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Nina and James Hicks

Member since: 2005
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Speaks English, Spanish

Stylish villa with own pool, sea view, wifi, aircon, quiet spot, Costa Del Sol

23 Reviews
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Arenas - Villa Camaleon

Clean, stylish 3 bed villa, pool, BBQ + garden, private setting, great sea views

'Our family loved this fantastic villa in a magical spot. Mum and Dad came out first for week on their own and really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Then we arrived with our two children for the second week and the kids were in the pool all day and loving it.

We couldn´t fault the villa, it had absolutely everything we needed and was stylish and comfortable, a home from home. We enjoyed sitting on the terrace in the evenings, having just finished dinner, watching the sunset and looking out at the amazing views down to the sea. We also loved the pool deck which was large and like the villa immaculately clean. We remember the lovely Andalucian details built into the villa, like decorated tiles and ceilings with high beams.

It was also a good base for travelling around. We went to Nerja and Torrox beaches locally and we did day trips to Seville, Ronda and the Alhambra Palace in Granada which were all great. We loved it!'

The coastal town of Torre Del Mar is 15 minutes drive from the villa and has everything you could want on holiday. Banks, restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes, supermarkets, bars, chemists, clothes and shoe shops. Visit the colorful weekly market packed with local fruit, veg, bargain leather goods, clothes, handmade local gifts and much more then stroll along the promenade with tropical gardens alongside the beach.

The nearby historical town of Velez-Malaga also has all amenities but is more traditional, with winding streets, cathedrals, tapas bars, theaters, churches and many examples of typical Andalusian buildings. In between the two towns is a large indoor shopping center with 10 screen cinema, bowling, hypermarket and top stores such as Zara, Mango, Nike etc. Local activities include beach, horse riding, water park, golf, sailing, quad biking, country walks, snorkeling, diving, hang gliding, crocodile park, safari park, zoo, historical buildings, museums, aquarium.

Other Activities: Private yoga lessons

Golf: 18 hole Baviera Golf in Caleta de Velez, 15 minutes drive from the villa. Stunning course with excellent club facilities. Buggy hire optional.

Many other golf courses within 1 hour of the villa.

Ski: Granada ski resort in the Sierra Nevada, two hours drive away, easily reachable for a day´s skiing.

Enjoy visiting the real Spain! Arenas is a short drive away and is a traditional Pueblo Blanco or white village. You´ll fall in love with the tiny winding streets, the quaint village houses and of course the locals who always have a friendly greeting. Tourism hasn’t hit this village yet, and this is reflected in the prices, which are incredibly reasonable. A superb three course lunch can be had in Bar Juani for under 10 Euros, including a drink!

Arenas is famous in Europe for having the largest population of chameleons, whose color changing skills are magical to watch. The area is also famed for romantic historic tales of the clashes between the Christians and the Moors. The ruins of one Moorish castle can be seen from the villa.

The villa is perfectly placed to explore Andalusia.

Seville, Ronda, Marbella and Antequera are all easily reached for day trips. Malaga city is less than an hour away and has much to offer including the port, tropical gardens and historical quarter with the Pablo Picasso museum just one example of places of interest to visit. Granada is home to the famous Alhambra palace, full of Moorish influence and only two hours from the villa.

The well known picturesque town of Nerja is just 20 minutes away, well worth a visit with its internationally renowned caves where live concerts are held, stunning coves and beaches, and all kinds of shops, bars and restaurants. Take a horse drawn carriage tour to see the highlights of the old town.

Car Hire: Group B or above is recommended.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nina and James Hicks (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks English, Spanish

About Nina and James Hicks

Making the break and leaving the UK was a scary decision at the time but since arriving in this beautiful area of Spain we have loved every minute! Now, 15 years, two children, three dogs, two cats and two pot bellied pigs later, we are still in exactly the same spot with no thoughts of changing a thing. Waking up to the same gorgeous views every morning and drinking in the same gorgeous clear starry nights still takes out breath away.

Nina and James Hicks purchased this villa in 2000

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in this beautiful villa for just one week and it was too short. We enjoyed the views and the peace and quiet. We also enjoyed sunbathing here while it was snowing in Holland. Nina and James are great hosts. We will be back, maybe later this year.
Mar 2010
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Reviews

4.8
based on 23 holidaymaker reviews

Stylish villa with own pool, sea view, wifi, aircon, quiet spot, Costa Del Sol
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 25 reviews
Oxfordshire
4

Villa Camaleon

  • 4 of 5

The villa was lovely and an ideal place if you want a holiday where you can get away from everything.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guests just love being able to wind down at Villa Camaleon, enquire now and you can do the same!
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Birmingham, UK
5

Total relaxation in outstanding surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at the end of August 2016. We are a family of 4 with 2 young children, aged 4 and 6. We had such an amazing stay. The villa is well equipped with everything you need and more. The outside space was outstanding. Photos don't do it any justice! The huge pool and the hammocks and day bed were a total dream for the children. When they weren't in the pool they chilled in the hammocks in the shade which meant we got to sit in the sun, read our books and take in the breath taking views.

