Chill out on the powdery sands of some of the world’s coolest islands, wander the historic backstreets of vibrant cities, indulge in delicious local tapas, or take a well-earned siesta by the pool. After all, this is Spain.

"Wherever you are in Spain, expect to be swept up in the excitement of local fiestas and a nightlife that starts late and ends in the early hours."

Spain and its islands are a veritable treasure chest brimming with unforgettable scenery, unique microclimates that usher in months of glorious sunshine, sparkly seas, golden sands, smart towns, cosmopolitan cities and of course its super-chic islands – rich in history, beautiful beaches, über-exclusive resorts and exhilarating nightlife.

Carved into a host of distinct regions, all boasting their own cultural identities, wild fiestas and gastronomic specialties, Spain is an endlessly-rewarding and exciting place to explore. Flamenco skirts twirling, matadors flouncing, pans of paella steaming – you’ll find all the clichés here if you search for them, but there’s much more besides if you care to look.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Madrid

  • Time Difference

    GMT +1

  • Best Time to Visit

    Spanish Mainland & Balearic Islands – May-Oct; Canary Islands – year-round

  • Currency

    Euro

Spain

Explore

Choose from the cream of Spain’s finest hotels and resorts

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Abama Guía de Isora, Tenerife

    A vast, 395-acre sprawling dusky-pink palace hotel and villa complex on Tenerife's Guía de Isora coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is the perfect spot for active, ‘get-away-from-it-all’ pleasure seekers.

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  • Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay Talamanca Bay, Ibiza

    On the white sandy beaches of Talamanca Bay, this sophisticated, fun-loving beach retreat serves up a host of sexy, immersive and fun experiences, plus innovative culinary options, and creations inspired by Ibiza itself.

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  • Belmond La Residencia Deià, Mallorca

    It may be tucked away on the edge of Deià, and sheltered by the mountains of Mallorca’s peaceful north-west coast, but there's so much to do at Belmond La Residencia that one stay is never enough.

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  • 105 Suites Ibiza @ Marina Magna Talamanca Bay, Ibiza

    This new Riviera-style dining destination in the heart of Ibiza’s old town, serves up the same je ne sais quoi of style, flavours and class as its late Parisian cousin, plus a handful of super-chic, easy, breezy pieds-à-terre.

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  • Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa Santa Eulària des Riu, Ibiza

    Popular with 30-somethings looking to chill (children are welcome too), with a peaceful marina setting, spectacular views over to neighbouring Formentera and über-cool luxury amenities.

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  • Ca Na Xica Sant Miquel de Balansat, Ibiza

    Sun-soaked serenity amidst 1000-year-old olive groves and bountiful orchards. That's Ca Na Xica – a beautifully rural retreat with a superb spa; tranquil pool; and an alfresco restaurant that feels like a destination in its own right.

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  • Hacienda Na Xamena San Miguel, Ibiza

    An ivy-covered clifftop gem with a hefty dose of old-school bohemian-style Ibiza, this adorable family-run property is the island’s original five-star hotel (and one of its most romantic).

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  • Ibiza Gran Hotel Talamanca Bay, Ibiza

    Ibiza’s only five-star all-suite hotel in the hip seaside enclave of Marina Botafoch allows for stunning views across to Dalt Vila; while an amazing art collection brings an avant-garde vibe to the complex.

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  • La Granja Buscatell, Ibiza

    More in keeping with Ibiza’s 50s and 60s hippy scene than the perpetual partying of the present day, this members-only enclave (a unique project by Design Hotels) offers pared-down relaxation and rustic simplicity.

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  • Seven Pines Resort Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza

    Unadulterated Ibizan luxury embraced by gorgeous terrain – this all-suite resort definitely bagged one of Ibiza's best spots: its clifftop perch edged by a pine forest, with eye-popping views over to the magical rock island of Es Vedrà.

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  • Gecko Hotel & Beach Club Playa Migjorn, Formentera

    A stunningly slick, unapologetically design-conscious boutique hotel on blissed-out Formentera, Gecko defines the term ‘stylish beach living’, cleverly balancing aesthetic brilliance with excellent customer service.

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  • Cap Rocat Cala Blava, Mallorca

    As USPs go, ‘former military fortress’ is up there with the best. And if you’re looking to go off radar somewhere that’s full of rustic character and a sense of history then look no further – Cap Rocat is just the place.

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  • Castell Son Claret Calvía, Mallorca

    Escape from the hectic pace of modern daily life at Castell Son Claret: an oasis of relaxation, where you’ll find a unique combination of gentle silence, breathtaking nature and inspiring indulgence.

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  • Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel Port de Sóller, Mallorca

    Lovely harbour to one side, lovely Mediterranean to the other, this enticing family-friendly resort stands proud on the cliffs that dominate the charming fishing village of Port Soller.

