Sitting on a hillside surrounded by almonds, olives, and orange groves 17km from the beaches at Denía, close enough to spend the day on the beach and sleep in rural tranquility. The nearby village of Alcalalí is typical of many of the area, which is popular with visitors from the coast.
The bedrooms are arranged so that they exit externally from the hotel, giving the impression that you are actually in a small chalet in the garden. Mine was a cosy mix of Indonesian bed with black lacquered furniture, but I was tickled pink to see the outrageous suite, with a glass roof in the open-plan living room/bathroom that turns out to be the mezzanine floor of the bedroom above. Decadent details abound, and most of the bathrooms are open-plan with the bedrooms, so you can skip straight from the foamy suds to soft and sensual linens.
Decadence with oodles of charm was the thought that struck me when I arrived. I love the way the elegant wing armchair is upholstered in a black and white chequerboard weave, and the set of chairs that gather around the glass-topped games table are covered in mock zebra skin. Tubular steel, plastic, bright colours and subdued fabrics, all mix wonderfully. It was a mild-February when I visited, and a big wood burner with logs glowing red sent flames skittering up the chimney, mesmerising me with their images. There are dozens of books and magazines on the shelves in the lounge to keep visitors amused.
Eating and drinking
The restaurant is open to the public, and during summer months most meals, including a large breakfast including fruits, cakes, hams and cheeses, are taken at tables under the shady terrace at the side of the hotel. The lunch and dinner menus change daily, with the addition of a gourmet menu in the evening. A very well stocked honesty bar is always available, and has the best selection of beers I’ve come across in a hotel. Angel, the owner, occasionally offers a cata of gin and tonics, much like a wine tasting, but with six gins sampled with five different tonics.
A swimming pool to splash in, gardens with sun loungers to relax in, and a billiard room and plenty of board games for those of a non-romantic nature to while away the time with. The area is also very popular for walking, and there are some excellent local bodegas to visit.
The pleasure owners Marivi and Angel take in running Castell de la Solana (which is also their home) makes up for a slight lack of experience and formal training.
Who stays there
The hotel was specifically designed for couples, and that’s who stays there, mainly those of a romantic, decadent frame of mind – and not just the young’uns either.
Breakfast is an additional 8€. The gourmet dinner is 35€, with one more course that than the standard four-course dinner at 25€.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Beautifully designed and decorated
- Ideal spot for a romantic tryst
- Need a car to get anywhere
- Open bathrooms not very practical for showering