Michelin-star hotels in Spain worthy of their shining status

Dive into the complex relationship between Spain and its gastronomic identity while uncovering the best Michelin-star hotels 

For Millenials, Michelin-star hotels are reserved for very special occasions (extra emphasis on the “very”). Yet, there are times when you want to make your holiday in the sun that extra bit more memorable. The Iberian Peninsula is famous for its all-year-round sunshine, however, to fully understand the soul of Spain you have to get to know its gastronomy. Where better to do this than at Spanish hotels with Michelin-star restaurants? Discover a heady mix of flavours that extends further than your typical papas bravas or tortilla Española and head to these foodie hotspots in the sun. 

A brief history of Michelin-star hotels

At the turn of the century, the Michelin brothers Andre and Edouard (founders of the famous French tyre company Michelin Tyres) decided to create a guide that listed the best garages, petrol stations, restaurants and hotels in France. 35,000 copies were distributed for free and since then the guide has become a reference for exceptional quality. Originally one star meant the restaurant was good quality, two stars meant that the restaurant was excellent and three meant that it was an exceptional fine dining hotel or restaurant and worth a detour. Later on, the Michelin-star hotels and restaurants guide expanded to include international destinations starting with Belgium and today, it has become the prestigious global award that all chefs dream about.

Enjoy a tasty Michelin-star dinner at La Finca, a restaurant inside the La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

Spanish must-visit destinations in the Michelin hotel guide

Spain is home to some of the most incredible dining spots. From cosy, home-cooked tapas restaurants in Andalusia to fancy Michelin-star hotels in the Canary Islands, there is something to suit all taste buds. However, if you are keen to explore the tastiest star-studded treats, take note of the winners of the 2023 Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal gala.

After these new awards, Barceló Hotel Group becomes one of the hotel chains with the highest number of Michelin stars, with a total of five stars in restaurants in some of its most emblematic hotels in the community of Andalusia and the Canary Islands.

The hotel chain once again finds itself in the spotlight of national haute-cuisine with three new stars for its restaurants. La Finca, El Rincón de Juan Carlos and San Hô. It is also worth noting that their Las Palmas de Gran Canaria establishment, Poemas by Hermanos Padrón has renewed the star that it was awarded at last year’s award ceremony. Not only has Barceló’s success made them the hotel chain to be awarded the most stars, but they are also the hotel chain with the most stars in the Canary Islands. Discover this deep relationship between culture, land and food. It’s written in the stars.

Enjoy Michelin-star hotel breaks at La Bobadilla, A Royal Hideaway Hotel in Andalusia and dine at La Finca (1 Michelin-star)

Looking for Michelin hotels in Andalusia? The province of Granada is shining brighter than ever before thanks to La Finca, one of the restaurants at the 5* La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel in the Sierra de Loja. This newly awarded Michelin-star restaurant is the first in Granada to be awarded a star and it celebrates the sensory and opulent essence of Andalusian gastronomy.

The magic behind the dishes? Pablo González (La Cabaña), a Murcian-born chef whose elaborate and creative gastronomic flair takes diners on a delicious journey that pays homage to Malaga and Granada’s traditional cuisine. He has two Michelin stars and 3 Repsol Sols to his name, yet his hunger to dazzle and delight diners allows him to keep evolving his vision. "We seek to offer a gastronomic experience that awakens all the senses through a melody of flavours that combines the best local produce and the skill of the master craftsmen with emotion, magic and surprise", says González. 

At La Finca expect to see a variety of dishes that celebrate and glorify local produce

At La Finca expect to see a variety of dishes that celebrate and glorify local produce. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), unique to La Bobadilla, and the refined and exceptionally delicious Riofrío caviar, a delicacy from the Sierra de Loja area are the main protagonists on this marvellous gastronomic stage. Yet, don’t forget the fresh, locally grown seasonal vegetables and the two native breeds of Iberian pork and Retinta beef that also make an appearance on the menu. 

