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“Magical”

Review of Casa Shalimar

TERRACE AND THE VIEW
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TERRACE AND THE VIEW
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TERRACE AND THE VIEW
HOUSE FROM THE SEA, WITH THE STEPS TO THE SEA
VIEW OF HOUSE FROM OPPOSITE BAY WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO THE SEA
VIEW OF HOUSE FROM PEDALO
STEPS TO THE SEA
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE LOWER TERRACE AND POOL
POOL AND SEA
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POOL LIT UP AT NIGHT
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INFINITY POOL
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE RECEPTION ROOM
VIEW FROM BED MASTER BEDROOM
BEDROOM 2... FROM KINGSIZE BED
VIEW FROM SHOWER 3
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3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
La Herradura, Almunecar, Province of Granada, Andalucia

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Joan G
Little Horwood, null, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Magical”
Reviewed May 20, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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My partner and I chose Casa Shalimar and La Herradura as we wanted authentic Spain and we were so happy we did. The villa is simply magical, the situation is perfect, private, quiet and peaceful. The house interior is beautifully furnished in an elegant and traditional Spanish style but is comfortable and homely not cold and unlived in. Fabulous bed in main bedroom with wonderful views, slept better than I'd slept in years! Absolutely everything you may need is provided. Outside is perfect too with lovely terraces to sit and relax enjoying the wonderful views and the pool was so inviting, we used it every day even though it was early May and the pool is not heated the water was quite warm, we didn't want to get out. The village of La Herradura is a small and friendly seaside town and still very Spanish with little English spoken but everyone is so friendly it was fun trying to communicate which we did easy enough. Lots of bars and good restaurants, a few actually situated right on the beach, and only a pleasant 10 minutes stroll from the villa but our favorite place was Davids at the waters edge in the Marina del Este, a beautiful area a few minutes drive over the other side of the headland, food was delicious and staff exceptional, highly recommended. All in all, one of the loveliest holidays we've had.

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Liked best: peace and quiet and views of the sea
Liked least: the number of steps down to the villa from the car although these were low gradient and I managed easily even though I am waiting for new knee op!!
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Jun 29, 2016
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Sean P
Chichester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Stunning Sea Views”
Reviewed August 26, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

asa Shalimar was exactly as described - a private, spacious waterside property with character & outstanding views. The large outside eating area has an excellent canopy & seating where one can totally relax whilst taking in the absolutely stunning views across the bay & sea. Having a path from the house to the sea was brilliant & the water temperature was about 25 degrees (very comfortable). Take a face mask & snorkel as the rocky sub-sea views are beautiful & fish are very colourful. There's a fishing rod & tackle in the house where one can idle away a few hours at the end of the day. If you don't fancy the sea you get the same breathtaking vista from the pool. Having filtered water in the kitchen was a real bonus - no need to lug bottled water from the shops. La Herradura itself is a genuinely Spanish location. Plenty of bars & restaurants, plus a large beach. There are about 140 shallow gradient steps to take you back to civilisation when you want to venture out. In summary, if it is a villa with truly unbeatable views in a private location with spacious verandas, you are unlikely to find better.

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Liked best: Unbelievable views of the bay & sea combined with complete privacy
Liked least: Not applicable
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Utrecht
Reviewed June 21, 2013 for a stay in October 2012

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Liked best: The view, privacy and link to nature (close to sea)
Liked least: The many steps
Traveling group: Young Children
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Jun 29, 2016
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 5, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Liked best: The setting on the rocks and the design of the house.
Liked least: La Herradura is pleasant enough but a little soulless.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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clamharbo...
Montreal
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“This villa has it all.”
Reviewed August 3, 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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My husband, myself, our 2 teenagers and their 2 friends stayed at Casa Shalimar for two weeks at the end of May, through the first week of June. We have stayed in many villas and apartments around Europe and this ranks as one of our all time favorites. Jacqui, the caretaker, is fantastic and will take care of any problems or questions that may arise, and Clare the owner was a pleasure to deal with.
It was our first time in Spain and we had been warned about the touristy feel of the southern coast. No worries! This less populated area is not highly visited (at least was not while we were there) and we felt that we experienced authentic Spanish culture.
There are many restaurants in La Herradura, which was an easy 10 minute walk from the villa (you should be aware that there are 146 steps leading from the villa to the road that brings you to the village - not a vacation home for the elderly or anyone who has difficulty with stairs)
My husband and I walked to the village every morning before the kids awoke, and picked up fresh bread and pastries at one of the several bakeries.
Food in the nearby restaurants was delicious and inexpensive, and groceries in nearby Almunecar were really, really inexpensive. Excellent wine can be had very cheaply!
Be sure to visit the old part of La Herradura, and nearby Frigiliana (lovely - hike to the very top of the village for the incredible views and the donkeys....)
Ronda is an easy 2 to 3 hour trip, worth every minute, you must go.
Nerja was a complete surprise, and the Balcon de Europa is stunningly beautiful. There is a great beach to the left which we highly recommend.
The Alhambra, and the beautiful city of Granada is an even easier 45 minutes to one hour drive ( be sure to book tickets months in advance, friends told us that they were turned away when they tried to buy tickets on-site)

As for the villa itself, it was everything we hoped it would be. The views from within were spectacular, and on several occasions we watched dolphins jumping in the bay. The weather during our trip was good overall, but there were a few cloudy and cool days when the pool water was too cool for swimming. During the beautiful warm days it was just right and a delight to jump into after a swim in the Mediterranean! The sea was accessed via concrete steps built into the cliff in front of the villa. Water shoes are a must, we brought our own. I would be a little nervous about this villa with small kids who like to wander off, but for our family it was just the right combination of fun and relaxation.
There is a boat shop in the village that rents paddle boats, which could easily be taken from the village to the small bay in front of the villa. However, It only opens on the second week of June.
In the villa there are lots of terrific books to read, so no need to bring a ton of your own.
Beds are comfortable and the master bedroom is romantic.
We lived in the outdoor eating area.
I would bring bug spray, just in case.

There is a moorish tower at Cerro Gordo. which is a a five minute drive from the village. You will see a restaurant called El Mirrador de Cerro Gordo, from there it is a very short walk to the tower, from which you will have a jaw droppingly beautiful view of the southern coast of Spain! The entire area is fantastic for nature lovers.

We highly recommend this area and Casa Shalimar.

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Liked best: the area
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Jun 29, 2016
glad you loved it
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Reviewed April 14, 2017 for a stay in March 2017
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 26, 2017
Vielen Dank für dich schöne Bewertung. Es war eine Freude, alle zu bleiben.
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