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 14 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 14 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. In this charming hotel in Spain, no television in the rooms in order to fully enjoy the quiet of the surrounding nature. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, and the ceiling fans have been kept in order to keep the retro style of the rooms.
- Air-conditioned room
- Rooms for disabled guests
- 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!).