Monthly Archives: June 2015

Summer with children in… Majorca, Tenerife, Cádiz?

Summer, children, Majorca. Summer, children, Tenerife. Summer, children … where?  If you are indecisive and at this time of the year, in summer, you do not know where to spend your holiday with the little ones… You have a small problem. But it is solvable. Take note because now we must cross our fingers and begin to search last minute offers that allow you to organize a trip plan adapted to everyone but affordable.

A destination and hotel for holiday with children this summer that we recommend and never fails is Majorca. The Balearic capital is still one of the most sought-after destinations by European families who want to rest and enjoy the Mediterranean sun, surrounded by impressive coves, leisure areas for all ages and all types of services specifically targeted at tourists, foreigners and locals.

It is truth that Majorca is characterised by being a destination mostly visited by Germans and British, but there are more and more Nordic and Spanish visitors.  It is not a cheap destination, but it is a place where we can find a good quality-price relationship. If you are looking for an accommodation for children, there are many family hotels in Majorca offering for example free stay for children. There are other hotels which are authentic theme parks where you can stay and enjoy a family holiday in which kids will have fun guaranteed.

Family hotels in Playa de Muro, all-inclusive apartments in Majorca (Alcudia, Palmanova,Cala Millor… ). This island has areas almost reserved to families. They stand out for their cosy atmosphere, their good connections to the airport, their basic services (safety, health, cleanliness) and the special leisure facilities, both in hotels and in the surroundings.

Ole Hotels

Ole Hotels

The most important attraction is the same: beach. But it is truth that if you want beach you don’t need to go to Majorca.  You can go to Tenerife: the number of family friendly hotel in Tenerife is so vast that prices are usually very affordable. Our recommendation is to fly to the south of Tenerife and opt for resorts in Costa Adeje, since it is one of the best equipped destinations for summer holidays with children. A family hotel in Las Américas or, if you want an extra benefit, a family hotel in Costa Adeje can be the most complete options for everyone: because you also need to enjoy your holiday.

Another good option in the Canary Islands is Fuerteventura. The south of this island is one of our favourite ones for family holidays. Why? Because beaches are safest and quieter for kids, and there are more specialized services. The area of hotels in Jandía, with touristic areas such as Costa Calma or Playa Gaviotas, is a wise choice if you travel with children: you will be in a unique destination, at just one step from theme parks, water parks, zoos and charming villages. Additionally, most of the resorts in Playa de Jandía are specialized in families, with mini club for different ages, children’s menus, family rooms…

But if you want to go out the peninsula, Cadis is an excellent option. It will probably be the destinations with the best accommodation offers: beach resorts in Cadis, among which you can choose a spa hotel in Cadis, a family hotel close to Roche or a golf hotel in La Barrosa.  They all are designed for families and offer mini cub, pools with water games, children’s menus… In addition, each one has opted for a special service to captivate parents: gold, gastronomy, wellness, sports, etc…

Posada del Peine: An historical hotel

If you’re one of those who seek new experiences and travel to know different cultures, we have the right place for you. This charming place will show you a piece of Madrid’s old city, located in Plaza Mayor, La posada del Peine, is the oldest hotel still open in the capital.

It began as a road inn in the centre of Madrid, hosting travellers coming from Alcalá Street, Posada del Peine is a hotel that made his way through time and grew with the city without losing its unique essence.

Warming rooms, with highly detailed furnishing, history and mystery hidden behind a colourful decoration, elegant amenities, with the modern and bohemian touch it always had.

The changes made by the Petit Palace hotel chain, praised by the hotel architecture industry, because it keeps the antique sensation but it also became into a comfortable, versatile and sweet remembered.

It’s true that some rooms are a little bit small, but it compensates with its location and unique design, plus, it has the best 4 star hotel service in the city: bedrooms with free Wi-Fi in Plaza Mayor, iPod and device connection, hydromassage shower.

To book in Posada del Peine, we suggest to visit the hotel website, since it guarantee the lowest online price, and also made unique offers often, like free breakfast, free iPad, or flexible schedule.

Don’t forget your camera, take as much pictures as you like, you will discover a timeless spot, the hotel worth the experience, trust us.

 

Holiday golf destinations for 2015

Spain is one of the strongest holiday golf destinations in Europe, which offers more variety, more golf courses and travelling options, as well as a wide hotel offer specialized in golf. In fact, there are specially selected areas only for this type of activity, like the Golf valley in Marbella, a place that gathers some of the best hotels with golf courses in Andalucia, competing with renowned golf hotels in Chiclana and the prestigious golf hotels in Isla Canela.

South Spain is, undoubtedly, a must when we think in a destination to play golf. Andalusian community has among the touristic area 114 professional golf courses with the higher standards. Malaga is one of the main destinations, appealing thanks to its all inclusive hotels in Marbella usually located close to some of the best golf courses, adding a new air to the destination, letting you plan your family holiday with a chance to enjoy a golf season.

Iberostar Son Antem

Iberostar Son Antem

This renowned Andalusian fields, gather many professional golfers every year. Prices change by location and course specifications. And the services it offers or if it’s linked to a nearby hotel. And for those who also have an accommodation service is always cheaper (and practical) to take the full package.

