2 bedroom penthouse apartment (sleeps 4) near Duquesa Marina, Manilva
Mrs Karen Parkin
About Mrs Karen Parkin
I live in the UK in the Cotswolds with my partner and dog, cats and chickens.
Mrs Karen Parkin purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Mrs Karen Parkin chose Manilva
This property is in a lovely location boasting views to the sea and coast, and to the adjoining hills. The nearest beach is walkable and there are many lovely beaches within a short drive. It has the benefits of being in a quiet neighbourhood but bigger resorts of Sotogrande and Estepona are only a short drive away. This is a gated complex with underground parking.
What makes this Apartment unique
It has steps up to a private roof terrace with a pergola and an outside eating area. You can see the sun go down over the mountains and catch beautiful sunsets as well as a fantastic night sky for star-gazing or daytime just count the ships heading through the straits of Gibraltar. The apartment itself is well equipped, has air-conditioning, two bathing/shower rooms, steps and lift up to the apartment from the underground garage. A choice of two pool bathing areas.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Although it will have a professional clean after each letting, we as guests to leave the apartment as they find it. No smoking .in the apartment Fridge and Bins to be emptied when vacating the apartment. Door and windows/grills to be kept locked when not in the apartment. Adherence to community rules displayed (ie no glass around pool etc)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Gorgeous apartment. Lovely views. Excellent location near to beaches, lovely towns, hillside villages, stunning countryside. A fantastic holiday, thank you.
Great apartment, great location, great holiday
The apartment is clean, well presented and fully equipped. The kitchen has all that you need and the lounge is comfortable and very attractively decorated. Bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) are clean and comfortable with good hanging and storage space. Bathrooms (2) are spacious and clean.
Gardens are well maintained and the pool is spotless - if a bit cool when we were there in March! Even then, maintenance staff were evident daily.
Secure underground parking and a lift straight up to the flat - ideal!
What sets this apartment apart though are the balcony and roof terrace with their fabulous views to Gibraltar, Marbella and North Africa.
The apartment is well located for trips to Ronda, Gibraltar and further afield, or you can find plenty to do locally with bars, restaurants and markets nearby.
A car is very useful, but as others have said, there is a bus stop at the entrance to the estate about 500m from the apartment, so it isn't essential.
All in all, a great place and we will definitely be back.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and thank you for your warm comments. It is lovely for us when our guests have had an enjoyable stay. We would love to welcome you back in the future.
A comfortable apartment set in glorious views
The apartment block as a whole is kept spotlessly clean as are the gardens and pool area. The views are wonderful and the luxury of the roof terrace gives this apartment something special above the others. There is a bus route at the bottom of the road and a small shop and garage for basic provisions. You can walk to Manilva beach where there is beach restaurant for drinks and good meals. Du Quessa Harbour is so picturesque with plenty of bars and a good variety of restaurants. Car hire is a good price from Duquessa, or taxis aren't too bad. Plenty to see in the area whether its beaches you like or the Casares and the hilly landscape. Gibralatar 45 mins trip. It is an ideal spot to have a base and you can have absolute peace or travel to more cosmopolitan areas. Would definitely go to this area again.
The apartment is clean, well equipped and beautifully decorated. Two bathrooms is a godsend!! The owner Karen was especially helpful both whilst making the arrangements prior to booking and when we got there we needed her help and she answered her phone immediately and helped us to find everything we needed to settle in. There are plenty of DVDs to watch, and books and games if you are unlucky with the weather! Everything you need is in the apartment, plenty of hot water, air conditioning, microwave, fridge freezer, washing machine etc. outside furniture for eating al fresco and sunbeds to relax. Everything clean and good quality. Shutters were great to keep the place cool, and dark if you want a lie in!! I would recommend this for location, quality of the apartment and helpfulness of the owner. Would like to go again in a different month to see a different landscape and flowers.
