Monthly Archives: November 2015

Luxury gastronomy in the centre of Madrid

Eating in Madrid is a pleasure for the five senses: tasteful, varied and cheap gastronomy. The capital is one of the places with the best gastronomy of Spain and with exquisite dishes at cheap prices. Even the luxury restaurants in the centre of Madrid have affordable prices, so you can take pleasure in one of these places without spending a great quantity of money, specially if you compare their prices with those of Barcelona, where gastronomy is much more expensive.

Cuisine d’auteur

You will find one of the best gastronomic spaces of the cuisine d’auteur in a hotel in the area of Las Letras. It is a 4-star restaurant in the middle of Gran Vía, close to the Parliament building and with  some of the most typical specialties of Madrid, cooked by one of the best chefs of Spain: Paco Morales. This cookery master offers its traditional cuisine prepared with innovative techniques and tastes from all over the world to all those who want to live a unique experience. The menu includes a wide range of options for all tastes. Besides, the hotel features a roof terrace with views to Gran Vía and a luxury bar ideal for lounging during a leisure or a business trip in Madrid.

 Ibersotar Las Letras rooftop terrace, Madrid

Ibersotar Las Letras rooftop terrace, Madrid

Gourmet dishes and tapas

You cannot leave Madrid without enjoying a tapas and beers route in La Latina, going through San Miguel Market, near Plaza Mayor square. This market has created a tendency in the whole country, becoming a model in the refurbishing of local markets started in many cities of the national territory. These refurbishment works keep the markets’ originality and their special ambience. There are many different establishments in the market, including those offering an international cuisine and many typical Spanish specialties elaborated with care and innovative details, like the croquettes, Spanish omelette, pickled vegetables or the traditional canned food. Everything prepared with first quality products and with a wide variety of vegan and bio cuisine options.

 

Exclusive international cuisine

One of the great features of Madrid’s gastronomy is that it offers a perfect combination of the traditional stew and international restaurants that offer delicious dishes with tastes from all over the world: Japanese, Asian, Mexican, Peruvian, Creole, American, Russian cuisine… Everything can be found in Madrid. But if you want to make the most of your accommodation and then have a tour around the city, there are many hotels in Gran Vía that offer you a delicious gastronomic service at a good quality price ratio. For example, the chef Jesús Trujillano’s restaurant, located close to Las Letras neighbourhood and Cibeles, is one of the best ones of the area. Although it is located in a hotel, it has nothing to do with the buffet cuisine normally offered in these establishments: new tastes, dishes from all over the world with surprising touches, an exquisite selection of wines, complete breakfasts… Everything at good prices.

The fabulous modernist Güell Park of Barcelona

Gaudí’s footprints in Barcelona cannot be missed during any type of trip or getaway. As the greatest world exponent of modernism, Antoni Gaudí has sprinkled all the nooks of the city with important works, among which we find one which makes the difference: the Güell Park.

Without taking anything away from the Sagrada Familia, the park offers a tour around a modernist style accessible for all ages and type of travellers: you do not need to be an expert art lover to enjoy its beauty and originality, its colours and its stunning views, its surroundings and its different outdoor leisure proposals.

With more than 100 years of history, the park is one of the reference tourist attractions in Barcelona, and it has been chosen as the setting of famous films such as Vicky, Cristina i Barcelona by Woody Alen, and it is a daily meeting point for locals and tourists from all over the world.

Useful information:

  • It is open every day of the year.

→ From the 1st of January to the 28th of March: from 08.30 am to 06.15 pm (last access 05.30 pm)

→ From the 25th of October to the 31st of December: 08.30 am to 06.15 pm (last access 05.30 pm)

→ From the 4th of May to the 6st of September: 08.00 am to 09.30 pm (last access 09.00 pm)

→ From the 29th of March to the 3d of May: from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm (last access 07.30 pm)

→ From the 7th of September to the 24th of October: from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm (last access 07.30 pm)

  • Tickets prices: the general ticket costs 7€ online and 8€ at the ticket office. Admission free for children under 6. Tickets for children 7-12 cost 4.90€ (5.60€ at the ticket office), like tickets for people over 65.

  • Accommodation: there are different hotels in the centre of Barcelona which offer services and complete information about routes and leisure activities. Some 4-star hotels in Barcelona combine these services with a good quality price ratio:

Tenerife and Lanzarote, a perfect tandem

Two magic islands that seem to be from another planet. Two brethren paradises which are, at the same time, very different from each other. Their volcanic origin, their desert-like, almost lunar spots, and their tropical vegetation give shape to a wide range of places where to live thousands of adventures.  There we travel today, crossing from island to island, discovering new nooks and revisiting the most famous ones.

Must visit places in Tenerife

  • A day in Santa Cruz.- The capital of the island is well worth a visit, with a shopping route, a terrace route, a walk around the main monuments and emblematic buildings of the city… If you prefer, you can even spend there a couple of days and a night: Santa Cruz’s nightlife is lively. Regarding the accommodation, one of the best luxury hotels in Tenerife is located at the heart of the city, the stunning Grand Mencey Hotel, one of the oldest hotels of Spain.

  • Relax getaway to Costa Adeje.- After a while of urban tourism, it’s time to relax under the sun, enjoy the beach and a good gastronomy. Few places allow for this perfect combination apart from the south of Tenerife. Choosing a good family hotel in Costa Adeje  with spa is easy, and much more in this area, as there is a wide variety of options. The family hotels in Costa Adeje are another perfect accommodation option, as they have a good quality price ratio, together with the All Inclusive establishments and the beach apartments.

