15 January 2019. If in 2018 the Barceló Hotel Group highlighted its focus on Morocco by adding three new hotels in Tangier, Agadir and Casablanca, it has kicked off 2019 with a new symbol of that commitment by investing €35 million to purchase the Barceló Palmeraie, a stunning 5-star resort with 252 rooms, located north of Marrakesh and adjacent to a famous 17-acre grove filled with olive and palm trees. The hotel group has also bought two pieces of land: one next to the resort for 120 additional rooms and the other only three kilometres from the city centre, where the Barceló Hotel Group plans to build a new 5-star hotel with 160 rooms.

Barceló Palmeraie







With this new project, the chain has expanded its offering in Morocco for a total of six hotels and 1,136 rooms located in some of the nation’s most important destinations such as Casablanca, Fez, Tangier, Agadir and now Marrakesh.

The Barceló Hotel Group’s current presence in Morocco:

Barceló Casablanca: 85 rooms
Barceló Fès Medina: 134 rooms
Barceló Tánger: 138 rooms
Allegro Agadir: 321 rooms
Barceló Anfa Casablanca 206 rooms
Barceló Palmeraie: 252 rooms
Total: 6 hotels and 1,136 rooms

Projects: The Barceló Palmeraie’s expansion with 120 new rooms and the construction of a new 5-star hotel with 160 rooms in Marrakesh.

Barceló Palmeraie, an exclusivo oasis in the Red City’s famous palm grove:

The area north of Marrakesh, in the heart of its renowned 17-hectare palm grove next to Palmeraie Golf course and only 11 kilometres from Marrakesh-Menara airport, is home to one of the most emblematic resorts in the region: Barceló Palmeraie. This spectacular 5-star establishment has 252 rooms and suites. It wins the hearts of visitors with its architecture inspired by ancient Moroccan palaces; the beauty of its impressive 140,000 square metres of gardens; two vast outdoor pools; and its refined culinary offering, which includes a select wine cellar, an elegant tea room and two exquisite restaurants, one specialised in Moroccan cuisine.







Barceló Palmeraie is a peaceful oasis that is perfect for family holidays thanks to the children’s facilities; for romantic getaways in which to enjoy the spacious rooms and fully-equipped wellness centre covering more than 500 square metres and featuring four treatment rooms, a hammam and a state-of-the-art gym; and for hosting all types of events in the resort’s 10 meeting rooms with space for up to 400 attendees.







Double room with breakfast included, starting at €85 a night

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London, November 2018:The Barceló Hotel Group is delighted to announce the opening of Barceló Anfa Casablanca in Morocco. This new five-star hotel is the groups second hotel in the city and fifth hotel in Morocco. It joins the existing hotels within the portfolio which include Barceló Fès Medina, Barceló Tánger, Allegro Agadir and Barceló Casablanca.

Barceló Anfa Casablanca








Located on Boulevard Anfa, in the heart of the economic hub of Casablanca, this 206 room hotel has an Art Deco design which reflects the splendour of the city through its warm colour scheme and geometric patterns. Designed with business and leisure guests in mind, the charming terrace and the outdoor swimming pool are the perfect places to relax and unwind after a morning spent exploring the city or a day spent in meetings. Guests will also love the 450 metre wellness centre which is fully equipped with a traditional hammam, steam room, gym and five treatment rooms.







When it comes to dining, guests can expect international cuisine with Moroccan, French and Mediterranean influence at Acajou restaurant, whilst lighter meals can be enjoyed at the outdoor Snack Bar, next to the swimming pool.

With seven multifunctional meeting rooms and a banquet room, which has a capacity to host up to 350 people, this state-of-the-art hotel is perfectly suited to accommodate events of all kinds.

Barceló Hotel Group’s Hotels in Morocco

Barceló Casablanca:  85 rooms
Barceló Fès Medina: 134 rooms
Barceló Tánger: 138 rooms
Allegro Agadir: 321 rooms
Barceló Anfa Casablanca: 206 rooms
Total: 5 Hotels and 884 rooms

Double room on a B&B basis from 163 euros.

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London, November 2018:Barceló Hotel Group is delighted to announce the opening of Barceló Istanbul today Monday 26 November. This latest addition will be the group’s third hotel in Turkey and it will sit alongside Occidental The Public and Occidental Pera Istanbul.

The modern and elegant five-star Barceló Istanbul is located in the Beyoglu district, next to the emblematic Taksim Square. With 270 spacious rooms and suites, a well-equipped fitness centre and MICE facilities, it is perfect for business and leisure guests alike.

