Healthouse Las Dunas – Adults only
What We Love
- A five-star detox retreat, including healthy breakfast, a nutritionist consultation and moreMaking use of the two state-of-the art spas, with the very latest in exclusive treatments
- Dining in the restaurant, headed up by an award-winning, twice-Michelin-starred chef
- Enjoying perks like an aloe welcome beverage, a nutritionist consultation and a healthy daily breakfast
- Being able to relax, rejuvenate and get healthy in unbelievably glamorous surrounds
What To Know
- Fixed menus at the onsite restaurant are specially made to go along with the retreat's detox, weight-loss, anti-aging, anti-tobaco and anti-stress programs
- Gibraltar and the marina at Puerta Buenas are easily reached by bus
- The retreat is adults only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Relax and rejuvenate at this new wellness destination, set on a beach between Marbella and Estepona. With its creamy Mediterranean-inspired architecture and décor – think gleaming marble floors and sparkling chandeliers – all is light, bright and positive. Here in this glamorous space where elegance and comfort meet cutting-edge design, getting healthy seems effortless. A gently sloping tree-filled garden and lawn runs directly down to the sand, and there’s a tempting outdoor pool to swim in.
The property is part of the renowned Naturhouse Group, which certainly knows how to blend health and detox programs perfectly, while offering warm hospitality and luxury. Your sumptuously appointed room with lush views is a retreat in itself. There are two spas – one follows the Naturhouse holistic principles of balance and healing; the other provides the ultimate in head-to-toe pampering. Standards are equally high in the restaurant, set up by twice-Michelin-starred chef Andoni Luis Aduriz to offer tasty, healthy gourmet cuisine. Recent glittering reviews of this hotel include praise from Condé Nast Traveller – we’re sure more will follow.
Deluxe Garden View rooms are gentle havens of cream and pastels, with private balconies or terraces. En-suite bathrooms come with plenty of designer amenities, so you can continue to pamper yourself within the intimacy of your abode.
The hotel is proud to have worked with twice-Michelin-starred Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, whose highly praised Mugaritz restaurant in Spain is renowned for its innovative nutritional cuisine (honors include being listed 10th in Restaurant Magazine’s World 50 Best Restaurants). Expect healthy fare that tastes as good as it looks.
The area’s first Healthouse Spa is a wellness center that covers an impressive 32,000 sq. ft., offering the latest in exclusive treatments from trained experts. Facilities include a swimming lane, a vitality pool with a Jacuzzi, warm and cold caves, a salt and snow cabin, a sauna and a steam bath. Beauty and massage treatments are offered in the more intimate Elikum Spa.
The hotel is located right on the beach (in its old incarnation it was Las Dunas, when hotels were allowed to be built right near the sands). It’s a mere 25-minute drive to the charms of Marbella old town. The glitz and glamour of the chic Puerto Banus marina is close by, and day trips can take you to the lovely hillside villages of Mijas, Benalmádena, Coín or Benahavis. Málaga is under an hour by car, with Ronda just a little further on.
