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La Jaima - Tent in Alicante, Spain

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Refugio Marnes

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

Children are welcome at La Jaima. Well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement at €5 per day. Please enquire in advance.

Made by the same man who built luxury tent lodges for King Mohammed VI of Morocco and you can tell immediately from the sumptuous décor...

The silhouette of La Jaima’s traditional Bedouin outline has been gracing the southern Spanish skyline for centuries. The Moorish influence carries through to the reds and greens of the interior and the gorgeous carving of the lanterns throughout La Jaima. The tent is carefully designed for all weathers, with a double wall that preserves the interior temperature but can be rolled up to let in the breeze. If it’s too hot of course, just jump into the pool. 
While La Jaima is a part of Refugio Marnes, a sustainably operated lodge, it is privately sited so you can soak up the total peace, but this does mean that there is a two minute walk from the parking spot to the tent up a steep donkey track. While it is in the wilds of nature and you may see the odd creature here and there, the tent is fully equipped with its own private kitchen and bathroom facilities and lavishly deecked out with a canopy bed and colourful soft furnishings.
The area around La Jaima is perfect for everything from rock climbing to pure relaxation. Ask the guys at Refugio Marnes about local walks, horse riding, day trips to the coast and winding cycle routes.

Our guests say...

We had a great week at La Jaima- we were looking for a week away from it all and some autumn sun and that is exactly what we got. The drive to La Jaima (20 minutes up a mountain road) will bring out the inner rally driver in anyone and the views on the way up were stunning. La Jaima itself is set in the most beautiful location, tucked away in its own little valley with the pool just next door. The tent has everything you need and is really very comfortable. It is also a great base to explore from with pretty much all of the Costa Blanca within an hour and a halfs drive in each direction. I can't praise the hosts enough either- join them for dinner if you get a chance as the food is fantastic and the conversation really interesting- what they can't tell you about Refugio Marnes, the local area and the history probably isn't worht knowing!



Wonderful holiday ! Hosts were very accommodating and accommodation exceeded our expectations. Peaceful and relaxing holiday, a real get away from everything break. Pool amazing too!



"We had a great time, what you see on the website is what you get. The pool was stunning with its mountain backdrop, clean, peaceful and no smell of chlorine. The tent was fantastic, very comfy, clean and spacious."



"Absolutely we enjoyed it , it was a wonderful and different holiday, peaceful and tranquil without being isolated or lonely. The facilities were top class, even though it was a tent but it was no ordinary tent...a Badoin Tent with electricity, full bathroom, kitchen and beds. I feel putting it under the heading of Glamping really doesn't do it justice."



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The important stuff

  • Check in time is 3-6pm
  • Check out time is 11am
  • Surcharges apply for extra fuel and are payable directly with the owner: gas cylinder for heating €17, firewood for fireplace €8 per wheelbarrow.
  • The tent is a two minute walk uphill from the parking area, on a donkey track
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double, two singles

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge.

Kids & Pets

Children are welcome at La Jaima. Well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement at €5 per day. Please enquire in advance.


  • Gas hobs
  • Fridge freezer
  • Hot and cold running water


  • Shower room and flushing loo are both in a separate section of the tent

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Linen and towels are included
  • Lamps and ornate Moorish lanterns are everywhere


  • The pool!
  • The whole of the south coast and all the great trips



Refugio Marnes is, above all, a place to rest; getting away from those persistent background noises in our lives. Here, you can read a book, soak the sun, have a swim or fall asleep under the shade of a tree, simply enjoying the sounds of nature.

Out & about
Walking & Cycling
The immediate surroundings of Refugio Marnes are an excellent place to have a long stroll or mountain hike. Sierra de Bernia is famous in the cycling world, professionals have their spring training camps on the Costa Blanca, and mountain bikers can go directly from the property for a spin along the winding mountain roads.

Or rather horsebackriding or climbing
In Jalon, Benissa and Calpe there are opportunities for horse riding. Our region is also kn


own and famous amongst climbers, where different degrees of difficulty are to be found in the Sierra de Bernia area. The nearest climbs are accessible by car and are just a few minutes away from Refugio Marnes.

The Costa Blanca: parapenting, hanggliding and of course sailing and diving
You are approximately 30 minutes by car from the coast, so for beach and aquatic activities you have many options. Around Christmas time, 'beach weather' is not unusual here and a golden tan can be gently created under the december sun. The coast can become crowded in mid-summer, but unspoiled beaches and 'Calas' that make you forget you are in a tourist area, are easily found.

