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January 19, 2012

Spain Expands Luxe Paradores Hotel Network

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The Tourist Office of Spain continues to bring the latest travel information, highlighting exceptional lodging offerings that contribute to the unforgettable experience of a sophisticated traveler. Among them are Paradores – a unique approach to luxurious accommodations supported by the Spanish government.

Often situated in a historic setting, Paradores blend the comfort of contemporary sophisticated lodging with the ambiance of ancient Spain. Travelers can enjoy modern amenities such as golf courses and swimming pools while being transported through time, learning about Spanish wine culture and dining on medieval cuisine.

Since the first parador opened in Gredos, Ávila in 1928, Spain’s Paradores de Turismo initiative has transformed over 90 of castles, palaces, fortresses, convents and monasteries into hotels. The upcoming year will expand the network to over 100 paradores. Five new establishments are currently under construction in Lorca, Morella, Corias, Veruela and Ibiza; and another nine are currently in the architectural planning stage in Muxia, Villablino, Cadiz, Estella, Badajoz, Lleida, Molina de Aragón, Béjar and Alcalá la Real.

Among the ones to be unveiled in the early 2012 are:
Parador de Cádiz (Andalusia) – an extension of the renowned Hotel Atlántico, this parador offers everything from panoramic views of the Bay of Cadiz and the Atlantic to private pools, beaches, and palm-lined streets. In 2012, the location will add between 70 and 100 rooms as well as a thalassotherapy center for rejuvenating spa experiences. Located next to the Genovés seaside park, Parador de Cádiz will help you unwind and enjoy one of the oldest European cities. Boasting 3,000 years of history, Cádiz is also home to world–famous seafood culinary traditions, adding a gourmet touch to your journey.

Parador de Corias (Asturias) – founded in 1028, the ancient monastery of San Juan Bautista, located on the banks of the Narcea River and known as “El Escorial de Asturias,” became an important spiritual centre whose power extended over the entire province. The parador will occupy the four floors of the building and have 86 rooms, six of them suites. The location will also feature a spa, meeting rooms as well as underground and outdoor parking. Known for its clean, picturesque scenery and a diverse architectural heritage, Asturia is also a food lover revelation, offering its own Asturian cheeses, apple cider and the traditional stew, fabada asturiana.

Parador de Ibiza (Balearic Islands) – The first parador to be built in the Balearic Islands will be located in the 18th century Almudaina Castle, in the heart of the historical center of the city of Ibiza. The district, known as Dalt Vila, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As can be expected of a luxury hotel in the party capital of the world, the parador will have 72 double rooms, several suites, as well as venues for meetings and conventions. It will also have a gym, spa, and two swimming pools.

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