Inspiration Destinations Europe A Perfect Day at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona 

A Perfect Day at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona 


Start with a sumptuous breakfast before laying by the pool and hitting the spa before dinner: this is your day at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.

Nothing beats a summer holiday exploring Barcelona’s cobbled alleyways, marvelling at Gaudi’s masterpieces and finding late-night fiestas before winding back to a well-appointed room on Passeig de Gracia. It’s here that Mandarin Oriental Barcelona prides itself on immersing guests into the heart of Catalan culture. Awarded four stars by Forbes Travel Guide 2023, and housing a five-star spa and two Michelin Star restaurant, this is exclusive city oasis is the only place you’ll want to start and end your day. 

Read on to discover more.

Ready to escape? Book your Mandarin Oriental Barcelona stay here.

Wake up in your luxury suite

Greet each morning from the peaceful cocoon of a Mandarin Junior Suite. If you can pull yourself from the cloud-like heaven of the goose-down king bed, rise to wrap yourself in one of the soft terry robes provided. Call your butler to bring coffee while you pull a bath or freshen up in the rainforest shower. Then stream some Paco de Lucía over built-in Bang & Olufsen speakers and let the warm timbre of Spanish guitar set the day’s tone as you gaze out on the action along Passeig de Gracia below.

Fuel yourself with a hearty breakfast

Head downstairs for breakfast at Blanc and let the bright, white light streaming through skylights uplift you. Its delicious a la carte menu features fresh fruits, organic yoghurt, freshly baked pastries, eggs and bagels as well as traditional Catalan dishes like comforting Spanish tortilla omelettes. Then it’s time to head out for a day of sightseeing – colourful Casa Batllo is just up the street, and you mustn’t miss Sagrada Familia or the famous Picasso Museum. 

Recharge at the luxury spa 

To cure weary feet after returning along La Rambla, an indulgent session at The Mandarin Oriental spa is in order. There’s a wide range of treatment options – masseuses can ease your energy meridians during an Oriental Qi treatment, or let therapists attend to you during one of their 2-hour personalised Time Rituals™. You can equally while away hours in the stunning indoor pool or burn extra energy at the cutting-edge gym. 

Savour a memorable meal

Head upstairs and dress for dinner – there’s no need to leave the comfort of your hotel for a truly remarkable meal. With choice of six world-class restaurants and bars, it might be hard to make a selection. We recommend booking a table at Moments. Boasting two Michelin stars and managed by Chef Carme Ruscalleda, who is arguably one of the most famous in the country, this fine dining room will bring you to a state of bliss, surrounded by delicate gold and amber decor while you savour sensual Catalan flavours with a contemporary twist. 

Toast the day with a tipple

Watch the sunset from rooftop Terrat, whose alfresco setting offers 360-degree views of the city. With a soothing digestif in hand, this is the ideal place to enjoy a balmy summer’s eve. For those seeking a more sultry setting, head downstairs to Banker’s Bar. It’s eye-catching touches, like authentic safety deposit boxes lining the walls and ceiling, pay homage to the property’s history as a bank building in a rich way.  

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