This is one of those difficult times when you want to do right by the wonderful owners and managers of an amazing place with an appropriately glowing review, but deep down you hate anyone else knowing about it for fear you might not be able to get it yourself next time... La Valdesa is a truly special place for those who appreciate brilliant design, a stunning natural setting and total privacy. It is a good 10min drive down tricky dirt tracks to the main road (though manageable with a normal car), and another 10mins up another hill to the nearest town & shops/restos (gorgeous Vejer), or 15-20 to the nearest beach - and there is a stunning selection of those. But that is the point: you are guaranteed an idyllic spread of rolling hills and olive groves all to yourself, with not a soul in sight, even in the height of the summer season. And this from a base of the highest quality, with its beautifully designed high ceilings and massive windows, to the immaculate bedding and power showers, and the meticulously equipped kitchen (including Nespresso machine, electric juicer and more variety of pots, pans, crockery and glassware than you could possibly find uses for). Oh yes, and lounging options (inside, outside, chair, recliner, sofa?) wifi throughout, massive TV, spare designer hats, telescope.... I dare anyone to stay there and not be enchanted. Andrew from DosXtremos was a charming, discreet and accommodating host, at the other end of a phone throughout for even the silliest questions (we wanted to turn the cute little trough-fountain off for TOTAL silence, and he sorted it out straight away). The villa's owners - such perfect taste, bravo! - and the lovely folks from DosXtremos who look after it deserve every success, so my partner and I cannot recommend this place highly enough. But we wouldn't mind terribly if it's available next time we try it, either...

London 04/07/2014