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  • Park Hyatt Mallorca Canyamel, Mallorca

    Having set up home in Mallorca’s beautiful Cap Vermell Valley on the island’s undiscovered east coast, Park Hyatt’s first foray into Europe is a five-star village-style gem enveloped in luscious gardens.

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  • Son Brull Hotel & Spa Pollença, Mallorca

    If you crave a taste of authentic Mallorca, you can’t go wrong with this 18th-century Jesuit monastery, ingeniously restyled into one of the island’s most memorable hotels.

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  • Gran Hotel Son Net Puigpunyent, Mallorca

    This ancient blush-coloured 17th-century finca screams quintessential Mallorca: its lovely patio and carefully tended gardens melding into the hillside; its interiors awash with authentically local influences.

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  • Pure Salt Port Adriano El Toro, Mallorca

    This one’s just for grown-ups. And it’s pretty special. Overlooking the Philippe Starck-designed Port Adriano Marina, there are three pools, gastronomic and spa delights, a golf academy, coaching studio and indoor simulator.

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  • The St. Regis Mardavall Resort Costa d'en Blanes, Mallorca

    Set between Mallorca's stunning Tramuntana Mountains and the glittering Mediterranean Sea, The St. Regis Mardavall is one of the world’s most bespoke resorts.

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  • Valldemossa Hotel & Restaurant Valldemossa, Mallorca

    Chopin proclaimed this charming hillside town the world’s most beautiful place whilst staying at its ancient Carthusian monastery, and today you’ll enjoy the same outstanding natural beauty.

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  • Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Costa Adeje, Tenerife

    A brightly-coloured, fairytale Canarian village in the less remote Costa Adeje, Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque has an outstanding mix of accommodation choices and activities galore.

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  • Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa Costa Adeje, Tenerife

    Set between the mountains and sea, a pleasant 10-minute stroll from the popular restaurants of La Caleta in one direction, and Playa del Duque in the other.

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  • Finca Cortesin MARBELLA

    Keen golfers will already know Finca Cortesin as home to the Volvo World Match Play Tournament – but this magnificent resort offers much more than just 18 holes of top-notch golf.

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  • Marbella Club MARBELLA

    Marbella is noted not only for its starry inhabitants but also its excellent resorts; the most celebrated of which is Marbella Club, Golf Resort & Spa, a princely people-watching playground on a prime beachfront setting.

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  • Nobu Hotel Marbella Marbella

    A spectacular, next-generation lifestyle resort, curated for playful adults and families,exclusive Nobu Hotel Marbella has brought its own sense of seductive sophistication and style to Marbella’s Golden Mile.

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  • Puente Romano Marbella MARBELLA

    Discover modern Mediterranean living at the heart of Puente Romano Beach Resort & SPA, one of Marbella’s most beloved resorts and fresh from a recent multi-million-Euro renovation.

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  • Asia Gardens & Thai Spa, a Royal Hideaway Hotel Alicante

    On the slopes of the Sierra Cortina Mountains, amidst 90 acres of pine forest, with bragging rights to fantastic Mediterranean views...

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  • La Escondida Hotel & Restaurant Penàguila, Costa Blanca

    If anywhere embodies the rustic charm of Spanish country living, it’s La Escondida, a former 19th-century hunting lodge transformed by owner Terry Venables into an intimate, cosy and unforgettable hillside boutique hideaway.

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  • SHA Wellness Clinic L'Albir, Costa Blanca

    Looking more like a Balearic beach club than a world-class medi-spa with focused, goal-driven health programmes supported by a modern Macrobiotic diet, stay here and you'll leave feeling and looking – as clichés would have it – a million dollars.

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  • Hospes Palau de la Mar València

    Merging a pair of 19th-century palacete buildings in the heart of València’s swish L’Eixample shopping district his cool, calm and collected boutique hotel creation boasts a gorgeous collection of beautifully styled rooms and suites.

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  • The Westin València València

    For a city property with historic merit, and one of València’s most iconic modernist buildings, the space and value for money here is incredible; as lush, 1900-square-metre interior Mediterranean garden – the centrepiece for The Westin's restaurants and bars.

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  • Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection Barcelona

    A city landmark for generations, this neoclassical 19th-century building and former headquarters of the Cotton Producers’ Guildhas been lovingly transformed into an enticing hotel experience.

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  • Hotel Arts BARCELONA

    Service, service everywhere… This 44-storey skyscraper – the city’s tallest – has it all in spades, so it's just the place if you’re looking for stylish resort life in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

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  • Ohla Hotel Barcelona BARCELONA

    Located on the lively Via Laietana in the heart of the city, Ohla is the perfect choice when you want to really experience all the vibrancy of Barcelona from a prime downtown location.

