We checked out how the high rollers live in this luxury Marbella resort
Here on ITB we check out all the latest technology and gadgets but now we are also including luxury/tech hotels and also luxury airlines. First up in the luxury category is The Oasis by Don Carlos Resort which is situated in sunny Marbella or more accurately Elviria just 6km outside of Marbella.
Arrival and Check-in
The first thing to note about this hotel is that there are two parts to it, there is the 5* Don Carlos Hotel and then attached to the side of that is The Oasis which is even more 5* luxury with some amazing panoramic rooms. The Oasis arranged our private transfer which they offer to all guests, which will see you transported from the airport in style in a Mercedes Benz.
From the moment you arrive you are treated like high rollers with a very personal check-in experience that for us featured a tour around The Oasis showing us all the restaurants and then a demo of our room.
The room we stayed in was the top suite in The Oasis, called the Oasis Suite with Infinity Pool, it is the only room to feature this amazing outside day bed. All suites in The Oasis that are on the sea side of the building have some amazing views of the local area.
In the main bedroom and living area there are some amazing design elements, the smallest aspect of the room is the W/C which is a tiny little room which makes real sense when you think about it. Why should the toilet take up a large space in the bedroom.
As you can see from the images above, the bath and showers have been incorporated into the living space of the main bedroom. Be under no doubt, this is not a room for those who are shy, however the shower has an external automatic blind for privacy and the bath can be excluded from the main bedroom via a plush curtain divide.
Unlike many hotels the connectivity and Wifi in the room was excellent, download speeds were not fast, just 6MB but what made the difference is that the connection was rock solid and never dropped. There was not one time I ever had to walk to a different part of the room just to get a strong signal.
Indeed one could stay in your room almost your entire stay if you wanted to with private sun bathing, and super solid WiFi and room service, sure why leave.
However leave you should, as there are a host of other things on offer to see, and pool and restaurants aside if you just want some quite time with a book there are many areas to sit in The Oasis.
Eating and drinking in The Oasis you might think would be expensive, but for the most part I was pleasantly surprised by prices. A glass of wine for example is €6, most places in Ireland charge about €7.50. There are three restaurants, the Bahia, Trattoria and Ombu, which is international cuisine, Italian and Thai.
There is also the main hotel bar called La Terrasse for relaxing in after dinner, they also serve some snacks too should you just need something light.
The Bahia restaurant offers more fine dining with beautifully presented plates of food. There is also an excellent view of the pool deck below for those hot summer nights
Trattoria and Ombu offer Italian and Thai, with Trattoria dishing up delicious pizza and traditional Italian dishes and Ombu with its traditional oriental styling offering a hot of spicy Thai dishes.
In the grounds of the resort are the main hotel pool, which can be used by Don Carlos guests and guests staying in The Oasis. It features pool side service, an extensive bar with lunch menu and a large sun bathing deck.
If you continue past this pool you will arrive in the large gardens of the hotel which ultimately lead you to the Orange Beach Club. The gardens feature ornamental bridges and winding walkways for you to explore.
Orange Beach Club
At the end of the garden path you will arrive at a gate that will lead you into the Orange Beach Club. This club features a beautiful lagoon style pool with an array of different types of sun chairs, from standard, to double sunbeds, clamshells and Balinese Beds.
All guests of the Don Carlos and The Oasis are free to use any of the standard sun loungers, the double sun beds and the Balinese Beds cost €150 with a bottle of Champagne for the day, however Oasis guests can use any of the seating other than the Balinese beds for free.
The Oasis guests also get an exclusive ‘Adults Only’ zone which is only for them, Don Carlos guests look on in envy at the space and peace. However all guests get pool side service. Probably the only aspect of our entire stay that could be improved is the attentiveness of the Orange Beach Club staff, with the main bathing areas busy it just seems like there was not enough staff.
I loved the fact that the club opened at 10am, this meant nobody leaving towels out at crazy hours. In fact the club did not get busy until closer to 11:30am, the lazy pace of life meant never having to worry about getting a sun bed, and you could just relax.
The Orange Beach Club also leads directly onto the main beach which while not golden sand is nice all the same. However and this is not a fault of Don Carlos, but the beach outside of their cordoned off area is exceptionally dirty with cigarette butts everywhere. Orange Beach Club staff clean up all around their areas however I would love to see the sand raked every morning down to the shoreline so that at least the Hotel’s portion of the beach is immaculate.
When checkout time came The Oasis staff were as sorry to see us go as they were happy to see us arrive. A nice touch is that your bill summary is delivered the night before you check out so you can get an idea of what needs to be paid in addition to the room rate.
You are free to use your room until midday or 4pm if you have a late checkout, and the Spa downstairs has a host of pools, experience showers and changing facilities for you to get ready in should your flight not be until night time. So don’t worry, even if you don’t have your room past midday you will be well cared for.
Again at least in our case we had a private transfer which arrived on time and brought us to the airport.
So to sum up our stay in The Oasis by Don Carlos Resort all I can say is that it is pure luxury, with excellent staff, facilities and food. As 5* hotels go this is a true 5*. For more on The Oasis by Don Carlos Resort check out their official website here.
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