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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

Sant Carles

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.

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

Selection of hotels to stay in September (I)

It’s time to start packing for all the September travellers, fasten your seatbelt and get ready to roll. What is it? You haven’t decided where to go, or to stay or any travelling route at all? Do not panic, lay down on your chair or your sofa and began to read: We bring you a short list of hotels and destinations for September that will let you have the holiday you deserve, with quality but without leaving you penniless.

Hello beach…

Finally, you will have it inches from you, now you’re the one who’s going to post all the enviable pictures on Facebook, the one that will collapse the Instagram with all the dive in, the dinners at the best trendy terraces, the mountain hiking, and everything you want, and now it’s the perfect time and where else but Majorca, especially if you want to have all in one place: resting, beaches, gastronomy, mountains and sports.

Hotel in Playa de Palma

Hotel in Playa de Palma

The Mediterranean Isla Bonita, the major Balearic island offers you now a hotel industry always available, with a great variety of accommodations for every traveler with very affordable prices, so, depending on how would you like to spend your holiday, you can choose:

  • Beach hotels near Palma.- A metropolitan looking for a place to sunbathe? You deserve to book in a hotel in Illetas beach, a beach resort in Palma (not everything is Balneario 6) or a hotel downtown, since the Balearic capital offers you many possibilities, especially if you rent a car and can drive to anywhere in the island and even the beaches in less than an hour.

  • Family hotels.- IF you’re planning to travel with children at the beginning of September you will find spectacular accommodations in Majorca where children can have fun while you relax a few days. The Sol hotel chain, from the Melià group, is a good example of it, with the latest accommodation designs like the Katmandú Park or the Picapiedras (flintstones) hotels. In the hotel area in Muro beach you will also find several resorts especially designed for children.

  • Hotels for couples.- Hotels for couples are getting trendy undoubtedly. The Adults Only hotels in Majorca are an experience you must live at least one time in your life. The end of summer is the perfect time since you can enjoy the beaches and coves around like never before and enjoy every single service these hotels offer you which are quite a lot and are really attractive.

To spend holiday on the beach is always the perfect plan, but if Majorca doesn’t convince you, you always have the choice to go for a more adventurous trip and head to Canarias, island hopping toward Tenerife, where besides the beach and the sun, you have the opportunity to discover one of the most spectacular volcanic territories of the planet. You can find the best accommodations for all tastes and travellers as much as in the north as in the south, September is still high season in this winterless island, but, hotel prices in places like Costa Adeje or even the capital, Santa Cruz, are considerably low compared to August prices.

  • Spa hotel in Tenerife.-  Complete relaxation on a large scale. If that is what you’re looking for, in the southern area of the island you will find the best health and wealth accommodation in Tenerife. Costa Adeje is one of the most touristic areas and a good destination where you can find everything at hand and easy. From night parties to morning nature activities, you can choose something more affordable like the hotels with Jacuzzi in Tenerife, a place to relax without leaving the building full of comfort and really close to the beach.

  • Golf hotels in Costa Adeje.- Are you a fan of golf and out of door sport? Then you will find this holiday plan irresistible, stay in these resorts with golf courses located in the southern area in Tenerife. Most of their have their own golf courses, other just offer services and special discounts to the near courses. Regardless the offered services, they all have different type of accommodations with more affordable prices during September and October. The luxury ones even have a spa area, gastronomic services and suites you just don’t want to miss.

  • Family hotels.- Once again, if you want to spend holiday with children before they get back to school, there are several options near north Tenerife, but also in Costa Adeje and Santa Cruz and its surroundings. The family hotels in Troya beach, have a full package with the best value for money. Plus, it has good street routes to the rest of the island, best location, not too far from the airports.

Parque de la 93: A meeting point in Bogotá

El Parque de la 93 is one of those must visit places when you go to Bogotá.  If you have the good fortune to find accommodation in a hotel situated in La 93, you will be just step away from this emblematic space in the capital of Colombia:  there you will find culture, art, nature, shops and all types of events.

