Monthly Archives: September 2015

Spa time

Time to return to routine? Maybe… but also time to love, take care of yourself, sign up for a course, sport or activity that you like, to meet again with friends, talk about holidays and start planning the next one. September, when all is about putting things straight and getting ready to welcome autumn with a smile. No complaints: Mondays always are Mondays, in September you must always go back to school… And what better than do it with renewed energy.

To gather momentum (because it sounds nice but it’s very difficult to retake the course), few things are better than taking a weekend and devote it entirely to yourself, to do all that you like and brings you to life, without obligations, responsibilities and tasks. Only time for you.

Think of a destination that you want to visit. Majorca? Minorca? Ibiza? Cadiz? The coast of Barcelona? Malaga? Huelva? Tenerife? Fuerteventura? Choose and start to look at routes, tickets, flights. Are you ready? As for accommodation, don’t’ worry and leave it to us. We bring you a small selection of spa hotels to relax, spoil yourself and and recover the energy you need to get back on track.

Surf, endless beaches and 100% relaxation: We suggest you a spa hotel in Fuerteventura conceived to forget everything, immerse in the paradise offered by the incredible Jandía peninsula, at the southernmost end of the island, and leave behind all the stress and any indication of post-holiday syndrome. A spa hotel in Fuerteventura, between Morro Jable and Costa Calma, close to the most family-friendly area in the Matorral beach, connected by a pleasant path with the village and providing services that allow you to enjoy the authentic relaxation without even leaving the hotel. We stand out: price and quality highly recommended; modern facilities and spacious and well equipped rooms. It also has spa centre and it is possible to practice all kinds of water sports.

A spa in the room: The hotel with Jacuzzi in Tenerife (which also is a family hotel in Costa Adeje) that we propose for your renewal getaway is the Iberostar Bouganville Playa, an accommodation that, if you check reviews, you’ll see that it offers almost everything and with good quality at affordable prices. One of its strengths is that you can book your room with Jacuzzi and stay to enjoy your time, reading, listening to music or dozing in your own space, without trouble, or interruptions. Only you and absolute peace… We stand out: booking directly on the website of the chain you can get the lowest price guaranteed. If you find it cheaper on any other reservations site, Iberostar is committed to match it and give you, in addition, a 5% discount.

Garden Spa

Garden Spa

A real luxury to start September in style: If you’re one of those privileged ones who have savings in the account to invest them in holiday, then plan a break of a couple of days or a long weekend in this wellness and golf hotel in Almeria: Vincci Envia Almeria is part of the Vincci chain, it’s a breathtaking 5-star hotel where one could perfectly stay forever. It provides also one of the best gourmet gastronomy services in the area with adapted and healthy menus made with top quality products. We stand out: its cutting-edge wellness facilities, with a world-class professional team. Golf is also an interesting complement even if you’ve never practiced it: you can sign up for classes and it will be a perfect way to disconnect since, with little effort, you can enjoy sport outdoors, in a unique natural space.

Travel to paradise: Majorca is plenty of proposals… but we have opted for 2: an Adults Only hotel in Cala Millor and a spa and golf hotel close Palma. Each one is a different, being the first one much more advisable to escape from everything and retire to meditate beside the Mediterranean. For those who not only want to rest and are also looking for creative, different and entertaining plans, the second option is ideal because it is a 5-star hotel with everything you can need: two golf courses, one of the largest wellness and spa centres in the island, rooms and suites, gourmet restaurant, Sunday brunch…

Enjoy the finer things in life: to enjoy authentic experiences, nothing better than this proposal: book a hotel in the coast of Barcelona and take advantage of all that this destination can offer, which is a lot. Here you will find nature, traditional gastronomy, charming beaches, hidden corners to relax and enjoy loneliness facing the Mediterranean Sea, culture and roots… It is a more active plan, for those who understand relaxation as a mix of sensations and pleasures beyond pure relaxation on the sand of a beach. Besides, it is one of the most affordable plans because hotels in Maresme offer rates for all budgets.

Relaxation and glamour: Exquisite tastes? Then take note: Vincci Estrella de Mar. This spa and golf hotel in Marbella will captivate you. It is one of the most exclusive Vincci hotels, so it means that you can start getting ready for the best of the best. If, regardless of the cost, you look for an accommodation that it gives you everything, this is your hotel. We highlight its gourmet gastronomy; the spa and wellness area, its location in Marbella, facing the sea and with one of the most exclusive beach clubs in Costa del Sol. A place to pamper yourself and rub shoulders with the jet set.

Musical weekend in Madrid

Excuses to prolong the summer, party, laughter, trips. Here’s one for this post-holiday, tortuous September: weekend getaway to Madrid to enjoy good music, good ambience and Vermouth against Sunday hangover. Take your money, buy tickets and pack that we’re going to the DCode Festival.

DCODE Madrid

DCODE Madrid

What is DCode?

