Monthly Archives: January 2014

Barceló Raval Hotel

The Barceló Raval Hotel is a fantastic urban hotel located in El Raval, Barcelona, an eclectic neighbourhood where to discover modern cultural proposals, savour delicious dishes and discover the mischievous side of the most cosmopolitan city in Europe.

The services of the Barceló Raval Hotel are exquisite. From its roof terrace you can enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona, while enjoying drinks and baths in its swimming pool. In the B-Lounge restaurant you can savour the best tapas and cocktails; and in the SPA and the gym, you can tone up your body.

The rooms of the Barceló Raval Hotel are another of its appeals. Intimacy and relax with services like wide windows, King size beds, pillow menu… and free wifi.

The Barceló Raval Hotel is a hotel to be lived.

A tour of the coast of Ibiza: Playa d’en Bossa

Stretching almost 3 km the beach of Playa d’en Bossa, is the beach of Ibiza, par excellence.  Famous in around the world for having some of the best discos and fashionable Beach clubs, it is the ideal place to get away from routine and relax, whether you are travelling alone or with the family. Playa d’en Bossa can be divided into two areas according to the type of holiday you have in mind.

If you are looking to enjoy the party atmosphere which can be found in Ibiza every summer, a short break with friends to Playa d’en Bossa is the perfect proposal: in the northern area up to the disco Space Ibiza can be found all the young people who year after year return to this temple of electronic music.  The beach converts into a permanent party which one only leaves to eat or loose oneself at one of the macro-discos which organise lots of fabulous thematic parties.

Sol Ibiza Hotel

Sol Ibiza Hotel

A must visit is the beach club Bora Bora where people dance under the sun all day long, preparing themselves for the party in the evening. It is typical to see hundreds of youngsters in swim wear dancing with planes flying overhead, so near that it seems possible to touch them.  The Playa d’en Bossa beach is the nearest to Ibiza airport, with the best connections for public transport and the easiest place to find accommodation in Ibiza, and then move freely around the rest of the island.

Towards the south passing by the hotel Club Palm Beach and to the area of the Grand Palladium Palace, you will find the area for families of Playa d’en Bossa, a tranquil place with fine golden sand and warm water, perfect for toddlers to splash around and for adults to relax.  Equipped with all amenities specially for families (from leisure centres to restaurants with children’s menus and play areas), there is also excellent connection with Ibiza airport and the centre, either by public transport or private car.

Very near to the beach is one of the best aquatic parks in Ibiza, the Aguamar Water Park, the perfect place for a day out with the children with sun and diversion.  The entrance fee is not expensive and food is also available on site.  Another option is to order from your hotel a picnic for all the family.

Hotel Fiesta Club Palm Beach hotel in Ibiza

Hotel Fiesta Club Palm Beach hotel in Ibiza

The southern area of Playa d’en Bossa is also ideal for a romantic getaway with your partner in Ibiza.  Although it is a quiet zone it is just a short walk from the most animated atmosphere of the island and very near to the centre of the city, Vila, where you will find the port which connects the island to Mallorca, Denia and Formentera.  By the way, take a couple of days of your holiday to visit Formentera, this could be one of the best plans with your partner during your stay in Ibiza. There are daily connections and the journey is a very agreeable trip by boat in the Mediterranean.

The sunsets, the chill outs, that you will find at every corner of the coves and beaches, the agreeable terraces, the shops with Ibizan fashions, and the exceptional eclectic, relaxing atmosphere you will find in this area of Playa d’en Bossa makes this place a paradise for a holiday in Ibiza. Additionally, in this part of the island due to an extensive offer and competence of the existing hotels, it is comparatively easy to find excellent accommodation in Ibiza at a good price.

Iberostar Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa, luxury in the south of Majorca.

In today’s review we are going to talk about an exceptional 5-star luxury hotel located in the south of Majorca: the Iberostar Son Antem Golf Resort. It is the old Marriot Son Atem, whose managing was acquired by the hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts in April 2013.

The Iberostar Son Antem Golf & Resort is located in a quiet area of Llucmajor, in the south of Majorca. The hotel’s location offers you comfortable communications with Palma, as it is situated within a 20-minute drive to the city and within a 10-minute drive to the airport. Besides, it is one of the most beautiful and quiet areas in the island, where to enjoy fantastic panoramic views close at hand from the best beaches in Majorca.

