The Spanish region of Valencia is expanding its luxury segment. Old palaces, dilapidated villages, and country inns are being renovated and transformed into exclusive accommodations. The result is an attractive offering of luxury shopping places, top-class hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, wellness centres and golf clubs throughout the region.

On land and on sea
In the area of golf, Valencia is on par with the world’s best destinations.

Over 25 golf courses are laid out along the coast and in green mountain valleys. Most of the clubs are qualified to host international tournaments.

In the past few years, Valencia has also hosted the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race. One of the reasons that this region was chosen is the outstanding service provided by the harbours of Valencia and Alicante, which extend a warm reception to yachts and sailboats and the professional organisation of international sports events.

Top-class hotels
The accommodation offering in the Valencia region is becoming both more comfortable and more charming for the growing number of business and private visitors.

Here’s a selection:

  * Hotel Montíboli in Villajoyosa
  Montíboli is beautifully situated on a cliff overlooking a tranquil beach on the Costa Blanca, with all services imaginable including tennis courts, swimming pool and wellness centre. Exclusive dining in the hotel or under the stars at the beach. For the best paella, go to the nearby fishing village, Villajoyosa, which translates literally as ‘joyful village’.

  * Hotel Mas de Canicatti in Vilamarxant
  With its truly pastoral location in an old citrus orchard, Hotel Mas de Canicatti is one of Spain’s most exclusive spa and restaurant hotels. The former country estate and farmhouse now house a restaurant, spa and overnight accommodations.

  * Hotel Barcelo Asia Gardens in Alicante
  Opened in July 2008, Hotel Barcelo Asia Gardens offers a whole new concept in Spanish hospitality. Whether you’re in the Thai spa, the luxurious garden, the guest rooms or one of the 4 restaurants, the atmosphere throughout is restful and meditative. The hotel has 6 pools, a fitness centre, a congress centre and a heliport. Two minutes away are two 18-hole golf courses, designed by Jack Nicklaus.

  * Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort in Valencia
  This magnificent hotel is one of the most prestigious hotels in the world and the only one of its kind on the coast of Valencia. The hotel combines historic architectural beauty with modern comfort. In addition to the sea-view and sunlight, there is a concert studio, terraces and gardens, and a spa offering superb wellness treatments.

  * Hotel Westin in Valencia
  This spectacular modernist hotel was built in 1917 and combines a classical style with modern avant-gardism. Just a few steps away from the historic, commercial and cultural centre of Valencia.

  * Dénia Marriott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa in Dénia
  Located on the coast, next to Mongó National Park, and crowned with a splendid 18-hole golf course and exceptionally luxurious spa, this hotel is a true golfers’ paradise. At the moment, the golf course is being expanded by 9 holes to create a perfect balance between beauty and challenge.

  * Hilton in Valencia
  THe avant-garde Hilton Hotel is directly opposite Valencia’s concert building. The large windows of the spacious guest rooms offer expansive views. Spa, Jacuzzi and fitness area provide the relaxation that’s so welcome in the middle of a bustling city. The Alhazar Restaurant is world-famous for its Iberian dishes.

Sumptuous shopping
The city of Valencia has recently been enriched with a breathtaking display of luxury products called Dos Aquas.

Shopping here is true pampering, with only the most exclusive cosmetics, clothing, jewellery and decorations.

The labels include Loewe, Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Bvlgari, Montblanc and Dover.

And when it comes to service, this centre is as exclusive as it is complete: from manicures and massages to hot-air balloon flights to florist and photo services. The same kind of offering - but spread out over the city - is to be found in Alicante on the Avenida Maisonnave, La Calle Serrano and the Plaza de Los Luceros.

Michelin-starred dining
Valencia’s quality is growing steadily in the area of restaurants, too. The region currently boasts 10 restaurants that have been awarded one or more Michelin stars.

In the city of Valencia, the starred restaurants include: Alejandro del Toro, Ca’ Sento, Torrijos and La Sucursal.

In Gandia, Arrop restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star; and in Concentaina, L’Escaleta restaurant. El Poblet in Dénia even has two Michelin stars. Other starred restaurants are Casa Pepa in Ondara and La Finca in Elx. The highly coveted Michelin star guarantees visitors that the cuisine and the service are of exceptional quality.