Located between the 11 A and 13 avenues, and 93 A – 93 B streets, it boasts the biggest outdoor art gallery in Colombia: Grün Gallery.  There you can enjoy interesting temporary exhibitions while you have a pleasant walk in the park. Fashion, painting, contemporary sculpture… You can even reserve the space.

Dann Carlton Bogotá Hotel

Dann Carlton Bogotá Hotel

Some of the most interesting plans are the events in Parque de la 93.  The atmosphere is usually cosy, since it offers playgrounds and quiet areas to practice outdoor sports. But, sometime, that quietness is interrupted by parties, shows, performances, collective readings, theatre… There is always place for any show in this natural setting than enlivens the entire area.

One of the key events celebrated every week is the Sunday Brunch de la 93: people of all ages meet here to relax outdoors with many activities including gastronomy, book launches and theatre for kids.

Gastronomy, in fact, is one of the outstanding characteristics of Parque de la 93: there are situated some of the most exclusive restaurants in Bogotá, as well as several fast-food chains, small pubs and urban bars with amusing afterworks, ideal for business travelers in Bogotá.

Accommodations close to Parque de la 93, Bogotá:

Calle 100 Bogotá Hotel

Dann Carlton Bogotá

Parque 93 Bogotá Hotel

 

The hotel trade in Colombia

The hotel industry in Colombia has made a huge leap forward in the last years. The number of hotels has significantly increased and their quality has improved in such a way that it is up to the same standard as the most thriving and visited countries in the world.

More buildings, more safety, more internal mobility, best air connections… It is a perfect environment to create a strong industry, and national and international hotel chains are abreast of this. Nevertheless, it seems that demand numbers are not so positive, especially in the regions situated far from the coast.

At least, that is what the Hotel and Tourism Association of Colombia, Cotelco, says. The average occupancy of hotels located in Santander, for example, does not exceed the 45-50%. A very limited number if we consider that it is an area that covers the famous Ruta del Sol and where there is a strong potential in the MICE and business meetings industry.

Although prices are lower than in 2012, around $132 per night, the main destinations keep their quietness: Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Bogotá, Medellín, Manizales y Cali. In other cases, such as San Andrés island (an incredible paradise in the middle of the Colombian Caribbean), average prices per night are around $200, similar to the hotel rates in Cartagena.

Hotels in Bucaramanga, which are in the third place in price per night, were some of those that registered an important drop in the average price of the stay per night, with 129 dollars, 27% less than in the previous years. However, in this city we find some of the most exclusive and well-designed hotels in the country. A few 5-star hotels stand out, such as Dann Bucaramanga hotel, specialised in high level tourism and business trips.

Dann Bucaramanga Hotel

Dann Bucaramanga Hotel

 The same hotel chain has hotels in Bogotá with a similar, and even superior, level, such as the emblematic Casa Dann Carlton Bogotá, with spa and services for events in one of the best locations in Bogotá. Along with it, Dann Carlton Bogotá and Dann Norte make part of a range of accommodations in Bogotá, ideal for those in search of rest and service in a luxury space.

Cali, where we can find many rural and eco hotels, or Medellin, are some of the strongest destinations which show a good development in the hotel trade in Colombia.

Taste for classic details

Elegance, spacious rooms, classic design, personalised attention… The characteristics of luxury hotels in Colombia have some meeting points with Europe, but it is more traditional, more focused on the classic elegance with baroque details and court essence, in contrast to the fashion of the Nordic design which has pervaded the most modern hotels in the south and centre of Europe.

A good hotel in Colombia offers professional staff, spacious rooms with tailor-made services, (from the traditional bathrobes and slippers, to the breakfast in the room service, shoe cleaner and luxury welcome amenities), functional spaces such as the dressing room, hall, living rooms, meetings room…

Booking is very easy and most of the chains offer all types of facilities to those who live in the same city or those who come from the US or Europe. Taking advantage of early booking is a good option, although price differences are not as drastic as in the Mediterranean coast.