Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel, Barcelona

For a short city break, a hotel’s location is always the most important factor for me, and the Yurbban Hotels easily tick that box. Yurbban Trafalgar (3 star) and Yurbban Passage (4 star) are found next door to each other in the central Catalonia region of Barcelona, a lively part of town with lots of nearby restaurants and bars.

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We were staying at the slick Yurbban Trafalgar, the more casual of the two hotels, housed in a former textile factory. There are 56 rooms (and one suite) of varying sizes, the terrace rooms are the most desirable with outdoor space to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.

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Our Yurbban Double room had everything we needed for a short stay. The room was decorated in a pretty grey with accents of mustard yellow. Filament lightbulbs hang from the ceiling and the wooden furniture is all handcrafted. We found the double bed very comfortable and loved the large window overlooking the city, which also ensured we had plenty of fresh air and daylight whenever we wanted it.

The small adjacent shower room had a powerful shower and toilet, while the sink and mirror was located in the bedroom.

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Breakfast is served each morning in the hotel’s ground floor restaurant. A simple buffet of fruit, pastries and charcuterie is available, along with a menu of hot a la carte options. There is no room service at the hotel but the staff are happy for you to take your breakfast up to enjoy in your bedroom, if you wish.

Undoubtably the hotel’s main attraction is the rooftop terrace and bar. Found on the top (eighth) floor of the building, with panoramic views and a small pool, it is a blissful place to hang out when the weather is good.

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When you wish to go and explore the city you can borrow one of the hotel’s stylish Finna bicycles, an easy way to see the surrounding sites. Yurbban Trafalgar has everything you need for a simple city break, but should you want something a bit more luxe I suggest heading to the stylish Yurbban Passage Hotel nextdoor.

Book a stay at Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel here.

Etrusco Restaurant, Corfu

Corfu is not known for its fine dining options, most of the time you’ll be eating sharing meze platters and feasting on simple seafood on this charming Greek island. Etrusco breaks the mould, offering an extraordinary gastronomic experience which has garnered awards and accolades including Greece’s top gourmet gong at the 2018 “Toques d’Or” (Golden Caps) awards.

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The celebrated Mediterranean eatery is run by the Italian-Corfiot Botrini family, with owner and executive chef Ettore Botrini running the show with flair and creativity. The exclusive restaurant is tucked away on the Eastern coastline of the island, a leafy and romantic al fresco dining room, a destination restaurant despite its lack of sea views.

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Throughout the meal at Estrusco the sommelier paired our food with immaculately chosen glasses of wine. It was particularly lovely to taste some wonderful Greek wines, some of which are made on the island of Corfu. Each course was carefully thought through, with some dishes paired with beer or sweeter wine.

Etrusco Restaurant

Estrusco guests can choose between the a la carte menu or a tasting menu of restaurant favourites. We were treated to a long and exciting tasting menu… the evening was an elaborate performance of bold plate presentations and culinary inventions from start to finish.

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Chef Ettore Botrini illustrates his flawless technique and wild imagination in his unusual flavour pairings. “Terra Misu” was a beautiful dish with different textures of mushrooms, mimicking the famous Italian dessert.

The seafood creations were brilliantly unique, “Swordfish Carpaccio with Corfiot neratzosalata (orange salad) and turmeric” was a well executed and beautifully balanced dish, showcasing the finest fresh fish. “King Prawns with strawberry vinegar” was also an intriguing but satisfyingly fresh dish, perfect in the sweltering Corfu heat.

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For me, it was some of the more classic dishes that really wow-ed. Homemade tagliatelle with a deep earthy mushroom sauce topped with decadent shavings of black truffle was exemplary. A creamy rich delight that I would have happily made the journey for alone.

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For dessert we sampled a trio of delights. Most dramatic perhaps was the “Impermanence – wild strawberries with vanilla, port and meringue”, a seriously sweet pudding with hints of welcome acidity, topped with a scattering of bright pink meringue matchsticks. We also tried the beautiful “Mont Blanc fava beans Santorini” an ode to the iconic dessert made with Corfiot kumquats and fig.

For a special meal on Corfu island, Estrusco is truly the only place to go. A brilliant experience that any food obsessive will love.

More information and book a table at Estrusco here.

Domes Miramare, Corfu

Domes Miramare shows off the best of Corfu all within one immaculate, stylish hotel. Situated on the island’s eastern coast, the elegant establishment was originally built for the Onassis family in the 1960s and was only recently renovated and reopened.

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Domes Miramare is without a doubt the most luxurious hotel on the island and the grand entrance offers the perfect introduction. When we arrived we were stunned by the views, the dramatic architecture (designed around the existing ancient trees) and the lovely twinkling of a baby grand piano.

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Each room is more dramatic than the next and I particularly loved this room, for enjoying a coffee or snack. Every area of the hotel very much has its own character and atmosphere thanks to the careful curation of furniture and artwork.

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There is a wide range of room options to suit every need and budget. Double rooms start from £232 but you can indulge in a top Pavilion Suite or even a Private Villa which have more space, privacy and also give you access to an exclusive lounge with food, drinks and private sun loungers.

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We were very comfortable in our Emerald retreat sea view room. The pristine white room felt very in tune with the surroundings, with some touches of contrasting blue and green. In the bedroom there was a King sized bed, decadently large tv and a small table (kindly complete with a bottle of chilled champagne).

The bathroom was small but well designed, with a powerful shower and great toiletries from cult Swedish brand Byredo.

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The tranquil Soma spa is tucked away in a quieter area of the property. The spa uses Elemis products for their revitalising and relaxing treatments, and we experienced the wonderful effects of these with a full body massage. The hotel also runs fitness classes in the olive groves for guests most mornings.

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When it’s time to pull yourself away from the pool for a bite to eat there are plenty of tempting options. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day at Makris, the main restaurant, but guests can also enjoy sushi and sake at the Raw Bar or meze snacks at the beach bar.

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The food is inspired by Corfiot cuisine and I was very impressed by the sophisticated finesse and high standard, considering the casual style of food you find elsewhere on the island. Both nights we indulged in three courses from the extensive a la carte menu which included treats like Feta stuffed courgette flowers and Local lamb with delicately cooked vegetables.

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Most guests spend their days enjoying the peace by the sea or beautiful hotel pool, but if you do feel like venturing out, I can highly recommend a trip on the hotel’s boat, Miramaretta. The boat goes to and from Corfu old town port four times a day and is the perfect excuse to go and see some charming Venetian architecture in this UNESCO World Heritage city.

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Domes Miramare illustrates all the wonder and serenity of the most special parts of Corfu, while also offering guests all the luxurious amenities they could wish for on an indulgent and special holiday.

Book a stay at Domes Miramare with Mr & Mrs Smith here.

I was a guest of Domes Miramare.