Malaga’s Botanical Spa by Sisley in the Gran Hotel Miramar

The Gran Hotel Miramar is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is the first grand luxury hotel in Malaga. The gorgeous historical building had a 65 million euro overhaul last year and is set to place Malaga on the ‘luxury’ map and become one of the Europe’s great hotels.  Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens the 200-room hotel, opened in September 2017, now offers a two-storey Botanical Spa by Sisley.

Gran Hotel Miramar, Malaga

The Botanical Spa is a holistic haven wholly dedicated to create a feeling of well-being, the new spa blends gorgeous natural plant-based products with Moorish traditions to create a calming oasis in Malaga, an ancient sea-faring city.

Gran Hotel Miramar, Malaga Sisley Spa

The  hotel’s gorgeously appointed spa offers an array of services such as:

  • Thermal circuit
  • Six body and aesthetic treatment cabins
  • Finnish sauna
  • Turkish hammam
  • Ice fountain
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sensations shower pool
  • Relaxation area with hot stone loungers
  • VIP treatment room offering  Champagne and fresh fruit juices.

The Botanical Spa’s  menu features  facials and body treatments from international luxury beauty brand, Sisley. The prestigious Sisley brand is the benchmark in Phyto-Cosmetology and uses the most effective natural plant extracts to achieve the best skincare results.

Gran Hotel Miramar, Malaga Sisley Spa

With signature treatments such as the Expert Phyto-Aromatic Facial and the Phyto-Aromatic Supreme Anti-Ageing Facial  to moisturise, brighten or rejuvenate the skin, as well as multi-sensorial massage rituals from all over the world.  Respecting  local traditions and using power of aromatherapy to reunify body and mind.

Signature wellness experiences include an 80  minutes Happiness Ritual based on
the vitalising properties of fruit to tone and nourish the body combined with essential oils to bring balance, strength and mental clarity.

Gran Hotel Miramar, Malaga Sisley Spa

The Happiness Ritual includes an aromatic body exfoliation, moisturising massage and a personalised facial treatment. The traditional Moorish treatments range from an Alhama Ritual – a Middle Eastern Ritual combining an authentic Hammam to prepare the skin with a body exfoliation using a Kessa glove with Al Andalus aromas. To complete the experience, guests can relax with a moisturizing massage.
Gran Hotel Miramar

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B bou – Boutique Hotels in Andalucia


Hotel Molino del Arco, Ronda

B bou Hotels director and co-founder Maria Herrero is awarded the first woman to be awarded the Premio Andalucia de Turismo, a well-deserved prize for the best business person and a driving force behind  B bou Hotels the new Spanish Boutique Hotel group whose motto is ‘harmony and passion.’

Hotel La Viñuela & Spa, Viñuela, Malaga

Hotel La Viñuela & Spa  the flagship hotel in a lovely  area of inland Malaga, next to a lake of the same name, is now joined by three more beautiful and stylish hotels making up the gorgeous B bou portfolio of four hotels in Andalucia.

Hotel Cortijo Bravo

The B bou hotels – Be boutique – are located in some unique parts of southern Spain, both inland and on the coast and this lovely collection comprises:

Hotel La Viñuela & Spa in Viñuela, inland Malaga

Hotel Cortijo Bravo in Velez-Malaga, Malaga coast

Hotel Molino del Arco in Ronda, inland Malaga

Hotel Casa Romana in  Sevilla city

Hotel Casa Romana, Sevilla

Harmony and passion flows across every aspect of the hotels, decor, sevice and gastronomy . Each hotel has its own identity and in the kitchens locally sourced ingredients are paired with traditional dishes of the area which are then carefully prepared with harmony and passion.

Visit their website to read more about B bou and each of their hotels.

All images in this post are courtesy of  B bou Hotels  and José Salto.

Five Charming Hotels in Seville

Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish, is one of my favourite Andalusian cities. It’s huge and one of the ‘famous three’ that most visitors head for when visiting southern Spain – Cordoba, Granada and Seville.

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Seville University

I don’t know it as well as Cordoba or Granada and nowhere near as well as my nearest city – Jaen (pronounced ‘hi-en’) which is probably the least known of the eight cities and provinces that make up Andalucia.

Jaen monumental cross
Jaen Monumental Cross

When I saw in the local Spanish paper ABC an article on ‘The five most charming hotels in Seville city’  I took note for the next time I go.

Five Charming Hotels in Seville City

Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta

Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta
Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta


Named after the poet Al-Mutamid, Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta, the house where he lived is located in the heart of the old quarter Santa Cruz with its maze-like narrow streets and enormous choice of bars and restaurants all around. The hotel has a gorgeous interior Andalucian patio and individually-decorated rooms.

Hotel Corral del Rey

Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey

The second hotel is in the area – Barrio de la Alfalfa. A beautiful ancient building once an VII palace, now completely renovated into this intimate boutique hotel with a minimilistic style and a great merging of modern and antique.

