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On the Map: Unmissable Stays in Spain

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Published 12/08/2022 On the Map: Unmissable Stays in Spain


"Oh, this year we're off to sunny Spain..."

If you're of a certain vintage, you'll not only know the rest of the lyrics to Y Viva España, you'll also know that sandy Spanish beaches have been a mainstay of British holidaymakers for decades.

But what you may not know is that there's much more to Spain than sangria and straw donkeys!

For one thing, Spain is one of the world's 50 largest countries, which means that whatever your holiday pleasure, you're bound to find it here.

Look to the Iberian Peninsula for that classic mix of coast and climate: to Andalucia for culture, tradition, and fiery fiestas! Head to the north of Spain, and the captivating Basque region, for the very best Rioja, while for sherry and gazpacho you can't beat Cadiz or Malaga (seriously).

Meanwhile, unsurpassed city breaks can be spent in the likes of Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia... but if all else fails, and it's that traditional Spanish beach holiday you crave, then you won't go wrong with a visit to Palma or Ibiza.  

However you decide to discover Spain's many delights, there's a fabulous Host Unusual retreat waiting for you.  

Each one is distinctive and special - perfect for a Spanish break that's quite unlike any other!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Calma Nordica | Galicia

Otro Mundo

Otro Mundo

Soak up the serenity of spectacular Southern Spain at Otro Mundo - an incredible retreat in the mountains of Sierra del Sugura, offering two retro-inspired, wonderfully exclusive Eco Domes. Otro Mundo (Other World) is a family-run haven surrounded by peace, nature and wild, unspoilt scenery. Breathe in the clean fresh air, soak up sensational vistas, and indulge in the comfort of your unique…

Cuevas Helena

Cuevas Helena

Cuevas Helena defines unique cave living for the modern age, set deep in the heart of the Andalucian countryside. Tell your friends that you're going to Spain on holiday, and they probably won't bat an eyelid. However, tell them that you're going to stay in a unique cave house set in the Andalucian countryside, with both pool AND hot tub, and you'll no doubt have their rapt attention!…

Finca de Arrieta Yurts

Finca de Arrieta Yurts

Luxury Lanzarote eco-yurt accommodation set within a friendly family-run finca, where nothing is too much trouble! You're guaranteed a warm welcome at Finca de Arrieta. With its ethos firmly set upon sustainability combined with exceptional comfort and luxury, this refreshingly off-grid site is fun, quirky and relaxing - ideal for a family or group break.   Run by a friendly family…

El Caracol

El Caracol

A cutting-edge Spanish mountain holiday home and swimmers' paradise, nestled within a Mediterranean pine forest and surrounded by unspoilt villages. Lovingly designed and built by its owners, El Caracol is a completely unique and contemporary family home, found on the edge of a mountainous nature park and surrounded by two sparkling rivers - meaning exceptional views are guaranteed!…

Casa Cova Blanca

Casa Cova Blanca

Tranquility amongst the sweet-scented olive groves in a stylishly unique, domed eco house set in nature-and-culture-steeped Catalonia. A holiday home quite unlike any other, you'll find Casa Cova Blanca nestled within an agricultural terrace in Tivenys, on elevated ground set along the breathtaking Iberian peninsula in southern Catalonia. Exquisitely arched, exceptionally stylish and…

Finca de Arrieta Eco Cottages

Finca de Arrieta Eco Cottages

A friendly and family-run off-grid resort, set in one of Lanzarote's most tranquil and unspoilt locations. With its ethos firmly set on fun and comfort, family-owned Finca de Arrieta is a naturally relaxing place to while away your time, blissfully far from Lanzarote's tourist hotspots. Just as soon as you arrive at the quiet fishing village of Arrieta, you're guaranteed a warm…

Dehesa de las Yeguas

Dehesa de las Yeguas

Acres of refreshing Spanish farmland complete with luxury safari tents and a pool, for a reviving break that's just as nature intended! Discovered on a private family-run farm in Bahia de Cádiz Natural Park, Andalucia, Dehesa de las Yeguas (Spanish for "pastureland of play") is home to three luxury safari-style tents and an inviting swimming pool, all surrounded by a breathtaking panorama of…

