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Fountainhead All Suite Retreat Hotel
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“Just great!”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

We spent 6 nights at wonderful Fountainhead in early October and this were one of the most relaxing holidays we ever had. Setting, food and hospitality were just great and the view from our terrace couldn't be topped. The resort is not far from Malaga airport and some of the most beautiful spots in Andalucia are easily reachable too. Thanks to Helen, Peter and family for a great time!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013 via mobile

My husband and I treated ourselves to one night away from the little one whilst holidaying with family in nearby benalmadena.

Everything about the place is amazing! We walked the 7km to the village which was beautiful even if it was a little tiring!

On our return a skinny dip in the plunge pool cooled us off :-) before relaxing in the jacuzzi bath admiring the view with a bottle of champagne!

The food was the best we've ever eaten and would definitely live to go back!!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

This small boutique retreat is tucked away in the mountains. We got a warm welcome by the owner. Britisch and so is his humor, we loved it. They have 4 rooms each with their own style, own terrace and plunge pool. We stayed in The oriental room. The 2 top end are slightly bigger. On arrival you have a fully packed fridge and in the morning your breakfast is served to your room. The hotel is fully ecological, so there are fans but no airco in the rooms, which we found perfect. The dinner is served in the restaurant a little bit up the mountain. The food is magnificent and cooked by th owner 's wife who wrote a great cookbook. The owner Peter has great taste for wines and we were impressed by his winelist. If you are looking for a secluded place, with amazing views, good food and wines Fountainhead is The place to be. You need a car to get there and we dropped out to visit Málaga (30 km) and Marbella (80 km). Thanks for a lovely stay and hugs and a good life for the little stray cat ;-)

Room Tip: The corner rooms are a bigger with bigger terracesmand bigger plune pools. The corner one at the end...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

As good as last year

This is our second annual visit to Fountainhead and I have just booked for next year.

This time we booked the half board package which is unbelievable value.

I did an extensive review after our first visit so will not labour any points, to summarise:

Lovely accommodation with fantastic views.

Great service provided by the entire family. Peter does front of house and for this year has moved on from the ageing family retainer impression to perfecting the flashing eyes and smile of Antonio Banderas and the sense of humour of Peter Cook.

Helen, the chef what can I say? Apart from she is brilliant and very strong in all courses. We loved the Bream cooked in a salt crust, awesome especially as it was married with waxy boiled potatoes which works perfectly. A fantastic match of sophistication and simplicity and very very Spanish.

Every other dish served during our week's stay was excellent.

Some highlights, Strawberries with a Lavender Parfait, Langoustine Broth, Swordfish on Polenta, really good aged Spanish Fillet Steak on a Horseradish Mash, and I even had a starter for dessert, Lebanese Meatballs!

Peter takes his wines very seriously but not in a pompous way, he just really knows his stuff. He even found a bottle of pink champagne which was one of the best we had tasted. It is actually difficult to buy an expensive wine from the list as all a good quality reasonably priced.

How good is the restaurant? Having done a few Michelin Star restaurants I would say that the experience is worthy of Michelin recognition. It certainly beats a number of single star restaurants we have eaten in.

We are very much looking forward to going again next year.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We dined here last night on the last night of our Andalucian holiday. we were staying in a villa a few miles down the road and came across the sign for the restaurant so we thought we'd try it. The 4 of us (Dad, Mum, Son and Daughter) were all really impressed by the welcome, the location, the decor and of course the food. Every dish was just perfect, unusual but really just the basic, good ingredients cooked well with flair and imagination.. we could not have found fault with anything at all. This restaurant is up a rough track but really if you go slowly it's no problem and it is well worth the drive.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Our Wedding and Honeymoon at Fountainhead.

After looking at various locations in this part of Spain, we decided to celebrate our wedding at Fountainhead. We also couldn't resist this fantastic location for our Honeymoon. We were not disappointed. In fact our Wedding could not have gone any better, from the very first day of planning to moment we left.....

The Wedding:

We had our wedding ceremony at 4pm on May 25th 2013. We had a total of 17 guests and they all witnessed our marriage with the most stunning of backdrops - the andalusion mountains. We had the alter setup underneath the archway with the valley behind us and even now, when looking back at photos and at our wedding video, the views still take our breath away. It may sound cheesy but it is true.

After the ceremony we had delicious canopies and Cava. We then had a 7 course sit down meal and again with the mountain views, this only made it even more special.


The Honeymoon:

The decision to have our honeymoon at Fountainhead was definately the right one. Privacy means privacy and we had it all honeymoon (even on our balcony). We were only visisted when we requested something. We stayed in the Arizona suite. It has a jacuzzi bath overlooking the valley. The bed is extremely large and comfortable. It has a large decked balcony with a private plunge pool. It was a perfect retreat and a perfect honeymoon.


The food & Drink:

The 7 course meal for the wedding breakfast and all of the meals during our honeymoon were of a standard that only Michelin star restaraunts could replicate. Simply amazing food by an amazing chef and all of our guests were of the same opinion. Thank you Helen.

Peter has a very varied and fabulous selection of wines. All the ones we tried, we loved.

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The service from all of the waiters/waitresses was second to none. Our every need was catered for during the wedding and the honeymoon.
Front of house was Peter and he was very welcoming, friendly and helpful.


All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate our wedding. Fountainhead will always be a great memory and we will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: Arizona Suite is amazing!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Exeter
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Just returned from a few days at Fountainhead. We took our friends to try the experience that Fountainhead provides. The suites have been upgraded again this year and there are lovely little touches in the rooms. The food and hospitality was excellent we all enjoyed tremendous meals that Helen presented and the accompanying wine chosen by Peter. Breakfast is delivered to your room which is a great start to the day sat outside drinking freshly squeezed orange juice and eating home made bread.
This is a real gem and great for a few days relaxation with stunning food, beautiful home made, natural bath products - even the insect spray is based on citronella oil!
Is you are feeling energetic there are plenty of places to visit nearby with maps and recommendations available in the suites.
Once again thank you Peter, Helen and family for making our stay memorable we will be back.
Sue, Geoff, Jean and John.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Fountainhead All Suite Retreat Hotel
Address: Partido del Rio el Terral | Fuente La Camacha, 29180 Riogordo, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Riogordo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Riogordo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fountainhead is an infinitely romantic, ultra cool hotel and Restaurant located in wild and beautiful country inland from Malaga. An all suite hotel which moves away from the minimalist and slick to an eccentric mix of film set, luxurious glamour and rustic charm. Each suite is private with garden terrace, plunge pool and mountain view. Fountainhead life is simple - forget the technology for a while. The emphasis being relaxation, nature and great modern cooking. ... more   less 
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Fountainhead All Suite Retreat Hotel Spain/Riogordo

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