Last week we spent three days at very beautiful Palacete de Cazulas in Otívar, Andalucia, Spain with three generations of family and friends, topped off by a fabulous party catered by Los Laureles restaurant in Almuñecar. First the palacete, which is an historical "manor house" with formal salon, game room, library, formal dining room, etc. or outside living with gorgeous views over the valley and mountains of Otivar...several different comfortable areas for dining, relaxing, etc. There is a swimming pool, tennis court, badminton court, hikes...lots of information is left available for guests and ours used all the facilities, enjoyed the formal gardens and two different hikes.
We used the entire house, plus one of the cottages, each bedroom has its own bath, and although you can self cater it is not easy to shop from a distance and Otivar itself has few grocery possibilities. We opted to have the very capable palacete staff cater every meal, although we provided our own liquid refreshment. We chose the menus from their lists and they did all the shopping, prep, serving and clean-up, wonderful! I had read from one review that there was not enough food: we found there to be plenty for everyone, with left-overs. We also opted for extra cleaning help for bedrooms and baths, well worth it.
We used a mini bus service, Gonzymatis, to take us to visit Señorio de Nevada vineyard in Granada and transport guests from the coast to our party, which capped our time at the palacete.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We rent the house out on a self catering basis to groups for family holidays, anniversaries ,weddings ,conferences , speciality groups such as artists ,musicians,photography ,keep fit groups ,yoga and wellness. The property has the benefit of it 's own private chapel, hard tennis court, 30ft long swimming pool ( heated if required),a large old olive mill with seating for up to 100 persons , moorish gardens in the style of the Alhambra and numerous terraces. Minimum stay is 3 nights and the majority stay for 7 nights or more. The property lies in a stunning unspoilt rural location and the end of a pretty valley 30 mins from the coast and 1 hour from the centre of Granada and 1.5hrs from the Sierra Nevada ... more less