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It's an exciting life here at Little Hotels, and no more so than in 2017. (Well, isn't life always exciting? And so much better than the alternative!) This time we don't just have new hotels to tell you about, but a whole new website. So let's start there:

New Website

Kentisbury Grange, DevonLast week we launched our brand new website, Best Small Hotels, dedicated to (you guessed it!) hotels that are small, but only the very best of them. That doesn't necessarily mean the most expensive, or the most swanky, nor even those with the most facilities. It does mean a dedication to pleasing their guests, doing everything right, and providing friendly service, comfortable accommodation and great character. (All things you may recognise in our Spanish Little Hotels.)

Initially Best Small Hotels covers just England and Wales but we will be expanding our reach just as quickly as we can. It's not a fast process though because a great deal of research goes into every single hotel. Some websites may boast of hundreds of thousands of hotels but we are pleased to have just hundreds, safe in the knowledge that they really are the best. Where will we extend to next? Scotland, of course. Ireland, France. Why not let us know where you'd like to visit?

New Hotels

Now we move on to some new hotels on Little Hotels, and the first one to mention is Casal Santa Eulalia. It seems we can never have enough hotels in the Balearics for you, so that is the theme this time around. Like many of our Mallorcan hotels, it's a historic house of honey-coloured stone sitting in a country estate just a mile inland from the vast sweeping curve of beach on the Bay of Alcudia.

Remaining with the Balearics, we bring you Hotel Can Lluc on Ibiza. The buildings are spread amongst extensive gardens, centred upon a gorgeous swimming pool with generous terrace and decking, complete with a jacuzzi. The hotel lies in an enviable position just a few kilometres from Ibiza's loveliest coves, with views of the sunset over San Antonio, and only 10 km from cosmopolitan city Ibiza Town. This is a location that is close to everything, yet offering peace, tranquility and privacy. Long sunny days spent by the pool are never wasted.

Cana Talaias Ibiza

Who remembers Terry Thomas? He featured in so many comedies in the fifties and sixties, always playing the raffish cad who you couldn't help liking, even if perhaps you shouldn't! He was horse-riding with his wife on an Ibiza holiday when he first discovered Can Talaias. At that point it was just another run-down farmhouse surrounded by dry fields and carob trees, but the views were irresistible. Having failed to resist, the house was bought, extended and improved to create the wonderful place we see today. Working from the original features of the finca, the improvements retained the classic Ibicencan style of thick walls with soft rounded edges, dark wood floors and large arched windows. Today Can Talaias is run as a small hotel by Terry Thomas' son and daughter-in-law, and it really is hard to find enough superlatives to describe it. You'll just have to try it for yourself.

Finally (for now) La Serena in Altea has been re-born. After a six month-long renovation it re-opens this month. We are still waiting for the new photos but the architect's renderings are a tempting taster of what is come. La Serena is a 4 star adults-only boutique hotel situated in a picturesque street in Altea’s old town.

Special Offers

There are always plenty of special offers on Little Hotels. These are all genuine offers from the hotel concerned, with no dodgy comparisons or hiked prices just so they can be reduced again.

Gara Hotel Rural on Tenerife offers a 10% early booking discount if you book at last 60 days in advance. So think about your winter sun, and strike while the iron's hot.

Hotel Los CastanosLots of hotels have a non-refundable tariff that is 5%, 10% or occasionally even 15% cheaper than the standard rate. That's "100% payment on booking, not refundable in the event of cancellation". Just a few examples: Can Lluc, Es Trull, Hotel Claude Marbella, La Fructuosa, Dalt Murada.

Long-stay discounts don't always mean a stay of a week or more. Sometimes there is a discount for just 3 or 4 days. Take a look at Fornalutx Petit Hotel, Finca Las Encinas, Finca Son Jorbo, Can Isabel, La Fuente de La Higuera or Cortijo Valverde.

Los Castaños has just been awarded 2017 Inland Hotel of the Year by the Malaga Academy of Gastronomy. They also have some interesting packages available during the year.
The Hills of Andalucia: Mountain walking in and around Ronda on the secret paths known only to the local farmers - and a few others! If you love pristine quiet trails through magnificent landscape, this one is for you.
Classical Guitar: A two night stay with a candle-lit dinner for two and tickets for a classical guitar concert in Ronda.
Caminito del Rey: Bring your walking boots and enjoy the romance of a Spanish village matched with the peace of the mountains, and laced with a little adrenalin. Another two night stay with a candle-lit dinner, and also including tickets for the Caminito.

Both Son Sant Jordi and Galeon Suites in Mallorca provide a free Airport Shuttle transfer pick up for more than 7 nights stay (not including June to September).

You could stay at Son Amoixa Vell in Mallorca for 7 nights, and pay for only 6.

There's lots more too, and offers change frequently. Watch out for the red Special Offer! labels on our pages.

Something Out of the Ordinary

Cuevas Helena cave hotelThe hot dry climate of southern Spain lends itself perfectly to the concept of a cave house: cool in summer yet warm in winter. Scottish owners Shirley and Mark have taken a traditional Spanish cave house, totally renovated it and given it an unexpected contemporary twist. It becomes an ideal holiday home for a family or a group of friends.

Cuevas Helena features on Channel 5 tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9pm.

Happy holidays!
Paul Melhuish
Little Hotels

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