´Twas Maters birthday. I promised to make no jokes about this year, so that is all I shall say on the annual event.
However, seeing as I had a small win on the Premium Bonds, I thought I´d send her away for a couple of days to relax and recover for her recent hectic period of hard work. (The win was very small, and happened after I had booked the place, but it´s a good line).
A couple of luxury hotels and spas were mentioned, around Malaga or La Manga, but eventually, at their insistence, they settled upon Casa Joya, a small B&B and restaurant located in the hills below Velez Rubio.
Apart from the three apartments, they also have a restaurant called “Simply Eating”. It´s run by a former top London Chef, James Rice, and his wife, Mary. They also have a daughter, “Sponge Bob”, whose name escapes me but I am assured she is a lovely 15 year old who helps out around the restaurant.
All three apartments are apparantly very well appointed, albeit without a/c. Apparantly this is because they are at the end of a 10km electric line and they have quite a few power cuts. However, they do have central heating and it appears the place would be wonderful and romantic in the winter.
The food, I am told (remember, I didn´t go there!) was “most pleasent”, which, coming from the Mater, is high praise. The restaurant is by “appointment only”; but is busy most days. Despite the 2.5km dirt track you have to traverse to reach the place. Read their blog for some funny stories about picking up clients when it´s raining.
In short, a happy couple of days were spent there, and I was asked to pass on the parents recommendation.