Set on a hilltop, with grounds sloping away on three sides, La Maroma enjoys panoramic views over almond and olive groves and the estate's own private vineyard. Passing through the leafy, enclosed courtyard, with its trickling fountain and shaded pergola, with the majestic peak of the Maroma Mountain above, guests will quickly discover a haven of peace and tranquility. As part of La Maroma Estate, the villa can be booked together with La Caceria Lodge for a total occupancy of 14 guests.
The cortijo (a Spanish farmstead) has been newly renovated in rustic-chic style to provide modern luxuries and comfort, but still maintains the traditional Andalucían architecture of its heritage. The interior design has been carefully planned using feng shui principles and sympathetic to local custom, featuring many Spanish antiques and locally made hand-crafted furnishings. Touches such as hand-stitched Suzani tapestries above the beds lend elegance, while the many private indoor and outdoor lounges, terraces and pool maximize the relaxation potential and take full advantage of the surrounding views. Outdoors, a variety of private terraces, dotted around the property, along with formal and informal gardens full of Mediterranean and exotic plants and trees, add to the overall sense of space and relaxation.
The two homes on the beautiful hilltop private estate, La Maroma and La Caceria Lodge, are close enough to be enjoyed together by larger groups, though both are walled in and separated by about 100 metres of mature gardens for privacy apart.
- A small entrance hall opens onto the main living room with fireplace and Wi-Fi access.
- Dining room, seating 8, with fireplace and Lacanche, gourmet range cooker.
- A fully equipped kitchen includes Siemens appliances, American-style refrigerator/freezer with ice maker and filtered water dispenser.
- Bedroom 1 with 160cm bed and hand-stitched Suzani tapestry headboard, local antique Spanish chest of drawers and en-suite bathroom with shower.
- Bedroom 2 with 180cm bed that can be made up as two singles, also with hand-stitched Suzani tapestry headboard and a built-in dressing table and wardrobe
- Bedroom 3 with 180cm bed that can be made up as two singles.
- Bedrooms 2 and 3 share an adjacent bathroom with large tub, bidet and shower.
- Further down the corridor is another WC and a utility closet with washing machine. Beyond, the corridor exits into the courtyard gallery, off which sits the library and drawing room.
- The master bedroom with 160 cm bed and another Suzani tapestry, also has double doors opening onto a private terrace garden, complete with sea views, shaded sunloungers and an outdoor shower.
The master bathroom has a large enclosed (hammam-style) tub with shower.
- The library is a naturally well-lit reading room with a well-stocked wall of books and comfortable seating. A travertine marble desk serves as a work space here with Wi-Fi and other office facilities.
From one side, the library opens directly to the centre of the courtyard and to the other side an enclosed lounge terrace with HD satellite television.
This terrace shares a door with the adjacent drawing room terrace, a large, open (shaded) terrace with views to the sea and an oversized open fireplace.
- The attached drawing room shares the chimney for an indoor/outdoor fireplace, creating the appearance of a combined indoor/outdoor living space. The drawing room with pantry and fridge is decorated with Spanish antiques and a Chesterfield sofa for a sophisticated wind down at the end of the evening.
Well-being is taken seriously at La Maroma. Our Epicurean Spa Break provides the opportunity to pamper yourself with fine (but healthy) dining based on locally produced fare provided by a private chef as well indulging in an aromatherapy massage tailored to your own well-being. Ideal as a rejuvenating short break or as part of week-long holiday, this is the indulgence you've been promising yourself. For more details and rates, please email us: Enquiries
Another special package for La Maroma is our popular "Cocina Nueva". The highlight of this 4-night break is an wonderful 6-course feast and a guided tour of an lively historic market which dates back to 14th century, and is stocked full of organic local produce from long-established family traders. Tapas and wine await your arrival, what better way to arrive at your luxury Spanish villa? For more details and rates, please email us: Enquiries
Additionally, our Instant Unwind package has been thoughtfully designed to complement the independence you crave in a villa break, with luxury services you would expect from a fine spa hotel. For a further €550 per booking, you will receive:
- Organic produce, including a 10kg fruit & vegetable box
- Shopping service for any additional provisions you would like waiting on arrival (cost of groceries not included)
- Fresh flower arrangements
- Wine tasting & tapas on greeting
- Private 4 course gourmet dinner for two with top-of-the-world views by villa chef David Palacios (supplement per additional guest - €45 per person)
- Individual spa treatment: rejuvenating aromatherapy back & shoulder massage combined with an aromatherapy facial for two (supplement per additional guest - €65 per person)
- Welcome hamper with local Spanish delicacies and basic provisions
- Organic spa/bath products
- Access to the on-site wine bodega stocked with local Spanish wines (wine extra)
- Wood for the indoor/outdoor fireplaces & candles
Furthermore, La Maroma is proud to present an exciting new experiential travel opportunity: the “Gardens & Gastronomy” tour of Andalucia. This cultural and culinary package pairs tours of some of Andalucia’s oldest, most impressive and important gardens with gastronomic explorations to highlight the culinary influences of Andalucia’s three historic cultures.
Included in the gardens tour are the Generalife at the Alhambra, the Alcazar gardens at the Palace of the Catholic Kings in Cordoba, La Concepcion botanical gardens in Malaga and a unique once-a-year opportunity to tour the lush and colourful private courtyards of Cordoba. La Maroma will also recommend local walking tours and offer a personal tour of the gardens and landscapes of the private country estate. The hosts at La Maroma will also present recommendations for restaurants in each of the garden touties, wir cith tips on specialty dishes representing the city and their origins from Moorish, Christian or Jewish culinary traditions.
