Barcelona baby

We checked into the Hotel Arts for a minibreak in Europe’s coolest summer spot

We jetted off from Dubai to explore one of Europe’s most enchanting cities and summer was the perfect time of year to do it. Beautiful weather - mid to late twenties with a sea breeze – and enough culture to blow your mind in a matter of days, this Catalan city and Spain’s arty heart, is somewhere that everyone should go at least once in their lives.

We checked into the Hotel Arts, the Ritz Carlton’s local bolt hole and one of the city’s seaside staples. The building looks like an art installation, with fabulous views over the city or the sea, or both if you’re really lucky. Suites are as slick and comfortable as any you would find in the five-star hotels of Dubai and the service is impeccable but it is little touches that make Hotel Arts stand out.

Beautiful flowers festoon the corridors before being whipped away and changed every Wednesday, to keep the feel and look of the hotel fresh. The charming staff speak multiple languages, know the city like the back of their hands, and will find you whatever you need in minutes, if they can’t produce it immediately.

The pool, while intimate, is welcoming and overlooks the mediteranean, providing a quiet place to relax after a morning of sightseeing. Enjoy a glass of Cava at sundown and soak up the relaxing side of a break in Spain or head to one of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants before dinner before taking an evening stroll by the sea. Try Michelin star chef Sergi Arola’s in-house restaurant, Arola, for tapas or Marina for fresh seafood.

If you fancy splashing out a bit, or you’re traveling with the whole family, we checked out the hotel’s penthouse apartments. They’re huge, and you get a free mini to use during your stay not to mention your own private pool terrace. In addition, a new sophisticated aromatherapy option for apartment guests will launches this summer. Through a revolutionary technology, you will now be able to personalize your stay with a fragrance of your choice by selecting from one of six fragrances prior to arrival. The apartment will be scented with the fragrance and complimentary welcome massage will be personalized using aromatherapy products in line with their fragrance choice.

Escape the heat and experience one of the best spots that Europe has to offer, style guaranteed.

The Hotel Arts Summer Family Package includes a deluxe room for two adults and two children under 13 years of age and a breakfast in Café Veranda. Prices from 335€ + 7% tax. For more information, log onto www.hotelartsbarcelona.com

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