How to Get There
We booked this hotel last minute but had carefully read the previous reviews. The hotel didn't disappoint. Although hard to find (you have to go passed the hotel which is on the other side of the A7 and go back on yourself). We missed it twice as satnav didn't recognise the destination. But on arrival we were met by the lovely concierge who took us to our upgraded suite. The room was beautiful, elegant and had all the amenities you would e pact from this type of hotel (and we have stayed in some amazing places all around the world). The bathroom toiletry is of very high quality and plentiful. The grounds are immaculately maintained. Just a shame that the outdoor pool was not heated. At this time of year it is too cold to enjoy. The loungers are comfortable with large beach towels. We had only paid for breakfast and yes the portions are small (previous reviews mentioned this). The food changed every day and you have no choice what you are given. I was surprised not to be given fruit every day as part of a healthy diet which is what they promote (I am a nutritionist!). We opted to eat out every night as the price for dinner is eye watering at the hotel. We followed previous recommendations. There are 3 restaurants within walking distance. The cheaper cafe to the right (along the beach) is ok but what you would expect from this type of place - cheap & cheerful. The smarter restaurant on the left (along the beach again) left us cheated when they charged us for the bread and Amuse Bouche they gave us on arrival even though we hadn't asked for them. It was also very very expensive. Avoid if you can! We've booked the Playa Bella restaurant for tomorrow night which is a 5 minute walk along the road. You will pass it when you drive to the hotel. Unassuming but it has great reviews. But if you have a car, make the drive to the superb & very reasonably priced Melia DOM restaurant in Puerto Banus. A little gem you will not regret. Going back to the hotel, we used our 1 day free pass to the spa which is well worth it but opted not to pay for any treatment. So overall, we loved the hotel, its location, tranquility (adults only), superb facilities but beware of the extras. Everything is very expensive
Reflecting on some of the other reviews, this is a place I wanted to love but couldn't. Location; it isn't really in Estapona - it's about 10k away along the auto Mediterranean. It was difficult finding the entrance but that may just have been us. It is a nice hotel - the welcome was warm. What I didn't expect was the layout - it's sort of like flats around the estate in blocks. The entrance lobby of our made my heart drop a bit - tatty - but our room was fabulous. Big lounge, the biggest bed, really comfy, nice balcony. So - food was the problem - we were told it was 80 euro for dinner and they wouldn't serve wine so we asked about room service - and were told that they hadn't the menu printed yet. After a walk we went back to reception and were told to call from our room - they couldn't tell us what was on the room service menu. Needless to say, we went up the road for a pizza........on the flip side, I left our valuables in the safe when we checked out - they called us in short time and were really gracious when we went back to get them. So - some good and some bad.
I visited this hotel 20 years ago during the roaring 90ties. Las Dunas Hotel was regarded as the no. 1 luxury hotel in Spain with a Guide Michelin star to its main restaurant, flamenco show in the court yard, Felix Bistro rustic and ambient, grandiose wall paintings. The spa in the top 10 of Europe. Lots of people and quite expensive for the time. but Las Dunas made you feel important and pampered like a movie star.
Me and my hubby read the previous reviews here and expected a different theme this time. Our background is both corporate and entrepreneur driven companies including many trips around the world the past 30 years. Yes, we are eager to give you feed back and share our thinking about Dunas.
We want to come back here, be cause this hotel is currently very unique.
This is probably the only hotel in Europe, maybe in the world, where you can imagine being The Great Gatsby having the whole castle to yourself with all its luxury and staff, without actually having to own it - and on top of this - for peanut money.
Las Dunas "health concept" is ambitious but must be up dated. The key to improve health diets is shifting from glucose (sugar and fast carbs) to essential fats, a Ketos diet. Weight drops automatically.
Mercola.com have more information on this.
It’s understandable that the hotel wants to keep diet guests inspiring each other in the restaurant. Therefore we got served the included the a low carb counting dull breakfast.
We didn´t have the days and time to do a real detox, so we had "normal a la carte" to eat in the room for lunch. The Club Sanwiches and salads was good.
For non diet food we eat at the restaurant Torres around the corner, a five minute walk to left on the beach. We had fresh fish at the bistro 3 min walk to the right on the same board walk.
However, if Las Dunas did shift to a very healthy good tasting breakfast, it would probably entice more guests to try other kitchen offerings and maybe stay here longer, with or without detoxing.
The dinner restaurant was empty on guest, therefore we never tried the
restaurant for lunch or the €80 3 course dinner.
We would have loved a room service menu in the room.
There was a lot of confusion of what could be ordered and not.
We had a good massage and massage leg treatment in the spa under the restaurant.
We also took baths in the other spa. We got a bit confused what kind of
treatments that was offered and in what spa. There are two lovely spas.
A manual in the room or at the reception would be helpful.
Las Dunas is like a theme park when its off season. Ask in the morning if the sauna, steam sauna, hot and cold baths will be running in the “Pool Spa”. I would call the Spa under the main restaurant “The treatment” spa, although treatments are given in both spas.
Services has improved and is much more relaxed and friendly since the old German top management is gone that used to scare the staff 20 years ago. We agree with other reviews on this one, the service is relaxed, very friendly, warm and on top.
The new hotel owner keeps the garden like a gem!
Well-manicured and an absolute joy to relax in, creates mindfulness.
Thick nice cushions on the sunbeds. Yoga lessons here and on the beach would be great. The pool is clean and beautiful, but quite cold. 28+ would attract more visits and pleasure.
