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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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Marriott Attains Record Growth in Caribbean, Latin America



Marriott International achieved record growth in the Caribbean and Latin America last year, signing 10,000 rooms across 15 brands in 17 different countries and territories.

2019 marks the hotel giant’s fourth straight year of record expansion in the region, increasing its portfolio in the region to 268 open properties and 55,195 rooms in 34 countries and territories.

Highlights of Marriott’s epic year in the Caribbean and Latin America include 2,100 conversion rooms, the first Delta Hotels by Marriott signing in the region and the launch of the company’s all-inclusive program last August. Since then, Marriott has signed seven management and franchise agreements for all-inclusive properties representing nearly 3,200 rooms, including an 800-room Marriott Hotels resort in Jamaica and a 240-room Ritz-Carlton property in Mexico.

What’s more, Marriott’s affordable lifestyle brands—including AC Hotels by Marriott, Aloft and Moxy—continue to expand rapidly throughout the region, signing a combined 1,284 rooms last year.

Marriott also completed its acquisition of Elegant Hotels Group last year. The group consists of 588 rooms across seven hotels located on Barbados’ Platinum Coast.

“We had a landmark year for hotel transactions in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2019, fueled by the hotel development community’s demand for our leading business support and loyalty program, our attractive brands and strong owner interest in our new all-inclusive brand extensions,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Marriott International, in a statement. “With a growing pipeline of 146 hotels and resorts totaling over 24,000 rooms, we are poised for solid growth in this region, providing more opportunity to drive engagement with our loyalty members.”

The record-breaking year certainly isn’t anything new for Marriott, which expanded its global pipeline to 515,000 rooms as of year-end 2019 for the first time in the company’s history.

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