Christmas Break 2020

3 day luxury package of gastronomic food in unique surroundings

Announcing Hotel Christmas Break 2020

Once again we are offering our three day Hotel Christmas Break 2020 and House Party featuring great food and superb wines in unique surroundings and several surprises! This year we will go on a couple of local gastronomic adventures in a luxury minibus.

All-inclusive price for our three-day gastronomic adventure break.  We only have six rooms and they always fill up fast. Make one of them yours! Escape commercial Christmas! And all the work involved!

The food was beyond delicious- a Christmas Eve feast of countless tapas including a spectacular flaming chorizo, and the best mince pies and Christmas pudding I’ve ever had. Award-winning food! Fantastic place and fantastic company! A must on your trip in Southern Spain.” A previous guest comment on Tripadvisor

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24th December, Christmas Eve

Arrival at the time of your choice but before 1800

Detailed driving directions will be provided at the time of reservation and valet parking if necessary once you get here. If you need collection from the airport or bus or train stations in Ronda, we can arrange that.

Sip a mug of mulled wine and munch a home-made mince pie straight from the oven while settling in to your super comfortable room.

Depending upon your time of arrival, you might have a few hours to spare before The Christmas Eve Meal. So what to do?

– Take a sauna and relax your bones

– Settle down in front of the roaring chestnut fire and read a book

Hike to the next village to stretch your legs and make lots of room for ….

… The Christmas Eve Meal featuring our famous barbequed turkey with tasty ecologically grown accompaniments, lots of excellent local Ronda wine, and a selection of divine desserts. This festive repast is served family style in the early evening. Exquisite food from Di´s award-winning international kitchen.

After the meal we can watch a movie, read a book from our extensive library, go for a settling stroll (the bars will all be closed as its family night) , join in a game of Articulate or Onze or Risk or Pictionary ……

 25th December, Christmas Day

Christmas Day will begin with a Champagne Cocktail and Eggs Benedict breakfast (plus all our usual sumptuous choices) served at the hour of your choice but usually after 9 am and before 11 am. 

We have a date with a luxury minibus at high noon but if you are an early riser you will have time to have your breakfast and then …..

– Spend the morning walking the beautiful Alto Genal valley. We have routes from thirty minutes or three hours. Just down the lane or to another village and back.
– Or choose from our wide selection of games – Scrabble or Rummikub, cards or chess.
– Or read Di’s highly acclaimed book
– Or watch a movie from our DVD collection

But, whatever you choose to do, be sure to be back to board the minibus at noon on the dot. We have a date with a marvellous olive farm where you will, like I was, be amazed by the beauty, the harmony, the sheer glory of what has been created by a very clever team. 

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Philipe Starck sculpture Ronda
Philppe Starck in Ronda

 

Christmas Day Lunch

We are thrilled that LA Organic have agreed to open their splendid doors to us on Christmas Day. 

Recently opened in Ronda, it has been designed by Philippe Starck whose sculptures surprise you as you stroll the grounds. It is rare in a busy tourist venue such as Ronda to encounter a project of such exquisite quality but here it is, breaking all the boundaries.

LA Organic is a family business specialising in the production of superior quality organic olive oil products that uniquely combine forward-thinking design.

Everything about this wonderful project is quality and speaks to great design and the best of taste. There is a minimalism that is enchanting. But that minimalism does not extend to the quality of their products which is superb.

It is a magical place full of surprises, superb neo-industrial architecture, graceful landscaping and a fascinating history of olives and their oil.

We will have a tour of the estate and learn about the history of olive growing and admire the extraordinary mind-opening sculptures of Philippe Starck which are where you least expect them. This tour takes about an hour after which we will return to the main building for an olive oil tasting. We will learn how to recognise a good oil.

And then the meal will begin. Various plates including a massive paella, a traditional dish on this holiday day. You may have had this dish before in a bar but was it the real thing? This will be the real deal.

After lunch, the minibus will take us home for a siesta and in the evening we will offer a choice of snacks including our famous Croque Señor for those who need topping up.

One year there was a mammoth Pictionary game till the early hours. Or so they told me. I was already asleep.

26th December, Boxing Day 

After breakfast, the same luxurious minibus will arrive to take us to Ronda for another extraordinary gastronomic experience!

We are having lunch at the only totally ecological vineyard in Ronda – Joaquin Fernandez. We will tour the vineyard, learn how the wine is made, and then enjoy a tasting.  By then it will be time to sit down to a three-course meal of Spanish home cooking prepared especially for us.

John and I have visited this vineyard many times and its romance never pales. The roots of the vines reach back to distant times when the Phoenicians brought the first plants to Spain. Wandering amongst the vines is timeless, nothing has changed especially at this winery that does everything naturally without chemicals, the air is pure, the earth undamaged. It has the most wonderful atmosphere.

After lunch, we will be transported back home for a well-earned siesta.

In the evening, we will be offering Jansson´s Temptation – a very tasty Swedish Christmas dish. (Di is proud of her Swedish heritage and likes to brag about it!). And of course a buffet of cold turkey, salads, etc and lovely Ronda brews.

27th December
After a delicious breakfast, time to say goodbye. But if you would like to linger a little longer in the peaceful mountains, you can reserve more nights.

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Essentials of the Gastronomic Christmas Hotel Break

Price: 969 euros plus 10% IVA per room for two people sharing which includes:-

– 3 nights’ accommodation on the 24th, 25th December and 26th December 2020
– Champagne Breakfast every morning
– King-size bed (2 metres long) or two twin beds
– Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings on 24th
– Christmas lunch at an ecological olive oil farm, Joaquin Fernandez
–  Boxing Day lunch at an ecological vineyard, LA Organic
–  Souvenir gift
– Snacky supper every evening
– Beer, wine and sherries ad lib.
– Additional nights before or after at the special rate of 110 euros per night
–  Transportation during the three day break from the hotel to all events

 

What’s not included: transportation to the hotel, holiday insurance (recommended), IVA (VAT) 10%

How To Reserve:

– telephone for instant gratification +34 952180778
– use the Contact form here
– email to reservations at loscastanos.com 

Please note that a 25% deposit is required.

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