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“Peace and luxury with a personal touch”

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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Casares, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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“Peace and luxury with a personal touch”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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It's the small things that make the DDG Retreat in Andalusia so special.

From the freshly-squeezed orange juice and cold hand towels on arrival, to the rose petals floating in the fountains, fresh every morning. The torch by the villa door, for a safe return from evening outings. The tiny pelargonium flower decorating the plate on which your croissant or toast is served.

Or perhaps it's the big things, like the fabulous views from the six villas, each one in a private setting on the hillside above Casares. The hand-picked antiques decorating our rush-clad villa. The infinity pool, a length rewarded with a view of the mountain and the birds soaring overhead. The leisure complex with its exercise machines, nicely-stocked bar and endless supply of towels, with a choice of places to relax from sun lounger to shaded settee.

But it's probably the personal touches. The welcome in person from hosts Olga and Sasha who simply cannot do enough for you, from booking a table in a local restaurant and giving you a ride there, to cooking the most delicious meals. The choice of pillow (from a menu, no less). Daily carafes of water filled on request; by day two we didn't even need to ask.

We explored our villa to find a personalised postcard, wishing us a relaxing stay. A basket was filled with hats, flip flops and robes for use during our stay. We loved the fabulous organic shower gel made with wild plants from Siberia, home country of Olga and Sasha. From the minute the gates swing open, you just know that this place is a class act.

We decided to try out a spa treatment in what must be the most perfect therapy centre, one side open to the mountain views, with a gently twinkling fountain alongside and the services of the talented Ilde. From inhaling the lavender oil to the deep tissue massage, the whole experience was a sensual delight. Below and visible from the therapy bed, a bowl of floating rose petals and ivy leaves. And treatment over, refreshing water flavoured with mint, lime and a cinnamon stick was served with a choice of herbal teas as you relaxed on a day bed in the pine grove setting of the spa.

Then there's the food. The first night we enjoyed mussels in a spicy tomato sauce, followed by baked sea bass and apple strudel with ice cream. Night two we dined at a local restaurant, as recommended by our hosts (who provided our transport) with the most delicious lamb served three ways and a baked apple cake with a Calvados panacotta. And night three was dinner back at the retreat, served in a private booth within the paved courtyard, this time melon and Parma ham followed by a stunning paella and a delicious home-made honey and brandy ice cream.

This eco-friendly resort has been created from a 4-hectare site on a wooded hillside. Our villa's sun terrace was charmingly located on stilts above the woods, a staircase leading down to a wooden swing amid the pines. You can barely make out each villa as you explore the resort, such is the sense of privacy created here. And the peace is delightful... no traffic noise, only bird song and the occasional distant dog bark.

It's hard to do justice to this place in only words; it's a whole-sense experience. If you want shopping and bustle and nightlife, it's not for you. If you want away-from-it-all relaxation in virtually private surroundings, with innumerable touches of luxury and loving care, book it now.

A friend messaged to say she hoped we were enjoying every second. We did our best - it was certainly no hardship.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Reviewed 24 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Reviewed 22 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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Reviewed 20 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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