Marvella wrote in last week to say:
"I am thinking about a last minute trip with my husband and children. We are looking at staying with Crown Resorts at Club Caronte Do you know anything about it? I have seen on Gomarbella that it is possible to take a train from Malaga airport to Fuengirola then a bus to Calahonda. Which bus stop should I use to get to the resort?"
I replied to Marvelle to say:
"For Club Caronte Crown Resorts, you need to get off at the Riviera del Sol bus stop. To get to the Delta Club Crown Resorts Reception, here is a little known secret! Instead of walking back towards the Riviera del Sol shops and main entrance to the urbanisation and then all the way around to the Reception, walk another 100m in the same direction you were travelling towards Marbella. You'll have a hedge on your right and the busy highway on your left. If you look through the hedge you'll see the Delta Club Crown Resort Reception building. At the end of the hedge, there is a rickety plank and if you walk across the plank and up a short path, you'll come out into the Reception car park. The entrance to the resort Reception is not more than 100 metres from the bus stop but if you walk around by road it is at least a kilometre.
If you don't need to go to the local Crown Resorts Reception at Club Delta Mar first and are going straight to your Club Caronte apartment, then walk 200 metres the other way from the Riviera del Sol bus stop and you'll see a taxi rank next to the Riviera del Sol shopping centre. For a minimum fare a taxi will take you the short final leg of your journey up the hill to the Caronte resort.
Two days after my reply to Marvella I drove to the Riviera del Sol to double check the information I had given her. My GPS said Club Caronte Crown Resort was 1.3kms or 3.50 minutes by car from the Riviera del Sol roundabout. I went up to the resort and then to the Club Delta Mar Reception right next to the Riviera del Sol bus stop to get more information. I spoke to Lucia the very pleasant Receptionist on duty and she explained to me how the different Crown Club receptions worked.
There are three Crown Resorts Receptions:
1) Crown Club Delta Mar Reception serves the Delta Mar resort, the La Riviera resort and the Club Caronte resort. The Caronte resort is higher up the hill and Crown Resorts recommend the use of a hire car when staying there. It has great views, is quieter. It has a swimming pool and a gym. For families with children Crown Resorts recommends Delta Mar and La Riviera because everything is within easy walking distance and the beach is so much closer. If you look at the picture above, you'll see the La Riviera resort just behind the Reception. The Club Delta Mar Reception opens every day at 9am but like the Club Calahonda Reception, evening closing hours are variable in winter or summer.
Address: Crown Club Delta Mar and Crown Club La Riviera, Riviera del Sol, 29650 Mijas Costa, Málaga, Spain. Tel: + 34 952 933 674
2) Crown Resorts Club Calahonda Reception serves the Calahonda resort and is accessed by bus from the middle Calahonda bus stop. It is a short walk up from the A7/N340 highway.
Address: Crown Resorts Club Calahonda Calle Almeria s/n Urb. Sitio de Calahonda, 29649 Mijas Costa, Málaga, Spain Tel: + 34 952 933 674
3) Crown Resorts Club Marbella Reception serves the Marbella Resort complex and is the main reception for all three resorts and is open 24 hours a day. If you are arriving late at any of the other resorts and need help, phone Crown Club Marbella Reception on + 34 952 933 674 It's further away from the busy A7/N340 coastal highway and if you are arriving for the first time by bus, I recommend that you get off at the first Calahonda bus stop travelling from Fuengirola and instead of pulling your suitcase up the hill, take a taxi for the short distance to the resort.
Address: Crown Resorts Club MarbellaCalle Monte Paraiso, Sitio De Calahonda s/n, 29650 Mijas Costa, Málaga, Spain. Tel: + 34 952 933 674
I suggested to Marvelle also that she could take the bus back into Fuengirola and the children would enjoy the Aqua Park or perhaps a visit to the Fuengirola Zoo. Marbella is 35 minutes the other way by bus and she could have a look around in the Old Town before taking a ferry from the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella to Puerto Banus. From there she could taxi back to Marbella or take a local bus back to Marbella centre before catching the Fuengirola bus back to her Crown Club Resort.