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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.

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.

Plans for an August with children in Barcelona

Any time of the year is perfect for visiting Barcelona with your family, but the summer is specialy good for enjoying the open air in the Condal City. In this article we offer you some plans for families in Barcelona in August.

  • Tibidabo theme park.- This emblematic park is located in the Tibidabo mountain, in the Collserola mountain range, from where you can contemplate beautiful views to the city of Barcelona. One of its peculiarities is that it is the oldest theme park in Spain, where you will  find attractions for all ages, shows and activities.
  • Ciudadela Park.- It is one of the most charming green lungs in Barcelona. In this park located in the neighbourhood with the same name we find the Barcelona Zoo, as well as different gardens and a lake where you can do a boat trip. It is a perfect space for relaxing and enjoying with your family.
  • Electronik Piknic.- This plan is devised for modern families who do not want to give up good music. It is an event held every Sunday until the 14th of September in which families and friends gather to enjoy an outdoor picnic while enjoying the electronic music of today. Besides, different activities for children are organised, like gastronomic workshops, among others. The building is located in the old Montjuïc theme park (in the Joan Brossa gardens).
  • A beach day.- Another one of the best plans in August is visiting some of the beaches for children on Barcelona’s coast. The offer of beaches for children in the province is wide and complete and it includes beaches like Sant Simo, the Dunas beach or the casetas del Garraf beach.
  • Torre les Aigües Gardens.- It is an enclosure located at the heart of the Eixample neighbourhood of Barcelona. It is a patio with gardens and a tower surrounded by the perfect attraction for children: a pubic shallow fountain where children can safely bathe and play. In these gardens we also find an artificial beach for families.
  • ‘Works of art sunbathe’.- It is a family activity organised in the Macba which consists on a tour around the works of art located in the outdoors of the museum and an explanation of the techniques used by the artists. Children and adults will come closer to renowned works of art, like the mural by Keith Harring ‘We all together can stop the AIDS’.

Barcelona is waiting for you this August so that you enjoy these and many other plans for families. If you want to enjoy a pleasant trip to the Condal City we recommend you stay in some of the Petit Palace Hotels in Barcelona.

Visit Cáceres from the Barceló Cáceres V Centenario Hotel

Barceló Cáceres V Centenario is a 4 star rated hotel belonging to the Barceló chain. An ideal accommodation for a leisure trip, since its central location allows you to easily visit the emblematic places of the city. Also a good option for business trips, work meetings and events in general, thanks to its 5 rooms specially designed for this purpose.

Barceló Cáceres V Centenario Hotel is located in Los Castellanos, a quiet residential area at just five minutes from the historic centre of Cáceres, declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

It is one of the best all-inclusive hotels in Cáceres. Its all-inclusive urban concept allows you to lodge at the hotel and enjoy unlimited breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks all the day long.

The hotel has two exquisite restaurants: à la carte restaurant Florence, where you can taste the specialities of the local cuisine, and Grill & Lounge Barbecue, where the grilled food lovers could enjoy its delicious meats and fishes (open only in summer time).

Barceló Cáceres V Centenario is a perfect hotel for events at Cáceres, it has five meeting rooms with different capacity to host all types of business meetings and celebrations. They are all equipped with PA system, projector and screen, lightning system, table microphones, lectern, DVD player, a slide projector, video-conference system, Wifi ADSL connection.

Its rooms stand out for its big spaces where you will have for sure a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. All of them are well connected and completely renovated. Elegant and cosy, most of the rooms have their own terrace.

To ensure a pleasant experience for the guests, hotel puts at your disposal services such as free wifi in all the facilities, car park, bathroom amenities, exterior pool for kids and adults, as well as personalised and kind attention to make of your visit one of the best you ever had.

Christmas in Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is famous for its exclusive summer nights and long days of sun and beach in one of its incredible hidden coves along the coast. However, very little is known of its pleasant winter months, where the mild climate welcomes a wide range  of new possibilities in this capital of the Mediterranean.

November and December are perfect months to enjoy the open air in Palma and its surrounding.  A walk along the sea side promenade of the Paseo Maritimo, starting at the neighbourhood of El Molinar until Playa de Palma, have a rest in Cala Estancia, next to the Marina Luz Hotel, and have something to drink while the sun illuminates the bay.

In the centre, the city recovers its routine and the cultural and working life fill the streets and squares with people, busy at all times of day. The majority of the terraces of the old part of town all working to full capacity at this time of year, and it is very pleasant to sit in one of them, any time of day, including the night time, with coats, heaters and soft blankets.

