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Five-Star Gran Lujo Hotels in Andalucia
Andalucia has 15 five-star Gran Lujo (GL) hotels in Malaga, Cadiz, Granada and Sevilla
Gran Lujo means Grand Luxury and represents a level of service and facilities in excess of the five-star rating. Some hotels around the world use the term "six-star" to denote an establishment which is another level above a five-star.
In Andalucia, the hotel star-rating system is overseen by the Consejeria de Turismo y Deporte of the Junta de Andalucia (regional government's Ministry of Tourism and Sport) and has remained largely unchanged since 1984. Read More>
A Gran Lujo classification is only for five-star hotels that have been "declared Gran Lujo by the Consejería de Turismo y Deporte for exceptional conditions with respect to their installations, equipment and service". The 2010 revised legislation stated that the Consejería de Turismo y Deporte would establish the conditions for Gran Lujo, but this has never been done. This makes it difficult for the hotel industry to plan, build a new five star GL hotel.
Industry issues aside, we list below the 15 current five-star GL hotels in Andalucia. One or two, in our humble opinion, do not merit inclusion, and there are some apparent omissions. Please also check our famous hotels in Andalucia listing for the region's most iconic establishments..
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Set in the Old Town district of Jerez de la Frontera, Hotel Casa Palacio María Luisa is 800 m from Jerez Cathedral. Providing a restaurant, the property also has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a garden.
One of Spain's most prestigious hotels, Hotel Alfonso XIII is located close to Seville’s Real Alcazares (Royal Palace). It offers an outdoor swimming pool in a lush garden, gym and typical courtyard with fountain, as well as several restaurants and bars. Rooms are individually decorated. Read more
This enchanting hotel in the very heart of Andalucia combines elegance and tranquility. Located in countryside near village of Loja (Granada province) on a magnificent private country estate, it is built in the style of a traditional Andalucian palace. The hotel is surrounded by extensive grounds with breathtaking views of the unspoilt countryside. Read more
This outstanding luxury hotel and spa, with its own championship golf course, is a five-minute drive from Bahía de Casares Beach at the western end of the Coasta del Sol. It features two outdoor pools and a private beach club with an infinity pool, restaurant and bar. Read more
This classy beachfront hotel is an institution in Andalucia's most glamorous beach resort, with a fascinating history and a cachet other establishments would kill for.
A grand Italianate palace decorated in classical style, with an elegant and exclusive air which attracts many other celebrities including Michelle Obama who stayed in 2010. Located between Marbella and Estepona. Read More
Set in an Andalusian palace, this luxury hotel on the Cadiz coast offers a free spa, a large outdoor pool and direct access to La Barrosa Beach, Sancti Petri, Chiclana, Cadiz. Each elegant, spacious room includes a furnished terrace. Beautiful marble courtyard with arches and fountains. Various restaurants are situated in the patio and gardens, including buffet and à la carte options. Read more
This sumptuous historic hotel, located on the Malaga beachfront, has been completely restored, and reopened in 2017 with 200 rooms. Five gastronomic spaces offer a variety of eating options, and there’s a spa and semi-heated pool. Read more
A 16th-century Renaissance building in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-recognised town of Ubeda in Jaen province, this palace hotel opened in 2015. The style blends classic and contemporary, with an underground spa, and a rooftop swimming pool offering fabulous views, and gourmet restaurant. Read more
Hotel Mercer Sevilla; a 21st-century design icon with contemporary European furniture in a converted mansion designed by renowned Sevillano architects Cruz y Ortiz, this mega-luxe hotel has just 12 luxurious rooms with all tech mod-cons. Read More
This hotel is named after a Roman bridge, which is at the centre of its lush grounds. On Marbella's Golden Mile, the Puente Romano boasts nine bars and restaurants, including Japanese and Italian. Read More
Gran Meliá Don Pepe is located on the Marbella seafront. It offers three outdoor pools in gardens and a spa. Luxurious room have large plasma-screen TVs and views of the sea, hotel gardens, or mountains. Heated indoor pool and gym. Grill restaurant specialising in steak, and Mediterranean and barbecue specialties. Read more
Kempinski Hotel Bahía is set on the beachfront in Estepona and offers views of the Mediterranean, just 20 minutes’ drive from Marbella. It features three outdoor swimming pools, gardens and a spa. Rooms are luxurious and feature a balcony or terrace. Read more
At this stylish hotel located 500 m from beach in a quiet area of east Marbella,. you can enjoy an outdoor pool, beach club, rooms with balconies or terrace, and free Wi-Fi. State-of-the-art spa centre. Daily buffet breakfast including champagne in the poolside Flamingo restaurant, with El Corzo offering à la carte service. Shuttle service to La Cabane Beach Club. Read more
This luxury beach front hotel is located just west of Estepona, on the Costa del Sol. It offers a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and elegant rooms with sea view and a private balcony or terrace. Read more