Barceló Istanbul







The 1,500m2 wellness centre, on the eleventh floor, has two traditional Turkish hammams as well as a Roman hammam and sauna. The rooftop gym is the only one of its kind in the city. Here, guests can relax and unwind on the terrace which is home to two hydrotherapy baths. A range of beauty treatments and massages are also available.

The B-Heaven rooftop bar commands dramatic views of the city’s skyline and provides the perfect spot for exclusive parties and events. A programme of events will rotateon a monthly basis to attract guests and locals alike looking for something a little different.

For MICE guests, the hotel has four meeting rooms and an Executive Lounge with the capacity to host up to 600 people.








When it comes to dining, there are two restaurants and two bars, in addition to the Executive Lounge. Guests can expect a fusion of local cuisine paired with international gastronomical delights. The ‘B-LikEat’ healthy breakfast concept and ‘B-Locals’ concierge offering, whereby guests can be given tailor-made tours from locals, will also be availableat Barceló Istanbul.

Present of Barceló Hotel Group in Turkey

Occidental The Public: 52 rooms
Occidental Pera Istanbul: 60 rooms
Barceló Istanbul: 270 rooms
Total: 3 Hotels and 382 rooms

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London, November 2018:The Barceló Hotel Group is delighted to announce three winners from across their portfolio at the 2018Luxury Hotel Awards. These awards recognise the most exclusive hotels in the world. This year the awards celebrated their 13thanniversary and received more than 2,000 submissions. The winners were nominated by more than 300,000 people including consumers and worldwide professionals from within the industry.

Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, in Tenerife, has been named Europe’s Best New Luxury Hotel. Since its opening in February this year, the resort has been awarded severalaccolades including: ‘The Best Future Hospitality Building 2018’ at European Hospitality Awards; ‘Best New Luxury Spanish Hotel’ at World Travel Awards 2018 and ‘The Best Beach Hotel in Spain’ at Roca Hotel Awards.

Royal Hideaway Corales Resort








In addition, home to the largest spa in Andalucía, Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri in Chiclana, Cadiz had been named the Most Luxurious Spa Resort in Spain for the third year running.

Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri








Lastly, Barceló Teguise Beach, in Lanzarote,won the award for the Best Luxury Coastal Hotel in Europe. This is not the first time this resort has been recognised for its beach-front location, having previously been named ‘Best Luxury Resort on the coast of Spain and in the south of Europe’ in addition to winning an award for having the ‘Best spa and thalassotherapy centre in Spain’.

Barceló Teguise Beach


London, 2018: This year Barceló Hotel Group has decided to extend the highly anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday into ‘Seven Days ofBlack Friday deals’,meaning consumers now have even longer to grab aholiday bargain and book a stay at one of their much-loved hotels across Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Middle East.

Barceló Maya Grand Resort








These exceptional offers will be available to book from 19 – 26 November and valid for holidays taking place through 2019. Up to a 55% discount will be applied for stays at hotels in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Costa Rica and up to a 45% discount will be applied for stays in hotels in Spain, Europe and the UAE, where the Barceló Hotel Group have recently expanded. With over 249 hotels across 22 countries there is something to suit everyone.

Barceló Teguise Beach








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6 November 2018. Portugal has been one of the Barceló Hotel Group’s top destinations in 2018. Following the June grand opening of its first hotel in the country, Allegro Madeira (124 rooms), the chain is now welcoming guests to its first establishment in the Portuguese capital: Occidental Lisboa. This charming four-star hotel with 105 rooms was built in 2015 in the heart of the city, only five minutes walking from the famous Praça do Marquês de Pombal and the elegant Avenida da Liberdade.

Occidental Lisboa








According to the Barceló Hotel Group’s Business Development Managing Director, Jaime Buxó, “We are pleased to continue our Portugal expansion with this lovely hotel under lease in the centre of Lisbon. With Allegro Madeira and Occidental Lisboa, we have been able to address the needs of Portuguese hotel owners who want to work with a manager like the Barceló Hotel Group that knows how to showcase their hotels, maintain their personality, optimise their long-term profitability and pamper their clientele. We will continue to expand our Portuguese operations in the upcoming years thanks to new alliances with local partners and our varied brand architecture that enables us to establish more than one hotel in the same destination”.

