Hotel La Fuente De La Higuera
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After leaving Spain, we had two nights in ...
Here we are at La Manga resort, Spain. At the last minute before we left NZ, we found out that my auntie and uncle and cousin were going to be about 40 minutes from where we were going to meet up with friends at the end of July. So we set about making plans to meet up before my uncle left to go back on the 2nd August.
This was the part of the trip that I hadn't been able to find much information about, as the ...
... staying in a stunning villa about ten minutes from Ronda. We had to have a break in Malaga en route for more chocolat and churros though. It's the custom.
So to Ronda. It was Cath's birthday and there was the customary cake, cards, bubbly and... bagpipes. Obviously. These came courtesy of her Brother In law Stephen, who also played at their wedding a fair few years ago. I'm sure we are all agreed that it's an instrument that has to be played well ...
It was a lovely morning and we had the idea of a walk down the paved stairs to the bottom of the gorge which Gordon was sure went under the bridge and up the other side. Of course we didn't check a map. It started out ok descending on paved stairs but when we reached the man and his dog who "guard" the next bit of the track which goes under the bridge, the path became very rocky and uneven. I don't know why I kept going, but I did and it got worse and ...
In Rhonda we also visited a beautiful retreat for teachers, it had an amazing garden with views over countryside and of the bridge. Very different from the bullfighting ring we had visited earlier in the morning. It was here that the first bullfights were held in which ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel La Fuente De La Higuera Ronda
Wedding in Ronda
When La Fuente opened 5-6 years ago, I was customer number 2. I happened to be in the area and did not fancy a late night drive down to Marbella. If you have driven the mountain road from Ronda, you will know what I mean. Anyway, there was no rooms available in Ronda town and a local directed me to La Fuente.
That is when I met Pom and Tina for the first time. They were so estactic to have another paying customer that Pom generously invited me for a scotch. About a bottle later, I made it to my room, thinking what a great couple and how the hell did they rebuild this ruin into such a beatiful place. My one night eventually turned into three.
Since then I have returned almost every year to hike, horseride and soak up as much home made gazpacho I can get from the kitchen. Every time I have unfailingly received a warm welcome and the high quality (non fussy) service that is rare in normal hotels. Over the years I have send a steady stream of friends and family to La Fuente to relax and recharge and have yet to regret it.
Ultimatley I got engaged and a year later married at La Fuente. To put the experience into words that others may appreciate the wedding was a massive two day Andulusian party, we took every room they had, brought in a local band of flamengo dancers and musicians and finished off with a mobile disco to take us through to dawn. That was Friday, then we had the wedding that afternoon followed by an open air dinner on the lawn!
I cannot adequately express my appreciation and respect for Pom, Tina, Frank and the rest of the crew. My wife and I and all our guests were simply gob smacked that the arrangements. Not only did they help put all the arrangements together and cater for 60 people over two nights, they did it with real panache and the attention to detail that comes from a natural sense of style.
Reviews are hard to write without being accused of being partisan. I have never done one before, but am going this one because of what I read in other reviews and felt duty bound to balance the scales. La Fuente, is a haven, that lets you have the run of the place and relax as if they owned it. It is not trying , and hopefuly will never become, a hotel in the traditionl sense. It is for the independently minded experienced traveler, looking for a place to really relax, myabe learn a thing or to along the way.
Some faults, but overall, an outstanding place
Pom is a great host - although I agree with the other reviewers about the general service, some of the other staff, and the food - all poorer than they should be. Especially the food. Noticed a worsening too when Pom was away one day and I was completely ignored for an hour at breakfast - this would have been fine if drinks were part of the buffet, but you have to be served your tea/coffee/juice etc. Found the room to be perfect and clean - if I'd found otherwise I'd have asked for it to be cleaned.
Overall though, it's an outstanding place. Took the more expensive Room 1 which has its own completely private terrace that's not overlooked and is perfect for pm reading etc. as it gets the sun till sundown.
Found the whole experience relaxing in the extreme.
Ran up a horrendous bill at the honesty bar - but only have myself to blame for that (although the staff cleverly remove your list of drinks at regular intervals making it easy to kid yourself, or "lose track" of how many drinks you've poured yourself. At least every one was a treble!
Good check-In, Nice room and lovely setting although getting a little built up in the area - will the spanish never introduce decent planning laws?
2 draw-backs - Service was lacking on several occasions - I hate being kept witing when someone is on the phone and seems intent to ignore you and keep on talking.
Had two evening meals there and neither lived up to expectations - ate out the other three nights (do try the Michelin Star restaurant - El Tragabuche - absoulutely first class.)
Room not as clean as it should be - hate hairs on the toilet seat - that to me is unforgiveable.
