The 21 Best Beach Hotels in Spain

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real

Spain has long been a magnet for sun-seekers. With long stretches of varied coastline from soft yellow-sand beaches to beautiful craggy shores, whether you are a sunbather, surfer or ambler there is something for everyone here. The hotel options are, therefore, unsurprisingly good but the abundance can make choosing the best beach hotel in Spain for you quite a task! Our hotel experts have selected the cream of the crop, from small, intimate spa hotels and trendy beachside boutiques to sprawling high-tech party hotels and charming owner-managed stays. So why not browse through our collection to start planning your next break?

For families

Hotel Punta Sur

  • Hotel Punta Sur is a Moorish style boutique by the beach. Perfect for families, boasting views of the golden African shoreline, the chic interiors are defined by frescoed walls, and the vibe is laid-back. Family rooms sleep up to 6 and there's tennis, a small nearby lake, a pool in the shade of palms, and dinner is a candlelit affair in the garden.
  • Truman Capote finished his famous novel, 'In Cold Blood', in one of the glamorous sea-view suites found in Hotel Trias. A good old fashioned seaside hotel with two restaurants, a swimming pool, slap-bang on the promenade, the nautical-chic rooms are spacious and family-orientated.
  • Hotel Balandret offers airy and elegant rooms right on the beach. With views of the garden or sea, the interiors are stylish and modern while the multi-room suites are perfect for families. Complete with a Kids Club and restaurant terrace on the promenade, this property has it all.
  • A golf, spa and beach resort rolled into one, Marbella Club was founded by a prince, so expect nothing less than complete indulgence. One of Spain's best luxury beach hotels for families, there's a Kids Club, 5 restaurants to choose from, and even horse riding facilities. The private villas sleep up to 8 - perfect for a family break.
  • There's something for everyone at Barcelo Formentor. Smaller than the mega resorts, there's a quiet intimacy to this tropical idyll: the rooms are elegant yet homely, with artisinal flourishes and nautical splashes. Plus it's family-orientated with options for babysitting plus a games room, 2 pools, tennis courts, boat hire, countless restaurants and private beachfront cabanas.

For value chic

La Caleta Bay

  • Chic, light and airy rooms are found at La Caleta Bay, one of the cheapest beach hotels in Spain. It's a small, quiet and intimate setting, armed with a cool beachside restaurant and spacious whitewashed rooms with balconies affording gorgeous views of the sea. Perfect for a lazy beach holiday.
  • Hotel Tamariu exhibits the kind of authentic charm that we feel far outshines the mega resorts. Owned and managed by the same family since 1930, it's a hair's breadth from the beach and has a sumptuous seafood restaurant. The rooms are simple, nautical-chic affairs, truly snug, and the vibe is laid-back.

For a romantic escape

Hotel Gran Ray

  • Hotel Gran Rey enjoys premier beach access. Flanked by craggy mountains and surrounded by a lush green valley, the location is spectacular. The rooms are elegant and warm, flushed with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the rooftop pool - and its cocktail bar - are a wonderful addition.
  • Romantic, simple and charming Cap Vermell Beach Hotel sits right on the beach. One of the best of Spain's beach hotels for couples, you can soak in the hot tub overlooking the sea, sip local wine at the bar, or sample fresh fish in the restaurant.
  • Melbeach Hotel is a lovely choice for couples. This adults-only beachfront boutique has minimal chic rooms. Unwind in the spa, bathe in the hot tub with your significant other, or head down to the beach - it's just a stone's throw away!
  • Hotel Puente Romano is built in the style of an Andulasian village. Boasting its own private beach, it's great for families because it's intimate and exclusive. Complete with all the luxury trimmings including tennis courts, countless restaurants, and a yacht for hire - there is hardly a need to leave.
  • Couples love Hotel Playa Sol because it's primed for relaxation. The rooms have a seaside-chic feel. The restaurant and bar are delightful, and you can relax in the pool, enjoy a spot of tennis (or table tennis) or soak in the hot tub.

For the spa


  • Gecko Hotel & Beach Club replenishes the soul. This small, luxury hotel caters to those wanting a spa break in Spain by the beach. With a pampering spa, healthy food and a white sand beach - it really ticks all the boxes. The rooms are bare, white, and minimalist with plenty of glass and modern art - a restful, quiet, gem by the sea.

For the nightlife

Beach Hotel Arte Vida

  • For a cool, colourful and comfortable beach hotel in Spain, the Beach Hotel Arte Vida is a fun choice. Funky, upbeat, ideal for families or groups of friends, it's got its own surf club and nightly DJ. Plus Tarifa Beach is Europe's best beach for kite surfing. The rooms are chic and colourful, and the restaurant is a treat.
  • W Barcelona is a trendy resort for partygoers. The beachfront, Burj-like building is a den of restaurants, terrace bars and elegant, chic rooms, with a definite youthful vibe. While the spa will cure any aches and pains from a big night!

