Tag: "Spain"

Flying from the UK to Spain (and back) during the pandemic - getting through the red tape

Flying from the UK to Spain (and back) during the pandemic – getting through the red tape

I recently flew from Manchester to Malaga in order to visit the luxury resort of Sotogrande and, given that many people are travelling overseas again for the first time in a long time, I thought it might be helpful to document my experience of all the ‘red tape’ in case it helps others who are […]

Short stay: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain

Short stay: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain

SO/ Sotogrande is the tenth and newest addition to Accor’s SO/ hotel brand, with fifteen more scheduled to open. Set in an exclusive gated community in Sotogrande, this is a luxury brand but with a distinctly rebellious twist – each SO/ hotel has its own unique identity and flair, whilst still acknowledging its roots. In […]

The sophistication of Sotogrande: the very best of Andalusian style

The sophistication of Sotogrande: the very best of Andalusian style

Hidden away in eight square miles of Andalucia is arguably the most exclusive resort in the whole of Spain – Sotogrande. This upscale destination on the Costa del Sol is a haven for the rich and famous and ten times the size of Monaco. Development of the resort began in the 1960s when Filipino-American entrepreneur […]

The best cocktail bars in Barcelona

The best cocktail bars in Barcelona

No one has ever gone thirsty in the city where vermuterías (vermouth bars) and cervecerías (breweries) can be found on every corner. Sometimes, however, the night calls for something a little different. From classy interiors adorned in vintage velvet, to modern, hidden haunts that require some in-the-know to discover, Barcelona has countless cocktail bars to […]

UK green list countries for Summer yacht charters in 2021

UK green list countries for Summer yacht charters in 2021

As of 4am on the 30th of June, the UK extended its green list of countries safe for vaccinated and COVID-negative travellers, increases the options for Britons to holiday away from home this Summer. These popular destinations include*: The Balearic Islands, Malta and the Madeira Islands in Europe Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the British […]

Es Fum Restaurant, Mallorca

Restaurants in luxury Mallorca hotels featured in the Michelin Guide

Sometimes, it’s not just simply about getting away from it all, appreciating guaranteed sunshine, and feeling the sand between our toes.  It’s also about the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful food, and sampling local produce and perhaps some freshly caught seafood. One of the names associated with good food and restaurants is, of course, Michelin. […]

Spain Michelin Star Triangle Les Moles Jeroni

Delicious drives in Spain: The Michelin Star Triangle and a special gem

I was delighted to team up with Hertz recently to introduce you to some wonderful Delicious Drives in this relatively undiscovered part of Spain. Our first route covered Belle Epoque by the beach and the spectacular Desierto de las Palmas. The second route included a fun boat trip, meeting the Mussel Professor, and areas of […]

Delicious drives in Spain: Morella to Peñsicola, via Vilafamés

Delicious drives in Spain: Morella to Peñsicola, via Vilafamés

Recently I teamed up with Hertz to explore some of Spain’s most beautiful towns, as part of the Delicious Drives series. This remarkable route includes a town where Game of Thrones was filmed, which also used to be a Papal Residence, an inland town with stunning views that was re-constructed by artists and an incredibly […]

Cisco the Mussel Professor Musclarium Delta de l'Ebre

Delicious drives in Spain: The Delta de l’Ebre to Els Ports Natural Park

After our first Delicious Drive with Hertz, we continued north, heading into the south of Catalonia, to discover the magical landscape of the Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park. The setting has attracted film crews, including Sahara and U2 for Vertigo. Catalonia’s second largest wetlands has been a protected space since 1983. Driving down its narrow […]

Desierto de las Palmas views and food

Delicious drives in Spain: Valencia to Desierto de las Palmas, via Benicassim

I teamed up with Hertz recently to explore some stunning routes that are off the typical tourist trail here in Spain. These special experiences capture the essence of the gastronomy of the areas featured, all embraced by spectacular surroundings. Breathtaking views, fun adventures and delicious foodie offerings were thoroughly enjoyed on this road trip. Our […]

6 tried and tested accessories from my latest trip

6 tried and tested accessories from my latest trip

Our last trip involved a couple of weeks in Spain during which our boys competed in a sailing event. We also got the opportunity to explore a little and particularly loved our time in San Sebastian. During the trip, we also tried out some new products and include details of these for you below. Waterproof […]

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

One of the highlights of our latest trip to Spain was our time in San Sebastián and, more specifically, our pintxos tour with Iñigo Tames (highly recommended) from San Sebastián Food, a culinary enterprise based in the basement of the Hotel Maria Cristina where we stayed. Pintxos – if you’re not already familiar – is […]

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

The elegant Hotel Maria Cristina is a member of the Luxury Collection, has 136 rooms and was designed by Charles Mewès – a French architect who was also behind the Ritz hotels in both Paris and Madrid. Since its opening in 1912 it has been a firm favourite with celebrities and international high society and, […]

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Nestled approximately midway between Santander and Bilbao in the province of Cantabria, the town of Santoña is a fishing port that has an interesting history but is perhaps best known today as a holiday destination in the Summer months and for its year-round fishing trade. Here are 10 great reasons why you should visit. 1. […]

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Hotel Juan de la Cosa is an upscale hotel situated on the unspoiled, mile-long Playa de Berria on the outskirts of Santoña in Northern Spain’s Cantabria region. Set in its own gardens, the hotel is situated roughly midway between Santander and Bilbao. The welcome We arrived in the late afternoon, having attended a sailing event […]

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Our first stay on our trip to Cantabria in Northern Spain was at a self-catering apartment in the Spanish resort of Isla Playa, just a 45 minute drive to the east of Santander, organised through HomeAway UK. This is a largely Spanish resort with two distinct areas of beach and a number of restaurants, cafés […]