Our second stay at Villa Kalahari was a short but very pleasant golf break in February. The owner was yet again extremely helpful with local knowledge and the large open fireplace was a real treat in the evening. The villa was very well presented and our stay was every bit as enjoyable as before, if not more so. We really must try to get back in the summer.
This is my third return visit to Villa Kalahari and I just want to reiterate that I was still delighted with the presentation of the property and the excellent service provided by the owner. The location of the property is also perfect for all the local restaurants and bars etc. and the beach is still only a 15min stroll away. I will definitely be coming back here if the owner allows and he can guarantee the wonderful weather we have just had over Easter.! I would also like to state that although I am a non smoker (and you may smoke in the Villa), the place nor the furnishings smelt of smoke.
All communication with the renter was good and we received a good discount for only two of us staying in the villa but when we arrived the main living areas were dirty,very grubby and all soft furnishings smelt to us as non smokers ,terrible of cigarette smoke. The owner of the villa when the villa is not rented lives in the villa himself and smokes in the villa. The fridge looked like he had just emptied it before we went in and was full of crumbs and dirty. Cutlery was all clean. The washing machine and tumble dryer were outside under steps and looked terrible the tumble drier looked like it hadn't been used for years. The bedrooms and bed linen were all clean so we're the bathrooms. The pool area was very tired with some cracked tiles. The journey round the back road for the car was terrible and you wouldn't want to use the big metal gates at night as they were so noisy and difficult to get in and out of. We called the owner straight away and said we wasnt happy with the villa as it was filthy etc etc. He said he would come round, so when he did he said he had a new cleaner and no it wasn't acceptable and that he had paid a lot of money and said he would get another cleaner in first thing in the morning. He had also promised us before we booked a portable air con unit for the bedroom but on arrival said he hadn't got one as they were all out in other places. We had two small fans for the whole villa. The carpets were dirty and grubby with dust fluff and hairs especially in the lounge all under the table. That night we were very unhappy, the outside blinds in bedrooms were broken and it was very hot in the bedroom as we didn't want to leave windows open as we had seen a couple of cockroaches outside in the evening and seeing a spray of cockroach killer in every room put us off , we decided we didn't want to stay in the villa so when the owner turned up next morning with the cleaner we said we couldn't stay as no cleaner would get it up to standards the villa needed a real deep clean. He said he would try and get us some money back but we never received a penny. We thought we had to share our experience as obviously the place had gone down hill since other reviews and hopefully the owner has taken on board our comments. We then had to find other accommodation as we didn't want to spend another night there. We have pictures of the villa as we had found it when we arrived.
Six of us stayed at Villa Kalahari for five days and we absolutely loved it. It's fantastic for the price and caters very well to larger groups. The villa has a real homely feel, and you won't struggle to entertain yourselves if you decide to stay in for the night. We were particularly grateful for the bits and bobs left by previous visitors, such as salt and pepper etc. as it makes dining in a lot easier! We didn't bother with car hire, as the villa was very conveniently located to several restaurants and a few supermarkets. If you're looking for something a bit more lively, Puerto Banus and Marbella are both a short (and cheap) bus ride away (if, like us, you can't be bothered to walk!). Peter was lovely and very helpful, as were the locals. Most of the bar and restaurant owners near the villa can direct you to the right bus or order you a taxi, which saved a lot of stress. I hope to come again.
Stayed at Villa Kalahari in Easter, with 3 teenagers. Villa is in a great location and within easy walking distance to Puerto Banus ( 15min stroll). There are some nice villages (rustic Spain) to visit not far by car if you like that side of spain, but also other towns equally close. The Villa was spacious and secure and in a nice cul-de-sac location. There were bars & restaurants within 5 mins walk , all with great food and service. The owner ( Peter) was very welcoming on arrival and close by to help with anything if needed.