Spain’s Top-10 luxury hotels


Marbella, with its majestic yacht-filled marinas and upscale boutiques, is a beacon of luxury on Spain’s Costa del Sol. This once quaint fishing village has transformed over the decades, becoming a haven for the world’s elite and a name synonymous with affluence.

Today, while Marbella holds a special place in the heart of those who reside there, the lure of discovering other luxury enclaves in Spain is irresistibly appealing. There’s a belief that even amidst such splendor, there are still newer, perhaps undiscovered, luxurious experiences awaiting just around the corner. A weekend sojourn from Marbella’s familiar embrace to immerse oneself in the opulence of other Spanish jewels can be a thrilling journey of discovery. Whether you’re a Marbella native seeking a fresh vista or a voyager curating an upscale Spanish escapade, here’s a guide to some of Spain’s most coveted resorts and hotels.

1-Cap Rocat, Mallorca

Nestled on the dramatic shores of Mallorca stands Cap Rocat,
This former military fortress has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea

Nestled on the dramatic shores of Mallorca stands Cap Rocat, a sentinel of history and luxury. Originally built as a formidable military fortress, this architectural marvel has been meticulously restored and repurposed, emerging as one of the island’s most exclusive luxury boutique hotels. The meticulous renovation has preserved its majestic heritage while infusing contemporary elegance, making every corner a blend of the past and present. Unique suites and private sanctuaries, thoughtfully carved into the rugged cliffs, not only retain the essence of the fortress but also offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

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2-Sha Wellness Clinic, Alicante

Situated in the picturesque hills of Alicante, the Sha Wellness Clinic
While primarily a wellness retreat, its emphasis on health doesn't detract from its luxury

Situated in the picturesque hills of Alicante, the Sha Wellness Clinic is not just a destination; it’s a transformative journey for the mind, body, and soul.

What truly sets Sha Wellness Clinic apart is its holistic approach to health and well-being. Rooted in the ancient principles of traditional Eastern therapies, yet infused with the latest Western advances, the clinic provides a comprehensive approach to wellness. Whether guests are seeking detoxification programs, anti-aging therapies, weight loss regimens, or simply a mental reset, Sha’s team of experienced professionals cater to individual needs.

The culinary experience at Sha is an adventure. Shunning the idea that healthy food is bland or restrictive, the clinic’s nutritionists and chefs have curated a menu that is as tantalizing as it is nourishing. Utilizing organic and locally sourced ingredients, dishes are crafted not just to please the palate but also to align with the wellness goals of guests.

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3-Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Rioja

Hotel Marqués de Riscal in the rolling vineyards of Spain’s Rioja Alavesa region,.
Every element of Hotel Marqués de Riscal reflects a dedication to luxury and the art of fine living

Amidst the rolling vineyards of Spain’s Rioja Alavesa region, Hotel Marqués de Riscal stands as a fusion of deep-rooted tradition and avant-garde design. Conceived by the famed architect Frank Gehry, its undulating titanium façade is an architectural marvel, reminiscent of his other masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Yet, within this modern exterior lies a soul deeply connected to the land. Renowned for its eponymous wines, a stay here isn’t just about opulent rooms and spectacular views; it’s an invitation to experience the rich tapestry of winemaking, with private vineyard tours and curated tastings. Every element of Hotel Marqués de Riscal, from its world-class spa to its gourmet dining offerings, reflects a dedication to luxury and the art of fine living.

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4-Hotel Arts Barcelona

Overlooking the Mediterranean, Hotel Arts is one of Barcelona's most iconic luxury hotels
Overlooking the Mediterranean, this is one of Barcelona's most iconic luxury hotels

A contemporary jewel in Barcelona’s crown, Hotel Arts stands tall, a beacon of luxury overlooking the deep blues of the Mediterranean. Its modern design, gourmet dining options, and prime beachfront spot position it as one of the city’s elite accommodations.

