Every year we spend a weekend at a hotel to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The rule is that it has to be somewhere that we could not generally afford to stay for a week, so we get a little bit of luxury for our special day. This was certainly true at Hotel El Tio Kiko! The room was fab, huge modern 4 poster bed and an eclectic mix of modern and antique style furnishings in cool natural colours and wood. Our room had a terrace with views of the Med across the little white village of Aguamarga and also the pool below. On arrival there was a half bottle of my favourite cava chilling in a bucket, together with a bowl of fresh sweet cherries. The bathroom was gorgeous, again natural colours twin marble basins, huge jacuzzi bath with shower, towelling robes, slippers and plenty of clean white fluffy towels. The aircon had been turned on prior to our arrival which was a welcome touch in the July heat. The room was cleaned to a high standard and this was maintained throughout our stay. Each night chocolate arrived ! One night 2 tiny Toblerones, another night 2 mini Kitkats! All lovely little touches! The hotel's public rooms were also styled beautifully see photos. Something I have never commented on before in a review was the standard of maintenance. At El Tio Kiko it was second to none ! One night a Moorish style plaster covered wall light by the pool had been broken , probably as someone went past with a suitcase as it was low down. The following morning the broken terracotta, bits of plaster etc had been swept away and the plaster cover had been rebuilt! The only disappointment was that they do not do meals other than breakfast, which from other reviews I think they used to do, as I imagine they would have matched the same high standard as the rest of the hotel. Breakfast was a delight, fruit (several types of melon, 2 types of kiwi fruit, nectarines, peaches, cherries, mango etc )all beautifully sliced and presented buffet style, yogurt drinks, jamon, salami, cheeses, tortilla and 2 hot dishes each morning eg revuelto, a Spanish scrambled egg type dish with tiny prawns or jamon, mushrooms, asparagus or green beans in it, or little terracotta dishes with tomato sauce in with a poached egg on top sprinkled with tiny dice of jamon. Fabulous fresh bread white and a brown nut bread and for those who like to have something sweet for breakfast an array of tiny cakes, (one bite and they are gone !) muffins, both chocolate and fruit and one morning a carrot and cinnamon cake, cut into tiny squares! Added to this was excellent, friendly but professional service, serving our fresh orange juice, coffee/tea and toast at the table. A banquet to start the day!
Aguamarga is a tiny Spanish village with few shops, those that there are all seem to sell the same thing, Indian cotton dresses, sandals, flipflops, jewellery, t shirts, some tourist stuff. The beach is lovely and clean and the village is surrounded by countryside with signposted walks for the energetic. There are a few bars, a pizza place where you queue up like in a chipshop and eat at tables in the narrow street and a couple of beach restaurants. We luckily stayed the weekend of Aguamarga's fiesta and were treated to an excellent flamenco show by the village girls of all ages, music in the plaza until the early hours finishing of with typical Spanish fireworks, mucho noise and not much else !
We didn't touch the car from the time we arrived until we left 3 days later, just chilled out, spent time around the pool, walked around the village and along the beach, ate and drank and stayed in a wonderful hotel ! You can't get better than that !
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