While backpacking and staying in hostels can be fun for a while, sometimes you really just need to kick back, relax and truly make the most of your blissful holidays and treat yourself to that moment of paradise on earth you have been waiting for all year. Between your stressless, comfortable journey on Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación’s high speed trains and your magnificent accommodation, you will finally be able to get that battery recharge you’ve been dreaming of!
Pullman Marseille Palm Beach
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Just a 10 minute drive from Marseille’s beautiful city center, the Pullman Marseille Palm Beach Resort is known for its spectacular location and simply breathtaking views. With a chic, modern and elegant decór, spacious areas and luxurious spa, it is the perfect place for you and your significant other to get away for a romantic escapade. The facilities include 160 rooms all equally charming in their atmosphere, a large outdoor swimming pool with a bar, a sauna, gym, jacuzzi and massage and spa services, providing you with everything you could need to unwind and relax during your stay in France. Almost all areas of the hotel (the dining and common areas, as well as most of the bedrooms) have a stunning view over the Mediterranean sea and the calming soothing sound of waves hitting the rocks below.
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If a more traditional, historical, typical French atmosphere is more to your taste than the modern elegance of the 21st century, then Villa Florentine is the place for you. Once a 17th century convent, the building has since been renovated and built into an exquisite 28-room luxury hotel. Complete with majestic chandeliers, magnificent restored frescoes and vaulted ceilings, for a moment you will almost believe you have been transported back to a time when exalted, sovereign Kings and Queens shaped the fate of France.
The hotel is located in the very heart of Lyon, grandiosely perched upon a steep hill watching over the city and the Saône river, offering its guests breathtaking panoramic views. With a michelin-star restaurant, reception and bar which was once the chapel and beautiful suites, there is not much you will not be impressed with during your stay. As if all this weren’t enough to relax yourself to perfection, be sure to put good use to their rooftop, heated pool and jacuzzi (with sensational views), the sauna and hammam complete with beauty treatments and massages.
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This charmingly quaint boutique hotel will give you the feel of staying in your own beautiful period mansion. Built on the remnants of the Grands-Augustines Abbey which was founded back in 1231, it has managed to find the perfect balance between modern luxurious comfort and antique Parisian style.
Walking down the stone pathway through the gate and deep green, leafy courtyard to the mansion’s door will relaxingly and subtly remove you from the hustle-bustle of busy modern day Paris and plunge you into the blissfully peaceful Paris the Relais Christine builds of its own.
Located in Paris’ sixth arrondissement on the left bank, the hotel is just a stone’s throw away from countless sights and Parisian Treasures. Be it the Quartier Latin, the Seine River, Notre-Dame, the Musée d’Orsay or du Louvre, you will be just a minute’s walk away.
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Just a couple minute’s walk from Madrid’s beautiful Retiro Park, the Wellington Hotel offers an invaluable sense of peace and serenity without sacrificing location. With floors lined with rich, deep red carpets, majestic chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and impressive frescoes decorating the walls, this is the place to come if luxury and leisure are what you seek.
The Michelin-starred restaurant Kabuki Wellington is alone worth a visit to this marvelous building, with is unique concoction of Spanish-influenced Japanese dishes.
Complete with an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, spa and beautiful views of the park, and a rooftop urban garden, it is the perfect place to stay whether it is business or pleasure that brings you to the stunning streets of Madrid.
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Smack-bang in the middle of beautiful, busy Barcelona, the almost futuristic like Hotel OMM was the city’s first “design hotel”, and still lives up to the expectations it creates. It is all about modern minimalism, conjugating light and space, creating a contemporary, simplistic air of utter luxury and quality.
Just meters away from both Passeig de Gracia and Avinguda Diagonal, two of Barcelona’s most famous streets, it leaves all but nothing to be desired in terms of location. With its beautiful rooftop terrace complete with bar and swimming pool offers stunning views of the cities and some of its most treasured landmarks, including Gaudi’s La Pedrera house.
It is famous also for the Michelin-star restaurant held within it, Moo, run by the Roca brothers who run one of Spain’s most famous food establishments, Cellar de Can Roca in Girona.
If a trip full of sightseeing and the sheer majesty of an incredible city like Barcelona has tired you out, you have plenty of options activities to do within the hotel itself - whether swimming up on the rooftop terrace, revelling and being pampered in the spa, sauna or steam room, or even dancing and listening to live music or DJs in their own in-house, basement nightclub.
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The W is quite possibly one of the most well known hotels in Barcelona, so much so, that it has become a landmark in and of itself, and an iconic addition to the city skyline. It is renowned not only for its formidable location on the Barceloneta Boardwalk, just steps away from the Barceloneta beach, but also for its architecture, designed by world-famous, Spanish architect, Ricardo Bofill and, ultimately, the breathtakingly stunning views it has both of the Mediterranean Sea and the city itself. The interior ambience and decoration is all about the young, trendy and glamorous while simultaneously mirroring the tones and hues of beach and sea. One of its crown jewels is most certainly its rooftop terrace with Eclipse bar, located on the 26th floor of the hotel and the Wet Deck which has a pool. Given the structure and location of the building, this is one of the most spectacular views of Barcelona the entire city has to offer.