For an eco-hotel

Eco Finca de Arrieta

  • Eco Finca de Arrieta is just a short stroll to the golden sand beach and a great choice for an eco family break. Stay in either the eco-tower or one of the marble-floored yurts - all powered by the sun and wind. Kids will love the trampoline and on-site donkey, while parents can enjoy relaxing in the spa.
  • One of Europe's most eco-friendly hotels, and certainly one of Spain's best beach hotels, Hostal Empuries sits quietly in picture perfect cove in the shadow of Roman ruins. The interiors are sleek and modern while the atmosphere is undeniably sophisticated. Offering a bar, two pools, an extensive spa and several restaurants, it's a haven of relaxation.

For luxury

Bahia Del Duque

  • A fairytale village with subtropical gardens tumbling down a hillside, all turrets and towers, Bahia Del Duque offers unabashed luxury and is one of the most deluxe beach hotels in Spain. This glittering 5-star resort has everything you need: whale-watching and waterskiing, tennis and horseriding, not to mention an extensive spa and 8 restaurants to choose from. Book a boutique villa for an intimate stay (and a private pool).
  • Ritz Carlton Abama is an apricot-coloured Moorish-style building staring out over the Atlantic. Widely considered the best hotel in Tenerife, it's a truly indulgent stay. From the plush colonial-style rooms and the two Michelin-starred restaurant to the championship golf course and the deluxe spa, it'll pamper you silly. The golden, secluded beach and private balconies make it one of Spain's most romantic beach hotels.
  • A delectable 5-star on the beach, Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real emanates the decadence of a sultan's palace: the ornate, beachside-chic rooms open out to lovely private balconies with views of the sea. Relax in the cocktail bar, go dolphin spotting, unwind in the 3000m spa, or swim in the sea.

For a boutique

Hotel Minister

  • Techy, minimalist, monochrome rooms await you at Hotel Minister, a sleek boutique by the sea. Relax in the pool, dine at the seafood restaurant, soak in the hot tub and unwind in the spa. One of Spain's most romantic beachfront hotels, book a luxury suite with a terrace for true intimacy (and gorgeous views).

Still not sure where to book?

  • Hotel Punta Sur Tarifa 34 rooms from £112

    Restaurant  -  In the evenings the garden becomes an atmospheric, candlelit restaurant with tables dottted amongst the palm trees
    Tennis  -  Play a game on the on-site outdoor court. Racquets can be borrowed from reception
    Swimming Pool  -  Huge outdoor pool feature a large shallow end that is ideal for children
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Contemporary, laid-back, beachside hotel with views of Africa. Spacious rooms and suites with direct garden access, tennis court, small lake, large pool surrounded by palm trees and an array of sporting activities. Ideal for families. See More

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  • La Caleta Bay La Herradura, Andalucía 20 rooms from £78

    Beach Life  -  Situated just steps from a glorious stretch of beach and offering lovely sea views.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the The 16th-century Moorish castle, San José Church and Plaza Nueva.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A modern hotel located directly on La Herradura's pristine beach. Rooms are light and bright with floor to ceiling windows, wooden floors, white washed walls and crisp white linen. Sunny terraces are the perfect spot to unwind. A chic beach side stay. See More

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  • Hotel Trias Costa Brava 82 rooms from £67

    Beach Life  -  Beside the sea and in easy driving distance of the unspoilt beaches along the coast
    Great walks  -  Explore some of the various marked walking trails along the coastline before taking a refreshing dip in the sea
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the charming streets of the historic old town
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
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    A fine hotel on the beach promenade with a pretty pool surrounded by loungers, and two charming restaurants. Stylish interiors are furnished elegantly and feature warm tones, wooden floorboards and bold fabrics while the large minimal-chic rooms have four posters. A great pied-a-terre for families. See More

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  • Hotel Gran Rey Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera 99 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Located right on the beachfront, it's perfect for exploring the sleepy town of La Puntilla and the surrounding coastline.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the great walking trails in the nearby Parque Nacional de Garajonay.
    Local markets  -  Explore the local market at La Puntilla, and pick up some yummy regional treats.
    Tennis  -  Enjoy a relaxed game of tennis on the hotel's private court.
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    Hugging the west coast shoreline of La Gomera, Hotel Gran Rey exudes serenity and tranquility. With stunning ocean views, comfortable rooms and two swimming pools, it's perfect for a romantic break. Enjoy cocktails at the pool bar and delicious Canarian cuisine. A soothing, seaside gem. See More

