The New Mediterranean Hot Spots for a Luxury Vacation


Travelers to Spain and Portugal–whether they’re visiting for the first time or have been before–have a lineup of new and upscale properties to pick from when it comes to hanging their hat. More than a dozen hotels in the two countries have recently opened or are debuting in the coming months, according to Virginia Irurita, the founder of Made for Spain and Portugal, a luxury travel company based in Madrid.

“Despite the lockdown over the last year, it’s been busy on the hotel front in terms of development,” she says. “It’s a scene that brings together international high-end brands with locally owned properties that are luxurious in their own way.”

Inside one of the private water front suites at the Six Senses Ibiza.

One of the buzziest openings, hands down, is Six Senses Ibiza. The 116-room resort is set on a 20-acre site in Cala Xarraca Bay on the island’s northern tip and began welcoming guests in early July. It offers a variety of accommodations, from suites built into coastal cliffs to standalone residences available to rent or own.

Comprising three buildings, the project was seven years in the making, says Jonathan Leitersdorf, owner, developer, and architect. “We wanted to create a property that looked like it was always there architecturally and has a primitive feel,” he says. “You’ll find deep façades with shaded pergolas and wild trees, but you won’t find shiny glass because it’s too contemporary.”

Leitersdorf adds that the appeal of Six Senses Ibiza unfolds slowly as guests discover the collection of spaces. They include a recording studio, cinema, open-air stage, farmers market, and three organic restaurants by the celebrated Israeli chef Eyal Shani. There’s also a spa with 200 local practitioners and year-round programming such as full-moon dinners in the summer and wellness retreats in the winter.

Moving over to Spain’s mainland, Madrid, that has long lacked luxury hotels, has three new contenders. All of them are international brands.

Inside the lush bar at the new Four Seasons Hotel. 

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