We were excited to stay at the DDG retreat as we had heard alot about his little place via friends and i had seen photos on Facebook and internet, but nothing could have prepared us for what we saw when we arrived. The most stunning location with incredible views over the beautiful town of Casares and onto the Rock of Gibraltar. The infinity Pool took our breath away, along with steam room and Sauna. The thing i liked most about the place was the incredible chilled out vibe, from the decor through to the sounds of nature as there are no roads or buildings close to the retreat. We stayed in the Royal tent which was pricey but well worth it.
nothing beats sitting in your own private hot-tub with an incredible view staring at the stars at night.
the shower and cinema in the tent were great additions, overall just an incredible place. Highly recommended and we will be back soon!
We’ve just arrived back after six nights at DDG Retreat and in trying to share our thoughts on Trip Advisor, we’ve realised that words just don’t do justice to this breathtakingly beautiful, utterly peaceful, one-of-a-kind, very special slice of paradise. It’s also difficult to take photos that sum it up – a lens can’t easily capture the scale of the place and its context in the mountains; the jaw-dropping views that reach as far as our eyes could see; the stars that twinkled overhead as we soaked in the outdoor bath; the sheer expanse of the beautiful, exotic grounds (which we seemed to have to ourselves even though there were other guests staying). Most of all, it is impossible to fully convey the deep sense of pure peace that hit us from the moment we arrived, sending our plans to explore the area into disarray because once there, we found we simply didn’t want to drag ourselves away. Even our final breakfast there, which should have been a rushed affair before our relatively early departure for the airport, turned out to be thoroughly relaxing. Olga’s delicious home-cooked breakfast - accompanied by Cava (unexpectedly indulgent served with fluffy omelette and baby pancakes) and the dulcet tones of Sade playing in the background – was a fitting way to end our short escape from reality.
So, for the negatives. There are none that we can think of. We stayed in Marahja and wow! We arrived not knowing quite what to expect, we wouldn’t normally book a ‘tent’ holiday but as I think some other reviewers have also commented, this gorgeous suite is as far away from camping or glamping as it is possible to be. It is pure luxury. The interiors are stunning and the finishes are well thought out. We marvelled at the gorgeous marble floor that seemed to keep the place cool however hot the weather (there is also air conditioning). The space overall is beyond anything we have had in a hotel and incorporates a very generous terrace that in addition to all the indoor facilities, has its own plunge pool, outdoor bath and shower, an outside living and dining area with gas barbeque (we cooked steaks one night, sea bass another), and a sun lounger for two people that doubles up as a daybed or a great place for watching the sunset or for star-gazing.
It would have been easy to just not move from Maharja but we did venture down sometimes to the infinity pool area which looks just as it does on the website. The views from the roof terrace there are definitely worth the effort of walking up the few steps. We also wandered to the tennis courts but couldn’t summon the energy to play!
Service is excellent but as privacy is highly respected there, it is discreet. There are only three suites at DDG Retreat, but from what we saw, there’s practically one member of staff for every guest. Everything is so well-kept and sparkly clean, yet not sanitised. We were happy to be left to ourselves most of the time – but whatever we needed was catered for (including the loan of an egg-boiler and egg cups for DIY breakfasts on some days) and it was great to know that we could order sharing platters for lunch or dinner, which we can highly recommend.
If you’re reading this and feel the need to get away from it all for a short time, or to enjoy a romantic break, or to mark a special occasion (it was our belated wedding anniversary celebration), then there’s nowhere better than we can think of. We would say DDG Retreat is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
We had a absolutely fantastic time at DDG Retreat. We stayed at the new maharaja tent. It was so fine! The tent had everything you want and need. So your only concern is to enjoy your stay and the unique view.
Plus Daria and her staff does everything to make sure that you have a lovely stay. We differently come back.
We stayed in the Royal Tent and it was absolutely Amazing! The room was incredible with astonishing Views! Literally did not have to leave the whole weekend we were there! I would highly recommend anyone to go!
My husband and I stayed in the Maharadja tent for a long weekend. Having visited the DDG a couple of times before, we were very excited to see the new 'tent'. We were not disappointed! The tent is huge and beautifully decorated, clearly a lot of time and love has gone into creating this atmosphere.
On the very large terrace, there is small private pool, a bed which is perfect for star gazing at night, a sitting area, a bbq and an outside pool and shower. Everything you could possibly want, including fantastic views of the mountains. Inside is beautifully decorated with chandeliers and cool ornaments etc. We were welcomed with a bottle of chilled cava and a lovely fruit platter, which is a nice touch.
It's really not possible to do the DDG retreat justice in words, you really have to see it for yourself! It is by far the most beautiful, romantic place we have ever stayed and the family are so friendly and helpful every time. We'll be back soon to check out Royal Tent Bambu :)
I have been wanting to stay here for quite a while now, but was always put off by the prices, waiting for a special occasion to visit. Let me asure you it was worth every single penny! The drive up was a picturesque, exciting experience up through the winding road to Casares. A lush green landscape with stunning views dotted with spanish ventas (resturants) and artisinal shops. The retreat itself is hidden at the end of a road where you would not expect such luxary. Once the gates to Casa Daria open you are transported to another world. We were greated by the lovely Olga and her son (who took care of bringing our luggage to our room) presented with fresh orange juice (as they knew i was pregnant - normally it would have been a glass of Cava) and taken on a tour of the place. Stunned is not the word. Once the tour was over the place was ours. We stayed at Casa Pino, a rural style house with a beautuful garden with an outside porch, pleanty of areas to chill out on and its own plunge pool/jacuzzi. The only thing we could hear was the sound of birds singing. Bliss. The communal areas were something out of a movie...the infinity pool with incredible views and awesome facilites from saunas to a bar to a variety of chill out zones, surrounded by gorgeous gardens. I couldn't get enough of it! Loved that at any one time there is a total of 3 couples staying at the retreat, so we mostly had this area to ourselves. I am so glad we finally decided to stay here, and look foward to the day we can return!
I stayed with my girlfriend for two nights in the Maharaja Tent. It is (as the name suggests) an actual tent of thick canvas with but you wouldn't guess you were in one. It is held up as any fixed structure would be. The decoration is beautiful and the room was amazing upon arrival. The private plunge pool is large with its own sunbed and there is an outdoor shower and bath for those brave enough to bathe under the stars (and don't worry, you have complete privacy). There is an outdoor seating and dining area too with a gas barbecue provided for those who wish to take their own food. My girlfriend commented that the pictures of the room online do not do the room justice.
We paid for the breakfast add on and it was worth every cent. The breakfast is large (4 courses provided) and everything tasted amazing. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
The communal infinity style pool is just as beautiful and great for a bigger swim.
At night the view of the night sky is breathtaking and the scene of the town in the distance is incredible.
I would gladly recommend this place for anyone looking for a romantic weekend away.
Room Tip: Get the breakfast and cava add on. It is really worth the price.