CASA LA SIESTA COSTA DE LA LUZ, SPAIN
WITH THE CURRENT OWNER A TRAINED CHEF
The food at Casa La Siesta was always going to be impressive. Brit foodie Amelia Thornley and her husband, Lee, have cooked up a tasty Andalusian idyll that has the gourmet menu and effortless service befitting a five-star hotel, without any stuffiness. Enjoy the rustic charm of this stylishly converted haçienda by taking your meals at one of the few ornate tables few because the hotel has just seven en-suite double rooms) in the fragrant gardens or quaint courtyard.
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Expect to feast on everything from a breakfast of freshly baked bread, loaded with ripe avocado and tomatoes, to the nightly table d’hôte, for which a new menu appears scrawled on the kitchen’s blackboard every morning. The latter offers dishes such as astoundingly delicate tuna ceviche, Presa Ibérica a distinctive shoulder cut of pork) and a lemon tart so zingy, you wonder how they do it. The answer? The lemons (and many of the other fruits and vegetables on offer) are grown in the very gardens you’ll sit in.
Dare to roll yourself away from the resident chef’s recipes and you won’t be disappointed at Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen, a cookery school secreted among the cobbled streets of nearby Vejer de la Frontera. After a morning spent poring over meats and fish at the local market, you’ll head back to the kitchen to whip up a feast of gambas al ajillo, salt-baked fish and citrus, almond and olive oil cake.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
The vibe here is so homely that when it comes to drinks, there’s a delightful help-yourself policy; an oversized fridge of water, beer and soft drinks sits in the stone-clad bar area – just mix a tipple and make a note of your room number on the honesty sheet. GO Double rooms from £237, including breakfast (casalasiesta.com).
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