Having been to Bambu and read the reviews we feel it is only fair to give a balanced perspective and prepare discerning travellers for the reality of the experience that is 'Bambu'.
We wanted to support a lesbian-run business and enjoy unspoilt locations however we will not be booking again nor making recommendations since we felt that overall considering location, accommodation and lack of amenity our stay was poor value for money.
The location was remote and access via unmarked,unlit, rough hilly dirt track at least 20 minutes on foot from the nearest village- a hike to which is not an enticing prospect for a sole lady traveller in the height of summer or after dark. the driving is challenging in an average hire car in the summer but would be treacherous in winter after heavy rain without a four wheel drive. Banamocarra- no restaurants just a few snack bars and small food shops. Local men dominate the social scene.
The accomodation only offers privacy to the occupants of the room with access to the roof terrace. All other room doors open on to the communal terrace and are relatively close so that conversations are easily overheard from outside and between rooms. The rooms cannot be described as suites or 'boutique'. The furnishings are very basic; odd mismatched linen , non functional bric a brac and certainly not 'chic'. A daily rather than weekly room rate is charged but daily services &/or linen changes are not offered.
Several rooms only have a door to the terrace and an electric fan to provide ventilation. There is no air conditioning- an important consideration if staying in July or August.
Given the very many pretty towns in Andalusia which are unspoiled and close to places of historical and cultural interest offering high standards of accommodation and better value for money especially out of season, we recommend other discerning travellers look elsewhere.
A shame because we had hoped for better and otherwise love Southern Spain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bambu Country House Holiday Studios Exclusively for Women, Andalucia, Spain. Enjoy sublime countryside, stunning pool, extensive terraces, beautiful gardens, quality self-catering accommodation and the company of other travellers like you. Perfect location for exploring mountain villages, historic cities, the Mediterranean coastline and some of the most stunning countryside in Europe. Walking distance to nearby village of Benamocarra. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bambu Boutique Apartments Exclusively For Women Spain/Velez-Malaga