To rethink the Costa del Sol. This is a clean contemporary take on Andalucia, as seen through the eyes of Mallorcan architects Esteva i Esteva (Es Racó d’Artà) and Pablo Carrington, the Spanish-American founder of ‘distinctive’ hotel management group Marugal. It’s named after a style of Flamenco that is danced in bare feet; the idea is that guests should feel free to do their thing.
Set the scene
The Mijas Costa area is not the prettiest, so you know when you’ve arrived. The gate is immaculately edged in lavender; it opens onto a white courtyard in which three soaring palms and high Moorish walls draw the eye up to the porcelain-blue sky. This leads to an airy lobby and a series of patios and fountains, with glimpses of leafy gardens through latticework and arches. The late-afternoon sun casts shadows on whitewashed walls, natural stone floors and handcrafted ceramics, and the staff are coolly dressed in neutral cotton and linen designs that turn out to be by Cortana, the Palma-based brand of Tomeu Esteva’s sister Rosa. One shows me through a hushed cloister lined with cypress trees to my room, where an abstract tapestry hangs above a bed dressed in crisp white cotton and an L-shaped sofa is set with soft green cushions. An iron-frame door slides open onto a patio planted with succulents; basket chairs and loungers look over a silvery pool and golf course to the Andalucian hills. It all feels elemental and ethereal.