Barcelona and the Mediterranean: The stress reliever

Stress is one of the most serious diseases of the 21st century: from it are derived other more serious pathological problems that can significantly reduce the quality of life of people. Stop, take you time, take a breath. Infact breathing and finding oneself is vital not to fall into the black hole of stress.

The responsibilities must be taken seriously, concentrating on what we do at any moment without thinking about what we are going to do next. Step by step, one thing at a time, facing the challenges. Never leave things to the end or until the last moment.

So, if you have a business trip pending in Barcelona, ​​do not postpone it anymore. The city is one of the best places to say goodbye to stress without having to postpone your challenges or the more pressing tasks. Here, in this ultra modern city, surrounded by art and sea, you can combine your hours of work with periods of disconnection that will help you recover the balance of body and mind without a lot effort. Its Mediterranean is the key: to be able to walk to the beach, sit down for a drink in the sun, or even, if you dare have the first bathe of the year.

There are destinations and then there are destinations but for both business and leisure, Barcelona and the Mediterranean have no competitors. Its waters are quieter than those of the Atlantic and guarantee a milder temperature and allows bathing from spring to autumn. Also, the city itself follows an unconventional rhythm. More leisurely than Madrid or any other European capital, it carries its dynamism with an enviable quality of life.

Its streets are friendly enough that you will want to go on endless walks, the beauty of its Ciutat Vella encourages you to walk aimlessly and activates the imagination and the artist in all of us. The plazas are always full of interesting conversations but it never reaches the bustle of a big city. It is as if the sun and sea breeze rule this city.

Gastronomy is another fundamental pillar to qualify the capital of the Mediterranean as an urban resort. The traditional pantry of a Barcelona kitchen is full of produce from the garden: vegetables and fruits… always combined with good fish and lean meats. The pastries are also always made with high quality local ingredients. Finally the breakfasts in Barcelona are the best example of a healthy breakfast: bread, oil, natural tomato and ham. Well, in fact, the pa amb tomaquet can be combined with almost everything.

The accommodation is a further guarantee for a relaxing break: there are hotels that are an authentic wellness centres, ideal as a complement to a week of business. Some of the most famous are Majestic Hotel & Spa or the Senator Barcelona Spa, which has an incredible rooftop with views across the city.

Other more modest hotels but of excellent quality and with services oriented to those seeking rest, health and wellness are the Petit Palace Boquería Garden, which has complete rooms, oriented towards the rest and relaxation of active travellers and offering a historic inner courtyard with a unique garden close to Ramblas. In the patio, they also serve rich breakfasts under the wonderful Mediterranean light of the city. The other is the Petit Palace Barcelona, ​​a hotel oriented towards business men, with neat rooms and bathrooms with hydromassage showers.

There is no better way to get around Barcelona, or more beneficial to your health for that matter, than the bicycle. The city is one of those cities where the cyclist is well protected and has plenty of lanes to travel round the Catalan capital with complete safety.

In Barcelona on the weekends, yoga, relaxation and meditation days are often organised in many of the centres. Also collective sports in parks, in the open air and which anyone can sign up to. Take the opportunity to sign up for one of these activities and you will return home feeling like new. Much better than you left.

Award-winning hotel

How fantastic is it to find out that the hotel you have been staying at for years has this year been crowned as one of the Best Hotels to stay at in Spain? It’s great news to hear, especially when you understand all the effort that goes into making the hotel excellent and when, over the years, you have got to know all the team, listened to all their stories, lives and background; it’s a pleasure to see them receive some recognition for all their efforts.


From all of us here we would like to give you a sincere welcome back and tell you how excited we are to see you all again for yet another year. What with the kids quickly growing up and becoming more rebellious but still with the same desire to enjoy summer in our favourite summer destination: Playa Garden Selection Hotel & Spa is our summer home, second home and, our workers: part of the family. We congratulate them on winning the Holiday Check Award that they so very much deserve, above all because the award isn’t given by any particular group or organisation, but by our loyal guests who trust us to leave the planning of their holiday in our capable hands.


The award takes into consideration our professionalism, creativity and ability to resolve any issue as quickly as possible; always accompanied by a sincere smile. A 10 for those who manage the cuisine, not only because of their use of local produce, but because of their ability to adapt quickly to any necessary requirements without complaint and also without sacrificing the quality of the end result. The pools, garden and spa can all be accessed directly from the hotel. Everything exceeds expectations, especially the personnel who look after the little ones, as the kids are really the ones you want to enjoy the holiday most.


To all the supervisors, chefs, receptionist, managers and everyone else who have helped us win this award, you have my sincere gratitude. Because I understand the effort it takes to remind yourselves that the customer is always right with all the criticism, complaints, mood swings forming part of the job you have to deal with. We’ve come to realise that it’s all worth it in the end, considering the award doesn’t mean perfection (because no-one and nothing is perfect!) but a clap on the back for those who are positive-thinking, motivated and represent our great values. All the names and faces that clients won’t see or know but those who contribute to their happy faces in holiday snaps.


I don’t know any other establishment than the Garden Hotels chain that has such a strong mark in Majorca but I’m sure that those who go to these kind of establishments have the same feeling as I do now: having found the ideal place for a well-deserved sun & beach holiday break is something I’ve truly missed during those long, cold winter working hours.