Our Story


Swedish lawyer Lennart Tengroth arrived in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in 1999, looking for an unspoilt, seaside retreat with a sunny Mediterranean climate.

He was amazed to find a pristine natural park on the Spanish mainland only some 30 minutes from an international airport – an unspoilt natural reserve with the highest number of sunshine hours in Europe, spectacular mountains and valleys and a shoreline of some 40 km with wonderful coves, virgin beaches and crystal-clear waters.

He was equally amazed to find Agua Amarga; a quaint, whitewashed fishing village by the sea, naturally framed and secluded by the surrounding mountains, with a pristine sandy beach, not a single high rise building in sight and the feeling of stepping some 50 years back in time.

Lennart instantly fell in love with it all and in 2001 he and his family moved into the holiday beach house of their dreams on the western hillside of the village. A first step towards the creation of a resort was taken a year later.

It was triggered by an old farmhouse. Sitting majestically on a hill with spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding mountains, the farmhouse had an irresistible peace and energy. Lennart’s decision to buy was instant and spontaneous.

After three years of contemplation and another four years of planning, construction, gardening and design, the old farmhouse was transformed into a 12-suite retreat hotel.

With the constant and strategic support of his wife Anki, Lennart founded Real Agua Amarga in 2013 together with hotel manager and former Inditex designer Isabel Cazorla.

Administration manager Alberto Rocafull was instrumental from the start and continues to make everything work behind the scene.

Daughter Jessica has been closely involved creating logos and designing web pages.

In addition to the 12-suite retreat Real La Joya, the resort includes the seven villas Real Las Villas and the private beach club Real Beach.

“A Seaside Haven of  Peace and Beauty”

Real Las Villas


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