Monthly Archives: October 2015

Luxury experiences all the year round

There are holidays and holidays, destinations and more destinations, hotels and hotels… But if we could choose, without thinking about what it will mean for our Visa, surely we would not say no to what we have to offer you today: we want you to dream of the most exclusive luxury holiday you can imagine. And we want you to make it reality.

It is autumn, there is still time to save more money, so, why not dream big. Working throughout the year like crazy should have a reward. So take note, because below you will find a selection of luxury hotels that will guarantee you the best experience. In the list we have included as diverse destinations as islands, beach areas on the peninsula, preserved parks and cities. Create your 5-star experience to your liking.

Grand Hotel Mencey: It is one of our favourite hotels when it comes to consider a luxury break in Tenerife. As it is a hotel in the centre of Santa Cruz, it combines all the goodness of an urban hotel with the charm of a colonial hotel next to some of the most famous beaches of the Canary Islands, Las Teresitas beach, a must in the capital of the island if you want to swim. One of the advantages of this 5-star hotel in Santa Cruz is that you can organize your getaway at any time of the year, whether it’s Christmas or Easter. The choice is yours.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey

Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey

Vincci Aleysa: A 5-star boutique hotel with spa and golf in Malaga. The experience at this accommodation is a real dream that is worth living as a couple. Leave the children with their grandparents and start to live a couple of days entirely dedicated to you and the pleasures of life: delicious gastronomy, outdoor sport, wellness and aesthetic care, entertainment… Bookings can be made directly from the individual hotel website, without intermediaries, at lower prices.

Grand Portals Nous: The newest Iberostar’s accommodation in Spain is one of the most exclusive design hotels in Europe. Designed by Marcel Wanders, it is a hotel located in Cala Bendinat, surrounded by a huge golf course and one step away from the famous Puerto Portals, on the southwest coast of Majorca. If you decide to discover it, don’t hesitate to choose one of their themed suites: inspired by games and new technologies, by the universe and astronomy, retro art and sensuality. You also have to try their exclusive beach club, with cocktails on the beach.

Petit Palace Serrano: One of the most complete and recommended design hotels in Madrid, especially for businessmen and high level travellers. Its services are a real delight, and the staff is always friendly and helpful, satisfying the needs of every guest. Its careful decoration, its comfortable rooms with Wi-Fi, computers, iPad and its restaurant, are the elements that have managed to turn it into a point of reference in any luxury getaway to Madrid. You can get a more affordable booking through the hotel’s official website or the chain’s official website.

Grand Hotel Salomé: It is possible that you had heard about the best all-inclusive hotel in Spain. Well, next to the Iberostar Anthelia, you will find one of the finest luxury accommodations in the entire country: Grand Salome is part of Anthelia complex in Costa Adeje and it is a 5-star Only Adults hotel in front of Duke beach that surprises even the VIP and most demanding travellers. It is an Adults-Only hotel in Tenerife like few others, with Premium all-inclusive and a complete spa area, inspired by the most appreciated Thai relaxation techniques of the moment. Pay full attention to the offers because, every so often, they provide interesting opportunities on the official website of Iberostar, so you could get one of their luxury suites at bargain prices.

Chiclana, a destination to visit again and again

There are destinations we could visit over and over again while discovering new places and enjoying different experiences. Endless destinations that expand and grow as we know them more, as we unravel their secrets. One of these magical places is, undoubtedly, Chiclana, in Cadiz. This municipality in the Cadiz coast, located in one of the most beautiful natural settings in Spain, combines everything that a traveller can wish for a holiday of relaxation, sport and fun at any age.

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Chiclana is pure life outdoors, tradition and gastronomy. Its culture influenced by diverse civilizations offers an inexhaustible range of proposals allowing you to design thousands of different trips. For example, if you want to relax, to enjoy a few days of well-being and luxury, an excellent option is to book one of the spa hotels in Chiclana or a 4 star golf hotel in Chiclana which is located on the famous beach La Barrosa. They are very complete accommodation providing the possibility of resting at good price and explore the coast of this municipality full of life and natural harmony.

