Whether vacationing in the north, the sun-soaked Costa del Sol, or somewhere in between, visitors are sure to experience ‘duende’ while at a 5 star hotel in Spain. Loosely translated as the moment of heightened emotion that takes you out of yourself, duende is usually experienced during an artistic performance. Boasting countless World Heritage Sites, natural beauty and delectable gastronomy, you’ll feel duende all over Spain – from Andalusia to Zaragoza.
Spectacular natural & Cultural heritage: Best 5 Star stays in Spain
Paradores & Pristine Nature in Northern Spain
From Basque country to the wild coast, 5 star hotels in Northern Spain offer everything from exhilarating cities to sun-drenched, sandy beaches. San Sebastian, in particular, is equal parts beach vacation, city break and foodie paradise making it one of the top locations to see in this part of Spain. Add to that countless Michelin-starred restaurants alongside delectable local markets, and museums dedicated to arts, culture and history and you have all your bases covered. Bilbao is another attractive base for exploring the northern regions of Spain, and one that culture vultures will not want to miss out on. Its main attractions are the Guggenheim museum, Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts. When you are not admiring striking paintings and sculptures, Bilbao itself is a work of art thanks to its verdant natural beauty and myriad of green spaces begging to be explored. Do not miss out on Parque de Doña Casilda Iturrízar. The Basque Coast Geopark, stretching from Deba to Zumaia will have nature lovers’ hearts beating faster. This protected area of coastline boasts beautiful trails and nature walks where you can ogle at 13km of staggering cliffs and bizarre rock formations. What better way to enjoy untouched nature of Spain’s Basque country than by staying in a paradores.
Art & Dance in amazing Andalusia
There is more to Andalusia than Costa del Sol. Heading inland you will be surprised by a world unexpected, where dramatic landscapes and pristine nature reign supreme. Here you will find pueblos blancos perched on top of hilltops, huddled around Moorish castles, and hanging over steep cliffs, a piercing blue sky reflected in the Mediterranean Sea below. Spend idle hours drinking cava and eating pinxtos or tapas while chattering to friends and locals. This is the real Andalusia. And if you don’t get to see or do all the attractions today, tomorrow is another day. There is nothing hurried or rushed about the true Andalusian experience. 5 star hotels in Andalusia provide the perfect vacation against the backdrop of exquisite culture. Seville is a soulful confluence of culture worlds away from the tourist strongholds. It’s also home to the world’s largest cathedral and World Heritage Site boasting 80 chapels and a 42m-high nave. A visit to the Museo del Baile Flamenco is a must in the birthplace of flamenco. Granada sits supremely in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada and offers world-class skiing in the winter. Last but certainly not least, Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso, is a gem perched on the Andalusian coastline.
Idyllic paradises on the Canary Islands & Balearic Islands
Off the coast of southwestern Spain, the Canary Islands have a lot to offer from superb art and architectural attractions to spectacular natural wonders. Outdoor enthusiasts will look forward to everything from sign-posted footpaths crisscrossing the islands, horse or camel rides and a round of golf, to scuba diving, kitesurfing and windsurfing in enticingly warm waters. At a 5 star hotel in Maspalomas, famous for its sand dunes, visitors can enjoy the the diversity of the landscape in the great outdoors. Whether its non-stop action or rest and relaxation you’re after, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are perfect choices. From the white sandy beaches of Formentera to the rocky mountains of Majorca, there are countless outdoor attractions and stretches of coastline waiting after you step out of your 5 star hotel. Ibiza bursts to life in the summer, when international DJs and party-seekers flood onto the island. Half an hour away by fast ferry, Formentera is an idyllic escape where you can truly get away from it all. Whether you prefer shopping in the capital city of Palma, lazing on one of the endless beaches, or enjoying a massage or beauty treatments in a world-class spa, excitement, relaxation and indulgence are guaranteed at 5 star hotels in Majorca. No matter which Spanish island you visit - you’ll be pampered in every possible way.
The Balearic Islands holiday destination at a glance:
Our Favorite 5 Star Hotels in Spain
- Red Level at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora - Adults Only
- Can Simoneta | Adults Only
- Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos
- Hotel Hospes Maricel & Spa
- Ohla Barcelona
- Hotel Nixe Palace
- Fontsanta Hotel Thermal & Spa
- Royal Garden Villas & Spa
- La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
- Caprice Alcudia Port