Valencia isn’t known as one of the quintessential beach destinations in Spain, yet this major port city and region boast some impressive, unspoilt beaches in their own right. Here is a round-up of Culture Trip-approved seaside hotels and places to stay on this part of the Spanish coast.
A five-star resort surrounded by olive groves on the beachfront, Oliva Nova’s setting alone ensures you will have an unforgettable stay. Sun, sea and mountains, combined with golf, tennis, an equestrian centre, football fields, gym and swimming pool, are sure to keep you occupied during your stay.
Located in Playa del Racó, Hotel Cullera Holiday is the ideal place for relaxation. Rooms have either sea or mountain views and let in natural light to highlight the simple decor and space. If you like cycling, there are routes for you to hire a bike and explore at your leisure. The resort also has an array of gastronomic options for when you’re done.
On the seafront of Gandia lies the Hotel RH Riviera, with unparalleled views of the sea from its terrace and rooms. A short stroll from this upscale property will take you to the sea, promenade and Gandia Yacht Club. Within the resort is a buffet restaurant, outdoor pool and a rooftop solarium so you are able to make the most of the sunshine even when you’re not on the beach.
Situated in an enclave next to the Mediterranean is Hotel Meraki – a little place that guests love for its tranquillity and intimate setting as it has just 12 rooms over two floors. All rooms have a private terrace with sea views in which you can catch sunrise. The hotel’s Sky Bar is on the terrace, also has sea views and provides an impressive cocktail list, so is the perfect spot for sundowners.
Integrated into a dune and pine forest of the Albufera Natural Park, Parador de El Saler is a one-of-a-kind hotel that offers guests lush greenery and golden beaches. With sea views from nearly every angle, a spa, football field, outdoor swimming pool and a golf course, the hotel is almost a little world of its own. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the outside in and fill rooms with natural light.
If you want to explore or seek adventure, then a stay at Hotel Miramar is essential. Sports-wise you can flyboard, jet-ski, windsurf, paddleboard, sail, take a diving course or hire a catamaran. The hotel is in close proximity to the delightful Old Town, City of Science and Arts and a few local neighbourhoods in which you must try some local dishes, tapas and wine.
It’s described as an urban hotel, yet Neptuno is right on the beach. The interior is adorned with paintings and sculptures by local artists including Antonio de Felipe, Miquel Navarro, Andreu Alfaro and Willy Ramos – an art-lover’s dream. It has all the amenities you’d hope for, yet it is the personal service that makes guests return.
Known for its thematic style, Gabbeach Hotel is a small yet beautifully unique hotel in Valencia. With just 12 rooms that all differ in design and character, the property is cosy and homely, but also elegant. Other than its proximity next to Las Arenas Beach, the hotel’s USP is its restaurant serving international and traditional cuisine with fresh local produce.
Hotel Balandret was inspired by the El Balandrito (the Little Yacht), a famous painting by Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla depicting a young boy playing with a toy boat by the beach. Right on the beachfront, the hotel sits amid natural surroundings that only add to its appeal. By blending art with luxury, the hotel created a hotel-restaurant that has amazing views of the Mediterranean and an extraordinary menu sourced with local produce.
For more options, check out our pick of the best hotels in Valencia or the best wellness retreats in Valencia, and book now on Culture Trip. Alternatively, discover our guide to how to spend the perfect weekend in Valencia. To discover great budget-friendly hotel options, check out our guide to the best cheap hotels in Valencia, Spain, bookable on Culture Trip.
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