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My hOtel: Finca Cortesin, Spain @fincacortesin


The stunning Finca Cortesin, in Casares (south of Spain)

The stunning Finca Cortesin, in Casares (south of Spain)

Located in Casares, more or less between Estepona and Sotogrande, in the south of Spain, Finca Cortesin is possibly one of the hotels that has impressed me the most in the last couple of years. And believe me, I have slept at a few.. hundred! Here’s how my recent stay went.. and something tells me I will come back for more!

 

Pre-Arrival

–          Was there any pre-arrival communication by the hotel with myself via email or social media?

There was indeed, and a lot of excitement too. I can’t tell you much I was looking forward to this trip.

–          Did I try to engage the hotel via Twitter? Did the hotel interact with me and made me feel welcome/special?

I did, but the Finca Cortesin team (via a few twitter accounts) kind of beat me to it. We had a lot of banter pre, during and post stay.

–          Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay?

Yes! Funnily enough, when we landed, we were asked what was our favourite cocktail. I said I would be partial to anything with gin or lychee. And I must say: my lychee gin & tonic on arrival was really quite something!

 

 

Arrival

Well hello! Or hola!

Well hello! Or hola!

–          The wow factor! What was the hotel decor style?

It was absolutely stunning, the area outside reception where we dropped our car was beautiful (see the jump photo below) and the reception and the indoor patio area was simply stunning. And in this photo, you can see where we enjoyed our welcome lychee gin!

–          How quick and efficient was the hotel check-in?

Very efficient and very personal – and a proper sit down check-in which is always a nice touch. It was also lovely to be welcomed in person by the hotel management team which I was very keen to see again. It was almost like going back home (although it was my first visit, if you see what I mean!)

–          Was I addressed by name once reservation has been located? (it is all about the small details, some others are outstanding with this, and I love it, like I do when I board an airplane)

Of course!

–          Did I get an upgrade from my confirmed pre-booked room type?

We were booked on 2 separate junior suites (on this trip I was travelling with my girls Trudi and Terene for the ultimate girlie getaway) and we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom suite, which was a great idea. It was great to have our own living room and balcony, where we obviously enjoyed some sunset cocktails.

–          Did I feel genuinely welcomed by the hotel staff?

We did, and it was possibly one of the nicest welcomes I have had. I can’t tell you how happy and impressed we were.

–          Luggage – how many people did I have to tip before the luggage made it safely to my room? This is cultural, I know

We left our luggage in the car and only saw it when we got to our room later on, and that is how it should be.

How's this for a pool with a view? Not bad

How’s this for a pool with a view? Not bad

–          Wi-fi – was I told anything about it? Was there a charge?

 Charge? Passwords? Of course not! Just connect and enjoy.

 

Room Experience
–          First impressions – décor, size and wow factor
To say our suite was beautiful, it would be the understatement of the year. I must say, the whole property was beautifully decorated (you may find some of my finger marks across the grey fabric wallpapered corridors). I love grey and it was simply stunning. Everything was super simple and understated – each piece of furniture carefully selected (and interestingly, available for sale).

–          Welcome amenity
We had a very creative amenity (see photo above) full of lovely sweet things, and every day we were surprised with something new. We were definitely spoiled!

A beautiful suite for Mrs. O and friends

A beautiful suite for Mrs. O and friends

–          The bed

My canopy bed was stunning – comfortable and firm and the pillows and duvet were to die for. I loved the sheets as well (a different type of stripe on stripe, beautiful!).

–          Closet/Wardrobe – proper hangers or those annoying ones where you need a PhD to get them out one by one? This is a personal pet peeve of mine. I can’t stand them.

They were great and all mine – plenty of space!

–          Iphone Charger/Dock

Sadly no, and interestingly, I think it would have been great – not just for phone charging purposes, but also for a bit of music.

–          Bathrobes and slippers

They were there and the slippers for once, were really quite nice. I even used them around the room!

–          Coffee and Tea

We actually had a fully equipped kitchen with everything we could need. Interestingly we only had things in pairs, even though we were three, so we always had to ask for an extra glass every day.

–          Free bottled water

Of course.

–          Magazine selection – had some nice surprises and doesn’t happen often enough!

We had magazines and some great books. I loved the Quintessentially Reserve 2013 – what a beautiful coffee table book!

–          Power sockets in useful places – we have more and more devices and we know where we want them! By the bed, by the working area.

If I had to make a small criticism, it would be about this. Of course they were there – but at the end of the bed, for example (not great for alarm setting etc). Weirdly, when I turned the lights off, the sockets were also turned off which didn’t make any sense. I did try to play with all the switches and not use the “master” one, but wasn’t successful.

