Luxurious Andalusian Hotels on Conde Nast List

I’m always looking up and visiting great hotels in Spain, they are my passion and the sole reason for starting my Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotel collection. It’s taking me a while and it’s not easy visiting gorgeous hotels but the portfolio is growing and most quickly in Andalusia the region of Spain in which I live.

Hotel Cortijo Bravo

When I stumbled upon the Spanish Conde Nast list El Lujo es un Cortijo – Luxury is a Cortijo (country house)  I was very happy that I knew about (but have not visited) most of them. The one new addition (Cortijo Los Malenos) to my  list of ‘lovely places to stay that I want to visit for Only Spain’ makes me wonder whether I’ll make it around the whole of Spain when Andalucia is so large and diverse. It’s a huge country to a Brit like me but one I delight in exploring.

Hotel Molino del Arco, Ronda, Jose Salto

How Conde Nast managed to limit their list to eleven  I don’t know but these ones are indeed gorgeous, luxury cortijos which are now small hotels or B&Bs.  I thought the list should be shared in English – if you’re looking for a great place to stay then this list won’t make your choice easy!

Luxurious Cortijo Hotels in Andalusia

Cortijo Carligto – Canillas del Aceituno, Malaga

Hotel Cortijo Bravo – Velez, Malaga

Molino del Arco – Ronda, Malaga

La Amunia – Monachil, Granada

Cortijo Los Malenos – Cabo de Gata, Almería

Finca Las Encinas – Iznajar, Cordoba

Finca La Guarda – Alcala del Valle, Cadiz

Molino Rio Alajar – Aracena, Huelva

Hacienda San Rafael – Cabezas de San Juan, Sevilla

Cortijo El Sarmiento – Mojacar, Almeria

Finca Cortesin – Casares, Malaga

The only part of this list I’m not happy about is that there is at least one hotel from every one of the eight provinces in Andalusia except my home province of  Jaen. How sad is that. I know Jaen doesn’t have the same amount of luxury properties as other more touristy  and famous areas but there are some special places here too! Check out Boutique Hotels in Jaen Province on Only Spain to see.

The only one on the list that is on Only Spain at the moment is Finca Las Encinas.

Finca de las Encinas

The source for this post was this article – Conde Nast Spain if you want to see the original post in Spanish.

To read other posts about Hotels in Spain here on Luxury Spain Travel have a look at the Review page.

B bou – Boutique Hotels in Andalucia

 

Hotel Molino del Arco, Ronda

B bou Hotels director and co-founder Maria Herrero is awarded the first woman to be awarded the Premio Andalucia de Turismo, a well-deserved prize for the best business person and a driving force behind  B bou Hotels the new Spanish Boutique Hotel group whose motto is ‘harmony and passion.’

Hotel La Viñuela & Spa, Viñuela, Malaga

Hotel La Viñuela & Spa  the flagship hotel in a lovely  area of inland Malaga, next to a lake of the same name, is now joined by three more beautiful and stylish hotels making up the gorgeous B bou portfolio of four hotels in Andalucia.

Hotel Cortijo Bravo

The B bou hotels – Be boutique – are located in some unique parts of southern Spain, both inland and on the coast and this lovely collection comprises:

Hotel La Viñuela & Spa in Viñuela, inland Malaga

Hotel Cortijo Bravo in Velez-Malaga, Malaga coast

Hotel Molino del Arco in Ronda, inland Malaga

Hotel Casa Romana in  Sevilla city

Hotel Casa Romana, Sevilla

Harmony and passion flows across every aspect of the hotels, decor, sevice and gastronomy . Each hotel has its own identity and in the kitchens locally sourced ingredients are paired with traditional dishes of the area which are then carefully prepared with harmony and passion.

Visit their website to read more about B bou and each of their hotels.

All images in this post are courtesy of  B bou Hotels  and José Salto.

El Palacio de San Benito

El Palacio de San Benito

The Palacio de San Benito is a quirky, antique-filled place to stay. In the small mountain town of Cazalla de la Sierra about an hours drive from Seville airport through lovely, quiet country roads and scenery reminiscent of the English countryside but with bright blue sky.

