It seems I’m not the only one thinking about romance at Casa La Siesta.
“I need a girlfriend, mama,” my two year old son, Eddie announced at our second night over dinner.
This came as a huge surprise because girlfriend and boyfriends are not conversations we’ve had.
“What would you do if you had a girlfriend?” I asked.
“For hugging,” he replied.
It’s not hard to understand why even the youngest of guests have love on their mind at Casa La Siesta, the boutique hotel in Vejer Spain. It’s the stuff of movies. We arrive late at night with Eddie asleep on my shoulder having finally fallen asleep in the taxi at 9:00pm after a full day of travelling and no nap. As I make my way through the white flowered arch way the stunning stone cortijo (country house) is right in front of me.
We are shown through to the sandy courtyard with strings of filament bulbs swaying softly in the breeze; it’s full of potted olive trees, lime trees and lavender. A table for two has been set but my date is already asleep so we are shown through to our gently glamorous, open plan, bedroom.
In the centre is a wood burner, next to that a deep, white roll top bath. There is a double bed, that Eddie will end up climbing into every night, and a single bed, there’s also a large walk in shower. Everything is shabby chic in the most sumptuous way.
Outside, the table has been laid in the courtyard next to our bedroom window and so I sit down for, what will be, the first of many feasts. The table has been laid in soft greys with sprigs of fresh lavender and sultry music gently plays as the dimming sunlight turns the sandy floor golden. Everything sings romance and that is what has been lacking, in abundance in my life as a single mum. I eat fresh tuna tartar, followed by white fish and a side dish of courgette and fig – an incredible combination. I really don’t need to polish off the icecream, strawberry and pineapple that comes beautifully presented for dessert, but it would be rude not to.
The following morning we awake to sunlight peeking through our shutters and the sounds of the kitchen preparing breakfast. We have joined Casa La Siesta on one of their family friendly weeks Casa Kid’s Club; fantastically thought out programmes providing non stop entertainment for the children and a well deserved rest for the adults.
The day starts at 8:30am with children enjoying ‘breakfast club’ and after I’ve treated myself to 30 minutes uninterrupted yoga I join Eddie for a breakfast of dreams. I consider myself somewhat of a fresh orange juice connoisseur and nowhere beats Spain for oranges. We are brought melon, eggs and baked that’s been freshly baked in the kitchen. A quick tour of the gardens shows that where possible they grown their own here – from herbs to vegetables and it shows in the flavours.
After a relaxing breakfast together Eddie goes off happily to make pirate hats which leads on to a treasure hunt. Pool time is made even more enjoyable because ‘pool time’ is scheduled in meaning Eddie has playmates and a grownup supervising. I am actually reading a book, I’m nearly half way through – I feel like I’ve won the holiday lottery. Whilst most women fantasise about Chaning Tatum, I fantasise about being able to exercise in peace and read a book.
In my experience, many destinations struggle to accommodate children and adults whilst maintaining an air of relaxation and, I’ll say it one more time – romance. I’ve lost count of the amount of meals I’ve had alone on hotel balconies whilst Eddie slept in the room. At Casa La Siesta with my courtyard table alongside the window I was able to join everyone for dinner and actually enjoy the evening ambience – something that has been missing from my holidays. The exclusivity of a luxury boutique hotel over your average kids club holiday means you’re always guaranteed a sun lounger and there are various times where you genuinely feel like you have the house to yourself.
At Casa La Siesta there is no doubt that you’re in Andalusia – from the typical Andalucian dishes prepared in the heart of the home, to the reclaimed wooden doors, to the olive trees. Eddie spends his days playing with new friends and enjoying the days programmes and we often join other families for lunch, another novelty for the single parent family as we are so used to being alone. I read books and swim (sans child) and enjoy the quality time I have with Eddie as I’m so well rested.
Casa La Siesta have struck a golden combination that manages to combine the fun and variety of a kids club but the romance and relaxation required for parents to truly feel rested. An absolutely winning combination that will suit any family, and for once, even ours.
Review of Casa La Siesta organised through Fiona Reece PR. This was an unpaid review and I am under no obligation to give anything other than my honest option.