Madrid offers luxury experiences too. Eat out in a restaurant awarded three Michelin stars or drive a Ferrari in a city where you can treat yourself in style.
Madrid has some world-class restaurants like DiverXO, run by chef David Muñoz, Óscar Velasco’s Santceloni, La Terraza del Casino, managed by Paco Roncero or Kabuki, owned by sushiman Ricardo Sanz, to name but a few.
Wellness and spas
In Madrid, you can pamper yourself in a spa or a wellness centre. Within walking distance of both the business district and the luxury stores in Barrio de Salamanca, the Occidental Miguel Ángel Hotel is great to have a relaxing break from your shopping spree, while the spa at the Elysium NH Eurobuilding, in the Castellana district, is another good choice for relaxation.
The Senator Gran Vía 70 Spa Hotel is home to Acquaplaya, a high-end spa that offers fabulous water therapies and a range of relaxing and beauty treatments. If you’re looking for something more exotic, visit the Hammam Al Ándalus Madrid; you’ll travel to the past to enjoy an amazing Arab bath experience.
Cocktail bars and a Ferrari
Would you fancy a drink? Head for one of the many cool cocktail bars in Madrid, like El Cock, Del Diego or 1912 Museo Bar, at The Westin Palace, well-known for making dry martinis that pleased one of the hotel’s most famous guests, Ernest Hemingway. The American writer refers to the bar inside The Westin Palace at the end of his novel Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises).
Open since 1931, Museo Chicote isn’t just one more cocktail bar in Madrid: it’s an icon. Its interior, taking you back to the 1930s, saw the likes of Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Bette Davis or Frank Sinatra sip its superb cocktails.
La Terraza at the DRY Cosmopolitan Bar by Javier de las Muelas, in the Gran Meliá Fénix Hotel, offers a range of magnificent cocktails. One of them is the so-dubbed ‘Carnyvore’, made with Szechuan button buds and served in a carnivore flower half covered with brown sugar, all arranged in a glass – an exquisitely rendered, avant-garde cocktail.
And to top it all off, luxury lovers will adore driving a Ferrari at breakneck speed in the safe environment of the Circuito del Jarama speedway.
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