“A shabby-chic bolthole close to Vejer and the beach, with adults-only guestrooms, the warmest of welcomes and a self-catering casita”
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 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 Yurt has also been added - we’re yet to experience it for ourselves but it represents a more budget-friendly option.
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.