Beautifully set within the rural heart of Andalucia, enveloped by the rolling Serrania de Ronda mountains, breathtaking national parks and the famous whitewashed villages, this grand hideaway is a tranquil retreat for up to 14 guests. Although tucked away in seclusion, it is still in proximity to the stunning town of Ronda with its tapas bars, quaint shops and wealth of history. Inspired by African lodges, the interiors here are big and bright, fusing Asian and African design to create an inside-meets-outside feel. It has the air of a luxury hotel, with a yoga studio in the garden, sumptuous massage rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool, and top in-house catering.
Seven boutique bedrooms offer the ultimate in relaxation, each featuring its own en-suite bathroom, some with their own fireplace. African art adorns the walls, four-poster beds are wrapped in soft linens, and fluffy bathrobes await for forays down to the pool. Best of all, each bedroom has a private terrace with seating and a hammock, where you can relax with a holiday read and watch the sun rise or set over the 22 acres of private grounds where horses graze.
When you want to socialise with your guests, a vast open-plan living area features a roaring open fire at one end and a sleek kitchen at the other, where you can watch the chefs cooking your supper; meals can be prepared on request (for an additional charge), including Andalucian-style tapas tasting menus, BBQs, and a wide range of vegetarian dishes. Step out onto the wrap-around veranda for cocktails at dusk, watching the sun sink below the mountains.
For a spot of pampering, head to the massage room and browse the menu of spa services and beauty treatments or make the most of the yoga studio where you can enjoy a private lesson (both have an additional charge). Cool down with a revitalising dip in the swimming pool, filled with ionised water which feels like it comes straight from a mountain spring. Enjoy a light lunch on the patio, chat in the shade of the mulberry trees or soak up the Mediterranean sunshine on one of the comfortable sun loungers.