Monthly Archives: December 2015

Colombia is the buzz word at the moment

Colombia is in vogue. Colombia is taking advantage of the fact that it is the protagonist of one of the series in vogue about the controversial Pablo Escobar to get rid of its bad reputation and promote itself as a destination of stunning landscapes, of a thousand-year culture, an intense gastronomy, idyllic nooks; of cities with history and colonial villages; of magic music, happiness and humble people. Colombia is much more than what we see on television, it is the alive and lush nature of its jungles, the vitality of its “cafetales” and its sugar cane fields, the craftwork made by the elders and by talented youngsters, the life in the streets, its museums, its theatres… Colombia is its past, tough and real, but it is also its welcoming present and its encouraging future.

4 or 5 years ago Colombia tried to break with its past: with the insecurity, with crime and violence. “Colombia, the risk is that you want to stay” was one of the most famous tourist promotion slogans. A courageous campaign that wanted to promote the idea that an unsafe country is a country that does not evolve. Thus, the campaign was accompanied by videos that showed all the virtues of Colombia that have traditionally been overlapped with other less attractive issues.

Adventure, huge beaches, good weather, heritage and culture, music, modernity, comfort… These are the values that were celebrated in the videos and that have also inspired the new promotion campaign, aimed at promoting the country as the cradle of magic realism, offering unique experiences in its incomparable landscapes. Thanks to both campaigns, tourism in Colombia has not stopped growing, and it has earned different awards for being the first international tourist destination chosen by travellers from all around the world.

Discovering the charm of the so-called Eje Cafetero, the beauty of the famous Garden City of Colombia (Fusagasugá), the eternal Cartagena, San Agustín, the Colombian Caribbean… The tourist attractions in the country are endless, like the hospitality of its people and the magic of its nature.

If you are thinking of visiting Colombia, do not hesitate: the country is in vogue and prices shoot ski-high. Make the most of the trip and accommodation discounts or plan your own getaway with enough time for enjoying the sales with the Early Booking of the hotels in Bogota. Medellin and the Colombian Caribbean. Some of the most luxurious hotels in Bogota, the historical hotels of Ibague and the large resorts of Bucaramanga or Popayán are a great opportunity for discovering this magic land, enjoying its charms with a privileged attention and with safety and guaranties.

New Grand in IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

Premier Christmas. During low season, many hotel chains take the opportunity to renovate their portfolio and incorporate new services, spaces, facilities and even, in some cases, new hotels in their main destinations. One of the most innovative firms in this sense is IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts which, after years investing in tourist areas of the Caribbean, has looked back to Spain and has incorporated authentic luxury accommodations in its line The Grand Collection, which includes all the 5-star and superior hotels managed by this firm.

Thus, together with the Budapest Grand Hotel, the historical Mencey Grand Hotel or the Mirador Grand Hotel, the Grand Portals Nous has been inaugurated in the exclusive Majorca’s coastal area of Cala Bendinat. Golf, wellness, design d’auteur, restaurants for gourmets, thematic rooms and suites, direct access to the beach, Beach Club close at hand to Puerto Portals… An exclusive accommodation deserving a detailed and long review.

IBEROSTAR Grand Portals Nous Hotel

IBEROSTAR Grand Portals Nous Hotel

Its images speak for themselves and have the hallmark of one of the best interior designers of Europe, the renowned Marcel Wanders, who has given free rein to his imagination and has captured all the experiences a traveller looking for a refugee in Majorca may desire.

The proposal of this new Grand Adults Only accommodation is so varied that you will need more than one stay to enjoy it entirely. The hotel’s main aim is to build loyalty, to become a hotel reference in the luxury holidays in Majorca offering an exclusive space for select travellers who need a personalised attention, well-cared details and absolute calmness and intimacy far away from overcrowded tourist areas but near the capital, Palma.

This new luxury hotel in Majorca is already accepting reservations for the 2016 season from the official website of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts. Due to its exclusivity and its uniqueness, the price for a double room with breakfast included is of 186 euros per person and night.

Trips 2016 by Catalonia

This last month of the year the main hotel chains launch their proposals and novelties of hotels for the 2016 holidays. The chain Catalonia has been the first one to present its offer: design hotels in Barcelona and Madrid with state-of-the-art services for modern travellers looking for a destination and experiences with accommodations of high added value.

Business and leisure getaways are the hallmark of this offer. All these experiences include gourmet proposals in the restaurants, special services for the organisation of events, rooms created for business travellers, romantic trips, getaways for sports or gastronomy lovers… Accommodation + experience. All in one

In Catalonia’s portfolio of hotels we find hotels in the centre of Barcelona, like the Barcelona Plaza and the Catalonia Ramblas. Of a 3-star category we find the Catalonia Sagrada Familia, also at the heart of the Condal City. On the other hand, Catalonia’s proposal in Madrid is a hotel in the centre of Gran Via: the Catalonia Las Cortes.

