Hacienda de San Rafael
Situated in the countryside, halfway between Seville and Jerez de la Frontera, you’ll find the quaint and picturesque Hacienda de San Rafael. Housed in a traditional 18th-century Andalusian olive estate, the hotel is painted in yellow and white and surrounded by bushes of wildflowers, bougainvillea and olive trees. Outside you’ll find many small, flower-filled courtyards and a pool to relax in, while inside you’ll find cosy living spaces decorated with chunky antique wooden furniture and colourful ceramics. The 11 intimate rooms are both snug and romantic with drapes over the beds and typical Andalusian wooden shutters, while the three thatched suites are cosy and homey spaces, perfect for a couples’ getaway.
Carmen del Cobertizo
Located in the old Moorish district of the Albaicín in Granada, characterised by steep cobbled streets and Moroccan-style teahouses, Carmen del Cobertizo is housed in an old renovated 16th-century Renaissance palace. Floral country-style rooms are set on beautifully carved wooden balconies, surrounding a cosy interior courtyard. Outside you’ll find a lovely terraced garden, featuring a small plunge pool, seating and gorgeous views of the Alhambra palace.
Belmond La Residencia
Tucked in between the Tramuntana Mountains and the sea, on the island of Mallorca, Belmond La Residencia is a beautiful luxury hotel housed in an old olive oil mill. Surrounded by citrus and olive groves in the charming village of Deià, the hotel is characterised by old wooden beams, terracotta tiled floors and intricately carved wooden furniture. It offers both indoor and outdoor pools and a spa, but if you truly want something romantic and private, book one of the mountainside suites with its own private plunge pool. An al fresco gourmet dining experience in the El Olivo restaurant, surrounded by candles and old olive trees covered in fairy lights, will complete the magical experience.
Hospes Palacio de los Patos
In the city of Granada, hidden behind a leafy garden, you’ll see the large and graceful mansion-like exterior of Hospes Palacio de los Patos. This lavish five-star property offers gorgeous regal-style rooms, complete with ornately carved ceilings and columns, and the latest styles in furniture design. A fine dining al fresco restaurant in the garden and an indulgent spa complete the picture.
Parador de Almagro
The Parador de Almagro is located in Almagro Ciudad Real, the autonomous region of Castilla y León. It is housed in a 16th-century monastery, complete with a central courtyard and fountain. Inside, although it’s been completely renovated, you can find remnants of the original monastery in the old wood-beamed ceilings, colourfully patterned tiles and charming arched cloisters.
Hotel Alfonso XIII
The lavish Hotel Alfonso XIII is a grand landmark in the city of Seville and was commissioned by the King to house dignitaries during the 1929 Exhibition. Opulent, palatial and sumptuous, every detail in this hotel is grand and luxuriant, making it the perfect romantic retreat. Rooms are large with huge carved-leather headboards, plush rugs, wooden coffered ceilings and chandeliers to top it all off. Fit for fairytale kings and queens, you’ll be spoiled for choice here with no less than four grand bars and restaurants.
Situated in the pretty coastal town of Sóller, on the island of Mallorca, sits the charming Ca’s Xorc boutique hotel, surrounded by fragrant groves of oranges and lemons. Housed in a beautiful sand-coloured stone villa with intimate courtyards, the hotel boasts an infinity pool looking out across the mountains, outside dining in the garden or in the rustic wood-beamed restaurant, and a cosy library. Rooms are spacious and are given that extra touch of romance in the intricately carved headboards, individual decor, statement mirrors and ceiling lights.
Hospes Palacio del Bailío
Cordoba’s most lavish and romantic hotel is the Hospes Palacio del Bailío. Housed in an old 17th-century palace, it’s filled with Moorish-style archways, intricately carved Islamic designs and graceful stone pillars. Inside offers sumptuous rooms with plush soft furnishings and decor fit for royalty, while outside is surrounded by courtyards filled with fruit trees and fragrant flowers. Highlights of the hotel include the outdoor pool, spa and gourmet Arbequina Restaurant.