Hacienda de San Rafael

Seville, Spain

Winner of Tatler Magazine's "Most Heavenly Hideaway" Award, This privately owned eighteenth-century hideaway is perfectly positioned exactly between the historic cities of Seville and Jerez de la Frontera. Immersed in olive groves and sunflowers that stretch out to the horizon, The Hacienda de San Rafael is a time machine to a leisurely spanish history. Once a thriving olive estate, has been meticulously restored and converted into this luxury hideaway, striking the perfect balance between rustic charm and modern sophistication. As well as providing the perfect setting for an intimate getaway, the Hacienda is ideally located for discovering the charms of Andalucia. To the east of the Hacienda is the Sierra de Cadiz where the famous white villages are located. Westwards lies the Doñana National Park, one of Europe´s most important wetland reserves. To the south east is the dramatic coastline of the Atlantic and the Costa de la Luz with miles of sandy, wild beaches. The eleven duplex rooms are situated around a bougainvillea filled courtyard, each with its own veranda, perfect for enjoying breakfast in the morning. The interior décor bears the signature of the Hacienda´s designer, Kuky Mora-Figueroa, who has used fabrics, antiques and artefacts sourced on her extensive travels to Asia & India. For something extra special, the Hacienda has three casitas (suites) offering the ultimate in rustic chic. They lie in a private garden with a shared infinity pool, each has a large bedroom, separate living room and an upstairs siesta zone.
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Hotel guide

Facilities

  • 11 individually styled deluxe rooms and 3 casitas (suites)
  • Casitas enjoy a private garden and separate living room
  • Stylish, clean and modern designs by Kuky Mora-Figueroa
  • All spaces come with wifi, air conditioning,electric blanket, custom bathrobes and alvarez gomex amenities
  • 5 acres of beautiful gardens and 3 swimming pools
  • Ayurvedic Aromatherapy, reflexology and massages

Our favourite

  • If you're about to marry, their honeymoon package is exquisite. It includes, among other things, hot air ballooning in the sierras, a champagne breakfast and champagne in your room, private massages and horse riding on a private farm

Wine & Dine

  • Hacienda de San Rafael's own restaurant embraces good, simple mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on local and seasonal produce. Whenever possible, dining is al fresco.

Dresscode

  • Classy, colourful and light. Remember open shoes

Budget

  • Rooms from € 260 / day including wifi and breakfast

Local guide

Lovely Restaurants

  • Vinería San Telmo contemporary andalusian-basque tapas, paseo catalina de ribera, 4 (+ 34 954 41 06 00)
  • El rinconcillo seville's oldest bar and restaurant, opened in 1670, calle gerona, 40 (+34 954 22 31 83)
  • Catalina fine casual cuisine to alter your concept of tapas entirely, paseo catalina de ribera, 4 (+34 954 41 24 12)

When to visit

  • If heat is your thing, visiting in july or august will have you experiencing daily averages of 33 degrees, and up to 41. However spring time, around April is a lovely time of year, with averages of around 25 degrees and flowers setting the groves alight.

Don't miss

  • Inside Seville's main cathedral, at its southern door is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The monument dates back to 1902 and exhibits four sepulchre-bearers that represent the four kingdoms of Spain at the time of Columbus' 1492 voyage: Castile, León, Aragón and Navarra. Carbon dating and dna testing in 2006 confirmed the mass of bones belong to the Columbus family.

How to get there

  • Fly into Saville's San Pablo airport or its main train station and Hacienda de San Rafael is a direct half hour drive or taxi ride down the n-iv motorway

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