El Capricho de la Portuguesa
C/ Trinquet, 7, Beniali, Alicante, Spain, 03787
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Honeymooners, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Romance - Expert review of El Capricho de la Portuguesa
Some hotels just steal your heart away, and this one grabbed mine the first time I saw it. A capricho in Spanish is a whim, a caprice, and Portuguese Silvia Da Silva Braga, with her Spanish husband, Juan José Jimeno put all their ideas, heart and design experience into this stunningly restored 300 year-old village olive mill. Each corner has a surprise tucked away; the inner courtyard with its shaded arbour; the tented roof terrace with views across the village to the mountains beyond; and the piece de resistance, a hydro-jet spa, with a Jacuzzi and a domed, circular underground swimming pool. This Casa Rural de Lujo (the Spanish Tourism rating of Luxury Country House, very rarely awarded) is one of my favourite places to stay in the Costa Blanca, if not the whole of Spain.
A short drive from the golden beaches of the Costa Blanca, El Capricho is set in the meandering alleyways of an ancient Moorish village in the Val de Gallinera, one of the main cherry producing areas of the region. In February and March artists come from far and wide to try and capture the glorious pink and white blossom that fills the valley.
Richly decorated and sumptuously furnished, each of the seven bedrooms is totally different; Flor de Pasion, with its exposed stone walls and four-poster bed; Imperio Kitsch, the name of which perfectly describes its outlandish decoration; El Azraq, the one I always ask for, named after an ancient Moorish King, with its rich maroon and silver sofas. Colour and texture are used with both brashness and refined subtlety; artfully chosen lamps and big gaudy paintings; beautifully cared for antiques, rich striped and brocaded fabrics and delicious Moroccan rugs. In most of the spacious bedrooms you sleep under the original ancient beams.
Three separate lounges, garden and covered patios, and the roof terrace mean that you need never come into contact with your fellow guests if you want privacy.
Breakfast is served in the elegant dining room, and drinks and snacks (practically a meal in themselves) can be served in your room or public areas. There is no restaurant, but Sabors, a five minute walk from the hotel, is one of the most highly regarded in the area.
The hydro-spa and underground swimming pool can both be reserved privately for decadent skinny dipping, and there is a small massage room. The masseuse needs to be booked in advance. The roof terrace is ideal for chilling out with a glass of wine, and the garden patio for relaxing shade on a hot summer's day. The area is very popular with walkers.
Unobtrusive and personal.
Romantics of all ages. Only open two years, so it’s mainly Spanish but with a broadening international clientele as word gets around, and a very high return rate.
Above average for the locality, but well worth it.
More information on El Capricho de la Portuguesa:
- C/ Trinquet, 7, Beniali, Alicante, Spain, 03787
- Swimming Pool