Iberostar Royal Andalus golf hotel

Iberostar Royal Andalus golf hotel

Visiting the Sancti Petri harbour, walking the old centre of this small fishing village, getting lost in the woods and fields that surround the coast and paint the cliffs of bright green. Contrasts of light and colour that mix with the best winds of the south of Spain for practicing sports such as surfing or windsurfing or spending a week hiking and discovering the essence of its pristine nature: Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, Roche coves, La Barrosa, Pinar del Hierro pine grove, La Espartosa pine woods…

You must also visit its salt mines, and stop to contemplate the beautiful lakes that turn Chiclana into a point of reference for lovers of native flora and fauna. An excursion by the banks of the Iro river, visiting the Jeli lagoons and natural reserves of Montellano are plans that should be in all the schedules of those who visit this town in the coast of Cadiz. A destination qualified as sustainable municipality ideal to connect with nature. Today, tomorrow and always.

 

Urban trip to Barcelona

These fall we suggest you a short urban trip to one of the most interesting, eclectic, modern and cosmopolitan of Spain: Barcelona. The autumnal months are perfect to spend a couple of days away from everything in a place like Ciudad Condal, an interesting destination with a wide accommodation offer.

The Vincci hotel chain is a clear example of an urban hotel line located in the centre of the cities but it stands out from the rest thanks to the spaces, the lovely decoration and the quality of its service. Undoubtedly, this hotel chain would be the perfect choice to enjoy not only Barcelona but also the hotel itself.

Vincci hotels hasthree fourstars hotels in the city and every one of them ooze authenticity. The hotel Vincci Bit, for example, is a design hotel in the Diagonal Mar area in Barcelona, a place where art is the main topic to the point of considering the hotel itself a museum. Every hall has been decorated with murals and graffitis made by renowned illustrators and designers, a place where you wouldn’t mind spending time there.

Interiores del hotel Vincci Bit

Vincci Bit hotel

On the other hand, the Vincci Gala is located in a 1900 stately mansion, thishotel located in the centre of Barcelona near Cataluña square can brag about reaching the perfect balance between tradition and modernity, preserving the main characteristics but, at the same time, adapting the facilities into a modern and above all, comfortable place.

The Spanish firm also has another hotel in the Catalan capital: the Vincci Marítimo, ahotel located next to the congress centre of Barcelona and a few metres away from the beach known as Mar Bella. It has an avant-garde decoration, the bedrooms are perfect since they take advantage of the natural night in every room, and it also has a relaxing Japanese garden which is ideal to relax yourself after a long and tiring work day.

Gastronomy in the south of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura tastes like pure tradition. Like the more essential life in the Canary Islands, stories of villages lost among the mountains, small fishing enclaves, wines and exotic fruits. One of its most international products is the majorerocheese which has managed to rise to the category of Designation of Origin, exported to foreign markets as one of the great delights of our for its exceptional taste and craftsmanship.

Traditional papas arrugás, mojo, fishes, seafood and stews are combined into an essential cookbook for anyone who consider himself a real gourmet. One of the best places to discover all their flavours is the south of the island, in particular, the fishing village Morro Jable, where the traditional Canary pubs continue to stand the test of time and modernity offering an atmosphere characteristic of other times where good food was one of the essential elements in the society of the island.

Hoteles en Playa Jandia

In these pubs of Morro Jable and in the restaurants that are next to the small harbour you can enjoy some truly exquisite dishes for very affordable prices. It is true that, to eat at any of them, it is essential to book in advance since, especially in high season, it is completely booked throughout the day.

Fresh grilled fish and seafood are some of the most recommended delights for tasting in this area. Morro Jable is still a sea village and boats are leaving every day to return home full of gastronomic treasures of the Atlantic.

Tapas are a perfect solution for an appetizer or light meal in any pub. But to celebrate or have a quiet dinner, the ideal is to book in a restaurant overlooking the sea. If you can, request the special house dish in advance, so they can manage the product and ensure you that it will be fresh.

If you are staying in one of the hotels in Playa de Jandia or Costa Calma, you can arrive in less than half an hour to the centre of Morro Jable. If your hotel is next to the Matorral beach, you can even walk through the promenade that connects the hotels area known as Playa Gaviotas to Jandia’s lighthouse and the village.

Ibiza, the Mediterranean light

Ibiza is the pride and joy of the Mediterranean, an island full of light, magic, free spirits and avant-garde. Recognized throughout the world as a summer meeting point for lovers of electronic music, it is also an oasis for anyone looking for that unique light given off by the calm of this sea full of life.