Loved it, what can I say. Pom and Tina and their staff especially Frank make you feel instantly at home and relaxed. We stayed for 7 nights and once we'd calmed down from London life we really found it difficult to leave, opting for lunch and dinner at the hotel and simply taking in the tranquil surroundings. Having said that Hotel la Fuente is a great base to visit the various white towns.
We had three dinners at the hotel and although the 1st was a little disappointing the latter two were very good. Was that because Ronda was a nightmare to park and once there good food limited to find? Perhaps but nothing could take away the fabulous view and romantic atmosphere.
Our suite was of a good size and although not necessarily one of the best in the hotel, adequate and suited our purposes fine. The honesty bar is very well stocked including ice-cream and other such treats.
By the time we left my husband and I can't wait to return, perhaps for New Year where we can try some of Pom's new wine purchases!!!
If you are after a well presented, romantic hotel then this Scott Dunn recommended hotel is definitely worth considering.
Relaxation has never been so good
The Hotel is beautiful. Set right in an old olive grove gives the feeling of total peace and relaxation. The staff are all friendly and do not hesitate to to respond with the utmost hospitality to all your needs.
This hotel is an excellent choice in Summer or Winter. We should know as we have been at both times of the year! Near enough to Ronda for plenty to do but enough off the beaten track that you away in a quiet haven of your own. Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside especially if you select a bedroom with a balcony. Lovely light bedrooms and adjoining suites if you feel like a bit of luxury and space. In the hot summer you can make unlimited trips to the large honesty bar and giant fridge in the lounge/library area and help yourself to cold drinks and delicious icecream. In the cooler Winter it is lovely to sit by the open fire in your room reading a book. The best bit of all is the lovely languishing dinner taken on the terrace watching the sunset or in the cosy dining room with soft gentle music in the background. The hosts of the hotel, Tina and Pom are particularily attentive and have plenty of interesting stories to tell you. All the staff are polite and friendly. Overall this is a small intimate hotel where you will feel relaxed and chilled out. A refreshing change away from the hussle of the concrete Costas.
Converted olive mill
10 days in Andalucia - stayed at three Hotels and have posted reviews of them all - Hacienda San Rafael, La Fuente de la Higuera and La Posada del Torcal. Have put the reviews together as this may be useful if you are thinking of travelling to Andalucia.
Flew into Seville, had an overnight stay and then on to Hacienda San Rafael - really liked our room, but the location is not good - in the middle of nowhere so you feel like you have to eat in every night. Food OK but a bit of a rip-off price. Not too busy when we were there but all clients seemed to come from Kensington - not the Spanish experience we were looking for - all very colonial and not our scene. 3 nights here and ready to move on.
La Fuente de la Higuera outside Ronda is a converted olive mill - 3 nights here, again a lovely room, but as with other reviews we found it lacking in service - staff rather cold. Better location but yu have to go by car into Ronda - again not very busy when we were there, but did seem to be a bit noisy and this may be a problem when it is busier. Lots of building work going on in the area.
Last Hotel before flying out of Malaga - La Posada del Torcal - definitely our favourite and "la creme de la creme". Incredible location with by far the best views - our room even had a sea view in the distance some 30 miles away. Again you do feel you want to eat in every night as it is some distance to the lovely town of Antequera. However eating in is no problem as the food is by far the best of the three Hotels - They have a Savoy trained Chef and it shows. Service was also best at this Hotel - the staff are fantastically friendly. It was also full - we had to arrange the whole itinerary around when they could fit us in - great mix of nationalities and a real "buzz"
Andalucia is a fabulous place and we will certainly return, next time staying for the entire time at La Posada del Torcal and using it as a base.
Hit and miss service is a problem - management need to have a good look at their staff. Hotel is nice enough, room big and airy, food so,so - ate in Ronda on second and third night.
We stayed in better places in Andalucia
Just spent four days here - have a different opinion from the review above - we did better in Andalucia (see the reviews for La Posada del Torcal). Room was good - bit did not feel it was 100% clean. Biggest problem with the place was the service - just too laid back for its own good - seemed to wait for ever to get anything - you are better off going in to Ronda to eat - really recommend the Michelin starred restaurant El Tragabuche.
A wonderful, romantic retreat set in an olive grove
This place is not just a gem, it's a diamond. The lovely (English-speaking) hosts have converted an old olive mill into a charming, stylish, romantic retreat set among an atmosphereic olive grove. The kitchen cooks fabulous meals and the lingering evenings are filled with wine and great music. In the late afternoon, the hosts offer homemade cakes for those who need a little something to eat before dinner. The rooms are spacious and well decorated (simple color palate, Balinese hardwood furniture). Each has a balcony or a deck where you can have breakfast if you want. I can't recommend this place enough for those who are willing to stay a few short kilometers outside of Ronda.