Finally, we recommend a stay at La Maroma during harvest time. Food is really at the centre of much of what is done at La Maroma, where the next feast is being planned as the last one concludes. The harvest time in La Axarquia is therefore especially exciting, so we have outlined a sample itinerary and inclusions for a harvest holiday at La Maroma. Moreover, depending on the exact time of year, we can arrange for you to take part in the grape or olive harvests alongside the professionals.
Suggested General Activities in Andalucia
El Rampido - discover the tranquil village of El Rampido and explore the protected reserve called the Paraje Natural Marismas del Río Piedras y Flecha del Rompido
Arab bath - spend a relaxing day in a Arab bath in Malaga, Granada or Ronda
Caving - discover one of many caves in Andalucia (in Ronda, Malaga and Granada)
Telecabina - the Telecabina takes you on a 15-minute journey in a four-person cable car right up to the highest point on the Málaga coast
Wine tasting - visit a winery in Andalucia to learn about wines of the region
Market - discover one of the markets in Andalucia (e.g. Mondays in Marbella, Tuesdays in Fuengirola, Saturdays in Coin) and buy local products such as olive oil, vinegar or wine
Partake in the harvest, visit the bodegas to see the winemaking process in action or olive mills to see oil production and sample everything along the way while you learn first hand about the processes, local history and culture
Suggested Sporting Activities in Andalucia
Climbing - the most popular mountain range for climbers is the Sierra Nevada. Sierra de las Nieves, between Ronda and Malaga or Sierra Almijara are also popular with climbers
Mountain Biking - discover Andalucia by bike
Paragliding - the Sierra Nevada Mountains offer the chance to paraglide over snow capped hills
Skiing - in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Horse riding - ride on white sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz (between Tarifa and Cadiz)
Diving - discover the world under the Mediterranean waves along the Andalucian coast
Sailing - rent a luxury yacht in Marbella's Puerto Banús
Surfing - Costa de la Luz has the best and most consistent good waves for surfing
Golf - Andalucia is deservedly called the ‘Costa del Golf’ with approximately 80 golf courses
Hiking and trekking in the Sierra Tejeda Mountains
Suggested Local Attractions in Andalucia
Malaga, Picasso Museum - Open all year round
Malaga, Palacio de la Aduana - Open all year round
Malaga, Cathedral - Open all year round
Malaga, La Alcazaba (Ruins of Roman Theatre)
Granada, Alhambra - Open all year round
Granada, Museum of Fine Arts - Open all year round
Granada, Archaeological Museum - Open all year round
Granada, Monument of the Agreements
Seville, Alcazar - Open all year round
Seville,The Casa de Pilatos - Open all year round
Seville, The Giralda - Open all year round
Ronda, Baños de los Arabes (Arab baths) - Open all year round
Ronda, Puente Nuevo
Ronda, Palacio de Mondragon - Open all year round
Cordoba, Mosque of Cordoba
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Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure.
Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
TIPPING IN SPAIN
The Spaniards are fairly relaxed about tipping etiquette. However service is not usually included in restaurants and it is common practice to leave the spare change, or up to 10% of the total in a smarter restaurant. Taxi drivers and bartenders may be tipped less. Many petrol stations are not self service, however it is not usual to tip the station attendant.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
WEATHER IN ANDALUCIA
Andalucia has an excellent climate for those who like guaranteed sunshine all year round. Spring and autumn are pleasant seasons with midday temperatures around 30ºC. In July and August the temperature regularly reaches 40ºC. Even in December and January coastal temperatures can reach 20ºC to 25ºC. Because of its geographical diversity, there are differences in climate between various locations resulting in three distinctive weather zones in Andalucia: The Costal Zone with hot summers including sunbathing almost every day. The water is warm and there is virtually no rain. Daily highs about 35ºC and nightly lows 15ºC. The Inland Lowland Zone with its very hot summers has virtually no rain. Daily highs up to 40ºC and nightly lows 18ºC. Both zones have mild winters with clear and sunny winter days. The overcast but warm days provide daily highs about 20ºC and nightly lows rarely much below 10ºC. The Inland Highland Zone has warm summers with daily highs up to 30ºC and nightly lows 8ºC. There is virtually no rain and sun almost every day. Winter has sunny days with overcast but cool days. Daily highs about 20ºC and nightly lows down to freezing.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN ANDALUCIA
Electrical service in Spain is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.
DRIVING IN ANDALUCIA
No right-hand turn on a red light. Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way. Passport or national ID as well as driver's license, insurance papers and ownership papers must be carried all the time. National speed limit is 50km (31mph) in towns, 90km (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways (carretera secundaria), 100km (62mph) on dual carriageways (carretera/autovia), 120km (75mph) on motorways (autopista).
Speeding fines: 30 – 300 Euros. Minimum driving age is 18. For use of the highways (autopista) it is often necessary to pay a toll before access. Prices vary and are calculated by the distance of the journey. There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0,05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police. An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.
“La Maroma was just amazing and in a really beautiful location. Our four year old son had no problem negotiating the property or pool and my dad managed well on the steps with help. The chef Davide is quite a find; our meals prepared by him were just wonderful. We looked forward to his creations the nights he cooked.”
La Maroma as part of the La Maroma Estate is set on a private hilltop, accessible by scenic and sometimes narrow and winding but paved mountain roads between the two nearby villages.
- Closest shops/restaurants: Canillas de Aceituno 4km
- Nearest village/town: Canillas de Aceituno 4km
- Other village/towns close-by: Alcaucín 4km
- Nearest airport: Malaga (Airport) 65km
- Nearest beach: Torre del Mar 25km; half an hour drive
*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.