Customer Comments

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We take great care to obtain feedback from our visitors and ask them to fill in a questionnaire at the end of their stay so that we can continue to improve the visitor experience. Many of the recent changes we have made are as a result of this feedback.

Some recent questionnaires are shown below together with Flipkey verified reviews. We have many more and we would be very happy to show you the complete file so that you can see they are genuine.

Guest Review from TG – Dec 12, 2009
“Relaxation at its very best”

 We have visited Cantueso a few times now, and I never grow tired of it. The view is truly breathtaking and it is only a short drive from Malaga. The holiday cottages have been renovated sympathetically and contain everything you will need for your stay. Nicky is the perfect hostess and always very welcoming. We can also highly recommend the apartment above the restaurant for accommodation. We would happily stay in the cottages or apartments on their own, but the restaurant is the icing on the cake. The food is very reasonably priced and a few hours can be lost enjoying lunch on the terrace, enjoying the view and a few glasses of wine. Both the cottages and restaurant are very good value for money, and the nearby town of Periana is a lovely place to walk around. I would not hesitate to recommend Cantueso to anyone looking for peace and quiet, good food and wine, and a warm welcome

Guest Review from SB – Dec 10, 2009
“A fantastic location, very peaceful, great on site restaurant with views”

 This was our second stay at Cantueso. The location is fantastic – great views – it’s away from hustle and bustle of tourists but within a 20 minute drive you can be at the coast. The cottages are typical Andalucian style – no luxuries or mod cons but are very clean and have everything you need. If you need anything extra provided, nothing is too much trouble. It is very safe for children and our children each year make European friends – they have no language barrier. The on-site restaurant is fantastic. Great food cooked by Carmen and her team. Again, nothing is too much trouble. There is a good choice of food and wine and you can also take food and wine back to your cottage if you so wish. We cannot fault Cantueso – we would recommend it to anyone. You really need to have a hire car – the walk to the village is, in our opinion, a bit too far. We have already booked for 2010. Nicky and all of her staff deserve to do well.

Guest Review from PM – Dec 10, 2009
“Wonderful location for a group.”

 Having enjoyed Cantueso as a couple on a number of occasions, we shared the experience with six other couples. All fourteen agreed that Nicky and her staff both planned and oversaw our stay in a most satisfactory way. There were NO complaints – nothing but plaudits. The convenience to airports, the village, supermarkets, places of interest, majestic scenery and wonderful walking country make this an ideal holiday centre for two to sixteen people.

Guest Review from Steve – Dec 2, 2009
“Little piece of Heaven!”

 If you are looking for a piece of heaven this is it!! Beautiful views are to be seen no matter where you are in this special complex. Wonderfully quiet and lots of privacy if that is what you want. The villas are very comfortable and very homely, with barbeques at hand should you decide to cook yourself. But eating in the restaurant is a must as the food is delicious and the service is very good and the staff are very friendly. As for the swimming pool, that too is very nice with plenty of sunbeds should you want them. When you book you are also offered a welcome pack of essentials, which is very nice too. Would we go again? Absolutely yes!

Dutch Family, June 2010
Family Friendly

 We feel safe here, children are free to play on the property and we feel safe to leave the door open.

Very friendly and available to help any time (even teabags when you don’t have them…)
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location is great, the views are breathtaking. The houses and the way they’re arranged are lovely. It’s like a little village. Very easy to make contact with your neighbours if you want to, but enough private corners if you’d rather not. Will definitely recommend Cantueso to friends and family!”

Comments from 2010

Aircon fab in August essential for us pathetic Brits!
Restaurant-lovely food and Jo did a lovely job with girls table. Nothing too much trouble. All staff great, we had a lovely holiday thank you.

Sue M. from UK

Suggest you make a bigger apartment for 5/6 people however the views were 360 degrees and wonderful. We will continue to be addicted to the webcam! Restaurant: Menu could have been better if changed more over two week period….however loved the food (particularly prawns/aubergine/duck- most things!

Nicky thanks for a lovely holiday, you have a beautiful apartment and restaurant which we all appreciated. The ambience is also so welcoming and relaxing.

Family Y from UK

This is a beautiful place and we feel that there is a lot of love in it!! We will recommend to friends and family.

