Formerly an olive farm, Hacienda de San Rafael has been transformed into a charming country house boutique hotel. The family run property is beautiful, spacious and incredibly quiet, this is the place you come to if you’re looking for a few days of complete relaxation in an authentic Spanish environment.
The attention to detail is what distinguishes the Hacienda de San Rafael from so many other retreats. It feels like such a personalised stay, with only a handful of staff and such an intimate setting it feels like you’re staying at a friends house. Albeit a friend with 3 private pools and a view to rival none.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the hotels friendly Labrador, with a glass of fresh lemonade in hand we immediately felt relaxed and at ease. We sat in the living room of the property which was decorated with beautiful rustic furniture and a mix of European and Far Eastern antiques, a nod to the family’s travels, before making our way across the beautiful cobbled courtyard where pink and orange bougainvillea decorate the entryways to the veranda’s of each room. If you’re looking for something even more private the hotel offers three thatched roof casitas, hidden from the main house, these accomodations are extra spacious and share a private pool and garden, complete with its own private outdoor area for sunbathing and dining.
We awoke each morning to breakfast on the veranda, pastries and eccle cakes were set out with jams and honey and once the staff could see we were up and about they would come and take our order of drinks and hot food. We didn’t even have to get changed out of our pyjamas, bliss!
We kept to the leisurely pace of eating and lounging with the odd dip in the pool for 3 days. Only breaking off our lazy lunches of tortilla, gazpacho and chilled rosé for a game of tug of war with the hotels pup, (we lost and subsequently had to feed him the ice cubes from said wine bucket).
Come dusk we could be found lounging in a sun tinged daze around the outdoor bar drinking Hendricks and tonic, before making our way over to the secluded outdoor dining area. There’s no evening menu, the chef cooks a three-course meal of whatever ingredients they bought fresh in the market that morning, which makes for a really interesting and enjoyable dining experience. The three-course Mediterranean set menu for dinner is €55 a person, including wine; however, the chefs will happily tweak dishes to meet dietary requirements.
After just three days we felt so relaxed and reluctant to leave but we were off to the sister hotel Corral Del Rey which you can read all about here.
- The views across the cotton fields whilst drinking a chilled glass of Rosè in the afternoons
- Traditional hacienda style hotel in keeping with its Spanish heritage
- Stunning infinite pools
- The hotel dogs and general Spanish charm of the staff
Need To Know
- The hotel is closed from mid November to mid March
- Check in 2pm. Check out 12pm but there is flexibility depending on room demand. There is a shower room for use by guests after check-out
- No dinner menu, dinner is a 3 course meal of what ever is brought fresh at the market that day
- The hotel has 2 friendly Labrador dogs
- Due to the seclusion of the property a hire car is recommended if you want to go out to explore
No. of Rooms & Suites: 14 rooms including 3 Casitas
Rate Per Night: Double rooms from £185.00