elBullihotel Hacienda Benazuza, Seville
Sanlúcar la Mayor
Tel: 34 955 703 344
Concierge.com's insider take:
While Catalonian super-chef Ferran Adrià's Alqueria restaurant is reason enough for visiting this beautiful tenth-century hacienda 12 miles from Seville, the 44-room hotel is also a delight. Set in a leafy haven of bougainvillea and jasmine, mixed with orange, lemon, and olive trees, the Benazuza's Arabic origins can be seen in the sunken gardens, shilaba tunics for guests' use, and the poolside haima (an open, curtained tent with daybeds). The rooms and suites are grand but not stuffy, and are tastefully dressed with antique furniture. Some have exquisitely painted domed ceilings, and the best have a garden view or private terrace. The Alqueria restaurant lives up to expectations, with creations such as Parmesan ice cream, or squid in an orange and truffle sauce. If you want to make the most of your stay, try the 24-course blowout tasting menuand be sure to cancel breakfast.