Nomad Xperience

Nomad Xperience

Unleash your inner wanderer at Nomad Xperience, where four incredible, nomad-inspired glamping abodes wait on the edge of Spain's breath-taking Sierra Nevada National Park. Nomad Xperience is inspired by the lives of nomadic people from all around the world, bringing the very best of this simple way of living and combining it with an unforgettable holiday experience in beautiful Andalucia.…

Refugio Marnes

Refugio Marnes

Indulge in a luxurious Bedouin tent fit for royalty, found within a refreshing rural retreat on Spain's breathtaking Costa Blanca. Forget the crowded beaches of Benidorm: peace, tranquility and beauty are all assured with a stay at Refugio Marnes, comprising fifty stunning acres of Spanish agricultural land infused with traditional culture and history. Surely it would be hard not to feel…

Villa CP

Villa CP

A lovingly restored, eco-friendly Catalan farmhouse with natural swimming pool, for luxury group breaks steeped in peaceful tradition. Set on a hilltop just 25 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Costa Brava, and with Barcelona accessible in just over an hour, Villa CP is perfectly and peacefully positioned for you to enjoy Catalonia in all its mountainous glory. Originally a…

Ermita del Carmen

Ermita del Carmen

Ermita del Carmen is a stunning 15th century chapel conversion, set within the soul-soothing natural heart of Andalucia. Turn back time amongst superlative surroundings, with a stay in a divine chapel conversion located within the Andalucian natural park of la Subbética, an unspoilt paradise of Mediterranean woodland, mountain ranges and sweet-scented olive gardens. Ermita del Carmen…

Urgell Apartment

Urgell Apartment

An architect-designed, cutting-edge penthouse overlooking the heart of Barcelona's thriving Sant Antoni district. If you've travelled to Barcelona, yet you've never visited Sant Antoni, then let us tell you right now: you're missing a trick.   The lively yet laid-back district is fast earning a reputation as a seriously hip hangout due to its buzzing market, bodegas on every corner,…

Macaronesian Eco Suites Caves

Macaronesian Eco Suites Caves

Live in harmony with the natural world in a Tenerife cave suite steeped in rustic luxury and just a short drive from the beach. Macaronesia, made up of islands belonging to Portugal, Spain and Cape Verde, translates as "islands of the fortunate", and with a relaxing stay in this quirky, much loved Tenerife cave house, you'll feel very fortunate indeed! You'll find your beautifully rugged…

DDG Retreat

DDG Retreat

The ultimate in unique Andalusian luxury; a peacefully private glamping haven featuring the world's most opulent tents. Featured in The Times as one of the UK and Europe's top 20 glamping retreats, and more recently described by The Telegraph as Europe's 'best retreat', DDG Retreat invites you to take everything you know about glamping holidays...and apply a seriously luxurious upgrade.…

Solo Office

Solo Office

Jaw-droppingly innovative architecture, secluded amongst untouched forest land set within the mountainous ‘Spanish Tuscany'. The Solo Houses project has been making huge waves in the architectural world, with very good reason. Set in Cretas, a natural and untouched forest setting in the mountainous Spanish region of Matarraña (known as ‘Spanish Tuscany'), the ongoing project…

Cuevas Las Nubes

Cuevas Las Nubes

Rest your head in a cloud-like cave for two, set close to Madrid in the rural heart of Spain's La Alcarria. ‘Cuevas Las Nubes' translates as ‘caves of the clouds', immediately transporting your mind to a tranquil and heavenly place. This is exactly what you will discover at Cuevas Las Nubes, part of Hotel & SPA Rural Las Nubes, a peaceful hotel and spa retreat set on the banks of…

Cuevas de Bardenas

Cuevas de Bardenas

A unique, awe-inspiring labyrinth of cave houses for couples, friends and families, beautifully set in Northern Spain. Make like an ancient Spanish mountain dweller (though with plenty of added creature comforts!) in a stunning selection of awe-inspiring cave houses. Located in Valtierra, Northern Spain - right next to the Bardenas Reales National Park of Navarra, in fact - you can be sure of…

Cuevas La Granja

Cuevas La Granja

An exquisite collection of restored cave houses to suit every taste, set on an historic farm site in the rural heart of Granada. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of Sierra Nevada, mesmerising red clay hills, desert landscapes and lush forest, Cuevas La Granja is a Spanish escape with a canvas worthy of a timeless oil painting. A complex of 18 stunningly restored, self-contained cave houses on a…