Occidental Lisboa, an excellent alternative for (re)discovering the Portuguese capital:

Just like other European cities, Lisbon is banking on its famous rooftop bars, and the one at Occidental Lisboa, housed on a sixth floor overlooking the river and the city, is one of the hotel’s most attractive spots. Occidental Lisboa will also owe its success to the delicious food served at its à la carte restaurant that combines local specialities with international cuisine, in addition to its spacious and comfortable rooms. Additionally, the hotel will have a gym, a meeting room for up to 75 people and a car park.







At Occidental Lisboa

Double room with breakfast included, starting at €85 a night

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Culinary tourism enthusiasts visiting Playa del Carmen are in luck. Royal Hideaway Playacar, a hotel that is always at the forefront of guest services, brings the local culture even closer to its customers through their taste buds.

How? The vanguard chef Alejandro Sánchez, who has been coordinating the hotel’s culinary creations since early 2018, is a pioneer in the Riviera Maya for “zero kilometer” cooking.

This trend attempts to connect diners with the destination through the ingredients: local products are delivered fresh to the kitchen from the hotel’s surrounding area.

It is a form of sustainable cuisine that promotes local ingredients and also helps diners learn more about the food in the region. Some of the dishes made with 100% Mexican ingredients that are already available at Las Ventanas restaurant include a popular Caribbean dish based on bluefin tuna and another centered around the Mexican Creole hairless pig.

Royal Hideaway Playacar

Local bites, inside and outside the kitchen

This concept is based on local ingredients and is aligned with the existing services available at the hotel, such as cocktail-making classes with a mixologist or weekly tequila-tasting events at Spices Bar so guests may try the different types of 100% local agave spirits.

About chef Alejandro Sánchez

This Michelin-starred chef and expert sommelier has extensive international experience that brought him to Mexico in 2014. The restaurant named after him that he ran in Roquetas de Mar, Almeria, earned him a Michelin star, and chef Alejandro Sánchez is now committed to bringing the best of Mediterranean cuisine to Mexico with the aim of creating fusion dishes using local ingredients.

Discerning diners in search of a complete culinary connection with Mexico should plan Royal Hideaway Playacar as their next destination.


London, August 2018: Newly opened in February this year, Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, has been shortlisted for the AHEAD Europe Awards under the ‘Spa & Wellness’ category. AHEAD celebrates hospitality and design around the world. The awards are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of the exceptional, recognising design in all its forms, and the guest experiences created inhospitality projects worldwide.Results will be announced on 19 November 2018.

Built by award-winning Spanish architect Leonardo Omar and designed by the renowned MKV Design (London), together they have created an innovative modern resort with cutting-edge design. Drawing on the local surroundings and underwater sea life, the communal areas are inspired by the intricate formation of coral. Using fractural geometry design in the communal areas, which mirror the shape of the coral, the hotel seeks to raise awareness about the delicate natural beauty of the marine world. The hotel has also won ‘Best New Hotel 2018’ at theEuropean Hospitality Awards and ‘Best Hotel Villa’ at the World Travel Awards.

Spa of the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort

The spacious 1,000m2 spa has been created to be a peaceful place to relax and unwind for adults only. With floor to ceiling windows in the reception and gym, the space makes the most of the natural light and has a sense of bringing the outdoors in. Guests can enjoy a range of treatments in one of the seven private luxury spa suites or relax and unwind in the hydrotherapy circuit which is thoughtfully designed to be part-covered so guests can use it in any weather. Facilities also include hammam; sauna; sensation showers; fitness centre and a barber/beauty shop.

Located on The Costa Adeje in South West Tenerife this 5* resort is surrounded by an oasis of nature reserves. It is split into two hotels – the adult specific ‘Royal Hideaway Corales Beach’ which is created exclusively of Junior Suites, complete with ocean view terraces, and the family-friendly ‘Royal Hideaway Corales Suites’ which have 114 deluxe ocean-view suites with private terraces. The hotel has nine restaurants with its rooftop restaurant, Maresía, being headed up by the Padrón Brothers, who are the only Chefs to specialise in Canarian cuisine with a Michelin star. The resort also offers a bespoke collection of local experiences to guests.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14 August 2018: The Spanish hospitality holding giant Barceló Hotel Grouphas announced a new milestone in its regional expansion plans. The group will debut its newest project Occidental IMPZ Dubai, Conference and Events Centre,set to open in September 2018. The opening signifies the group’s plans to cement its brand presence in the Middle East and significantly increase its footprint across the next five years.

With close proximity to the EXPO 2020 landmark and only 30 minutes away from the Dubai airports, the new hotel will be located in the epicentre for corporates and offer an array of modern meeting and conference rooms for exhibitors.

