Sitges, on the Costa Brava, offers a slice of escapism but plenty of fun, too. And it’s brimming with boutique hotels that inject charm and character into the buzzing coastal town. So if you’re busy planning a post-lockdown getaway, Culture Trip has the best options for you.
This crescent-shaped seaside resort, just half an hour south of Barcelona, is renowned for its LGBTQ community, international film festival, and popularity with wealthy holiday-makers. Despite its size, it retains an intimate feel, and balances the historic centre and charming beaches with a vibrant nightlife scene.
The Hotel MiM Sitges is a coastal sanctuary. The sun-drenched rooftop bar is an idyllic spot for a refreshing mojito and a dance under the stars, while superior rooms have balconies overlooking the Med. If it’s true relaxation you’re after, look no further than the luxury spa, where the subterranean hydrotherapy circuit includes a Finnish steam room, plunge pools and a neon-lit saltwater pool with decor that looks as if it’s straight out of Atlantis. After a stroll along the beach, you can tuck into Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in the in-house restaurant.
This striking four-star seafront hotel was taken over by the Melia hotel group in 2017 and given a proper polish. Right on the Sitges waterfront promenade, it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the town’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene. In terms of decor, stripped-back rooms feel natural and fresh and are decked out with wooden furniture and potted plants. Most have french doors that open onto private balconies with impressive sea views. The greenery- and cabana-lined Radio Rooftop bar sets the scene for a pleasant evening tipple, while the pool-side snack and oyster bar is the place to refuel after your midday swim.
If you’re looking for historic charm, and aren’t afraid of a little kitsch, this striking 19th-century modernist mansion is for you. It has retained many of its original features, with rooms decorated in traditional Spanish style, with dark wood wardrobes and colourful tiled floors. Its best asset is the outdoor courtyard and garden, home to ivy-twisted trees, a small fountain and pinstripe awnings, perfect for unwinding on a hot summer’s day, or treating yourself to a refreshing cocktail on a tropical evening.
If your idea of ultimate luxury is having your own space and privacy, then the Mediterráneo Sitges Apartments will provide just that. Steps from the beach, it includes a range of apartments decorated in warm, sandy tones with fully-equipped kitchens, beach-themed decor and large private terraces that overlook the sea. The apartments all have access to three private swimming pools (one distinctly bubble-shaped), an oceanfront solarium and a garden with sun deck. There’s also a choice of dining options from Japanese at Kiyoshi to the Emporio Pizza.
Up in the hills, on the doorstep of Garraf natural park, Dolce Sitges is a five-star resort with exceptional views of the sea, and there’s sun-soaked swimming in a plant-fringed outdoor pool. The luxury spa is a particular treat, with an ice fountain, steam bath and solarium alongside bespoke treatments that are tailored to your skin’s changing seasonal needs. There are three in-house restaurants, with options for fine dining and a casual daytime lunch. Despite its size, the hotel manages to offer a warm, personal service in keeping with the Sitges spirit.
This intimate boutique hotel has just 10 bedrooms, so you’ll feel right at home during your stay. Designed by architects Carlos Ferrater Lambarri and Lucía Ferrater, it features modern, uncluttered rooms with a sophisticated combination of wood against a white palate, lifted by floral touches and charcoal-grey cushions. The terrace suite boasts its own intimate outdoor terrace, which is ideal for sunbathing in the summer, while the Jacuzzi suite comes with its own in-room hot tub – perfect for a romantic evening sipping champagne while enjoying your soak.