Spread along the sand-blurred shorelines of the Costa del Sol, these Heritage resorts each inhabit wide open spaces flanked by palm trees and ocean stretches. The cosmopolitan towns of Marbella and Fuengirola are nearby, offering those retreating from the cold a taste of the sunnier side of life. The area is filled with boutiques hidden down winding walkways and in pretty corners, providing plentiful surprises in these coastal shopping spots.
Explore the coastline with today's Groupon at Club Playa Real, Marbesa Club, or Matchroom Country Club from Heritage Resorts & Hotels. Choose from the following options:
Sleeping in a one bedroom apartment with use of the leisure facilities at a choice of resort
• €199 for a seven night self-catering stay for two adults and up to four children (Up to 79% off)
Sleeping in a two bedroom apartment with use of the leisure facilities at a choice of resort
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Club Playa Real occupies a beach spot close to Marbella's town centre. Palm trees loom tall above the resort's sprawling outdoor pool, while indoor gym facilities and an evening of entertainment each week proffer varied dry land activities.
Also found in the heart of the Costa del Sol, near Marbella, Marbesa Club sits in close proximity to golf ranges and the picturesque port of Cabopino. Nearby beaches and restaurants abound and guests wishing to sink into saunas or hop on the treadmill have full use of Club Playa Real's facilities.
The sub-tropical gardens and spectacular views of Matchroom Country Club sit just a short way from the sunny sands of the Fuengirola beach resort. Fully enclosed, the club has the feel of a private members' club, complete with three pools, a gym, and a club house containing three full-sized snooker tables.
Settling into spacious apartments adorned with sunny terraces or gardens, beach-bound families will find air-conditioned spaces complete with satellite TV and fitted kitchens. One bedroom and two bedroom apartments are available for families of up to four and six respectively, while splashing and flexing is afforded by pools, Jacuzzis, and gymnasiums. During balmy evenings, encounters with flamenco dancers are not an unusual sight as part of the lively entertainment provided by resort bars.
Pulse-quickening activities abound in the Costa del Sol, where miles of ocean and varied terrain invite a host of climbing, watersports, and fishing opportunities. Shopping is also a popular sport, enabled largely by the designer equipment on display in the boutiques that flank Marbella's shores. For a cosmopolitan day out, a trip to the popular beach town of Fuengirola will acquaint visitors with a plethora of tapas bars overlooking five miles of sandy beaches.
Feb-Apr; 7-21°C. May-Jun; 13-27°C
A mild climate rises to higher temperatures as summer arrives.
Flights: Low cost airlines operate flights to Malaga Airport from Dublin, Cork and Belfast.
Airport: Malaga Airport is within 28 miles of each resort.
Car hire: Various companies operate from the airport.
Head to one of the small white villages or pueblos blancos that abound in the Costa del Sol, where you will see a more traditional way of life and may just encounter a festival.