ADVERTORIAL • November 2019
Since it was founded in picture-perfect Palma de Mallorca in 1956, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has catered for luxury-seekers the world over. So if you’re looking for plush accommodation, faultless service and top-class cuisine in some of Europe’s most attractive cities, then there are Meliá hotels looking forward to your arrival
At the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora on Tenerife’s mountain-backed west coast, guests can gaze upon Mt Teide, watch the island of La Gomera on the West horizon and toast the sunset, all without having to step off their balcony. Boasting 5 pools, magically Moorish architecture, 7 á la carte restaurants, sports facilities, kids and baby clubs and a gigantic spa, all on site, this Alcalá-based resort is all spectacle, no strain. Families can enjoy exclusive Red Level service, including welcome drinks and gifts for the children, access to the family lounge and Red Level ‘family rooms’. With each stay, guests will receive one complimentary free entrance to the spa and an hour of open bar. Magnífico!
Melia’s French capital property, Melia Paris La Défense is a magnificent, ship-shaped hotel that offers guests remarkable views of the Paris skyline from its lounges, bar and bedrooms. It’s situated just a few minutes from the city centre and could be a landmark in its own right; one interior restaurant, Le Miroir, serves up seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, to be enjoyed with a view of the Eiffel Tower, twinkling through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Its facilities are also state-of-the-art, with a 24-hour gym for the fitness fanatics, plus an 850m2 convention area and meeting rooms for anyone on business in the City of Love.
Saunter along the River Spree, trail off from the Friedrichstrasse train station and you’ll encounter the golden gates of Melia Berlin. This German jewel glimmers on the world-famous, 3.3-kilometre-long Friedrichstrasse shopping street, a hair’s breadth from the city’s hot spots; Alexanderplatz, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Inside, expect tapas bars, a modern fitness area and rich breakfast buffets serving continental cold cuts, fluffy bread rolls and foam-topped coffee. If you’re looking to relax, pop into the rooftop sauna and terrace, overlooking the city’s historic horizon.
If culture’s your cup of tea, stir no further than Melia Athens. This Greek gem takes guests closer to ancient history with its world-class location – just a javelin’s throw from the Acropolis Museum and Parthenon. In the morning, head to Mondo Café for a glykos (sweet coffee) and, after a busy day’s sightseeing, return for dinner in the SkyLounge Rooftop Restaurant & Bar for creative Greek cuisine served with a side of spectacular Athenian views of Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. The rooftop is also home to a 22-metre outdoor pool and a hydromassage tub, where you can enjoy sumptuous views of the Greek capital during the summer season.
On the serene east coast of the island, snug in the bay of Santa Eulalia del Río, you’ll find ME Ibiza. To match its ambient surroundings, the hotel is built for relaxation, while still putting guests in tantalising proximity to the thriving south-coast capital, Eivissa. Fortunately for ME Ibiza guests, everywhere is a chill-out zone, and there’s a comprehensive array of wellness moments to be enjoyed, including luxurious skincare treatments, a yoga programme, Bali beds, swimming pools and more. Once you’ve recharged, you need only head out to the hotel’s very own art and music venue, Nikki Beach – claim a poolside cabana, order a minty mojito and see where the evening takes you.
The Catalan capital may be known for its grand Gaudí spectacles, but there’s a whole crop of skyscrapers that pair like a fine Spanish wine with the city’s burgeoning cool. One such building is Dominique Perrault’s first Spanish skyscraper - home of the Melia Barcelona Sky. In this dashing high-rise, guests are planted in El Poblenou – one of the city’s most fashionable design districts. If you want to check your location, just pop up to the 24th floor and gaze out from the hotel’s very own panoramic rooftop terrace, before cooling down in the gorgeous outdoor pool or relaxing in the YHI Spa.