Spanish luxury resorts

ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort, Tenerife

Its clifftop setting, with panoramic ocean views, is not the only reason that Abama boasts an elevated status. Managed by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group, this west coast resort, with it’s secluded golden sandy beach, is not one to do things by halves.

The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

The St. Regis Mardavall Resort is perfectly positioned to enjoy Mallorca’s natural beauty. Whichever of the spacious rooms or suites you wake up in, the first sight to greet you as you look across your private terrace, is the sparkling sea.

Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

The former residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, the beachfront Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa enjoys a prime location in the heart of the ‘Golden Mile’, between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Set in lush, fragranced gardens on a long stretch of sandy beach, this Leading Hotel of the World offers a range of deluxe accommodation including spacious guest rooms, suites and Andalusian-style two, three and five bedroom villas, with private garden and pool.

Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona

Located near the pretty Andalucian town of Estepona, and boasting views over the Malaga coast, the Rock of Gibraltar and the African coastline, the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona can lay claim to having two continents on its doorstep. It also revels in the glorious weather of the Costa del Sol, (the ‘Sunny Coast’), which receives an average of over 320 days of sunshine a year – all the better to enjoy the hotel’s expansive tropical gardens and picturesque beach. Inside, the hotel is decorated with colourful works of art, ceramics and pictures, and there are 147 newly-refurbished rooms and suites each featuring a private balcony or terrace with stunning sea views.

Villa Padierna, Marbella

the Hotel Villa Padierna looks just like a Tuscan Palace, its magnificent terrace offering fantastic views of the golf courses, the Mediterranean and on a clear day, the African coastline. It’s been designed to reflect the traditional lifestyle of an Italian villa and if you wander around the grounds you’ll find Roman columns, charming fountains and pleasant nooks in which to hide with a good book, or simply soak up the views. Interiors with cosy fireplaces also feature a carefully integrated collection of paintings and statues from a private collection. Michelle Obama spent a couple of days here!

Hotel Ritz Madrid

The Ritz is a prestigious hotel housed within a Baroque palace and as an Orient-Express Hotel, it has all the style you’d expect. It is set on a leafy boulevard next to the Retiro Park, close to exclusive shops, museums and theatres, yet within walking distance of the financial district. Each room and suite is elegantly furnished with antique furniture and embroidered bedding; has a television and internet access; and room service is available 24 hours a day.

Guadalmina Villa

This spectacular mansion, set in magnificent landscaped gardens, is the ideal getaway for anyone looking for tranquillity and privacy in close proximity to local services and amenities. Six generously sized bedrooms (all en suite) include the master suite, boasting its own private sitting room and sun terrace.

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The best new business hotels

1. Four Seasons, Florence

“This Four Seasons blends ancient charm and Renaissance art with high-tech modern comforts. The only hotel in the heart of Florence with an on-site gym and spa.”

2. Park Hyatt, Shanghai

“the Park Hyatt may be the highest hotel in the world, sitting on floors 79-93 of the 101-story World Financial Center. The hotel has an infinity pool, wellness spa, and a tai chi courtyard.”

3. Mondrian, South Beach, Miami

“The Mondrian’s room amenities include wireless Internet access ($15 per day), television with TiVo, and iPod docking stations. An Agua spa and an Asia de Cuba restaurant are on the premises”

4. Kempinski Hybernská, Prague

This former Baroque palace is close to major business addresses and tourist attractions, such as the Powder Tower and Municipal House. Take advantage of the hotel’s BMW-equipped car service.

5. Four Seasons, Bosphorus, Istanbul

The hotel has elaborate Turkish baths and views from every room. There’s also a pool overlooking the sea.

6. The Dolder Grand, Zurich

The recently reopened Dolder Grand sits high uphill of the Swiss banking center. The newly opened hotel features 2 new wings and the original 100 year old structure.

7. Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town

Rooms at the newly refurbished Cape Grace, located on its own private quay, are lavishly decked out with French windows, fresh flowers, and a small library of useful books. They have a bar that has over 400 options of whiskey.

8. Park Hyatt, Beijing

Located in the hub of Beijing’s Central Business District, the hotel has every business convenience, plus a stunning pool overlooking the city.

9. Shangri-la, Tokyo

Features: Complimentary wireless Internet access in rooms; health club and spa offering treatments based on traditional Chinese and Himalayan healing therapies.

10. Distrito Capital, Mexico City

The hotel overlooks the city and volcanoes beyond. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, and Xbox 360.

Prices of rooms range from $400 to $600.

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