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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.

Spa time

Time to return to routine? Maybe… but also time to love, take care of yourself, sign up for a course, sport or activity that you like, to meet again with friends, talk about holidays and start planning the next one. September, when all is about putting things straight and getting ready to welcome autumn with a smile. No complaints: Mondays always are Mondays, in September you must always go back to school… And what better than do it with renewed energy.

To gather momentum (because it sounds nice but it’s very difficult to retake the course), few things are better than taking a weekend and devote it entirely to yourself, to do all that you like and brings you to life, without obligations, responsibilities and tasks. Only time for you.

Think of a destination that you want to visit. Majorca? Minorca? Ibiza? Cadiz? The coast of Barcelona? Malaga? Huelva? Tenerife? Fuerteventura? Choose and start to look at routes, tickets, flights. Are you ready? As for accommodation, don’t’ worry and leave it to us. We bring you a small selection of spa hotels to relax, spoil yourself and and recover the energy you need to get back on track.

Surf, endless beaches and 100% relaxation: We suggest you a spa hotel in Fuerteventura conceived to forget everything, immerse in the paradise offered by the incredible Jandía peninsula, at the southernmost end of the island, and leave behind all the stress and any indication of post-holiday syndrome. A spa hotel in Fuerteventura, between Morro Jable and Costa Calma, close to the most family-friendly area in the Matorral beach, connected by a pleasant path with the village and providing services that allow you to enjoy the authentic relaxation without even leaving the hotel. We stand out: price and quality highly recommended; modern facilities and spacious and well equipped rooms. It also has spa centre and it is possible to practice all kinds of water sports.

A spa in the room: The hotel with Jacuzzi in Tenerife (which also is a family hotel in Costa Adeje) that we propose for your renewal getaway is the Iberostar Bouganville Playa, an accommodation that, if you check reviews, you’ll see that it offers almost everything and with good quality at affordable prices. One of its strengths is that you can book your room with Jacuzzi and stay to enjoy your time, reading, listening to music or dozing in your own space, without trouble, or interruptions. Only you and absolute peace… We stand out: booking directly on the website of the chain you can get the lowest price guaranteed. If you find it cheaper on any other reservations site, Iberostar is committed to match it and give you, in addition, a 5% discount.

Garden Spa

Garden Spa

A real luxury to start September in style: If you’re one of those privileged ones who have savings in the account to invest them in holiday, then plan a break of a couple of days or a long weekend in this wellness and golf hotel in Almeria: Vincci Envia Almeria is part of the Vincci chain, it’s a breathtaking 5-star hotel where one could perfectly stay forever. It provides also one of the best gourmet gastronomy services in the area with adapted and healthy menus made with top quality products. We stand out: its cutting-edge wellness facilities, with a world-class professional team. Golf is also an interesting complement even if you’ve never practiced it: you can sign up for classes and it will be a perfect way to disconnect since, with little effort, you can enjoy sport outdoors, in a unique natural space.

Travel to paradise: Majorca is plenty of proposals… but we have opted for 2: an Adults Only hotel in Cala Millor and a spa and golf hotel close Palma. Each one is a different, being the first one much more advisable to escape from everything and retire to meditate beside the Mediterranean. For those who not only want to rest and are also looking for creative, different and entertaining plans, the second option is ideal because it is a 5-star hotel with everything you can need: two golf courses, one of the largest wellness and spa centres in the island, rooms and suites, gourmet restaurant, Sunday brunch…

Enjoy the finer things in life: to enjoy authentic experiences, nothing better than this proposal: book a hotel in the coast of Barcelona and take advantage of all that this destination can offer, which is a lot. Here you will find nature, traditional gastronomy, charming beaches, hidden corners to relax and enjoy loneliness facing the Mediterranean Sea, culture and roots… It is a more active plan, for those who understand relaxation as a mix of sensations and pleasures beyond pure relaxation on the sand of a beach. Besides, it is one of the most affordable plans because hotels in Maresme offer rates for all budgets.

Relaxation and glamour: Exquisite tastes? Then take note: Vincci Estrella de Mar. This spa and golf hotel in Marbella will captivate you. It is one of the most exclusive Vincci hotels, so it means that you can start getting ready for the best of the best. If, regardless of the cost, you look for an accommodation that it gives you everything, this is your hotel. We highlight its gourmet gastronomy; the spa and wellness area, its location in Marbella, facing the sea and with one of the most exclusive beach clubs in Costa del Sol. A place to pamper yourself and rub shoulders with the jet set.

A tour of the coast of Ibiza: Figueretas (I)

Summer is over. It is definite, however, who says one can not dream and start planning some of the destinations where you to enjoy the sun and relax for next year… On this occasion, we propose a tour of the coast of Ibiza, a perfect plan at any time of year, although it is between May and October when the island offers its true Mediterranean essence in all its glory.

This route along the coast of Ibiza will take us to amazing places, rugged coastlines, hidden coves, fine sandy beaches, small cliffs, areas in which the Mediterranean sea seems to melt into the island, also known as the “White Island”, for its light, its beautiful scenery and its free spirit.

We start from Playa d’en Bossa, from the Club Palm Beach hotel, next to the famous nightclub Space Ibiza and very close to the island’s airport. There, it is very easy to find a good accommodation, at a good price and well connected to the rest of the island. It is an ideal location for a holiday to Ibiza, the beach of Playa d’en Bossa offers all kinds of services and at the same time, in this particular area, a little more quietness than at other areas.

Fiesta Club Palm Beach hotel services

Fiesta Club Palm Beach hotel services

The route will take us through the nearest beaches to Playa d’en Bossa: Es Cavallet, Figueretas and Ses Salines, the second most famous beach in Ibiza. It is a calm shoreline and in the case of Figueretas (or Figueretes ) with a more urbanised landscape and family atmosphere, with gardens, children’s playgrounds and some of the most emblematic family hotels in Ibiza.

Figueretas is the beach of the neighbourhood with the same name, and it belongs to the city of Ibiza. It measures just over 100 meters and is surrounded by a seaside promenade where to walk under the shade of the many palm trees. The beach of Playa d’en Bossa is set on the right, and if you would continue walking to the left, one can go into the historic centre of Ibiza, which is called Dalt Vila.

It stands out for its night market where you can find all kinds of crafts, accessories and hippie style clothing. You may also find areas for recreational fishing, and even from Figueretas we can take the tourist boat that connects Ibiza with her “little sister”, Formentera.

Hotel in Playa d'en Bossa

Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa

Menorca, the last oasis of the Mediterranean

Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands, is one of the few oasis of peace and tranquility that remain in the Mediterranean. Full of history, heritage and long lasting traditions, this island of 702 km² offers a unique landscape, almost untouched, with lush Mediterranean nature, that has been declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Discreet and quiet, Minorca is one of the few Spanish islands where you can still find completely unspoilt beaches, far away from civilisation and hidden away between the deep blue of the sea and the green shades of this characteristic landscape.

Playas de MinorcaPlaya Galdana Minorca

As a tourist destination, Minorca is famous for attracting a high middle class traveller, with a taste for tranquility, natural spaces, quality services and gastronomy and of course, security.

British, Spanish, Nordic, and recently, Russians with high purchasing power, seek refuge in the Minorcan coasts and in its charming inland villages.

If you are travelling with the family, Minorca is the perfect island since it has a hotel infrastructure, that as well as having a great respect for the environment in which they are located, they offer services adapted to the specific needs of those travelling with children and expect the maximum relaxation.

Hotel Sol Falco in Minorca

Playa den Bou and the beach of Son Xoriguer, in Cala Bosch, are some of the resorts especially suitable for holidays with children. In this area, we can recommend the Sol Falco All Inclusive hotel and the Sol Milanos Pingüinos hotel, both belonging to the Sol Hotels brand, that include children’s entertainment and special menus for kids.

On the other hand, Cala Galdana and the beach of Santo Tomas are two ideal places to relax with your partner and enjoy a few days of sun with every desire. Among the Adults Only accommodations and hotels for couples in the area,  the Hotel Sol Menorca and the Hotel Sol Gavilanes stand out, the only hotel located on the beach of Cala Galdana.

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Sunsets at Playa Blanca

One of the many “secrets” that can be heard about Lanzarote is the incredible sunsets that can be enjoyed in Playa Blanca. In this picturesque resort of Lanzarote one can stop looking at the clock and guide themselves all day by the position of the sun, until it dives into the Atlantic Ocean creating one of the most beautiful moments on the Canary Islands.

Room Villas Coral Deluxe

 

The serenity of this island, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, has special significance at that time of the day where the the sun and moon, after a days chase, are closest to each other. The scene is one of the most shared among the visitors of the island, that are pleasantly surprised by the luminescence of the sun in this area of the Atlantic, before it disappears completely.

There are numerous places where to enjoy this exceptional time of the day and take some unique photographs. One of the most recommended is the surroundings of the road leading to the lighthouse of Pechiguera in Playa Blanca. In order to share these moments in good company, and with an aperitif before dinner, there a number of bars, restaurants and luxury villas in Playa Blanca with chill out terraces, that are the perfect scenario to relax and enjoy a drink.

Playa Blanca Lanzarote

El Mirador, Café del Mar, Marea, Jungle… Along the entire seaside promenade of Playa Blanca, in the area of the sports marina of Marina Rubicon in Lanzarote, a lively atmosphere is assured and the views are immaculate. The music rises in intensity as the sun sets and it is the ideal companion to the famous sunsets in Playa Blanca.

Among the accommodations with 5 star services in Playa Blanca, we can recommend Villas Coral Deluxe, a building with a typical Canarian architecture, that offers an intimate resting space, different to a hotel and more relaxing and has, at the same time, with an exclusive personalised service, rivalling the service of any hotel.

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Holidays in September

To take holidays in September is an option more and more travellers are choosing every year: the price of the tickets and hotel accommodation are more affordable, beaches are less crowded and calmer and the weather is mild throughout Spain and large part of the Mediterranean.

Hotel in Sardinia

Book a hotel in Sardinia, a resort in Croatia or take the opportunity to discover Hungary resting in an idyllic hotel in Budapest. There are endless proposals for your September holidays and the options include even exotic destinations in Africa which during the peak European season are visited by hundreds of tourists.

You can get a room in a hotel in Morocco in September, in Agadir or Berkane, at an affordable price if you make the reservation in advance. Besides, exotic destinations like Buvda, Montengro or Cavtat, in Croatia, are a good option till the end of October or November.

Moroccan Desert

For those who do not want either to travel far away or leave Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands will never disappoint them. The hotel facilities are still open those dates, the cultural attractions multiply, as September is the favourite month for national tourists and tourists with a middle-high acquisition level from areas like France, Italy or Switzerland, to the detriment of the German and British tourists which travel during the summer months.

The best located hotels in Majorca for these months of the year are located in the northern area: Playa de Muro, Alcudia or unique hotels like the Iberostar Pinos Park, located in one of the most beautiful coves in the island, Sa Font de Sa Cala, a small beach oriented to the east and perfect to enjoy the last moments of the Majorcan summer.

An escapade to the heart of the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava covers the whole of the coast of Girona and offers one of the most authentic views of the Mediterranean. As well as bustling touristic towns typical of the Spanish Levante, one can still find those areas that maintain the charm of the old fashioned summers.

Cadaques Girona

One storey buildings, in front of the sea, with winding narrow streets with children playing in the open air, swimming in the sea, running towards the pine trees to looking for shade…. A memory of past times that is more difficult to find as progress and development has swept through the area. Nevertheless, many maintain their essence and thus make them the ideal destination to enjoy with the family. A relaxed summer, just like the ones in the old days.

Cadaques, Banyoles, S’Agaro, Begur… The Costa Brava extends from Blanes until the border with France and it is dotted with scenes of dense vegetation that descends from the mountains to the sea, that create beautiful and charming beaches of fine white sand.

Beach Santa Sussana

In many of these towns we can find natural harbours from which neighbours set off to fish aboard their small boats. The majority do so just for fun: the Mediterranean is a calm sea where sailing is a pleasure, especially during the summer, with its warm waters and with hardly any swell.

In order to enjoy these little towns, the best is to plan a car trip that allows the traveller to stop and spend the night in the different places of the Catalonian coast where to enjoy and discover the customs of the Mediterranean.

Fergus Style Cala Blanca Suites

Along the coasts of Barcelona and Girona there are number of accommodations with full services, it is enough to choose those that are closer to the towns we wish to visit. One of the hotel chains with a larger presence in the area and better valued by clients is Fergus Hotels, that has 5 hotels along the coast:

· Hotels in Lloret de Mar

· Hotels in Santa Susanna

· Hotels in Calella

· Hotels in Malgrat de Mar

· Hotels in Pineda de Mar

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Petit Palace Museum: sleeping at the old Casa Garriga Nogués

Visiting Barcelona means visiting the “birthplace” of modernism, that is why today we want to talk about one of the most characteristic and representative hotels in Barcelona, the Petit Palace Museum hotel, a boutique hotel in Barcelona located in the old Casa Garriga Nogues, the perfect example of modernism that has learnt to transform itself along the necessities of the city.

The hotel has been built with an impeccable design regarding the preservation of its historic charm, but without sacrificing  the implementation of modern services, more in line with the usual guests of the hotel, business clients, moderate to high purchasing clients, with a taste for style and cutting edge design as well as demanding quality in services and amenities.

Hotel Petit Palace Museum Barcelona

Hotel Petit Palace Museum Barcelona

Thus, the Petit Palace Museum not only stands out for its interior and exterior architecture but has loyal customers thanks to being one of the few hotels in Barcelona with free WiFi and computers in the rooms, free bicycles to explore the city, welcome gifts for children and gym.

The location is another plus: the Petit Palace Museum hotel is a very centric hotel with comfortable rooms next to Plaza Catalunya. Well communicated by foot to the historic part of the city and next to the main city transports with the airport of Barcelona and the train station.

Room Petit Palace Museum Barcelona

Room Petit Palace Museum Barcelona

The key points:

· Hotel in Barcelona with a gym.

· Next to the Plaza de Catalunya and Las Ramblas

· Hotel with free internet in the centre of Barcelona.

· Modernist hotel for couples and families.

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The beaches of Fuengirola

Fuengirola is one of the crown jewels of the coast of Malaga. With 8 km of beaches there is no need to leave the city, as it is one of the tourist centres of Andalusia. Every year they attract new tourists but mainly, they rely on an important number of travellers who always repeat.

Fuengirola beaches map

Its incredible sandy areas are one of the main reasons why many choose Fuengirola, year after year, as their holiday destination. Without leaving the city limits, Fuengirola has 7 great beaches, all of them with a Blue Flag, that certificates the quality of its waters, their high level of security and the category of its services.

In addition to an impressive seaside promenade, the beaches count with complementary high quality services: bars, restaurants, areas for leisure and games for children, places to go out at night, cinemas…

The beach of Carvajal is far away from the city centre,  but it is indeed one of prettiest. It measures 1.2 km and it has fine and toasted sand with very calm waters. Its atmosphere is youthful and offers showers, life guards and 6 beach bars.

Beaches Fuengirola

The beach of Torreblanca offers exceptional views of the bay of Fuengirola. It is a calm beach, smaller than the previous one but with all the necessary services. Its sand is fine and toasted and a slight swell.

One of most famous beaches is that of Playa de Los Boliches – Las Gaviotas. Inits surroundings, you find some of the best hotels in Malaga: from simple holiday hotels to well known hotels with spa in Fuengirola. In addition to being one of the most extensive beaches, with 1.5 km, it is an adapted beach, of fine and toasted sand, calm waters, sport facilities, showers and 9 beach bars.

sunbed Fuengirola beach

Near the centre of the city, you find the beach San Francisco, of shallow waters, easy access and fine sand. It is a perfect beach to go with children to enjoy the days of sun and to practice surf when its a windy day.

The beach of Fuengirola is located in the centre of the city. It measures 1 km, its sand is fine and with a golden colour, and has 6 beach bars so that you can enjoy a drink under the sun. It has very calm water, ideal to swim with young children. If planned with time, it is very easy to book front line rooms to the beach of Fuengirola at reasonable good prices.

The beach of Santa Amalia is family orientated, since there is a children’s playground right on the beach, and in its surroundings, you will find plenty of bars, restaurants, shops…It is one of the smallest beaches, only 650 m in length, but it is very cosy.

With a certain historical and majestic character, as it is close to the Castle of Fuengirola, the beach of Egido – Castillo, a beautiful sandy area consisting of golden sand that extends for 800 metres and is bathed by calm turquoise waters. At this beach, you can enjoy the typical colourful fishing boats that light up the beach.

 

Cooking classes at the Cookery Classroom of the Mencey

In Spain we enjoy a wide and varied gastronomic offer and the reputation and quality of our chefs and restaurants is continually praised internationally and year after year chef and restaurants receive many international awards.

The interest in good food has reached unimaginable levels in recent years and the number of people interested in learning to cook and take courses has increased exponentially over the years. This has led many chefs and restaurants to organise cooking courses where you can show the public both the local products used as well as the cooking techniques used in the preparation of dishes and menus.


Cookery Classroom El Mencey

This is the case of the Mencey Cookery Classroom, a unique space that is part of the stunning Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey in Tenerife. This hotel takes special care of its restoration services and without any doubt, can be considered a true gastronomic hotel. The Grand Hotel Mencey has several restaurants in Tenerife: Los Laureles, Los Menceyes and Casino.

The cooking courses at the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey are held by the Executive Chef of the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey, Chef Juan Carlos Clemente. A reference in the Canary Islands who advocates for traditional Canarian cuisine and its local products. Certainly, the commitment to the environment is a fundamental aspect of the philosophy of the Cookery Classroom of the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey.

Restaurant El Mencey

Through these courses you can discover all the secrets of gourmet cuisine with the guide of the well known Chef Juan Carlos Clemente.

During the month of June, the Mencey Cookery Classroom, organises the following cooking courses in Tenerife:

· June 4: Gazpacho and their garnishes

· June 12: Vegetable and fruit preserves

· June 21: Oily fish and versatility

· June 27: Express Cooking III

· June 29: Cupcake decoration for children

The courses are open to the general public, but places are limited so advance booking is recommended to avoid unpleasant surprises.