Did you know you could hold a meeting or private event in one of Madrid’s exclusive House Museums? This particular private museum can be found in a magnificent mansion in one of the capital’s most exclusive residential areas. The owner has accumulated one of Spain’s most fascinating and extensive collections of contemporary art, a hidden treasure that can provide a unique backdrop for a select gathering.
NEW HOTEL (URSO HOTEL & SPA)
The hotel has been carefully restored to offer 78 bright spacious rooms including 15 Junior Suites and 3 Suites, two of them with private terrace. It is located in the city centre yet is at a discreet distance from Madrid’s well-trodden tourist areas. The building retains its neo-classical elegance, whilst its fresh, modern and well-balanced interiors provide a welcoming ambience and a home from home for its guests.
NEW SCROOSER ADVENTURE
A variation on a theme. Maybe you have experienced bicycle tours and segways but these specially designed scroosers are the latest fun and safe way to explore some of Madrid’s more fascinating highlights!
TOURS IN 4×4 VEHICLES
The Serranía de Ronda is an extensive ‘comarca’ in the western part of the province of Malaga, an area of outstanding natural beauty and great geographical diversity. Enjoy its rugged nature to the full in these exciting programmes available to book from Marbella and Malaga.
If a picture is worth a thousand words then you can save a great deal of reading time by visiting the following links. You will discover one of Andalusia’s best kept secrets. This charming property lies between Malaga and Granada and represents the epitome of what traditional Andalusia is all about. An unforgettable setting for a small exclusive group.
In Spanish an ‘asador’ is a restaurant that specialises in meat and Vovem is fast gaining a reputation for serving the best steak in Marbella. All of the meat served is expertly prepared and then grilled over oak, olive or vine shoots to give it a distinctive delicious flavour. The quality of the cuisine and extensive wine list has made it a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike.
THE PHILIPPINES CLUB
The Plaza Real is one of the most historical squares of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter located just off the famous Ramblas. The new venue looks out directly over the square from one of its emblematic buildings. Beautifully restored, light, airy, spacious and sophisticated, the Philippines Club evokes the colonial past in its decor of wooden floors, ceiling fans, tasteful furniture and the artwork and books displayed on the white walls. It offers multiple possibilities for a wide variety of events.
SWING & SEA
A novel new concept of a driving range “GOLF AT SEA” combines a leisure cruise along the coast with the chance of a golf lesson from an expert. Setting out by catamaran, snacks and drinks will be available on board throughout the activity. The golf assistant will give a demonstration of how to perfect your golf swing and use volunteers to point out the most common errors. The balls used are ecological and biodegradable, breaking down into fish food once in the water. Apart from driving practice there is also special matting on deck for putting practice.
Swing & Sea represents a novel twist to a traditional activity.
At your next cocktail party why not employ giant mechanical ants as waiters? These curious metal ‘creatures’ are equipped with sensors that detect movement and can circulate through the group. Their backs are covered with delicious tapas on sticks. This is a fascinating blend of moving artwork, impressive technology and a novel way to serve food – guaranteed as one of the major talking point of the evening.
The City of the Arts and Sciences is one of the most remarkable modern architectural treasures of Spain. Several of the buildings that make up the futuristic complex are suitable for group events. The Umbracle is a curious esplanade which was conceived as a botanical and sculpture garden. Now part of the Umbracle has been converted to offer a different kind of nightspot with Latin music a speciality while the venue also remains available and suitable for any outdoor celebration.
LEADERS AND HORSES
This is an innovative half or full-day activity that takes place in equestrian centre and is suitable for groups of between 6 to 25 people. It is built on the concept that horses are sensitive creatures with highly developed methods of communicating between each other and also picking up on human emotions and responding to them, whether the reaction is positive, negative, one of affection or even fear.
NORTH OF SPAIN: GALICIA
UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN SANTIAGO – THE BOTAFUMEIRO
The renowned “Camino de Santiago” (St James’ Trail) is the pilgrim’s trek or ‘way’ that has multiple traditional starting points but which all culminate in the magnificent cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Here, the Botafumeiro or censer, the vessel in which incense is burned and swung, is one of the largest in the world weighing 53 kilos and measuring 1.5 metres across, reaching speeds of over 40 miles per hour as it swings from a height of 20 metres above the congregation. It is an awe-inspiring ritual dating back to the 14th century and one that your group members can experience alongside the faithful and the recently arrived footsore pilgrims.
COSTA DE LA LUZ
JOURNEY IN THE STEPS OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
The Costa de la Luz is a magnificent unspoilt stretch of coastline that stretches between Huelva and Cadiz served by the airports of Faro and Seville. The hotel infrastructure (one property offers 1,200 rooms!) and activity possibilities (wineries, horse and bull ranches, etc.) make the area ideal for conference and incentive groups. It was from this coast that Christopher Columbus set off to discover the New World and a specialist tour traces his steps from the monastery in which he planned his first voyage, to replicas of his boats and then a visit to the tiny harbour from which he set sail. A themed gala dinner in the monastery would be the perfect way to complete a fascinating insight into the life of this intrepid explorer.
TENERIFE – CANARY ISLANDS
These mythical creatures, half human and half fish, have fuelled mankind’s imagination for centuries. Now is your chance to experience being a mermaid (or merman!). This is an activity best done in small groups of 5-12 people if done in a swimming pool or between 4 and 10 people in the sea.
A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING PILATES
The health benefits of Pilates are well documented and Paddle Surfing is becoming one of the most popular new aquatic sports. How about combining the two? Not the easiest of tasks but the expert instructors will ensure everyone has fun. At the very least, participants can appreciate some of the most amazing landmarks of the islands such as the cliffs of Los Gigantes.
SPECIAL VISIT – DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
Palma Cathedral is one of Spain’s iconic gothic buildings dating back to the 14th century. New possibilities have now opened up to exclusive groups for special visits including a private tour followed by a cocktail party in a secluded courtyard. The roof terraces of the cathedral have been closed to the public since the 1960s but we now can arrange access to them for spectacular views over the city and a close-up appreciation of architectural features such as the flying buttresses and the world’s biggest Gothic rose window.
A brand new 5-star property built from scratch just 1.5 km from the beach of Canyamel and a 90 minute drive from Palma and the airport. The Park Hyatt Mallorca has 142 beautifully appointed bedrooms and 8 meeting rooms. Opened in April 2016! The new ‘in’ place to be!
PURO BEACH ILLETAS
Illetas is a stylish resort just 15 minutes from Palma. The Puro Beach is restaurant and bar with a large terrace overlooking the sea and just 50 metres from a fine sandy beach. The views are spectacular and the location exudes modern sophistication with its predominantly white decor.