Just the other day I was talking to my friend Paula about the luxury feeling some hotel resorts offer. She travelled to Dubai where everyone knows that luxury is one of the main attractions. I remembered that in many parts in Europe we lose much at this chapter. So you can imagine how big my surprise was to see that an European 5 star resort can compete with UAE: the hotel we’ve stayed in Marbella, Spain. And that’s why I decided to give an overview of it, from the eyes of a traveller that spent there quite some time. Mostly in pictures, since they speak more than any of my words can.
Meet Hotel Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort
The moment I stepped inside the hotel I noticed the elegance and grace that fills the building. A charming building with history dated from 1962, renovated and brought to our century, keeping at the same time the class and elegance of those times. An extremely clean hotel, with every corner shinning and sparkling.
Hotel Los Monteros has an amazing garden with small rivers all around, flowers, plants and of course, palms! The interesting part is that from the reception, you can walk through the corridors to get to your room, or you can choose a little bit longer road but much more fascinating, through the hotel’s cute Spanish patio and the giant garden. Every day for us it was a lovely walk, and in the evenings it’s very nice illuminated, so it makes for a very romantic promenade. Just as an Alice in Wonderland kind of garden – and that says all.
We had a Junior Suite on the ground level, facing a little private patio or garden, how you prefer. It was fabulous! Very classy and sophisticated, the furniture was in great shape, even though was a classical one, and the best part of it, we had a bathroom as large as the room itself. I don’t know about you, but I personally adore large bathrooms!
The bathroom featured a huge jacuzzi facing the room due to the Italian sunscreen window which you could open to connect with the room, and except the normal shower, it featured a stonemade steam sauna room. Pretty cool for a hotel room, right?
The King size bed is huge and extremely comfortable, so are the linens, and the garden was really fantastic to sit in during the breakfast sometimes.
The Beach Club
I wrote about it here, but I think it deserves a mention in this article too. Very quiet, relaxing and stylish. La Cabane beach club belongs to the hotel but it’s located near the beach side, just a few minutes away. The hotel offers free rides with a mini golf car. Absolutely the best choice for when you want to have a dip in the sea, as well as a nice time at the pool.
During our stay, we tried the Thermal Circuit in the hotel’s spa, which is a program meant for relaxation, by going through the whole circuit of activities such as hammam, steam & dry sauna, ice bucket, different kinds of showers with aroma therapy, walking on the stones (reflexology), and pool, continuing with treatments of your choice and enjoying a good organic tea on the hot seating. Very nice experience, indeed!
The hotel features two restaurants, a bar and the beach club’s (La Cabane) restaurant as well. I wish we could have tried La Cabane’s brunch when we were there, which looked absolutely delicious, filled with fresh seafood and fish. The other two restaurants and the bar are located close to the main pool, which is really nice cause you get to have a very nice view both at the breakfast, on the day time or in the evening.
My best food experience at Los Monteros was the vegetarian sandwhich club! Oh my god, I studied the ingredients so closely that I made my own when I arrived home in Sweden.
Of course, the vicinity of the hotel matters. Sometimes after beach days I don’t feel like making up and prepare to go in the town for a walk, so I’d rather take a walk close to the hotel. The hotel is located in such a beautiful own golf area. It’s also surrounded by walls of hanging plants and flowers, palms and luxury residences, a very exclusive wonder-walk for the eye.
This was the best part. We’ve got extremely pampered and well taken care of, and from a traveler perspective, this is such an important feature a 5 star hotel should focus on. Every little detail of the service, the serving, the orders, the housekeeping, was so professional and detailed. The room was, of course, cleaned two times a day, with all the evening ritual, and always smelling fantastic. I have no idea what they use for the smell, but I totally appreciate it.
So yes, I can describe the hotel in one sentence as being luxury, comfortable and elegant, with great service and memorable eye experiences. But don’t take my word for it, celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Hugh Laurie and Jason Statham actually stayed there too.
Hotel Los Monteros honestly made up for the rainy weather we had the bad luck to catch in our vacation and this was my way of thanking them!
With love, back to a rainy Sweden,
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