El Palacio de San Benito, Cazalla, Sevilla

A private home and converted palace/church make a palatial and welcoming retreat. It’s museum-like decor and time-warped bedrooms bring on thoughts of Pride and Prejudice, lace and crinolines, I didn’t want to leave.

Stay for a night as in a hotel, come for a special meal or family celebration or rent the entire property for your use complete with staff for a private ceremony or family get together.

El Palacio de San Benito, Cazalla, Sevilla

Once you walk through the ancient wooden door and see the gorgeous arched and plant filled patio with trickling fountains, architectural features and lovely old ceramic tiles you’ll be sold. You’ll want to sit and relax. Be drawn into the peace it oozes and shut out the world of today.

 

Charm, style and oodles of character make this just up my street. Dark wooden beams, hefty, cushion-filled sofas and my own tiny patio with its own water feature. I could have moved in or at least stayed long enough to relax and read some of the book collection in the amazing library complete with hand painted ceiling beams.

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My room for the night was Del Infante, the baby’s or child’s room, with four-poster bed festooned with bright chintz and a cot to match. Needless to say I  didn’t need the cot and haven’t needed one for nearly twenty years and actually it’s adults-only, adding to its peace and quiet.

 

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Comfortable on the sofa I perused some interesting sale and antique magazines before taking a spot of air on my small private patio.

El Palacio de San Benito

Part of the original church, now a fabulous dining room with hand-painted walls, hosts dinner parties and private functions in very elegant style.

El Palacio de San Benito

The Palacio de San Benito is a unique stay. Gorgeous, eccentric and definitely worth putting on your list.

 

Read my post about the Bib Gourmand Restaurante San Agustin in Cazalla de la Sierra where we ate while staying at San Benito.

Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Spain 2016

Having recently visited the lovely small white town of Cazalla de la Sierra to stay in the very charming and unique El Palacio de San Benito we arrived early to explore the town and have lunch before checking in.  To our very pleasant surprise we stumbled across  Restaurant Agustina and both hubby and I immediately knew we’d found our lunch spot, even before we’d noticed the Bib Gourmand seal of approval.

Restaurante Agustina

A quick glance and the menu and we sat ourselves down opposite the restaurant on a charming plaza with a road between us, if there’s a choice of sitting outside (in the shade) we do. I didn’t even go inside the restaurant, not even for a nose, very unlike and remiss of me.

Restaurante Agustina

It was to be a light lunch as it was early for us which made the mouth-watering menu choosing quite tricky and not very speedy. Into our second beer I’d narrowed it down to two starters and hubby chose a non-written choice of Pork Loin with a touch of Mustard.

Restaurante Agustina

I only photographed mine! The top photo a starter – Atun Marinada en ‘Algo Picantito’ con ensalada de alga ‘wacame’ y sesame and the second  a dish to share – Ensalada de Codorniz en Escabeche con Vinagreta de jinibre.

A very edible lunch with some interesting dishes, it got me thinking about how many and where the other Bib Gourmand restaurants are in  Andalucia and so here is the Bib Gourmand list  and I’ll definitely be looking out for some of these on my travels, and adding a comment as I tick them off!

Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Andalucia

Agua  Amarga-  Asador La Chumbera

Almodovar del Rio – La Taberna

Almuñecar – El Chaleco

Cadiz – Sopranis

Cazalla de la Sierra – Agustina  – Very good, indeed. Loved the little plaza we sat on.

Cazorla – Meson Leandro

Cordoba – El Envero

Cordoba – La Lonja

Fuengirola – Girol

Jerez de la Frontera – La Carbona

Linares – Canela en Rama

Linares – Los Sentidos

Linares de la Sierra – Arrieros

Malaga – Café de Paris

Malaga – Figón de Juan

Marbella – Bibo

Medina sidonia-  El Duque

Medina Sidonia – Venta La Duquesa

Monachil – La Cantina de Diego

Montellano – Deli

Los Palacios y Villafranca – Manolo Mayo

Priego de Cordoba – Balcon del Adarve

Puente Genil – Casa Pedro

Puerto Real – La Curiosidad de Mauro Barreiro

Sanlucar de Barrameda – Casa Bigote

Sevilla-  AzcZait

Sevilla – El Gallinero de Sandra

Ubeda – Amaranto

Ubeda – Cantina La Estacion – Very good, loved the train carriage decor and olive oil tasting.

