Luxury Tours of Spain, our top tips...
Luxury Tours of Spain: A guide by Eat Northern Spain
We know that you are looking for the best of the best: personalised itineraries, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, mind-blowing restaurants, world-class accommodation and intimate moments with loved ones. It is the ultimate way to fully immerse yourself into a new place with all of the fun and none of the stress.
Maybe it is sampling the best steak in the world, a four poster bed and his and hers sinks or a butler on hand to put the kettle on. Every single traveller will have different ideas of what luxury means to them, but all can be accomplished with Luxury Tours of Spain that are personalised to you.
You may be mistaken in thinking that luxury travel is mainly reserved by retired adults but the industry is expanding. More and more, young professionals are seeking personalised, luxurious trips that provide private and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Authentic tours away from mass tourism have never been so sought after.
Luxury travel is so much more than five-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants (although we are huge fans of both). It involves travelling without worry or time restraints. As a luxury traveller, you want to be taken care of while enjoying unique experiences on a trip that has completely exceeded all your expectations. Comfort and quality is the key.
Luxury Tours of Spain should always be exclusive. Unique experiences that are off-the-beaten-track and show you a part of the country that you have never heard of. The type of adventures you return home from and continue talking about for years to follow.
Whether it is sitting in the back of a chauffeur driven Mercedes, or relaxing by the pool of a 12th century monastery turned five-star hotel, extra comfort is high on the agenda for many travellers.
So for those that just cannot resist travelling in luxury, here are our top tips for how to seek out the best Luxury Tours of Spain…
Travel in style
Unbeknown to many, airports do not have to be stressful. In fact, relaxing before your eagerly anticipated flight is key and airport lounges are travel’s best kept secret. Simply book in advance and soak up all the perks on offer. From a quiet and secluded space to delicious sweet treats and a hot shower. It really is all on offer here and do not be mistaken in thinking that airport lounges are for first-class ticket holders only. Although, let’s be honest, first class tickets will truly elevate your luxurious trip in Spain.
Luxury travel is not solely reserved for flying either. When travelling on the highway, comfort is key. There is not always a chance to get up and stretch your legs so make sure to reserve a car that you will be comfortable sitting in for long stretches of time. On all Eat Northern Spain tours, a chauffeur driven Mercedes-Benz V-Class will be your designated vehicle.
Privacy is everything
Nobody really wants to share a car (or coach) with other travellers. Particularly when we are ready to travel again post-Covid. True Luxury Tours of Spain will offer you complete privacy throughout your trip. From private show-cookings and tastings to private tours and the best rooms in some of the most luxurious and secluded hotels in Spain - so you can enjoy time alone with loved ones, while experiencing all that the region has to offer.
We aren’t fans of having to learn the names of hoards of other travellers at Eat Northern Spain. That is why our founder, Elias, handles all our itineraries from start to finish and even accompanies every tour from beginning to end. One familiar face meeting you at the airport and only one name that needs to stay firmly in your mind. Every other moment is for you to enjoy privately with your loved ones.
High-end culinary experiences are what Northern Spain specialises in: sample the best steak in the world on an Oxen farm in the back roads of Spain; go searching for black truffles with four-legged specialists; visit the temples for seafood lovers, Güeyu Mar & Elkano; or enjoy private wine tastings and show-cookings of the best Spanish food and wines.
No matter where you go in the region, the best food and wines the country has to offer should always be in front of you at the dinner table. Excellent gastronomy is non-negotiable on Luxury Tours of Spain and every luxury traveller should expect the very best culinary delights because in Northern Spain, the options are plentiful.
Hire a local
Do you really want to spend weeks planning a tour yourself, using Google Translate to find your way to the rental place and then spend the entire trip driving in a foreign country and attempting to understand the road signs. Then there are also the tourist traps, underwhelming restaurants and hotels that claim to be ‘luxury’ but may not quite understand the true meaning of the word.
Luxury Tours of Spain should be exclusive and one-of-a-kind. Like a royal visit minus the hoards of paparazzi. Nothing will make your experience more authentic than travelling with somebody who knows the country and the language. Elias has lived in Northern Spain all his life. When accompanied by him, you may be a tourist, but you will feel like a local.
True luxury is also transformative. Northern Spain offers an abundance of opportunities to learn new skills, sample new cuisine and meet the wonderful locals that live here. Whether you have a few days or a few weeks, take a moment to disconnect from your routine and daily worries. Look for a tour that integrates you into the local community and immerses you into Spanish culture. Whether it is staying at a local hotel, eating at a local restaurant or shopping at a local farmer’s market - we can assure you that it will only add to your experience.
An authentic tour of Spain is the only way to see the real Spain, in all its pristine glory.