My fab room at Finca Cortesin

My fab room at Finca Cortesin

 

Bathroom

–          First impressions – décor, size and wow factor

I love natural light in a bathroom and I got it this time. It was simple and stunning.

–          Bath, shower and taps – I am looking for Duravits and Hansgrohes (or other fab brands) around the world. How fab was the shower? And a little pet peeve.. was I able to operate the shower without asking Mr. O for help?

Everything was beautifully appointed and the shower was absolutely fantastic.

–          Towels – yes, please! How many and how soft and lovely?

Possibly some of the best towels I have seen lately – looooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg and uber soft.

–          Toiletries – own brand, super brand, baby ones or proper ones? I shall find out!

Penhaligon’s was again the brand of choice. I had adult sized ones, whereas the girls in their room had baby ones (why?).

–          Amenity kit – I don’t want more sewing kits thank you very much, but I will need a shower cap.

Everything was there, and worth saying that the sink unit has plenty of hidden storage room so only the absolutely necessary was on display.

–          Hairdryer – is it a human one, or just something stuck to a wall that only makes noise?

Yes and I did actually use it – and it was good!

 

Breakfast

Loved the concept of the "El Jardin Private Breakfast"

Loved the concept of the “El Jardin Private Breakfast”

 

–          Décor of breakfast room

Breakfast was outdoors, in the patio and it was stunning.

–          The spread (inc yumminess)

The hotel (which was around 60 rooms) has no buffet – which makes a lot of sense. Instead, it offers a “private breakfast” where the items on the left of the menu and are brought to your table and then you choose whatever you’d like from the a la carte menu. There was a lot of variety and everything was outstanding.

–          Cost (I have seen a hotel charging €75 for breakfast – a tad much, maybe?)

Breakfast is included in all room rates (as it should be in resort hotels).

 

Pool and Beach Club

My pool. and I refused to share it!

My pool. and I refused to share it!

Ho ho ho, how many pools did we need? Well, we were three ladies, so we got a pool each! We absolutely adored the 50m pool, which was so quiet, you could hear the birds. The sun loungers and towels were great (and cleverly, you got an extra towel to use when you got out of the pool, so obviously you didn’t have to “unmake” the bed). There were a lot of details like these at Finca Cortesin. Very nice.

Pool service was efficient and discrete. At the 30 metre pool, you had a great pool restaurant too, which we obviously tried! Where we didn’t spend enough time (and possibly an excuse to go back for more)? At the great beach club, located a couple of kms from the Finca, which is inland. It was so nice, I can’t tell you – but I can show you!

The fab beach club at Finca Cortesin

The fab beach club at Finca Cortesin

Spa

We also treated ourselves to a great massage each, one afternoon – and everything was absolutely first class. The rooms (and the indoor pool.. the 4th one!) were beautiful and the therapists (mine was Thai), were wonderful. I was seriously prepared not to leave.

 

Restaurant & Bar

 

Chef Lutz Bosing treated us like princesses...

Chef Lutz Bosing treated us like princesses…

We enjoyed a fab dinner at El Jardin, which if Chef Lutz Bosing’s little playground. He prepared a great tasting menu for us and even set us some challenges. We surprised him when we guessed the apple cucumber as one of the ingredients. We absolutely adored the strawberry foam dessert and want to go back so that he can show us how it’s done – it would be a great addition to the O’Reilly dinner party menu. Chez Lutz also joined us on the twitter fun during dinner and throughout our stay and was a great sport.

 

General thoughts

–          How good and reliable was the wi-fi?

The wifi was actually quite good around the hotel, with various connecting points.

–          Did the hotel interact with me via Twitter during my stay?

Oh yes, oh yes. And René, the lovely hotel manager, even reacted positively when I announced, on my last night, that I would possibly refuse to check-out insisting I could stay forever. I could have said yes…

It is not everyday that Michelle Chaplow takes your photo.. just saying!

It is not everyday that Michelle Chaplow takes your photo.. just saying!

 

–          Location

Finca Cortesin is located in Casares, between Estepona and Sotogrande in the south of Spain. Nearest airports are Gibraltar (GIB) and Malaga (AGP). You will need a car to get around the area.

–          Cost – rooms starting from…

Junior suites start from €450 +tax. Suites start at €736 + tax and the 2-bedroom suite we stayed at cost €1236 + tax (160 sqm)

–          Would I recommend it to my best friend?

Hum.. I am actually not sure… I am joking! She was there with me and loved it!

–          Would I stay again?

Believe me, I will – and this time, we will bring the boys (they were so jealous, we cannot tell you).

