There are some hotels that you know you’re going to love even before stepping foot inside. Once such place for me is Hotel Finca Cortesin in Casares in Southern Spain, about 30 minutes outside Marbella.
Having stayed nearby shortly after the hotel opened, I spent a long while regretting not joining friends on an exploration of the area where they happened upon a beautiful hotel called Finca Cortesin that featured in conversations for months afterwards.
(This is on par with the time I decided to cancel my reservation at Noma shortly before it was named best restaurant in the world…)
But back to Finca Cortesin and back to a hotel that is absolutely gorgeous from every angle.
Is it the secluded setting, the ceremonious but subtle entrance, the grandiose architecture? Whatever it is, when you arrive at Finca Cortesin, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special.
The reception area leads on to a palatial courtyard that feels both Spanish and Moorish in design, a style that continues throughout the hotel with hand carved ceilings and floors, marble furniture, antiques and fountains all adding to the atmosphere.
Finca Cortesin feels like it could be a hotel for the masses – it has three swimming pools (all of which are gorgeous, one of which has the mountains as stunning backdrop below and one which is a 50m Olympic pool), a tennis court, an amazing spa and a world-class golf course.
In fact, the all-suite hotel only has 67 rooms, with the smallest at 52sqm and all with a terrace.
Rooms are elegant, spacious and effortlessly luxurious, designed in pale colours with traditional and plush furniture.
There are two four-bedroom villas (that you can also take as a 2 bed villa) and five new 5-bedroom villas that are ideal for larger families or friends travelling together.
The hotel’s signature restaurant is Kabuki Raw, a Japanese restaurant where you can try dishes such as red prawns cooked over binchotan charcoal with yuzu foam and belly of tuna with tomato and toasted bread.
For traditional Spanish cuisine, dine at El Jardin de Lutz with its gorgeous terrace surrounded by olive trees looking out to the beautifully landscaped gardens.
The vast spa has seven treatment rooms offering a range of face and body treatments, a fitness centre, sauna and steam room, and an indoor swimming pool for when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Finca Cortesin is one of those rare hotels that manages to be both grand and intimate; luxurious yet subtle.
With a two hour flight from London to Malaga and then a 40 minute drive from the airport, Finca Cortesin makes an excellent choice for a long weekend, but staying a week or more would be even better.
Click here for further information on Finca Cortesin.