The venue, purpose built as an art retreat, but can be used in many ways, has 8 bedrooms available for guests, each one is private and en-suite.
We are situated approximately midway between Valencia and Alicante, just a short drive from the Mediterranean coastal resorts of Gandia and Denia. This makes for straight forward group transfers from anywhere within Valencia or Alicante city. The venue is ideally, peacefully located just outside the town of Benigánim, on a hill surrounded by valleys. The morning sunrise and evening sunset views are amazing particularly on those rare slightly cloudy days. The swimming pool, tennis court and petanque (boules) terrain, swimming pool towels, tennis and petanque equipment supplied, always available. Our in-house chef, working in an up to date stainless steel kitchen, prepares the meals for a variety of diets, allergies as well catering for any personal likes and dislikes.
Las Orquideas, a Colonial style villa overlooking the town of Benigánim and the Valle D’Albaida, Valencia, Spain. The villa and grounds were completely refurbished, upgraded and redesigned as a retreat venue in 2007. Within the 4000+ square metre plot there are many quiet shady places to sit, read or just relax. For the more energetic there is a cascade swimming pool, tennis court and petanque terrain. The large, 10 metre by 5 metre, air-conditioned studio is spacious enough for up to 16 artists to have plenty of private space.
The gardens were designed from the outset to be a place of relaxation and for the artist, with small quiet areas for detailed studies to terraces with wide open views across the valley to the sierras beyond.
The studio can easily be adapted for other uses, such as, yoga, photography, writing, relaxation, art therapy, etc.
This luxurious nine bedroom villa is located in La Valle D’Albaida in Valencia, Spain, with breath-taking views over the valley towards the mountain of Benicadell and the Sierra Mariolas. The stylish yet homely interior echoes the property’s rural Valencian location, a light and airy open plan layout, with both outside and interior dining and rest areas. All the bedrooms, five doubles and four twins, are private, en-suite with air-conditioning or floor fans, which some people prefer. Included in the rooms are tea/coffee making appliances, extra blankets for early or late season guests, towels, bathrobes, hairdryers and a selection of non-allergic bath toiletries.
Breakfast - Buffet style. Help yourself to a wonderful selection of cereals, cakes, croissants, breads, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts. Fruit juices, fresh as in season, a variety of teas and coffee.
Lunch - Fine Mediterranean cuisine. Created by our in-house professional chef, from fresh local products or very often from our own organic kitchen garden.
Evening meals - Meals prepared at Las Orquideas by our own in-house chef. These usually consist of three courses.
A variety of diets, (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.) always catered for. Allergies and dislikes are always recognised, therefore the menus reflect this, we do our best to include or exclude meat, fish, shellfish, pasta and a range of our own home grown or locally grown organic vegetables.
The villa is located at the South Eastern end of the Valle d’Albaida valley, overlooking the town of Benigánim, with southerly views across the valley to many of the smaller towns located at the foot of the mountain Benicadell, which is part of the Sierra Mariolas. The mountain range which separates us from the Mediterranean coast, a 30 minute drive away. The town of Benigánim itself, is surrounded agricultural land, mainly for the production of olives, grapes, peaches, almonds and watermelons. This offers great opportunities for walking and cycling as well as plein air painting along the river Albaida, the route to the castle of Xativa, around the plantano de Bellus and the town on hill of Bocairent, at one time inhabited by the Visigoths.
Valencia City is the capital of the Valencian community an area of approximately 9000 sq. miles stretching from North East of the city down to the region of Alicante. The climate of Valencia has been described as being similar to California in the USA. When we were looking for a property in this area we were told that, where the oranges grow the weather would be warmer and where the olives/vines are growing would be cooler. We actually manged to find somewhere that both grow, therefore having the best of all weathers’. Winter temperatures never below zero and not the very high temperatures of other areas.
Over the last 12 years we have planted over 300 trees and shrubs on what was a concrete and gravel plot. Every year we plant 500 + flowering plants. The grounds are now full of bees, butterflies and we now have many birds nesting in the gardens. We grow our own vegetables organically from the chicken run, the chickens are fed on any food wastes, we also compost all paper and cardboard which is mixed with shredded garden waste and added to the kitchen and flower gardens. Plastics and glassware are recycled at the nearby Eco Park. All the toilets have a two button water-saver system. The vegetables are all grown on our premises or bought locally. We employ local staff from the nearby village and encourage our visitors to use the local shops whenever possible.
We offer a complimentary group transfer service, in an air-condition people carrier, from Valencia and Alicante, direct to the venue. This can be from the airport, hotel or any other pick-up point of your choice.
Retreat Features and Activities
Arts & CreativityVenue HireCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)PilatesYogaNatureRural HideawaysWalking / HikingWriting