Need To Know
67, including eight interconnecting Junior Suites and four Family Suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £159.31 (€179), including tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a buffet breakfast. Children Under-3s stay free in cots; extra beds for under-12s are charged at €40–€55 a night; extra beds for over-12s are €80–€110 a night.
There’s an indoor pool within the spa in case of bad weather – but be prepared to pay €20 to use it (the spa entrance fee).
La Bobadilla shuts its doors from 12 November 2016 to 26 February 2017.
At the hotel
1,000 acres of private land, including kitchen gardens and a mini, turtle-filled lake; spa and gym; swimming pools; three restaurants and a bar; kids’ club with seasonal playground; games room; stables; paddle and tennis courts, petanque pitch; bikes to borrow; library of books and DVDs; free WiFi throughout.
In your room
LED TV, stereo system with a USB port and Bluetooth connection, a well-stocked minibar, free bottled water on the first night, DVD players, UK-US plug sockets and black-out shutters. Higher room categories have Nespresso coffee machines.
Our favourite rooms
Junior Suites are spacious, family-friendly and have a terrace, balcony or garden. Room 45 is lovely, with a good-sized terrace and shutters that you can fling open for countryside views – it interconnects with room 44, a Junior Suite. Junior Suite number 55 is open-plan and has ample room for extra beds and energetic kids. It has a wraparound terrace perfect for a sundowner. The sole dedicated family suite has a separate lounge and two bedrooms (book well in advance). Rooms 36–75 in the new wing are neutral with a winning pared-back look courtesy of the super-stylish folk at Spanish interiors label, Becara (be warned: beyond the new wing, you may find the traditional decor a little chintzy).
Like a lengthy pool? You’ll love La Bobadilla’s 1,200sq m outdoors number, surrounded by shady palms. It's open seasonally, from May to October, weather permitting (from 11am–6pm only, in October). There are ample loungers to bronze on while your tweens splash about, plus Balinese day beds and parasols to hire on the adjacent manicured lawn (soft drink and a Jacuzzi session included). This main pool is open 10am–8pm; in high season, it's manned by lifeguards all day, and between 11am and 8pm waiters will whisk drinks and snacks to your poolside perch. Kids have their own unheated, shallow pool (BYO floats and toys).
Classical baths-style U-Spa is all tiles, exposed brick columns and high, arched white ceilings; there are three treatment rooms (including a couples' suite with two massage tables and two whirlpool baths)and a hydrotherapy zone incorporating a heated indoor pool with body jets, hydro-massage pool with neck massages and waterfall, plus a solarium, Finnish sauna and steam room. Book a primp (waxing, mani-pedi) or a pamper (seaweed wrap or anti-ageing marine facial) then relax on roomy day beds by the pool. Kids are usually allowed in the spa pool from 11am to 1pm (under-12s must be accompanied by an adult), otherwise it’s over-18s only. If you’ve arranged a babysitter, the two of you can try treatments such as a 3.5 hour pamper por dos including body peel and purifying mask, facial scrubs and hot-stone massage, plus fresh fruit and cava. There’s also a workout zone with all the standard cardio kit, weights and treadmills, and there's a hair salon. Be aware that hotel residents still pay €22 a person to use the spa, including its indoor pool.
This is the countryside, so you’re likely to be sharing it with all creatures great and small, including, potentially, wasps near the terrace at breakfast, ants near the pool and mozzies after nightfall; however, the hotel take all measures to ensure critters keep away. Take the requisite child-friendly lotions and potions.
It pays to plan, especially in peak season. If you know you’ll want to get bikini-ready in the spa on the first day of your holiday, or dinner for the two of you on your last night while a babysitter minds the kids, then book everything in advance before you even reach for your suitcase. If you'd like the family to learn the basics of Andalucian cuisine, private cooking classes must be booked a week in advance.
The rate for pets varies according to size (small pets can stay from €37 a night), however they are not permitted in the hotel's restaurants or other public areas.
La Bobadilla is an eco pioneer, being the first luxury hotel to use ultra-sustainable olive-stone biomass fuel as an energy source for its heating and hot water. There's also an organic kitchen garden, plus plenty of low-impact activities.