I’ve been visiting Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain now for many years and every time I return, I fall back in love with it all over again. The all-year round Spanish sun, endless sherry trails, charming Andalusian hotels and food for the senses. One thing I don’t usually experience in Jerez surprisingly is its more luxurious side, but on this occasion I stopped over at Hotel Villa Jerez for one night and what a magical experience it was.
This exclusive five-star stately home is located in the most prestigious address of Jerez de la Frontera and it really makes an impact when you arrive and pull up into the driveway. A beautiful buttercream yellow house with white washed pillars at the entrance and copper stalks standing proudly in the water feature. From all the hotels I’ve visited in Jerez, this is without a doubt the most impressive.
The estate gardens of the house are immaculate too and constantly kept in neat order by the gardeners who tend to its every flower throughout the day, and the sweet smells from the flora and freshly cut grass spread around the gardens on the back of changing winds.
A few moments later and we were sat down in the hotel lobby ready to check-in to our room which took only moments. Staff were incredibly friendly and couldn’t do enough for us, looking after our bags until our room was ready given our very early arrival and information about the surrounding area and city. I don’t know what it is about Villa Jerez but a sense of tranquility could be felt from the moment we arrived. It’s so relaxing and if you simply want to get away from it all – this is the perfect destination. It’s also fantastic for people with mobility requirements. With just 18 guest rooms, some of those are located on the ground floor directly opposite reception such as ours was – room number 101.
We stayed in one of the hotels standard double rooms which I was quite surprised with. Compared to other standard doubles in other Spanish hotel, this felt much higher in quality and larger in size. The buttercream yellow from the exterior of the hotel followed through into the room and our feature bed which was very grand and very comfortable. Immaculately clean, tea and coffee-making facilities and lots of space for moving around with windows that look out onto the garden.
I really loved the bathroom too. It was quite unusual in a sense with an almost saloon style gate splitting off the toilet/shower area from the main entrance of the room. The power shower was gigantic in size, the double basic very handy and the bath a dream. Hit the button on the edge of the bath and it turns init into a relaxing jacuzzi experience. Just another reason for this hotel to keep you pampered and relaxed.
For those seeking shade from the midday Spanish sun, a lovely lounge awaits with a very well stocked bar and a waitress who always seemed to have a smile on her face and service for drinks was always very efficient. Whether a glass of chilled fino sherry by the pool or after dinner brandy, nothing is too much to ask.
But of course my favourite part was the outdoor pool. When you walk out of the hotel onto the outdoor terrace the pool makes a big impression. Bright and vivid blue against the yellow walled gardens and the temperature perfect in the hot midday Summer sun. Copper geese replace stalks around the pool and again it’s all so relaxing. Another beauty of staying in such a small hotel is that there is no fighting for pool beds first thing in the morning and a space is always available to enjoy your afternoon with a few too many glasses of wine, beer or sherry.
We took a short stroll around the 4,000 m2 gardens and quick coffee on the second terrace which is located outside of the bar and lounge. Here you can enjoy lunch or as you’ll find out soon, a fantastic dinner from the restaurant Las Yucas. If you were also ever looking to get married in Jerez de la Frontera – Hotel Villa Jerez couldn’t be anymore perfect.
As the sun started to set we went back to our room for a quick outfit change and then for dinner at the hotels restaurant, Las Yucas. With the choice of an elegant dining room for eating or the outdoor terrace, the latter would always be my choice. Light Spanish music playing in the background it’s so very peaceful and the service impeccable. The staff serving here are very good and this definitely feels more refined to the rest of Jerez’s restaurants. Excellent Iberico jamon and an unforgettable paella. Read all about my full dining experience at Las Yucas.
We were still rather full from our very filling and delicious dinner the night before, but somehow we managed to squeeze in breakfast before we departed. Perhaps it was the perfect nights sleep? Served in a buffet style there’s everything from hot dishes, Spanish meats and cheese, breads, cakes, fruit and everything else you can think of. There was also this rather odd selection of Iberico ham spreads which turned out to be rather lovely spread over some warm toast.
We really didn’t want to check out of Hotel Villa Jerez and wished we hadn’t made plans staying elsewhere. We’ll most certainly be returning to this hotel next time we visit Jerez de la Frontera and we’re even discussing spending Christmas here so who knows – maybe I’ll be back sooner than expected. If you’re looking for the best hotel in this sumptuous city which doesn’t break the bank then look no further – this is it.