PLANNING A HONEYMOON? THEN SAY YES TO SPAIN! ROADTRIP YOUR WAY DOWN SPAIN’S EAST COAST FOR A MEMORY-MAKING MIX OF NIGHTLIFE, DISCOVERY AND POOLSIDE R&R WITH THE HILTON CURIO HOTELS
Planning a wedding can be as daunting as it is exciting, but there’s little doubt that the best part is choosing where to honeymoon. For same-sex couples looking for a destination where you can stroll hand-in-hand without a second thought, pack in sightseeing, big nights out, the open road – and still make time for real relaxation – you can’t get much better than Spain.
To get you in the honeymoon planning mood, take inspiration from a Spanish Roadtrip down the country’s beautiful east coast curated for Pride Life by Curio Collection hotels.
HEADY NIGHTS AND LEISURELY DAYS IN BEAUTIFUL BARCELONA
Start married life with a few days exploring Barcelona with its vibrant nightlife, beautiful city beaches and photogenic architecture.
Affectionately known as “Gayxample”, the Eixemple neighbourhood is at the centre of the city’s gay scene and home to Alexandra Barcelona hotel. Here you’ll find a peaceful haven to recuperate from a day’s wandering the beguiling streets of the gothic quarter or visiting the must-see Sagrada Familigia. Dip your toes in the cool hotel pool and enjoy an ice-cold caña before heading back out for a night to remember in some of Europe’s best gay clubs and bars.
Treat yourselves to the hotel’s King Junior Suite (it is your honeymoon after all). Aside from loads of space, it features a charming private rooftop terrace with olive trees and palms planted in aged terracotta pots and its own outdoor bathtub.
DOWN THE ORANGE BLOSSOM COAST TO ALLICANTE
When you’re ready to head out of the city, pick up a hire car and drive south past Tarragona where the landscape gives way to dreamy vistas of the Costa del Azahar – the Orange Blossom Coast. Here the fortified town of Peniscola or the relaxing sands of Playa del Pebret offer the perfect excuse to stop for lunch where the early morning catch is served up a la plancha or in a comforting paella.
Arrive in Alicante in the early evening to catch the best light. Check into the art deco Casa Alberola sitting elegantly beside the waterfront promenade where evenings are well spent strolling beneath palm trees along tiled walkways and stopping for a drink to watch the world go by. Stay in The Cupola room at the top of the hotel’s round tower where a vintage mini bar and views across the marina await you. It’s worth an early rise for a coffee on your balcony in the morning sun before a day exploring this wonderfully walkable city.
OVER THE SIERRA NEVADA TO MALAGA
With batteries recharged, journey inland through Murcia into Andalucia. There are many different routes to choose so it’s easy to come across picturesque spots for a photo, lunch or even a hike. It’s well worth taking the time to visit Granada and the alluring Moorish walled citadel of the Alhambra before resuming your journey through the brooding foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Turn once again coastwards until you reach the Málagan hills where fig trees give their name to the stunning Higuerón Hotel.
RELAX IN STYLE
Time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation at Higuerón Hotel Málaga. It’s hard to know whether to start with a book on a Balinese bed surrounded by citrus trees, couples’ treatments in the spa, or soaking up the rays with a cocktail or two at the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool.
For those looking for a culture fix, Málaga is Picasso’s hometown and the museum that bears his name houses some of the artist’s most famous works. It’s not surprising that Higuerón Hotel has found artistic inspiration here and there are paintings and sculptures from some of Spain’s most interesting contemporary artists all around the hotel.
For a final unmissable honeymoon experience dine at SOLLO, Higuerón Hotel’s intimate Michelin-starred restaurant. Raise a glass to celebrate your love and watch the sun set into the sea while chef Diego Gallegos conjures creations inspired by a deep respect for natural produce and a flair for exquisite detail. Memories are made of this.
Wherever you choose for your honeymoon, Curio Collection wishes you safe and happy travels. Buen viaje!