Barcelona has it all. It has a rich heritage, easily explored on foot, and excellent beaches that glisten alongside the Spanish Mediterranean shore. It is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of the 20th century avant-garde buildings, not to mention the cuisine is world renowned. Eating well is an important part of the daily life, enjoying the local bounties of land and sea.

The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona - This luxury 120-room hotel is discreetly tucked along the upscale Paseo de Gracia near the artist’s own masterful Casa Batlló. Located in a former bank building (notice the old safe-deposit boxes in the aptly named Banker’s Bar), the hotel captures your imagination with its stylized interior, clean lines and bold use of white, black and beige. Guestrooms are open and airy with an Asian flair, while Moments, the signature two-Michelin-star restaurant, serves imaginative Catalan fare by Carme Ruscalleda, the world’s only female chef who has been awarded seven Michelin stars.