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Interview with Rene Zimmer. General Manager at Finca Cortesin.
Casares, Spain, Europe

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Finca Cortesin

Finca Cortesin Hotel. Golf, Spa & Vilas, is a spectacular independent hotel which is set in Southern Spain, between Marbella and Sotogrande.

The stunning property is set in a vast 532 acre estate. It has a world-class hospitality, spectacular setting, expansive interior and exterior spaces, privacy and impeccable service. Finca Cortesin is one mile back from the sea outside the small coastal settlement of Casares. The hotel is 25 minutes (40 km) from Gibraltar, 50 minutes (90km) from the modern international airport of Malaga and one hour and half from Jerez (132 km).

The hotel grounds are surrounded by a world championship 18 holes golf course designed by Cabell Robinson with a Jack Nicklaus Academy.

Light and spacious suites: The 67 hotel suites are divided into Junior; Executive; Pool and a Cortesín Suite which is 180m². All suites are characterized by elegant design, space and light and include a private garden or balcony in the Junior Suites, spectacular views in the Executive Suites and a formidable private terrace and outdoor plunge pool in the Pool Suites.

Finca Cortesin has added a total of 8 private villas to the hotel inventory. The villas will be managed as part of the hotel with the same hotel services. The 2 or 4 bedrooms Villas at “La Reserva” & new 5 bedrooms Villas at “The Green 10” are a limited collection of high-end holiday homes.

Restaurants, bars and terrace areas: El Jardín de Lutz, offers a more relaxed yet equally elegant ambiance for guests who prefer a more traditional Spanish cuisine. In the outdoor space, the restaurant features a spectacular terrace with views to the Mediterranean and picturesque gardens filled with 1000-year old olive trees. Kabuki Raw is the hotel’s signature restaurant which is awarded one Michelin star. Like the Japanese theater after which it is named, Kabuki Raw is staged in a unique setting which permits guests to view the chef while cooking.

Luxurious gym, spa, snow cave and sports facilities: The first striking feature of Finca Cortesin’s Spa is its size. Measuring 2.200m² the space is divided into designated areas for face and body treatments leading by French specialist Biologique Recherche. Facilities at the Spa include three thermal areas, one female, one male and one unisex. All three are equipped with sauna, Turkish bath, relaxation area as well as the newly opened Thai Spa treatment area. In addition, the Spa at Finca Cortesin has a large 25m heated indoor swimming pool and modern fitness center.

Finca Cortesin Beach Club, the Mediterranean at your feet: Finca Cortesin also features an impressive 6000m² beach club, conveniently located in the “Bahía de Casares” beach just 1,5 km from the hotel. The Beach club offers lush gardens, Balinese beds and comfortable sun lounges surrounding a spectacular 35m infinity pool. Its restaurant, directly on the beach, offers the best in Mediterranean cuisine including seafood and rice dishes all impeccably served as only Finca Cortesin knows.

Book Finca Cortesin Golf, Spa & Villas, directly with me via email or phone, and instantly received the following VIP Amenities listed below. Email info@carlosmelia.com – Phone. +1 917 754 5515.

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom in restaurant

  • A complimentary 50 minute massage per person, once during stay

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Q&A / Travel beyond COVID-19

Q&A Travel beyond COVID-19. Insight shared from out travel partners around the globe. For follow up questions, kindly contact us directly.

When are you foreseeing your hotel opening back for tourists ?
We have opened our Championship Golf Course on June 1st and the rest of the Resort including Suites, Villas, Beach Club, Restaurants and Spa facilities on July 1st. 

What measures have you taken to reopen post COVID-19 ?
Please address sterilization measures, security, mandates on staff and guests testing, transportation etc.
Please see link our general protocols. A part from that we have elaborated specific hygiene and sanitizing measurements as well as individual protocols for each outlet and point of sales.

How do you plan to enforce these measures and how will you ensure compliance ?
We have been intensively consulting with  Ecolab, a world leader provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, that will support us to keep our property even cleaner and safer, operating more efficiently and achieving our sustainability goals. Extensive pre-opening training session for all our associates  by “Quirón Prevención”.

How will these measures affect the overall regular stay and experience ?
Our aim is to minimize the impact and alteration of the guest experience, which of course is not always easy to achieve. However security and health comes first.

Booking & Payment Flexibility Terms and Conditions during and after COVID-19 time.
48 hours cancellation policy for most of the rest of 2020. We also apply the same rates 2020 for next year 2021.

Will you be offering any special promotions, packages and/or value adds?
VIP amenities – when booking directly with you, as our Preferred Partner – will be offered as in the past.

How will you plan to maintain a level social distancing ?
Our commitment to providing each and every guest, partner and team member with the highest level of service and personalized care at Finca Cortesin is paramount, while your health, safety, wellbeing and comfort remains our number one priority. We have always set the highest standards in everything we do.

Tell us about the current quarantine and restrictions within your destination ?
N/A , it is changing daily, taking it case by case.

Please add any additional information you believe would be helpful to raise travelers trust levels in order to visit ?
We will, of course, be closely monitoring and adhering strictly to the increased requirements being issued by global health authorities and the Spanish government and, as always, remain uncompromising in our approach to cleanliness. While adhering to these new guidelines, though, we want to reassure you that when you return to Finca Cortesin, you will instantly feel at home and at ease by our warm, family-style hospitality, that we feel makes our special resort exude its refined, yet relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle.

Now on a lighter and positive note,

Have you taken advantage of this quiet months, to curate new experiences or discover new locations/destinations? If YES Which ?
These are just a few exciting things you can expect to find at Finca Cortesin in Summer 2020:

  • New BBQ and Grill facilities at the resort’s Pool 35 restaurant, including a Josper Basque Double Grill and Oven, which creates delectable barbecued meat that is juicy and tender on the inside.
  • A brand new look for elegant Italian restaurant, Don Giovanni featuring sophisticated décor by Lorenzo Castillo Design.
  • A new collaboration with artisan brewery La Catarina, which will result in Finca Cortesin’s first Blonde Ale.
  • Golfers have the chance to enjoy the ultimate driving experience from this summer after the exclusive resort extended its partnership with Club Car and upgraded its fleet of state-of-the-art golf buggies.

The deluxe resort in Andalusia, southern Spain, has built on its long-standing relationship with the global manufacturer and Riversa – exclusive distributors of Club Car in Spain – by taking delivery of 54 Club Car Tempo buggies. It is the fourth time that Finca Cortesin has upgraded with the two companies since it opened.
Featuring the latest Visage GPS technology, the new Tempo buggies showcase the best that Club Car has to offer and will help Finca Cortesin to improve the luxury customer experience that it provides to its members and guests, allowing direct communication with vehicles, improving the pace of play and maintaining course boundaries..

What is your favorite feature about your property and destination that you wish to share with my clients/readers ?
Our Beach Club & Restaurant.

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Helpful Resources

Some useful resources you might want to keep in mind, for your upcoming travels during and after COVID-19.

IATA Travel Center  
www.iatatravelcentre.com

US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs  
www.travel.state.gov

CDC Center for Disease Control & Prevention
www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization
www.who.int

Homeland Security
www.dhs.gov

Global COVID-19 Flights & Travel Restrictions
app.developer.here.com

World Travel & Tourism Council
www.wttc.org/COVID-19/

World Travel Restrictions UN World Food Programme
www.unwfp.maps.arcgis.com

Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19
www.wiki.unece.org

Health travel advice for all Countries
www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

EU Reopen
reopen.europa.eu

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