Food & Drink

The guys here love their food and have many fantastic local recipes. Just ask them where to pick up all the ingredients! Here is a sample of one of their favourites:


A simple and fabulous salad

Enslada Marnes

Perfect for a lunch on the terrace, with a regional organic white Chardonnay from Villena Enrique Mendoza.


  • 8.5oz washed and salted cod fillets
  • 7oz cooked potatoes
  • 9oz olive oil extra virgen de Caudete (Albacete)
  • small yellow sweet pepper
  • 1 small head endive
  • 1 small bag of rocket salad
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp black olives
  • a little tabasco


  • wash the endive and the rocket salad in cold water
  • make a puree of the cooked potatoes, add 2oz olive oil and a pinch of salt
  • mix the remaining olive oil with a few drops of Tabasco and the chopped yellow sweet pepper; pour in a clean jam jar and shake vigorously until a you have a dressing
  • grate the tomatoes and store them in a cool place


Put a tablespoon of cold mashed potatoes on a plate, dress this a with a little grated tomatoes, salad mixture on top. Spread pieces of the cod fillets around the dish, with a little grated tomatoes. Finally, garnish with the chopped black olives and the dressing.


The fine yellow leaves of endive look nice and decorative, but the green leaves have more flavor and are healthier (more chlorophyll). So use them well.

Meet your hosts

Richard and Willem

Richard Steenblik and Willem Pieffers, both 40-ish, have been a team for almost 22 years.



"Born in Rotterdam, but really a Twent at heart. Raised in and around Borne in Twente. I have a ‘consumer’ background, had a “Bread and Pastry” education in Almelo and I then did Food Technology in Ede. At the Dutch Institute for Dairy Research (NIZO) I have over 13 years in various positions and my part in the development of new products such as cheese ‘Old Amsterdam’ ‘Milner’ etc., I can call myself dairy technician.During my work at the NIZO I have done the Higher Agricultural School. Once in Spain I had more ‘food’ experience in restaurant kitchens. Cooking is my passion. Besides “Refugio Marnes Casas Rurales” I run with Willem “Refugio Marnes Jardines”, a garden design, construction, consultancy and maintenance company. Furthermore Willem and I specialize in the renovation of old buildings, which we have done successfully five times. Both the new owners and the design/housing press acclaimed the results. All this experience culminated in Refugio Marnes.

baking expertise

Willem Pieffers

"I am Willem Pieffers, born in Delfzijl, partly raised in Germany and then in Rhenen. I have an agricultural and horticultural background, then I went to NIMETO (a general design training) in Utrecht, which I did not finish. Between this training and my military service I worked at a riding school and worked as an assistant Dolphin trainer at Ouwehand Zoo. After my military service I have worked 13 years in psychiatry healthcare. The bulk of the time on open wards where multi-disciplinary assessment was conducted. Once in Spain Richard and I used all the experience we gained in previous construction projects to start Refugio Marnes. In addition, together with Richard, I run “Refugio Marnes Jardines” company, which distinguishes itself by a strong customer focus and an approach to gardening “with” nature and not, as so often happens, against it."


We very much welcome you in Refugio Marnes

and, of course, your stories!

Getting there

Refugio Marnes, Ptd Marnes 20115, 03720 Benissa, Alicante, Spain

By air Alicante is the nearest airport. (1 hr by car)By car From Alicante airport take the AP7 highway north in the direction of Valencia. Take exit number 63 Benissa / Teulada / Gata de Gorgos. At the end of the slip road take the direction to Calpe on the N332. Drive through Benissa. Just outside Benissa take the turn right to Jalon/Alcalali. At the next junction (approximately 100 metres) cross the road in the direction of Sierra de Bernia Pinos [CV749]. Continue on the CV749 for about 8 Kilometres [its a small mountain pass] until you see, on your right hand the sign “Restaurante Pinos”. Pass the restaurant and continue along the road for about another one and a half kilometres until you see a small blue bridge. Cross this bridge and turn immediately right, on to a steep road, continue along this road until on your left hand side, you see an old farm surrounded by almond trees. After this house, follow the signs to Refugio Marnes.When travelling from the direction of Valencia southbound on the (AP7) also take exit 63 now called Benissa / Teulada / Calpe, the rest of the route is as described above.

Booking Terms

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Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

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  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.


1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.