5. La Casa Grande, Arcos de la Frontera
Perched on a clifftop, this former casa señorial has a spectacular columned patio and sensational views across the vega from a terrace bar. Some of the beautiful rooms (and more expensive suites) come with their own terrace, too.
Arcos de la Frontera by Joan Sorolla via Flickr (CC license)
6. Los Pinos, Andújar
Secreted away in the densely wooded Parque Natural Sierra de Andújar – home to the threatened Iberian lynx – this is a very pleasant hotel with cosy en-suite rooms, apartamentos rurales and cottages arranged around a pool. There's plenty of good hiking nearby.
7. Palacio de la Rambla, Ubeda
In Ubeda's old quarter, this upmarket casa palacio owned by the Marquesa de la Rambla is the last word in understated taste. The lavish interior – with eight palatial rooms set around a stunning renaissance patio designed by Vandelvira – contains valuable furnishings and artworks.
Palacio de la Rambla by Cayetano via Flickr (CC license)
8. Alquería de Morayma, Cadiar
The cortijo (farmhouse) of an extensive estate is now a superb hotel set in 86 acres of farmland. Rooms are rustic and traditionally styled, plus there's a pool, mountain biking and horse-riding on offer. You can even watch its organic farm in action, producing the wine, cheese and olive oil served in its restaurant.
9. Hotel Rodalquilar, Rodalquilar
In a former gold-mining village in Almería’s desert, this modern spa-inn with lofty palms and makes a great base to explore a dramatic gulch-riven landscape. Rooms are arranged around a sunken courtyard; a restaurant, pool, spa, sauna and gym plus free loan of mountain bikes are just a few of the facilities on offer.
Hotel de Naturaleza Rodalquilar by Toprural via Flickr (CC license)
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