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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...
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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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WHERE TO STAY: The best rural retreats in Spain’s Guadalhorce Valley

Guadalhorce valley has some great rural retreats, writes Jon Clarke

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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Travel Spain: How the pandemic saw Madrid transform into a luxury tourism destination

As travel reawakens in the post-lockdown world, Spain’s capital has repositioned itself to attract the big spenders
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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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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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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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10 celebrities who own hotels in Spain

CELEBRITY forays into business haven’t always ended well. Just because you can kick a ball about doesn’t mean you can launch a cologne – just like you wouldn't expect a perfume maker to bicycle kick on the volley. That said, David Beckham nets a cool €60,000...
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Live like a king: Ten of Spain’s most magical castle stays in 2022

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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SLEEP EASY: Where to stay in Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca

FOR a town that has had a Parador for five decades, Javea has a surprisingly small amount of good places to stay. It was back in 1969 that Javea built its celebrated state-run parador, something of a badge for any self-respecting special place to take...
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Tips for taking dog friendly holidays in Spain

SEMANA Santa is upon us and summer holidays are just round the corner, times when many are planning a getaway to explore the delights of Spain – whether it’s beaches, mountains, culture, or gastronomy.  But what’s on offer for those who don’t want to leave...
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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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INTERVIEW: Meet Quique Dacosta, the chef behind Deessa restaurant at Madrid’s Mandarin Oriental Ritz...

The culinary genius is bringing his exquisite dishes to Madrid from Valencia, and has just won a Michelin star for his restaurant at the Ritz.
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Where bandits once trod: A riding adventure through the stunning Sierra Morena in Spain’s...

Jon Clarke heads on a riding adventure into the Andalucian outback of the Sierra Morena near Sevilla
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REVIEW: Style and substance after stunning overhaul of Madrid hotel Rosewood Villa Magna

Big team effort behind five-star relaunch in Madrid's upmarket Barrio Salamanca, writes Jon Clarke
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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...
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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

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...
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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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HIP HOTELS: Six exciting new openings across Spain

IT’S been a busy time for the opening of hip new hotels around Spain. And it’s going to get a whole lot busier over the course of 2022. Some €2.85 billion is set to be invested into hotels around Spain this year, according to Colliers, a...

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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Spain by train: Tickets now on sale for new low-cost high speed rail journeys between Madrid and Valencia

TICKETS are now on sale for a new high-speed 'low-cost' rail service between Valencia and Madrid. The Avlo service, starting on February 21, is being...
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Sunset Beach Club is on a wave!

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