“A shabby-chic bolthole close to Vejer and the beach, with bohemian guestrooms and a self-catering casita”
When rebuilding the original farmhouse, the mission statement was sustainability and many of the building's base elements - tiles, beams, doors and windows - were recycled from older houses. But, that aside, Casa La Siesta is a celebration of contemporary creature comforts. Expect a room-to-remember, an easy vibe, delicious and traditional food, and masses of communal living space. There's a grown-up vibe year-round excluding the 4 set blocks of time for families. And the twin cherries on your Siesta cake? You're a shake away from one of Andalucia's most beautiful towns and close to some of its best beaches.
- Holidays are all about R&R and this place seems made for both
- The food and wines are both in the 'extra special' league
- Funky rooms, which stylishly fuse ethno and boho, plus 2 super-private self-catering villas (sleeping 2-6) and a yurt!
- The team go above and beyond the call of duty
- A big heated pool and bigger views
- Don't expect much action in the tiny hamlet of Los Parallejos: for that, you'll need to slip into Vejer
- Being so small, it books up quickly; plan your trip well in advance
- This is a small hotel so if you enjoy the anonymity of a larger place, it might not suit you
- We are yet to personally view the Casita, the Yurt or The Stables
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- Boutique Hotel
- 8 rooms + 2 villas
- Breakfast only (+ other meals on request)
- Over 15s welcome; 4 times a year families welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
The guiding decorative principle at Siesta is 'less is more', and we loved the spare, uncluttered feel of the rooms. Plain stucco walls, stripped pine doors and wafer-bricked tiles create a mood that's conducive to both relaxation and romance. Recycled, rough-cut wood was used for bed bases, night tables and bathroom surfaces. There are no pictures, but neither are they needed when exquisite vistas are framed by the doors and windows.
Set in the main house or across the courtyard, each room and suite has a private terrace and invigorating rain shower; the Superior Suite and 2 of the Suites have the additional luxury of freestanding, roll-top bathtubs. Chunky surface-top enamel sinks were crafted by a local artisan and spoiling details include the finest Egyptian cotton sheets, embroidered towels and bathrobes, and a full range of REN bath goodies.
You can also expect a postcard pack, plenty of shelf and hanging space for clothes, a turndown service, underfloor heating and an iPod dock (the hotel can provide an iPod on request).
We weren't able to see the Casita when we visited (available as a 2- or 3-bedroom space), but it offers an experience more akin with a private villa rental, complete with your own pool and kitchen. Since our visit, a budget-friendly Yurt and charming 2-bedroom villa (The Stables) have been added.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
Siesta's extensive grounds have provided an excellent opportunity to establish a herb and veggie gardens which grows anything that can't be found in the local markets for the 'Spanish with a twist' brand of cooking.
Dinners, served 5 nights a week, are the culinary focus of the day and stick to a 3-course set menu formula with canapés and coffee included. Food can be catered to individual needs and vegetarians won't be short changed. Your meal may begin with a chorizo and baby squid salad with local goats cheese served on leaves from the veggie garden, before going onto your main course of grilled fish or seared beef. Finish your feast with a chocolate marquise or a cucumber sorbet. The wine list has been carefully selected so you can't really go wrong, but do ask staff for recommendations. Casa La Siesta occasionally offer an invite to guests to enjoy a wonderful tapas and sherry tasting supper.
The breakfast will get your Siesta day off to just the right start. In addition to freshly squeezed orange juice made with fruit from the neighbouring farm, you get fresh fruit salad, Greek yoghurt, cheese and ham, homemade jams and bread: be sure to try a tostada Andalusian style, drizzled with olive oil and diced tomato. If you'd like any variant on the egg theme, just ask.
There is also a daily set lunch menu. These have a high salad content and make the most of all the goodies grown in Siesta's organic veggie garden. Mid afternoon, chilled gazpacho and cucumber water is put out for guests; an unusual and generous gesture.
The Casita is self-catering, with a well-equipped kitchen (all mod cons) and a beautiful white dining space for 4. There are grocery shops in Vejer de la Frontera (10 mins away) or you can order fruit and veg from the hotel market, or use the veg gardens. However, if you prefer, you can opt to eat some or all of your meals in the hotel - meaning you get the best of both worlds.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Dinner by arrangement
- Lunch by arrangement
- Vegetarian menu
- Surf the Atlantic breakers: one of the best beaches for boarders is just down the road
- Shoot a round of golf at the beautiful Montenmedio course. Green fees are reasonable and there are 2 sets of clubs to borrow at Siesta
- Take a course in Natural Horsemanship at the Montenmedio equestrian school, or go birdwatching in Doñana National Park; keep your eyes peeled for the Spanish imperial eagle
- Head into town, watch the sunset from one of Vejer's high terraces, then spend an evening bar hopping and sampling every kind of tapas
- Chill out by the heated pool with a book
- Book a massage session in the garden yurt
- Get going early and spend a day in Morocco: regular fast ferries for Tangiers leave from Tarifa, which you can reach in less than an hour
- Visit Cádiz, Medina Sidonia and Jerez: all are within an hour or so of the house
- The team can arrange a wealth of other activities - fishing, tennis, sailing, windsurfing and lessons in Spanish, cooking or art
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Art classes
- Cooking classes
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Tennis coaching
- Well being
Most of the year the hotel has an adult atmosphere and only accepts ages 15+. The exception are four blocks set aside for families - 2 weeks at Easter, 2nd week in July, 3rd week in August, last 2 weeks of October (for 2017: 1-23 April, 10-17 July, 19-25 August, 16 October-6 November) - when a kids menu, and daily scheduled activities including pottery classes, arts and crafts, and Spanish lessons are on offer.
Family friendly accommodation:
The Casita can be booked on a two- or three-bedroom basis. It has a full kitchen, a garden and a private (unheated) swimming pool. The Stables has 2 bedrooms and a kitchen, plus a private garden. During the family weeks families can stay in the suites and double rooms in the main building.
Kids menu available during the family weeks
Kids Activities on site:
- Pottery classes, arts and crafts, flamenco and Spanish lessons during the scheduled family weeks
- Heated swimming pool
Kids Activities nearby:
- Surfing lessons
- Boat trips
Families Should Know:
The main swimming pool is not fenced
- Airport: 50 minutes (Jerez), 1hr (Gibraltar)
- Hospital: 20 minutes
- Shops: 10 minutes (Vejer)