A little piece to celebrate the divine holiday I am having at Bambu Women's Boutique Studios, near Velez-Malaga in Spain.
It's mid October and I feel like I am at the start of Summer, with perfect hot weather - sun bathing and outdoor swimming friendly.
I've stayed at Bambu before but this is my first time as a solo traveller. I knew it would be the perfect spot to flex my solo travelling muscles though, as the warm welcome from the hosts (despite getting lost on the drive by around 30 minutes) and other guests immediately put me at ease.
Bambu is a holiday space created for LBQ women and preserved for us. It's remote but accessible, and comes with or close by to everyone one could need for either a complete switch off break away and respite or a central location on the South Coast to do plenty of touristing (NB: Hire car a must for this).
I am here for the former, although I will make sure I do one day trip out to the Nerja caves which I am told are fantastic. The space iteself however is enough for me, as all I wanted to do was sunbathe, read, write, meditate and eat. I have also booked massage from a local therapist and she is coming to the apartments to treat myself and another guest today.
There'a wonderful spirit of comradary here, I am not the only solo traveller, and indeed the owners, Catherine and Susanne make sure there's always at least one week of the month exactly for people like me - who want the balance of alone time and interaction with other like minded people, in a safe space.
There's always someone willing to drive others into the village for a food shop or share tourist activities. And on Sunday we had a film night, watching a movie projected onto the white washed wall under the stars, sharing cakes and choclate. Wonderful. It's been a global community too with Amercians, Australians, Brits and other Europeans.
The rooms are confortably rustic and clean, with small or medium kitchen areas and bathrooms with a powerful shower. There are 7 apartments each sleeping a maximum of 2. Which means it never gets crowded. The pool is a perfect size for a quick dip to provide relief from the heat, play games or a slightly more substantial swim. And there's enough sun loungers for all too.
It's a relaxed atmosphere, you can run to your own schedule and the owners make sure you have everything you need or assist you to access what you need if you don't.
It's not a crazy party place, although it's possible to hire out the whole place for you and your friends and it's remote enough to well, let anything go really.
I went on a few day trips as it's such as accessible location. Granada is home to the famous Alhambra Palace, a Moorish and Christian building with plenty of history. (Note - pre book tickets as they often sell out on the day).
The Nerja Caves are one of the most famous in the world, dating back 20,000 years and containing unrivalled stalagtites and stalagmites. Nerja village is also a coastal town worth a visit with some excellent ice cream and coastal views on offer.
Finally, if your the outdoors type, the Rio Chillar walk is extremely enjoyable - please read the separate blog post fo rmore information.