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  • Soho House Barcelona Barcelona

    With its distinctly Catalan influences, the Barcelona outpost of Soho House in the beautiful Gothic Quarter is currently our favourite of the brand’s increasing collection of hipster hotel havens.

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  • Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Barcelona

    Barcelona is awash with fabulous hotels, but this one is just that little bit extra-special. Location-wise it’s hard to beat: in the heart of the city, on the shopping mecca of the Passeig de Gràcia, and minutes from many of the city’s cultural delights.

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  • W Barcelona Barcelona

    The landmark W hotel, a giant sail-shaped building rising high above the Mediterranean, designed by world-famed architect Ricardo Bofill, sets the scene for a spectacular beachfront stay.

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  • Castell d'Empordà La Bisbal d'Empordà, Costa Brava

    If staying in a hilltop 14th-century Gothic castle, poetically merged into the beautiful Catalonian scenery with fairytale features, contemporary comforts, and inspirational dining is on your bucket list, then look no further.

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  • Le Méridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa El Vendrell, Costa Brava

    One of the area’s most family-friendly luxury resorts, with a privileged beachfront location surrounded by the rolling hills of the El Penedes Wine Region, plus activities for aspiring inventors, junior culinarians and wee culture-seekers.

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  • Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa Torrent, Costa Brava

    It’s easy to see why Barbra, Kylie and Julio all picked this country house retreat. Its Empordà wine region setting is the area's most authentic and chic; and the three categories of suites, two restaurants and Mas Spa add to the magic.

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  • Hostal de la Gavina S'Agaró, Costa Brava

    Another favourite with aristocracy and A-listers who were undoubtedly drawn here by the spectacular rocky coastline and unspoiled beaches, this is top-notch, old-school Spanish opulence at its best.

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  • Hotel La Manga Club Príncipe Felipe Murcia, Costa Blanca

    Once the 60s playground of American entrepreneur Greg Peters (who introduced the American resort concept to Spain), La Manga Club is now a vast super-resort, three times the size of Monaco...

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  • Hotel Maria Cristina San Sebastián, Basque Country

    Ever since its 1912 opening, the Belle Époque-era Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel has enjoyed close links with the best of San Sebastián’s culture and history.

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  • Hotel Marqués de Riscal Elciego, Basque Country

    A 150-year-old winery (the oldest in the Rioja winefields) transformed into a dazzling City of Wine complex by Frank Gehry, whose unmistakable avant-garde design stamp provides an elegant contrast to the historic wine cellars.

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  • Hotel Palacio Guendulain Pamplona, Basque Country

    Enjoying a privileged location in Pamplona’s historic old town overlooking Plaza Consejo, this 18th-century palace has been carefully transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel with an award-winning gourmet restaurant.

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  • Hotel Ritz, Madrid Madrid

    With high ceilings and graceful columns, The Ritz – its façade a national monument – is an iconic landmark right in Madrid’s Golden Triangle. And as part of Mandarin Oriental's brilliant brand, there's every modern comfort imaginable.

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  • Hotel Villa Real Madrid

    A revered five-star hotel that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to luxury and opulence, Villa Magna twins its treasure trove of ancient antiques with post-modern touches like the Art Deco lobby and Warhol-inspired bar and restaurant.

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  • ME Madrid Reina Victoria Madrid

    A hip design hotel with oodles of personality housed in a beautiful, historically valuable example of the city’s urban architecture and set in the gorgeous Plaza Santa Ana – arguably the best location when visiting the capital.

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  • The Westin Palace, Madrid Madrid

    Steeped in history, and a Site of Cultural Interest, this grande dame of Madrid is brilliant for exploring the capital. It's also a big draw for foodies, with gourmet oriental delights, an awesome Sunday brunch, and a sushi and tapas fusion.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Moorish Magic

    Moorish Magic

    A monument to Spain’s medieval Islamic past, Granada’s Alhambra is a vision of intricate carvings, elegant arches and painstaking mosaics. Seen close up, its beauty is quite literally shocking. Go super-early to avoid the crowds – it’s worth it.

  2. Flamenco Frenzy

    Flamenco Frenzy

    Head to Andalucia to experience the twirling, swirling frenzy that is Flamenco dancing for yourself. Currently enjoying a resurgence, this traditional dance is full of Spanish passion and energy and is by no means just for tourists.

  3. Volcanic Ventures

    Volcanic Ventures

    Drag yourself away momentarily from Tenerife’s endless sandy beaches to pay a visit to its National Park, a lunar landscape above the cloud-line that’s home to extraordinary rock formations, rugged moors and Spain’s highest peak, the volcanic Mount Teide.