SECRET ANDALUSIA – THE PERFECT COUPLES’ ESCAPE
High in the hills above the pretty white village of Casares, a meandering track leads to one of Andalusia’s best-kept secrets. For couples wanting to escape the noise of life back home, adults-only bolthole, DDG Retreat – with just three casas nestled in four hectares of woodland – is an idyllic oasis of peace and calm.
Set in the heart of the protected Sierra Crestellina national park conveniently close to both coast and country, this environmentally-friendly hideaway offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy adult only holidays Spain with nature at its best and indulge in quality ‘we-time’ together in this sensorial slice of paradise. By day, grab a hammock or lounger and enjoy breath-taking panoramic views across to Africa, the Rock of Gibraltar and Spain below as rare birds circle overhead, whilst in the evening you can soak up spectacular sunsets or enjoy some star-gazing from your own private terraces. For the ultimate in relaxation, enjoy a pampering massage to the sound of chirping cicadas as you relax in a spa cabana hidden amongst the trees; or enjoy the aroma of the many tropical blossoms as you take a leisurely wander through the grounds.
Guests seeking a truly back-to-nature experience can try out Royal or Maharaja Suites where, an ideal choice for best adult only holidays Spain. Here, you can sleep under canvas in one of two spacious super-tents that take glamping to a whole new level. Inspired by the owners’ global travels, both have an East-meets-West vibe and each comes complete with stunning interiors, marble floors, air conditioning, and either a hilltop hot tub or an inviting plunge pool. One even has its own home-cinema and Royal has just had an exterior upgrade with its front elevation now made from bamboo grown in the Retreat’s own grounds. For a more traditional feel, there’s also the ever-popular Casa Pino, a bijou artisan cottage (with its own kitchen and barbeque) with exotic gardens of 500 square meters and a great choice of sunbathing spots making for a seamless indoor-outdoor stay.
It’s been specifically designed and decorated for couples for the perfect adult only holidays in Spain. The Retreat’s superb facilities belie its size and include an infinity pool, named as one of the most glamourous pools in the world; a mini-gym, sauna and steam room; tennis courts; honesty bar; as well as breakfast (with Cava) and lunch or dinner platters on request. The spa offers a good choice of treatments using organic products and there’s even a personalized pillow menu and a choice of your own room scents.
Passionate about the environment themselves, the owners have ensured that DDG is as ideal choice as possible for the adult only holidays in Spain. Their own underground reservoir supplies all the Retreat’s water needs; the beautiful pool uses an ozone cleaning system; certified organic products are provided for guests; the hotel design ensured trees were preserved during the building process and new trees are planted each season, and where possible, materials are sourced from the Retreats own resources (such as Royal’s bamboo exterior), whilst food served at the Retreat is locally sourced.
DDG Retreat – located an hour’s drive from Malaga airport – has a Trip Advisor Excellent five-star rating; shortlisted for the World Luxury Hotel Awards and has been a nominee in the World Boutique Hotel Awards after personal recommendations from guests in the categories for best Relaxation Retreat and best Honeymoon Hideaway.
Lead in prices are per person, per night and are based on two sharing low-season; breakfast-inclusive and fully-serviced rates are available at an additional charge and platters can be booked as extras. Maharja, from 185 euros p/p p/n https://ddgretreat.com/accommodation/maharaja-tent/ is spacious offering 60sq metres with a fully equipped mini-kitchen and has generous outdoor space including a pergola and its own private plunge pool. It even has an outdoor bath and shower (in addition to its indoor ensuite and dressing area) for a long al fresco soak. The ‘fit-for-a-king or queen’ Royal Tent https://ddgretreat.com/accommodation/royal-tent/ languishes in 500 sq. meters of private grounds with breath-taking uninterrupted views. Complete with its own hot tub perched on a hilltop and even a home-cinema, this canvas super-suite starts at 190 euros per person per night based on two sharing. Casa Pino’s https://ddgretreat.com/accommodation/casa-pino/ lead in 147 euros per person per night based on two sharing. All suites come with their own wine fridge and Nespresso coffee machines. For further information please see the DDG Retreat website www.ddgretreat.com