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  • Beach Hotel Arte Vida Tarifa 11 rooms from £74

    Watersports  -  Tarifa beach is the best for kitesurfing in Europe.
    Lively  -  The hotel is Tarifa's hot spot for surfers.
    Active Holiday  -  The hotel has its own surf centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Roman Ruins of Baelio Claudia, Tangiers only 40 mins away.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    One of the liveliest and most sporting spots in Tarifa. A funky hotel on the beach front with its own surf club, nightly DJ, and charming rooms. A hotspot for sports enthusiasts and families. See More

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  • Eco Finca de Arrieta Arrieta, Lanzarote 12 rooms from £87

    Families  -  The group accommodation and self-catering suites are ideal for families, plus playground and trampoline for the kids.
    Eco break  -  Eco-friendly destination, completely off the grid powered by wind turbines and solar panels.
    Beach Life  -  Just 300m from a golden sandy beach
    Kayaking  -  A nearby watersports specialist offers sea kayak safari's, a totally new way to explore the coast.
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    Relaxed family-friendly eco escape. One can either stay in the eco tower, an eco villa or one of the magnificent marble-floored yurts surrounded by mango, banana and lime groves. The plethora of activities and proximity to the beach make it ideal for families or groups. See More

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  • Hotel Balandret Valencia 21 rooms from £94

    Families  -  With a kids club and excellent multi-person suites, it's ideal for a family holiday to Valencia.
    Beach Life  -  A stunning beach-chic proerty standing right on the seafront of Las Arenas Beach.
    Great walks  -  Lovely walking in the nearby Jardí de Túria Gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the fabulous Covento de Santo Domingo.
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    A stylish modern hotel facing onto Las Arenas Beach in Valencia. The elegant rooms are comfortable and spacious with many offering excellent Mediterranean sea vistas. Well suited to families with young children. See More

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  • Hotel Playa Sol Cadaqués 49 rooms from £95

    Views  -  Views both over the Med and the village
    Beach Life
    Restaurant  -  Garden restaurant open in the summer months for lunch only.
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    A lovely seaside hotel in the bay of Cadaques. Smart nautical rooms and apartments with lots of natural light, white washed walls and private balconies. Good restaurant, stunning views, excellent value. An ideal beach holiday for families, friends, and couples. See More

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  • Hotel Tamariu Tamariu, Costa Brava 17 rooms from £95

    Beach Life
    Value chic
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
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    Fantastic sea front hotel with crisp nautical themed rooms and an excellent fish restaurant. Excellent value and perfectly positioned for a beach holiday. Low key, family friendly, and lots of activities around. See More

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  • Hostal Empuries l'Escala, Costa Brava 53 rooms from £96

    Spa breaks  -  Empuries Spa is a fabulous relaxation area with pool, steam bath, sauna, Thermal Suites, and wide range of pampering treatments
    Families  -  Family rooms.
    Beach Life
    Eco break
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    One of Europe's most eco friendly resorts. Original Greco Roman ruins meet sleek modern design. Various rooms suit families, couples and groups. Two excellent restaurants, top notch spa, and plenty to do on the beach and around. See More

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  • Hotel Puente Romano Marbella 183 rooms from £347

    Spa breaks  -  The Six Senses Spa offers a range of treatments, therapies and facilities which aim to refresh body and mind
    Beach Life
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Grand Andalucian luxury set on the sands of Spain’s Costa del Sol. Beautiful sunny rooms and suites have white washed walls, parquet floors, creamy furnishings and private balconies. Many restaurants, tennis courts, Six Senses spa, private beach and kids club. Perfect for beach life. See More

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  • Marbella Club Marbella 81 rooms from £668

    Spa breaks  -  Holistic wellbeing is all here! A naturopath, nutritionist & fitness expert give personal advice alongside meditation and more
    Private villas  -  Especially suitable for families or those seeking absolute privacy. Villa El Cortijo sleeps 8 and boasts a private pool
    Traditional  -  A quintessential Marbella resort — established by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe in 195
    Beach Life  -  Situated right on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Beach Club here is legendary!
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

    A golf, spa and beach resort that offers a unique experience. Elegant in its classic style and luxurious with its outstanding facilities. Located in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. An oasis of relaxation for families or those seeking something princely. See More

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  • W Barcelona Barcelona 473 rooms from £449

