This is the sort of place a self-indulgent Bond villain would love – an imposing castle built into a rocky outcrop dominating the valley beneath, accessible via a single road that snakes up the steep hillside. It’s a building steeped in history: Roman foundations topped by a Moorish castillo, full of decorative flourishes like arches and patterned tiles that hark back to the glories of al-Andalus. The bedrooms revel in uncluttered luxury: tiled floors, cool white sheets, neutral colour schemes, the poshest rooms pushing the boat out with four posters and Persian rugs. Bathrooms are pleasingly large, and marble and polished stone are a common feature. When it comes to languid lounging, you’re spoilt for choice: will it be the nooks and crannies of the roof garden, the sunny terrace of the saltwater pool overlooking Monda, the cool comfy sitting rooms, the modern bar, or the light and airy epicurean restaurant? The latter specialises in delicious local organic produce at impressively reasonable prices, although in the unlikely event that it starts to pall, the tapas bars of the town are a two minute walk down the hill.