Need To Know
17, including two junior suites, one suite and four apartments.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $387.17 (€340), including tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include a generous breakfast buffet (breakfast is not included in the rates for apartments), with local cheese and ham, house-made ciambellone cake, pastries and breads, fresh fruit and juices, tea or coffee. Children Under-3s stay in cribs (free), and single sofa beds (€25 a night for 4–6 year olds, €50 a night for over-6s) can be added to the junior suites and suites. In apartments, single sofa beds (for over-4s) are €35 a night.
Overall, public areas are wheelchair (and pram) accessible, but a few stony paths in the grounds may prove challenging. There’s one adapted Superior Room for guests with mobility issues.
Annually from 15 October to mid-March. The hotel will be closed for maintenance on 2 October 2016.
At the hotel
Spa and Turkish bath, wine bar, restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, playground, football pitch, gym, boutique, free WiFi throughout. Electric bikes are available to hire on request.
In your room
LCD TV with satellite channels, minibar, kettle with tea and coffee, bathrobes, air-conditioning and J Bigelow bath products. Junior suites and suites also have a microwave, and suites and apartments each have a kitchen with an oven, microwave, fridge and freezer, toaster, utensils, crockery and cutlery.
Our favourite rooms
The Apartments are bigger than their name might suggest: these svelte modern residences are spread over three floors, sleeping up to six guests each. A full kitchen and laundry room will come in handy whether you’re checking in with a newborn or teens, and the private garden has a barbecue for family gatherings. Book early: they’re extremely popular. For smaller families, some Standard Rooms comfortably fit a baby cot.
The hotel has three pools: an outdoor heated pool for adults (14 and up), close to the conservatory, with sunlounger-topped grassy banks and a small pavilion. A short stroll away, down a gravel path, is the open-air, unheated family pool, for under-14s (there are sunloungers to perch on, but little shade and no lifeguards). In the spa, there’s an adults-only pool for over-16s.
The hotel’s ‘wellness path’ – a stress-melting journey through a Turkish bath, sauna, hydromassage pool, Argan oil black-soap scrub, and an chromotherapy shower – will compose even the most frazzled parents (the spa is for over-16s only, open 8am–8pm). If the babysitter’s on the clock, abscond to one of two treatment rooms set aside for holistic massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, or mani-pedis. The small gym has treadmills, cycles and elliptical machines. Guests must pay a €12 entry fee (usually €22), which includes access to all facilities, slippers, a towel, water and tea; or, pay €20 for an additional bar of Argan soap and a loofah.
The hotel’s very accommodating: let them know about allergies – or request children’s extras, food or drink – in advance and they’ll do their utmost to tailor your stay. Hotel manager Barbara – a fount of local knowledge – is happy to step in as concierge.
For €30 a stay, four-legged friends are welcome in all rooms and suites with a private garden and apartments. Pet food is available on request.
Very much so; there’s an apiary in the hotel grounds, and olive and fruit groves all around for use in the kitchen and products sold in the shop. Ingredients not plucked from the hotel grounds are supplied by carefully vetted local farms, fisheries and butchers. The hotel has its own fleet of electric bikes and a bank of solar panels.