The hotel is a reference for golf lovers who visit the island, as it features two 18-hole golf courts, suitable for all levels. Its facilities and its services for golfers make the Iberostar Son Antem one of the best options for those who are searching a golf hotel close to Palma.

Iberostar Son Antem Golf & Resort

Iberostar Son Antem Golf & Resort

Besides, this hotel offers you the possibility to practise golf in its facilities and to enjoy an authentic relax experience in its complete spa. The wellness centre of this spa hotel in Majorca has 3000 square metres dedicated to the wellness of body and mind.

We recommend our guests to go through the fantastic spa, with an area with 6 different saunas, theme showers, Turkish bathroom, hydro massage, relax area with deck chairs and an indoor heated pool connected to an outdoor swimming pool. Furthermore, the professional team of the Antem Iberostar offers a wide range of personalised facial and body treatments.

Iberostar Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa

The hotel also features a complete free gym for guests open 24 hours. There you will find equipment for cardiovascular maintenance, Life Fitness weight benches, weights, ProVib vibration machines and even the services of a personal trainer (with charge).

And in order to complete this experience, the hotel features two restaurants and two bars. At the buffet restaurant El Olivar you will be able to savour the best tastes of the traditional Majorcan and Mediterranean cuisine, while the restaurant La Vista Verde, located close to the golf court, is specialised in exquisite pasta dishes, salad and tapas.

Petit Palace Guide of Bilbao

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
This contemporary art center opened in 1997, changing Bilbao’s looking and becoming one of its strongholds.  Located in one of the most representative areas of the city, on the estuary, this 24,000m2-building was designed by renowned Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry.

Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum is one of the 5 centers that the Foundation Solomon R. Guggenheim has throughout the world and it is particularly admired for its innovative roof materials.

ARRIAGA THEATRE
The Arriaga Theatre is one of the most characteristic buildings in Bilbao, also known as the Village Theatre (“Teatro de la Villa”).  Opened in 1890, it was built in honor of the Spanish composer who shares its name: Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga.  Opera, memorable classical music series… Its programming is a musical jewel and its internal structure is really beautiful. Designed by Joaquin Rucoba, this is an excellent example of nineteenth-century neo-baroque architecture.

OLD TOWN
The so-called famous “Seven Streets” shapes the ancient villa from which the city has grown: Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Barrencalle, Carnicería Vieja, Belosticalle and Barrena.  They concentrate most of the city’s historic monuments, museums, libraries and some of its most lively places, such as the Plaza de Unamuno.  It is a long established commercial area with small shops and typical Basque tapas and traditional bars. The Petit Palace Arana Bilbao Hotel is located at the old town.

GASTRONOMY AND PINTXOS
Bilbao’s gastronomy, and in particular, the pintxo tradition, is one of the symbols of the city: Modern and traditional pintxos, “cazuelitas” … Find the best examples of Basque cuisine in its bars and restaurants.  There are several places where you can try pintxos in Bilbao.  The most characteristic and touristic area is the Old Town, bringing together many bars in only 7 streets, but don’t miss Indatxu and Abando new districts. Enjoy Basque gastronomy at Petit Palace Tamarises Hotel.

Rome, the perfect getaway destination

With an always present smell of basil, its people and its history, Rome is the perfect getaway for a short trip this fall. Flights to the Italian capital have significantly reduced its price from the main European cities, and hotels are not as expensive as other Italian cities like Florence or Venice, where the quality of the accommodations is faced with its high rates.

The capital of the ancient Roman Empire, still reigns in the European tourism map as an ideal place to combine three forms of travel very closely linked: gastronomy, culture and luxury. Rome is theatre, opera and parties on the streets, its is a gourmet city that looks after like no other the Mediterranean diet, and it is also a place where the visitor can feel a part of its everyday life, flowers, vegetables, spices…

Barcelo Aran Mantegna Hotel

Hotel Barcelo Aran Mantegna

In every corner, Rome hides a surprise, even for those that have already visited it. The Coliseum, the gardens of Villa Borghese, the Palazzo Barberini, the Pantheon, the Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona, Santa Maria del Popolo, Campo de Fiori… its monuments, churches and the remains of the old empire, forged by the river Tiber continue to impress, year after year, century after century, demonstrating that humanity’s great art is timeless.

