From spas and retreats to nightlife and shopping, Barcelona has it all. So how about a little je ne sais quoi to enhance your luxury stay in one of the most stylish cities in Europe.
‘VIP’ can mean many things to many people, or it can simply be about you. We all deserve to feel special, pampered and doted on from time to time, so why not splash out and enjoy the finer things in life. Here are our top-tips on how to organise your perfect VIP trip to Barcelona.
First things first, us ladies love flexing the plastic on high-end fashion so where better to splash the cash. Barcelona has handful of luxurious shopping zones, where equally stylish proprietors are dying to separate you from your cash.
Without doubt Passeig de Gracia is Barcelona’s smartest stretch of luxury shopping brands. Between Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló you will find designers such as Chanel, Prada, Luis Vuitton, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, and Gucci; with jewellery courtesy of Cartier, Tiffany & Co and Bagues Joieria.
For the trendsetters amongst us the beautiful and historic El Born boasts unique boutiques selling one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing, shoes and jewellery, including shops specialising in quirky home furnishings and designers such as Dolce & Gabbana.
Sarrià or Zona Alta (high zone) as its also known is a beautiful area that rarely sees tourists due to its geographical location above the Eixample district. Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is also one of the most pleasant and ergo expensive residential areas in the city of Barcelona. Get yourself and your wallet to Carrer Major and explore some of the side streets that are home to many small boutiques selling clothing and stylish home décor and accessories. This is a good place to find one-of-a-kind pieces made by local designers that you would be unable to find outside of Barcelona. Lots of upmarket bars, cafes and restaurants pepper the area – a shopper’s paradise and a haven all in one.
Be prepared to be transported into a world of relaxation with the Elite Traveller top 5 Spa’s in Barcelona, including;
– Zen Zone Spa located in the enchanting Gran Hotel La Florida 500 meters above the city.
– Bliss at the exclusive W Hotel located right next to the beach.
– 43 The Spa at the glamourous Hotel Arts
– Spaciomm at the unique Hotel Omm.
– Discovery Spa at Le Méridien for those seeking the ultimate in relaxation therapy.
If your take on r&r is more sun salutation and spirulina smoothie then we recommend the Enlighten Yoga Retreat – a luxury wellness, detox and yoga haven on the idyllic coastline of Sitges. A private chauffeur or helicopter ride will get you there in no more than thirty minutes.