Andalusia's Best Kept Secret
“I’m heading to Spain with the family to ski for the weekend’…Yes you heard it right Spain and Skiing all in the same sentence. One of the things I love most about Andalusia (that few people realise), is that you can be on the ski slope in the morning and on the beach in the afternoon. It is incredible and I feel very lucky to have experienced it a handful of times. What I had never experienced though was stay at El Lodge; the 5*, ski in – ski out Boutique hotel with 20 rooms, that also happens to be the sister hotel to the Marbella Club.
El Lodge is unbelievable. When you drive up to the doorway and see the surrounding trees adorned with fairy lights, you realise how magical this place is. The wooden clad hotel is one of a kind in Sierra Nevada and although a one night stay does come at a premium, you can completely see why.
The interior design is beautiful, with open glass fires, antler chandelier lighting, and beautiful Andalusian patterned tiles. I came away wanting to redecorate my house in the UK. There literally has been no expense spared. The staff can’t do enough to help you, whether it is fitting snow chains to your car (yes we got snowed in, in the middle of April), organising your lift passes, or sorting out your equipment, everything can be sorted on site. And, best of all once you have your skis, you can ski straight from the door down to the main lifts which take you to the top.
El Lodge is cosy and luxurious. The breakfast buffet was far too tempting with melted chocolate, waffles and an incredible fruit platter. You most definitely need to hit the slopes to burn off the calories you consume. The outdoor pool and hot tub is a real treat after you return from the slopes or it makes for a great place to spend the afternoon if you are snowed in. The lounge area with a pool table is a nice place to spend an evening enjoying a few cocktails, as is the bar which has a daily offering of complimentary sweet treats.
Nothing has gone un-thought of at this hotel. There is a well-equipped playroom on the lower ground floor which is located opposite the spa. It even has a miniature toilet for the little ones. The bedrooms aren’t huge, but the two bedroom suites are spacious enough with a small lounge area for a family of four, and you even get your own private hot tub on the balcony. The iPads they provide in the bedrooms mean you can easily order in room service, but it’s worth keeping them out of reach of your children unless you want a hot dog delivered to your room at 730am!
El Lodge is Sierra Nevada’s Best Kept Secret, but I don’t think it will be a secret for too long. It is the number one place to stay in the resort and other hotels in the area have a long way to go to catch up!
Other Highlights in Sierra Nevada
We enjoyed a fun few hours in theamusement park next to the Pradollano lift. The Russian sleigh ride on the track is exhilarating and children under 8 years old can ride as long as they are accompanied by an adult. There are also donut rides on the snow for grown-ups and older children and sledges for younger children on a smaller slope just below.
With the recent snowfall in Sierra Nevada, it is quite possible the season will extend to the beginning of May, so it might not be too late to enjoy a few days on the slopes!