KM 170 on the N332 between Calpe and Benissa. The country road that turns off the main road winds up through pine trees and a scattering of private houses.
Each of the bedrooms is that slightly bit different, based on a different colour scheme. I love the country cosiness of them, furnished with antiques, rich fabrics and an eye to detail. Carved and turned wooden bead head boards, plump pillows and mattresses, with crisp linen, make it difficult not to want to turn over for that extra 10 minutes in bed in the morning, but breakfast awaits in the elegant dining rooms downstairs. One of the rooms is accessible to disabled visitors.
You step through the front door of Casa del Maco into a reception area, with a great swathe of green satin swooshing from the ceiling. This is also the small residents' lounge and sitting room where diners in the restaurant take their aperitivo. The restaurant is open to the public, as is the garden dining area during the summer, but it pleases me that the large swimming pool and its surroundings are reserved for residents.
Eating and drinking
The two-fork Michelin restaurant is based on Belgian/French cuisine with Mediterranean touches. There are a selection of menus, and an extremely good wine list, all personally sampled and selected by Barbera de Vooght and sommelier Hannes Galle, owners of the hotel.
If simply relaxing by the pool isn’t enough, the hotel can arrange a round of golf, a game of tennis at a private court, horse riding, bike hire, or the beach is only a ten-minute drive away.
Staff are highly professional but also very personal. Everything is done under the watchful eyes of the young owners.
Who stays there
Seekers after cosy surroundings and quality who love good food and wine and lolling around the pool all day. This place is totally relaxing.
It’s worth paying the extra 12 euros a night for the yellow room, which is the only one to have a private terrace with sun loungers and views of the mountains of the Sierra Bernia.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Large pool and gardens for relaxing
- Very highly regarded restaurant
- Comfortable as comfortable can be
- The bedrooms aren’t large
- You need a car to get anywhere