Eco Fisherman's Cottage

Eco Fisherman's Cottage

A quaint and historic off-grid retreat, featuring soothing sea views and an authentic slice of rustic village life in Lanzarote. Recently featured as one of The Guardian's top 20 seaside stays, and the ‘best seaside villa in Europe' by The Times, you could be forgiven for thinking Eco Fisherman's Cottage is dripping in glitz and glamour. Instead, you'll find the dream-like eco cottage…

Granada Dome Retreat

Granada Dome Retreat

A sociable, light-filled Andalusian retreat, rich in comfort and overlooking the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountain range.Beautifully elevated for breathtaking mountain views, Granada Dome Retreat is nestled on the outskirts of a natureful National Park - an ideal setting for walkers, cyclists, and skiers alike.Sleeping up to six guests, the spacious, light-flooded dome is instantly welcoming,…

T Island

T Island

A pristine, opulent oasis in the form of a fully staffed private island retreat, with panoramic sea views across to the bright lights of Ibiza. If you've always wanted to experience just how it would feel to relax on your very own private island, with your favourite people and a friendly team of staff, now's your chance. The exclusive T Island is perfectly situated off the coast of Ibiza, which…

La Chumbera

La Chumbera

A traditional cave house with a scenic terrace, peacefully secluded in a charming Andalusian village just a stone's throw from Granada.Ever fancied living like an ancient Spanish cave-dweller... if only you could demand a few luxurious, modern-day upgrades? Well, now's your chance!La Chumbera, a mesmerising cave house for up to 4 guests, is beautifully secluded in Monachil, a small, traditional…

Miluna

Miluna

Savour a star-sprinkled dream in nature, from the comfort of your own private ‘moon' set amongst wide open Spanish countryside, mere moments from the World Heritage city of Toledo.Boasting the amenities and comfort of a five-star hotel, Miluna occupies a dreamlike location in Hormigos, a small, sparsely populated town in Spain's Castilla la Mancha region that's moments from the historic city of…

La Esperanza

La Esperanza

A grand, authentic hacienda with luxury suites, a swimming pool, and a designer courtyard inspired by the Alhambra, nestled amongst private flower gardens just 35 minutes from Granada. Available as a boutique hotel, or a fully serviced villa for up to 14 guests, La Esperanza is a breathtakingly beautiful, Spanish Mission-style retreat that promises to spirit you blissfully away from hectic life…

Marqués de Riscal

Marqués de Riscal

Experience a sensational, master architect-designed hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, set in the picturesque foothills of Spanish wine country.Designed by Frank Gehry (dubbed "the most important architect of our age" by Vanity Fair) Marqués de Riscal is a jaw-dropping retreat, at which no attention to luxurious detail has been spared.You'll notice the spectacular titanium exterior first;…

The Sunflower House

The Sunflower House

A unique, architect-designed Catalonian clifftop retreat, with spectacular picture-framed views across the Mediterranean to France, and the Cabo de Creus National Park. Featured in the New York Times and Wallpaper, The Sunflower House has been purpose-built on an exposed clifftop near Port de la Selva, to capture truly mesmerising views across the Mediterranean to France, and the surrounding Cabo…

Calma Nordica

Calma Nordica

A sanctuary of calm inspired by the rural barns of northern Europe, rich in luxurious simplicity and secluded among the picture-perfect landscape of northwest Spain. Bordered by Portugal to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Galicia is an untamed region of northwest Spain that's characterised by soaring mountains and shimmering coastal rias. You'll find Calma Nórdica privately and…

Casa Acantilado

Casa Acantilado

An innovative, architect-designed retreat with an infinity pool and far-reaching Mediterranean sea views, set within the clifftops on Spain's breath-taking Costa Granadina.Designed to resemble the face of a dragon, Casa Acantilado (or "house on a cliff" in Spanish) features scale-like zinc cladding that make for an arresting vision on the cliffs of Salobreña, a historic town on the Costa…

VIVOOD Landscape Hotel

VIVOOD Landscape Hotel

A sumptuous selection of adults-only cabins, with a window-walled spa and two shimmering infinity pools, beautifully secluded in Spain's pure, rugged Guadalest Valley.One of Alicante's most scenic provinces, Guadalest Valley is characterised by tumbling waterfalls, soaring peaks, and lush hillsides dotted with fragrant shrubs and whispering, fruit-bearing trees.It's hard to imagine a lovelier…

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