In Barcelona, we like to celebrate. While we have St. Valentine’s Day to commemorate love, the day that we put the most emphasis on romance is Sant Jordi (St. George’s day) on April 23. As the official day for Catalan lovers, the ladies receive a rose (or many of them) from a husband, lover, or good friend, and the men are given a book in return.
It’s a magical day to visit Barcelona with a loved one, so take advantage of the city’s best hotel offers and show that special someone how much you care.
Located on the Passeig de Gràcia — one of the most popular streets for shopping in the city — Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona offers the “Fall in love in Barcelona” package. You and your honey will receive a complimentary room upgrade when you arrive, champagne with strawberry trifle, breakfast in bed for two and a late checkout at 4 p.m. And the gorgeous rooms, complete with French rugs, balconies and tubs in the bathroom, are perfect for a little romance. For those who want to indulge in some of Barcelona’s shopping, a personal shopper will be at your beck and call. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is offering a special “Skin Radiance” facial treatment for Sant Jordi that will rehydrate the derma and give you that perfect glow.
ABaC Barcelona offers an amazing experience with fantastic architecture, a spa, a Zen garden and a gourmet restaurant all in one place. The Romance Getaway package includes a champagne welcome drink, an in-room Jacuzzi prepared with a special bath salts menu and roses, and room service for breakfast or a gourmet dinner by ABaC’s chef Jordi Cruz. Expect a menu of fresh selections from the sea, such as roasted scallops and a succulent meat dish of roasted foie gras or Iberian pig. Of course, the package also includes complimentary access to ABaC’s spa with hammam, sauna, Jacuzzi, pool and fitness center.
Cupid is ready and waiting at The Mirror. This design hotel offers a Romance Getaway package that includes a welcome bottle of champagne, special Angels cocktails, rose petals and candles, a menu of fragrant bath salts for an enchanting bath, and a breakfast buffet. The hotel also prepares a special Sant Jordi tasting menu — with choices such as a low-temperature egg with potato foam and truffle or artichoke royale with prawns and ham emulsion — by chef Paco Pérez.
W Barcelona dedicates special attention to couples in its Bliss Spa, offering a 50 percent discount to one of two guests who schedule treatments together. Enjoy facials, massages, pedicures, manicures and other suggested treatments with your sweetie or friend, and complete the experience with a stay at this beachfront location offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Photos courtesy of ABaC Barcelona, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc and The Mirror Barcelona