    City Style  -  Designed for the young and trendy, guests can enjoy the hip roof top pool, superb cocktails, and live DJ sets
    Architectural  -  Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill
    On the beach  -  Direct access to the beach
    Restaurant  -  Fire is a grill restaurant while Salt serves Mediterranean fare
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    A slice of contemporary chic out on the peninsula of Barcelona. The Burj-like building on the beach front has spacious rooms and suites with floor to ceiling windows and state of the art high techery. Excellent facilities; gym, spa, terrace bar, restaurants, business centre. A youthful choice. See More

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  • Bahia Del Duque Costa Adeje 356 rooms from £436

    Families  -  Family heaven, with huge private villas, a playground, a pool and babysitting, as well as a range of bars and spa treatments.
    Foodies  -  Dine in the superb Michelin-starred Nub restaurant which merges Chilean, Italian and traditional Tinerfeño cuisine
    Beach Life  -  With direct private access to the whole of the Del Duque beach, on the most exclusive stretch of the Costa Adeje.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk through the extensive botanical gardens and down to the beach.
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    A stellar beachside resort that will cater to everyones needs with grace, style, and aplomb. All the creature comforts of a five-star hotel including deluxe private villas and eight restaurants set on six hectares of incredible subtropical gardens. A seaside stunner. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton Abama Guía de Isora, Tenerife 461 rooms from £352

    Foodies  -  The hotel offers ten restaurants with MB having two michelin stars, and the Japanese Kabuki has been awarded one michel star.
    Hideaway  -  A secluded clifftop property overlooking a banana plantation and the neighbouring island of La Gomera.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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    A spectacular, Moorish-inspired five-star resort overlooking the Atlantic. Plush Colonial-style rooms with private balconies and pampering en suites. The hotel covers all the bases with ten restaurants, a deluxe spa, a championship golf course and much more. An opulent escape. See More

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  • Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa Corralejo 242 rooms from £283

    Total relaxation  -  The ultimate chilled out sun holiday, sitting right on the beach with deluxe suites, an extensive spa and impeccable service.
    Foodies  -  Foodie heaven with six restaurants to choose from, including the award-winning La Cúpula de Carles Gaig.
    Beach Life  -  Direct access to a beautiful golden sandy beach
    Fishing  -  Sea fishing trips can be organised by the hotel.
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    A stellar five-star resort right on the beach in Corralejo. All the creature comforts of a top hotel including luxurious suites, six restaurants, a 3000 metres squared spa and a vibrant cocktail bar. Relax on the beach or go out to sea dolphin spotting. A sublime seaside spot. See More

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  • Hotel Minister 07108 Port de Sóller 23 rooms from £144

    Local exploring  -  With a privileged location on the coast, this hotel makes a great base for local exploring in north-east Mallorca
    Beach Life  -  Located on the seafront, a stone's throw from nearby sandy beaches, this hotel is perfect for a seaside getaway
    Romantic Break  -  Book a luxury suite with sea views for added romance on your next couples' getaway
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful natural landscape on a long walk; Sóller offers many local trails
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    This sleek, seafront hotel is located in Puerto de Sóller, Mallorca. Bright, contemporary suites feature monochromatic design broken up by bold splashes of colour; book a luxury room for a private terrace with sea views. Relax by the pool before dining in the seafood restaurant; a chic seaside stay. See More

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  • Melbeach Hotel Canyamel (Mallorca) 32 rooms from £191

    Local markets  -  Explore the local daily markets
    Diving  -  Can be organised at the hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Cuevas de Arta
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
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    Just a stones throw from the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, this adults only hotel has modern, elegant accommodation with beautiful sea views. Enjoy the hotel's fine dining restaurant and trendy chill out terrace. Plenty of activities nearby as well as a hotel spa and fitness suite. See More

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  • Barcelo Formentor Port de Pollença, Mallorca 122 rooms from £304

    Beach Life  -  But a few steps from your own private beach
    Sailing  -  Hire a small catamaran
    Tennis  -  Five tennis courts
    Swimming Pool  -  Two Swimming Pools
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    An idyllic beach resort with tropical gardens, two swimming pools and private cabanas on the beach area. Bedrooms are spacious and many have balconies with sea views. With a choice of restaurants, plenty of activities, tennis courts and beauty treatments - there is something for all the family. See More

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  • Gecko Hotel & Beach Club Formentera 30 rooms from £275

    Beach Life  -  Situated on the island famed for powder white sand beaches.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    A small luxury hotel located on a beautiful stretch of beach. Accommodation is light and contemporary with minimalist furniture, lots of glass and modern artworks. Yoga classes are held each morning, healthy food served in the restaurant, a chic outdoor bar and fabulous spa. Utterly spoiling. See More

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Written by Edmund Wise

posted Wednesday, 30th September 2020