Parador de Malaga Golf

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Address: Autovia del Mediterraneo KM. 231, Malaga, 29004, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4

A Florida-style, low-rise hotel surrounded by a golf course which backs onto a beach.

You’ll either love or hate this sprawling, state-run hotel. Personally I adore the light, airy, spacious feel of the place, created by the gallery-like white walls and huge windows and its laid-back vibe.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
3.9
90%

Location

On the outskirts of Malaga city, it’s extensive plot is sandwiched between a main road and an immaculately-kept golf course. It’s only about a five minute drive from Malaga airport, a two minute drive to Plaza Mayor, one of Malaga’s premier shopping centre, and you can walk along the promenade to Torremolinos in about 20 minutes. Or do as I do, and stroll lazily into town through the surf.

Bedrooms

All the rooms are considerably bigger than average Costa del Sol hotel rooms and are finished with funky, design-led pieces. The black and silver, linear headboards and bedside cabinets wouldn’t look out of place in an Art Deco hotel in Miami. I enjoy waking up and having a pre-breakfast coffee on the ample balcony overlooking the golf course and the Mediterranean Sea. The bathrooms have double sinks, a large bath, and a separate shower.

Public areas

They must have got a Feng Shui expert in, I reckon. The public rooms, from the restaurant and bar, to the sun terraces and conference suites, just flow in an open-plan stream of sleek, uniformed luxury. With wide, white marble lobbies and hallways flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows it’s kinda the opposite to ‘pokey’.

Eating and drinking

The continental breakfast buffet is of American proportions – which I love! The hotel specialises in authentic Andalusian dishes at lunch and dinner, and being this close to the sea, you won’t be surprised to discover there’s a big emphasis on fish and seafood. The bar can lack atmosphere after dinner, however, as the majority of the guests get up early to play golf.

Leisure facilities

Most visitors come for the leisure activities including a large outdoor pool, 18 hole golf course and several tennis courts. If that’s not enough, there are water-sports, including kayaking, offered on the beach.

Service

Paradors, hotels owned by the State, have an excellent reputation for great service. The staff here feel that weight of that heritage and take the responsibility of good service very seriously.

Who stays there

Mainly couples in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

Price advice

Special offers are available at weekends and in low season. Book in advance to get the best deals.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Golf course
  • Direct beach access
  • It can get noisy as it’s on a flight path
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