It is in a great location. If you're wanting quiet, gorgeous surroundings away from a busy town/city as we did; this is the place for you. It was less than 40 minutes from the airport. Once you got used to the drive to the top of the hill to the villa and down again you are only 20 mins drive from the huge hyper market (and other shops) and 30 mins from Torre del Mar where there is lots of restaurants and huge beach front and little stalls and markets at night. We recommend the Safari Lounge for a very reasonable, and tasty meal and great for children. We ventured to Torre Del Mar 4 times; 3 at night and once in the day for the beach but in all honesty, we didn't want to leave the villa.

We would love to come back and would recommend to all our friends and family. Nina and James (and the children, dogs and pigs) were lovely hosts and very accommodating. We wished we stayed for 2 weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Birmingham, UK
5

A total relaxation in outstanding surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at the end of August 2016. We are a family of 4 with 2 young children, aged 4 and 6. We had such an amazing stay. The villa is well equipped with everything you need and more. The outside space was outstanding. Photos don't do it any justice! The huge pool and the hammocks and day bed were a total dream for the children. When they weren't in the pool they chilled in the hammocks in the shade which meant we got to sit in the sun, read our books and take in the breath taking views.

It is in a great location. If you're wanting quiet, gorgeous surroundings away from a busy town/city as we did; this is the place for you. It was less than 40 minutes from the airport. Once you got used to the drive to the top of the hill to the villa and down again you are only 20 mins drive from the huge hyper market (and other shops) and 30 mins from Torre del Mar where there is lots of restaurants and huge beach front and little stalls and markets at night. We recommend the Safari Lounge for a very reasonable, and tasty meal and great for children. We ventured to Torre Del Mar 4 times; 3 at night and once in the day for the beach but in all honesty, we didn't want to leave the villa.

We would love to come back and would recommend to all our friends and family. Nina and James (and the children, dogs and pigs) were lovely hosts and very accommodating. We wished we stayed for 2 weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Absolute stunning villa

  • 5 of 5

Myself my husband and two children aged 18 and 12 have just returned from Nina's villa brilliant holiday the villa has everything you could need or want and the location is absolutely stunning we will definitely be returning next year. After having many years of all inclusive holiday we have been converted to the relaxing villa life the best holiday in years.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for everyone! Stunning views and ambience

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing week at Villa Camaleon. We actually felt very envious of the people coming in after us and wished we had booked a 2nd week.

We read the reviews about the road up to the villa and whilst this sort of stuff does not phase us, when we arrived it wasn't as bad as some have said. James will meet you just before the drive up and the majority of it is tarmac with areas where some gravel lays ontop, so nothing to worry about at all. The view driving up gives you the most stunning views of the mountains and the coast so if mountain roads isn't your thing the views will certainly take your mind off that.

Nina and James and their gorgeous boys could not have been more welcoming and the Villa and location was just Wow!! Very clean and spacious with everything you need for a perfect holiday. Sleeping 6 very comfortably with great social space inside and out and we certainly miss the views from every angle.

The BBQ and Alfresco dining area with fairy lights was used everyday, with a chorus of Crickets for background music. Brilliant.

The pool and sunbathing area was perfect especially and the outdoor games were a huge bonus. The day bed next to the pool was a great place to get out of the sun but also for a sundowner and looking at the stars - there is no light pollution there in the evenings and the starlit sky is just awesome.

Nina & James live just down the road and are there if you really need them which is great to know and their lovely boys came and played with our 10 year old on a couple of days which made his holiday extra special.

We ventured out most days and the town of Velez has everything you need, taking approx 10 minutes to get there. Lots of history and places of interest too.

The huge hypermarket is only a 15 minutes drive away as is the brilliant Aqua Park. Nerja and Torrox were great places to visit with fantastic restaurants and only 15/20 minutes drive.

We can highly recommend the river walk at Nerja but do wear trainers, not flip flops as my fashion conscious sister did!

3 adults in their forties and a 10 year old - there was a real mix of needs and interests between us and Villa Camaleon and it's location ticked all the boxes and was perfect for us all. We chatted everyday about when we can return - which we cant wait to do.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Villa with Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

We spent a truly delightful week at Villa Camaleon. The location is perfect with amazing views down to the coast, is totally private and not overlooked.

