underground where it cools to the Earth’s constant temperature of 15 degrees. The cooled air is then drawn into the interior through vents at floor level before rising out through vents at the roof level. This creates a natural conduction system. And for heating in the winter months, Finca La Donaira relies on a combination of solar panels and a biofuel generator that runs on olive pits. These pits are a byproduct from the almazaras (or oil mills) found throughout Andalusia.
‘The spectacular views are only the beginning at Finca La Donaira. You can take a tour of the extensive medicinal garden, relax in the wellness spa, or even learn to cook traditional cuisine with fresh, organic food.’
- Medicinal garden tour
- Vegetarian, organic menus
- Natural spring water swimming area
- Wellness spa with organic products
- Beautiful horses are bred at the farm
- Bee conservation initiative, 22 beehives
- A wide range of hiking & biking routes
- Wine tasting with vineyard & cellar tour
- Organic cookery workshops
- Children are welcome here
- Check-in: 4:00pm
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Equivalent price per night: From $381-493 USD all-inclusive
Closed: From 15th January – 8th February 2020 for maintenance
Finca La Donaira is located in the town of Montecorto, where the streets are lined with traditional pristine white villas. The area is known for its connection to nature. There is so much to do outdoors, guests can cycle, hike, horseback ride or even unwind in the spa if they wish. For those looking to explore farther afield, the area offers some wonderful places to see:
- Ruins of Acinipo, 28 min drive (19km)
- Dolmen Del Gigante, 11 min drive (5km)
- Tajo Algarín Nature Preserve, 17 min drive (6km)
- Cola del Embalse de Zahara, 32 min drive (23.5km)
Finca La Donaira is situated in the Andalusia region of Spain, in the town of Montecorto. The impressive house sits on rolling hills with panoramic views of the unspoilt countryside.
- Distance from airport: Jerez Airport, 1h 18 min drive (99km)
- Key attraction: Zahara- El Gastor Reservoir, 23 min drive (9km)
- Nearby restaurant: Casa Palmero, 32 min drive (19km)
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ArchitectureFinca La Donaira is a quiet and traditional Andalusian cortijo, which means farmhouse. The intelligent design and architecture, the arts and the role they play in the natural world is clear. With wooden floors and handcrafted furniture throughout.
WaterAll of the water at Finca La Donairia, including the pool, is derived from natural spring water which is then recycled to irrigate the medicinal garden and the allotment.
EnergyThe house is completely self-sufficient. Using a zero-energy cooling system inspired by the ancient heat management systems of Al-Andulus, a medieval muslim territory of Portugal and Spain. Ventilation tubes draw air...
Engage GuestsThe farm hosts a 'bee bed' that offers guests a truly unique experience. Guests can climb in and experience what it is like to be inside a beehive. They can experience the sounds, smells and...Read More >>
feel the vibrations. The guests are kept separate & safe by a screen. There are also a range of activities that guests can get involved in at Finca La Donaira to learn about the property and its flora and fauna; there is a medicinal garden tour that shows guests the edible healing herbs and flowers that they grow, of which there are over 200! There is a farm tour for guests to meet the goats, Pajuna cows and Lusitanian horses they keep, as well as letting them collect their own eggs for lunch. There is a wide range of hikes and biking routes on and off the property for guests to enjoy the incredible nature here. The hotel offers helmets and bikes for guests to use.
WasteFor the kitchen waste at Finca La Donaira, there is an on-site composting system which reuses waste and also fertilises the garden.
FoodThe hotel grows products for guests to enjoy on their own farm, which are all organic. Most of what is produced on the farm is used by the hotel and the surplus they grow is sold to local families...Read More >>
As well as vegetables, the farm produces a variety of seasonal fruits such as chestnuts, peaches, apricots, pears, quinces, figs, plums, cherries, oranges and Pero de Ronda, an ancient and rare variety of local apple. There are also chickens for eggs, sheep and goats for milk and cheese.
ConservationAt Finca La Donaira, staff focus on the conservation of bees. Chemicals have not been used on the farm for 12 years, making it an ideal place for bees to thrive. They keep 22 beehives...Read More >>
all of which are treated with respect so that the bees can grow stronger and their immune systems won’t be weakened. The only honey taken from the hives is the surplus that the bees don’t need. Pollen and royal jelly are never removed from the hives. Guests can learn more about the bees if they choose, becoming aware of the threats the insects are facing, such as pesticides which can cause serious health problems. The Finca La Donaira estate occupies 1,500 acres at the top of Serranía de Ronda and is home to rare and endangered species, such as the pajuna cow, chickens and bees, and they also breed the Lusitanos horse (a Portuguese horse breed closely related to the Spanish Andalusian horse).
HousekeepingFinca La Donaira produces some of the products they use, such as soap and lavender bags. Other things, like blankets and ponchos are made locally with natural materials. The mattresses...Read More >>
and pillows used in the rooms are made in Austria and are made using 100% natural products.
Kiwano BonusThe hotel hosts a Soil Academy (LDSA) and international workshops by teachers from around the world specialised in soil-preserving permaculture and regenerative agriculture...Read More >>
The hotel aims to provide a pioneering demonstration site where people will be able to see what happens both in the soil and in our food when a farm is treated as an functional ecosystem. Through interactive classes both in the field and in the lab, guests, volunteers, farmers, students, agronomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in the wonders of nature and the hidden world beneath our feet.
"Highly recommended for the lovers of nature and animals"
A unique experience in a different hotel, an eco-resort where the main goal is to achieve absolute relaxation.
"Great place, like a haven"
All-natural, mostly vegetarian food. Horses, cows, sheep, donkeys, goats, chickens. Inside (warm) and outside (non-chlorinated) pool. And much more.
Krzysztof, Google Reviews
"Eco-luxury of the highest order"
Eco-luxury of the highest order, so luxurious it's not even luxury - it's nature, curled like La Donaira’s many rose vines at the borders of each perfect view. The star of the show is the landscape itself: rolling meadows of wildflowers as far as the eye can see, spotted with grazing Iberian steeds and dramatic limestone formations.
"Our Favorite Place We've Ever Stayed"
I cannot say enough wonderful things about La Donaira. It's truly the most special place we've ever stayed - and we travel a good bit with high expectations. The website or pictures simply do not do this place justice- not even close.
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