We’ve been to Spain many times, but mainly for a city break. We’d never visited Mainland Spain for a fly and flop, we mainly reserved that type of holiday for the Balearics or Canaries.
We left the UK on a Saturday afternoon, arriving late into Malaga to the waiting private car. We were thankful for the short transfer with a ten year old and an eight month old in tow. Shown to our room shortly before 11pm local time, we got the little man to bed as soon as we got familiarised with the apartment.
We learned that an afternoon flight, while great for the baby initially. By the time you add travel to the airport, the stay at the airport, the flight and then the travel and check in at your hotel, it takes all day. In the future we’ll definitely choose an early flight, so we can enjoy the first afternoon, evening and night.
Thankfully, we had a welcome pack at the apartment. So there was no need for the early morning dash to the local market for supplies. Instead we got up late, cooked some eggs, sat together on the terrace and enjoyed our first dose of the Spanish sun.
The first day for me is always about exploring, getting to know the area. We had to explore the supermarket, so after making a menu plan (we may be on holiday but there are some things that just make sense).
The apartment was incredibly well equipped, we even had a handheld blender for the baby. So we knew we were going to eat well all holiday.
We also had to explore our way to the nearest mall. Abi had forgotten her swimwear. Although a bit of a nightmare, it was a great way for us to see a little of Fuengirola. The mall is fantastic, it has everything you need, and wonderfully cool air conditioning. There’s a food court too with decent restaurants, a giant supermarket as well as high street stores you’ll recognise.
By the time we’d shopped for the swimwear essentials and had a bite to eat the hottest of the sun had died down a little. So when we got back to the resort, the pool beckoned. We spent the rest of the day there.
It’s hard for me to write this blog, mainly because we didn’t do a great deal. We enjoyed the weather, the pool and the beach. Food and alcohol was cheap, I picked up a huge bottle of Bacardi for under 15EUR.
We spent one morning exploring the beautiful hillside village of Mijas. For me this was one of the highlights of the holiday. We just jumped in a taxi, it took just 20 minutes door-to-door and less than 15EUR. Then we wandered and shopped. Stopping for lunch for hot sandwiches and a gorgeous parlour called the Happiness Laboratory for ice cream.
The views from the village are outstanding, it’s a gorgeous place with manicured gardens and quaint, stylish shops. I urge you to visit if you’re in the region.
The whole holiday was a mash up of family time, soaking up the vitamin D, the surroundings and ferrying Abigail between the pool and kids club. Sometimes using the in resort road train (so fun!).
Within the resort the staff couldn’t do enough for us. The service really was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble and we were really made to feel comfortable from check in. The porters were incredibly helpful even after checkout!
If you want to know more about where we stayed, please get in touch, I could ramble on for hours about the giant resort within a resort.