Natural beauty, culture and of course parties await on Spain’s Costa Blanca. Find your vibe with our pick of the best hotels for every traveller.
With beaches and coves making up over half of its 200km (125mi) of coastline, it’s no surprise tourists have flocked to Spain’s Costa Blanca for generations. Former fishing villages have been transformed into busy holiday resorts, ranging from the costa’s party capital of Benidorm to the rather more culturally inclined city port of Dénia. Away from the sea, the region also offers nature lovers rugged sierra and wild landscapes to explore, together with centuries-old settlements offering a look back at the region’s rich history.
Whatever your reason for visiting, check in to one of the properties from our expert round-up of the best places to stay on the Costa Blanca. You could even spoil yourself: hire a car and spend a few days partying on the beach before retreating to the mountains to recover.
VIVOOD Landscape Hotel & Spa
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The understated minimalism of this wellness-focused hotel near the mountain town of Benimantell blends beautifully with its gorgeous surrounds. Order the floating breakfast and you can enjoy your morning meal while soaking in your private pool, accompanied by some seriously scenic views. The 0km restaurant also cooks up haute cuisine with a ‘slow food’ philosophy for lunch and dinner. Experience spectacular sunsets over the sierra and stargaze from the comfort of your room. Serenity guaranteed.
Built as a grand family residence back in 1840, the proprietors went to great pains to retain this place’s 19th-century charm when it was converted into the Art Boutique Hotel Chamarel. An eclectic blend of antique furniture, modern artworks and curios are scattered amongst the home’s original tall windows, tiled floors and exposed beams. Its location deep in Dénia’s old town puts it within easy reach of the hilltop castle and still within walking distance of the bustling waterfront and sandy beach.
Of all the original features in this beautifully preserved 1920s building, it’s the wonderful collection of patterned tiling that really takes centre stage at the Gran H La Marina. The rest of the hotel has been tastefully updated too, with a liberal scattering of modern art popping against crisp white walls. Fill up on a bocadillo or tapas in La Cantina, before exploring Altea’s many attractions or heading to its sandy beach, just a minute’s walk away.
When a strong sustainability ethos dovetails with beautiful design, the result is a hotel like Serawa. Converted from a handsome modernist building, the property draws on striking original architectural features including wrought iron balconies and elegant geometric floor tiling. Airy rooms combine exposed stonework with eco-friendly minimalism, all just a few minutes’ walk from Alicante’s waterfront, marina and popular Playa del Postiguet.
Set on a pretty plaza in the mountain village of Busot, the Sierra de Alicante’s location is about as sleepy as they come. Each of the seven rooms is individually themed and named after the surrounding peaks and villages. As well as easy access to the Canelobre Caves, the property makes a great base for exploring the dramatic sierra surroundings. And after your trek, retire to the hotel’s rooftop terrace with a drink to admire the mountain landscape from afar.
Bringing a touch of Balearic boho-chic to the Costa Blanca, the Caballito de Mar is a small boutique hotel on a hillside between the two lovely whitewashed villages of Moraira and Benissa. Bali beds and cooling pools provide the perfect spot to soak up distant views of the Mediterranean and surrounding mountains. Head to the coast to the hotel’s La Cabana beach club, for more Ibizan-style living, Thai food and seafront cocktails.
The Hotel Boutique La Serena stands between the pretty whitewashed, terracotta-topped houses that line the labyrinthine streets of Altea. Its tranquil rooftop pool terrace offers broad views over one of the most picturesque seaside towns on the Costa Brava, where you can also dine al fresco on freshly grilled seafood. This boutique property also offers serenity in its spa. Since it’s an adults-only hotel, tranquility is assured throughout.
With fine golden sands stretching as far as the eye can see, the Guardamar beaches are some of Costa Blanca’s most impressive. And just steps away from one of them is the Hotel Meridional, a relatively small property that’s packed with holiday-friendly facilities. The El Jardin restaurant comes highly recommended for its market fresh fish, while the rooftop SkyBar serves great cocktails with sea views. A top-floor spa offers the same panoramas, but from a heated hydromassage tub.
Located on the first line directly overlooking Dénia’s marina, Hotel El Raset is well positioned for exploring the best bits of this charming city port. Head inland to walk the quaint narrow lanes of the old town, or take a short stroll along the waterfront to the sands of Playa Punta del Raset. A buffet breakfast is served every morning, and make a point of exploring the neighbouring restaurants which offer plenty of local food and drink options.
As soon as you arrive at the Hotel Triskel, a welcome cava sets the tone at these friendly lodgings. It’s set in an atmospheric old building in the historic centre of Jávea, a couple of kilometres from the beach. The five individually themed guest rooms all follow similar styling in keeping with the hotel’s rustic, traditional feel. With its impressive gin menu, Cafe Triskel is also a great spot to have a drink and enjoy live music.