Hotel rooms in Rome

Hotel rooms in Rome

But Rome is much more. Rome is the life of its streets, its delicious restaurants with small tables and plaid tablecloths, the heat of its Mediterranean nights with a taste of Lambrusco…. The best to discover it is to improvise and let yourself go through imaginary routes. The key is to choose a hotel in Rome with free WiFi and to make it your headquarters and rest after long days of walking around the city.

Having internet access in the hotel allows to plan each day according to time, mood and how much rest you got the day before. It is essential, for example, to spend a night in Rome to tour the centre in light of the street lamps, have dinner at a restaurant next to the river, relax with a drink around the Piazza de Espagna or the area of Piazza Navona and Via Pace, or directly go out to party until dawn in the neighbourhood of Testaccio, where you find all the famous night clubs in Rome.

Another day (or two, if possible) should be reserved for some culture sightseeing in Rome, visiting the most emblematic places of the city, visiting its catacombs, admiring the altars of its churches and cathedrals or passing the Vatican walls to the glorious work of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. You can simply organize a series of small tours through the centre of Rome to go see some of the world’s jewels regarding architecture and sculpture, that still remain firm after so many years.

Gastronomic tourism is the third essential part for a trip to Rome: pasta, risotto, anti pasti and Italian sausages are a delicious invitation to the senses. Most traditional restaurants (far away from the most touristic spots and hidden in small and less busy streets) are of an excellent quality. Dedicating a day to try different dishes is a must.

To enjoy an updated and fast schedule with which to organise your escapade to Rome, the best is to visit websites like Time Out Rome or 2night.it.

Petit Palace Guide of Valencia

VALENCIA’s CATHEDRAL

Known as “la Seu”, Valencia’s Cathedral was built to honor St. Mary, under Jaime I.  It combines different architectural styles: Mediterranean and French Gothic, Romanic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic.  A unique urban attraction.

EL CARMEN DISTRICT
Set between the Arabic and Christian walls, here you’ll find Valencia’s pure essence.  Also, The Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Quart and Serrano’s Towers, El Carmen Church are some of its many attractions.  Walking around El Carmen is a unique experience inside Valencia. Discover it by booking Petit Palace Bristol Valencia Hotel.

CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia is a cultural and science center, built over 2km through El Turia old river.  Surrounded by water, its buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela are unique in the city.  It offers many interesting activities: planetarium, cinema, Opera Palace, and the biggest aquarium in Europe, with more than 500 marine species.

CENTRAL MARKET
The Petit Palace Germanias Valencia Hotel is only 10 minutes from Central Market Square.  Colorful, with Mediterranean perfumes and savors, this modernist building brings together more than 400 retailers downtown Valencia.  Get lost over its small streets and enjoy its unique atmosphere.

The escapade of the month: Seville on bike

Again, we are travelling in December, escaping from the cold and with the south of Spain in mind, and again, we will travelling on bike. The chosen destination? Seville, who is up for it?

The city of Seville is one of the most interesting cities in Spain for bike lovers, due to its comprehensive network of bicycle lanes and good weather almost all year round, it allows to discover it entirely on two wheels, relaxed, danger free and with no stress.

While professionals always choose to travel with their own bike, and it is easier to check them in on the plane, the best option if one is going on a holiday, to organise everything beforehand and book a hotel in Seville with free rent a bike service or garage. There are still few accommodations that offer such services, but there are some like the Petit Palace Santa Cruz, in the Old Town, or the Barcelo Renacimiento, next to Isla Magica.

Hotel in Seville

Hotel in Seville

The ideal, is to have the bike at the hotel to move around comfortably. However, if you prefer to opt for another accommodation in the centre of Seville without this service, the city has a rent a bike service, and also, all around the centre of the city there are many bike rentals. The only problem is that, in this case, the bikes are not free and every day that you want to use it you will have to book again.

However, it is well worth it. Seville is a city made for cycling. It is very easy to get around and has many town squares and terrace areas where park for a while and have a few tapas, a beer and enjoy the authentic Sevillian atmosphere, that can only be found while walking the streets and mingling with the people, in their taverns.

