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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Golf academy

    Fabulous spa

    Suite and villa options

  • Kids will love

    Summer kids club

    Beach nearby

    Swimming pools

  • Don’t expect

    Year-round kids club

    A beachfront hotel

    Much baby kit


Located between Marbella and Sotogrande, Finca Cortesin is a luxurious, family-friendly golf and spa resort on the Mediterranean coast. Its obvious grown-up appeal is balanced by family-pleasing features such as a choice of spacious suites and private villas; a mini-club for kids, swimming pools, tennis and a nearby beach club.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Finca Cortesin with us:

Late check-out or early check-in and the first four hours in the kids club free. For Executive Suite, Executive Sea Suite or Pool Suite stays: a bottle of wine for three-night stays, a 50-minute massage for four-night stays.

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Finca Cortesin

'Linger Longer' Promotion Early booking offer: 20% off


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Finca Cortesin – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


67 suites, including two four-bedroomed villas.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to a €50 charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £590.64 (€677), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast, a welcome drink and tapas plate, fruit plate and mineral water in your room, golf-shoe cleaning, spa access, face or body diagnosis session in the spa, and early check-in or late check-out (subject to availability). Children Under-13s can stay in cots or extra beds added to rooms at a charge of €75 a child.


The resort runs a free daily shuttle service to the beach club.

Please note

The hotel will be renovating its Golf Club in 2017; please note the following club closures: 26 June – 2 July (nine holes closed); 3 July – 16 July (all holes closed); 17 July – 23 July (nine holes closed); 4 – 6 September (all holes closed). The hotel’s concierge team can help guests arrange tee-times at nearby golf courses during these dates.

At the hotel

Golf course, golf academy, spa, beach club, swimming pools, restaurants, bar, kids club, gym, yoga, tennis, paddle tennis, gardens, free WiFi throughout, concierge, CD and DVD libraries, laundry service, valet parking.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, black-out curtains, minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes, slippers, Penhaligon’s toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

All suite grades above Junior come with a separate bedroom and living area. Opt for an Executive for enough space to accommodate a cot or single extra bed. Some Executive Suites (request when you book) come with a kitchenette, and some interconnect. Fabulous four-bedroom (all ensuite) private villas come with a private garden and pool for home-from-home living with hotel frills. Pool Suites have one bedroom, but the advantage of a private pool, although what the antique-dotted Cortesin Suite lacks in pool it compensates for with two bedrooms and five balconies.  


There are three pools – one indoor, two outdoor – at the hotel. The two open to the elements are both lined with beautiful blue-green mosaic tiles. One of the outdoor pools is adults only; the other is family-friendly, supervised by a lifeguard in high season, and you can organise swimming lessons here for little ones through the hotel. The art deco-style, heated indoor pool is found in the spa, and offers views of the coast. The hotel also has its own beach club 1km away, with an infinity pool, beachside restaurant and plenty of sun loungers to sprawl out on.


A destination in its own right, the 2,200sq m hotel spa offers heated and double-cushioned massage beds, a snow cave and a chemical-free indoor pool. You can enjoy a face or body a treatment in one of the spa’s seven rooms, one of which is a double suite for couple’s therapies. The spa’s thermal area houses saunas and Turkish baths, and includes single-sex areas as well as a unisex zone. Children aged 5–14 and accompanied by an adult can use the spa facilities between 11am and 3pm.


DVD players and iPod docks for your room are available by request. A free shuttle runs guests to and from the beach club, a kilometre away.

Book ahead

Arrange dining reservations for the course of your stay ahead of arrival. Babysitting, spa treatments, golf or swimming lessons are all best organised 24 hours in advance.

Food and drink

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There are three main restaurants. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, El Jardín is the rustic family-friendly option where fish is the star of the show. In Kabuki Raw (open from mid March to 31 October), watch chef Rafael Carrasco combine Japanese traditions with Mediterranean ingredients, creating a tempting evening spread. Italian eatery Don Giovanni is open for dinner in summer only. In addition, the Club House is open for breakfast or a casual lunch, where there are international and local favourites; you won’t go hungry at the beach club, either, where there is a moreish Mediterranean menu on offer (open Wednesday till Sunday in April, May June and September; all week through July and August). The Pool 35 bar serves light bites at lunchtime, summer only.

