My boyfriend and I stayed at El Amparo for a week at the end of August / beginning of September, and it was just a perfect week.
The villa itself is beautiful, super clean and nicely decorated, and our room (azul) was large, comfortable and cool. The pool area is well appointed with comfortable sun loungers and day beds with a backdrop of picture perfect views over the countryside. The blazing sunshine every single day helped as well!
The food on offer was delicious and ample (muesli, fresh orange juice, fruits, meats and cheeses for breakfast, homemade pizzas, mini burgers and baguettes for lunch and fresh fish, spit roast chicken and pastas for dinner). There is also a full bar available (with a fully stocked honesty bar at the pool for the daytime) with very reasonably priced spirits and wines available at dinner time.
The villa itself is around a 10 minute drive from Alhama De Granada, a lovely little town with a handful of tapas bars and restaurants (try La Placeta or El Tigre – which get going about 8.30/9pm but will be packed with locals by 10pm) which offers a nice alternative for popping out for lunch or dinner from the villa.
During our stay we also took a day trip to the Alhambra, which is a pretty easy 1ish hour drive from the villa. From the Alhambra you can get to the centre of Granada very easily (a 5 minute, 4 euro taxi ride), which is a beautiful city full of great bars and restaurants.
The crowning jewels of El Amparo are however the owners and hosts, Nick and Jody. Nick and Jody made us feel so welcome from the outset and were great company throughout the days and evenings. Nothing was too much trouble for them (giving us the option of choosing the fish for our dinner on quieter evenings for example, and even being so thoughtful as to buy my boyfriend a box of the local biscuits from Alhama De Granada which he fell in love with from the breakfasts) and they made our stay that little bit more special.
El Amparo is the perfect place for relaxation (and a little indulgence), offering you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you fancy. We can’t recommend it highly enough!