An extraordinary setting. An exceptional place. A complete change of scene. Quiet. Welcome to Aurora Cacho’s hotel.
“Creating a relaxing atmosphere, being ready to listen so our guests get the most out of their stay with us.”
For 30 years, Aurora taught the language of Molière at university. “I wanted a change.” Andalucia, Almeria province, Cabo de Gata-Nίjar nature park. This is where Aurora chose to settle in 2003 in a former farmhouse that she converted the ideal hotel to disconnect during your holidays in costa Almeria. Located 4 kilometres from the sea and the nearest village, there’s nothing around her Cabo de Gata accommodation. Desert. “This feeling of peace and quiet is conducive to relaxation,” she says to explain why she turned the place into a 3-star hotel, into an oasis garden where cactuses, bougainvillea, rosebay and pomegranate trees bloom in a 7-hectare park. Set in the former farmhouse (cortijo), the buildings of Cortijo Los Malenos, The Originals Relais are built in traditional Andalucian style with thick whitewashed walls and not many openings so as to keep it cool. Aurora has put in 10 rooms which are as simple as they are refined. “The most important thing for me is the feeling of freedom. My guests are free serve themselves drinks or make themselves a coffee, they can watch a film, read the books in the library, walk in the park or take a dip in the pool. They have everything to make them feel at home. ”
Cortijo Los Malenos, The Originals Relais 10 rooms open onto terraces facing the 3 patios and their fountains. The atmosphere is peaceful, relaxing; the decor is simple (white walls, white bedlinen) and refined like the wooden furniture. “Each room is different,” explains Aurora “and consists of unique items, some from antique dealers and some are family heirlooms.” There’s no television here and no air-con, just the whirling of fan blades.
- Air-conditioned room
- Non smoking room
Other than breakfast, the hotel Cortijo Los Malenos, The Originals Relais does not have a real restaurant but Aurora and her team can prepare a dinner on request (to be ordered in the morning). A picnic option is also available. Breakfast should not be missed: “We offer lots of regional fruit and we make lots of things ourselves: sesame cookies with cinnamon, crêpes, sesame seed bread, fruit sorbets, compotes, cakes and our fig jam which is very popular around here! ”
Cortijo Los Malenos, The Originals Relais is a unique experience, a timeless setting, another world, where everyone will find something they like for an evening, a weekend or more.
Charles Trenet could have sung about it. This is an extraordinary garden! An oasis in the middle of a desert of rocks where some burnt bushes and grass cling to the hills. In the centre of this 7-hectare property, Aurora has managed to sustain bougainvillea, palm trees, rosebay, olive and pomegranate trees, cactuses, aromatic herbs and a small vegetable garden. Here and there, bushes form groves making nice places for relaxation, contemplation, reading, meditation or a siesta (don’t forget your hat!).
THINGS TO DOTake a path through the park and you will find the hotel’s nice and refreshing swimming pool. Aurora and her team also offer activities in the hotel and outdoors: massages, 4x4 excursions, snorkelling, scuba diving, flamenco concerts... “We also have a neighbour, a historian and geology enthusiast, who can take you to see the minerals and flora of the region and can explain how this extremely interesting volcanic nature park was formed. ”
THINGS TO SEE NEARBYNature lovers will want to explore Cabo de Gata nature park’s beaches and creeks. Los Millares archaeological site, one of the most important Copper Age sites in Europe, is the biggest cultural attraction in the region. The charm of Almeria province is unique on the Mediterranean coast. It has over 100km of wild coastline and breathtaking landscapes. This is where sea meets desert with the most fertile and most productive land for growing vegetables on the continent. Archaeological ruins, ancient castles, wild cliffs, transparent seabeds and the snowcapped Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance, and even further away, Grenada...
What our customers say
"A lovely hotel with great peace, solitude and charm"
We stayed at Cortijo los Malenos for 2 nights and found it a lovely, tranquil and peaceful place. The rooms and hotel itself are relatively simple but very comfortable and clean. Carmen the host looked after us really well, served up a generous and tasty breakfast and was very friendly. The gardens and surrounding scenery are beautiful and very relaxing and quiet, with just the sounds of the birds and gentle breeze. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this place.