Romantic hotels: A place you must visit during spring

We said it before and we maintain it: Every travel Is different (Even if you’re travelling to the same destination as before), each traveller seeks for new experiences and each accommodation is designated to fulfil that desire. You can keep using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, but knowing the market demands and specializing is –whether like it or not- essential in our times.

Specialized tourism is the future. There will always be adaptable hotels what will survive based on lower-middle class travellers that look for a low-cost holiday package (the cheapest) those who doesn’t care about quality and only see everything the hotel offers with their budget.

Big expend, small profit: an arduous path avoided for those who felt the pinch and bet on turning their hotel into one that fits with the customer’s necessity. The large investment needed during the past lean years in Spain drove many small hotel chains to bankrupt, leaving the market for those who controlled the situation, and succeeded during these times of uncertainty

The hotel sector in Spain, despite some hotels doesn’t want or haven’t been able to move forward into this new trend, is one of the most advanced in the concept of romantic hotels and Adults Only hotels and currently has a wide variety of accommodations specially designed for couples. Being a priority: rest, gastronomy and the relaxation services the place has to offer.

This new touristic line is more developed in the coastal zones, especially in Majorca, Malaga, Huelva, Cádiz and the Canary Islands. With a few exceptions in the Catalonian coast and a gold mine in the major cities like Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, where the couple market segment is one of the main source of incomes.

The most specialized accommodations can be found mostly in locations with high touristic demand, they usually have wellness and comfort centres, which is one of their flagship services included. Some outstanding hotels are the spa hotels in Playa de Palma (Majorca), the adult only hotels in Costa Adeje, the family hotels in Costa Adeje, some of the spa hotels in Fuerteventura, especially those in Jandía (southern part of the island) and the spa hotels in Cadis.

Prices tend to be more expensive than the regular all inclusive hotels since the specialized accommodations are, generally, superior than 3 star hotels and offers more complete services that just a spa. For example, they usually have more than one restaurant, and at least one is author’s cuisine or has a gourmet menu. They also tend to offer lounge bars, or beach clubs with chill out zones, the most amazing parties to dance and have some fun between friends, without leaving the excellent single service and privacy.

Some big hotel chains had greatly succeeded in this new hotel line that they have turned into a worldwide reference. Between the most mentioned projects is The Grand Collection line of IBEROSTAR, with the Grand Hotel Budapest in Europe and the Gand Hotel Salomé in Tenerife. Meliá, with its renewed resorts in the coastal zone of Calvià, is another big pioneer that has some special unique hotels, with very authentic and inspiring projects like the Sol Wave, the Sol Beach House Cala Blanca…tagged in the travellers couple line of Sol Hotels.

Andalusia: Spanish travellers’ favourite destination

When Spanish people think of holiday, probably the first word on their mind is South. Although the north of Spain is even more charming, more affordable, less exploited and offers more complete gastronomy, tourism statistics are clear: national tourists prefer to stay in Andalusia as main destination for holiday.

Galicia, Asturias, the Basque Country, Mediterranean coast, Tarragona and Barcelona cannot compete with the almighty Andalusia. Its diverse landscapes and traditions, good connections between provinces and, especially, the high number of sunshine days in contrast with other northern communities, make it the region with highest number of national visitors every year in the entire country, with 26,6 millions of trips made by Spanish people and 7,6 millions by foreigners.

Tourism industry is especially established in coastal areas, offering all types of accommodations and holiday concepts, from rel=”nofollow”spa hotels in Chiclana, Cádiz, to golf hotels in Isla Canela, All Inclusive hotels in Torrox-Costa, Malaga, and spa hotels in Marbella.  We cannot miss the traditional accommodations in Torremolinos, resorts in El Toyo – Retamar, next to Cabo de gata, exclusive Adults Only hotels in Huelva beaches, charming hotels in the centre of Seville, and luxury resorts in Jerez.

Gastronomy stands out as far as complementary tourism offer is concerned, looking always for excellence and providing complete packages with theme getaways for enjoying the traditional cuisine, and typical wines and oils from the south of Spain.

Nature boasts its best landscapes in Huelva, the Gulf of Cádiz, Doñana National Park, Isla Cristina marshes, Roque beaches and those located close the hotels in Calas de Conil; Almeria and its Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, the surroundings of Valle del Golf, and its famous white villages route.

For those who look for culture, Seville and Granada are the favourite destinations, since they combine art, history, heritage and a unique atmosphere.  Likewise, small coastal towns such as Motril, Almuñécar or Sancti Petri are usually traditional culture centres, ideal for immersing yourself in the Andalusian roots.

Most of national trips are gathered close to the hotels in Fuengirola beach, Torremolinos, Nerja, Roquetes de Mar, El Toyo, La Barrosa and Isla Cristina.  Non-coastal towns are almost reserved to rural and active tourism experiences, family trips and travellers wanting to get away from it all and enjoy the charm of the most authentic Andalusia.  In this area, the most visited towns are those located close to Sierra Nevada, especially preferred by winter sports lovers.  Monachil, Pinos, Genil, Güejar Sierra…

The key to an authentic hotel for couples

The growing necessity for the Spanish tourism industry to specialise in the different range of clients, has led to the definition of a number of hotel typologies that in some cases is not applied in the practise. it is frequent that many hotel chains confuse adults only hotels with hotels for couples, when, in reality, they represent two different types of accommodation.

