Apartment in Benamara, Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain - Fantastic location
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About Laura Shipley
The ground floor apartment has been owned by my family since 1984, and we have enjoyed many wonderful holidays there over the years - as children, teenagers, and adults. We have recently modernized and refurbished the apartment making it more suitable for year-round use and for groups of friends, families, golfers etc. As bookings from our family, friends and many repeat guests have increased over the years, we decided to purchase the upstairs apartment in June 2015. We have added an internal spiral staircase and interlocking door so the apartments can be rented together by one group or separately. The apartments are now perfect as holiday rentals for two families, larger groups, or a smaller group wanting en suite, spacious accommodation. We look forward to sharing them with you in 2019 and beyond!
Laura Shipley purchased this Apartment in 1994
Why Laura Shipley chose Estepona
We love the sunny climate of the Costa Del Sol, and its ease of access from the UK. The garden (ground floor apt) and terrace (first floor apt) is a real 'sun-trap,' and although the apartments are only a short walk from the local amenities, the area is quiet and still feels relaxing and peaceful. The nightlife of Puerto Banus is there if you want it, or there are hundreds of quieter local restaurants and bars if that's more your thing!
What makes this Apartment unique
The property is situated in a well-established development, which benefits from much larger communal gardens and is more spacious than newer developments. The swimming pool has to be seen to be believed, (it is huge!) though never feels crowded even in July and August. There really is something for everyone here - I hope you enjoy your holiday here as much as our family does!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Home from Home in the sun
Having visited this area of Spain on many occasions we found it difficult this time to find a suitable property for our dates until we came upon this little gem. We occupied the upstairs apartment which had an amazing sun terrace and quite possibly the best equipped apartment we have ever stayed in. Very clean and modern and situated perfectly for shops bars and beach and pool. Something for everyone here. We shall be returning.
Thank you Steph, I'm so pleased you had a lovely holiday and will be glad to welcome you back another time.
Lovely apartment set in beautiful surroundings
We have just returned from our 10 days stay at Laura's first floor apartment in Benamara. Quick, informative and helpful email exchange, so it was easy to find and it had everything there as described. The apartment was really nicely furnished, clean, quiet and cool with marble flooring throughout and a new kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. Not to forget the A/C, which was a must in the first three days of our stay. Free Wi-Fi, but it can be a bit slow. There are bath/beach and kitchen towels. Pleasant walk to the pebble beach (bring your water shoes) through well kept and safe neighbourhood. The pool was the biggest we have ever seen and the setting just paradisiacal with all the tropical flowers and white-washed two storey houses around. Bougainvillea and hibiscus hedges!
We went on day trips to Granada, Ronda and even to Gibraltar and it was always great to come back "home". You can get by without a car and just enjoy a relaxed, stress-free holiday, since there are plenty of restaurants and a small (poorly stocked out of season) store in the immediate vicinity. Some shops and supermarkets on the other side of the main road, which are about a 15-20 minutes walk over the footbridge. If you want to see more or go to bigger supermarkets or malls, a car would be recommended. We didn't use public transport, but saw the buses to Marbella and Estepona (both 10 minutes by car) running regularly and there were always taxis around.
We would love to come back next year. A great stay!
Stephanie and Giulio from Switzerland
Excellent superbly equipped apartment
We have just returned from 2 weeks staying at this property. My son and daughter in law and young family rented the ground floor appartment , my wife and I rented the first floor appartment.
Both apartments were spotlessly clean, superbly equipped and as described. The first floor apartment has recently benefited from a splendid kitchen refurbishment and the addition of air conditioning. The apartments are linked by a spiral staircase with an interlocking door. The property worked very well for our family.
The property is set close to a large enclosed and gated communal garden with a very large swimming pool. There are plenty of loungers and parasols for all with more than ample space between, our 2 small grandchildren loved the pool and spent most of each day there . Very safe for the kids.
There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance , although some are accessed across a footbridge across the main A7 road, this however did not present a problem.
The apartments are a short bus/taxi ride from Estepona, Marbella and Puerto Banus. The owner usefully provided a guide to nearby restaurants and attractions.
The owner , Laura Shipley, was easy to contact and a delight to deal with - nothing seemed too much trouble for her , she was always amazingly quick to respond to queries.
This was a very relaxing family holiday and we would thoroughly recommend this property.
We have recently come back from an all to short stay at this property on the costa del sol. There were four adults and one 3 year old toddler, the apartment was lovely and the air conditioning very welcome went the temperature was up at 30 degrees plus! we enjoyed most nights out on the balcony bbq - ing something from the excellent local supermarkets.
The pool is a stones throw from the apartment, immaculately clean and big! We spent most of our days here.
The location of the apartment is perfect , just on the border of Estepona and Puerto Banus, and it is perfect for exploring. The Saturday market at Puerto Banus is a must.
