To say I was a sceptic is an understatement, however I believe the negatives and the positives should be known before you go on your "FREE holiday". Somehow I won a free week to Club La Costa Fuengorola. The service and information I was given before our trip was superb and certainly took away any fears that we had and we went to resort with an open mind. THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BIT ! Do not buy their FRACTION at any price or you will live to regret it ! There are far better deals on the Internet at a FRACTION of their price. The resort itself is fantastic....clean, well managed and we really enjoyed our FREE hospitality. We were not pestered in any way to buy anything but we were aware that we needed to go on a presentation which I believe is fair enough. We were told this presentation would include lunch and would last approx 2 hours. A cup of tea and 5 tuna sarnies later, we were whisked off by our HOST who incidentally was very nice and taken down after a tour of the lavish 5 star accommodation with hot tubs, plasma TVs etc to the detention room. It's a purpose built building with lavish surroundings and many smug reps who look as though they have just fallen out of Burtons window. We looked at numerous videos on really nice TVs and flicked through a few well placed brochures. Even I, the Mother of sceptics was starting to get drawn in on the thought of really cheap holidays anywhere in the world at a FRACTION of high street prices....thank god I did not have that really nice cocktail before the meeting as I probably would still be there mulling over the deal of all deals ! We came down to the final push after being told this is a once off offer, never to be repeated and you will never be asked again. Here it was "showdown"....we waited in anticipation and on the press of the return key, there it was, 19 years of cheap holidays, luxury accommodation in the finest places and all for.....£12,995 + £599.00 every year for 19 years and a further £699.00 admin fee. Their was one final incentive but we had to say yes or no there and then as we would never be asked again, we could finance the deal on an amazing rate of 18% APR for the next 180 months (15 years), however, but don't tell anyone else, they were also prepared to give 0% for the 1st 10 months....we were stunned, deal or no deal, quick we need to give an answer ! I did the Maths quick in my head, I even pulled out my iPhone to use the calculator as the excitement had clowded my judgement at this point. I couldn't decide, however the numbers were coming into my head, approx 38k over 15 years for the finance, a further 12k ish in my head over 19 years for the maintenance of something I never own ! Final answer NO !
In fairness after the 5 hour presentation, we were never pestered again.
Thank you Club la Costa for our really nice FREE holiday !
One final point, do not get sucked in by cheap car hire at Malaga airport as its not cheap.
The reason why is they all have a full tank empty tank policy.
It basically means they fill the car full of fuel (well they don't really) when you collect it.
They then inflate the price per litre and charge your card there and then the full price of the tank.
They tell you to bring the car back empty.
I defy anyone who can burn off 900km of fuel without visiting Portugal and go back with an empty tank.
Most people go back with at least half a tank (50 euros) and they then sell on to the next happy punter.
I hope this post has been useful.
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