It’s described as a rustic farmhouse but it’s grander than that. An imposing paved terrace, statuesque trees and Lloyd Loom pool loungers endow the Casa with a gracious air. The 18th-century rooms, their beamed ceilings and deeply recessed windows betraying finca origins, are similarly special, and the restaurant is more sophisticated than rustic. Staff are impeccable and the food and wines are superb (try the fruit salad with hibiscus ice cream!). Retire to bedrooms not huge but romantic, four with views of mountains or sea, one with a terrace, several with hydromassage baths. The remote valley setting is stunning, the gardens overlook vineyards, olive groves and almond orchards; behind, a bare shoulder of rock juts through the pine-covered hills. From Calpe, you can hike up to the flat top of the Peñón de Ifach; excellent walks lead from the door. Either way, you’ll get great views of the saltpans, the mountains and the precipitous coastline to Cape La Nao. If you long for the sea and can face the crowds, the Costa is a short ride. Heaven.