From your room it’s a few steps onto the main street in Benahavis, an Andalucian gastro village with a lively atmosphere in the evenings as foodies arrive to explore its multitude of restaurants – from simple tapas to more complex cuisine at the swanky Molino de Conde. Owners Elaine and Alan used to run a restaurant too, but have now converted the space into two lovely B&B rooms, perfectly proportioned, light and airy. ‘Bolonia’ has a neat nautical air, ‘Tarifa’ is a little larger – both have thick sprung mattresses, piles of pillows, air conditioning and chic bathrooms. Breakfast at a little table on your private terrace – fruit salad, smoked salmon, avocado, ham and cheese, local honey and jams – or in the lovely tiled breakfast room. Work up an appetite for your gastronomic adventures with walking for everyone from beginners to hardy hikers. Alan will point you in the right direction, whether it’s steep up to Moorish ruins or a flatter stroll by the nearby reservoir. Try canyoning in the gorge, yoga classes, a choice of six manicured golf courses or a visit to Marbella old town. Fabulous for a romantic break.