Family fare

A children’s menu of light bites (soup, salad, sandwiches) and mains (grilled chicken, spaghetti, burgers) is served at Don Giovanni. Highchairs and booster seats are available across the resort.

Hotel Bar

The Blue Bar (its name inspired by the hand-painted art-in-itself wallpaper) is an adults-only den that spills out onto the deck. Drinks can also be taken on the outdoor terraces (Moroccan and Indian in style) or at either of the alfresco waterside drinking holes, Pool 35 and Pool 50. 

Last orders

El Jardín is open 7am–11.30am, 1pm–4pm and 7.30pm–11pm. Don Giovanni serves dinner, 7.30pm–12am; at Kabuki Raw, dine 8pm–11pm. The Club House opens for breakfast and lunch, 8am–4pm, with a menu change at 12 noon. Drinks at the Blue Bar are served until around 2am.  

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Family meals are best enjoyed at Don Giovanni. Book your babysitter and your table well ahead to linger over a romantic dinner for two at adults-only Kabuki Raw.

  • Room service

    There are no specific kids’ options for in-room dining, but there are family-friendly dishes to be found among the selection of sandwiches, soups, hot and cold starters, and mains available 11am–11pm.


    Kitchen staff can prepare baby food on request; just ask, if you’d like milk heated.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Finca Cortesin – has been selected and approved by parents.

Kids Club

There’s a mini-club, which is open mid-July to mid-September for children aged 4–12. The club hosts arts and crafts, drawing competitions and face-painting; it’s stocked with board games, a film and video games library, plus PlayStations and a Wii. There’s also tennis, paddle tennis, football and cookery classes. Open daily 10am–6pm, the club offers free half days (excluding lunch); for a full day’s childcare and lunch, it’s €25 a day. 


Babysitting is available for €20 an hour; book 24 hours ahead.

Other Services

Swimming lessons are available at the indoor pool upon request; additional fees apply.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seats • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Playpen • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Board games • Wii consoles • XBox • PlayStation • Tennis • Soccer • Paddle tennis • Swimming aids • Crayons/pens • Craft materials


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Things to do

Andalucia’s Mediterranean climate means it is balmy much of April to November with warm, sunny days in winter, too. On hot summer days you might find it hard to prise yourself from the shade of Finca Cortesin’s pretty plumbago- and bougainvillea-resplendent gardens, a splash away from the pools. Finca Cortesin's watersport- and restaurant-boasting beach club is but a short shuttle-bus-ride away.

Sunny days

The blousey blooms and sculptural shrubs of Finca Cortesin’s gorgeous gardens encourage a life alfresco, as do the salt-water treated pools. There are tennis courts and paddle tennis courts, the lure of the championship golf course (under-14s must be accompanied) and the option to perfect your swing at the Jack Nicklaus golf academy. 

Rainy days

The indoor pool at the spa is a water baby’s retreat on cooler days. Music and film libraries ensure a variety of entertainment you can enjoy in your suite, and there are board games and craft materials to borrow for your children. Finca Cortesin’s gym is state-of-the-art, and personal training is available by request.

And there's more…

At the hotel’s nearby beach club, not only is there an outdoor infinity pool, lined with loungers, but also a watersports centre, where sailing or windsurfing off the sand can be organised.  

Local Guide

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Smith tip

If an hour's drive isn't too daunting, take a family trip to Tarifa. Punta Paloma beach is at the bottom of some steep dunes and relatively facility-free, so pack a picnic; otherwise, the beach at Valdevaqueros is a better bet for café pitstops.

Don't miss…

In western Andalucia, Tarifa near Algeciras is a lure for kitesurfers. Its beaches are a draw for families, too, with broad sweeps of dune-backed sand and clean, teal-coloured waters.

