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 $225.70 (€211), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a buffet breakfast.
Book ahead for spa sessions, dinners and activities, all of which are in high demand during peak season. Private cooking classes must be booked a week in advance. Some suites can accommodate extra beds: the Junior Balcony suite can sleep either two extra children or one extra adult; the Junior Solarium suite can sleep either one extra child or one extra adult. The charges vary. In low season (3 March – 11 April; 17 April – 27 April; 2 May – 22 June; 10 September – 10 October; 15 October – 26 October; 1 November – 18 November), it’s €80 an adult each night, and €40 a child each night. In high season (12 April – 16 April; 28 April – 1 May; 23 June – 9 September; 11 October – 14 October; 27 October – 31 October), it’s €110 an adult each night, and €55 a child each night.
La Bobadilla shuts its doors from 12 November 2016 to 26 February 2017.
At the hotel
A spa, gym, three swimming pools, three restaurants, a bar, free WiFi throughout, bikes to borrow, a kid’s club and playground, games room, stables, tennis courts, petanque pitch, library, kitchen gardens and a lake. In rooms: LED TV and DVD player, sound system with a USB port and Bluetooth connection, minibar, free bottled water on the first night. Higher room categories have Nespresso coffee machines.
Our favourite rooms
We love a Superior Deluxe with Terrace or Balcony for the intimate leisurely breakfasting and afternoon reading opportunities; the views aren’t shabby either. To really spread out, opt for a spacious Deluxe Suite.
The main pool is a lengthy, 1,200sq m outdoors number, surrounded by shady palms. It's open seasonally, from May to October (from 11am–6pm only, in October), weather permitting. There are ample sun-loungers, plus Balinese day beds and parasols to hire on the adjacent manicured lawn (a soft drink and a Jacuzzi session are included). It’s open from 10am to 8pm, and manned by lifeguards in high season; poolside drinks and snacks can be ordered from 11am to 8pm. Kids have their own unheated, shallow pool.
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. It's €22 a person to use the spa, including its indoor pool.
Pack your breezy summertime best for lounging about the estate, and bring riding gear if you plan to make use of the stables.
There’s also a workout zone with all the standard cardio kit, weights and treadmills, and a hair salon too.
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. See more pet-friendly hotels in Andalucia.
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.
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.