Romantic hotels couples

A good hotel for couples can be recognised because it is easily replaceable with the expression romantic hotels. They are spaces designed to relax with your partner, rest and enjoy the unique moments in which the couple is the protagonist. This is why they are located in destinations where the leisure and culture complementary offer is adapted to their needs: cinema, quiet restaurants, outdoor experiences to enjoy with your partner, less crowded beaches…

The hotel services must be consistent with the environment designed do the relaxation of two persons. Therefore, a good couples hotel should include in its offer a spa with saunas, jacuzzis, hydromassage baths, its own a la carte restaurant or with special dinners, a good wine cellar and a select cocktail and gin card, as well as small details in the room.

Couples holidays parejas

While much of this may sound like clichés, it only responds to the demand of such typology: a hotel for couples should have a calm ambience, with cozy spaces and chill out areas where guests can enjoy sunsets, small theme parties, the discrete attentions of the staff, the freedom of being away from routine for a few days. Summing it up, an escapade for two.

Adults Only Hotels, however, only ensure an environment for persons over 16,  that does not necessary have to be orientated for couples but can perfectly be focused on friends group holidays or for the client of a business hotel that searches a quiet hotel, with individual rooms, conference rooms and state of the art technology.

Both modalities share things in common but, those looking to surprise their partner with a night in a romantic hotel should know that a hotel for couples will match better what they are looking for.

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February, a month for romantic getaways

February is the shortest month of the year but is full of festivities and proposals for traveling. Winter has entered fully, gone are the Christmas holidays and farther still seems to be the summer.

That’s why it is a perfect month for a getaway to warmer lands or to the snow. The excuse? We should not need any, but in February it is easy to find one: how about a different gift for Valentine’s Day? Yes, this is the perfect time for a romantic getaway.

Sol Hotels, for couples in February

Booking a hotel for couples in Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Malaga at this time of year is very simple and economical: we are still in the low season and you can find real gems at unique prices. For example, the Hotel Sol Cala Blanca, in Mallorca, or the ski hotel Sol Vielha, a spa hotel in the Vall d’Aran, Lleida, at the base of the ski resort of Baqueira/Beret.

And if you prefer a sun and beach getaway in February, the best option are the hotels for couples in Tenerife and La Palma.

Travelling during this time of the year has its advantages. The most popular tourist destinations, such as the Balearic Islands and the south of the Spanish Peninsula, can be visited quietly, without the crowds typical of the month of August, and travel with a different perspective, focusing more on the enjoyment of cultural, urban and dining experiences . The beaches, which are one of the great attractions of these destinations, are deserted, perfect for walking and even the bravest can enjoy a swim in the sea.

Sol Hoteles, for holidays in Mallorca in February

The proposal of the hotel you choose for these getaways is as important as the destination, since it is a short stay, you have to make the most out of every minute of your holiday:

· Adults Only Hotels. – They usually offer services and activities along these lines: romantic dinners, Jacuzzi in the room, special breakfast service, cocktails, spa …

· Sports Hotels. – They have facilities specifically designed to enjoy a weekend of intense sport, both within the hotel and outdoors: cycling, aerobic classes, gym, swimming pool …

· Hotels for Families. – Your best choice if you want to enjoy a quiet Valentine with your partner without giving up a trip with your children. The activities and the animation staff of these hotels will allow you to rest while the kids are entertained.

Views to La Habana

La Habana is one of those essential cities one would want to return time and time again.

Its energy warmth and history invite the traveler to wander through its streets and discover new places each time, discovering a different Cuba every trip.

The island of Cuba offers its soul to the visitor during any time of the year, but looks especially bright during the summer months, when the contrast with the winter in Europe make it more desirable if possible.

There are classics that never go out of style: a mojito in La Bodeguita del Medio, just like Hemingway did, or at La Floridita, visiting the Capitol, the Grand Theater of Havana and its iconic Museum of Fine Arts.

But there are unique moments, to bare one’s head dancing on a pier overlooking the sea or int the bustle of a typical Cuban and traditional party.

Another of the great experiences that can be enjoyed in Cuba is to admire the view of Havana from the roof top pool of one of the best hotels in Cuba, the Iberostar Parque Central, a 5 star hotel in Havana, located in the best area of the capital and luxury services designed for a different journey, turning a trip to Cuba unforgettable.

Tenerife, a sun and beach winter

Tenerife is the great winter refuge, an oasis of sun and beach where to rest during the coldest months of the year and enjoy and escapade with your partner or short holidays with the family. Its mild climate and the beauty of its landscape attract, winter after winter, thousands of european tourists in the search of an eternal summer.

To organise a trip to Tenerife, January and February are the best months to spoil yourself booking at a good price one of the luxury hotels in Costa Adeje, the most exclusive tourist area of the island where to find nature, sport, nightlife and culture, almost without leaving the hotel.

Communications are comfortable, services are complete and the atmosphere in winter is a real luxury: the influx of tourists looking for relaxation and tranquility award a special quiet to this beautiful island.

Among the best hotels in Tenerife that stand out are the renowned 5 star resort in Costa Adeje Iberostar Anthelia, highly valued for its excellent service and facilities, cuisine and special activities for families, the Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador, an adults-only hotel Costa Adeje, and the Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome, one of the few hotels adults only in Tenerife that are all inclusive.