Marina Luz Hotel in Cala Estancia

Marina Luz Hotel in Cala Estancia

The terraces in Palma are a classic in winter, even more than in summer, as the weather is much milder in these months that under the heat of the August sun. Eating a llonguet (a sandwich made with a special bread, typical of Majorca), some tapas or a hot chocolate is possible in almost any area of the city, although the liveliest are always the ones along the Paseo del Borne, Plaza del Mercat, Drassanas and Plaza d’en Coll

Christmas is also a special time too on Majorca, Palma being the capital and the centre of the major cultural events that include classical music cycles, theatre, musicals or even the opera.

Marina Luz hotel in Palma

Marina Luz hotel in Palma

One of the essential winter classics in Majorca, is the New Year’s Concert in Palma that, every year, concentrates the best pieces of composers from all times, in a unique celebration, with famous attendees like a couple of years ago with Woody Allen, that interpreted several jazz pieces on a memorable winter night.

But, Christmas is not only celebrates on a stage, in hotels or in houses, Palma, due to its excellent weather, celebrates Christmas with multiple open air activities, ideal to enjoy with your partner or with your children. Christmas markets, craft fairs, food fairs, fashion shows, sports competitions of all types, children’s play areas in the Parc del Mar, a wide range of options for all those that want to enjoy a different Christmas in the Mediterranean.

Gourmet tours in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city for gourmets where to enjoy flavours from all around the world and, above all, enjoy the authentic Mediterranean diet: escalivada, esqueixada de bacalao, Faves Catalanes…  If you love good food and have thought about Barcelona as a destination for an Easter getaway, the new tourist proposal from the department of Tourism of Barcelona is made for you: gourmet tours through the old city.

These are guided tours where you can learn the history of the gastronomy of Barcelona through some legendary places of the city, which include in the price two tasting dishes and typical products of the Mediterranean diet.

The duration time is two hours and begins from Plaza de Catalunya through the Granja Viader, the imperative La Boqueria market, Escribà patisserie and the Fargas chocolate shop. It also includes stops at unique establishments like La Pineda, Oro Liquido, Caelum, La Colmena, wine shops from La Ribera, the great pastry Brunells and, finally, the Santa Catalina market.

Gourmet tours Barcelona
If you stay at a hotel in Plaza Catalunya or a hotel next to La Boqueria market, participate in one of these routes will be very easy, as the Barcelona Tourism office is within walking distance and the tour passes places close to both areas.

Some of the most distinguished hotels in the centre Barcelona include breakfast buffet and gourmet meals, as is the case with the restaurant Numerus Clausus of the iconic Hotel Petit Palace Museum Barcelona of the boutique hotel chain High Tech.

Within the portfolio of the Basque hotel chain, leading urban hotels in Barcelona, you will find another 3 hotels for families, couples and business travellers: the Hotel Petit Palace Opera Garden, next to the Plaza Catalunya, the Hotel Petit Palace Barcelona, in Paseo de Gracia; and Hotel Petit Palace Boqueria Barcelona, next to La Boqueria market.

Cadiz moving up in the holiday destinations ranking for 2013

The province of Cadiz, with its stunning beaches and traditional party atmosphere, has moved up in the ranking of holiday destinations for 2013. The current trend to book short breaks and shorter trips to European destinations has repositioned this area of Andalucia under the focus of Spaniards and foreigners in search of sun, beach and fun.

Carnival and Easter are the key dates for this destination in southern Spain, but also the early months of summer and fall are perfect times to enjoy all that Cadiz has to offer: Mediterranean and Atlantic, city and nature, relaxation and adventure. ..

Cadiz-beach-Barrosa

Whatever you are like, in Cadiz you can always find something that matches your tastes. But what will undoubtedly conquer you is its light, its people and its cuisine. There is no place like Cadiz to enjoy some good pescaito frito (fried fish) and a glass of white wine on a terrace by the sea.

The hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has two of the most valued hotels of the Cadiz coast. The Iberostar Andalucia Playa, a hotel on the beach of Barrosa with All Inclusive, perfect if you decide for the second option and travel with the family: the activities and entertainment of the resort are of high quality and has comprehensive facilities. The Iberostar Royal Andalus is ideal for sport and travelling with your partner.

In general, the apartments and hotels in Cadiz are usually inexpensive and with full service. You choose, looking for a relaxed getaway or a week of all inclusive holidays at the beach?

Access to playa de Barrosa in Cádiz

Travelers 2.0, hotels with free wifi

Reality and society have changed considerably in recent times and travel is no longer conducted in the same way as before.  Today, any time is good to reserve flights and start to dream about a destination thousands of miles away.  Internet has erased the remaining  boundaries and has converted travellers’ experiences to global, from the moment when planning a journey up to the return home, sharing the details with friends and family.

