This is an overdue review (sorry Darren & Sara - we were so chilled after our holiday its taken us a while to get round to this - oh yeah and we had a baby!)
We had an amazing stay with Darren & Sara back in April. THey are a fabulous couple who are just wonderful folks, friendly, chatty, professional and they will always go that extra mile for their guests should you need it (great antenatal advice too, thanks Sara ;)).
If you like your countryside rugged, you will find the location jaw-dropping. You are surrounded by stunning mountains, citrus trees, olives and figs, oh and a few dogs too (Zaffy is ours BTW, we will be back to collect her at some point so hands off!).
The wildlife is pretty spectacular too, so take some bins if you want to see lots of raptors overhead.
Facilities at the site are great, you can either eat some of Sara's amazing and very reasonably priced home cooked food, or cater for yourself. We did a mix of both, but on the nights we did our own thing we found ourselves drooling over the shoulder's of guests who had chosen Sara's food. She offered a few options for every course and included some lovely veggie meals. Breakfast needs a special mention, it is an event all of it's own. A tray the size of Wales is brought to your Yurt's door. On the coutry-sized platter we had fresh fruit, cooked and cured meats, eggs, freshly baked bread, cheeses, a cake or two, tea, coffee, toast and jams/honey, cuddly toy etc. Breakfast was served at 10 (ish) for us, and we rarely left our table (which had a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding countryside btw) before lunch time.
The pool offered much needed respite from the midday sun, and there's a hot tub too! The loo's with views are an absolute hoot, and the shower block is the most romantic camping style bathroom I have ever seen.
Never stayed in a Yurt before but found it to be a wonderful experience, and the guys have decked out the yurts beautifully with wonderful furnishings and the cutest log burners (it was April and we didn't really need the fire, but the caveman inside me couldn't resist). The space was amazing!
We were lucky and had an amazing and interesting bunch of guests staying the week we did. Obviously you can't guarantee what the company will be like, but the nice thing here is that you can be as engaged, or disengaged as you like. There is plenty of space between the yurts, so you hardly notice your fellow guests from your private domain, and if you want to be sociable just wonder down to the pool or the outdoor living room and a few hours later you will find yourself merry and with a new friend.
The only problem with this place was it did relax us almost to the point of apathy, and beyond reading, drinking, chatting and playing with dogs, we did bugger all. We had intended to go to Seville and Malaga and here and there, but none of it happened, and the holiday was better for it.
If you want to get away from it all, go to Alora Yurts!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- three beautiful mongolian yurts all with fantastic views. Each yurt has been furnished to a high standard and share pool and hot tub both with views. The yurts are spaced well apart to provide privacy and peace during your stay. We have created a relaxing environment for people to unwind completely. You can self cater or meals can be delivered to your yurt. ... more less