Finca Cortesin is under an hour’s drive from Marbella and has all the sun and sea appeal of the best Costa del Sol resorts but with more exclusivity and sophistication.  The hotel's concierge is a dab hand at keeping guests of all ages entertained; horse riding, watersports and cultural trips to Jerez or Málaga. Climb a winding road through the Andalucian mountains and visit the hilltop city of Ronda, on the high plains of this peak-dotted countryside. Its twin stars are the neoclassical bullring and attached museum, plus its plunging gorge and the viaduct across it. Another day-trip-worthy destination is Gibraltar: take a cable car to the top of the rock and go ape-spotting, or venture within to explore its 32-mile network of defensive tunnels and caves. Back down on the harbour, book an afternoon dolphin-watching boat tour. Head to Marbella’s old district, to wander through the ruins of the 15th-century castle and take in the Moorish influences on the area’s architecture. On Sunday evenings (Sunday mornings in low season), head to the Bajo los Naranjos market in Orange Square for locally made crafts, clothing and jewellery.

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Finca Cortesin
Ctra. de Casares, km2; 29690, Casares, Marbella, Malaga, 29690, Casares
Hotel setting

Sotogrande golf courses

Getting There

Between Málaga and Gibraltar, Finca Cortesin lies on the Andalucian coast, south of Estepona.


Fly with British Airways (, EasyJet ( or Aer Lingus ( to Málaga Airport (AGP), which is 84km from Finca Cortesin. You can pick up a taxi from outside the airport, or hire a car from one of the airport’s several rental companies.


The nearest train station, 90km away, is Málaga (Maria Zambrano) Station. The station is served by Renfe ( and offers connections with Barcelona and Madrid. Car hire options at the station include Hertz and Alamo.


With buses few and far between, having your own wheels offers the best means of exploring this beautiful part of the coast. The hotel is just off the AP-7. Take exit 153 after Estepona, and at the roundabout follow the A-7 in the Algeciras-Cadiz direction. At the fourth roundabout, turn right and follow the road for about 2km in the direction of Casares. The entrance to the hotel’s golf club should be on your right. The hotel has free covered parking.

Parent travel tip

To cut down on time spent at the airport in summer, avoid weekend flights to Malaga, which is the gateway airport for all Costa del Sol package holidays. The smartest baby-changing facilities are in Terminal 3.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Finca Cortesin – has been selected and approved by parents.

Situated near Estepona, Finca Cortesin is under an hour’s drive from Marbella and yet is a world away from your usual Costa del Sol resorts, with destination dining, a state-of-the-art spa, an immaculate beach club a short shuttle-bus ride away, and one of Europe’s best golf courses.

Its family appeal is flawless, too. Days at the beach can be as languid or active as you choose, thanks to a raft of watersports at the beach club, a shorefront infinity pool, plus a Mediterranean restaurant handily on site. Back at the resort, the summer-holiday mini-club offers children aged 4–12 organised entertainment (and gives Mum and Dad a break).

Finca Cortesin’s family-friendly suites are spacious, blending Spanish design with contemporary flair: anything above Junior comes with a separate bedroom, some suites with kitchenettes, others with private pools. For more Waltons-like families, the plush four-bedroomed villas combine all the ease of life at a luxurious resort with the flexibility and privacy afforded by the home-from-home set-up.
You’ll find it hard to tear yourselves away to explore the Andalucian countryside, but what a waste of highlights such as mountain-top Ronda or fabulous Marbella that would be.

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Finca Cortesin in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Everything about the hotel on my second and Mr Smith's first stay. The suites are beautiful, the bathrooms big and luxurious, the staff are friendly, the food is excellent and the surroundings perfect. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Don't expect it to be an 'affordable break'. This is the height of luxury but in our view you pay for what you get at Finca Cortesin. Don't expect the beach club to be open at the beginning of the weak in mid or low season. We were pre warned and it wasn't a problem at all but it is worth noting.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Amazing amount of space. Huge and beautiful pools, at the hotel and beach club. We were in the most basic room and it was still more than ample.

Don’t expect

Lively atmosphere for nightlife, this is about chilling out.

Rating: 10/10 stars