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Design Hotels 2014 #5 Convento de la Parra, Spain

Gratis wifi, iPads til fri afbenyttelse, widescreen TV med Netflix og andre hightech-tjenester.

Sådan markedsfører mange hoteller sig i dag, og indrømmet er det da også noget jeg ofte sætter pris på og syntes er god service. Men da jeg skulle undersøge markedet for sommerferiedestinationer i år, var den højeste prioritet på listen at rejse til et sted, hvor jeg kunne slappe af, ”checke ud” fra omverdenen og finde ro… Sådan rigtig ro. Valget faldt på den smukke italienske Amalfikyst, men på min søgen faldt jeg også over dette fine hotel i Andalusien i Spanien, som bestemt hører ind under kategorierne ”Less is more”  og ”Simple living”.

Hotellet Hospedería Convento de La Parra ligger i den lille by La Parra ca. 2 timers kørsel nord for Sevilla tæt på den portugisiske grænse. Bygningen, som tidligere har tjent som byens nonnekloster, er i klassisk sydlandsk stil med hvidkalkede murstensvægge, smukke klinker på gulvene og en atriumgård i midten, hvor citrustræer pryder. Indretningen er inspireret af naturen i området med grove træborde og daybeds, grønne kaktusser i lerkrukker, lilla lavendler og florlette kridhvide bomuldsgardiner, der skygger for den varme sol. Poolen ligger gemt væk i en lille atriumgård med direkte kig til himlen.

Hotellet skriver selv:

Sorry. You are not going to find a television set here, not even a radio tuner. Only spaces for reading, a table for playing board games, corridors for reflection, cloisters that will bring back to you the smell of orange blossom, lime, wood, rest, peace, water and sun.

Trænger du til fred og ro i simple, men bestemt luksuriøse omgivelser, så er jeg sikker på, at du vil finde det her…

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Free wifi, complimentary use of iPads, widescreen TV with Netflix and some other high-tech services.

This is how most of the modern hotels are promoting themselves today to reach their customers. Granted, this is also something I often appreciate and think of as good service.

But when I was researching the market for summer vacation destinations this year, first on my priority list was, to travel to a place where I could relax, “check out” and find peace… Like real peace. The choice fell on the beautiful Italian Amalfi Coast, but in my search of destinations, I came across this small design hotel in Andalucia in Spain, which certainly came under the categories “Less is more” and “Simple living”.

The hotel Hospederia Convento de La Parra is located in the small town of La Parra approx. 2 hours north of Seville, near the Portuguese border. The building formerly served as the city’s convent, in classic southern European style, with whitewashed brick walls, beautiful tiles on the floors and a courtyard in the center where citrus trees adorn. The decor is inspired by nature in the area, with rough wooden tables and daybeds, green cacti in clay pots, purple lavender and gauzy snow-white cotton curtains to shade from the hot sun. The pool is cozy located in a small atrium with direct view of the sky.

The hotel itself writes:

Sorry. You are not going to find a television set here, not even a radio tuner. Only spaces for reading, a table for playing board games, corridors for reflection, cloisters that will bring back to you the smell of orange blossom, lime, wood, balance, peace, water and sun.

If you are looking for peace in simple, but certainly luxurious surroundings on your next holiday, then I’m sure you’ll find it here…

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Photos: Convento de La Parra

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