I had a hire car and drove through the Ronda Mountain Range to Cadiz whilst a lovely drive it was a bit hairy in places on those narrow roads, bending and twisting and twisting again in dance floor fashion, but it was stunning. The views were beautiful, passing through villages I wished I had more time to stop and embrace the atmosphere; villages where the children played in the street and the locals wandered around chatting with not a care in the world in the warm sunshine. Popping out the other end and dropping down in Cadiz for just one night to stay at Elba Costa Ballena.
My mind wanders to paper umbrella spinning, fruit laden cocktail drinking David Jason of Only Fools and Horses fame saying - “Mar - bel - la Rodney, Mar-bel-la” deliberately emphasising every letter ‘’l’ . I was staying in the three star Hotel Pyr. Ive got to be honest with you - I don’t often stay in 3 star places, not because Im a hotel snob, I just haven't been invited to many. But the Hotel Pyr is a very good three star, under new management the hotel doesn't strive to be something it isn’t and in my opinion sits towards the top of the star rating. Investment is being made in this 500 plus bedroomed hotel and with its location in Puerto Banus, it has a lot going for it. The breakfast was plentiful and whilst Im not a lover of big open dining rooms, Hotel Pyr made up for it by the food selection befitting a hotel of more stars. My room had been recently refurbished and had everything I needed (even a little kitchenette)- it was very clean and comfortable with plenty of space, even a wrap around balcony to capitalise on the distant views of the Sierra Blanca. Surely I couldn't be in the centre of Marbella? Yep - right in the middle of Puerto Banus
The Italian restaurant Jam is also worth a visit with the owners delight at showing you his best Italian dishes from family recipes, homemade pasta cooked perfectly accompanied by a whole host of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. My suggestion when visiting Jam - don't have any lunch as the pasta comes in bowls big enough to wash your dishes in afterwards - only fancier. Puerto Banus certainly knows how to entertain when it comes to dining but it also has shops aplenty all just a short walk from Hotel Pyr. I was impressed by the diversity of what was on offer.
El Pimpi is unusual - I don't really know how else to describe a place where courtyards with hanging flowers meet a crowed bar with a mass of photos showing proudly the famous visitors to El Pimpi, alfresco dining where entertainment could be by way of flamenco dancers or poets as the mood takes, such is El Pimpi -a sprawling mass of wonderment. We settled on a table upstairs, in a sophisticated bar area serving the local fried fish delicacies. WOW.
“We were delighted when we made the finals (of the Red Tee Tour), the whole event was perfect, and we loved playing the course (in the UK) to finally win the prize of a golf holiday in Andalusia. We went with two friends and played some the best golf courses and would like to go back again to play some more” “To give such a brilliant prize for your Red Tee Tour is absolutely brilliant”