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Hoopoe luxury yurt hotel in Andalucia, Spain

Posted by Richard Hammond at 02:00 on Tuesday 27 June 2006

Editor's note: The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel is no longer featured on greentraveller.co.uk. However, do take a look at the other properties which we feature in Spain.

It's one thing to plonk a yurt at the bottom of a field and call it luxury camping, quite another to buy a private meadow in Andalucia, import yurts from Mongolia and Afghanistan, drill a well, install an outdoor swimming pool, and run it all off-grid. Welcome to Hoopoe Yurt Hotel, a glorious - and yes luxury - yurt camp in the Grazalema mountain range to the south of Ronda, southern Spain.

The rustic solar-powered yurts - Mongolian, Uzbeki and Afghani - are among shady groves of cork and olive trees, each with a large double bed, sheepskin rugs, velvet cushions, a power point, a compost toilet and a bamboo bathroom outside (including solar-powered shower). There is a small private garden outside each yurt, but the rest of the meadow is left untouched to encourage wildflowers, birds and butterflies. There's yoga, reiki, massages and aromatherapy available in the local village and hill-walking and riding to the nearby Cuevo del Gato, where you can swim in mountain rock pools.

Getting there
The camp is two hours' drive from both Málaga and Gibraltar airports, and on the train line from Ronda to Algeciras... take an afternoon Eurostar to Paris then change to the overnight trainhotel to Madrid, which arrives just after 9am. Then take the train down to Ronda and Cortes de la Frontera, from where you can arrange with the owners to pick you up. For more details of getting to Spain by train and how to book a ticket, see our detailed journey planner: Travel by train from London to Spain


Yurts further a field

For another yurt experience try Huzur Vadisi, which means peaceful valley, and it truely is! Nestling among the pine-clad hills above the marina of Gocek on the Lycian coast.


A popular retreat for yoga holidays where guests and hang out in hammocks to recover from delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals. The array of salads, local olive oil and “village” bread are true home-cooking, and a revelation after typical Turkish restaurant fayre that rarely moves beyond grilled meat and fish.

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Yurt hotel adds 'safari yurt'

Owners Ed and Henrietta tell me they’ve added an additional ‘Safari’ yurt at the top of the land. I remember having a look at the site when I was there – it’s to the right of the entrance with great views over to Gaucin and Jimera. Plus they’ve moved out from the camp and have set up their own yurt home – a central 30 foot yurt with two 16 foot yurts and two 12 foot yurts attached. They reckon it could be “the largest yurt structure to be built”. There’s a pic of it at: www.yurthotel.com/about.html



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