Wild jasmine, bougainvillea and hibiscus bushes line the route on one facet, with sea and sand the other. Families play in the late summer season sun — the temperature has dropped to 32c from an uncomfortable 40c over the past few days. After my swim I attempt to e-book a desk at the hotel’s informal-looking Italian restaurant close to the poolside, however I am informed to come back and make a booking once I have put some sneakers on. There is even a kind of moat, in the type of three long swimming pools partially circumscribing the building. In the warmth of the day, I think about Peter O’Toole’s Lawrence of Arabia cantering across the beach and through the good oak gates, straight to the cocktail bar.
A lovely friend of mine, Fernando Flores, is the GM there and there’s merely nothing to fault. From the arrival the place you’re greeted by his team with a margherita, the chilled Evian water spray by the pool, the hand-painted, Clase Azul Reposado Tequila bottle in your room, by way of to the seafood dinner on their cliffside restaurant. It was an experience I take into consideration typically and I hope one day to return.