WHAT WE ARE
A 17,000m2 tropical garden with 5 brightly coloured houses. Each house has its own kitchen, dining area and living room. Most of our bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.
We also have shared spaces for all of El Botanico friends. A large fully equipped kitchen & dining area, a freshwater swimming pool, a sports court where you can play tennis or basketball & a boules court. There is free WIFI & private parking. El Botanico is pet friendly, though we do ask that dogs are kept on leads at all times when in the garden.
At the foot of the mountains and only 15 minutes from the nearest beaches we are ideally located for beach lovers, watersports enthusiasts, cyclists and hikers.
However at El Botanico time passes by slowly, it is peaceful and you are able to fully appreciate the environment around you.
Relax in one of our colourful houses, each has its own eclectic style with art & objects from all over the world. Disconnect from the outside world, enjoy and unwind.
With the most stunning natural surroundings, large indoor and outdoor spaces and overnight accomodation for friends, El Botanico is the perfect venue for a group gathering.
Our tropical garden is made up of many different types of palm trees that provide us with dates, lychees, mangoes, chirimoyo, avocados and passion fruit.
We have a pine forest where wild asparagus grow which are delicious in tortillas. We have oranges and mandarins which we use to make fresh juice for breakfast. We also have pomegranate,carob medlar and plums trees. In the future we hope to create a bio allotment.
WHO WE ARE
Norma conserves the spirit of Botanico. In love with gardening she is responsible for the trees, the plants, the flowers. The interior decoration of the rooms, the soap on top of the ficus leaf, the sheer curtains, the coloured vases that match each house are all the work of Norma . Muffin, her dog, follows her all around Botanico. She makes sure the cats Ada and Lluna are happy and well fed. She loves animals and plants. Pep is responsible for the administration and management of Botanico along with Norma.
Shelly is in charge of the day to day business of Botanico. She does all the maintenance, friends relations ensuring everything is ready for them. Shelly also makes a good cuppa!
Shelly loves animals, especially dwarf cats and dwarves Billy and Bella, who are her favorites. He takes care of their daily food and they play freely during the day, and pick them up at night. It also takes care of the chickens that are friends of the goats.
Nelson is the gardener who is responsible for the Herculean task of maintaining the Botanico. Every plant & every tree is known to Nelson. He has the patience, the know how and love of the earth. Nelson likes drawing and painting. He haas the sensitivity of an artist and that can be seen in the infrastructure and the beauty of the Botanic Gardens. In addition he knows every corner of the Marina Alta because he is an expert of all the routes to find the best places of the Marina Alta.
Annie Juret is the founder of El Botanico de Sagra. Originally from Paris, she fell in love with the Marina Alta. Annie loved plants, animals and found her place in the so-called Racó Bolata in the town of Sagra.
She created a place to share nature with friends, the so-called botanists: clients and friends who fall in love with the place. Annie was an adventurer and acquired furniture and art objects of the most diverse and eclectic in their travels. Decorated the 5 colorful houses with these objects creating space of a unique beauty. Annie instructed the botanists to take care of us and preserve her legacy while she left on the other side of life
2003-2013 The origin
Annie Juret bought a walled area known as La Bolata in the village of Sagra. The place was uninhabited , with buildings that were half built and and half forgotten. The inhabitants of the local village of Sagra called it "the Shack". It was full of peacocks and even had deer. Antonio, the former owner had been collecting plants on his travels all over the world and had planted them with the dream to convert La Bolata into a garden of Eden. This is how El Botanico started ,with a great variety of palm trees, tropical plants, fruit plants and forest .Antonio had a dream and planted the seed. Annie made it her her personal life project to bring life back to the garden. With her strength, her determination and her love for plants and animals the abandoned place is now an area of natural beauty that today is known as El Botanico of Sagra.
Annie went to live in El Botanico in a tent within the main house, in what is today known as the Casa Azul. Surrounded by numerous friends, the "Queen of Barter" started to paint, furnish and restore the place. Annie could see the beauty, the potential of the place where we only saw weeds. Little by little El Botanico was transformed. One day she was painting a ladder in indigo blue and liked the contrast against the dominant green of the trees and plants. She thought: "Why not paint the house an indigo blue colour, like Le Majoral in Marrakech." Armed with a legion of friends and many tins of blue paint they transformed the main house with the addition of red windows. Then the building that was known as 'the vestuario' for the pool became the Red House – Casa Roja around the large pine tree. The round bodega where the wine was kept was painted orange although we continue to call it 'La Bodega' and the old picnic area became the Casa Malva. An exceptional combination of colour, period furniture, unusual objects, and iron figures crafted by the local sculptor from Sagra all add to the uniqueness that is El Botanico. Each house tells a thousand stories!
2013 until now
On 26 February 2013 Annie left us and moved on to another adventure beyond this life.
We were asked to preserve El Botanico, to continue to transform, adapt and help it remain an area of natural beauty. Since then as a group of "botaniqueros" we have been continuing to do so whilst keeping the spirit of the place. We are determined to preserve, improve and keep El Botanico a place of tranquility, beauty, happiness & sunshine