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

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Richard B
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“perfection does exist”
Reviewed September 12, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

this was the second visit to DDG retreat and my expectations were exceeded yet again. it is now my default holiday home and one that can clearly nourish the most cynical and exhausted of people. I have never visited a place where every visitor i spoke to describes the place with such a level of hyperbole that i feel uniquely my assessment is an act of unparreleled understatement. let me state for the record that ddg retreat is the best holiday destination i have ever had and i will return again and soon

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dellesol
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“Simply Amazing”
Reviewed September 4, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We stayed at DDG Retreat for a week of our honeymoon and a birthday as well.
It surpassed our expectations for service, sanctuary and divine location with stunning vistas and peace. The DDG retreat and its owners are a hidden gem in Spain.
If you are seeking a romantic getaway off the beaten path with service that is gracious and kind, this is the place. Food is made for you and by request from their menu and it is truly sumptuous. The casas have small kitchenettes in the back for a "self-service" if needed and if you are organized, Olga and staff will ensure your tummy is delighted beyond belief.
Thank you to Olga, Alexi and staff for a most wonderful and memorable stay. We look forward to coming back in the future!!!

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Liked best: The location, serenity and service.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Fuengirola, Spain
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“Amazing Spot in South Spain”
Reviewed September 2, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Its not often that I find somehere as confortable or beautiful as my own home, so even in amazing hotels we often get dissapointed as there is not attention to detail, this is Not the case of DDG retreat, the whole place is beautiful, relaxed, well thought and you cant fault it!
we wil go back when we get a chance, there is no other place like this! wehave been in very expensive hotels in Marbella trying to find our gem, now we got it! We loved that we can be relax, you can dress up for dinner if you want equally you can have dinner in your flip flops, the atmosphera is brilliant thanks to Olga, Daria and their team. The small hut for massages is lovely and the girl amazing, the food is good and the wines very well priced. We specially liked the way that once you are there if you want a beer or wine, cava etc is not over price at all, if you do not feel like leaving the retreat you can stay and have a lovely value for money dinner.
We loved every minute of it, we loved the views and the individuality of each hut, the privacy of the place and the host. Is very expensive but I think is worth it for a special ocassion! we loved Casa Bambu and I am sure I will go back.

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Julianhay...
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“OMG,WOW, AMAZING !!”
Reviewed August 30, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

My wife and I would honestly truly recommend Ddg.. This place is totally amazing tucked away in the mountains of Southern Spain Andalusia, with views of one of Spain's eldest villages cut into the mountain (Casares).. This fantastic Spa Retreat takes you away from the ever so now over popular modern city spas and brings you back to nature, 6 individual Casas all personally designed by the most amazing hosts and owners Olga, Sasha and Daria, all artefacts are shipped personally from their trips all across Asia when they have the time to have a quick break from being such great hosts and a wonderful family.. Olga cooks every diner personally and they are all to die for.. All of the many acres are all well gardened in a very tropical atmosphere which again Sasha and Olga have designed them selfs with the inspiration of their travels to Asia.. The infinity pool just drops of and melts into the mounting backdrop with views of North Africa.. My wife and I originally booked in for 2 nights in casa oleandro with it's own plunge pool and great outside terraces.. Loved it at the retreat so much we furthered our stay and booked into casa bambu.. JUST PURE WOW.. I have travelled the world and stayed in first class this is first class in Europe with sunshine everyday.. The spa treatment is of a very high class and professional, thank you for recognising my problems with just a touch.. Thank you Ddg all of you we will see you all again when you are back from Asia..

Julian & Helena xx

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Vivienne2...
Yalding, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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“Perfect in every way - Paradise on earth”
Reviewed August 25, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

As extensive travellers, both business and leisure, DDG Retreat exceeded our expectations in every way. The location is like a 'Shangri-La', a secret luxury hideaway in the hills near Casares, above the bustling Costa de Sol. Extremely quiet, completely private, peaceful and relaxing, you chill out in fantastic surroundings on this huge private estate, beautifully styled and decorated, oleander flowers and palm trees surround you. The owners Olga and Alex are passionate about DDG retreat and the attention to detail everywhere is sublime, and nothing is too much trouble. Service is second to none! Food is fabulous, the dining setting is beautiful, the spa treatments are some of the best I have ever experienced any where in the world. Our casa was spacious and really comfortable. Will definitely be back. It was absolutely wonderful!

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Liked best: Everything but the infinity pool was extra special
Liked least: The access road up the mountain to the property was challenging!
Traveling group: Friends
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Teeandtee
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“The most amazing, relaxing slice of Paradise”
Reviewed August 20, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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This was our third stay at DDG Retreat - and it just gets better with every trip. Read the great reviews on here – but to really understand the DDG experience, you just have to book in – even a short three-day break will really make a difference! This visit we were lucky enough to have extended our stay to a very indulgent 14 days. Most of the time, we chose not to move, enjoying the peaceful ambience, alternating between the beautiful Casa Olivo and the stunning pool area. We relaxed and recharged our jaded batteries, lounged by the pool, chilled on the swing daybed, dozed in a hammock, enjoyed the best massages and facials ever (thank you Ilde), picked through the fantastic selection of glossy books, soaked up the spectacular views and savoured the flavours in Olga’s amazing cooking. Every moment of our fortnight at the Retreat was an absolute pleasure - and not once did we get bored or restless, which is testament to the unique idyll created by the wonderful owners, Alex and Olga.

The attention to detail is second to none. Keep looking and you’ll keep finding more little touches that demonstrate Alex and Olga’s love for the home they have created and generously opened up to their guests. There are artefacts, antiques and quirky pieces to discover at every turn. And the location’s great too – far enough away from the crowds but close enough to amenities to ensure a top choice of excellent eateries and more than enough day trips to keep us busy on the few days we felt we’d like to explore.

It’s difficult to put your finger on one stand-out feature that makes the Retreat so special – there are just too many to list and the more you spend time there, the more you find. We have travelled extensively and stayed in some lovely places, but rarely have we found a hidden gem like this where we’ve wanted to return to time after time. We’re already looking back on our August trip with fond memories and very much looking forward to our fourth visit. Booked already!

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CarolineC...
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“Perfect Mini-Honeymoon”
Reviewed August 12, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We stayed at DDG retreat for a 3 day 'mini moon' following our Wedding in early August. From the onset it was clear that DDG retreat went above and beyond for their guests; helping out with any questions and arranging car hire for us via email. On arrival we were wowed by our "Casa" (Casa Oleandro), which was designed so beautifully and uniquely with East Asian furnishings. Everything about our Casa was fantastic - from the outdoor plunge pool, outdoor bath and beautiful open air seating area with incredible view, to all the lovely little touches (Cava in an ice bucket on arrival, lunch delivered to our door, petals on the bed etc). We had absolute privacy in our Casa too - all the Casa's seem to be completely hidden from one another and spread out over the beautiful grounds. Olga, Alex, Daria and the team bent over backwards to make our stay perfect - from transfers to nearby restaurants to arranging spa treatments (all arranged at short notice). We can not thank them enough - they really care about their guests and it shows :) I would recommend DDG Retreat to anyone who would like the perfect combination of luxury, privacy and relaxation in unique surroundings with incredibly kind and welcoming owners.

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