This not only happens in Andalucia. The golf offer in Spain extends in almost every touristic coast area. Specially in the islands: Majorca is a big one, with more than 24 professional golf courses and deluxe resorts near Palma, being one of the most valued, but there are other accommodations related to golf in the rest of the island that allow you to use the golf course, with some interesting discounts and affordable accommodation prices.

Moving to the Canary Archipelago, Tenerife is always a good option since it has lots of spa hotels in Tenerife, near Santa Cruz, in the north area. Book in an Adults Only hotel in Costa Adeje, this will allow you to enjoy the golf courses. In the south area, you will find some golf courses with the best view of the island and with the best services.

Roquetas de Mar, in Almería, in Madrid surroundings, Costa Blanca or even some areas of hotels in the Barcelona coast and Costa Brava, are your ideal destinations if you’re planning a golf season this 2015, don’t forget to check the official website of each hotel that included golf services, most of them have special offers during this season and many of them give the best price only if you book directly through their website.

New boutique hotels in Barcelona for 2015

We keep talking about boutique hotels as a different trip plan for 2015. After the previous short introduction and our short trip for some charming accommodations in Madrid, this time we will travel to Barcelona, another big city in Spain where you can enjoy a wide variety of boutique hotels characterised by their design, singular spaces and personal attention.

The big difference between Barcelona and Madrid is that the Catalonian capital always stands out for its taste for design and innovation.  It is also important to bear in mind that this city has higher rates than Madrid and its attractions are more distant from each other, in comparison with the Spanish capital, where we find clearly an historic and artistic centre.

In Barcelona you can book a good boutique hotel in almost any pace and enjoy the authentic ambience of the city without needing to be very close to the old town. Nevertheless, it is truth that some of the most singular hotels in Barcelona are situated in famous streets such as Ciutat Vella, L’Eixample, Gràcia, etc. You can find a few interesting hotels in Poble Nou, but not as much as in the aforementioned areas.

Posada del Peine Hotel Petit Palace

Posada del Peine Hotel Petit Palace

Modernism is another hallmark. All the modernist area has wonderful must-visit hotels. This is the case of Museum Barcelona Hotel, one of the classic one in this city, where you can rest in an old modernist house (Garriga Nogués House) which has been completely and very gently refurbished and almost all the period details have been preserved.

Along with this, also managed by Petit Palace chain –which is one of the most important and best examples of boutique hotels in Spain-, it is worth mentioning the Boquería Hotel, renowned in the city for its beautiful romantic garden surrounding it and shaping the entire hotel. In this case, besides being an accommodation that boasts exquisite details, it stands out for its location, just some metres away from the famous market which gives it its name.

What you should always request in a boutique hotel in Barcelona is spaces conceived to enjoy experiences in the hotel representing a trip motivation in themselves. This is one of the main characteristics of Barceló chain with its Raval Hotel: although it cannot be considered a boutique hotel for its dimensions and accommodation capacity, it has applied this philosophy in its spaces, creating one of the fashionable terrace roofs in Barcelona where tourist from all over the world want to be, being or not guests of the hotel.  Creating a viewpoint of the city is a real success, undoubtedly, since it is one of the best marketing formulas nowadays.

Being linked to the destination and achieving that the hotel, its spaces and activities make part of the social schedule of a city such as Barcelona is worth taking your hat off to. Few are the ones who achieve it, but there are more and more trying to. It is truth that many boutique hotels in Barcelona have not much capacity to make them know by word to mouth, but it is clear that in this hard-fought industry, as in others, making efforts, listening to the customer and making good investments give good results. If not in the short-term, then in the medium-long-term.

Choosing the right accommodation is essential, since many call themselves boutique hotels, but they are really a small and family accommodation where you feel at home… with all that being at home implies. Without an attraction, without extra services.  That is not a good boutique hotel, but a small hotel. Pay attention, because there are many of these ones in Barcelona.

You should always request quality (never stay at a 1 or 2-star hotel, although you see an attractive price) and trust in the previous guests’ reviews: those who have tried it before can tell you what you will really find. But, do not hesitate to try a good boutique hotel, it will worth it.

Catalonia Sagrada Familia Hotel

Catalonia Sagrada Familia Hotel

There are hotels in Barcelona that can offer you experiences similar to the boutique hotels –maybe with a less noticeable personal attention- that will help you to plan a romantic escapade or a trip with friends completely different from what you have seen before. Some hotels that give this type of added value are, for example, hotels such as Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, where, from the beginning of the stay you see that everything is organized, every service and facility is conscientiously designed to offer the maximum comfort and the best experiences. If you want to make sure of this, you just need to stay at one of its rooms next to Plaza España or to enjoy its swimming pool in the terrace roof.

This type of accommodations (most of them 4-5 stars) are a not very affordable, but you should also check the prices in relation to the quality: we often get swept up in the offer, thinking of a low cost accommodation… and then we end up writing a bad review about a hotel for which we had many expectations and have paid too little.