Family B from Holland

The frequent visits of the cat was an enrichment to the homeliness of the cottage. We bought her some food. Hopefully our successor inhabitants will find it and won’t disappoint her in her expectations (even if she can make herself very clear). We really liked the grey/gold cat (looked like the daughter of the restaurant cat). We hope that it will be cared for. ….she is so sweet and tame not at all like a stray cat.

Alfred G from Holland

Had everything we needed, great terrace, BBQ and the shutters are a god-send for sleeping baby. I love the way the cottages connect but are still very private.
Fantastic that child friendly items such as steriliser and staff so welcoming to us with a baby. Wonderful that food is available to take away and a changing daily special would have been welcome. We will recommend Cantueso to our friends. A lovely friendly family welcoming complex-just what we needed. Thank you Nicky and gang.

Mr & Mrs B from UK

Baby monitor only worked over short distances.
Wall mounted TV would be an improvement.
Good that fresh linen was provided during stay. Pool got dirty but was cleaned thoroughly. Thanks Niki you have been a great host. We definitely recommend to friends with or without kids!!

Gareth & Shelly D from UK

Awesome views, nice flowers and really peaceful.
Great to have the kids plates/supplies/baby blankets etc. Jo and Nicky all very pleasant and you can feel they want you to enjoy your stay at Cantueso.

Monique W from Belgium

Very good vegetarian options, unusual for Spain! We appreciated the “take-away” facility. We really did enjoy our stay -perfect position and scenery- and very relaxing. Our extra four days was a bonus.

Dr SR Germany

We stayed in one of your cottages last evening and also ate at the restaurant, the whole idea was to have a real break from reality and we certainly achieved that.
We arrived to find the cottage, not only in wonderful surroundings but spotlessly clean. The restaurant, only a short stroll away, must have one of the most outstanding views in the whole of Axarquia, add to this being greeted by smiling faces, superb service and a wonderful meal it is surely a little piece of paradise.

We would recommend this to anyone wishing to eat well at extremely affordable prices and to try and spend some time at the cottages. We will most certainly be back, and soon we hope.

Thank you both, we have arrived home refreshed.

C & T

Comments from 2011


We stayed at El Cantueso in August 2010 with our 4 year old daughter. We had previously stayed in Periana and visited El Cantueso for dinner and loved it so thought we would come back and stay there. We definitely didn’t regret it and had an amazing holiday. The cottage was fab and being so close to the pool was a real plus. We liked the fact that there were lots of different nationalities staying in the cottages and the children could all play together! Nicky and her dad did everything to make our stay totally welcoming and their warmth and high levels of customer service made this a truly relaxing stay (just what we needed!) they were real naturals with children and went out of their way to make our stay hassle free with excellent children’s meals, crazy golf and plenty of toys in the pool! All in all, El Cantueso is an idyllic place to stay and the hosts are fab x


We rode our bicycles to Cantueso and were thrilled to find a comfortable place to rest with unbelievable food in an amazingly beautiful setting. Simply amazing!


It wasn’t the first time we were at Cantueso and for sure not the last time!!!. We had a great time!!!

The place is so great to be. The kindness!!! The surrounding!!!
So see you this year


A wonderful place. Houses are a bit outdated but offer almost everything you’ll need. Staff is kind and helpful. Lovely pool with a stunning view (also from the terraces of the houses), and the view from the terrace of the restaurant nearby (very much recommended) is even more special. Mountains, little whitewashed towns (lovely when lit at night), a big lake, the sea in the distance… And hey, you’re in Andalucia, so even when you want to leave the place there is close by a whole lot to see!


We stayed here in a 2 bedroom cottage last June 2010 for one week and we loved our time in this beautiful place! The views are outstanding, everywhere you turn from this mountainside hideway are views that take your breath away, you can see for miles views of the sea, lakes, mountains and white washed villages. If you need to clear your head, this is the place.

It’s a small complex but with so much space all around. The resturant is excellent and the take away service is a wonderful thing, you can put the children to bed and enjoy quaility food on your terrace watching the sun go down.

The cottages are very cosy and a bit on the small side but you can eat outdoors in good weather.

We enjoyed visting the local village Periana, it’s very friendly and very Spanish, hardly anyone speaks English, so its great to practice your Spanish!

The owner Nicky is lovely and on our arrival in the evening, tired out without any supplies or water she put together a lovely starter pack to see us through to the next morning.

Adults and children seemed to enjoy it all and we’d love to return one day!

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