Hotel Palacio Marques de la Gomera

Hotel Palaico Marques de la Gomera,Osuna

The gorgeous Hotel Palacio Marques de la Gomera is an impressive example of Andalusian Baroque. Built in 18th century  the inner patio is surrounded by a wooden galleried balcony, the façade  was completed  around 1770.

The town of Osuna about 80km from Seville is ancient, founded about 3,000 years ago, it was called  Ursus in Roman times. The hotel is located on San Pedro street which is considered by UNESCO to be one of the most beautiful streets in Europe beacuse of its abundance of palacial buildings.


The bedrooms are all around the intricate Andalusian patio with some rooms in the attic. This is a beautiful ancient building and as such there are quirks of time and continual maintenance that could perhaps have been better but even so I thoroughly enoyed my regal stay in this amazing Palace.


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A Parador Tour Around Andalucia

Paradors are a great option when looking to travel around Andalucia with some fabulous historical hotels and more modern-style ones too. If you’re heading to the famous cities of Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla for example you’ll find a modern sprawling hotel, an old convent in the grounds of The Alhambra and a fabulous Moorish castle.

Granada Parador
Granada Parador

If National Parks or beaches or more your style then try the Hotel Parador de Cazorla in Spain’s largest National Park in Jaen province or the Parador de Ronda on the famous Tajo Gorge. The modern Parador de Mojacar is right across from the beach as is the Parador de Nerja which is on the famous Balcon de Europa.

Plenty of styles and locations, historical and contemporary but the standards don’t vary.

My choice of Paradors and route for those exploring Andalucia’s cities for the first time and wanting to stay in historical Paradors are:

Arcos de la Frontera
Carmona (Sevilla)
Malaga Gibralfaro

Ubeda Parador
Ubeda Parador

For beach lovers and contemporary hotels:

Malaga Golf

Nerja Parador
Nerja Parador


To see the whole collection visit Paradors.


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Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza

Incuded in the TripAdvisor list of ’14 Hotel Pools You’ve Got to See’ the Hacienda Na Xamena with cliff top pool and spa has amazing views of the ocean. This Balearic Island hotel is in the north of Ibiza is well away from the clubbing south.

Hacienda Na Xamena,Ibiza

A real retreat spot to relax, be pampered, explore the fabulous hotel grounds and enjoy spectacular sunsets. Every room has ocean views and you could be forgiven for thinking you are on the end of the earth.

Hacienda Na Xamena,Ibiza

This is the perfect getaway stay to experience the natural beauty of Ibiza and recharge your batteries surrounded by rugged beauty and the feeling that you’re at the end of the world.


The Luxurious, Elegant, Historical ~ Hotel Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort

The luxurious, elegant, historical 5* Hotel Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort, with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015 is just fabulous. Built in and around a 14th century residence and complete with an ancient Neogothic chapel and windmill here you’ll find the best Mallorcan hospitality with a wonderfully eclectic ancient/modern feel.


With 90 classic or contempory rooms, a Pure Spa,  indoor pool and childrens and adults outdoor pools and Hilton Fitness gym. There’s also tennis courts, a football pitch all within extensive gardens and grounds.



Hotel Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort – A unique island retreat.