Castillo de Monda
What We Love
- An unforgettable stay in an idyllic hilltop castle in the mountains near MarbellaThe castle's superb setting, on a hill at the heart of a quaint village
- Having Marbella and Málaga within reach for afternoons at the beach
- Enjoying a leisurely meal at the fine dining restaurant, before taking in all the fresh air you need on the patio
What To Know
- The drive up to the hotel is very steep, but it's worth the climb for stunning views of Monda
- Rooms have WiFi but no TVs
- Free breakfast and onsite parking
A truly unique and mesmerising experience awaits at Castillo de Monda: set on a hilltop overlooking the white-washed village of Monda, this traditionally-styled castle offers tranquillity, serenity and spectacular views over the valley and sea. An intimate boutique hotel, it offers pristine, white-walled accommodation filled with natural light, and a laid-back atmosphere from its outdoor swimming pool and patio through to its fine dining restaurant.
You’ll be situated a 50-minute drive from the city of Málaga and a mere half-hour from Marbella, two fabulous coastal cities with vibrant nightlife and beaches to beat, so you’ll never be too far from a tan, sea breeze and sundowner. For a more relaxing experience, Monda itself is perfectly nestled in a mountainous landscape, serving up as much peace and quiet as you’ll ever need. While here, venture to Plaza de la Ermita, visit the Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol and visit the local Mudejar olive oil mill.
How to Get There
Forget sea views - take a trip to this jewel of Andalusia with its breathtaking mountain views along with a gin and tonic. I guarantee you’ll be moved beyond words. This Moorish Hotel is steeped in history and is a magical place. Sample its rooftop restaurant which is open to the stars on summer evenings. Superb.
I can only add to what other reviewers have written - this really is an amazing place. What makes it is the out door space - so many places to sit and relax and all with amazing views. We chose this hotel for a five night break in our three weeks of travelling and it didn't disappoint. I think the breakfast area /dining room was probably the highlight - what an experience. There wasn't a massive choice for breakfast but the quality was good and beautifully presented and everything felt very laid back. Very Spanish - no rush. We didn't eat in the restaurant but ate from the bar menu outside on the terraces most evenings and the food was delicious. The drink prices were competitive as well. A lot more expensive than a Spanish bar but still cheaper than British pubs.
I must now add that I did not like our room at all! This seems strange after giving five stars but I feel that I can't mark the hotel down due to what is probably personal preference. Our room (409) was huge, practically cavernous, with black painted floors and very little furniture which was old and worn - the complete opposite to the bar and restaurant which were modern and light and airy. No artwork on the walls or rugs on the floor combined with the black floor and heavy dark furniture made it dark and unwelcoming. Definitely not a relaxing space. Also no TV (not a problem) and no fridge, which would have been useful in August. The shower room on the other hand had been recently renovated and was beautiful as well as very functional. Good quality bedding, towels and toiletries and efficient air conditioning and WiFi. I guess we booked a room in a castle so what did we expect. My only suggestion would be to brighten the room up a bit with better lighting, rugs, artwork and some of the furniture from the bar area.
Nevertheless we really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful location.
We called in for Lunch mid week.
Food was amazing Staff we friendly and helpfull
Venue is incredible from large A La Carte dining areas to intimate dining areas within the castle grounds.
This is a must visit if you are in Monda
We had salads and selection of local breads olives humas ect well presented and good value.
The road to the castle is steep but accesible I would not fancy the decent however at night.
Fantastic dining in an incredible setting amazing afternoon