. Renovated in 2007, this is a historic retreat which offers one of the most elegant holistic health experiences in Europe. It features programmes oriented towards weight loss and rejuvenation which comprise an organic Mediterranean low calorie diet and thermal hydrotherapy treatments, light therapy, aromatherapy, music therapy and physical and meditative exercises. In a rural setting and surrounded by top level luxury facilities, guests can dedicate themselves to a healthy lifestyle without giving up the pleasures of life and without suffering. This historical retreat has been converted into a new centre for health and beauty treatments for the health tourist. The facilities are smoke-free, reaffirming our investment in a healthier lifestyle. With a sulphurous spring which is recognised as being one of the best in the world and one of the most famous since Roman times, Carratraca was at its height in the 19th Century, when it became a centre of entertainment for royalty and aristocracy, attracting such personalities as Lord Byron, Empress Eugenia de Montijo, the wife of Napoleon III and the Asturian Prince and later King of Spain, Fernando VII. This charming hotel comprises a total of 43 rooms and facilities on offer to guests at this air-conditioned establishment include a lobby area with a 24-hour reception and 24-hour check-in/check out service, a hotel safe and a currency exchange facility. It offers a café, a bar, a TV lounge, 2 restaurants and Internet access. Guests may also take advantage of the room and laundry services and there is parking (charges apply) for those arriving by car.The Carratraca baths were built by royal order in 1855 and are considered an historic monument by the government of Andalucía. The hotel offers 21 treatment rooms (charges apply) in a luxurious and soothing environment where guests can be pampered with a wide range of therapies for face and body, as well as massages (for an additional fee). The therapeutic proprieties of the medicinal mineral waters are used to create and design programmes aimed at achieving real health benefits and a luxurious spa experience. To complete the experience of holistic healing and relaxation, the spa also offers a Turkish hamman (for an additional fee), a helium terrace with sauna (charges apply), indoor and outdoor gyms, 2 open air swimming pools (one of which is heated), a sun deck (charges apply) on the upper terrace with sun loungers and a spa pool (charges apply) with spectacular views of the Guadalhorce valley. Guests may join an aqua aerobics session. The rooms and suites are a haven of luxury and well-being. Enjoying splendid views of the mountains or the traditional Andalusian patio, they are the perfect setting for a relaxing stay. All rooms are equipped with TV, a minibar with mineral water, a CD player/IPOD, a safe, special light therapy lamps, aromatherapy and music therapy facilities, very comfortable beds, Internet access and high quality amenities such as a rain shower, scales, a hairdryer and bathrobes. The hotel also provides a daily turn-down service. This hotel is a serene, natural paradise, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in the heart of the fertile Guadalhorce Valley with its rich natural reserves, historic legacy and renowned organic products. It lies in the centre of Carratraca, where guests will find restaurants and bars. The surrounding area includes the Los Ardales Nature Park (20 minutes by car) and the Museo Picasso (one hour's drive). This hotel is strategically situated just 45 km from Málaga airport. The hotel features 2 restaurants offering a buffet breakfast and an à la carte menu, as well as diet menus and personalised diet plans. Guests arriving from Málaga airport should leave the airport via Avenida Comandante García Morato and follow the road for about 0.7 km. Continue on the N340/Avenida de Velasquez and take the exit for Málaga city centre. Take the A/, exiting for Cartama/PTA/Universidad/Palacio de ferias y Congresos, where the road will link up with the A357. Follow this road for about 35 km. Enter Carratraca via the MA442, turn off at the junction (1.5 km), where guests will find signposts to the spa.