My Mum and I stayed here for one night through Secret Escapes. We LOVED it. We arrived and were shown to our rooms by the receptionist, a level of exceptional service by staff which was maintained throughout our stay. The rooms are elegantly decorated with lovely bathrooms and gorgeous toiletries.
Yes, the food is a set menu but there were a couple of dishes that I didn't like and I was simply offered an alternative. All the food was incredible - beautifully presented and perfectly filling (I admit to being a little apprehensive about the notion of healthy food - I get hungry easily). Be warned that sometimes drinks seem to be included and sometimes not - we only found out at the end of each meal when presented with a bill - they are very reasonably priced but if you're on a tight budget, just be aware.
The spa is incredible. As another reviewer said, it's nice to be away from all the 'eastern' conceit that so many spas are filled with - I felt like a Victorian socialite who'd been sent to Europe to 'take the waters', it was classy, clean and luxurious while having a faintly medical edge. The staff don't speak the best English in the world but their level of English met our level of Spanish and between us we communicated fine. I had a full body exfoliation, which was unlike anything I've personally experienced before. I thought it was mildly overpriced for a half hour treatment when I booked it, but it turned out that there were two therapists working on me, making it excellent value for money. The leg massage is also recommended - I felt like I was walking on air afterwards.
The building itself is beautiful, and the facilities are lovely. The rooftop pool has some lovely views and eating in the courtyard is incredibly relaxing. I cannot fault this experience, it was heavenly. Thank you.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Padierna Thermas De Carratraca Malaga, Spain
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel will be regarded as the finest retreat experience of Holistic Healing in Europe. With a fine tuned combination of thermal bath treatments, chromo therapy, aromtherapy and organic cuisine. This historical spa retreat proposes three main and distinct healing programs to attract today's experienced spa aficionados: Balance, Relaxation and Detoxification. The hotel is only 45 minutes from Malaga International airport which receives all the major international carriers from Europe. Major US cities connect via Madrid or Barcelona. The town of Carratraca is situated in the northern part of the Guadalhorce Valley, between Ardales and Álora at an altitude of 540 metres right in the heart of the Sierra Blanquilla. The small and quaint village of Carratraca has been known as the Diamond of Malaga for its sulfur natural spring water famous since Roman times. Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel is set in an historic boutique building now completely restored and traces its roots to the early 1800's when the extraordinary healing powers of the sulfur waters and mountain springs surrounding the tiny village became almost legendary in their reputation. The healthful effects of the springs were discovered early on by the Romans, and centuries later by the Moorish settlers.A guesthouse was built between 1830 and 1832 to host a visit of King Fernando VII of Spain. Word soon spread of the therapeutic effects of the baths and mineral spring waters, and members of Europe's aristocracy quickly made Carratraca theri personal retreat.The Thermas was at the height of fashionable travel in the 19th century when it attracted such famous visitors as Lord Byron, Rainer Maria Rilke and Empress Marie Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III among others.Now stunningly refurbished, keeping the historical beauty of this neo-classical building, guests can have a great experience for the first time in a historical setting. A warm welcome in the cozy lobby of the Hotel, or if weather allows, in the Andalusian Patio. ... more less
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