Malaga, Spain’s sixth largest city. Capital of the Costa del Sol, one of the world’s busiest tourist spots and self-designated Museum City. It’s also the southern European destination everyone is talking about this year.
This is a city that has had more than its fair share of bad luck. Not only did Malaga suffer years of neglect, but it also endured several decades with the undeserved reputation as the Costa del Sol’s ugly sister. But take a walk around the vibrant old quarter, through the up-and-coming Soho art quarter or a stroll along El Palmeral to Muelle Uno and Malaga oozes confidence.
Here at Travel Options we like to keep one foot infront of the game and so this weekend we were lucky enough to visit Malaga's very new and quite frankly stunning Gran Hotel Miramar.
The hotel has a rich history and dates back almost a century. It was opened in 1926 by Alfonso XIII, whose wife, Victoria Eugenia, was Queen Victoria’s granddaughter. In the Thirties it served a more practical purpose as a field hospital during the the Spanish Civil War, and for 20 years until 1987 was the palatial headquarters of Malaga’s law courts. In between, the hotel hosted famous names including Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Jean Cocteau, Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway.
The spirit of the original property lives on in the Neo-Arab and traditional Andalucian décor in parts of the hotel. There are brilliant white spaces too, so while some areas feel old-school classic, others, such as the rooftop bar, will have an Ibiza-style, chill out vibe.
The beautiful masterpiece that stands in all its glory and only 20 minutes from the airport officially opens Easter 2017.
Its 200 bedrooms and outdoor banqueting space for 700 guests makes Malaga the perfect destination for corporate events, with over 17 rooms available for event & meeting space anything is possible.
During our time spent in Malaga we were lucky enough to experience a range of activities including Segway rides along the beautiful port to the most amazing horse and cart experience to dinner...for that extra wow from your guests.
We do however have to give an extra special nod to the Automobile Museum, which is just a short 15 minute taxi journey from the hotel.
The museum itself opened in 2010 - this museum houses the private collection of Portuguese car fanatic Joao Magalhaes. The collection is worth around 25 million euros, and is one of the most important vintage car collections in the world.
This museum is housed in one of Malaga´s most architecturally stunning buildings - the old tobacco factory (Fabrica de Tabacos). Constructed in 1927, it has been carefully transformed to house a collection of more than 80 vintage and modern cars, alongside fashionable travel memorabilia from the 20s, 30s 40s and 50s to keep non-car fans happy.
The museum is home to a black Rolls-Royce customised with Swarovski crystals. The museum also hosts fine examples of Bugatti, Auburn, Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari and Mercedes - you can admire a host of collectibles from a bygone age.
This beautiful building and home of this outstanding collection makes a great platform for an exceptional event that will leave your clients talking for some time to come.....
Sold on Malaga? Well just in case....
Freshly made Churros, served with a cup of hot chocolate sauce is deemed a 'normal' Saturday breakfast. So in that case...
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