After my third visit in six months, I thought it was time to go into print. On my first and second visits I was accompanied by my daughter who had been before and felt it was just the sort of holiday I would enjoy. I look for organized ( but voluntary) activities as well as pleasant surroundings and good company. I am a vegetarian ( most of the time!) and I suppose that my objective could be said to be to enhance my general wellbeing. The daily walk, coupled with the Pilates ,Yoga and rebounding provided adequate activities and the variety of juices, salads and cooked meals ensured that there was no lack of good food for those who were not too concerned with losing weight. That said, losing weight was inevitable if you indulge in the activities. For those for whom losing weight was the prime objective the weigh in at the end of their stay was usually greeted with delight - even tears of happiness.
I recently went without my daughter and enjoyed the visit and the company was again excellent. Quite apart from what was provided, I learned more about how to use my Mac sitting in the reception area that I had from workshops at the Apple Store. By chance one of the ladies was a university lecturer on computer sciences - and she was so helpful. In general, I found that all the other guests were very friendly and I never felt that I was alone.
As I am on my own, I was considering my options for getting away for Xmas and after considering various cruises, I decided that I would opt for Obsidian Retreat instead as I knew it would be an enjoyable experience. Andy, Carol and all the staff are so welcoming and I really feel at home the instant I arrive.
I accept that Obsidian will not please everyone but the people I meet there who are on repeat visits like myself are testimony to the fact that most visitors are very satisfied.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Cases De Sant Jaume Relaxion at the Costa Blanca Cases De Sant Jaume is an idyllic 3-star Finca Hotel at the Costa Blanca which first opened in 1998. Based on an antique mill, the building is a well-known example of Mediterranean architecture in Benissa. The original building technique has been carefully preserved, and a wonderful combination of rustic and modern styles with wooden beams, stone walls and wooden and tiled floors has been created. The management and the employees of the hotel speak German, Spanish, Italian and English. A Beautiful location: CASES DE SANT JAUME The hotel is located in the idyllic region Marina Alta between the mountains and the sea, between the municipalities of Benissa and Teulada, 5 km from the sea and 3.5 km from the town centre of Benissa. The rural location guarantees quietness and relaxation and at the same time offers all the adventures of the Costa Blanca close by. SPACIOUS, RELAXING AND COMFORTABLE Our Apartments/Studios Our 14 apartments/studios have an open terrace and two have a small covered terrace. The apartments/studios offer enough space for two to four people and are furnished with large double beds and a day bed which is big enough for two people. Tha apartments/studios and our comfortable 12 double rooms have bathrooms with a shower or bathtub, a bidet, a toilet and a washbasin. Our family friendly apartments are easily accessible. Each of them has Flat-TV, Wi-Fi access, a safe for your valuables, wardrobes, a desk and a large double bed on a rustic tiled floor. There are tables and chairs for the terrace as well as a remote-controlled air conditioning unit and heating system. You can enjoy your day relaxing on our sun beds and hammocks under olive trees. From the terrace you have a view of the vineyards and mountains and the sea at the horizon. Pets are allowed in the apartments/studios. If you have larger pets, e.g. a large dog, please let us know before your arrival. There is free parking available just outside the main entrance of the hotel. Our RESTAURANT combines the regional Spanish cuisine with a number of classic German dishes. Vegan dishes are available. A streatch of Coastline in the Spanish province Alicante: Costa Blanca The Costa Blanca with its mild Mediterranean climate is a popular holiday destination for tourists from Spain and the whole of Europe. The most famous touristic attractions are the theme parks Terra Mítica, Mundomar and Terra Natura. In Valencia you can find the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (the City of Arts and Sciences), a futuristic project with a science museum, a planetarium and a water park. You can visit theatre performances, concerts and operas in the affiliated arts palace. The small villages in the hinterland are also well worth seeing. ... more less
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