Thank you Kim for your kind comments and I am really glad you had a good time and got out and about to see the local area. There is plenty to do locally, as you discovered, and the apartment has the added advantage that you can walk to the beach. We hope to welcome you back in the future as it was very unlucky that you had a wet week.
Great week away
We had a great week, the apartment was clean on our arrival and relatively easy to find. We used a coach and a taxi to get there from Malaga Airport. We did the holiday without a car, but as owner says, car hire is recommended. The beach is around 15 mins walk, and there is a shop just at the bottom of the hill. The pool was nice and quiet, and it was great to eat outside on the balcony or roof some nights. Duquesa was a great place to eat out of a night time, or just to stroll down to for lunch. Overall had a really great holiday, thank you.
thank you for your comments. I am always pleased when holidaymakers have a good break and enjoy the area and use of the apartment. We look forward to welcoming you back the future.
Excellent Family Apartment
We flew into Gibraltar, which we would highly recommend. The terminal at the airport was new and the airport wasn't at all crowded. It was only a very short walk across the border where we hired our car.
The drive to the apartment was about 20mins and there were no toll roads. It was fairly easy to find and we were met by a lovely lady who showed us around and told us about the local area.
We choose this apartment because it was away from the Marina and was quiet and peaceful. The drive to the Marina and beach was only about five minutes - you wouldn't want to walk as it is up hill all the way back (probably not so bad when the sun isn't so hot!) There are many good restaurants and bars around the marina, which bustle with life in the evening.
The swimming pool and grounds were immaculately kept and very clean. On most of the days there was no more than two other families around the pool and on more than one occasion we had the pool to ourselves! Plenty of sunbeds and some shades around the pool.
The apartment was quiet as it is on the top floor, there are lifts which worked perfectlywell during our stay. The roof terrace was simply divine. We ate our breakfast up there every day, very peaceful and beautiful scenery.
The apartment was very clean and very well equipped. It had air conditioning that could be turned on and off, the temperature was set just right, there was no need to change it. The beds were comfortable and the blackout blinds were a bonus. The apartment is tastefully decorated and there were ample DVDs and books to borrow.
Overall a very good family holiday, just what we were looking for and I would certainly recommend it to anyone coming to this beautiful area of Spain, especially if you are like us and like a relaxing, peaceful holiday.
Lynne, David and girls (12 and 10)
We have family that live in the same building and Karen allowed use to rent her apartment for a couple of weeks, we had a fabulous time and we certainly benefited for having the penthouse.
The apartment is lovely and had everything that we needed for our stay, my only grime would be! Karen please buy a bigger TV and put the original in the main bedroom…but that’s just me being picky!
Karen is very helpful and communicative, loads of info for things to do and places to go, DVD’s very useful for the kids.
Everything you need is close bye: Port Restaurants, Beach, Shops, English butcher was very nice and he kept giving me some freebie’s every day (I think he just want my famous Newmarket Sausage Recipe).
The holiday went far to quickly and we can’t wait to return.
Hire a car.
Thank you Karen :)
Glad you had a good time and enjoyed the apartment and the area. Thank you for your feedback which we always encourage and appreciate. Hope to see you back soon.
New Larger TV now in living room.
Gibraltar is only 20 min drive and from here you can whale watch, shop, visit the apes, explore the tunnels and caves. A cable car takes you to the top of the rock from where not only can you get to see the famous ape colonies but also see the fantastic views.
The apartment is accessible for Marbella and Puerto Banus both filled with beautiful boats and beautiful people. Not for everyone but well worth a visit for harbor restaurants, bars, designer shops and markets.
Tarifa (the Southern most point of Spain) in contrast to Marbella is a town with a Moorish influence (boats cross to Cuerta and Tangier regularly). Cobbled streets, Moorish architecture and famous for water sports such as windsurfing and para-gliding. A 'young' town as many travelers head down to this point.
Ronda a beautiful town up in the hills north of Marbella is a 'must do' on a clear day. A town situated over a gorge which provides wonderful views of the surrounding area.