Ubeda – Zeitum

Vera – Juan Moreno

 

 

 

Five Charming Hotels in Seville

Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish, is one of my favourite Andalusian cities. It’s huge and one of the ‘famous three’ that most visitors head for when visiting southern Spain – Cordoba, Granada and Seville.

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Seville University

I don’t know it as well as Cordoba or Granada and nowhere near as well as my nearest city – Jaen (pronounced ‘hi-en’) which is probably the least known of the eight cities and provinces that make up Andalucia.

Jaen monumental cross
Jaen Monumental Cross

When I saw in the local Spanish paper ABC an article on ‘The five most charming hotels in Seville city’  I took note for the next time I go.

Five Charming Hotels in Seville City

Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta

Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta
Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta

 

Named after the poet Al-Mutamid, Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta, the house where he lived is located in the heart of the old quarter Santa Cruz with its maze-like narrow streets and enormous choice of bars and restaurants all around. The hotel has a gorgeous interior Andalucian patio and individually-decorated rooms.

Hotel Corral del Rey

Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey

The second hotel is in the area – Barrio de la Alfalfa. A beautiful ancient building once an VII palace, now completely renovated into this intimate boutique hotel with a minimilistic style and a great merging of modern and antique.

El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla

Hotel El  Rey Moro, Seville
El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla

In the heart of the Jewish quarter with lovely views the Rey Moro translates as Moorish King. Each bedroom has been decorated with  a different theme. One of its main selling points is after a long, and hot day sightseeing you can relax in the jacuzzi with views of the Giralda, the Moorish tower.

Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla

Hotel El  Rey Moro, Seville
Hotel Alcoba del Rey

Located in the same house where the Moorish poet Al-Mutamid lived,  Hotel Alcoba del Rey preserves that historical and cultural spirit one thousand years later. With a Moroccan/Arabian feel to make your stay here an unforgettable one.

 

Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique

Hotel Palacio PinelloHotel Boutique , Seville
Hotel Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique

The final one on the list is Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique in the heart of Santa Cruz quarter. Built on a  XV palace it’s a charming hotel with lovely details transforming and merging ancient and modern with maximum comfort.

Very tough choice, I love them all, perhaps a night in each!

Photo Credits: Hotel photos from the individual hotel, Seville University official photograph and Jaen Monumental Cross is my own.

Rick Stein´s Choice – Hotel Corral del Rey, Seville

Corral del Rey in the heart of Seville´s wonderful old quarter Barrio Alfalfa is just a short walk from the Santa Maria Cathedral. The original 17th Century Casa Palacio has been beautifully restored and into the small private luxury hotel it is today.

With lovely architectural details such as the atrium patio, Roman marble columns and the original wooden carved beams this makes a great base for exploring the wonders of Seville. It´s a particular favourite of the chef Rick Stein who recommends Casa Matias near Plaza de Toros an authentic Flamenco bar and the El Pes Quero, a fish restaurant in the Mercado del Arenal district.

Parador de Carmona – 4* Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro

This Parador on the edge of the picturesque and monument-rich town of Carmona in the province of Sevilla, Andalucia has a fine heritage.  The 14th century Arabic fortress has been restored, modernised and added to creating the luxurious feel with its modern amenities it offers today.

Carmona Parador Parking

The original fortress build by the Moors was on the site of an earlier fortress built by the Iberians and Carthaginians later to be altered and increased in size by Rey Don Pedro.

Dining Room at the Parador de Carmona

Stuffed with leather work, wood, ancient rugs and antiques means a huge choice of seating areas, the lovely terrace overlooking the plains beyond, the colonnaded cloister, gardens complete with a Mudejar fountain and swimming pool or the welcoming lounge.

I visited in June 2011 and this is definitely in my top five list of  Paradors in Andalucia.