Hotel Boutique Balandret

There’s something special about a boutique hotel that comes recommended by locals and fashion editors alike. This is the case with Hotel Boutique Balandret, a three star hotel located on Las Arenas Beach and its palm-tree lined promenade in Valencia, Spain. With a bright, warm decor, free WiFi and easy beach access, it’s no wonder that it ranks highly on travel review sites including (9.4/10 rating) and (4.5/5 stars). This trendy beach hotel is reviewed for by Anita Quade, editor of VIVA Magazine, one of the most popular fashion & lifestyle magazines in Dubai!

Is this not the cutest reception area ever?




Sweet Suite

The rooms are airy and while a handful do offer a sea view, even the ones with a garden view are beautiful.

hotel balandret room

Forget the world and take an afternoon nap…

The hotel stands out for its trendy interior design that keeps a focus on light hues and perfectly complements the ‘sea and sun’ vibe right outside the window. Even the bathrooms are tastefully done with light wood, soft lighting and a vase of fresh flowers.

hotel balandret bathroom



Nibble on tapas and indulge in some afternoon sangria at the hotel’s main restaurant. It’s a beautiful way to sample the local cuisine before embarking on a walking tour of Valencia on art and wine arranged by the hotel.


Cheers, Anita!


hotel balandret outdoor restaurant

Seaside fare


Say Relax

This hotel is ideal for solo travel or a fun family affair. Solo travelers can spend the day at the beach and take walking tours of one of Spain’s most vibrant coastal towns, while parents looking to tire their kids during the day can partake in a range of activities including horse riding and the in-house play area.



Anita’s style is classic and warm. Channel the seaside, breezy vibe of Valencia in this colourful kaftan and pop of yellow espadrilles with inspiration from the lovely magazine editor!


Hotel Boutique Balandret


River Island pink top
97 AED –

Kiini beach wear
1,160 AED –

Soludos flat shoes
155 AED –

Diane Kordas collar necklace
16,815 AED –

Christian Dior round sunglasses
1,745 AED –

Gottex fedora hat
215 AED –

Nars cosmetic
95 AED –


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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