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“Perfect recouperation: hushed and sedate”

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Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Casares
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Perfect recouperation: hushed and sedate”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

This property exceeded all our expectations for a place to relax and gather strength for the remainder of a packed full 2 weeks in southern Spain. We stayed 2 nights to recover from jet-lag and get re-acquainted with our friends. I agree with the other reviews on all counts. Additionally, the seaside beach pool and restaurant are a lovely way to spend the day. A driver will take you and pick you up at the hotel (too far to walk -and the road has no pedestrian walkway). The bartender is the best we had in Spain, and could make an excellent Americano, if you prefer that to fino. The restaurant in the hotel is a great choice for your first night, but not the best value, and service is dis-organized. There is a decent restaurant on the beach, next to the beach club as an alternative.

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Finca Cortesin is one of those rare places which manages to combine not only a fabulous hotel but also a superb level of friendly and unobtrusive personal service. Having now visited on 4 occasions both for business and for pleasure, I can only congratulate the management team and every member of staff in achieving a wonderful atmosphere within the hotel which matches the high standards of decor, along with restaurants and facilities which are quite simply the best I have been fortunate to experience. Quite simply, a wonderful place to stay for a few days !
David Hodgetts - England

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gibraltar
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

My fiancée and I have been looking for a venue for our wedding and had been advised by friends and family to visit Finca Cortesin to see if it was the sort of place we would like to have our reception. We rang on Friday evening and reserved a table at one of their restaurants so we could not only see the hotel but also eat what was described as the most amazing food by our friends.
When we arrived we walked around the hotel which can only be described as amazing added to this all the staff seemed incredibly nice and welcoming. However when we arrived at the restaurant we were welcomed by the Maitre d'. He immediately informed me that we were unable to eat at the hotel as the dress code was strictly trousers. In response I said no one informed us of this when we booked. He then turned into what can only be described as rude and snobbish telling me that I could go home and get changed (I was wearing a clean ironed pair of knee length shorts, an ironed shirt and a pair of clean polished lofas) . Not one offer of ''well we can book you a table at the bar restaurant instead'' or ''would you like to have a drink on the house if you are unable to drive and change''!! I cannot believe how a hotel that describe themselves as Luxury are unable to offer the correct service if they make a mistake they had not informed us. To add to the disappointment as we left a friend came through the doors wearing a pair of scruffy jeans and a un-tucked, un-ironed shirt and walked straight into the restaurant where we were meant to eat.
Personally I cannot say anything bad about the hotel but the manners of staff needs to improve.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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FincaCortesin, Director General at Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear guest,

We appreciate your visit to Finca Cortesin and are pleased to hear that you considered our resort as a possible wedding venue for your upcoming nuptials.

However, we are obviously disappointed to know that you arrived to our resort without previously being informed of our dress code guidelines. We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the misunderstanding and for not informing you of our dress code at the time you made your booking.

As you have found, we happily welcome guests to dine in our restaurants, however, to maintain a sophisticated dining experience, we do indeed ask all of our guests (gentlemen only) to kindly align their attire to our dress code - long trousers and closed shoes after 9:00pm.

Our standards and policies are managed by our highly trained staff to preserve the quality and ambiance of our tranquil installations. We do everything possible to foresee the expectations of our guests and extend all of the services and comfort that we believe are fundamental to an exceptional hotel experience at Finca Cortesin.

Regardless of the policies set forth by the hotel, we firmly believe that our guests are most certainly able to dress comfortably while complying with our small dress code request in the evening hours. Hence, we hope that you can accept our apology and rest assured that we have taken the measures to ensure that all of our guests are informed of our policies at the time they book a table at any of our restaurants.

We remain enthusiastic that you will be able to return and experience our elegant resort and restaurants.

