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#DiamondStories: Relaxing at Los Amigos Beach Club
By Stephanie Allen
Media & Content Editor
Have you ever walked into a resort and immediately felt at ease? Like the weight of everything you have going on at home – all the stressors from work and life – had been lifted off your shoulders? That’s how we felt when we walked into the lobby of Los Amigos Beach Club. And the relaxation only continued when we checked into our accommodations.
This year, the Diamond Resorts media team is exploring several of Diamond’s most desirable destinations, giving you an inside look at the best experiences in each location. From off-road tours and hot air balloon rides in Sedona, Arizona, to hiking dormant volcanoes in Hawaii or enjoying beachside concerts in Virginia Beach, Virginia – we’re testing out each adventure first to help you make the most of your next Diamond Resorts vacation. You can follow our adventures live @DiamondResorts on Twitter and Instagram, and join our journey by sharing your own vacation experiences with #DiamondStories.
We started in Sedona, Arizona and then went island hopping in Hawaii. Our third stop: Malaga, Spain.
Diamond Resorts has three incredible properties in the Malaga area – Los Amigos Beach Club, Sahara Sunset and Royal Oasis Club at Pueblo Quinta. We had an opportunity to experience each of the resorts during our short, eight-day trip. And we have to admit, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. They’re each unique and provide a different vacation experience, depending on what you’re searching for during your holiday.
We spent three nights at Los Amigos Beach Club and felt comfortable from the minute we arrived. The resort is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Malaga in the town of Mijas Costa, so it offers a bit of an escape from the city, but is still close enough to enjoy many of the area’s attractions.
My remodeled one-bedroom accommodation was more than enough room, with a spacious living room and full kitchen – there’s even an in-room washing machine. I felt so comfortable that I hung up clothes in the closet, which I never do when traveling.
We checked in late our first night after spending the day testing our fears at Caminito del Rey, the King’s Little Pathway. The wooden walkway is a popular tourist attraction and bookable through the Diamond Resorts app on your mobile phone or through the resort. We had a few Diamond team members accompany us on our tour of the path, which is pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, about an hour from Los Amigos Beach Club.
The boardwalk is only about 2 miles long, but the entrance is a decent distance from any parking and the exit is a good hike away from a bus stop that will take you back to the parking. So in reality, the trip is more like 5 miles total. You’re required to wear a really cute (that’s sarcasm) hairnet and plastic safety helmet the entire time, so don’t expect to take modeling photos. The walkway felt relatively safe, even when crossing the swaying footbridge that stretches the gorge 105 meters (about 345 feet) above the ground, and the views are hands-down some of the best we saw the entire trip.
The company that maintains the route warns that the steep walls, narrow parts and extreme height can make some visitors dizzy. We managed to make it through without feeling sick, but it would be terrifying for anyone afraid of heights. We recommend bringing water and cash for a snack bar that’s located near the bus stop. We were properly exhausted after the hike and had to wait about 15 minutes for the next bus back to the parking area, so we took a seat at the bar.
Welcome to the village of Álora - a typical pueblo blanco, home to the ruins of a castle, cobblestone streets and one of the largest churches in the province of Malaga. #DiamondStoriespic.twitter.com/mPpXkSyDfa
We stopped by the town of Alora, a traditional pueblo blanco, on our way back “home” for lunch and a tour of the town’s ancient castle, which dates back to the Romans. The small town has a quaint and nicely curated museum, a historic square center and gorgeous cobblestone streets. It’s accessible from any of Diamond’s properties by a high-speed train and is well-worth an afternoon visit.
By the time we arrived at Los Amigos, we only wanted to shower and crawl in bed, but decided to meet at Las Casitas, the on-site restaurant. The outdoor patio was packed, but we grabbed a table near the back, expecting a quiet and quick meal. We were happily wrong on both points! The restaurant has almost nightly entertainment and we sat down just moments before Guapatini, the Contessa of the Costas, came out for a hilariously entertaining drag show. We stayed for her entire show and ordered a charcuterie board appetizer, pizza and pasta entrees. I basically had to roll myself back to my room and into bed.
Los Amigos has plenty of on-site amenities, including a fitness center, table tennis tables, mini-golf course, life-size chess, game room, several outdoor pools and an indoor pool to keep you busy during your stay. We found the atmosphere to be incredibly relaxing and family-friendly. If I had children, I would feel comfortable letting them roam freely around the resort.
The resort’s activities team also has a full schedule of events and experiences that help you learn about the area and immerse yourself in the local culture. During our stay, the team held a Diamond Experiences Plus that took us on a 3 km walk along the Senda Litoral de Malaga, or the Malaga Coastal Path. The actual boardwalk stretches more than 100 km along the coast, but the Diamond Experiences Plus excursion shows you a short section in Mijas Costa.
The morning walk was hands down the most relaxing thing we did all week. The team helped us identify different plants and birds as we casually strolled along the shore, breathing the salty ocean air. Walking the boardwalk will be a morning routine when I return – and let’s be honest, I will be back for a proper vacation.
We didn’t want to leave by the end of our short stay. From the incredible hospitality to the comfortable amenities, everything about our stay at Los Amigos Beach Club was perfect. But we had other places to explore! Stay tuned for details on Diamond’s other Andalusian properties.
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