Ultimate Food Highlight 2012: Finca Cortesin, Malaga, Spain

I started my blog in November of this year and before then (other than telling my family) I had nowhere to completely gush over the food that I experienced at an amazing hotel in Spain. I was writing a travel piece on the luxury side of Spain (something that has been forgotten of late) and in March 2012, my boyfriend Chris and I left on a jet plane for a 2 night/3 day stay* at Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort.

The view at Finca Cortesin

The view at Finca Cortesin

Our Balcony

Our Balcony

Our suite

Our suite

Another room's view

Another room’s view

The HUGE Bed

The HUGE Bed

It is honestly the most relaxing holiday I’ve ever been on, everything was taken care of, and I experienced two days of utter bliss. The setting was breathtakingly beautiful, the room we had was like a small house, I had the holy grail of destressing, relaxing massages and my other highlights included horseback riding and driving a golf buggy (don’t judge me, it was a strange life ambition). But oh my the food…

Totally just blissed out remembering everything, I can still taste it. Everything was out of this world perfectly cooked, precisely seasoned, amazingly executed and le sigh…I would PAY (it was a 5 star resort and ridiculously expensive) to go back. Now I know what most of the things are by memory and some things I wrote down so as not to forget, but to be honest I just want to show you pretty pictures of food. WARNING: You will drool.

Lunch at the Golf Club House: Steak sandwich for Chris and Traditional Spanish Omelette for me.

Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette

Dinner at El Jardin, the more ‘Spanish’ dining experience using local ingredients was beautiful. Foie Gras, Crab Ravioli, Venison, Sea Bass, Apple and Raisin Strudel and a Chocolate Sacher Torte that would blow Mary Berry’s socks off.

Foie Gras (I think)

Foie Gras (I think)

Crab Ravioli

Crab Ravioli

Venison

Venison

Sea Bass

Sea Bass

Strudel

Strudel

The beauty that is the Sacher Torte

The beauty that is the Sacher Torte

Breakfast was like a feast in itself. When you pay a starting price of €429 euros for just a Junior Suite, thank god it is. Holy moly it was amazing, they give you a menu and it turns out you get everything on it and then your choice of the A La Carte section which they make to order. This includes Chris’ dish of choice two days running  – a Truffle Spanish Omelette. Other amazing additions include Muesli with Yoghurt foam (?!), the freshest Orange juice ever, a heavenly breakfast custard dish with fruit salad and preserves for your croissants like pistachio, chocolate hazelnut and proper fruit jam. The Iberico Ham and Manchego Cheese plate that accompanied all of this was truly delicious and demolished both mornings.

Look at that Orange Juice

Look at that Orange Juice

The most heavenly food experience on our stay was definitely Schilo, run by executive Chef Schilo Van Coevorden. I’m no Michelin Star judge but they seriously need to take a trip here. The open plan kitchen serves an Arabic and Asian Fusion, which sounds like it won’t combine well, but boy does it. We had the tasting menu of 8 dishes that cost €110 euros each, I won’t say any more other than listing the names under each dish. You’ll get the idea.  Luxurious but a totally unpretentious dining experience.

The Kitchen and its Geniuses

The Kitchen and its Geniuses

Snacks, Canapes and an Aperitif to start

Drinks and a frothy little Aperitif to start

Canapés

Canapés

Snacks

Snacks

Sashimi of Hamachi "Bloody Mary Sorbet"

Sashimi of Hamachi “Bloody Mary Sorbet”

Lobster Cappuccino

Lobster Cappuccino

Foie Gras Gyoza with Black Truffle

Foie Gras Gyoza with Black Truffle

Crispy Skin Duck with Five Spice and Soba Noodles

Crispy Skin Duck with Five Spice and Soba Noodles

Rhubarb and "Casares Goat's Milk" Ice Cream

Rhubarb and “Casares Goat’s Milk” Ice Cream

Showstopper Finale - Chocolate Olive Tree with Olive Oil Ice Cream

Showstopper Finale – Chocolate Olive Tree with Olive Oil Ice Cream

*Flights, Transfers to and from the Hotel, Accommodation, Food and Drink, Spa Treatments and Activities booked for us were all complimentary.

Where have you eaten this year that you would love to or have already been back to? I would love to know your recommendations!

Levanah

xoxo