When I arrived at Malaga airport on September 3rd, I realized that the black jeans and shirt combination I had worn for the plane were no longer suitable. Contrary to the temperamental weather in the UK, I now found myself in a pleasantly warm climate that called for shorts and a T-shirt. Very soon I was whisked away to Wyndham Costa del Sol, which would soon become the base camp for the various activities I would participate in over the next few days. Fortunately the journey lasted no more than 25 minutes. The Wyndham Costa del Sol is divided into three different residences: Wyndham Grand Residences, Ramada Residences and Wyndham Residence. They are all perfect for a family outing or a romantic weekend away; but differ in style.
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Where should you stay
I had the pleasure of being placed in one of Wyndham Residence’s two bedroom self-contained apartments, just steps from many of the resort’s restaurants and shops.
My private bedroom had a king size bed, an ensuite bathroom and a television. There is sufficient cupboard space for those who want to take half of their wardrobe with them on holiday.
Overall, this property comes with two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen; as well as some towels and bathrobes so don’t worry about packing them.
In the complex of the residence, guests can enjoy a private swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a bar. If you want to spend a holiday sunbathing by the pool or drinking margaritas with your friends, you don’t have to walk far out the door.
Although Wyndham Costa del Sol is a huge resort, residents can easily navigate the complex via the hotel’s free bus service, which actually looks like a train.
I was within walking distance of the bakery, pizzeria, multiple restaurants, and the resort’s member center; making the Wyndham Residence the perfect hub for those looking to enjoy Wyndham’s offerings.
In particular, the resort has a younger children’s club that offers a range of activities to keep kids from four to 12 years old. These include sports, video games, and crafts. Parents do not need to book their children in advance to use this service.
Parents can enjoy spectacular entertainment in the resort’s Team Marina, including cabaret evenings and flamenco dancing. For family trips nearby, the sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol are within walking distance.
Where to eat
The Wyndham Costa del Sol has multiple restaurants located throughout the resort, offering residents a variety of dining options to choose from.
Upon arrival, my group ate burgers and hot dogs at the Mediterraneo Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, close to the resort’s reception. This establishment offers Mediterranean food with an Italian flavour
For breakfast, the El Rancho Grill & Bar offers customers a choice of a Mediterranean buffet or a morning set menu to start the day. Anyone who likes grilled chorizo and steak should head to this restaurant later in the day, which has a beautiful view of the resort.
My favorite place we ate during our stay was Wyndham’s Safari Restaurant, with a tropical jungle theme and world cuisine to match. Pastas, sandwiches and meat dishes are all available at this establishment; with vegan and vegetarian options also on offer.
Visiting Marbella and sailing with a yacht
The day after our arrival my group visited Marbella which is only a 20 minute drive from the hotel resort. When we arrived at the port of the city, we soon found ourselves sailing out of the city on a yacht.
Holidaymakers can enjoy the sea breeze and the sun with tours of the Andualisan coast provided by Yacht Charters in Marbella. A four-hour private charter could take seven guests for €560.
We were able to check in at the luxurious Puerto Banús, a much-visited place for shopping enthusiasts.
Once we landed, we had the chance to explore the beaches and cafes of Marbella’s old town.
City Nights in Malaga
Spain’s southern city of Malaga is just 30 minutes’ drive from the Wyndham resort and is the ideal location for those who enjoy city visits.
While there are many restaurants and shops for holidaymakers to indulge in, anyone visiting Malaga should pay a visit to El Pimpi.
Owned by Hollywood megastar Antonio Banderas, this establishment’s menu features Spanish favorites such as patatas bravas and calamari, as well as the best sangria you’ll ever have.
Anyone who likes good food should check it out Pimpic’s menu and book a table as soon as possible, as this is one of Malaga’s most popular hotspots.
Day in the countryside
If the urban destinations of Marbella and Malaga aren’t your scene, the Andalusia region has plenty of activities to entertain families who prefer the countryside.
For those who enjoy walks on scenic routes, the Caminito del Rey should be first on your itinerary.
What was once considered one of the most dangerous trails in the world has been converted into a safe 8km trail with breathtaking cliff views.
More information about the trek can be found here: Caminito del Rey in Malaga | spain.info in English.
Rates at Wyndham Costa del Sol start from 75 euros per night. For more information about rooms and rates, check out www.wyndhamresidencescostadelsol.com .