As it is smaller than Mallorca, you can easily know the entire island in less than a week and discover the magical places that usually fall outside the best-known tours. To approach its true essence we must give up preconceived routes, leave the crowd and take refuge in its villages.

Among them, especially stands out Santa Eularia des Riu, for its cosy, quiet, traditional and authentic atmosphere. A highly sought-after place is by those who travel with family to Ibiza, since it provides better services for children than others and is far from the most important nightlife areas. However, it also offers fun and exclusive enclaves where you can enjoy amazing sunsets, glamorous parties, high standing events and romantic plans for couples.

In addition to its famous hippie markets (Es Canar and Punta Arabi), Santa Eulària has a beautiful old town, and boasts the Puig de Missa, hallmark of all Ibiza and from which you can enjoy the best viewpoint on the island. Narrow streets, incredible historic heritage in every corner, traditional houses, colourful fields and the only river in all Ibiza are in this village of traditional charm but equipped with first-class services.

IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Hotel en Ibiza

IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Hotel in Ibiza

What to see in Santa Eularia:

Puig de Missa

Santa Eulària Old town

Hippie markets

Es Canar Beach

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Accommodation in Santa Eulària:

One of the most innovative hotels in Santa Eulària des Riu is, precisely, IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia, a new resort managed by IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, completely renewed and inspired by the traditional essence of Ibiza. Created as a hotel to enjoy, it offers a complete experience in one of the most exclusive locations of this small town of Ibiza: the hotel is situated in S’Argamassa beach and offers one of the most beautiful chill out bars in Ibiza. It is a beach club located on an end of the beach, on a breakwater that enters the sea, carved in stone and from which you can see the coast, silhouetted by the light of the sun.

Rooms in Santa Eulalia, provided by this 3-star hotel in Ibiza especially stand out for its wonderful views. They all have a perfect view through their large windows and terraces, to the pool, gardens or directly to the sea. Designed for a break as a couple or with friends, they offer specialized services and the atmosphere is relaxed and very, very quiet.

Besides personalized attention, services of this hotel in Santa Eulalia provide experiences that allow the traveller to delve into the culture of the island without leaving your accommodation: local cuisine, special plans to enjoy the destination and a wide range of sports activities. Everything under the unique concept of Adults-Only hotel in Ibiza.

Room reservations in this hotel in Santa Eulalia can be made directly on the official website of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, where -in addition- they guarantee all guests the lowest price online and personal attention at all times.

Sol Hotels: accommodations and fun

Just a few hotel chains have achieved what Melià has achieved with its family hotel line Sol Hotels. After a changing process carried out in the last three years, one of the tourism brands specialized in family holiday in Spain has increasingly become a hallmark of fun hotels in beach areas designed for travellers of the century.

Modern services, design spaces and innovative activities that make each hotel something completely different from all others are some features of this new Melià. Some examples are their hotels in Magaluf that have been there for years and that they managed to turn into new accommodation references in Majorca: for young athletes, couples and groups of friends and family.

So, among them, we suggest you the Sol Wave House , the Sol Kathmandu or the Sol Beach House , created under the concept of contemporary, fashion, with style and inspired by the latest trends.

Tibidabo Story

It might seem, at this point, that it has always been there. That it was born when the continent formed, which is older than the sea, that anyone else, ever, lived without having it to the side, without thinking, today we go to Tibidabo… But the truth is that its story, although old, is relatively recent. The amusement park par excellence of Barcelona was born in 1900, opened in October 1901 and during its first decades was just a great fair of games with a railway (Tramvia Blau and a funicular, one of the most important elements of the Park and that, since its beginning, marked a milestone in the city.

Tibidabo funicular was its first great attraction, people got to it as if it were a roller coaster and even today is one of the keys that make this park one of the most magical places in Barcelona. Going to Barcelona and not getting on Tibidabo funicular is not going to Barcelona.

 Catalonia Sagrada Familia Hotel

photo: Catalonia Sagrada Familia Hotel

In the past, the division of the Park was made by neighbourhoods that little by little, responding to the needs of the progress of the Park, were transformed at current levels. For example, Barrio de la Atalaya, Barrio del Avión and Barrio de las Atracciones are now level 6; then Barrio de la Montaña Rusa, which remains today as one of the main ones is level 5; the Cars Crash – formerly Barrio de los Coches de Choque- is level 4; Barrio de Aladino is 2 and Barrio del Castillo, Hurakan, Pirata and Barrio del Bosque are 1.