From concept to completion, Occidental IMPZ Dubai, Conference and Events Centre represents a modern and striking additional to Dubai’s hospitality scene,” says Goulam Amarsy, CEO of Barceló Gulf, partner of Barceló Hotel Group in the Middle East. “We continue to grow in UAE and we are adapting our strategy to suit the unique needs of the local residents as well as international business and leisure travelers. There is a strong demand for Barceló in the Middle East and a desire for the distinctive design, prime locationsand all-round top quality service that we are known for worldwide”.

The new property is just one of eight new ventures the group announced were in the pipeline for the Emirates – as commented earlier this year by Jaime Buxó, Chief Development Officer at Barceló Hotel Group. As a pioneer for hospitality globally, Barceló Hotel Group’s vision is to provide its excellence in service across the United Arab Emirates. Barceló Hotel Group currently operates two hotels in the region – Barceló Residences Dubai Marinaand Occidental Sharjah Grand -and planning to open new hotel Barceló Al Jadafin Dubai in June 2019.8.

Occidental IMPZ Dubai, Conference and Events Centre will offer 239 expansive rooms with accessible amenities and a contemporary interior. Catering to business travelers, the guestrooms and the five meeting rooms will be equipped with cutting-edge technology featuring Smart Automation System, Smart TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi. In addition, the hotel will provide with six unique cuisine offerings, a ballroom, conference area, two swimming pools and a fitness centre.

Guestrooms and Suites
The property will include two buildings adjacent to one another and connected via X. Both buildings – Target and Seeb, will each house111 and 128 spacious rooms as well as conferenceareas with projectors and screens. The vast ballroom and foyer will make for an ideal location to host bigger themed events. Divided into, classic and superior room, junior suites and suites, the hotel will welcome business and leisure guests to unwind, whilst exploring the cosmopolitan city and its surroundings.

Authentic Spanish Cuisine
Visitors can find a range of distinctive cuisine experiences that speaks to all the senses including an All-Day dining, Coffee Shop, Tapas Sports Bar, Pool Bar, a Rooftop Lounge, and a multifunctional dining offering.The outlets are set to revitalise the Dubai social scene with tastes and ambianceinspired bythe vibrantSpanish culture.

Wellness and Leisure
The property will feature anextensive gymnasium, giving guests the option to access box gym packages for high-intensive exercise, or sign up for a muscle relaxing yoga and pilates session. In addition, beauty and spa serviceswill be available and each building has its own temperature-regulated pool.

About the Barceló Hotel Group:

Barceló Hotel Group is a family run business with over 85 years of history. It is part of the extensive tourism offerings of the Barceló Group including tour operators, incoming services, an airline and 700 travel agencies.

The Barceló Hotel Group is the hotel division of the Barceló Group, which is the 3rd largest chain in Spain and the 29thin the world. It currently operates 247 leisure and city hotels with 4 and 5 stars, and over 53,000 rooms in 22 countries, all marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts y Allegro Hotels.


July, London 2018:The Barceló Hotel Group is delighted to announce the management of two hotels in Morocco. Located in Tánger and Agadir, this will form part of the group’s global expansion plans.

The urban hotel in Tánger has 138 rooms and boasts a fantastic location on the picturesque corniche and is just a ten-minute walk from the historic centre. Meanwhile in Agadir, guests will find a fun resort located close to the popular promenade which runs along the coast. In both hotels, guests can expect to find a varied foodie offering with a buffet and an a la carte restaurant; a bar and outdoor pools. The Tánger hotel also lends itself to business guests with MICE facilities, whereas the Agadir resort is aimed at leisure guests and has a wide range of sporting facilities including mini-golf, a tennis court and a basketball court.

Barceló Tánger

Having first launched in Morocco in 2006 with Barceló Casablancaand then Barceló Fez in 2011, this North Africa hotspot is a key destination for the group. In addition to these two properties will be the launch ofBarceló Anfa Casablanca, which is set to open at the end of this year, taking the total rooms on offer throughout Morocco to 888 across five hotels.

Allegro Agadir

Jaime Buxó, the Chief Development Officer of the Barceló Hotel Group comments: “we are very excited to be adding to our portfolio in Morocco, offering two new destinations for our guests. Following the refurbishments of the hotels to transform them into a Barceló and Allegro hotel respectively, we hope to see them benefit from the commercial experience of the group which spans more than 85 years.