Opened in 2008, Finca Cortesin is an elegant, refined country house hotel that’s both relaxed and welcoming, offering five-star service in a subtle, personal style. A world away from the typical Costa del Sol hotel, it offers a modern mix of hacienda style retreat with a definite nod to its Andalusian roots. Boasting beautiful landscapes gardens, magnificent views to the mountains and sea and a causal air of exclusivity, it’s a perfect escape for a few days – or even longer.
The hotel has 60 suites which are tastefully decorated with calming neutral palettes. The junior suites experiment a little more with splashes of colour and patterned wallpaper. Each with its own terrace, complete with table chairs and sun loungers. You could easily stay in the confines of your room, but with lots of activities (including golf) plus five pools and a beach club you will never be bored. The beach club had a great causal beach side dining restaurant. Pool and sun lounges it’s the best of both worlds and the shuttle for the hotel take just a few minutes.
Offering world class food at the internationally renowned Kabuki Raw restaurant (specialising in Japanese food) there are informal dining options by the pool and for breakfast and dinner, il jardin specialises in fine dining with a Spanish influence.
There’s so much space it’s feels exclusive and peaceful at any time of the day. Even when the hotel is full it never feels crowded. Whether its resting by the pool or taking tea in one of the secluded patios, Finca Cortesin is one of the most refined places to relax.
Rest and relaxation are the number one priorities at the spa at Finca Cortesin. The spa is spacious with high ceilings and a cool colour palette which gives it a modern look and is easy on the eye. A large 25m indoor saltwater pool, a huge range of thermal facilities including communal steam, sauna, plunge pool and snow cave (reported to be the first one in Spain) ensure you can chill out pre and post treatment to maximise the benefits of your visit. Steam and sauna rooms are also in each changing room.
Finca Cortesin has expanded its 2,200 sqm spa adding four new treatment rooms to cater for the growing demand of its oriental therapies. The new rooms which have been decorated with an Asian colour palette and authentic motifs feature ceiling bars and specially adapted beds to ensure the perfect delivery of treatments for the client.
Performed by expert therapists from Thailand (trained by the Banyan Tree), traditional Thai massage, shiatsu and Ayurveda have been joined by new treatments. These include the Four Hands Oriental, performed by two therapists and Feet Thai, which involves specialised pressure techniques, stimulating reflex points on the feet that correspond and revive the internal organs of the body. A full range of Indian inspired therapies are now on offer including Shirodhara, Indian head massage and the unique Matahari Face Massage where warm coconut oil is gently poured over the head and face to relieve facial tension and stimulating relaxation while revitalising the skin.
I chose a Lomi Lomi massage which features long, sweeping movements across the body using the hands, arms and elbows to stretch and sooth the muscles. Warm oils maximise the enjoyment of the treatment. What I love most about this treatment are the continuous movements. The strokes often start at the feet and finish at the head or extended arms. It was executed to perfection and soothed my aching legs and joints.
THE BEST BITS
Relaxing by the sea at the beach club
Breakfast on the terrace in the sun
Falling asleep post treatment by the indoor spa pool
Walking through the gardens at Finca Cortesin
Dining on Japanese food at Kabuki Raw
Lomi Lomi massage
ROOM TO IMPROVE
There was no pre-treatment consultation at all, except for ‘what can I focus on today’ which I suppose is a start. But it could have been improved.