Much of the praises for this hotel have already been worded and in my opinion are well justified.
This is a wonderfully intimate little hotel of 22 rooms and just how we like it. Within days we were on first name terms with most of the staff and indeed, our characteristic owner, who could not do any more to please or help their guests any more if they tried.
The hotel itself is a characteristic hotel built to a high standard from stone and wood and blends in well into the mountainside with its peaceful gardens and small pool. The silence is only interrupted by the birds, frogs and erm, crickets. Our room (202) was roomy, a small balcony through the patio doors, the furnishings inside minimalistic, but more than adequate and comfortable and kept clean daily by our friendly cleaning ladies. Air conditioning is also on tap at no extra charge. The bathroom had everything one could ask for and had an almighty powerful shower, with, unusually for any hotel, almost instant hot water.
The Spa upstairs was a delight with a sauna, steam room, tropical shower small gym and a jacuzzi. The build standard again superbly done although sadly the temperature of the jacuzzi wasn't working properly.
There's also a small library room with television and a large enough array of books to please almost anyone with a computer nearby for guest use.
A restaurant and bar, full of character and colour is attached to the hotel which leads out to a terrace that overlooks the gardens.
We stayed B&B and a buffet style breakfast had everything one could wish for from a cooked brekky of bacon, eggs and beans to cereals, cakes, fruits cheeses and ham and toast. If I had to nitpick, then I have to say that I was disappointed with the water for the tea being tepid. A cuppa in the morning is how I always start my day and there's nothing worse than a lukewarm cuppa.
The hotel is set in the mountains which gives a wonderful sense of ambience and solitude but also has the drawback of being some distance from the beach. A courtesy bus is laid on by Manuel to drop and collect guests or it is a 50 minute pleasant stroll downhill if one wishes to walk. Needless to say we caught taxis back up if we didn't take use of the bus back. On a couple of occasions as we walked down, Pedro, the owners son, caught us and offered a lift and on the second Manuels wife also gave us a lift down. Another drawback of being in the mountains, (at least whilst we were there), is the morning clouds giving a cloudy atmosphere to the start of the day. This usually cleared by about mid day though.
A leaving do BBQ, cooked by the owner no less, is provided for 12 Euro for those who wish and I recommend heartily. And as we all gathered on the terrace in the late afternoon for the bus to the airport, a round of liqueurs for us all was provided and all the ladies were presented with a rose.
Would I recommend this hotel? Yes, without a doubt, but it would not be for everybody. If you want thousands of screaming kids, queuing for breakfasts and repetitive buffet dinners, drinks in plastic cups,karaoke, fighting for sunbeds, burger and chips for lunch and dinner then this place is not for you.
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