Laura is brilliant at giving you all the information you need for a great stay and we would definitely go again!
Great apartment in Benamara, close to beach & pool
My husband and I stayed here in June and had a fabulous holiday. The owner has recently bought the apartment and all the furnishings were brand new. The kitchen and some of the fittings are older in style (but still working well) and I believe the owner has plans to fully update the apartment in late 2015. That said, it was perfect for our needs and we ate out in the many local restaurants during the evenings - there are some very good ones up in the mountains at Benahavis and we also really liked Cocomo and the Robin Hood (just nearby!)
We walked from San Pedro to Puerto Banus along the Paseo (promenade) one day - as recommended by the owner and it was a lovely walk. You can even go on into Marbella and get the boat back to Puerto Banus.
The owner was very quick to get back to us and emailed us detailed driving directions and lots of information about the area before we travelled. Hiring a car at Malaga airport was easy - although we found out there is also a good bus service from the airport, so a car wouldn't be essential (particularly if you wanted to just spend the days relaxing by the lovely pool and are happy to eat in the local restaurants.)
Overall we had a wonderful holiday and look forward to returning again next year - perhaps we will rent the downstairs apartment as well next time with another family.
Thank you for your very nice review - I'm glad you enjoyed the apartment and your holiday and look forward to hearing from you again when you have decided on your dates for next year.
Special interest holidays:
Tennis holidays - coaching can be arranged at Bel-Air Tennis club (5 mins drive.) English speaking coaches, mix-ins, sociable club - no membership required.
Walking holidays - many walks / hikes into the Spanish campo to see more of rural Spain. Guide book available in the apartment.
Many safe, sandy beaches near to Benamara. Heaven beach Guadalpin beaches are family friendly and offer entertainment and water sports. Plaza beach at Puerto Banus has a dance music daily in the summer months. Nikki Beach (Marbella) and The Ocean Club (Puerto Banus) are great beach party venues, and only a short drive away. San Pedro and Estepona towns and beaches are ideal for families. Salduna Restaurant, Benamara beach (5 min walk) shingle/pebble in places, recommend wearing beach shoes.
68km from Malaga airport
63km from Gibraltar airport
Malaga airport is the most convenient and has a good choice of flights (approx 45mins drive.) Gibraltar is also an option and is approximately 1 hour's drive.
Many airlines serving both airports including Easyjet, British Airways, Monarch, TUI and Ryanair.
Good selection of car hire companies at Malaga airport (Malagacar.com preferred.)
Car hire is advised, though not essential. Can arrange airport transfers.
7km from Puerto Banus - marina, shops, restaurants, nightlife
5km from San Pedro de Alcantara - town, beaches
14km from Benahavis - Spanish village, fantastic restaurants
13km from Estepona - town, beaches, old town and marina (Puerto Estepona)
20km from Marbella - larger town, shops, marina, beaches, sightseeing, Orange Square, nightlife
58km from Ronda - Spanish town in mountains, culture
88km from Tarifa - amazing beaches & kitesurfing
200km from Granada
237km from Seville
The development is beach side with the apartment just 5 minute stroll to the beach. There is a wide selection of international restaurants within walking distance. There are shops and supermarkets within a few minutes walk. Winter months are ideal for golfers and there are plenty of courses within a 15 minute drive of the apartment. The closest are Guadalmina South, Atalaya, Marbella Club and El Paraiso (5-10 min drive.). Summer months are very hot and it's a fantastic location for a summer holiday.
Activities in the area include Golf, Hiking, Nightlife, Scuba diving, Shopping (Puerto Banus, Marbella), Sightseeing tours (Ronda, Marbella, Gibraltar, Granada) Sunbathing, Swimming pool, Tennis Club 5 min drive.
The apartment is situated between Marbella and Estepona close to the town of San Pedro de Alcantara. The development is next to the luxury Grand Plaza, Estepona hotel which offers facilities for non residents (gym, spa, indoor/outdoor pool, pool bar, restaurants.)
It is a 10 minute drive to glitzy Puerto Banus. Local towns for sightseeing are Estepona, San Pedro d'Alcantara and Marbella (10-15 minutes drive).
Plenty of local amenities within walking distance of the apartment, so car hire is not essential. Good public transport service and taxis.
Estepona is a typical Spanish town and offers a beautiful tree lined promenade and excellent harbour area with some lovely cafes. There are many tapas bars in the town and some excellent restaurants along the sea front.
Marbella Old town and the area around Orange square is a fantastic place to enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice or a coffee. Ronda is a traditional Spanish village in the mountains and is approximately 45 minutes away. Seville is approximately 2 hours drive and the Alhambra Palace at Granada is spectacular and within a 2.5 hour drive.
Selwo adventure park is only a 10 minute drive away towards Estepona and the water park at Fuengirola is within 30 minutes of Benamara.