  • Giants Cliff.- One of the most stunning places on earth. Created as a result of the volcanic eruptions that have taken place historically in Tenerife. Contemplating the scene from the see is a unique experience.

  • Teide National Park.- You cannot miss a trekking excursion around this fabulous setting during your trip to Tenerife. The Teide, the highest peak of Spain, is a fabulous watchtower from where to admire the landscapes of the island. If you stay in a beach resort in Tenerife or in a golf hotel in San Miguel de Abona, in the area of Costa Adeje, you will enjoy good communications with the park and you will have access to many of the firms that organise guided tours around the area.

Olé Tropical Tenerife Hotel

Olé Tropical Tenerife Hotel

Essentials in Lanzarote

  • Visit to the paradise of La Graciosa.– La Graciosa is an oasis of unspoilt beaches and imperturbable peace ideal for a romantic trip to Lanzarote. Taking a boat and getting to this fabulous island to enjoy a relaxing day away from routine is an experience that should be included in any trip to Lanzarote. If you stay in a hotel in Puerto del Carmen you will enjoy good communications with this paradise. You will just need to plan an excursion and book a ferry ticket from Lanzarote to La Graciosa.

  • Timanfaya National Park.- Lanzarote features a lunar landscape: endless deserts full of craters of ochre, golden and terracotta tones that blend with the lava paths that have given shape to the island’s orography. If you want to enjoy this image from the best setting, you must visit the Timanfaya, the great volcano of Lanzarote. There are programmed and guided excursions available for those who want to travel with children to Lanzarote.

  • Playa Blanca.– Located in the south of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is one of the tourist areas par excellence of the island, a place where to find all the necessary services and facilities to enjoy a relaxing holiday without worries. Choosing a hotel in Lanzarote is a guarantee of success: book a beach resort or bungalows in Lanzarote and enjoy the perfect accommodation for a relaxing holiday.

The latest news of Mencey’s Cookery Classroom for November

Just like every month, we bring you the latest news of the Mencey Cookery Classroom, a unique gastronomic experience in Tenerife. The combination of the finest cuisine, relax and cooking courses aims to provide guests with the best possible experience.

For the second consecutive month, the Iballa Cocktail Bar offers every Saturday a special aperitif called the Vermuteria del Mencey. From 12.00 to 15.00, all attendees can enjoy delicious gourmet tapas to accompany the wide selection of spirits and vermouth. Come and enjoy a very special Saturday!

If you are looking to enjoy a day of relaxation and enjoy a delicious brunch, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey offers a new concept, the Sprunch. This service combines SPA treatments, where to renew body and mind as a couple, and the famous gourmet brunch. Available from 11:30 until 13:30, it has a price of 45€ per person.

And for all hobby chefs, the cooking classes this month have been designed to make the most of this time of year. The first course will be held on Thursday, 12th of November, between 17.00 and 20.00. This is a course designed for the management of home made preserves. Led by chef Carlos Perez you will discover all the secrets to turn fresh foods into delicious preserves. The course has a cost of  € 45 per person. It is well worth it!

The second cooking course will be held on Thursday 19th, also between 17.00 and 20.00. This course is focused on alkaline diet, which seeks to balance the internal pH, by consuming mainly alkaline products. A healthy and beneficial diet with which you will learn to prepare a wide range of delicious recipes.

For further information, please contact directly Mencey’s Cookery Classroom.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, a different holiday experience

The meaning of holidays is inevitably changing. In recent years the concept of travelling and choosing a destination has become a much more complex issue than it was until today. Deciding is based in a thousand of reasons, the destination – of course – but also the accommodation: there are more and more travellers who choose their holiday wanting from the first time to this or that hotel. Yes, experiential hotels have come into play and are taking the market’s head.

Today we are going to talk about one that just came out of the Iberostar factory, a hotel worth of attention because it is created to marktrend. It is a 5-star design hotel in Bendinat, one of the most exclusive areas of Majorca, on the southwest coast of the island, next to the famous marinas Puerto Portals and Port Adriano. With these references, it is inevitable not to think of luxury, modernity and exclusive atmosphere. Yes, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous is all that… but much more.

Images IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous

Images IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous

Iberostar has wanted to open a door to a world where relaxation, details, and pleasure are the key. A door to a Mediterranean paradise to enjoy a few days full of possibilities without leaving the hotel. The versatility of its spaces, its privileged location on the shores of Cala Bendinat, its latest generation spa, themed rooms and suites, gardens design, bars, chill out, parties, sport… Everything creates an irresistible proposal that was created with the idea of changing the concept of tourism in Majorca, focusing on a selected segment with greater purchasing power. sybaritic travellers: you already have the excuse to return to Majorca again and again.

This new 5-star accommodation in Bendinat is especially outstanding for its special suites. With 4 different models (Games Suite, Heritage Suite, Stargazer Suite and Naughty Suite), it meets all the wishes and opens a new space to any imagination: vintage rooms full of art, rooms inspired by the world of astronomy, by the most provocative sensuality or designed as a authentic game rooms… All signed, like the rest of the common spaces of the establishment, by the Dutch interior designer Marcel Wanders.

Entertainment is another key that will make this hotel a point of reference in high level tourism in Majorca. Additionally, this complex is surrounded by the famous golf course of Bendinat, one of the most spectacular areas to practice swing in the Balearic Islands.

Even though the hotel is not open yet, you can already book through the official website of Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, as well as its individual website. On all these websites, accommodation bookings are directly managed by the chain, without intermediaries, allowing prices to be more affordable. In fact, Iberostar offers to make prices equal and add a 5% discount to all those who find a lower rate on other third-party website.