We booked and stayed 5 nights and got a very nice upgrade due to low season and longer stay. Our room was a mix of the old and new era of the hotel.
Clean and we love the bathrobes and thick towels. Lux lux feel.
Although, we would have loved more English speaking channels on TV
other then just available News TV.
World News is never mindfulness unless your stocks are on the rise:)
The beach along this coast line have a darker shade that is not so attractive, which puts more pressure on what the hotels can deliver. Las Dunas is "the" hotel on this stretch and felt extra good under these circumstances. An extra bonus was for us the new board walk that now is so long that we could use it for a good run and beautiful sunset walks.
To conclude. Las Dunas is the perfect retreat for love couples that want to elevate their love life or find it again. Las Dunas ownership is private and now have a management that have the capability to add more glamour and if the hotel keeps the agenda to help guests taking the first big step of healthier living, or like us, just chill and enjoy the Gatsby life. An extra applause to the cheerful and loving staff.
I had booked this hotel as a treat for my wife on our 25th wedding anniversary and didn't really expect the sort of response we had at the hotel. As previous comments have stated, this is an ADULTS only hotel but also quite a dettox sort of hotel. Getting decent food with some of the extra's (like butter and sugar!) is a definite no-no. Eating in the restaurant is an experience - and not a good one for me! Although the service and the food we had were good, it's was only good if you were on one of their dettox programmes. And it doesn't come cheap! 80 Euros for lunch and another 80 Euros of dinner is a bit steep for what it is!
Our first issue was the room safe, which had gone low on batteries. I called the reception after we checked in (so about 3-4pm) and stated the safe was not working. We then went out for the evening and returned around 11pm and the safe was not fixed!
We then found the air conditioning wasn't functioning (it was when we arrived). I tried everything I could to get it on but to no avail (it was very humid in Spain during our visit). I called reception and initially they were not that responsive. The receptionist stated she would reset the A/C and see if that solved it. She asked me to call he back if it had not been resolved (I would have though the hotel should take more responsibility for this problem). I called back saying it was not fixed and I was informed that the maintenance crew would be informed. I enquired about when I should expect a resolution and I was told it would be the next day (we were only there one night!). I had to up my frustration a little and stated that was unacceptable!
The receptionist then visited the room to see herself that the A/C wasn't working and I now understood the reluctance of offering another room - we had a sea-view room and apparently there were no sea-views room left. I told her we didn't mind what sort of room it was, just that we needed A/C! We were then moved rooms just before midnight, which is not ideal, but we were pleasantly surprised to find we had a room upgrade (no sea-view though!). So a special mention to Marina on reception duty who sorted this out for us.
The final issue was with the food. We were looking for breakfast but were told we could only have the very healthy option in the restaurant - not a bad idea, but we were on holiday and wanted to enjoy ourselves. I asked at reception about breakfast options and were told we could have a 'less healthy option' as room service - I wanted that option but my wife wanted a variation of the healthy option. We ordered this via reception (as the direct line to the restaurant was faulty - after 10 mins trying to get through to them!), but we were then informed we cannot mix both breakfast's for room service! WHAT!?!
We then visited the restaurant and asked about the different options and were shown the different options on a sort of menu card - why wasn't this menu option available in the room!?! Which brings me onto my last issue of information in the rooms. The ONLY info in the rooms was a list of spa treatments - nothing about where breakfast was, what times it was served from and to, and the options available to us such as room service options.
So all in all, quite a disappointing experience but this is clearly a luxury hotel and the rooms were great (about from the above issues).
What an amazing hotel. The whole experience was truly fantastic and from the second you arrived you felt relaxed. The hotel, the grounds, the pool and the room were truly magnificent and could not be better. Towels were available throughout the day on the sun lounges ready and were changed regularly. Plenty of outdoor areas for you to sit and relax. Peace and quiet radiated throughout the establishment and I think the people who choose to book here know this as everyone seemed to a have a relaxed and polite attitude. The staff could not have done more for you. The only downside for us was the lack of snacks throughout the day though it is a health spa so you wouldn't really expect chips and burgers on offer. Once you accept that there is no alcohol or rubbish food then there is nothing more you could wish for. The spa and the staff are very friendly and I would certainly recommend a treatment or two. We shall certainly be returning and thoroughly look forward to it. Thank you Healthouse!!