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This Andalusian Hideaway Has the Charm of a Private Retreat With All the Conveniences of a Hotel



Perched atop the verdant hilltops of La Axarquia in Andalusia is a pair of alabaster villas collectively named Cortijo el Carligto.

Cortijo, the name for a typical rural Andalusian villa, is exactly what one of the two edifices is—a quaint traditional structure comprised of two en-suite bedrooms, an extra bedroom, living room, kitchen and expansive outdoor pool. The other home, the Hunting Lodge—which has three en-suite bedrooms, a fireplace and its own pool as well—maintains the idyllic allure of the first, yet is still rendered in a chic modern style.

PHOTO: Statue outside of Cortijo el Carligto. (Photo by Natasha Nyanin)

Both villas on this 33,000 square meters expansive estate offer the perfect retreat for travelers seeking an off-the-trodden-path getaway that still allows easy access to Andalusia’s must-visit cities of Malaga, Cordoba, Granada and Seville.

With the promise of such storybook charm, it’s hard to imagine what might curtail would-be visitors from making a booking right away. And yet, it is true that one of the drawbacks of such secluded holidays in private residences can be giving up the ease and service that come with staying at a hotel. Thankfully, Carligto’s owners, Marc and Alan, have ensured that provisions are put in place for the most care-free hospitality experience.

Pool at Cortijo el Carligto
PHOTO: Pool at Cortijo el Carligto. (Photo by Natasha Nyanin)

For instance, when it comes to dining, guests can choose to cook their own meals in spacious kitchens or they can opt to book a culinary vacation which includes meals prepared by chefs. Meals range from breakfast cooked in-house to access to gourmet meals prepared by the property’s rolodex of seven chefs. These chefs, whose specialties are various enough to suit any taste, include Michelin-starred culinary geniuses.

Guests can, however, also choose a “cookery” holiday that allows for a more hands-on experience with the preparation of meals under expert tutelage. Given the rich gastronomic tradition of Andalusia, both of these experiences are not to be missed. From simple olive oil tastings to inventive multi-course meals to trying one’s own hands at the preparation of a traditional Spanish tortilla, a stay at Carligto is bound to electrify the palate as much as it does other senses.

Patio outside of Cortijo el Carligto
PHOTO: Patio outside of Cortijo el Carligto. (Photo by Natasha Nyanin)

Beyond dining arrangements, the property ensures that guests can benefit from other services they might otherwise not have at their fingertips in such isolated quarters.

Think you’ll miss the hotel gym? Never you worry. Carligto offers access to a personal fitness trainer. What about being able to make a quick call to the concierge desk at a hotel? Carligto answers that question with a luxury concierge service that can organize travel experiences you never even dreamed were possible, including access to some of Andalucia’s most exclusive cultural and culinary destinations.

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If you are looking for a holiday retreat in southern Spain that marries luxurious quietude with the conveniences of hotel accommodations, Cortijo el Carligto hits all the right notes.

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Las Vegas Sands Donating Two Million Pieces of Personal Protective Equipment



WHY IT RATES: With the Palazzo and Venetian shuttered in Las Vegas, parent company Las Vegas Sands continues to pay some 10,000 furloughed Team Members and provide full health-care benefits, and has just announced a fresh donation of two millions pieces of personal protective equipment to support the work of those battling coronavirus on the ground in New York and Nevada. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer

Las Vegas Sands today announced it will donate two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to help health-care professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Medical mask donations will be distributed in the company’s corporate headquarters of Nevada as well as New York, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Each state will receive one million masks. The 20,000 protective suits will be donated to hospitals and first responders in Nevada.

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“Hopefully our donations will help protect people on the front lines so they can continue their invaluable work, and we can start to see the numbers of people affected begin to diminish,” Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson said. “Our properties in Las Vegas may be empty right now, but our hearts are full of hope for the future. The determination and courage I have seen in our Team Members, which I know is the same throughout this country, gives me every confidence we will get through this unprecedented crisis.”

This contribution marks the second round of personal protective equipment donations Sands has made. The company previously provided 100,000 masks to the Las Vegas health-care community and 5,000 masks to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. It also donated 1,900 coronavirus test kits to the state of Nevada.

Mr. Adelson said the one million masks being sent to New York will help health-care professionals and first responders in the state currently with the most cases of coronavirus.

“People are looking to New York as a bellwether for what comes next, both in terms of the pandemic’s impact and for how quickly the region, particularly New York City, is able to recover from the aftermath of the virus,” he said. “It’s important we steer resources to the places where the need is the greatest and most urgent.”

In addition to the protective gear donations, Sands is fulfilling its pledge to give $250,000 to several important local organizations during this time of need. The company is making contributions to ‘Three Square’, Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization; ‘Communities In Schools’, which is helping provide meals to students who would otherwise be participating in their school’s free and subsidized meal programs; and ‘Share Village Las Vegas’, a veterans assistance organization that also runs a community food pantry.

Sands also has donated 60 pallets of food and more than 55,000 bottles of water to local organizations. In addition, the company is currently paying each of its nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Team Members, along with providing full health-care benefits, while its properties remain closed.

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SOURCE: Las Vegas Sands Corp. press release.

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