 

I loved Finca Cortesin – it is a beautiful hotel and I really enjoyed my stay there. Service was also great – people were nice, smiled all the time, great English and allowed to bring their personalities to work, which is what makes a stay truly special. Daniel made the best gins that side of Spain, ha!

 

Have you visited this hotel? What were your thoughts?

xo

Mrs. O

 

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Finca Cortesin during this stay (and my friends were paying guests, but treated to spa vouchers and a wonderful dinner), but hopefully you will see that this has not influenced my thoughts about the property.


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  1. Jenny Reeves

    June 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Well what can I say! I’m here for a weekend break with my closest friend Carrie and we are having such an amazing time! I could not believe it when I won Mrs O’s birthday competition to stay at this hotel and it is simply outstanding. We were already relaxed once we had stepped out of the car at reception and handed the key to the concierge and headed straight for the cava!
    (We still don’t know what happened to the car but our bags mysteriously appeared in our Junior Suite before we got there!)
    I shall update on the rest of our stay- and whether we found the car again or not- later on! Now, where’s that lychee gin tonic ?? Aaaaah yes 🙂

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I am so pleased you are enjoying yourself!!! It is truly a special place!

  2. Anita

    July 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Oh Mrs O you enjoy indeed a fab live 🙂 this place looks like heaven!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

      It is so so so beautiful! Gracias!

  3. Trudi (aka BFF)

    July 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Ohhhhh……. Mrs O this is one of the best yet!! And yes I loved every minute of Finca Cortesin, & what a fabulous place for three friends to relax & be spoilt!! The staff, the suite, the pools, the food, the spa, one is truly in heaven! My bags are packed ready for a rendezvous …. you just say the word!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      What a place! I will pretend I am not jealous that the 3rd element of this trip is there… right now!

      • Mrs Chris

        July 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

        The third element and family are thoroughly enjoying our stay at Finca Cortesin. Mr Chris declared on day two he was “officially relaxed”. There’s so many beautiful spots to hang out in here, I’m spoilt for choice. Currently it’s a toss-up between the 35m pool and the yellow lounge at the edge of the gardens. Thanks MrsO!

        • @mrsoaroundworld

          July 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

          I have no words for you right now….. so pleased you guys are having a fab time!

  4. the lazy travelers

    June 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    i mean, the photo of you jumping. you are too cute, mrs. o. and this hotel is too amazing.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

      seriously amazing, promise!

  5. John M

    June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Absolutely stunning. Wow

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Yep, I won’t lie!

  6. Lola DiMarco

    June 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    LOVE! Gorgeous! And I love how the everyone at the hotel had fun with you! Tweeting the chef during dinner? Each personality adds so much to the level of service!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Totally! And I’m sure you’d love this place too!

  7. Erin at The World Wanderer

    June 25, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Could this hotel be any more beautiful?? Wow, just wow. The photos just kept getting better and better, though I especially love the one of you jumping. 😉
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you, Erin!

  8. D.J. - The World of Deej

    June 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Yup…definitely my kind of hotel as well. Especially since it was hard for me to overlook the golf course in the first picture:)
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      It was fab!!

  9. Anita Mac

    June 21, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Love the just connect and enjoy with the WiFI….but even more, I love everything about this hotel. Luxury and comfort personified.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      So amazing.. I want to go back!

  10. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    June 20, 2013 at 7:22 am

    That’s not a hotel, it’s a palace! That outdoor reception alone is enough for me.. what a stunning property.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Almost no words to describe it 😉

  11. Leah Travels

    June 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Simply stunning…Spain delivers again.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Never a bad experience, right? Love Spain. Finca Cortesin was very special

  12. Matthew Hirtes

    June 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, what a venue. But, hey, Mrs O, you’ve got to go to the Canary Islands. Here’s two on Gran Canaria that I know you’ll love. The first I reviewed for The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/africa/when-at-bohemia-get-set-for-rhapsody-8390793.html. The second, for i-escape: http://www.i-escape.com/hotel-el-mondalon/overview
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Very nice indeed!

  13. Walter

    June 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    We stayed at Finca Cortesin last autumn and guess what, it was AWESOME!

    Gauging from your photographs you don’t seem to golf. That is potentially at least as great an experience as the hotel itself…

    Highly commendable!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Walter, indeed I don’t! But one more reason to go back and take mr o. He’d love it!

  14. Jean | Holy Smithereens

    June 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Oh My. If and when I ever stay there, the property may have to give a restraining order against me. I will absolutely refuse to budge on my last day. or I will hide amongst the splendid grounds. haha! love that blue star jump 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      June 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Oh Jean, my thoughts exactly!

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