Friday, 28 November 2014

Lifestyle // Winter Holiday in Casarabonela, South Spain

How horrid has the weather been recently?! London has been so wet and windy and I've found myself staring longingly at my holiday photos of a gorgeous bright and hot sunny south of Spain, where myself, my boyfriend and 10 of our friends hired a villa at the end of October for some last minute sunshine.

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Our villa was beautiful, and set in the mountains amongst some absolutely stunning scenery. It was really lovely to be somewhere so isolated which is in complete contrast to London (and also meant we could make us much noise as we wanted! Partaaaaayyy!!!) 

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The villa had 3 double bedrooms and a crazily cool double bunkbed loft style room in the main house where the four couples slept, and then two bedrooms with single beds in a smaller second building across a small courtyard where the four single guys slept. We also had a fully decked out kitchen, living room, ginormous conservatory with dining table for 12, a table tennis table, swimming pool and outside barbecue area. MTV Cribs eat your heart out! The only problems were that as water in the area is quite scarce, we only had hot water for three hours a day and had to be sure to be home for "Shower Hours" or the water was at best freezing and at worst, non existent! The water that did flow was also heavily treated with chlorine as it all came from tanks, so was not the kindest to my skin or hair.

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We had a really chilled week, basically spent hanging out around the pool, playing board games (I'm now obsessed with Settlers of Catan) eating far too much meat and drinking far too much beer and red wine! We cooked some amazing meals including a huge paella, chorizo with garlic and white wine, and padron peppers fried in oil and salt. YUM!


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As well as lots of chilling out we also did several walks in the surrounding mountains, including one to the nearest town, Casarabonela, which was an hour and a half's walk away. The scenery was so beautiful, walking through the pine trees and out on the open hills, and the village itself was very pretty too. I loved the gorgeous tile work which was everywhere, and especially the tiled murals showing the name of the town and surrounding the open water fountains.

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We also spent a couple of days at the Ardales lakes where we hired pedalos and relaxed beneath the pine trees. 

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We were really lucky with the weather - despite being the last week of October we had bright sunshine all week and temperatures of about 25C every day. It wasn't quite warm enough to lie out in just a bikini so I spent lots of time with my gorgeous new Kaftan by Seafolly* on, which was kindly given to me by Beach Cafe Swimwear. It kept the breeze at bay and looked really cool! I love the little tassels which surround the edges and the verticle navy ombré which makes it look really chic (when you're not posing like a wally!)

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I had such a great time, it was really lovely to be surrounded by 10 of our closest friends for 8 nights and not have to worry about doing anything at all! We all thoroughly relaxed and chilled out, with our only worry being which bottle of wine to try next! Perfect


Have you been on a big group holiday before?


*Thank you very much to the lovely people at Beach Cafe Swimwear for giving me the Seafolly Splendour Kaftan to wear on holiday. All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.