Malaga Hills Boutique and Wellness B&B is just 15km from Andalucia´s beach, in the peace and stillness of nature and less than 20 minutes walk to the nearest town. At the gorgeous Malaga Hills there are touches of luxury with a home-like feel, this is much more than your standard B&B. Far from crowds and noise, yet its easy enough to get to civilisation or a beach for a day or a meal then retreat back to ´take it easy´ at Malaga Hills – which is also their motto.
Malaga Hills B&B in Cómpeta
The very charming, historical town of Cómpeta, walkable from, Malaga Hills B&B means it has the best of both worlds. It is near to the coast and to many charming, white hillside villages and it´s fantastic hiking or mountain biking country being on on the edge of the Tejeda, Almijara & Alhama Natural Park. It lies on a ridge with stunning hill and sea views.
Where to Stay in Axarquia
This is Axarquia, an area of stunning scenery with winding roads from the coast up through ancient hillside towns. Avocado trees and grape vines line the roads and bends. The mass tourism of the coast is left behind, as is the hustle and bustle of larger towns, but not too far that you can´t go and visit them, then retreat to a relaxing place to stay.
Malaga Hills B&B is like an upmarket hotel on a miniscule scale, and an adult-only dream. It has just five beautiful bedrooms with king size, comfy beds, lovely decor and views that ´Wow.´ It´s the owners´ home too, so a personal welcome and informative hosts help you to make the most of any day trips out or hikes around the area.
The massage showers in the bathrooms are great or try ´Isabel´ the massage robot chair in the cosy library, you can also pre-book a masseur for an extra charge, If moving around is more your style then, for keener fitness enthusiasts the gym equipment or the solar heated pool, which is open all year round, are available. There´s an infrared sauna cubicle too, great for aches and pains after a day in boots or on a saddle or if taking it easy is the whole reason for your visit, daybeds in or out of the sun are there for your use.
On our weekend to Malaga Hills we took it easy. We explored a little, by car and on foot, walked to the town for dinner, enjoyed our room terrace and the main terrace. It went like this…
A Weekend at Malaga Hills Boutique & Wellness Retreat
Arriving around 5pm on Friday straight from work, Estrella a lovely local girl welcomed us, showed us around and to ´her favourite´ room. We were in Beyoncé, each room is named after Ruud and Vréneli, the owners´, favourite feminist heroes. After admiring the views from our balcony – looking across to Cómpeta and Canillas de Albaida, and the terrace – looking down the valley to the Mediterranean Sea, a swim refreshed us and dinner in town beckoned. Ruud recommended the best place to eat on the plaza, Casa Paco, and booked us a table so off we set. Malaga Hills B&B is as it says, in the hills, so it´s an appetite-increasing, uphill start to the walk then a very pleasant stroll into town along the balcony.
Dinner, on the buzzing plaza packed with many nationalities, was a little on the cool side, but no complaints, it was our choice to dine outside at the very end of September. The food was very good, having a recommendation often saves the day and the local owners like to try out the eateries around, which means us guests can go straight to the best.
The wander back took no time at all and the Malaga Hills B&B honesty bar, also known as Simone´s Bar after Simone de Beauvoir, is open all hours, so a bottle of Faustino and glasses accompanied us to our terrace to listen to the silence and admire the moon and the outline of the hills.
Breakfast was in Simone´s Bar, with a wide range of treats, starting with Cava, if wanted. The choice of delights, different each morning, was carefully arranged by Estrella on our own wooden board and brought to our table. A coffee machine to help yourself to (100% organic coffee in bio-degradable capsules,) teas, freshly squeezed orange juice. Fresh bread, to toast or not, and cake. On the day´s breakfast board a selection of home-made jam, local honey, local fruit, yoghurts, nuts, local cheese, peanut butter, chocolate strands (vermicelli) apparently a Dutch favourite and confirmed by a nearby Dutch couple on the next table!
We purused the market in Cómpeta with local produce and crafts, and drove to explore a few of the higher up, white hillside towns, had a wander in the natural park Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama, took it easy and returned early afternoon to chill. It is impossible not to relax at Malaga Hills. If we´d stayed another night I don´t think we would have left, just lounged and swam and inhaled the peace that is hard to resist.
Sunday morning came all to quickly and so laid-back were we that we pottered home, a long, leisurely Sunday drive through the beautiful countryside of Andalucia.
A lovely weekend, in a lovely B&B that is also sustainable, environmentally aware, organic, has an electric car charger, solar heated water, solar power and battery storage and rain water collection – not to mentions great hosts. There can´t be any more reasons to go. Take a break and take it easy at Malaga Hills.
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