Look for destinations, compare prices, check distances and connections, read the opinions of hotels to find good accommodation, book a room, car hire and even the entrance tickets for museums.  All this can be done with just a few clicks.

This is the age of the traveller 2.0.  We feel more comfortable organizing our own trips, deciding and managing all the details from the beginning to the end.  As connections improve and the price becomes more affordable, the number of operations via internet that we are prepared to undertake increases.  Not only before departure but also during the trip, we can find out about cultural plans for the same day in our chosen destination, check out a route or find a recommended restaurant.

habitacion hotel con ordenador
Since internet is gaining territory as the great universal tourist guides, many hotel groups are offering internet access in all their hotels in order to improve the users experience and capture new clients who search directly for hotels with free wifi in Valencia or hotels with internet in Madrid.

In fact, some of these chains have gone a step further and offer the latest services such as portable computers in the room, the possibility of DSL connection or wi-fi throughout the hotel.  This is case of the Basque chain, High Tech Hotels, for whom new technology is a priority and who have an outstanding portfolio of boutique hotels in Spain.
Habitacion con wifi gratis en Madrid

The Hotel Petit Palace Italia Madrid – perfect for families, the Hotel Petit Palace Mayor Plaza Madrid – built on the land of the house where Lope de Vege was born, the Hotel Petit Palace Londres Madrid – a few steps from Puerta del Sol, or the Hotel Petit Palace Santa Barbara Madrid – the former Palace of the Marqueses de Quintanar – are some examples of hotels with the latest technology that High Tech have in Madrid.

A culinary hotel in Bilbao

The restaurants services of the Hotel High Tech Tamarises Beach invites you to live a unique gastronomical experience in Getxo opposite the Ereaga beach. Hotel Tamarises Beach’s restaurants offer delicate fine cuisine in Getxo.

With 3 exceptional restaurants, one of them holding 1 Michelin Star and managed by the outstanding chef Fernando Canales, the High Tech Tamarises Beach Hotel is one of the best hotels in Bilbao offering local fine cuisine.

TAMARISES TERRACE RESTAURANT

Two environments, two different restaurants in one.  With the class needed to receive a Michelin star, you can enjoy the delicacies prepared by our Chef for the modern terrace bistro and the traditional basque cuisine offered by our select grill.

RESTAURANT BRASSERIE-IGERETX

You will be surprised by the excellent produce and the careful preparation of the dishes that you can find on the menu.  Perfect to taste traditional basque cuisine with an exclusive touch and exquisite artistry. And of course with outstanding wines.

ASADOR GOETZI
If you are looking for a shellfish and fresh fish restaurant in Getxo, don’t miss the Tamarises Beach Asador, a fine restaurant with the best products and the greatest quality. With a private sea food tank and incomparable fish menu, it also offers daily fresh dishes. Enjoy the best cuisine.

Learn about High Tech Tamarises Beach’s deals and promotions. There is an outstanding breakfast buffet from 7.30 until 10.30 h every day.

Surprise yourself and look for all the offers of the Hotel High Tech Tamarises Beach to enjoy all the pleasures of Basque cuisine.

Golf, a sport for health and technique

Golf is one of the in vogue sports of the moment, perfect to practice at any age and is particularly helpful in preventing cardiovascular disease. The secret is to apply more technique than strength to the muscles without damaging the articulations.

Professional golfers continue to maintain their form well into old age thanks to the moderate practice of this discipline involving walking around the ondulating greens, passing time in the open air in mild climates, away from every day stress in a relaxing environment and outstanding scenery.

Apart from improving the cardiovascular system, regular practice helps to control cholesterol and it is a perfect, easy to follow complement for those who are on special diets.

Although it is still a predominantly male sport every day there are more women taking up the sport to help them maintain their fitness.  It is a sport very beneficial for synthesizing vitamin D which helps to maintain optimum levels of calcium.

Recommended particularly after 40, golf is a perfect excuse for healthy holidays, available in Spain, in particular in the south, such as great hotels with spa in Marbella, offering special packages with treatments and pampering, a perfect complement after a day of golf.

These hotels for golfers in Marbella are authentic meeting points where apart from maintaining fitness while enjoying golf with your partner or with friends, you can also spoil yourself and partake of the exquisite gastronomic delights and luxury wines, available at the Hotel Melia La Quinta.

Situated in the luxury resort of Marbella, offering a unique experience for golfers and gourmets: outstanding wines, unforgettable gourmet cuisine and relaxing spa treatments.