THE BEACH HOUSE
Stylishly simple coastal B&B on the sunny Costa del Sol.
YARDS AWAY FROM THE SEASHORE, The Beach House offers space and serenity with a Scandinavian twist
on the sunny Costa del Sol. Chic and affordable, it’s a perfect spot for chilled out days beside the Med.
Despite the freeway running behind, the first thing you notice at this relaxing, riad-style B&B is the tranquility. Once we had spotted the slip road (having missed it the first time) and driven through the high wooden gates into the front courtyard, a soothing Zen-like calm
Waves glinted through an open doorway, a pool shimmered in the sunshine and a terrace draped with sun loungers with views straight out to sea
invited a supremely lazy afternoon siesta. A help-yourself bar in the corner was stocked with cooling beers and nibbles. With its beach frontage and easy access from Malaga airport (a mere 25 minutes), it’s a great place to kick back and recharge.
Hit the spot
Beside the Med at Mijas – roughly midway between Malaga and Marbella.
Best of all is the Mediterranean room (number Four) , with its ocean and pool views. We also loved Room Five.
Don’t expect heaps of nightlife and activities on the doorstep – it’s a place for chilling.
Beachside villa with Scandinavian vibe.
Inside this very Spanish-looking villa – which feels more like a spacious home than a hotel
– there’s a cool nordic vibe, reflecting the property’s Swedish owners. Cowskin rugs and retro armchairs sit stylishly alongside Moorish mosaics and Bauhaus style sofas. Airy, white-walled rooms are set off by dark wood furniture and simple elegance.
We could hear soothing chillout music in our room, which looked out onto the sunny pool terrace. There’s also plenty of space to relax on the lower terrace, with its bougainvillea and shady corners, and a fireplace lounge for cooler evenings
. And since the pool is heated, having a dip early or later in the season is no problem.
Listen to the swish of the waves from a courtyard table
– all invitingly candlelit in the evening – or kick off your shoes for a stroll along the strip of beach below before heading out for dinner. Friendly Beach House staff have plenty of local recommendations, though you’ll need a car to go much beyond the low-key town of Cala Mijas.
The Beach House was reviewed for Room for Romance
by Mark MacGee
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There’s no restaurant, but the fresh buffet breakfast will set you up nicely for the day. Snacks, sandwiches and plenty of cool drinks
are stocked in the poolside honesty bar for all-day munching.
Excellent seafood is just two minutes away at The Sheriff, while the small town of La Cala de Mijas has several informal eateries for a night out. Roca Tranquila, a short drive away, is one of the best spots around for contemporary Spanish cuisine.
See & Do
The Beach House
Beachside buffet breakfast to start the day, with all-day munchies stocked at the bar.
At the front of the terrace – for a great sea view with your croissants.
Take a trip into the mountains, stopping off for refreshment at Ronda, with its vertiginous gorge. A little further takes you to Granada and the hauntingly Moorish Alhambra palace. Lovers of contemporary art should check out the Picasso museum in Malaga. Or of course you could simply sip a Margarita by the pool or go for a dip in the sea.
If any further relaxation is needed then a whole range of body treatments and massages can be arranged, as can some pampering courtesy of manicures, pedicure and facials.
You can’t go wrong with a midnight barefoot stroll along the beach, or a cocktail by the pool. Marbella Nearby Fuengirola and Torremolinos have plenty of bars.
Holy Week is massive in Spain, with pretty much every town holding festivities. Check out the carnivals, parades and foodie celebrations.
June – August
Head off to the Hipodromo Costa del Sol at Mijas Costa for Ben Hur-esque chariot racing.
El Chaparral, 29648 Mijas Costa
There is free guest parking on site.
Fuengirola station – 10km.
EUR 40 – 45 from the airport.
Malaga – 40 km. Numerous airlines fly to Malaga from most major cities in Europe.
Rooms and suites
Rooms are spacious and immaculate with simple but stylish furnishings, crisp bedding and dark wool throws. Check out Room 4, with its ocean views view and over sized bathroom.
If the weather’s cool, just take the plunge in the heated outdoor pool.
EUR 125 - 175
Open all year.
Minimum night stay?
Generally two nights.
Buffet breakfast is served until 11:00.
The Beach House is best suited to grown ups, though over-13’s are welcome.
Yes – all rooms.