We were met by our hosts Nina & James who guide you the last couple of kilometres to the villa (to make sure you find it!) There are some reviews which mention the road up to the villa once you leave the main road and yes, it is quite steep in places and has a few places where it is a track but for the most part is a made-up road. Having stayed in several villas in Andalucía, this is normal. We have certainly encountered far worse and had no problem with it at all.

The villa itself was well maintained, immaculately clean with excellent decor throughout. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and the bathroom, shower and towels were all good quality. The pay-as-you-go air conditioning is effective and cheap to run.....we used it in the evenings and only spent about 8 euros during the whole week.

We cooked at the villa all week and the kitchen has most of your everyday needs. There was salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil etc but if you are intending to cook everyday at the villa you may want to check with the owners as to what is there ahead of your visit so you can plan accordingly. There are plenty of good quality glass tumblers and wine glasses (although some plastic tumblers and bowls for snacks by the pool would be a great addition!) We used the outside dining area every evening and is perfect for watching the sun go down. Make sure you buy your charcoal / firelighters before you get to the villa if you intend using the BBQ – we used it a couple of times and it was great, and is easily cleaned before you leave.

The pool area was excellent and feels like an infinity pool. It’s a good size, very clean and although not heated, was a nice temperature even in early June. There were good quality sun-beds and the covered area with a bed and hammocks was a nice touch.

Overall, we had a wonderful time at Villa Camaleon and Nina and James are the perfect hosts (thank you both). Their communication was excellent throughout and they were close by and available if you needed them but otherwise you were left alone. Their dogs were lovely and occasionally came up to say hello – we’ll miss them! If you are looking for somewhere to totally relax, in peaceful surroundings in an excellent villa, you won’t be disappointed. We certainly weren’t and hope to go back again sometime soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Velez-Malaga
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Baviera Golf in Caleta de Velez
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Velez-Malaga / Torre Del Mar junction 272
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Velez-Malaga
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Torre Del Mar
Car: necessary

The coastal town of Torre Del Mar is 15 minutes drive from the villa and has everything you could want on holiday. Banks, restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes, supermarkets, bars, chemists, clothes and shoe shops. Visit the colorful weekly market packed with local fruit, veg, bargain leather goods, clothes, handmade local gifts and much more then stroll along the promenade with tropical gardens alongside the beach.

The nearby historical town of Velez-Malaga also has all amenities but is more traditional, with winding streets, cathedrals, tapas bars, theaters, churches and many examples of typical Andalusian buildings. In between the two towns is a large indoor shopping center with 10 screen cinema, bowling, hypermarket and top stores such as Zara, Mango, Nike etc. Local activities include beach, horse riding, water park, golf, sailing, quad biking, country walks, snorkeling, diving, hang gliding, crocodile park, safari park, zoo, historical buildings, museums, aquarium.

Other Activities: Private yoga lessons

Golf: 18 hole Baviera Golf in Caleta de Velez, 15 minutes drive from the villa. Stunning course with excellent club facilities. Buggy hire optional.

Many other golf courses within 1 hour of the villa.

Ski: Granada ski resort in the Sierra Nevada, two hours drive away, easily reachable for a day´s skiing.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Arenas, Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
September 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£660
for 7 nights
£660
 
 
October 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
 
November to December 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£342
for 7 nights
£342
 
 
Christmas & New Year 2016/7
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
 
Jan to March 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£342
for 7 nights
£342
 
 
April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
 
May 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 
 
June 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£660
for 7 nights
£660
 
 
July and August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£875
for 7 nights
£875
 
 
September 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£660
for 7 nights
£660
 
 
October 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£342
for 7 nights
£342
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A 200 Euros damage deposit is payable on arrival in cash and refunded by bank transfer immediately after departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Arenas in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet
  • Massive main bathroom fully tiled with cool blue Spanish tiles and all white fixtures including bath, separate walk-in shower, WC, bidet and basin. Separate cloakroom equally tiled and with WC and basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Turquoise Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Bright spacious and comfortable with sea views
    Green Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds in a bright room with sea views
    Yellow Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds in a spacious and light room with sea views
  • All the bedrooms are south facing, light, comfortable and spacious, and have amazing views out to the mountains and down to the coast. Bedroom 1 and 2 have air conditioning (coin meter, pay as you go).
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
24 hour fast speed broadband wifi available for 35 Euros per week. Buy one week and get the second week free! Air conditioning for heating and cooling pay as you go using coin meter. Private yoga lessons from beginners to advanced are available at the villa.

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