We booked 4 nights in the Almendra ( casa rural suite) to wind down after a couple of stressful months. Our GPS did not function, but we could find the case rural nonetheless in the pitch-dark of the national park. Although the casa rural normally does not serve dinner on Sunday evenings, they did organise for us dinner, even if we arrived late, so a nice gesture to start with. Although exhausted, with had a succulent and exhaustive dinner. We had one of the suites, which was a gigantic room, with large balcony and bathroom, and a confy bed. Breakfast next days was simple but very earthy.
We loved the easy-going nature of the place, this is not a hotel, but casa rural, so do not expect fully manned reception or bar, it is a serve-yourself place, where you catch a beer from the fridge and write down what you consumed.
We spent some good afternoons by the pool, which we had all for ourselves, to wind down after discovering all the lovely places in the nature park.
The day-to-day management of the casa rural is in the hands of Amalia, and she is really the soul of the place. Well-humpured, funny, helpful, and a walking directory of all the good places to eat and visit in the region. Nothing is too much of a hassle for her. In our many travels, we met a lot of people and stayed in a lot of places, but the Almendra is one of those places where you straight away feel at home.
We also booked a massage by Juani, who makes it to the casa rural and gives the massage in your room, very professionally done at democratic prices, so take that opportunity as well once there.
The only regret we have about our stay is that we did not book one night longer, if you are really fed up with traditional hotels, are looking for something different, need to wind down in a lovely corner of Spain, book some nights in this place.
On a side-note, the village of Aguas Amargas some 10 minutes drive has a lovely beach, some good bars and do go to the La Villa restaurant, a bit more upscale but lovely place with lovely food. We both travelled Spain extensively, but La Almendra, Cabo de Gata and Aguas Amargas has beaten all our expectations.
just go for the suites, for a bit more money you have a gigantic room
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