22 Jun A Luxury Weekend Getaway Guide to Barcelona
There is no doubt that Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities not only in Spain but in the whole world. It is also one of the seats of luxury in Europe. What follows is a guide to those who are planning to splurge a little or a lot in this beautiful city. Below are a few suggested places for some high end Barcelona activities.
If you are in Barcelona and you suddenly find yourself craving for sweets, then the best place to go to is Oriol Balaguer. This is not your typical chocolatier though. It is known as “the Christian Lacroix of desserts” because it makes the most elegant and delicious cakes and sweets in Barcelona. Tucked in the heart of the Placa de Sant Gregori, Oriol Balaguer is easy to spot thanks to its chic exterior. But once you’ve tasted their products you will understand that what really makes the place luxurious are their goodies.
If you are a wine enthusiast, then a visit to Barcelona will not be complete if you will not drop by the Freixenet Winery. It is a place where you can enjoy some of Barcelona’s best wines while trying some tasty tapas and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Freixenet Winery offers exclusive tours of the largest Cava producers in the world that still make wine in the traditional method. The tour includes a visit to the Cava caves but the best part of it of course is the wine tasting.
Fonda Gaig is the second restaurant of renowned chef Carles Gaig who is famous for his homely Catalan dishes with innovative twists. The same dishes are served in Fonda Caig but in a more welcoming yet still luxurious environment. Here you will see a lot of businessmen, couples and fine diners looking for the best food that Barcelona can offer. Private rooms are available for those who are looking for more exclusivity. Apart from delicious food, Fonda Caig also has a good wine collection.
One of the best things about the Eclipse Bar is the view. That is in reference to what you can see both inside and outside of the bar. Inside, of course, are some of Barcelona’s most beautiful people. Apart from the supermodels who regularly frequent the bar, Eclipse also has some of the most beautiful attendants and servers in all of Barcelona. The view outside is also breathtaking. It’s one of the few places in the city where you can enjoy watching Barcelona’s skyline while sipping a drink.
O2 Centro Wellness
Let’s face it. All those late parties can really take their toll on your health no matter how young and energetic you are. There are times when you want to spend a day relaxing. Or maybe a quick workout can help you regain lost energy. If you are in Barcelona, you can experience wellness at its best at O2 Centro Wellness. This luxurious haven for health junkies boasts of a chic spa and fully equipped gym. It also has a cafe where you can fill yourself up without the guilt.
Aire de Barcelona
Aire de Barcelona is another place you can go to if you become weary from all those partying. This is actually an Arab bath but not the kind your grandfather is familiar with. It still has the spirit of the old world but it also features the best of what modern technology can offer. Aire de Barcelona features a wide selection of treatments and features including a heated marble relaxation room, thermal baths, massages and aromatherapy treatments. If you don’t feel like availing any of these treatments then you can simply have an old fashion bath like what your grandfather used to have.
If you get tired from all the luxury wining and dining in Barcelona then you can book a room in the stylish El Palauet. Built in 1906 by Gaudi contemporary Pere Falques, this modernist mansion celebrates the excesses of the early 20th Century with its elaborate woodwork, molded roofs and glass windows. Many places, especially hotels, look better in photographs than in reality. El Palauet though is an exception. With your own private spa and a private assistant who is at your service round-the-clock, El Palauet is really luxury accommodation at its best.