Boutique Hotels in Spain

Looking for a boutique hotel in Spain? Lulu has enjoyed collecting these chic hotels and private villas in Spain and wants to share these little hidden gems with you. From hip Spanish haciendas in the rolling countryside to beachside luxury hotels in Marbella, the Chic Retreats collection of boutique hotels in Spain has something for everyone. So whether you’re after a regal mansion in rural Andalucia or the low-down on luxury hotels in Seville, Lulu’s pick of best boutique hotels in Spain is second to none.


Ibiza has long been a favourite holiday destination both for partygoers who make a beeline for the iconic nightclubs of the south and those who want to discover the less-developed, rugged coast of the north. For the best of both worlds, stay at Cas Gasi, one of our boutique hotels in Spain which is a former farmhouse, right in the centre of the island. Just a few minutes’ from the hotel you can discover the quaint villages of Sant Rafel and Santa Gertrudis, while gorgeous sandy beaches such as Las Salinas, Cala Conte and Benirras, are a 15 minute drive away. At Cas Gasi itself, the restaurant serves up a Mediterranean menu with vegetables taken from its own organic plot and the spa includes a Finnish sauna, a private open-air yoga and pilates deck. Also not far from San Rafael and equally ideally located is one of Lulu's favourites Hotel Rural Es Cucons, a charming country house hotel in Ibiza with 14 rooms and suites, an adorable restaurant and a spa area.

Tenerife, Menorca and Mallorca

We have also found lovely boutique hotels on Spanish islands Tenerife and Mallorca. Hotel San Roque, a luxury family run hotel in Tenerife, is set in a former 18th-century manor house, in the northwest traditional fishing village of Garachico. Rooms at Hotel San Roque have colour-washed walls and eclectic furniture; there’s a swimming pool, sauna and tennis courts nearby and bikes that can be borrowed to explore the countryside. Our most popular boutique hotels in Mallorca include Cases de Son Barbassa which is surrounded by forest and overlooks the bays of Cala Mesquida, Cala Agulla and Cala Ratjada. The landscape is stunning and there are golf courses and tennis courts nearby. The unspoilt island of Menorca was a frequent holiday location for Lulu when she was little but of course there wasn't a boutique hotel to be found anywhere in Menorca in those days! For some peace and quiet and an adults-only holiday do book the oh, so pretty Biniarroca hotel owned by talented artist Lindsay Mullen. For a child-friendly, eco-chic option and only 15 minutes from the airport try Sant Joan de Binissaida a little gem which also has its own restaurant.


If you want to combine a beach setting with the atmosphere of a buzzing city, you can’t beat Barcelona. In the centre, La Rambla is the famous, mostly pedestrianised boulevard that runs from Plaça Catalunya down to the sea. It’s very touristy so once you’ve wandered down it, head instead to see some of Gaudi’s extraordinary  legacy which includes the surreal Park Guell and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Basilica de la Sagrada Familia (which was only a quarter complete when the Catalan architect died at the age of 76).
When you’re feeling weary from sightseeing, why not book into family-owned Barcelona boutique hotel Primero Primera. You’ll be made to feel totally at home: there’s an honesty box for drinks and a library full of books on the area for you to read. Primero Primera is located in the Tres Torres district (10 minutes from the city centre) and has plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby. Some of the best include Spanish restaurant Dos Torres, set in a modernist villa and non-touristy Catalan restaurant St Remy: both have tables outside in gardens in the summer.


Another key Spanish city is Seville in Andalucia. Known for its flamenco and Moorish architecture there’s plenty to see, from the 15th-century cathedral to the fortified Alcazar Palace (the gardens are gorgeous too). Just two minutes walk from the Plaza del Duque is boutique hotel Casa Romana ideally positioned for both business and pleasure. The flamenco museum holds classes and demonstrations while the best area for shopping is around Calle Sierpes which runs down to La Campana. Wander round the picturesque Santa Cruz district and then for dinner, head for Restaurant Egana-Oriza next to the wall of the Alcazar Palace and near to the historical Lope de Vega theatre. The menu changes seasonally but typical dishes could include lobster salad with truffle vinaigrette and steak tartar.

Or, for something more casual, try El Rinconcello, where you can choose between sitting in the restaurant or standing to eat the superb tapas, using old barrels to rest your plates on. Your tapas order - spinach with chickpeas, cod in tomato sauce, white anchovies, Iberian cured ham, say - is chalked up on the bar. From there it’s less than two hours drive to one of our favourite boutique hotels in Spain, award-winning Almohalla 51 in the ancient town of Archidona. Consisting of 5 rooms with thick stone walls, wooden beams and antique tiles, there are also shaded patios and terraces and a plunge pool. You can potter round the town itself and visit nearby cities such as Cordoba, Granada and Malaga. In the evenings, take your pick from local restaurants such as Restaurante Escua, which serves great steaks and Bar Central, the oldest bar in town which is renowned for its tapas.


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ibiza, spain

Atzaro is a boutique hotel in the centre of the island of Ibiza. The scents of orange blossoms surround this whitewashed finca complete with luxury spa, outdoor pool and a restaurant serving Catalunian cuisine in a romantic setting.


riogordo, spain

Fountainhead Retreat Hotel is a romantic boutique hotel set in the Andalucian countryside. If you have done the city breaks and fancy a weekend destination with a difference then try this chic retreat, with just 4 suites, an intimate restaurant & spa.


cádiz, spain

With a 'no children' policy peace and quiet is guaranteed at Hotel Castellar near Cadiz in Andalucia and there are plenty of bespoke experiences and activities to take part in either on your own or with friends.


altafulla, tarragona, spain

Hotel Gran Claustre, restaurant and spa, is one of the best small luxury hotels near Tarragona. It is located in the medieval town centre of Altafulla, in Catalonia, north east Spain. The beach is only 5 minutes away making it the perfect Chic Retreat for relaxing as well as exploring the Costa Dorada region.


santa agnes, ibiza, spain

Hotel Rural Es Cucons is a beautiful country house dating back to 1652. It has become a refuge for travellers who appreciate interior design and who are looking for somewhere relaxed, with a great pool and good food.  This is the perfect Chic Retreat.


malaga, spain

Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is a wellbeing Chic Retreat in southern Spain near Marbella.  Shanti-Som allows guests to retreat, take stock of their life, relax, detox if needed and de-stress in beautiful surroundings.


cádiz, spain

Petite Andalusian boutique hotel with just 3 rooms set in Vejer de la Frontera, a moorish town rich in history


marbella, málaga, spain

Finally a hip hotel in old town Marbella, The Town House is a contemporary and private boutique hotel. Beautifully designed, the interiors are fresh and cool giving a feeling of space and light.


granada, spain

Valle de Lunas is an adults-only boutique hotel just 30 minutes from Granada, Spain. With just 3 stunning suites this self-catering hip hideaway is a little slice of paradise in the village of Tijola.


carratraca, spain

Just half an hour from the Costa del Sol in the village of Carratraca, Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel is one of our favourite luxury hotels in Spain with one of the best thermal spas in Europe.


archidona, spain

With just 5 bedrooms Almohalla 51 is a very charming, new little Chic Retreat in ArchidonaAndalucia.  Filled with character (and wonky beams!) this hideaway will charm the pants off any weary traveller looking for affordable style.


menorca, spain

It's quite hard to describe just how perfect this boutique hotel is. The food at Hotel Biniarroca is quite unbelievable - (the restaurant alone attracts a host of A-list celebs). The rooms are romantic and the walled gardens are magical.

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