2 8 4 S I M P LY A B U DH A B I It’s not necessary to stray too far to enjoy some more delights in the Hotel Arts. The 43 Spa on the top floor offers a wide range of treatments from expertly trained and intuitive therapists and nowhere else in the city can offer a Jacuzzi and a sauna overlooking the ocean from such a height. On the ground floor the luxury continues at Enoteca restaurant, a two-Michelin starred restaurant which promises not only a meal but also a gastronomic journey. Choose from two tasting menus with expertly paired beverages or go A la Carte, either way a carnival of flavours is assured. Anna González, Public Relations Manager at the hotel says, “In terms of gastronomy, the award-winning dining restaurants Enoteca and Arola create lasting culinary experiences. Many of our guests also enjoy our private chef service and an entire team of specialists eager to create high-end personalized experiences.” Commenting on the dramatic apartments and the solid reputation of this Ritz-Carlton group hotel González added, “Hotel Arts Barcelona is a very emblematic property that offers the most spectacular experiences. Located in a key area between the Mediterranean Sea, the sky and this millenary city, the hotel offers stunning accommodations that include 28 luxury duplex apartments, 44 stories above the seafront, and also a contemporary collection of artistic masterpieces. The apartments lodging needs to be experienced.” Away from the coastline, ensconced in the leafy upscale neighbourhood of Eixample, is the welcoming fold of the MandarinOriental Barcelona. There are many good reasons why distinguished and discerning people all over the world gravitate towards anyMandarinOriental hotel – it’s a sense of trust formed between this iconic brand and its guests. The property in Barcelona is on the famous Passeig de Gracia thoroughfare, lined with the city’s best shopping and an array of café’s and dining options. As you ascend the catwalk away from the crowds and into the lobby, an immediate atmosphere of refinement pervades. With minimal fuss and maximum courtesy, the check-in is over in no time and you are in the meticulously curated confines of a Mandarin Oriental room. Those who travel in large groups should be pleased to know that last year the hotel opened 17 new luxurious suites and five additional rooms that can accommodate families or guests with entourages, bringing the total room count to 120. The award-winning Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, whose work is included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) inNew York, created the décor for the new rooms, following the same avant-garde and cosmopolitan style that characterises the rest of the hotel.