October. That suited us; we loved having the place nearly to ourselves. There is a restaurant at the hotel down the road and two more a short walk away from the hotel in the Centro Comercial. We liked Karen's sports bar the best. Now to the beds. Yes, the mattresses are on the firm side. Half of our group said they were fine and half took a while to get used to them. I'm in the latter half so if I was to return I'd bring a mattress topper for my dodgy back. Again, this(or the lack of a cafetiere) wasn't enough to detract from an overall wonderful holiday. I've already recommended this apartment to friends and family and would love to go back. (p.s. For any geocachers reading this, you will be kept busy here!)
We thoroughly enjoyed our 9 night stay in this well-equipped, comfortable, spacious villa. Although there were only two of us, there is certainly enough room for four adults as the two main bedrooms have adjacent bathrooms. The whole house is comfortably furnished: sofas are big and in good condition, the dining table seats 6 and there were lovely matching towels in each bed. The BBQ is also high quality and big enough to cater for a large group if required. There was loads of high pressure hot water from the showers. It is easy to keep the villa cool by using fans, door and windows alone but the air conditioning is quiet and efficient.
The pool is well maintained and the heating was effective (and necessary) in mid October. We particularly enjoyed our early evening glass of wine, in thoughtfully provided plastic wine glasses, in the top quality hot tub. The garden is well furnished with loungers, coffee table and chairs under the veranda (breakfast out here while the sun popped up over the trees was delightful) and a dining table and 6 chairs next to the BBQ and just outside the back door, conveniently. The artificial grass makes the garden comfortable and safe to walk around barefoot but it does get hot!
The whole urbanisation is well maintained and feels safe. There are gardeners working constantly pruning trees, etc. We saw no litter, dog mess, etc. while we were there. We made use of the tennis court every day - the only people to use it, I think, as there were few people around - and access is easy with the electronic key fob provided. We didn't use the communal pools but these were attractively laid out with loungers and parasols dotted around. The on-site restaurant serves excellent, well-cooked and presented food. We had some of the best fillet steaks of our holiday there.
The villa is within easy reach of local beaches and towns although a car is (almost) essential. There is a good supermarket within a mile or so and a convenience store just off site attached to a Spanish cafe/restaurant. It's worth a visit and we recommend the paella - hot, tasty and cheap!
We rent villas in Spain every year and I'm always looking for something that will make it just a bit more special. The standard has been set with this one! It really did feel like a home from home and the owners have put a great deal.of thought into making their villa outstanding.
I thoroughly recommend Casa Donna Marie as a comfortable, relaxing and secure base.