With its classic Spanish hacienda grandeur, romantic Andalusian cortijo styling and exotic Al Andalus touches, the Finca Cortesin Hotel captures the essence of Southern Spain, writes Andrew Forbes.
In my mind this luxury resort property, framed by mountains and with views out across the Mediterranean, is one of Spain’s finest hotels. Quite a statement I know, but it truly is a magical place, an ultra luxury hotel that consistently delivers in terms of service and style – a genuine, world-class 5 star experience that is often lacking on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
The only issue I find is that the resort is a little isolated, away from the sophistication of Marbella and its dining and entertainment options. Finca Cortesin is further west, closer to Sotogrande, which is however ideal for polo and water sports on the fabulous beaches there and on the Costa de la Luz. Also, Finca Cortesin offers the privileged guest so much that there is little temptation to step away from the estate.
Once the owners’ private finca, the estate is now a comprehensive resort offering distinct elements.
Firstly there is the hotel & gardens. The generously proportioned guest rooms and suites are in the main building, some with private plunge pools and terraces. There are also private villas in the grounds.
The gastronomic offering includes fine dining at ‘El Jardin de Lutz’, by German born executive chef, Lutz Bösing.
Kabuki Raw is the hotel’s signature restaurant – which has been awarded a Michelin star.
In addition to the world-class golf facilities, there are swimming pools, tennis, padel, gymnasium and spa.
A short shuttle drive away is the hotel’s beach club.
The hotel has also followed the international golf resort model of offering private luxury residences on the estate for private ownership or rental.