The Most Romantic Hotels to Book in Spain

The terrace at Belmond La Residencia, set among olive and citrus trees, is one of the most romantic spots on Mallorca
The terrace at Belmond La Residencia, set among olive and citrus trees, is one of the most romantic spots on Mallorca | Courtesy of Belmond La Residencia / Booking.com
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29 September 2021

Couples seeking a loved-up trip to Spain have an abundance of choice, from Mediterranean islands surrounded by translucent waters to the flamenco-saturated cities of Granada, Seville and Cordoba. From restored farmhouses on an Andalusian olive estate to an eco-resort on the unspoilt coast of Menorca, here’s our choice of the most romantic hotels to stay in if you’re planning to wow your loved one – and they’re bookable on Culture Trip.

Hacienda de San Rafael

Hotel
4.3/5 (17 Reviews)
Hacienda de San Rafael
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Price Drop
Now from $403 per night

This complex of renovated farmhouses sits at the centre of an 18th-century country estate near Seville, surrounded by olive and almond trees, lavender bushes and sunflower fields. Couples are accommodated in duplex deluxe or grand deluxe doubles – clustered around a bougainvillaea-packed courtyard, they feature polished terracotta floors, vaulted thatched ceilings, Indian fabrics and headboards from Zimbabwe. On the proposal-inducing terrace, dishes such as grilled Atlantic prawns and fried padron peppers showcase quality local ingredients.

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Palacio Cobertizo de Santa Inés

Hotel
4.3/5 (59 Reviews)
Palacio Cobertizo de Santa Ines
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Rooms at this 16th-century palace in the old Moorish quarter of Granada are centred around a flower-filled courtyard with a solarium and plunge pool. Characterised by high beamed ceilings, marble floors, ornate wooden doors and iron-barred windows, most rooms also have Alhambra views and some have private patios. Wander to the end of the narrow cobbled lane and you’ll find yourself on the Carrera del Darro, one of Granada’s most seductive streets. A continental breakfast is included and massages are available on request.

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Belmond La Residencia

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (94 Reviews)
Belmond La Residencia
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Price Drop
Now from $548 per night

Belmond La Residencia boasts one of the most romantic dining spaces on Mallorca – an open-air terrace among olive and citrus trees, overlooking the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and illuminated by candles and fairy lights after dark. Opt for a picnic lunch, which is transported out to a shepherd’s hut in the olive groves by the hotel’s resident donkeys. Swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, reset in the jacuzzi or outdoor massage rooms and browse the in-house collection of sculptures and paintings by local artists.

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Parador de Almagro

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.6/5 (115 Reviews)
Parador de Almagro
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Price Drop
Now from $82 per night

Parador’s offering in the historic village of Almagro occupies a 16th-century monastery, in which arched cloisters enclose a tranquil inner patio. Sample Almagro’s celebrated aubergines and regional specialities such as suckling lamb cutlets at Restaurant Patio de Agua, surrounded by bamboo trees and serenaded by a tinkling fountain. There’s an outdoor pool on the grounds and the Corral de Comedias – the oldest continually operating outdoor theatre in Spain – is a five-minute walk away. The village is situated a two-hour drive south of Madrid.

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Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailío

Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (690 Reviews)
Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailio
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Price Drop
Now from $168 per night

This 16th-century Moorish mansion in Córdoba revels in its classical heritage, with Roman columns and baths in the spa and the remains of a first-century villa displayed beneath the dining hall. Book a Dreamer’s Double for original stone arches, centuries-old frescos and hand-painted stuccos – or a Deluxe Garden View room for French windows opening out onto a courtyard filled with orange trees. Fine-dining restaurant Arbequina offers Cordobese specialities such as salmorejo (cold tomato soup) alongside dishes inspired by the cuisines of Mexico, Peru, Japan and Thailand.

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Alava Suites

Hotel
5/5 (3 Reviews)
Alava Suites
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Price Drop
Now from $130 per night

Ideal for a self-catered break for two, Alva Suites, Lanzarote, offers six modern, uncluttered apartments with views of the gardens, the mountains or Costa Teguise Golf Club. Book No4 and you’ll also have a light, airy living room opening onto a secluded patio. Breakfast consists of a colourful array of sweet and savoury options, from which you can choose two. Yoga sessions, fitness classes and massages are offered at the on-site training studio, while the nearest beaches are a five-minute drive away.

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  • El Llorenç Parc de la Mar

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.6/5 (36 Reviews)
    El Llorenc Parc de la Mar
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    Price Drop
    Now from $211 per night

    The Michelin-starred restaurant of this Palma hotel presents an 11-course tasting menu, available with or without a selection of Balearic or Mediterranean wines. The star items include Mallorcan-style stuffed snails and lamb with ensaimada pastry, a dish that draws on 19th-century French cooking techniques. The culinary aspect also features a fourth-floor à la carte restaurant and a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the biggest infinity pool in Palma. In the largest suite, two balconies provide panoramic views of the Bay of Palma.

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    Pleta de Mar, Luxury Hotel by Nature

    Hotel
    4.9/5 (58 Reviews)
    Pleta de Mar Luxury Hotel By Nature
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    Price Drop
    Now from $384 per night

    Connect with nature at this environmentally conscious resort, which blends into a fragrant Mediterranean forest on the eastern coast of Mallorca. Work out on gym equipment among the pine and olive trees, gaze out to sea from one of two outdoor infinity pools or wander down to the secluded Alberdans cove for a swim in clear waters. Terracotta-coloured suites feature light-wood floors and furniture, free-standing tubs on pebble beds and Bang and Olufsen sound systems – most also have outside terraces with whirlpools and sea views.

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    Ohla Barcelona

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.7/5 (961 Reviews)
    Ohla Barcelona
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    Price Drop
    Now from $212 per night

    This designer five-star grabs your attention with a thousand goggling eyes on a blue facade – the work of celebrated Catalan artist Frederic Amat. The Michelin-starred gastronomic offering is overseen by French chef Romain Fornell – working in an open kitchen surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped chef’s table, his team offers three tasting menus (one of which is vegetarian) and a fixed-price menu. The rooftop bar is one of the hottest hang-outs in Barcelona, featuring live DJs, fashion shows, cathedral views and a glass-walled pool.

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    Hotel Torralbenc, Menorca

    Boutique Hotel
    4.9/5 (52 Reviews)
    Hotel Torralbenc
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    Price Drop
    Now from $304 per night

    Occupying several farm buildings dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, the ethereal wood-and-limestone rooms at Torralbenc feature balconies, terraces or gardens with views of the hotel vineyards, or out to the southwestern coast of Menorca. The on-site restaurant boasts a terrace surrounded by lavender bushes and olive trees and twins Menorcan produce with Basque techniques – try the charcoal-grilled catch of the day or the roasted, rosemary-infused shoulder of lamb. Mahon, the capital of Menorca, is a 15-minute drive away.

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    This is a rewrite of an article originally by Esme Fox.

    These recommendations were updated on September 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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