Finca Cortesin – Marbella, Spain
With a backdrop of the lofty Sierra Bermeja, and the sparkly Mediterranean just a stone’s throw away, Finca Cortesin is an Andalucian oasis. It’s an impressive mix of Hacienda and Moorish architecture, with ornate arches, colonnades, courtyards and whitewashed walls with red tiling, and whilst it sits regally amongst the olive groves looking like a grand old dame, it was only built in 2009.
Relax in manicured gardens, next to a quiet pool, or luxuriate in the high ceilinged, tapestry-lined interiors, with a glass of something chilled. Finca Cortesin is grown-up and sophisticated, combining contemporary living with refined, old fashioned service.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its extravagant finesse, the slick service, and most definitely, the divine choice of restaurants.
Style:Opulent hacienda meets Moorish luxuriousness.
Location:At the foot of the Sierra Bermeja and five minutes from the beach - between Sotogrande and Estepona – an hour from Malaga and two hours from Seville.
Rooms:67 lavishly styled suites with views of the mountains, gardens or sea.
Swimming:Four pools and a beach club.
Children:Families are most welcome, there is a kids club with a range of activities.
Accessibility:One of the rooms is adapted for guests with limited mobility.
Open From:March through to New Year.
Price:Price from £6,995 per room per week.
The 67 individually designed and decorated suites are grandly sumptuous. Nearly all of them come with balconies or terraces, and each has vistas of the sea, the mountains, the gardens or the golf course. Everything is oversized, from the supremely comfortable beds to the marble bathrooms, and each is filled with bold fabrics, original artwork and a mix of artfully curated modern and antique furniture.
Choose a Garden Suite if you love to step outside first thing in the morning, or a Pool Suite, if a private pool is on the top of your list. And if you’re travelling with small ones, the Family Suites feature two large rooms and plenty of living space. Or opt for one of the typically Andalucian, four bedroomed villas, that come with a host of extras.
The standard of cuisine is exceptional and non-residents flock here to dine. Enjoy modern Spanish classics at El Jardin de Lutz, Asian fusion dishes at the signature restaurant REI, and award-winning evocative flavours at Italian restaurant, Don Giovanni. For tapas and light lunches and dinners, heat to the Blue Bar, Beach Club or Club House.
This is a place for those who love the outdoors, culture and good living. Finca Cortesin has three outdoor pools and a 25m indoor lap pool; floodlit clay tennis and pádel courts, and a championship 18 hole golf course – one of the best in the country, and most impressively, one that uses recycled water for irrigation. High on a hill, with views out over the sea, you’ll find a yoga and meditation centre, and the Thai Spa is a serene sanctuary, with a fabulous choice of treatments and therapies.
And on the beach, is the Finca Cortesin Beach Club, with Balinese daybeds, an infinity pool and exceptional service. Beyond the gates, guests can head to the beach for sailing, wind or kitesurfing, and the mountains beckon you to hike, mountain bike or horse ride along the many trails. Andalucia is one of Spain’s most historic regions, and a day visit to the Alhambra Palace, Ronda is well worth it, as is a tour of some of the wineries of Jerez, or the museums of Malaga.
Finca Cortesin caters for older children as well as younger ones. There is a kids club that runs daily from 10am until 6pm for children between the ages of 3 and 14. They host a range of activities to keep your little ones entertained from face painting and pottery to outdoors games and music sessions.
The hotel has put a huge emphasis on recycling and reusing. Much of the energy is solar generated; grey water is used for irrigation; much of the produce is grown in its own gardens and food is donated to local communities in need.
At the foot of the Sierra Bermeja between Sotogrande and Estepona – an hour from Malaga and two hours from Seville.