For the wandering minstrel accustomed to an abode of extravagance coupled with the warmth of home, a vacation home is not de rigueur any more. Luxury homestays across the world with warm, welcoming hearths, furnish creature comforts to satisfy every whim. From the neighbouring seven-century-old Fort Rampura, cross over to The Olive Grove in Andalucía, before settling down deep in the African Savannah at the Limpopo Safari Lodge. In these elegant homestays, you get an intimate glimpse of life as a local, with all the modern trappings, and utter privacy-making it an unforgettable experience.
The Olive Grove, Andalucia, Spain
Soak up the stillness of nature in a rustic Andalucían farmhouse perched on the majestic Sierra Tejeda National Park in Spain. Set upon the aquamarine Mediterranean Sea, The
Olive Grove is the perfect spa and culinary retreat for those seeking rejuvenation and relaxation. Its idyllic rustic, chic setting pleases the traveller with its Spanish ethos.
Comprising four double bedrooms, the master bedroom charms with a hammam, an outdoor shower and a balcony terrace with a sweeping view of a cactus-strewn mountain. The cottage itself has a Moorish allure: antiques adorn alcoves and rich tapestries decorate the walls. The self-catering farmhouse has an al fresco kitchen with a wood-fired oven, perfect for long evenings spent with sangria and tapas, under blossoming trees and weathered walls with vines clinging to them.
But it is the outdoors that invigorate with their earthy charm. Take a languorous dip in its turquoise pool, under the warm midday sun, looking out to gnarled olive and almond trees, growing untamed on the horizon. Explore the nature park by following its long-winded paths into wilderness, returning before stars fill the night sky. Guests can choose a bespoke spa or gourmet holiday too at The Olive Grove. Those opting for a spa break can select from a menu of spa treatments delivered at the property, and a team of in-house chefs, trail guides and personal trainers will conjure up a Utopian sojourn.
Travellers seeking to tantalise their taste buds can opt for the gastronomical holiday. Gourmands will discover edible treats in the Port of Málaga, a meeting point for traders from across the world. The highlight of this culinary indulgence is a six-course gourmet dinner cooked by the in-house personal chef, whipping up Andalucían specialties, such as the delicious chilled Andalucían tomato and vegetable soup with crayfish and the marinated Iberian pork and pear salad with purslane, served with roasted rosemary potatoes. Sipping Spanish wine as the sun sets on The Olive Grove by the pool deck, you will wish that this home is irrevocably yours!
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