Enjoy traditional Andalusian cuisine at La Finca, a Michelin-star restaurant inside La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

El Rincón de Juan Carlos, a luxury hotel restaurant with 2 Michelin stars to its name

If you are looking for hotels with amazing restaurants, head to the Canary Islands. On the island of Tenerife, you will find the emblematic Royal Hideaway Corales Resort 5* GL which is home to not one but two Michelin-star restaurants. El Rincón de Juan Carlos has set the benchmark high for creative luxury dining in the Canary Islands and as well as holding two Michelin stars it also has 3 Repsol Sols to its name. It is the brainchild of the Padrón brothers, Juan Carlos and Jonathan, known on the Spanish gastronomy scene as Los Hermanos Padrón.

El Rincón de Juan Carlos prides itself on its avant-garde take on Canarian cuisine and the incorporation of local ingredients into its delicious meals. In the words of the chefs, "We are very close to the sea and marine products are very present on the menu. We like to use the best products, and if they are local, all the better, although we do not deprive ourselves of any global product, always seeking excellence.”

Thanks to the restaurant’s close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and some of the best beaches in Tenerife, seafood is a firm fixture on the menu. However expect to see a fusion of flavours and cultures shine through a wide variety of ingredients, highlighting the creativity of the chefs. The wine list is worth exploring too, especially for its selection of Canarian wines.

Savour this avant-garde take on Canarian cuisine at the Rincón de Juan Carlos at Royal Hideaway Corales Resort

Enjoy a Nikkei fusion dinner in a five-star hotel at San Hô, a Michelin-star dining destination (1 Michelin-star)

You could argue that the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort 5* GL is one of the best hotels with Michelin-star restaurants in Tenerife. And, with three stars to its name, we couldn’t disagree. If you are looking to surprise your tastebuds, award-winning chefs Adrián Bosch (Best Chef in the Canary Islands 2012) and Eduardo Domínguez (Best Chef in the Canary Islands 2016) have a treat for you with San Hô, their Nikkei-inspired restaurant. Nikkei is a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine that celebrates the clash of cultures, flavours and culinary techniques of both countries.

Nikkei is a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine that celebrates the clash of cultures, flavours and culinary techniques of both countries

Of course, San Hô’s dishes are also laced with a touch of Canarian flavour highlighting the chef’s roots. The Canary Islands are celebrated further with each dish created using predominantly local ingredients that offer fresh and unmatchable flavours. The menu is highly personal, taking the diner on a journey across three continents in a surprising and original take on fusion cuisine. This is the best hotel food in Tenerife if you are looking for a carnival of flavour, emotions and experiences all wrapped up in delicious dishes.

San Hô a restaurant inside the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort 5* Hotel is a top spot for Nikkei cuisine in Tenerife

Dine at Poemas by Hermanos Padrón, one of the best 5-Star luxury restaurants in Gran Canaria (1 Michelin-star)

If you are looking for a winter sun break complete with luxury hotels, Michelin-star restaurants and a city full of culture, head to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Here you will find the Santa Catalina, a Royal Hideaway Hotel 5* GL, home to the Michelin-star restaurant, Poemas by Hermanos Padrón.

The Padrón brothers dazzle diners once again as their Michelin-star that was awarded last year is renewed for 2023. Their creative culinary flair and hunger to achieve exceptional quality in every bite has made Poemas by Hermanos Padrón a must-visit foodie hotspot in the Gran Canaria capital.

Seafood is a protagonist on this menu, yet the chef’s much-loved, traditional dishes sit side by side on the menu with more recent creations allowing the diner a wide selection of flavours and textures to choose from. The brothers’ ability to innovate classic dishes, adding their own personal touch to each one makes this an unforgettable dining experience and one that feels truly immersive. It is without a doubt that these brothers have revolutionised fine dining in the Canary Islands’ Michelin-star hotels and guests can choose between a tasting menu or a-la-carte dishes; each one transporting the diner to a world where food meets nature and art with every mouthful.

Poemas by Hermanos Padrón in Santa Catalina, A Royal Hideaway Hotel is renewing its star for another year