The super-resorts that line the Spanish coast have a lot to offer – but you’ll never get the same level of service and attention to detail that a boutique hotel has to offer. Culture Trip rounds up the best places to stay, now travel to Spain is back on the agenda.
As you would expect of Spain’s top tourist destination, the Costa del Sol has a lot of accommodation options. And, frankly, the choice can be overwhelming. So whether you want to play golf by the sea or relax in a pueblo blanco in the Andalusian mountains, we’ve narrowed down 10 of the best for you to choose from.
Right in the heart of Marbella city centre, Townhouse Marbella brings a slice of old-school luxury to this beach destination. With only 10 rooms, this is boutique accommodation at its best, with personal service, complimentary breakfast, and a residents-only roof terrace providing sweeping views over the coastal town. Plus, the hotel is located just a few hundred feet from the boardwalk that runs between Marbella and Puerto Banus, so you’ll be dipping your toes in the Mediterranean in no time.
This distinctive art-deco building in the centre of Málaga is a cosy bolthole, close to all the excitement of the city. Breakfast is served until noon, giving you plenty of time to fuel up before exploring nearby treats like the Picasso Museum and the Cathedral. The pièce de résistance, however, is the Larios Terrace – order yourself a sundowner from its enormous circular bar, grab a seat and watch the city spires turn to silhouettes under an orange sky.
This sprawling estate is right on the beachfront in a small fishing village just outside of Marbella. An enormous pool offers a delightful cool-down for those who like to avoid the sea, while golfing aficionados can practice their swing on the area’s best courses with the hotel’s in-house golf concierge. There are six bars and restaurants, more than enough to keep you busy, well fed and watered, whether it’s grilled ribeye steak from Baltazar Bar & Grill or a mojito on the sand at Spiler Beach Club.
An ultra-chic place to stay, this foliage-filled hotel feels like a little slice of paradise in the heart of Málaga. In addition to countless plants, you’ll find palm-influenced golden orbs running from floor to ceiling in the lobby, and greenery-patterned bedspreads bringing an outdoor feel into your bedroom. The rooftop swimming pool is open all day, so you can take a morning dip before the heat sets in, or cool off in the evening. Breakfast is a quiet affair – served up in the soothing breakfast room, it’s a dreamy way to start the day and energise yourself for the adventures ahead.
This article is an updated version of a story originally created by Mark Nayler
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