Forest Hills is a time-share/fractional ownership resort, and we are members of Seasons. This was our third visit to the resort. The first being in June 2009 when they were in the middle of a big refurbishment, in actual fact they closed the place the week we were there and moved us to other accommodation nearer Malaga. We returned the following year after the refurb. just to see what it was like, and this time we visited in February which was a totally different time of year.
Yes this is a hard to find place, and the access road is not well maintained, there are no lifts so this is not for anyone with walking difficulties as there are lots of stairs. But all this is compensated by the wonderful location and view, looking towards Gibraltar, and the African Coast, mountains and greenery around, and in a peaceful area.
Apartments are spacious very clean, with comfortable beds. The kitchen has the usual equipment, but we did have to ask for a teapot, surely as mainly occupied by Brits should be a standard. The only problem with our kitchen was the positioning of a wall unit which meant when you bent down to empty the dishwasher you needed to be careful as you stood up otherwise it was a bumped head. I would suggest that the linnings on the curtains have dropped and could do with taking up,, this would give a much more cared for look.
Heating/cooling, Feel that Seasons missed an opportunity on the refurb by not putting in air con, which would have saved the need for heaters and fans. We did find that if we had our lounge fire on (it is quite cold in February) and were using the cookings rings and cooker the whole lot tripped out and we had to switch off the fire if we were cooking.
Also feel that it was a mistake to take out all the baths and only leave showers, feel that it would be better if they are having families with little ones to stay, then a bath is really quite necessary, trying to shower a small reluntant child is not easy. (Not that I have any little ones anymore to worry about).
There is plenty of room in the apartments, storage is good and there is a safe. Dishwashers in units and free use of washing machines in the laundry room.
The pool area is pleasant, can be windy, the pool is heated and yes I did swim in the pool in February and it was lovely! There is a lovely hot tub on site, but I would suggest that prehapes a proper cover is purchased in order to keep the heat in during the winter months, not the bubble wrap, which could blow off if not correctly fixed on.
Prices in the bar can feel expensive when compared to those in local towns, and also the meals could prove an expensive exercise if eating in the restuarant every night. Having said that the menu is good and changes nightly, with some themed nights.
Entertainment, this is provided by the restuarant staff, and in February there were not many people around, Sunday night was good with a very versatile man complete with steel drum, who really knew how to read his audiance. A quiz night, darts, and casino night, plus a guitar player who sang (not really my kind of music), This is a small resort and therefore not everyone is in the bar every night, so it must make it difficult to chose acts for the entertainment which are not going to leave the restuarant out of pocket.
We have always found all the staff to be very helpful and pleasant, reception is not manned all the time because the resort is not large and the staff do lots of other duties, but could always be found around the site during their working hours.
If eating out, suggest using Mr Wok, next to MacDonlds on the way into Estepona, very nice and good price for all you can eat.
All of Seasons resorts are different and offer different things, it is difficult to be objective when writing a review because it depends on expectations and what one expects from a holiday, I always try and do my reseach first that I have a fare idea of what to expect. Tripadvisor is most useful for this.
We like our Seasons holidays, and were not disappointed by our February visit to Forest Hills, had a lovely guest relations person named Paul, one of the best we have ever come across, certainly not pushy. Well done to everyone at Seasons for good holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Forest Hills Estepona, Spain - Costa Del Sol