The most outstanding attractions, in addition to the funicular, are Camí del Cel, Plaça dels Somnis, Cars Crash, Dividabo and Muntanya Russa.

To get to the Park, if you are staying at a hotel in the centre of Barcelona, the best is approaching the area of Ramblas, where there is a line of public transportation that connects to the enclosure. If you have accommodation in Barcelona’s Plaça d’Espanya, you can also take advantage of this line that runs throughout the day from the 10.15 pm, with frequencies of 20 minutes.

If you are staying in hotels in Barcelona away from the downtown, you can opt for going to the Sant Genís parking area, where you find another line of transportation to the park.

For those who travel by car, the area of Sant Genís is also the best: there is a parking area in front of the Vall D’hebron Hospital with high capacity, where they sell the park entrances and where you can take a free bus. A very convenient option for those who go to spend a day with their family and do not want to get too complicated.

Madrid: City of design

Today we are going to propose a trip to Madrid… but a unique getaway. A stay at a very special design hotel in the capital of Spain, so you can enjoy a really fun accommodation and boast a trip to Madrid with everyone.

We begin with a movie hotel. Yes, a hotel from the movies, or rather a hotel where where to relive all the movies that we have grown up with. A space to discover those film scripts which are rooted in our  conscience and with which we have learned to travel the world in our imagination. A hotel with so many experiences that will guide through the some of the best moments in film history and that allows you to transform a short escapade to Madrid into a dream.

Room Skylight at Hotel Vincci Capitol

Room Skylight at Hotel Vincci Capitol

The Vincci Capitol, located in the same building of the great room that gives it its name. Set in the film world, this hotel boasts rooms inspired by films of all times. It has the great advantage of being an accommodation in the heart of Gran Via, next to Callao and the shopping street Preciados, next to the Fnac and just a few steps from Puerta del Sol. Modern but without losing its classic air of old cinema, the hotel connects directly to the history of the Capitol room and proposes a real film trip to Madrid. Services are very complete (it is a 4-star) and prices are very reasonable with respect to their quality and attention.

In the same line of original and careful design, the Vincci Hotels chain has other 4 hotels in the centre of Madrid which are also really worth it:

–          Vincci Soma

–          Vincci Vía 66

–          Vincci Centrum

–          Vincci Soho

Beach hotels for children and adults alike

The tourism sector is still in phase of deep specialization, adjusting their products increasingly to a specific type of traveller and improving all services, activities and special facilities for this specific segment. One of the clearest examples that exist today is the transformation of the family hotels in hotels for children: promoting more attention to children, allowing parents to enjoy more free time, more holiday at their own pace.

A good example of this new type of hotel (which, in reality, has always existed, but somewhat vague, since the accommodations for families covered too much without specifying) are those who make up the Ole Hotels portfolio. Ole Olivina Lanzarote or Ole Tropical Tenerife represent a perfect holiday accommodation for those who travel with children and want a hotel that gives them a complete and special service for the little ones.

Paying attention to children is, almost indissolubly, gaining time to give to their parents. In this way, a family that choose a hotel specialized in children in destinations such as Majorca, Ibiza, Canary Islands or Andalusia will always have a better and personal that in a generic family hotel where services are more general and more aimed at pleasing everyone without giving specific solutions to specific issues.

It is truth that mini club service is preserved in both types of hotels, however, in a hotel for children, schedules tend to be more flexible, groups tend to include more ages, facilities are more prepared for kids to comfortably enjoy them and, in a differentiated way, certain areas are dedicated to adults, to provide them relax while the children have fun.

More teams of instructors, more activities inside and outside the hotel, fun and special menus, games rooms and nursery with babysitting even for nights… Entertained children, and happy and relaxed parents. Little by little the services provided are taking shape and the result, for now, is a real success.

In addition, as you can see in the following video of the hotel in Puerto del Carmen Ole Olivina Lanzarote, hotels for children are not exclusive, moreover, those travelling as a couple or with a group of friends can enjoy much better spaces and quiet moments, without having to constantly share different parts of the hotel with the little ones. In this way, there is privacy for adults without giving up care and fun that younger guests need.