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Our Location

The backdrop for our body mind and soul retreat is the stunning Alto Genal, renowned for it`s chestnut forests and scattered white villages. Cartajima, the highest of these villages is our stage. A quiet undiscovered village, Cartajima is only 45 minutes from the Costa del Sol, but a world away in every sense. We are just 20 minutes away from Ronda.


At the heart of the village and providing the very heart and soul of our retreat stands Hotel Los Castaños.
This boutique hotel offers luxury, comfort and a feeling of peace and harmony hard to find anywhere else. Your hosts Di and John have made a fine art of balancing luxury with comfort and homeliness.


Your haven during your retreat will be one of the 6 fabulous, spacious rooms at Hotel Los Castaños.

Each is slightly different but all with fabulous views, air-con/heating, ensuite bathrooms, large super comfy beds and seating areas. 

Should you choose to have one of these rooms to yourself on your retreat it will provide you with the perfect balance between luxury and comfort, homeliness and extravagance. 

The hotel itself has many communal areas for you to either relax and reflect or socialise and chat. From the moorish courtyard and rooftop terrace to the cosy snug and the drawing room with it's comforting fireplace, you are sure to find the perfect spot whatever your mood.

We have team dedicated to providing a wonderful and memorable experience for you. Learn a bit more about us here.

"A 6 room hideaway hotel, relaxed and charming, an oasis of good taste in the heart of an Andalucian village close to Ronda.” Little Hotels"

"An oasis of style and comfort… A couple of days of pure mountain air, birds of prey circling overhead & you begin to appreciate the harmony of an older, slower and infinitely more peaceful way of life. " The Scotsman

"Stunning Location, Wonderful hosts, Amazing food, Beautiful room with one of the best views you could wish for. Better than any of the 5* places we have stayed. Don’t think twice about it, just book it!"


Getting to your retreat from outside Spain:

Step 1: Fly to Málaga, Gibraltar, Sevilla, or Jerez

EasyJet – RyanAir – First Choice – Jet2 – FlyBe – Aer Lingus

Step 2: Rent a Car or Catch a Cab or a Bus

We are about 90 minutes from Málaga airport. We can arrange car rental or send a local taxi. There is also a bus service Monday, Wednesday and Friday leaving Ronda at 2 pm. It costs 3 euros and takes about an hour.


Driving instructions 

Inland route from Airport

Coastal route

From Seville


"A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.”– Andrew Matthews