THE Tamisa Golf Hotel in Mijas is open for the final time today (Saturday) after years of being a mainstay for holidaymakers and expatriates on the Costa del Sol.
The four-star hotel, run by John Peach, has long been a venue for weddings, communion reception, school proms and other events.
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These took place while holidaymakers and expatriates stayed there and enjoyed everything the hotel had to offer while in the Costa del Sol. Its 24 rooms, swimming pool and dining areas served guests throughout its history.
Peach told the Euro Weekly News Administrators were called in after the Santander bank decided to pull the plug on the venue and repossess it.
The hotel did more than host holidaymakers and events. Expatriates will also remember its support for local charities and it often lent a helping hand to a variety of causes by allowing non-profits to hold fundraising events there.
The Cudeca Cancer Hospice and the Andalucia Classic Cars Club (CCCA) were two of the many groups who made use of its facilities over the years.
Expatriates were also treated to parties to mark the New Year, Burns Night and other festive mainstays throughout its history.
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One such expatriate is Igna. Euro Weekly News spoke to her in the grounds of the hotel about the help it had given to the Costa del Sol’s Donkey Refuge (El Refugio del Burrito), a charity she raises funds for.
“I’m very sorry that the place is closing,” she said as she enjoyed the hotel’s facilities for the last time.
“The hotel let me organise a lot of dinners here. We help one dinner for the donkeys here and we raised €230 from 20 guests,” Igna added.
Igna said she had asked the hotel about organising another dinner recently but was told no promises could be made due to its financial situation.
“We had some good times over the years. It’s sad to see it close,”Igna said.
The last event to be held at the hotel is a wedding which takes place today. After staff will pack up, close the doors and leave behind a venue that was itself much loved by expatriates and holidaymakers alike.