Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona
Getting lost in the labyrinth of medieval streets in Barri Gòtic, admiring the surreal architecture by Antoni Gaudi, tasting some fabulous food at Ferran Adria’s tapas bar and dancing until dawn in the seafront nightclubs are just a few things you could do in one of the most fabulous and hedonistic cities on Earth – Barcelona.
Barcelona’s crowded streets and busy nightlife might be just a bit too much if you want to spend some quality romantic time together and so the Gran Hotel La Florida offers a perfect getaway.
Located on the top of Mount Tibidabo, at 500 meters above the city and seven kilometres away from its centre, this boutique hotel lures visitors with its stunning panoramic views and the exclusivity of a private luxury home with an option of a vibrant city literally at your feet.
Besides the views and exclusive location, the best thing about Gran Hotel La Florida is its feel of a luxury home. The hotel is spacious, quiet and peaceful, and the staff are friendly and helpful, but unobtrusive. The guests can go to the swimming pool and spa in their bathrobes through the first floor entrance and not worry about bumping into better dressed people in the lobby or the bar.
In winter a glass wall separates the stainless steel infinity pool outside from the pool inside (37 metres in total), In summer the Miramar bar is open on the terrace by the pool and relaxing music entertains guests who arrive from Barcelona to admire the views and enjoy the cocktails.
The Zen One spa offers facial and body treatments such as relaxing and sports massages, honey body scrubs, reflexology, Dead Sea mud baths, Swiss chocolate treatments and volcanic stone therapy among many others..
All rooms in the Gran Hotel La Florida feature generously-sized marble bathrooms with in-floor heating, L’Occitane toiletries, Egyptian cotton towels, plasma screen televisions and Internet access.
Guests can choose from 70 rooms, the most impressive being the Presidential and Sky Terrace suites among 8 Designer and Junior Suites. Some of the rooms have a private Jacuzzi and spacious terraces and gardens and offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Pyrenees mountains, the city and the sea.
Double rooms starts from 175 Euros per room per night on a room-only basis, including tax.
Phone: +34 932 593 064
The Setai, Miami
South Beach is Miami’s Art Deco jewel, a place full of energy and excitement, with a vibrant beating heart. The Setai’s Zen-like tranquillity and Asian elegance offers a welcome contrast to both the frantic pace and the plethora of uber-designed, modern boutique hotels that dominate the skyline.
From the main entrance on Collins Avenue, you can see the hotel’s eight-story classic Art Deco building, but inside, you have one of the city’s most beautifully designed spaces, with a palpable serenity and soothing atmosphere.
Heavy Asian design influences are offset by orange accents, including carefully placed oranges (seamlessly replaced by candles at sundown) and stunning centrepiece displays of 500 orange roses.
The Art Deco building contains 85 studio suites, averaging a capacious 600 square feet, each with flat-screen televisions, iPod docks, complimentary espresso machines, Asprey bath products and exquisite Duxiana beds.
The adjacent 40-storey tower contains 45 one, two and three bedroom suites, ranging from 900 to 3,500 square feet, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, full kitchens, Jacuzzi bathtubs and balconies offering panoramic views across the ocean or of downtown Miami in all its glory.
There is also a 10,000 sq ft penthouse suite with spectacular balconies, private lap pool, Jacuzzi and glorious views of the Miami skyline.
The three swimming pools are the hotel’s focal point, each heated to a different temperature, gradually becoming warmer as you get closer to the beach. The poolside assistants are wonderfully attentive, with an array of cooling products replenished unobtrusively throughout the day.
The spa at The Setai, which continues with the Asian influence in both design and treatments, is intimate, calming and thoroughly relaxing. Each spa suite has ocean and pool views, a private bath and steam room, and can accommodate two people to enjoy treatments at the same time.
With its beautiful design, impeccable service levels and endearing tranquillity, The Setai is undoubtedly one of Miami’s best hotels, with the added benefit of having South Beach’s decadence on its doorstep.
Address: 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida 33139
Phone: +1 305 520 6000
The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
It feels like you can’t look up in Singapore without seeing the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Even in a city with so many skyscrapers, the magnificently odd three–towered landmark looms large on the skyline. Of course it wants to be noticed, and rightly so.
The Marina Bay Sands is a casino, museum, shopping, dining, theatre, convention centre and hotel complex in the new Marina Bay district of Singapore. It opened earlier this year, and with 2,561 rooms and suites within its three 57 storey towers, it is the biggest hotel in Singapore.
Riding along the top of the three towers is what might be described as a giant surfboard, upon which sits a 150-metre infinity pool, the ‘Sky Park’, an expansive observation deck with palm trees, two restaurants and a bar. You definitely won’t feel like you’re in an ordinary hotel anywhere else in the world as you take in the incredible views.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Phone: +65 6688 8868