This festival prior to the autumn is being consolidated as one of the must-attend indie music events of Europe. In a single day (Saturday 12) and in a privileged location, the campus of the Complutense University of Madrid, the capital welcomes the new season with a luxury lineup for almost all tastes and ages: Sam Smith, Foals, Crystal Fighters, The Vaccines, Suede, Flo Morrissey, Wolf Alice, Izal, Supersubmarina… For 60 euros and the possibility of organizing a complete weekend in Madrid.

It is one of the few festivals that propose a day plan, with food trucks to liven up the stomachs of the festival-goers and shops and merchandising for fans. It is a custom little exploited in the music festivals in Spain, which tend to have most of the concerts and activities from 16: 30 in the afternoon. In this case, Dcode is making a strong bet on the day plan, with stages running from 11: 30 hours.

There will also be an extravagant sports plan: a football league involving sports journalists and some of the artists of the festival poster… And it is possible that a fan can enter into the official 11, so it is important not to lose detail of the news on the blog of the event.

And for fashionistas, Fashion Market with the presence of some of the most important designers of the moment in Spain, bright young hopes, consolidated brands, handicraft, gifts…

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Transportation:

Metro

As always, the fastest option in Madrid. If you haven’t been in the capital for a long time ago, you will notice that individual tickets are quite more expensive than a few years ago. Buy 10 If you are going to be 2 or 3 days in the capital. See schedules and when in doubt, pass by the box office.

●       Metro: CIUDAD UNIVERSITARIA STATION LINE L-6 “Circular 1Y 2”

Bus

Another interesting, but perhaps less quick option because of the Madrid traffic, but more entertaining because you can see the city. The route from the centre is short, but passes through interesting areas. Departs from Cibeles and offers night service for those who finish early in the morning.

●       Buses: C ARTE C: U, G, 46, 82, 83, 132, 133, 162

●       Buses: C. D. CANTARRANAS: Línea N-20 “Cibeles- Peña grande neighbourhood”

Taxi

The most expensive option but more direct. There is nothing like stopping a taxi in Madrid to take you to your destination. At night tend to be less, but it is still one of the cities in which this service is best provided.

Bike

More fashionable than ever. If you’re a modern person, this is the option for you. There is a public bicycle service provided by the city council: you can consult all the information on its website. You can also opt for booking a hotel in the centre of Madrid with free bikes, such as the Petit Palace hotels, which also have rooms with free wifi situated in Gran Via, Puerta del Sol, Chueca and the best neighbourhoods in the heart of Madrid.

Accommodation in Madrid: good, nice and at affordable prices

On the website of the festival you will find several hostels and hotels near the venue. Booking there is perfect for those who only go to see the festival because you save in transportation and get comfort. Try to book in advance because there are few rooms available.

For those who want to experience something more in the city… Hotels in the centre of Madrid have enough offers at this time and are the most convenient option: although you have to travel by metro to the University, the rest of the time you can experience the wealth of leisure, gastronomy and culture that provides the heart of Madrid without stress or rush. There are 4-star hotels in Madrid that, additionally, propose you a different experience to plan a fun getaway: cinema-inspired hotels in Madrid, hotels in the middle of Plaza Mayor, hotels in Puerta del Sol, gastronomic hotels in Las Letras neighbourhood… But it is difficult to choose because, as you can see, variety is not missing.

 

Travelling in September with pets

One of the best months of the year to schedule a short trip has begun, perfect to take a trip with our pets and go to the mountains, discover some hiking routes and explore different destinations in Spain. It is always difficult to organize a trip with children but it is far more difficult if you’re travelling with your pet. Raise your hand he who hadn’t have any trouble with it.

In order to avoid any problem or any last time surprise, it is better to choose a pet-friendly destination, close to natural areas and in a pet tolerant society. It might not be many places like this in Spain, but there are.

The Barcelona coast, for example, The Maresme is one of our favourite places to travel with pets in September. If you have a dog, take a pen because we have the list of  hotels that allow pets to resolve your accommodation issues when you bring your little friend. In here, it is easy to find pet-friendly hotels in Calella as well as pet-friendly accommodations in Pineda de Mar and the surrounding areas. The advantage is that this sun and beach areas are really close to Natural Park and rural areas that allow you to plan different activities to enjoy with our loyal companions.

Pet-friendly hotels in Maresme have the characteristic of bringing a personalized service and the only condition is that they have a weight-height limitation, and that the owner of the pet have to be responsible for the animal the whole time, in this way, it would be necessary to prove that the animal is perfectly healthy, with the vaccination record updated, the information of the last visit of the pet to the veterinary and that is trained to live with strangers without problems.

It’s an owner responsibility to guarantee the harmony inside the building. Do not cause any loud noises, beware that the pet made its needs where it should be, not letting it alone in the bedroom or in the common areas, to keep it clean a watch him. Etc.

Many places offer special services for the pets, room amenities (pet cots or bowls) and spaces specially designed for them.