An out-of-the-way hotel. You have to get off the four-lane highway and go through a little town (watch out for the LH turn signposted to the hotel between two houses) and then along a lane which is almost, but not quite, a track, worrying that a big delivery lorry will be coming in the opposite direction.
You seem to be in the middle of nowhere - surely there can't be a luxury hotel here?
Then suddenly you see it, on the hilltop ahead. It's still 4 or 5 km away, but finally you come to the driveway that sweeps up to the top of the hill and a magnificently-sited hotel.
This hotel has all the trimmings - golf course, spa - that makes it very popular as a week-end getaway for the Madrileños looking for a luxury break.
Luxury it certainly is.
I have been to hotels claiming 5 stars that would be pushed to be 3-and-a-half. But this is the real thing.
Public spaces are gorgeous. There is an inner courtyard with groups of sofas and chairs inside shady tents - like something out of the Arabian Nights. A terrace by the large pool with breath-taking views and comfy loungers or tables and chairs inside gazebos.
Bedroom was enormous, as was the bed - 2 metres wide. One of the most comfortable mattresses ever slept on. TV not only with all the satellite channels, but also internet on screen. More-than-ample wardrobe space, both hanging and drawers. In fact I wish I had enough clothes to fill them!
The bathroom was the same size as some hotel bedrooms. It had a large jacuzzi bath with a shower too. Twin washbasins, with good-sized bottles of branded toiletries - Tous. A separate lavatory and bidet enclosure. Large towels, proper bath sheets, soft and fluffy. And a shower cubicle.
The shower cubicle!
Overall the shower cubicle on its own was about the size of my entire en-suite at home. It had three separate sections. One had a "telephone-style" hand-held shower head. Another had a large rain-shower shower head. And the third section had jets of water coming out on two sides from knee to shoulder height. You could have showered a gaggle of children there all at the same time.
The food was extremely good. It was also pricey. The set menu was 55 Euros, but had no choice. We went a la carte, and 3 starters, one main course, two puds, half a bottle of wine plus a bottle of water for the teetotaller came to 145 Euros. We could have eaten for less from the bar menu, but the quality, the cooking, the presentation were all outstanding, so we didn't regret it.
The breakfast buffet at first sight seems disappointing - just toast, cereal and pastries with juice and coffee. That's because breakfast is a la carte. They bring you a list, but basically, anything they actually have in the kitchen, they will cook or serve you. They were even suggesting other things, trying to encourage us to have more.
An absolute delight.
The whole stay was a delight, and by booking on-line midweek, very good value at 118 Euros per night for the room, breakfast and 90 minute spa session.
TIP 1 Mid week is best. Quieter, and much much cheaper
TIP 2: Their satnav reference wouldn't go into my Gamin, presumably because it was referencing a spot in the middle of the golf course, off the roads. The satnav reference for the entrance to the hotel driveway is: N 38 39.977 , W 003 18.958 You need this!
TIP 3 It is very much worth a detour to stay at this hotel if travelling through Spain. An experience not to be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Caminera Golf & Spa Resort features an 18-hole golf course and is within 45 minutes' drive of Ciudad Real, Almagro and Valdepenas. It offers a large spa, sports facilities and a restaurant. Rooms are elegant and spacious. They include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a bathroom with hydromassge bath and Tous amenities. Measuring 800 m2, the spa centre features Roman-style baths, sauna, Turkish bath and hot tub, as well as chromotherapy and sensation showers. Guests can use the large fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and 2 paddle tennis courts on site. Local cuisine is served in the elegant Pedro Maese Restaurant, while cocktails are served on the chill-out terrace. You can enjoy a snack at the poolside bar. This resort is situated in Torrenueva, part of the Quijote and Wine Routes. The Tablas de Daimiel and Lagunas de Ruidera National Parks are both set nearby. Free private parking is offered on site. ... more less
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