In Spain, all that glitters is definitely gold
Decadent Spain is only a little over a two-hour plane ride away.
There’s no better place for a gold-edged holiday than in Spain – this Mediterranean country is brimming with resorts that are sun-drenched and utterly glamorous. Just take Barcelona – the Catalan region’s capital. While other cities are lined with pavement, Barcelona is lined with every designer brand you can think of, plus mega clubs and a glitzy waterfront to match.
Valencia is laced with similar cosmopolitan vibes, especially those of the foodie variety. Star-spangled restaurants are this region’s thing – that’s Michelin stars, of course. But if sweeping, 5* hotels are your brand of luxury, Benidorm is at the rescue. This popular resort might not initially be at the forefront of your luxury-loving brain, but the waterfront-facing, spa-heavy beauties Benidorm sports will change your mind.
Living the high life in Spain
In Spain, finding a glamour-heavy holiday is almost as easy as finding the beach. In Marbella and Porto Banus, the glamour and the beach are combined, linked by the six-kilometre strip of coast known as the Golden Mile. Embark down this sandy pathway and you’ll find luxury villas and estates frequented by royalty – from around the world and Hollywood alike – while down in Porto Banus’ yacht-lined port and the streets within, you can wander through big name designer shops.
This duo is also legendary for its nightlife. So after you’ve spent the afternoon ogling Ferraris, it’s straight to the neon-lit mega clubs Marbella is famous for. From there, bottle service and plush lounges await. Barcelona has all this and more – it’s like Marbella and Porto Banus amplified. After lounging by the pool in your 5* villa, you can grab a new Louis along Barcelona’s shopping paradise Passeig de Gracia before partying like the Spanish until six in the morning.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If it’s a luxury holiday you’re after but you’re still not sold on Spain, don’t get discouraged. Have a look at other sunny spots like fashion-forward Italy or the award-winning beaches of Portugal.
But if, at the end of the day, you find that your sights are set on Spain, have a look at our travel guide for more information. In the meantime, here are our top luxury hotels in this Mediterranean hotspot.
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Chic doesn't begin to describe the Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus, a 5* dream machine of a resort. Tucked right up against the sea and with a large central pool, it's all about glitz in the sun. There are two bars on offer here, one for cocktails and whiskey and the other just for champagne. The restaurant is strictly fine dining, while the spa dabbles in luxury with massages and acupuncture on the menu.
You'll think you've been transported to Asia in this 5* mega hotel, speckled with koi ponds and lush gardens. There are six Asian-style pools on offer here, lined with loungers and Balinese beds. But it's the pampering scene that really takes the cake – you've got a Thai spa with luxury treatments and a Turkish bath, plus yoga and tai chi sessions. To really unwind, the champagne bar is at the ready.
The adults-only H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel ups the game with loads of space, a windy pool and a swish spa scene with a wellness centre and Turkish bath. A tennis club and golf courses nearby – staying here will even get you free access to the Marbella Casino. Go the extra mile with a Privilege room and you'll get a pillow menu, Balinese beds by the pool and a Nespresso machine at your service.