TapaLuz is amazing. I could talk about it for weeks, but other reviewers have said most of what I felt – I’ll just mention a few things I think I’d have liked to know before I arrived.
1. Breakfast is great. Proper fruit salad, plain yoghurt, cold meats and cheese, good coffee, fresh orange, bread, muffins, croissants, and homemade jams, out on the veranda at our own table (no forced mingling here).
2. There is lots of privacy. There are only three rooms, but about a dozen different sets of comfy seats dotted around the property, so you can hunt the sun / shade all day long. We always like doing lots on holiday, but we just didn’t want to leave TapaLuz and spent four days there doing pretty much nothing. It was bliss...
3. The setting is pretty remote. This means the view is amazing, out over a deep green valley. It also means there aren’t many places to eat or buy stuff within less than a 15-minute drive – not really a problem, since they provide toiletries, and lovely breakfasts and dinners. It’s difficult to find the place the first time you drive there (although once you’ve done it once, it’s fine), and the very last bit is on unfinished road, which our teeny little car had a bit of difficulty with – nothing scary, though. Having said that, it’s a really easy and quick drive to Malaga airport – only about 45 minutes.
4. It’s really quiet. There are no nearby neighbours, and all you can hear from the farms down the valley are distant dog barks, goat bells and roosters crowing. Lovely. The walls of the rooms are really thick, so you can’t hear anything from other guests, either. Plus I don’t think it really attracts noisy people, since there’s no local nightlife!
5. The food is amazing. And I’m really fussy! We ate there for three nights and all three were worth the 39E. The best night (duck liver pate with poached pears, marinated quails legs with roasted apple, slow-cooked lemon, garlic and thyme-stuffed chicken with couscous and broad beans, and profiteroles) was worth a whole lot more. At about 1pm, they bring all the guests a plate of fruit, which is a really nice touch. You probably don’t need lunch. They don’t serve it, but we found that, being really sedentary for the whole holiday, we didn’t need more than breakfast and dinner.
6. The honesty bar is good value. Good bottles of wine from about 14E, cans of beer and a big variety of soft drinks at 1.2E, and Magnum ice creams for 2E. They also do all kinds of spirits, and home-made Sangria. There’s a good Nespresso-style coffee machine, so you can make teas and coffees, too, for 1E each.
7. The rooms are good. Big fat rainhead shower, firm but not rock hard bed, great a/c (which you barely need anyway), simple and stylish decor. There’s a lovely shady living room you can use all day, too, and that room (but not the bedrooms) has wifi.
8. The owners are lovely. Service is attentive but relaxed, and they seem like they really welcome people and really love what they do – there’s no stuffiness. They’re happy to leave you to your own devices if you want privacy, or chat away with you if you want to chat – it’s very much up to you.
My only negative is that there’s no door on the bathroom (in the Red Room at least - not sure of the others), just a strong curtain, so you have to be very at ease with your companion!
We can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are offering our guests, peace and tranquility, stunning views, and a very good kitchen of our Belgian chef, who cooked for well known people in famous restaurants around the world.Room prices:Standard room: € 90Suite: € 120Junior suite: € 100 ... more less