Aqua Libera

Casa rural in Mérida

For a Mérida-area sleep with a Roman-inspired twist, seek out this thoughtfully restored townhouse turned thermal baths and homey adults-only country hotel in little Aljucén, 16km north of Mérida. Expect poolside recliners, candlelit corridors, flower-lined gardens, Roman-style mosaics, columned courtyards and elaborate Roman-themed meals (€30). There are just four bright, welcoming rooms, three with colour-tiled kitchenettes.

Baths (€12) and massages are open to nonguests.