Meet us: Isabel Naranjo

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The member of staff of Hotel Florida Spa chosen this December to be the star of this blog section is Isabel Naranjo, one of the girls from Bar Miami.

We are certain that most of you already know this friendly lady, as before working in Bar Miami she worked in our restaurant.

Isa has been working with us nearly 3 years and she says that she likes everything about her job, though what she likes the most is the team spirit of her workmates and how well organised are the different departments of the Florida.

Considering she deals with guests daily she has lots of anecdotes to tell, though her funniest memory is related to the festive season as a few Christmases ago she ended up dancing conga with our guests…How amazing! We love the fact that not only our guests have fun, but also our staff! We are sure that Isa is not the only one who remembers this funny moment!

She also told us that it makes her happy when guests remember her and she feels satisfied when she sees them leaving in a happy mood, as it makes her feel that she is doing a good job.

She talked about her passion for music and she also said that in her spare time she likes being with friends and going to the beach.

When in Fuengirola she recommends you going to the beach (of course!) and visiting the Sohail Castle, the most outstanding monument in town.

When we asked her about her ideal holiday she said that she would love to travel around Spain by car with no rush or visiting the Polynesia… We hope you can do it very soon!

And to finish off, Isa would like to send you a lovely message: “It makes me very happy to see you coming back here, because after all we are like “a big family”. To those who have never visited us, please do it, you won’t regret it”.

And as this time of year is very special, Isa poses beside our beautiful Christmas tree and on behalf of all the staff of Hotel Florida Spa, your hotel in Fuengirola, she wishes you a very happy festive season!

Do you know Isa and you would like to say something to her? Would you like to send a message to the hotel staff? Do not hesitate and do it on our facebook page!

Merry Christmas!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Christmas in Spain: Turrón

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If there is a Christmas sweet par excellence in Spain that is turrón.  It is a sweet solid dough normally sold as a bar which main ingredient is the almond.  Its production process is authentically traditional, though nowadays modern machines take part on it.

This is a very typical Christmas sweet exported to many countries, being Spain its first producer worldwide.

Very similar to Spanish turrón is French “nougat”, Italian “torrone” and Danish “fransk nougat”… ¿Have you tried any?

Turrón is known and eaten everywhere in Spain but it originally comes from the Spanish levante, being the Alicante and Valencia regions its main producers.

There are two main varieties: The Alicante kind (also known as “hard turrón”) and the Jijona kind (or “soft turrón”). The hard kind is made with whole almonds while the soft kind is made with grounded almonds and therefore it has a doughy texture.

These are the two main varieties and both of them still follow the traditional recipe, though apart from these two nowadays there are many and innovative types of turrón. Even if turrón is a very typical and traditional sweet it has also evolved in order to satisfy all customers.

Here in Hotel Florida Spa, your hotel in Fuengirola, not only we love Christmas, but we also have sweet teeth, so as you can imagine we are big fans of turrón. We can’t wait to start eating it as it is difficult to imagine a Christmas in Spain with no turrón.

Do you also have sweet teeth and you like turrón as much as we do? Are you ready for a happy and sweet Christmas? We certainly are, so come to Hotel Florida Spa and make the most of your Christmas!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Christmas has arrived to Malaga city centre

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December is here, Christmas is round the corner, but are you already feeling the typical joy of the festive season? If your answer is no, then Hotel Florida Spa recommends you to visit Malaga city centre as we know that if you do so you will feel Christmassy in no time.

Last Friday, the 30th of November, its Christmas lighting ceremony took place congregating a big crowd. Not only locals but also visitors were eager to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Malaga is a beautiful city, worth a visit any time of year, but we have to admit that during Christmas its beauty is so extreme that is breathtaking.

The Alameda, Plaza de la Marina, Paseo del Parque and many other areas are already displaying lovely Christmas lights, though if we have to name a place that every single Christmas leaves its visitors speechless, that is, no doubt, calle Larios.

Calle Larios is the most important street in Malaga and its shopping area par excellence, always crowded with people enjoying their shopping in a beautiful setting. Very close to this famous street is Plaza de la Constitución, a very popular square that every Christmas homes an impressive Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations.

If you have the luck to stay in Hotel Florida Spa this Christmas, do not miss a visit to its city centre. As we have pointed out in other posts, there is a train line that connects Fuengirola with Malaga that will allow you to travel in a safe and comfy way.

Come on, visit it, eat tasty Andalusian food, go Christmas shopping, enjoy the works of art exposed in its many museums, stroll its charming streets and then when it starts getting dark head towards calle Larios…you will see with your own eyes how the street lights up bursting beautyIt will be magic!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations