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09 Aug 2009 00:00 by erinjake1 Star rating. 61 forum posts Send private message

Hi everyone,

we are phase four hopefulls.

Coming out to the free apartment 25th August. Roda advised that there are no sun loungers for the pool so what does everyone sun bathe on then? don't fancy towels on the grass.




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09 Aug 2009 23:18 by Scottebabe Star rating. 99 forum posts Send private message

Most owners have their own loungers that we take to the pool but otherwise.....yes I'm afraid it's towels on grass!!  I guess the free apartment is good old 5* Roda standard!




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10 Aug 2009 12:37 by erinjake1 Star rating. 61 forum posts Send private message

I think it is silly having to trail your sunbeds up and down everyday, I mean we have paid handsomely for our apartments and I think there should be sunbeds around the pool permanently and the community should agree the terms. In other holiday resorts this is how it normally is and the pool guy collects the cushions at the end of the day. 

I wouldn't mind some of my community fees going towards this for phase 4.

Yes, the free apartment has no hairdryer, no toiletries and no sun loungers or beach towels. We are glad we aren't paying 1000 euros for that!




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10 Aug 2009 18:59 by arky25 Star rating in erskine, scotland. 350 forum posts Send private message

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i dont think loungers should be left at the pool.

who decides when loungers become tatty and unsightly?

everyones ideas differ.

does this lead to us all getting up early to put towels on sunbeds next ?

no its fine the way it is, i mean is it that hard to take a towel or seat down to pool for a bit?

i for one would be against leaving loungers out.



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12 Aug 2009 11:16 by erinjake1 Star rating. 61 forum posts Send private message

As you say everyones ideas differ but I thought this was meant to be a five star resort. I am seeing it from the perspective of both a guest and an owner.

From a guests point of view it is advertised as a five star resort so you book with either Roda or with a private client and you arrive with a family of five, to find that the apartment and pool has no sun loungers so you have to use the apartment towels and lie on the grass which is very uncomfortable plus you need extra towels to dry yourself and you see other guests on a variety of sunbeds and chairs that they have carried down from their apartment. I don't think this gives the impression of a quality resort, having holidayed at various 4 & 5 star resorts/apartment complexes all of which had permanent sun loungers by the pool. Take a look at any travel brochure and you will see that there are sunbeds by the pools of self catering properties, it looks more presentable and uniform to have one type of lounger and I feel it is a basic service that should be provided on a resort such as Roda.

From an owners point of view, I would not feel happy having to expect my guests to pop up and down with four sunloungers everyday  nor do we want to do this with our 3 children. I have never had to do this at any other holiday resort. It discourages people from using the pool and it also looks unsightly with people lying on the grass etc.

I understand your concern about marking towels with sunbeds but surely the community for each phase could come to solution about allocation for each apartment or if you are really worried you could label them! perhaps Roda would provide them??????

What do Phase 4 owners think of this?

Anyway, I don't know why I am worrying about this when our apartment isn't finished, there is no commercial centre and the hotel is delayed.




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12 Aug 2009 12:17 by kroda Star rating. 106 forum posts Send private message

I am sorry but I do tend to agree with arky on this one.

Having holidayed at La Manga Club - Las Lomas I have had experienced what the high end resorts do.

Las Lomas is actually (correct me if I am wrong) a time share type resort managed by Hyatt.  Yes, they did have sun loungers around the pool.  However there was only one pool, which had a lifeguard in attendance.  You also had the use of towels.  

This is an entirely different concept to Roda where most people actually own their properties and there are many pools.  This would have a very big impact on community charges which are already quite expensive.  Who would look after and maintain these loungers?  What would happen if someone decided to take 2 to their own apartment ?(this has happened already from owners apartments).  It really doesn't bother me bringing my beds to the pool.  There will always be someone who will prefer the comfort of their own choice of lounger.

It is up to Calidona/Roda to provided sun loungers for their renters.  I provide them for my friends and family. 

Yes, the idea is good but I am not prepared to pay extra fees and come to the pool at lunchtime to find all the beds are occupied which did happen at Las Lomas all the time!  




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12 Aug 2009 12:42 by erinjake1 Star rating. 61 forum posts Send private message

Fair point Kroda,

I have been to Alcazaba in Puerto Banus where there are also sunbeds by the pool but there is also a pool guy in attendance to give out cushions etc. the apartments are all privately owned but the maintanance fees are steep. La Torre and Mar Menor both show sunbeds provided around the pools in real pictures and I believe these are privately owned. I don't know how much this service would cost at Roda?

Roda rentals should provide sun loungers for this purpose from their apartments to ensure people do not lie on the grass and I will put this to them when we come over.

I think it is a disgrace that someone would steal sunbeds from the poolside!

How much are the community fees these days?




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12 Aug 2009 13:03 by searay Star rating. 238 forum posts Send private message

roda is a residential complex (just by its shear size) and as such if people wish to market there units for holiday rental i would assume it is up to them to bring there accomadation up to the required standard and not up to the community to provide these facalaties .

as for polaris world mar manor resort there are indeed sun loungers by the communal pool , the last time i was there in july they were charging 5 euros for the privalage of using them !!  something i would not want to see at roda .

if owners are wishing to make a commercial business out of there units the rest of the community should not be expected to pay increased community fees to support this imo .

i would have thought we should be concentrating our efforts on the progress of the commercial center ( or lack of it ) as this would be far more beneficial to both owners and guests .  does anyone know the current situation ?




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12 Aug 2009 14:58 by arky25 Star rating in erskine, scotland. 350 forum posts Send private message

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good points searay and kroda.

as you say, what about owners who do not let?

why should they pay for a service that they do not intend to use?

also i could see this working if there was just 1 comunal pool, but ho many are on roda?

where would they put the beds? -on the grass? as theres is not really a terrace around the pools.

its bad enough that there are many people not paying community fees let alone think of ways to increase them for those wo are.

i think the idea can work wher ea hotel or company owns the lot but would not be viable here.

is it really that bad lying on a towel on the grass? personnaly i think it adds to the residential feel of the complex.



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12 Aug 2009 15:20 by searay Star rating. 238 forum posts Send private message

arky , kroda

just think though if sun loungers and chairs were provided by the community at least it would save the locals who pop in to use the pools having to bring there own !!  perhaps we could put on a free bar for them as well !!




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12 Aug 2009 17:29 by erinjake1 Star rating. 61 forum posts Send private message

I have emailed Vanessa at Roda to complain about Roda rentals not providing sunloungers for use by the pool and about the problem discussed here and she will put it to the Director or so she says!

I am not trying to force owners to pay for something they would not use, we only intend to rent to friends and family. Why would they not wish to use the beds rather than buying some to keep in the apartment and carry them down everyday? It is after all a communal pool. We have no problem with providing loungers for guests to carry from the apartment but we are just suggesting an alternative.

Anyway this was a proposal for Phase 4 owners who do not yet have any sunbeds, phase 4 is a smaller phase and therefore it may not cost much to provide this if the phase 4 community were to decide go ahead.

As for sunbathing on a towel on the grass-  it really is not ideal and not comfortable, why should guests make do when they are on a well earned holiday? it's what you do in your local park not on a 5 star De Vere resort. I guess we will have to drag the mattress down and lie on it then.




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