Urban hotels in Barcelona

Urban hotels in Barcelona

The hotel chain also keeps its resort hotels in the Caribbean; traditional accommodations for relaxing holidays with children or as a couple at affordable prices and in first class tourist areas.

The prices on the official websites of the chain, both the corporative and the individual websites of the hotels, make the difference with those of the intermediaries, as they offer exclusive packages at reduces prices that guarantee a reservation at the lowest price online.

Beach accommodation options for 2016

New beach accommodation options for 2016: new hotels, more complete resorts in the traditional destinations and in original nooks, rooms at cheap prices and plans for every type of traveller beyond the traditional All Inclusive. One month before the FITUR (the tourism fair in Spain by excellence) many hotel chains are taking the opportunity to renovate their portfolio, invest in new destinations, improve their products and design fabulous early booking offers. Do not miss the direct channel purchase if you want to book a hotel at reduced prices.

 

Modern Hotels

Modern Hotels

More and more modern

The beach hotels and resorts in areas like Tenerife, Majorca or the coast of Andalusia are getting ready for a 2016 full of novelties which, in many cases, imply a fully renovation of their facilities and, in other cases, of their holiday products. Incorporating state-of-the-art services is essential for the new tourist season. Hotels with free Wi-Fi, with rooms with a functional design, with hydro massage showers, thematic television channels, special leisure services and care services for children, Adults Only services, personalised wellness… The main aim is to tend to all the travellers’ needs, who are becoming more and more demanding and who have nothing to do with the already traditional All Inclusive traveller.

Personalised all inclusive

However, these changes do not imply the extinction of the All Inclusive. The beach hotels in Majorca, the coastal resorts in Lanzarote and the large accommodations in Huelva, Almeria, Cadis and Malaga keep the All Inclusive option, but they improve it considerably. The All Inclusive is not what it used to be. Fortunately, it is much better. More included services, of higher quality, with extra and personalised details, different levels (Premium, Golden, Plus…), everything with the idea that the travellers can pay their holidays in advance without worrying during their stay but without giving up exclusive services and luxury.

Choosing an All Inclusive Hotel for families is a really comfortable and complete option. We could even say it is an exclusive option: there are 5-star hotels and resorts in Almeria, Marbella and Huelva which offer high quality All Inclusive accommodation options, with experiences and plans that make the difference. The low cost All inclusive has had its day, a quality All Inclusive has been born, which offers the traveller the possibility to make a full reservation, pay everything in advance and enjoy a guaranteed personalised holiday.

Swimming pools for children

Many of the beach hotels in Fuerteventura, like the hotels in Jandía beach, devoted to a family public, have made an investment for this 2016, improving the services for children: children are the protagonists and adults get more free time, more freedom and calmness during the holidays. Hotels with miniclub for different ages, babysitter, thematic parties and shows specially created for children, exclusive facilities and the famous splash pools.

Swimming pools with games and water attractions have become popular and have been incorporated in some of the renovations of the main beach resorts in Spain. Some have even applied this model to different facilities of the hotel, creating authentic water parks in the resort, as it is the case of the hotels for children of Sol Hotels, Picapiedra Hotels or the Katmandú Park Hotel in Magaluf, Majorca.

Local gastronomy

Gastronomy is another of the key elements in the beach hotels for the next 2016 season. A bet for healthy menus, growing alternatives for coeliac people and other travellers with other allergies, special dishes for children, diet products and a stronger link between the menu and the hotel’s buffet with the local cuisine. Some luxury hotels in Tenerife, like the Adults Only hotels in Costa Adeje, and the most exclusive resorts in Huelva, Malaga and specially Marbella offer exclusive options such as the ecogastronomy, the cuisine d’auteur and a selection of snacks, cocktails and special dinners for the most demanding palates.

There is a wider offer of local products for this 2016 season. Many hotels have signed agreements with local producers to improve their gastronomic service and give it an authentic touch. Such is the case of Garden Hotels, which have signed an agreement with Majorcan farmers to offer autochthonous products in their buffets.

Golf Hotels

Golf Hotels

The democratisation of golf

Although it is still considered a sport for high classes, golf is a tourist attraction that the beach hotels in Majorca and Andalusia have incorporated in their portfolio in recent years to bring it closer to the common traveller. Offering special golf packages at reduced prices, including discounts and direct green fees managing or creating specific services in the hotel (academies, personal trainers…) these type of hotels have democratised golf and have offered it to all types of travellers, amateurs and curious.

For example, hotel chains like Fergus Hotels have made an effort to offer golf as one of the key elements in their holiday offer in Majorca. Also hotels like the Vincci Costa Golf or the Iberostar Isla Canela have bet for this service. The greatest golf accommodations are mainly located in Majorca, Andalusia and Tenerife, as these are the tourist areas with the greatest number of golf courts and national and international championships, which makes them a reference in the golf sector.

However, some areas like Ibiza and the centre of the Peninsula are working hard on this, making their way in the golf hotel sector. Data are positive in this sense and golf hotels are expected to keep growing during the 2016.