Hotels fit for royalty on all our Luxury Tours of Spain
Luxury Tours of Spain don’t include carrying your own luggage so choose your accommodation wisely. Hotel choices are about as personal as a yoga class, what one person loves, another will despise. So think about what you are looking for: plush pillows, oversized bath towels, expensive toiletries, welcome drinks or complimentary refreshments. A hotel stay also extends outside of the room, whether it is a late checkout or poolside service, a Michelin restaurant onsite or a world-class spa. Luxury hotels come in all shapes and sizes so speak to a professional to ensure you find the perfect one for you.
When you are travelling in true luxury, service should be 24/7. From exclusive access to fast and efficient service, it is important that you feel taken care of throughout your stay. Whether it is a bottle of cold water waiting for you in the car or a bottle of champagne chilling in your room on arrival. Luxury never sleeps and neither should your service providers.
Luxury doesn’t cost the planet
Living in luxury does not mean you cannot be environmental. In fact, it is completely separate from environmental and social commitment. As the demand rises, so does the supply, meaning there are more hotels and experiences on the market that support this ethos. Whether you are looking for a hotel that offsets its carbon emissions or experiences that give back to local communities, you can find it all in Northern Spain. And you do not have to separate with your home comforts to take part.
Personalisation is key and it should start long before you board your flight. From the moment you begin planning a luxury tour, every single detail should be tailored to you. From which airline you fly with and which hotel you stay at to which local food and wines you sample.
At Eat Northern Spain, not only do we ask you the basics (if you have any food allergies or need special assistance), but we find out whether you prefer a mountain or a pool view, which floor you would like to stay on, which brand of tea you like and what time in the morning you like to wake up. No detail is too much detail because the more we know about you, the more we can plan every single detail of your dream holiday.
Allow a Spain Travel Agency to take over
If you have made it this far, you will be well aware that Luxury Tours of Spain require a lot of hard work to plan. So our best tip? Book with an agency. You can have the full package: first class 24/7 service, private transfers, high-end culinary experiences, a local guide, authentic experiences, world-class accommodation and a completely personalised itinerary - without having to lift a finger. Eat Northern Spain is a Verified Travel Advisor member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents ) and WFTO (World Food Travel Association)
Now you know the true meaning of luxury, allow us to whet your appetite with a selection of experiences to inspire your next luxury tour of Spain…
Wine and fine dining
With 900 years of history at your fingertips, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine has an exquisite design of old and new, side by side. The former medieval abbey has fast become one of the most luxurious hotels in Spain, where a sense of tranquility washes over you the moment you arrive, more than likely while sampling a glass of velvety Abadia Retuerta wine with sunset views over the vineyards.
The abbey was founded in 1146 and despite renovations, much of the original structure still stands. The smart rooms were once the monks’ former cells and the in-house Michelin-starred restaurant (where you will enjoy a culinary experience exploding in flavour) boasts a 17th century frieze of the Last Supper.
The world-class five-star hotel is a goldmine for the wine lovers among us with its string of exclusive estates dotted along the Duero River. Take a 4x4 private tour of the estate and surrounding vineyards where you can learn the secrets to producing exquisite wine before a guided tasting session.
Luxury Tours of Spain away from the crowds
A few hidden gems nestled in Northern Spain’s countryside waiting to be discovered on this our Ultimate Food & Wine Tour of Spain in 10 Days. A gastronomical paradise that combines the best local cuisine with Spanish culture and high-end luxury accommodation, while keeping you away from the tourist crowds.
Begin your day sampling the traditional drink of Asturias, cider, before attempting to pour a pint like the locals do on a cider bar crawl. Indulge in some local tapas, perfectly paired with the cider, and soak up the ambience of the best cider houses in the region.
Take a walk around Ribadesella, a historic fishing port turned bohemian coastal town. Marvel at the Spanish architecture and vibrant atmosphere before heading to your home for the night.
Pueblo Astur Eco Resort, a five-star secret hideaway nestled in the hills of Asturias, will provide an unforgettable end to an unforgettable day. Acclaimed by many as the greatest luxury hotel in Spain, you will be spoiled with impeccable service, delicious local food and breathtaking views over the mountains of Picos de Europa National Park.
Sleep like a King
Luxury Tours of Spain don’t come better than enjoying "the Camino" during our Camino de Santiago Luxury Tours up to Santiago de Compostela. The UNESCO Heritage site is Northern Spain’s most iconic city and the final stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. The streets here are saturated in history and the city’s unique atmosphere draws worldwide attention.
Here we bestow you the privilege of sleeping like royalty in probably the oldest hotel in Spain. The five-star resort oozes luxury and its central location cannot be beaten, with views overlooking Santiago’s stunning Gothic Cathedral. In fact, the hotel is so famous, there is even a guided tour for inquisitive guests looking to learn more about this fascinating building. Expect reinvigorating sleep, scrumptious food and non-stop views of the beautiful city.
Take a walk around the local farmer’s market and brush shoulders with the residents looking to buy their fresh produce and join a guided tour of the world famous Gothic Cathedral, the resting point for hundreds of pilgrims who arrive every day to hug Apostle Santiago after journeys of sometimes hundreds of miles. A unique experience for those seeking an authentic journey through Northern Spain.
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