At « SHANGRI-LARA », a secluded off-grid haven of Moorish origin, you are truly away from it all. One can literally hear the silence. The view from the terrace across the Mediterranean is spectacular. Yet, 15 minutes away, you may enjoy the beach and the small town of Castell de Ferro. « SHANGRI-LARA » is conveniently situated for many varied day trips. Pets are welcome and can even stay in our kennels while you go out or sightseeing. From Málaga you reach us via motorway A-7 in about one hour.
« SHANGRI-LARA » is a one-of-a-kind 'Cortijo', or country estate, on the Costa Tropical. Dating back to the Moorish times, about 1,300 years ago, it features a unique architecture and atmosphere. Located just 10 kilometres off the coast, at 500 metres elevation, the view from the terrace across the Mediterranean is spectacular. The night sky enchants with a sensational sparkle, undiluted by any light pollution. Here, you are truly away from it all.
At « SHANGRI-LARA » you enjoy a spacious home away from home in a unique setting that accommodates 6-7 guests while offering lots of privacy and room for your family / group of friends, whether on a short getaway or a long vacation! The house, apart from its common indoor and outdoor space, includes three private bedrooms, one large loft and two smaller rooms, that is:
› Samsára Suite — furnished with an Indian touch and a direct entrance from the terrace: a spacious, 32 sqm, split-level loft for 2-3 guests, with a grand king-size double bed on its upper floor, a comfortable sitting room suite with a bed couch on the main floor, plus armchairs, and a table. The lower level has an open closet. Samsára Suite's south-facing window offers a fantastic view over our valley, Castell de Ferro and the Mediterranean beyond.
› Madrugada — morning sun coming in through its east-facing window: a private, 15 sqm, split-level room for 2 guests, with a very cosy sleeping nook for two on its upper floor (flexible arrangement of either one king-size double or two single beds, as you prefer) and, optional, it sleeps a 3rd person on the lower main level, where we will provide you with a thick quality mattress and the same type of linens as for all other beds. The room also has a closet with hangers, two chairs, shelves and a little desk.
› Malagueña — looking out on the ancient Patio and enjoying some afternoon sun as well: a private, 15 sqm, split-level room for 2 guests, with a very cosy sleeping nook on its upper floor featuring a comfy king-size double bed, that definitely makes a great hideaway for a couple, but can be arranged into two single beds for two individuals, it's your choice. The room also has a closet with hangers, two chairs, shelves and a little desk.
All bedrooms separately lead into your large common room, The Lounge, with an open-plan kitchenette, large dinner table, fridge, toaster, microwave, and washing machine. The Lounge leads to a private bathroom with toilet, sink, mirror, and shower. Further, there is a main entrance with access to a south-facing terrace with a canopied dinner table and a splendid view. A small BBQ is ready for your use. Free and fast 20MB WiFi is constantly available. Fans are provided for the summer, gas and electric heaters for the winter months.
« SHANGRI-LARA » welcomes people of all nationalities, backgrounds, and orientations! We are “everybody-friendly”, that's right.
As we live next door, we are on-hand should you require our assistance or advice. We are attentive to every guest and will make you feel at home, but absolutely respect your privacy if you are on a romantic getaway or come here to meditate, and only look for undisturbed quiet and rest. However, we do speak English, German, and Spanish, have a sense of humour, and are pretty good listeners too.
Babies and infants, naturally under their parents' close supervision, are most welcome at « SHANGRI-LARA »! We excluded age 2-12 from the official listing only because we consider our estate not safe enough for children at any "wild" age (above infancy) that might be more difficult to watch — this property is really large with steep hillsides and many slopes and could inspire a curious young mind, if left unattended, to carelessly explore the area on its own and fall off a cliff. We simply do not want the responsibility for that! However, each child (and parenthood) is different and you know best what yours is like. You can contact us and share some details to check what's suitable on an individual level.
Pets, if healthy and vaccinated, are welcome at « SHANGRI-LARA » too! We have our own pack of three well-behaved dogs that guard the property at night (for your safe sleep as we are in a secluded location) yet are friendly to guests without being bothersome, plus one cute cat (that mostly cares about herself and doesn't have a job). If you bring along your own darling, he/she can even stay in our supervised kennels if you should want to go on a relaxed day trip on your own, as not all dogs are crazy about shopping, let alone permitted at certain sightseeings. We will feed and walk your dog in your absence, so you can enjoy yourself anywhere you go without having to worry. If you are into cats, mind have a safe cattery room as well.
« SHANGRI-LARA » is a 100% off-grid country estate, i.e., we are fully solar-powered (220~230V), dispose of our garbage at best practice available, and have our own natural spring and a clean water reservoir.
As water shortages are a common occurrence in southern Spain, we are conscious about resources and encourage their responsible use. We hope you appreciate this friendly reminder and do share our notion!
Living off-grid has been a lifestyle decision for us, towards gaining more independence and a deeper sense of awareness, and we are happy to share some ideas and our little knowledge if someone is interested.
« SHANGRI-LARA » is in a secluded location, with no next-door neighbours. Yet, in just 15 minutes you are at the beach and in the small traditional town of Castell de Ferro, with supermarkets, bars, restaurants, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, banks, and a post office.
Castell de Ferro is a popular vacation spot for Spanish tourists during the summer, since it offers a long, unspoiled beach and a few leisure facilities and sports nearby, like diving/sailing, yet remained genuine and free of the kind of mass tourism you find at the Costa del Sol. It preserved its unpretentious atmosphere of a simple little seaside town where regular locals, farmers, shop owners, and some foreigners live side by side. On occasion there are markets in the centre and you see some greenhouses on the outskirts of the town that are a vital part of the local livelihood and provide fresh vegetables and various fruits for the area.
« SHANGRI-LARA » is conveniently situated for many different day trips. Within about an hour's drive, you can reach Almuñecar with its water park and aquarium, fancy Nerja with its caves and fantastic beaches (please bring your own beach towels), picturesque Frigiliana, Órgiva surrounded by alternative lifestyle & 'hippie' communities, Málaga, Granada, Almería with its Western Theme Park (Mini Hollywood), the Alpujarras (Pampaneira and many other lovely villages), the Sierra Nevada (great skiing facilities!), and the national park Cabo de Gata.
Things to do include water sports (sailing and scuba diving), hiking, bird watching, yoga, meditation, skiing (in the winter), bathing in the sea, beach restaurants & bars, long walks, exploring the inland and Spanish traditions, cultural sightseeings, museums, genuine tapas tours and flamenco evenings in Málaga or Granada, a visit to the stunning Alhambra (a must!), or simply enjoying the many unspoiled beaches, the pristine nature, or another tranquil evening on our with a good book and a glass of wine.
A car is essential to get to « SHANGRI-LARA » and to conveniently plan your day trips from here, or to go shopping. You'd also need a car to discover the beauty and diversity of the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada above or to explore the abundance of coastal towns and cultural attractions nearby.