Under an hour from the joyous Seville sits the disarmingly charming Hacienda San Rafael. Set in five acres of grounds with 14 rooms scattered amongst them, the hotel holds the best in show accolade for balancing a home away from home with superior service. Interiors are a blend of textiles and antiques from the region and exteriors are littered with ceramics overflowing with bright seasonal flowers. The end result is a romantic and relaxing atmosphere where no demand is too much. Having the entire space to yourself is a no brainer – not least because, should you tire of one another, the three pools should provide everyone with breathing space!
That is, when you aren’t making the most of the activities and experiences on your doorstep. The highlight is a terrific riding school only five minutes away, so trotting through the Spanish sunflower fields and picnic lunching in forest clearings is a must.