Picture the scene: Mr Smith fancies a golfing holiday. Mrs Smith is thinking sunshine and spa treatments. Both have a weakness for exciting wining and dining. What would we prescribe? A long weekend in Finca Cortesin’s flower-filled 70-acre enclave of southern Spain. Trust us, we know from experience.
The 67-room property has a timeless charm, starting the moment you glide into its cobbled courtyard and step through the pristine whitewashed entrance. After a warm Spanish welcome in the breezy reception area, you can enter the traditional yet elegant sitting areas, then head out on to a terracotta-tiled terrace that looks out across the pretty plumbago and bougainvillea-dotted gardens and the rolling green golf course. There is blue sea on the horizon.
For him? Golfers will be wowed by the manicured 18-hole world-class golf course designed by Cabell Robinson. The club not only has a Jack Nicklaus Academy but it’s also hosted the Volvo World Match Play Championships. This is a luxurious land where golf buggies even come stocked with chilled drinks and snacks. Either hit the postcard-perfect greens together, or meet back at the chic clubhouse.
For her? Finca Cortesin has a sleek unisex spa with Turkish baths, a Finnish sauna and every fitness-centre thrill. It even has the country’s only ‘snow cave’. Duck in for the –12º icy therapy and you’ll feel transported to the Artic while your circulation gets a livening up, especially when alternated with some steam-room action and a few laps in the heated hydrotherapy pool. True sybarites will want to sign up for treatments such as the Caviar Facial or a hot-stone therapy massage.
For the pair of you… Finca Cortesin will fastrack its way to your heart through your stomach: the two destination restaurants that flourish under the imagination and skills of executive chef Schilo Van Coevorden will soon have you smitten. Even a simple gazpacho in the pool bar for lunch is sensational.
Book Schilo well in advance to enjoy a tasting menu of Modern Spanish, Arabic and Asian delights. It’s a roll-call of A-list ingredients: original dishes are laced with truffle, langoustines, foie gras and even gold flakes, all fused flamboyantly with the freshest meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. This kind of culinary theatre made Charlie’s experiences at the Chocolate Factory seem like a visit to the motorway services.
Pure unadulterated R&R is guaranteed at this Spanish golf and spa hotel, as are spectacular courses – in the gourmet and golfing sense. And if you’re a luxury-travel stickler for high-quality bedrooms and fit-for-a-king facilities, Finca Cortesin is heaven-sent.