Meet us: Antonia Burgos

19Mar

This March Hotel Florida Spa would like to dedicate this special section to Antonia Burgos, one of our chambermaids.

Antonia has been working with us since 2005 and says she loves the job she does and she is very happy because of this.

Having been this long at the hotel many funny things have happened to her, therefore she has lots of anecdotes to share. For example, she told us that on one occasion a guest chased her around the room trying to spray her with a bottle of perfume as a thank you for her good work.

She also told us that the most beautiful thing guests have done for her has been when they have remembered her birthday and have given her a bunch of flowersOur guests are incredibly friendly and kind, but also so much fun!

She says she likes all kind of music, from flamenco to classic. Among her favourite hobbies, apart from listening to music, are dancing and reading… good balance!

Antonia is a beautiful woman who takes good care of her looks as she confesses that she never leaves home without make up on… Well done, Antonia, it is very important to look good and make a bit of an effort in order to feel better!

She is a beach lover, for this reason when in Fuengirola she recommends you to make the most of our beautiful beach. It makes sense that her ideal holiday would be a relaxing one in a coastal place enjoying the sun.

Have you met Antonia? Has she been the person in charge of cleaning your room leaving it spotless clean?  Would you like to send her a message? You can do it on our Facebook page!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

The mollete

12Mar

Today, on the blog of Hotel Florida Spa, we would like to talk about one of the most typical products of the Malaga region: the mollete.

Not many people in Malaga can imagine a good breakfast without a mollete. This kind of bread bun together with a bit of olive oil and fresh tomatoes or even a few slices of black footed ham is no doubt a beautiful combination able to delight those who try it.

The mollete is not a common bread, it is kind of round and flat and it is baked in a non very powerful oven and not for very long, therefore its colour is quite light. You always eat it hot as it is necessary to toast it, its flavour is delicate and its smell is amazing as it is the typical freshly baked one. It contains very basic ingredients so it has no fat and therefore it is a very healthy product that helps us fight against cholesterol.

It is thought that the arabs were who introduced this product in the Iberian Peninsula. Although this kind of bread is baked in many Andalusian towns the most typical mollete is the one from Antequera, a beautiful town in inland Malaga just 1 hour away from Fuengirola.

You can give it a go and try a mollete in most cafés in Costa del Sol, or even buy them in any bakery, though if you have the time we recommend you to make the most of your stay in Hotel Florida Spa and visit Antequera, not only because there you will be able to eat the authentic molletes but also because you will get to see and enjoy one of the most beautiful and not so well known towns in Malaga.

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Fuengirola now and then

05Mar

We are aware that thanks to your numerous stays in Hotel Florida Spa most of you know the city of Fuengirola quite well but, did you know that it is one of the European cities with a higher population densityMore than 60.000 people  in just about 14 square kilometres! Impressive, right?

Despite its small size it is one of the most important touristic cities in Spain and in Costa del Sol due to the big amount of visitors coming every year… This proves that many of you are in love with Fuengirola, so do you fancy knowing a little bit more about this lovely city?

It seems that it was founded by the Phoenicians and they got her the name of Syalis. Later on, under the Roman Empire it got called Suel and it became a very important settlement as proved by the numerous Roman remains found in here.

When conquered by the Arabs its name got changed again, being known as Sohail.

In 1485 it was reconquered by the Christians though the fear of a new attack from the Arabs meant that the city was practically uninhabited. Fuengirola started to be dependent of Mijas and its population started to grow little by little when the threat of being invaded got reduced.

It wasn’t till 1841 when Fuengirola became independent, having a population of around 400 people.

 The train line arrived in 1916 and a little bit later so did cars. In the 30s the first hotels started to get built, but the tourist boom did not happen till the 60s. From that moment on tourism has not stopped growing transforming the city completely.

Not only the good weather makes Fuengirola an appealing city, also its infrastructure, the warmth of its people and many other positive qualities make it a favourite destination to many travelers… What about you? What is your favourite thing about Fuengirola? Share your thoughts on the Facebook page of Hotel Florida Spa, your hotel in Fuengirola…We are eager to know about your preferences!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations