Traveling is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a country, so why not go all out and treat yourself to a luxurious hotel? Spain keeps being a hotspot of fantastic new hotels and delectable offers: imagine peaceful retreats in the heartland of Ibiza, up-and-coming design hotels disrupting the capital’s classical trends, or sleek and high-tech abodes capturing the hearts of business and leisure travelers…
From mellow Malaga to buzzy Barcelona, our meticulous collection of luxury hotels in Spain are as unique as the country that they’re located in. Which one will capture your heart first?
1. Terra Dominicata, a hidden gem in Priorat
Although many may think of hotels as just a place to sleep before heading out to explore the next morning, Terra Dominicata will prove otherwise. The hotel is set in a 12th century Dominican monastery located in the middle of the Montsant Natural Park, and despite its traditional façade, the 26 rooms are chic, modern, and spare no detail unturned. Terra Dominicata is an experience all on its own as you immerse yourself in the rugged landscapes and unique gastronomy of the Priorat famous wine region. From the moment you step foot onto the grounds, the Vives family will welcome you with farm-to-table dishes and glasses topped with wines from the hotel’s own winery. Want to learn even more? Explore Terra Dominicata’s winemaking legacy with a guided tasting session in the wine cellar and learn first-hand how Priorat wines are made.
Of course, those who want to head out and explore the region can do so with a hike around Montsant Natural Park. Here, travelers will be able to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims as they enjoy sites like the Escaladei Monastery and take in the rural peace and quiet of the mountains.
This hotel will be featured in our new CÚRATE Trips to Catalonia, stay tuned!
2. Cas Gasí, a peaceful getaway in the heartland of Ibiza
Find your Balearic bliss at Cas Gasí. Located in inland Ibiza and surrounded by lush landscapes of pine forests, olive groves, and orange trees, Cas Gasí breaks every single stereotype you may have heard of Ibiza’s party-loving reputation. Instead, you’ll find a serene, family-run hotel that’s big on sustainability and organic ingredients. The 19th-century farmhouse makes for the perfect backdrop to mingle with other guests before retreating to your suite. Speaking of which: for larger groups, there are two Ibizan Palaces that offer spacious quarters which accommodate up to 6 guests per villa. As you step into your palace, be prepared to discover delightful details like an outdoor cabana or a private library. Everything is within a short, 15-minute drive – or if you want to get a workout in, there are electric bikes available for hire as well.
When speaking of Cas Gasí, we can’t forget to mention the absolutely delicious on-site restaurant, whose ingredients are grown organically at the hotel or sourced from local farms. The menu infuses the chef’s Valencia-born background (think paella and rice-based dishes) with Mediterranean-inspired fare.
3. Heritage Madrid: the capital’s second Relais & Châteaux
If there’s only one word that could be used to describe Heritage Madrid, it would be exquisite. From the hand-painted gold wallpaper to the champagne and oysters readily-available at the rooftop terrace, everything in the hotel radiates an air of striking elegance. Heritage Madrid features 46 beautifully-decorated rooms with a special twist: each room is adorned with art from the owners’ personal collections!
Dining at Heritage Madrid is an event in itself, as you can choose to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even mid-afternoon tea at the chic bar or sophisticated restaurant. The Haroma, open for lunch and dinner, is headed by chef Mario Sandoval, whose other restaurants include 2 Michelin-starred Coque and El Jardín de Orfila.
Take a break from exploring the city with an afternoon tea set, or start off your evening with drinks on the roof terrace (featuring a panoramic view of the glistening city around you).
4. Alma, Barcelona at your feet
Somewhere between classic and modern is Hotel Alma Barcelona, a sleek hotel that seamlessly infuses the two to create its own path amongst Barcelona’s elite hotels. Thanks to its smart design and minimalist color palette, Alma Barcelona is a favorite for both business travelers and leisurely explorers. The clever juxtaposition can be seen in the details: think of a fingerprint scanner instead of a room key, while the room number plaque above is displayed in a retro font.
The Eixample Suite is a perfect example of tasteful yet cutting-edge décor that makes it one of the most exclusive rooms in the entire hotel. Start off your stay with a complimentary box of handcrafted local chocolates as you take in the view, and end your day with luxurious Bvlgari amenities as you unwind in the spacious bathtub.
Although Alma is right off the buzzy Passeig de Gràcia, it feels like an urban oasis thanks to its serene outdoor garden. Enjoy a meal at the aptly-named Jardín del Alma, where Catalan gastronomy and cocktails are infused with seasonal ingredients and unique flavors all served in a lovey courtyard.
5. Palacio Solecio, Malaga’s magnificent boutique hotel
Malaga is known as the capital of Costa del Sol and, not surprisingly, oozes laid-back charm and a nonchalant atmosphere. It is, after all, where Pablo Picasso was born and where warm sandy beaches extend for kilometers on end down the coast.
However, that doesn’t mean that Malaga is without its luxury hotels! Perhaps the most discerning of the bunch is Palacio Solecio, a boutique hotel spread across two historical mansions. From the moment you walk down the grand staircase, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a bygone era filled with regency and riches. Although it feels a world away, Palacio Solecio is conveniently located in Malaga’s casco antiguo (historical center). You’ll be within minutes from the Moorish Alcazaba, Roman Theater, Cathedral, the Museo Picasso, and plenty of other attractions.
Each of the rooms are decorated in an Andalucía-inspired style, with zesty patterns, colors, and techniques, but one suite really stands out: the Palacio Junior Suite. The suite is a spacious room with bold decor, a marble bath, and a plush canopy bed that doubles as a place to unwind as well as a centerpiece.
6. Palacio de Samaniego, Rioja’s jewel
Tucked away in a small village of Rioja Alavesa, Spain’s premier wine-making region, is the charming and one-of-a-kind Palacio de Samaniego. With just nine rooms and suites, Palacio de Samaniego is the textbook definition of a boutique hotel. Combined with a French-Basque restaurant led by award-winning chef Pedro Vicente, an intimate garden, and an inviting swimming pool, Palacio is also the definition of an oasis.
The hotel has quite the pedigree as well: the original 18th-century mansion was purchased and thoughtfully restored by the Rothschild family, including the addition of more than eighty works of art from the family’s collection, hundreds of wines reserved in its wine cellar, and an atmosphere that feels like a home away from home.
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy after your wine visits; from a guided tour of their vineyard to kayaking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, and more. When the time comes to unwind after a busy day, guests can retreat to their suite – which are all named after a variety of grape, such as Viura, Garnacha, or Chardonnay.