René Zimmer
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New York
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

I have stayed in many top notch hotels but this rates among the very best. From the moment you pull into the driveway, you are in a magnificent Spanish courtyard. The entire place has the feel of understated elegance.
The rooms are spacious, with terraces and beautiful furniture. The bed is very large even for a so- called king size and has wonderful linens.
There are three outdoor pools and one indoor pool. One of the outdoor pools is on the beach. There is a restaurant for lunch at each of the outdoor pools and the food and service were great.
Schilo, the featured in house restaurant, though expensive, is wonderful in both food quality, presentation and service.
This is a close to perfect venue for a destination wedding. The garden outside seems to have been created for a wedding. Too bad I was not getting married but if you are, you can't find a nicer setting.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gibraltar
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2012

My wife and I stayed here for one night, and from the very first moment we arrived we were spoilt with fantastic service from attentive but not in your face service. Discreet! The hotel, rooms, grounds, gardens, pools and spa have been designed with superb taste; modern Spanish balanced with a sense of history. Schilo, their fine dinning restaurant was wonderful, the terrace tables perfect for enjoying the warm evening, had the tasting menu which was very good. Again the experience of the surroundings and staff made it a very enjoyable evening. My wife loved the spa which has a snow room a fantastic twist on the cool down routine after sauna!!! It's a pricey hotel, which is reflected in the exclusivity and peace you enjoy. If you are looking for a place to relax this is it. Cant wait to return!

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2012

My girlfriend and I got engaged at Finca Cortesin a few days ago and it was perfect. I had been in touch with the hotel a few weeks an advance for them to arrange a picnic in a secluded part of the gardens, and they were extremely helpful. Everything was as hoped for, if not better, which contributed greatly to the best day of our lives so far.

As they were aware this was a special occasion, we were offered an upgrade on our suite, which was remarkable and extremely luxurious. It seemed as though the majority of the staff at the hotel had been made aware of our situation and came to congratule us as they served us in the bars and restaurants, which was a nice touch.

The hotel itself is stunning and incredibly decorated, with themes/styles being mixed but somehow working very well together. The pools (one family, one adult-only) are huge and beaufitul, and the beach club is fantastic.

Only El Jardin was open duing our stay, but we found the food excellent and reasonably priced for its quality and considering the stature of the hotel. Breakfast was copious and delicious.

The golf course is also magnificent and quite a test, even for low handicappers.

All in all, it was two days of paradise. Thank you to all the staff at the hotel for making our special occasion so special.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2012

We decided to stay one night at the hotel in combination with a meal in the well known inhouse restaurant Schilo.
We stayed in the hotel before.We rate it excellent (again).
It is a 5 star hotel so one can expect top service. That's what one gets: the people are friendly, alert en very service oriented. One feels very welcome.We went for the Schilo restaurant which keeps up its quality.
One pays a stiff price for what one gets. But it certainly worth it.

Peter KHK

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa
Address: Carretera de Casares, s/n, 29690 Casares, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Casares
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Casares
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the Spanish Costa del Sol between Marbella and Sotogrande, overlooking the warm Mediterranean there is a place where nature gently vanishes into the deep blue sea. A private community that offers members a personal sanctuary in an environment not found anywhere else. For those seeking an emotional connection to where they live this is arguably the last great property available by the Mediterranean. This impressive resort is located in one of the most peaceful and upcoming areas of the Mediterranean coast in the municipality of the picturesque village of Casares, just 1.500m from the beach and within easy access, by motorway, to the international airports of Málaga and Gibraltar. Set on a 215-hectare estate, 150 of which is designated green belt area, the development centres around 5 extensive areas: Hotel, Golf, Spa and Sports Club, Beach Club and Residential Area. Hotel Finca Cortesin is designed to enchant every one of the senses. The hotel's fresh but grand design is inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture and gives every area a big, bright and luxuriously spacious feel that is so rare in Europe. Built around two principle courtyards with palatial proportions, the hotel has 67 large, luminous and exquisitely designed suites with lofty 4m high ceilings ranging from 50 to 200m². With 23.000 m2 of manicured gardens, luxurious spa, 3 pools, tennis and paddle courts, impressive 6.000 m2 beach club, exquisite cuisine and an ambiance of tranquility, elegance and refinement, it is a destination that invites you to return. Come discover why Finca Cortesin has been named the 'Best National Resort' in the country by Conde Nast Traveller magazine. ... more   less 
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