El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla

Hotel El  Rey Moro, Seville
El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla

In the heart of the Jewish quarter with lovely views the Rey Moro translates as Moorish King. Each bedroom has been decorated with  a different theme. One of its main selling points is after a long, and hot day sightseeing you can relax in the jacuzzi with views of the Giralda, the Moorish tower.

Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla

Hotel El  Rey Moro, Seville
Hotel Alcoba del Rey

Located in the same house where the Moorish poet Al-Mutamid lived,  Hotel Alcoba del Rey preserves that historical and cultural spirit one thousand years later. With a Moroccan/Arabian feel to make your stay here an unforgettable one.


Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique

Hotel Palacio PinelloHotel Boutique , Seville
Hotel Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique

The final one on the list is Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique in the heart of Santa Cruz quarter. Built on a  XV palace it’s a charming hotel with lovely details transforming and merging ancient and modern with maximum comfort.

Very tough choice, I love them all, perhaps a night in each!

Photo Credits: Hotel photos from the individual hotel, Seville University official photograph and Jaen Monumental Cross is my own.

Hotel El Poeta de Ronda

When exploring Ronda and having just crossed the famous Puente Nuevo or New Bridge I spotted a rather unusual tapas menu along with a very pretty plant-fillled terrace and was sold.

On closer inspection I’d stumbled upon the lovely 4* Hotel El Poeta, former home of the poet Pedro Pérez Clotet is in the very heart of this beautiful if busy little town and the tapas and terrace were even better than I’d anticipated.

Individually decorated rooms with antique furniture and  traditional Andalusian decor it is both charming and different. Each room stylish room has views and the outside Café/Restaurant serves very good typical regional dishes and homemade desserts.

With just 12 rooms this isn’t serious luxury but certainly one of the best in town and if you haven’t visited Ronda yet you should. I keep going back.

Hotel El Poeta de Ronda

The Serras, Barcelona’s New 5* Boutique Hotel


The Serras Barcelona is a new 5* boutique hotel in the heart of the city and with views of the Med and a Michelin star chef – Marc Gascons. This classy 28 bedroomed ‘Design Hotel’ has to be your stylish stay in the Gothic quarter.

Just five minutes walking distance from golden beaches, 3 minutes from must-visit famous Las Ramblas and the historial centre, a perfect spot to relax on the beach, take in a bit of culture and sample the fabulous tapas bars as well as the hotel’s fabulous yet informal Catalan cuisine restaurant.

TThe Serras Roof Terrace

The rooftop terrace overlooking the new Port Vell marina and the deep blue Mediterranean has a superb infinity pool and comfortable lounging area. A perfect hideaway, a sun trap and a gorgeous spot for a late breakfast, a light lunch or a cocktail or two while watching the setting sun.

The Serras is compact, classy and definitely cool.

Hotel Balcon de Cordoba Bedroom

Small Luxurious Personal and Perfect – Hotel Balcon de Cordoba

The Hotel Balcon de Cordoba is adorable. Just around the corner from the incredible and huge Mezquita, on the doorstep of all the main monuments in the narrow cobbled streets of ‘Old Cordoba’, neither location nor service could be better.

Charming hotel in Cordoba
Hotel Balcon de Cordoba Patio

My stay began with a contented sigh before heading into the beautiful patio of this absolutely delighful small hotel. The four hundred-year old home on two floors with three patios, balconies, terraces and a roof terrace is not only cosy and beautiful but archaeological treasures abound throughout.

Hotel Balcon de Cordoba Reception
Hotel Balcon de Cordoba Reception

Beautiful corners, attention to detail, fabulous fabrics all add to the delight of this unique boutique charmer of a hotel.

Hotel Balcon de Cordoba Bedroom
Hotel Balcon de Cordoba

If you’re looking for something special in the heart of Cordoba you won’t find anywhere to equal this looked-after personal experience, so central and so charming.

See Hotel Balcon de Cordoba on Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels

Four-Star Luxury in the Back Streets of Baeza

Not the most likely setting for a four-star hotel but it´s certainly central and couldn´t be nearer the cathedral. In the historical centre an unobtrusive narrow back street with cathedral views opens its doors to a gorgeous smallish hotel with an orange-tree filled patio and there´s even parking.

Hotel Puerta de la Luna, Baeza
Orange Trees

Almost walking straight past, it was the lovely wooden doors that stopped me and camera raised I realised that I was looking at the 4* Hotel Puerta de la Luna. Once a XVI century family residence now a 44-roomed hotel completely refurbished with plenty of original features.


I had to investigate and just like the doors everything was gorgeous, well renovated, characterful yet comfortable. Unfortunately the bar wasn´t open and not having time to return we had a brief wander around and went to find an open bar.

Hotel Puerta de la Luna, Baeza

There isn´t a better spot, more central point and nicer hotel and my next visit to Baeza, the UNESCO city twinned with Ubeda, will be to stay here.