Accommodation in Seville

Accommodation in Seville

The routes are all over the centre of the city and connect to the main city parks: Alamillo Park, Los Principes Park, the Amate Park, the Maria Luisa Park, Guadaira and even the Infanta Elena park. In total, there are 142 km of roads with an average width of 2.5 meters, enough to cycle with security, even with children and with specific signalling.

Also, for the convenience of cyclists, the city of Seville has distributed throughout the city different adapted parking areas for bicycles, so it is relatively easy to leave the bike close when you stop buy something, enjoy a beer or simply contemplate one of the many museums or monuments you will find around the city.

Discovering Corarlejo dunes

With more then 2.600 acres of surface, the Corralejo Dunes are one of those places which make us feel moved by the incredible vision of pure nature. Located in the locality of La Oliva, in Fuerteventura island, these are considered the longest dunes in the Canary Islands and they are categorised as a Natural Park.

It is a protected area which receives the visits of tourists around the world, who come to see the marvellous natural landscape of intense turquoise blue waters and white sand under the sun which bathes this beautiful islands of the Atlantic.

Accommodation in Fuerteventura

Accommodation in Fuerteventura

Corralejo Dunes are a gem of Fuerteventura, and close to them we find some of the most beautiful beaches in the island: El Bajo Negro beach, Las clavelinas, La Goleta, El Majanicho, Muelle Chico, Corralejo Viejo… All of them located in idyllic settings where to get lost and get away from frantic routine.

This area is ideal for practising trekking and for quads or buggy tours, such as the one which connects Corralejo village, from its emblematic harbour, to Lajares, really close to places such as El Roque, Montaña Colorada and the volcano Calderón Hondo. Here you can also observe autochthonous species of great landscape interest, some of which are in danger of extinction, and beautiful birds proper of this area of the Atlantic.

Isla de Lobos is another of the allures of this place, a small island located in the Bocaina strait, the area which connects Fuerteventura with Lanzarote. It is just a 4’5km2-wide island completely uninhabited since it was abandoned by the last lighthouse-keeper. Today, the lighthouse is still working automatically, without losing its traditional charm.

Suites in Corralejo

Suites in Corralejo

If you are searching for an accommodation option in Corralejo, we recommend you search in the Grandes Playas Avenue, close to Corralejo Bay, where you will find the best and most complete services, leisure centres, restaurants and rest areas, ideal as a complement for a nature holiday close to the dunes.

Here you will find accommodations of all categories, from big beach resorts in the Corralejo bay to aparthotels and campings. Hotel chains such as Barceló, Hesperia, Riu or Be Live have hotels in this area with competitive offers, specially for those who travel as a family.

Petit Palace Guide of Seville

CATHEDRAL, ALCÁZAR AND ARCHIVES OF THE INDIES

These monuments are the heart of Seville and the essence of his Almohads roots. The Cathedral, with Giralda’s minaret, is the largest Gothic building in Europe.  Raised on an old mosque, which still retains the Patio de los Naranjos, the Royal Palaces are a Moorish and Gothic art example in Seville.  The Archive of the Indies, which was the old fish market, has unique documentary resources of the Spanish colonies. Petit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana Hotel is the perfect accommodation for any trip to Seville.

SANTA CRUZ DISTRICT

Santa Cruz district is the most charming district of Seville. It was the old Jewish quarter of the city, which housed the second largest Jewish community in Spain.  Its narrow streets are perfect for walks in the shade and its many squares are full of life, tapas and music.  Don’t miss Plaza de los Venerables, Santa Elvira and Santa Cruz Squares. The Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel is located at Santa Cruz typical district.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
The Museum of Fine Arts is a must for painting lovers.  This building, built in 1835, is one of the most representative Spanish art centers of Baroque and Sevillian seventeenth-century paintings, with works by artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Juan de Valdes Leal … and especially Murillo and Zurbarán, who have devoted some few of the museum’s 14 rooms.

FLAMENCO AND TABLAOS
Flamenco is floating in every corner of Seville.  Its sounds fills the streets of the old center, painting its facades and squares. The best places to enjoy its essence are the Tablaos, typical bars where tables surround a stage offering performances every single night.  Scattered throughout Seville, one of the most emblematic is near the Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel: Tablao Los Gallos. Enjoy Seville booking the Petit Palace Canalejas Hotel.