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ESCAPES: The Olive Press picks its top ten hotels to enjoy the Spanish mountains...

Sitting by a fire, reading a good book, taking a bracing stroll, followed by a massage or dip in a spa is a wonderful way to relax during winter in Spain
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Finca La Donaira: A Spanish Shangri-La in the Serrania de Ronda

A visit to La Donaira begins in a dusty square in El Gastor, a sleepy town nestled in a valley between the Serrania de Ronda and the Grazalema mountain range less than a 40minute drive from Ronda itself. It is here that guests leave their...
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Live like a king: Ten of the most magical castle stays in Spain

SPAIN’s hotel castles are among the finest in the world. Many are beautifully preserved, so why not stay the night? What could be more magical than bedding down like medieval nobility, and waking up to breathtaking views of the coast or countryside.   Parador de Cardona...
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Desert dreaming: The world’s first off-grid ‘capsule hotel’ is located in the Gorafe desert...

An avant-garde new tourism project has opened in the heart of the Gorafe desert in the Granada. In a world first, District Hive aims to change the current concept of luxury accommodation and offers a total disconnection from the outside world, through a deep immersion...
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Hotel Monasterio Rocamador in Spain’s Extremadura is back and better than ever

Surrounded by rolling oak forests and choked with nature, few places give you such a good sense of space. And Hotel Monasterio de Rocamador also takes some beating for history, dating back to the 16th century. Opened in 1512 as a convent, it was bought by...
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EQUINE DREAM: Finca La Donaira is Andalucia’s luxury eco-retreat with its own studfarm

La Donaira’s natural horsemanship classes with 90 Lusitano horses is the perfect escape for riding fanatic Fiona Govan
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Spanish staycation: Three Palms Boutique B&B is the hidden gem of Spain’s Manilva

TRAVELLING to other countries (restriction free) still feels rather ambitious, which means most of us will probably spend our holidays in Spain this year - but with so much beauty around every corner is it really such a bad thing? If your travels take you...

REVIEW: Madrid’s born-again Gran Hotel Ingles is the lap of Belle Epoque luxury

Many original features have been saved, from time-faded photos of guests to vintage postcards and an ancient typewriter by the lifts
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Cas Gasi: Welcome to the hippest boutique hotel in rural Ibiza

THE first decision to make as you stroll down the drive from the car park at Agroturismo Cas Gasi is which path to take to reception: the first follows a perfumed bank of roses, planted four rows deep; the other meanders beneath a floral...
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ROYAL TREATMENT: Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel is used to hosting the rich and famous...

THE staff at Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel are long used to dealing with guests with masks. In fact it was over 30 years ago that they welcomed mask-clad germ-phobe celebrity Michael Jackson to their esteemed five-star establishment. Arriving with his young family the American singer insisted...

Could this be Spain’s most romantic place to stay? Jon Clarke takes a trip...

I’M wallowing in my private outdoor bath having played three sets of tennis at probably Spain’s most exclusive court. With a glass of cava in the hand and a light breeze blowing through the pines above me, I feel like I’ve finally arrived. Welcome to the...

IN PICS: This paradise retreat has won international acclaim and is just 15 minutes...

“There is everything here you’d want from a high-end holiday – privacy, infinity pool, and ambitious architecture.”
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NICE ONE SON: Valldemossa’s Son Viscos is the perfect B&B for a weekend escape

IT is the perfect place to hole up for a weekend escape. And at just 20 minutes from Palma, it couldn’t be easier to get to. Yet, despite its proximity to Mallorca’s capital, Son Viscos, in Valldemossa, is surrounded by some of the island’s most stunning...
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Olive Press judges Málaga’s new five star Miramar Hotel that was previously a court

It has been 12 years since Jon Clarke first step through the doors at the Palacio de Miramar and since then a lot has changed.
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Andalucia’s poshest pet hotel

Students from all over Europe come to Andalucia’s poshest pet hotel to learn how to groom, writes Jon Clarke
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Sliding to sleep: Where to stay in the Sierra Nevada

From modern to traditional, there is something for everyone’s budget in the Sierra Nevada
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REVIEW: Marvellous Marcial still has its rustic charm despite its stars

Dining Secrets of Andalucia editor Jon Clarke is delighted to find Asturias’ leading restaurant still has oodles of rustic charm, despite a 20-year gap and two Michelin stars
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