3 independent reviews for Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain

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review 22 Oct 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The amazing view of the mountains and the different places to enjoy the sunshine depending on the time of day. We also loved the house and the amazing collection of books to flick through. Had an amazing time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The amazing location is the best part of this holiday. Getting a higher category of hire car to take on the road and hills is something I can recommend. It was something we appreciated.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We really felt that we got to know this area of southern Spain thanks to our hosts especially by buying local produce. The surrounding gardens encouraged wildlife and water and energy was conserved.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Really great time. We'd love to go back.

review 22 Jun 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Apart from the first time we set eyes on La Amapola, it has to be sitting outside with a gin & tonic in the evening sun, as the silky voice of Chet Baker poured out of the kitchen speakers. It just doesn't get much better than that! We were also intrigued by the chain outside the kitchen door. A few of the local bees seemed to love sleeping on it every evening. Nice to see that they feel welcome somewhere!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you arrive with enough shopping for at least a few days. Shane & Bea provide a nice welcome basket, but with such a lovely villa and surroundings, it's good to be able to leave when you want to. Also, you really don't need to bring any books. Shane & Bea have a fantastic collection throughout the villa, and we could have easily taken a month off and worked our way through it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. The welcome basket had all sorts of local produce in it, and in addition, Shane & Bea kept a compost barrel and encouraged visitors to conserve water as much as possible. The 'Activities' section of their website promotes the services of local people too, and although we didn't get round to making use of them, it's nice to see that they are helping to promote their local community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

You couldn't ask for a more idyllic location, or more welcoming hosts. Shane met us at the villa when we arrived and gave us a quick run through the basics, while Bea would always let us know when she was around to water the plants (twice during the week), a much appreciated sign of the type of consideration they show towards their guests. Other than that, you simply wouldn't know there was anyone there but yourselves. The villa itself felt really homely, which makes a big difference, and helps you relax much quicker. You can tell that a lot of thought has gone into what people might find useful - DVDs, board games, books, music, utensils - it all feels designed to welcome you in. The only slightly negative thing we experienced was an annoying number of flies up at the pool, which at certain times of the day made it difficult to be there. It may have been due to the time of year, or to the nearby farm, but it is certainly no reflection on the efforts made by Shane & Bea to make our stay a lovely one. I would, however, recommend mosquito nets over the beds, as it makes for a nice relaxing sleep, should any of those little pests find a way in! All in all, I have no hesitation in recommending La Amapola for anyone wanting a breather, surrounded by beauty, in a real home away from home. With a gorgeous private pool to boot!

review 17 Jul 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The peaceful setting, serene surroundings and the warm and gracious hospitality of our hosts, Shane and Bea, are our fondest memories. From the moment we arrived until the minute we left, two weeks later, we rarely thought of our hectic, fast-paced life back home. The villa is a one-of-a-kind gem and we feel very fortunate to have been able to spend two weeks relaxing there and being wowed by the beautiful vistas and sunsets that greeted us every day and every evening.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We highly recommend a day trip to The Alhambra in Granada. It is essential to make your reservations on line beginning 90 days in advance. We also recommend a day trip to Ronda, the Malaga Market, Nerja, and Frigiliana. Shane and Bea were very helpful with suggestions for excursions, shopping, restaurants, and general information about the Andalusia region.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We made use of the local recycle bins and we collected compost for Bea to use in her garden. We did our best to conserve water and to support local merchants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, we would rate the holiday as a very strong 10. We would highly recommend it to others. We hope to keep in touch with Shane and Bea. They are a lovely couple and we're so happy that our paths have crossed. The next time we are looking for a villa to rent, we will definitely check with responsiblevacation.com to see what they offer in the country where we are travelling.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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