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5-Nobu Hotel Ibiza

Nobu Hotel Ibiza
Nobu Hotel Ibiza promises a stay that's as iconic as the island's legendary sunsets

Set against the backdrop of the tranquil Cala Talamanca, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay seamlessly melds the island’s laid-back ethos with sophisticated luxury. Renowned for its global elegance, the Nobu brand leaves its indelible mark on this Balearic jewel, offering guests an experience that’s both cosmopolitan and deeply rooted in Ibiza’s bohemian spirit. As you step inside, the serenity of minimalist Japanese aesthetics greets you, juxtaposed perfectly with vibrant Ibizan touches. Beyond its plush rooms and suites lies the culinary heartbeat of the hotel – the famed Nobu restaurant, where Japanese finesse meets Peruvian flair.

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6-Mandarin Oriental Hotel Ritz, Madrid

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Ritz, Madrid
A stay in Madrid isn't complete without experiencing the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel Ritz

A stay in Spain’s capital isn’t complete without experiencing the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel Ritz. An emblem of elegance and sophistication, this hotel has played host to royalty, celebrities, and discerning travellers. Its neoclassical architecture, paired with impeccable service and dining, offers a quintessential Madrid experience.

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7-La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel (Loja, Granada)

La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel (Loja, Granada)
This sprawling estate, inspired by traditional Moorish architecture, feels more like a village than a hotel

Nestled amidst the olive groves and rolling hills of Andalusia, La Bobadilla is a dreamy escape. Designed as a traditional Andalusian village, this hotel exudes charm and character, from its labyrinthine gardens to its vast spa facilities.

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8-Mas Salagros Ecoresort & Aire Ancient Baths (Barcelona)

Mas Salagros Ecoresort & Aire Ancient Baths (Barcelona)
The Aire Ancient Baths promise a rejuvenating experience

Located a mere 20 minutes from Barcelona, Mas Salagros Ecoresort & Aire Ancient Baths offers a harmonious blend of luxury and sustainability. As Spain’s first member of the esteemed European Bio Hotels association, it promises a unique eco-centric retreat. Each of its 54 rooms radiates eco-friendly elegance, boasting natural wood, organic cotton, and luxurious latex mattresses.

Drawing inspiration from the indulgent bathing rituals of ancient Greeks and Romans, the Aire Ancient Baths promise a rejuvenating experience. Set within a beautifully conserved 1497 farmhouse, the spa combines historical charm with modern opulence. On the culinary front, the resort champions farm-to-table excellence, sourcing many ingredients from its own Farm Salagros. Diverse dining needs are catered for, from vegan to athlete-specific menus.

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For those considering a change of scene without leaving Marbella’s borders, the idea might seem paradoxical. Yet, sometimes, even a change within our familiar surroundings can breathe new life into our routine. Especially during the off-season, when rates become more enticing, treating oneself or a partner to a luxury experience right in Marbella might just be the perfect romantic or refreshing getaway.

9-Marbella Club, Marbella

Marbella Club Hotel
Experience the legacy of Marbella at the iconic Marbella Club Hotel

Living in this sunny city offers daily delights, but staying at the Marbella Club introduces a different kind of magic. This legendary resort combines Andalusian charm with modern luxury, from its inviting beach club, delightful restaurants, extraordinary gardens to its expansive golf course and equestrian centre. Also the best 5-star service in town!

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10-Puente Romano, Marbella

Botanical gardens at Puente Romano Beach Resort
Walking through the botanical gardens at Puente Romano Beach Resort is good for the soul

Another Marbella marvel, Puente Romano Beach Resort, is a seaside hotel that melds the traditional essence of Spain with modern opulence. Its botanical gardens, golden beachfront, and constellation of restaurants are a testament to luxury at its finest. Learn more about the legendary hotel and its star-studded history in our blog.

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Luxury is not merely about places; it’s about experiences. And even for those in Marbella, there’s always a new luxurious experience waiting around the corner.

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