Take a look at the best boutique hotels in Benalmadena.
The Vincci Seleccion Aleysa Hotel Boutique & Spa is one of the sharpest upscale properties in Benalmadena, near plenty of restaurants and bars. Its 35 rooms are chic and sophisticated and all have views of the sea -- the welcome bottle of cava doesn't hurt either. Some have large balconies, while others offer direct access to the pool. The hotel's Mediterranean restaurant draws praise, and there are bars by the sleek pool and in the lobby. Lounge chairs are spaced so that there's plenty of privacy on the beach, and features include a spa, fitness center, and yoga and Pilates classes. Free bikes and courtesy cars are also available. There are plenty of less expensive hotels in this area, but none match the level of luxury and sophistication found here.
Simple, sweet, and small, that's Hotel Pueblo in a nutshell. This charming two-and-a-half-pearl boutique houses just 10 rooms, making it an intimate spot that's frequented by couples. Families are common here, too, but given there are no full restaurant, pool, or entertainment facilities, there's little to occupy children. While a 10-minute drive from the beach, there are numerous restaurants and bars nearby, plus Benalmadena Golf is a four-minute drive. Rooms are on the small side, but comfy, each promising AC, a minibar, flat-screen TV, iPod dock, and furnished balcony -- though some are tiny. Some also have well-equipped kitchenettes. There's a lot to love about Hotel Pueblo, but travelers looking for a boutique with more on-site may prefer the pricier Hotel la Fonda, which has a spa, pool, and free breakfast.
Hotel La Fonda is a sharp boutique hotel that's far from the region's party madness, with excellent views over Benalmadena and the sea. Its 28 rooms have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, and the handsome, romantic decor is based on cultures that have shaped the region. Some rooms have balconies and/or sea views. There's a small courtyard pool, a rooftop terrace for better sunbathing, and a spa. Free breakfast is included at the Mediterranean restaurant, and there's a lovely little cocktail and coffee bar in a tiled atrium. The fact that the Hotel La Fonda is far removed from the beaches and tourist crowds is appealing to many, but those who prefer having better beach access should check out the four-pearl Holiday Hydros, which is just slightly larger.
Part of Malaga's Holiday World group of hotels, the 28-room Holiday Hydros is an upscale boutique hotel that has access to a popular beach club nearby. It's a bit removed from any major Costa del Sol action, but many guests consider that a plus. Suites are modern and done in attractive dark palettes, and all have sea views. Some have huge balconies, and many have outdoor hot tubs. A continental breakfast is included in some packages, and meals at the attractive restaurant are well-liked. The outdoor pool and bar overlook the sea, and the elegant spa provides a range of services including hydrotherapy. Travelers looking for a more family-focused property could check out the Holiday Palace, which has an on-site kids' club and outdoor playground.