Barcelona is always in style, whatever time of the year. With its mesmerising architecture, city/beach combo and buzzing culture, it’s got all the makings of an escape that’s both celebratory and relaxing.
Nowhere is this combination more apparent than at H10 Casanova Barcelona – an 18th century building with contemporary interiors, DJs playing live at the weekends and cocktails by the pool at the eighth floor Sky Bar Terrace.
It doesn’t matter what the era, everyone wants a Roman holiday – and if Gregory Peck happens to come along for the ride, so much the better.
At H10 Roma Citta you will get all the style and sophistication of this famous city, combined with the four star contemporary style of a modern hotel. Naturally, when the sun shines, the rooftop bar by the pool is a favourite.
The most stylish of city travellers are going to Budapest this year, and if Aria Hotel Budapest is anything to go by, we can see why. On the doorstep of the majestic St Stephen’s Basilica, you’re surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and cultural attractions – that’s if you ever choose to leave the hotel. Inside, the decor is like stepping into wonderland.
Everything is inspired by music and each of the rooms reflects a different genre. Meanwhile, nothing is too much trouble when it comes to service, and if you really feel like treating yourself you can even opt for a massage on the rooftop overlooking the city.
On the Costa del Sol, the Amare Marbella Beach Hotel brings you sun, sea, sand and spa treatments on your birthday.
With award-winning restaurants, an impressive beach club and a quintessentially Spanish vibe, this is the birthday break for those who want to relax and come home with an enviable tan.
For the friend who exudes old school style, nowhere could be more perfect for a birthday treat than Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa. The 1930s hotel offers history and a sense of romance, and as it is just 30 minutes from Lisbon airport it’s perfect for a weekend break.
Situated on one of the city’s most chic shopping streets, you can explore Lisbon and then return to the tranquility of the hotel, complete with a semi tropical garden, two restaurants, and some fabulous celebrity watching.
This stylish and romantic hotel is perfect for treating your other half on their birthday. Set in a structure that dates back to the 1300s, it was the city’s first hotel, while the spa sits in the ruins of the ancient Theatre of Pompey, built in 55BC.
It is the definition of a boutique hotel experience, topped off with the beautiful Roof Garden overlooking the Piazza del Paradiso for a drink in the evening.
A five star family friendly hotel, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is a beautiful place for you to celebrate your birthday with the whole family.
It is an award-winning destination, has a beautiful beach, is oozing style, but also has facilities for children including a kids’ club, so you can have quality time all together and to yourself as well.
This former 17th century convent in Madrid brings together historic architecture with minimalistic modern design, and offers a real sense of Spanish culture with its traditional Castilian food.
Ideal for a romantic weekend mini break at just 20km from the airport, it’s the place whisk your loved one off for a perfect birthday surprise.
If you want to go all out, De L’Europe in Amsterdam is a faultless escape where everything is five star. This lavish bolthole offers rich and seductive interiors, so it’s definitely the place for couples, while the restaurant serves Michelin Star food.
Overlooking the Amstel River, the hotel is centrally located, making it perfect for sightseeing, and when you return you can soothe tired feet with a dip in the pool and a treatment in the spa.
A dazzling hotel that dates back to the 1930s, Hotel Palacio Estoril is a spectacular treat for a couple of friends celebrating a special birthday. Offering elegant Portuguese cuisine in the restaurants, its most famous attraction is the Bar Estoril, popular since WW2 with a view of the pool and an atmosphere that makes you want to don your bets flapper getup.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s Banyan Tree Spa Estoril is everything a spa lover could want and more with a beautiful thermal suite, yoga and Pilates classes and a Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers award.
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