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Villa Mathesis
Certificate of Excellence
Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“The sky is the limit...!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed in the Villa Mathesis for six nights and we were really excited about this house.

The architecture is impressive and the Villa Mathesis counts to the ten “most spectacular houses” of the world. It is very modern, clean, a lot of windows & daylight, high quality of furniture and materials, but also with a warm atmosphere. You feel that every detail has been planned and chosen with love. It is not a cool house at all, it has a soul. The name of this soul is Marie-Carmen: She is a very warm person with a big heart. Every morning she prepares the breakfast for the guests and serves it either to the terrace outside near the infinity pool or inside with the same spectacular view of 180° on the sea which you can enjoy everywhere. The breakfast contains homemade fresh bread, self-made cakes and yoghurts, fresh fruits and of course Spanish Jamon.

The owner and hosts, Gotzon and José Ignacio, are two very nice and helpful people with a high social competence. From the first moment you feel very good and comfortable in their wonderful villa which they share with you like a family member. There are only 3 guest rooms and so you are treated very personally and with a lot of respect for your privacy. Gotzon & José Ignacio are born as hosts, it is their goal that you feel comfortable and they do everything to fulfill your needs and requirements. If you need recommendations for excellent restaurants or a day trip, they have a very good network and personalized addresses. Gotzon and José Ignacio are taking care of you in each situation and the hospitality could not be better.

Thanks to the hosts and their willingness to share this beautiful location (e.g. heated infinity pool) you can enjoy, relax and recover. After two days in the Villa we felt much reposed and had the feeling that we had already one week vacation. We cannot explain this.

We can highly recommend this Villa, that’s the place to be! We are frequent travelers and we are used to stay in 5 stars hotels, but this villa surpassed everything we saw before!

That was our first, but not our last time. We are planning our next trip to Zahara los Atunes to stay some days in the Villa Mathesis together with friends.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, dear Gotzon, José Ignacio and Marie-Carmen, for our wonderful stay in the Villa and that you shared this amazing location with us!!

Best regards from Switzerland,
Peter & Senta

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Villa Mathesis is a unique place for unique occations. Open your senses to something new, don't expect the ordinary, it's all-in-all an artistic experience. Most people write about the house, which is stunning, but the great surprise to us was the two beaches embracing it. One is intimate, the other ever-lasting.
Gotzon and José Ignatio, the hosts, are two loving and deeply original men with a lot of tenderness and care put into this house of theirs. Their social skills are perfect so shape up your own!
I would warmly recommend Villa Mathesis to anyone that can appreciate it and treat their stay with sensitivity and sensibility.
Our three nights has put a mark inside me that I'll never loose.
Thank you, dear Gotzon & José Ignatio

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

Villa Mathesis is in a fantastic location on the sea front at Atlanterra with floor to ceiling windows that have views across to Morocco. The house itself is architecturally stunning and extremely high tech with a funicular railway to take you up to the front door. Owners Gotzon and Jose Igancio have put a huge amount of thought into the design and atmosphere of the house and couldn’t have been more welcoming. The breakfasts, including homemade bread and granola, were great. Location wise the house is about 40 mins walk or a 9 euro taxi from Zahara de los Atones which is full of reasonably priced restaurants serving amazing food. There was a Tapas festival on when we stayed with all the restaurants competing for the most inventive dishes. All in all a great stay, can’t recommend it enough.

Room Tip: All three rooms looked similar in size and quality and all faced the sea
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gotzon_M, Propietario at Villa Mathesis, responded to this review, 11 November 2012
We want to thank our dear guests from Edinburgh for a stunning review. Thank you for your kindness. Your reviews are very useful for our future guests. Before booking people know exactly what to expect at Villa Mathesis. Expectations are high and that motivates the team at Villa Mathesis to keep striving for excellence given that the house and the location deserve it. Next time we hope the weather treats you as justly as you deserve and the sun in Sunny Spain puts on a better show.
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We have made this choice rather blind but we felt it could be it - this time it worked perfectly.
The place is designed and taken care of with the atmost taste. Overall, there is a very special thing about it all up there.
If you look for a great sea view and a peace and harmony in all different ways, just go there, left the terrasse door open all the time and just enjoy. And rather hurry till the Gotzon will decide to take off the internet cos this place is not for everybody...
We will try to come back.
Gotzon - thanks. We enjoyed a lot.
Peter and Alena

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gotzon_M, Propietario at Villa Mathesis, responded to this review, 24 October 2012
Thank you very much for your kind review. We feel fortunate to have had you amongst our first guests and we count on you coming back and back again. Nevertheless we will continue to strive to make our guests stay even better. We are so pleased when we see that we are achieving what we strived for: living architecture in a unique location over the ocean with a taste of luxury.
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Property: Villa Mathesis
Address: Avenida Cabo de Plata, 69 | Urbanización Atlanterra, 11383 Zahara de los Atunes, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Zahara de los Atunes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Zahara de los Atunes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This elegant villa is placed on a cliff above the “Playa de los Alemanes” in the residential quarters of Atlanterra on the magnificent “Costa de la Luz”. A three minute walk to the beach, has a pool, solarium, interior patios, gymnasium, free Wi-Fi conection and views from every corner of the property of the beach below, the Atlantic Ocean, the Straight of Gibraltar, the Rif mountains range and the city of Tangier in Africa.Villa Mathesis was built and equipped with every detail in mind. Minimalistic, comfortable and elegant. Modern classic architecture. The property offers three guests rooms with air-conditioning, private bathroom and a terrace with views over the ocean.Breakfast is served between 9 and 11 daily. A buffet of home made yogurts, actimel, breads and jams with fresh fruit and juices is placed in the kitchen and can be enjoyed in the dinning room or solarium while enjoying the views. Villa Mathesis is 4 kilometers away from Zahara de los Atunes, and 24km from Vejer de la Frontera. The city of Cadiz is a 60-minute drive away. Seville and Marbella are at a 90-minute drive. One must consider the Ferry ride across to Tangier from the port of Tarifa that is 40 km away. ... more   less 
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