Elite Entree in Spain

Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Spanish influence permeates the globe with its refined touch brought to far-flung shores from early explorers. Yet it is at the source that this distinctive ethos exists in its purest form, from Picasso’s most lauded canvases to Gaudí’s avant-garde architecture.

We celebrate Spain’s coveted cultural draws and dynamic beauty with luxe experiences that span the Iberian Peninsula from coast to coast.


Famed author Washington Irving veiled the Moorish fortress and palace complex of La Alhambra with mystique and intrigue, embellishing legends disclosed by his devoted guide. Receive the same privilege as you stroll the three interconnected Nasrid Palaces, gardens and courtyards perched above the city of Granada. The beautiful silence magically interplays with light and shadow as you admire the vaulted cedar ceilings, myrtle-lined pools and labyrinthine plasterwork.


Barcelona’s grand boulevards and pedestrian streets, lined with fashion boutiques and innovative design stores, draw trendsetters from around the globe. A personal shopper can whisk you past legendary international designer stores on Paseo de Gracia and Avenida Diagonal and into the most elite shops, bearing labels of Spanish designers coveted by the wealthy residents of the Ensanche district. Or, meander the cobblestone passages in the Gothic Quarter and El Born district to discover trends in the making.


Fringing the border of Portugal, Spain’s southwestern region of Extremadura draws historians with Medieval and Renaissance splendor that ornaments the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Cáceres, Mérida and Guadalupe. But it’s the culinary forays that unexpectedly delight. A private guide can tantalize your palate with the emblematic flavors of Spanish cuisine, from Iberian bellota ham, imbued with the earthy acorn flavors derived from vast pastures, to Spain’s best sheep’s-milk cheese produced in Casar de Cáceres. Discover how this distinctive region is also home to cherries, olive oil and lamb through tastings and exclusive farm tours. The Ribera del Guadiana Wine Route pairs oenology with rich history of the country’s largest province of Badajoz. Or, simply sit back and enjoy the fruits of Spain’s pastoral landscape in Cáceres at Atrio restaurant, vaunting creative local cuisine and more than 25,000 labels of wine.


European masters converge in the city of Madrid, where countless art museums flaunt the canvases of history’s most celebrated painters. Pass the velvet rope, entering the world’s finest museums after-hours accompanied by an art historian. This autonomy allows you to fully appreciate the bold brushstrokes of Picasso at Reina Sofía Museum; the awe-inspiring collection of masterpieces at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the more than 7,000 paintings at the Prado Museum — including Goya’s famed Black Paintings. With many of Madrid’s most extravagant dining venues housed under the same roof, pair your visit with a dinner reservation and experience inspiration that stems from the creative palates of Spain’s culinary masters as well.


Embrace the romance of Spain and railway heritage as the verdant countryside glides past the window of the 1923 Pullman car where you sip a handcrafted cocktail. Today, the historic cars of two trains hitch to form one of the most luxurious trains in the world, El Transcantábrico. This eight-day journey forges a path between Spain’s coastal culinary mecca of San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela — end-point of one of the world’s revered pilgrimages of St. James. Along the way, visit iconic sites like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Upper Paleolithic paintings in the Cave of Altamira. Then rest in the luxury of the train’s Gran Lujo Deluxe Suite’s wood-ensconced interiors with modern accouterments ranging from a steam shower to an en-suite computer.

Contact us to arrange a custom-made itinerary for you in Spain. From sought-after tables at Michelin-starred restaurants to stays at five-star hotels, extra privileges and exclusive access make your discovery boundless.

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