Major hotel chains around Spain cautiously re-opened for this year’s main tourist season, adding strict coronavirus safeguards to their customary offerings of luxurious leisure and relaxation.
Cádiz was one of the least-affected Spanish provinces when the pandemic hit Spain, prompting an unprecedented nation-wide lockdown, but top hotels in the area have still been meticulous in ensuring they adhere to the extensive raft of health and safety protocols in place for both society in general and tourist resorts specifically. Gran Meliá Sancti Petri – located on the picturesque Costa de la Luz – was quick to adapt to the new circumstances, as part of the hotel group’s global “Stay Safe” commitment and its associated tagline, “When you come back, stay safe with Meliá”.
According to Meliá Hotels International, the campaign was “designed to reconnect with customers and was based on the results of a survey of more than 100,000 Meliá Rewards members to find out more about their motivation and needs in this new post-COVID era, among which, above all, their primary concerns were safety and competitive pricing. “All the hotels scheduled to re-open have earned the Stay Safe with Meliá guarantee, the result of a programme Meliá Hotels International has created to adapt hotels to the new situation, including a guide to the rigorous application of the health and safety recommendations made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local health authorities. “This global programme has been certified by Bureau Veritas and includes a wide range of health and safety activities in all the different parts of the hotel as well as a focus on the emotional well-being of customers to ensure the company can guarantee the best possible hotel experience.” At Gran Meliá Sancti Petri, these measures include “intensifying cleaning processes, modifying spaces to guarantee social distancing, and redesigning processes to reduce interaction with customers”. The hotel advises clients that the measures could alter the availability of certain services and also provide “new experiences focused on digital solutions”. Inspired architecturally by Córdoba’s mosque and the Alhambra in Granada, and built in a Neo-Mudéjar palace style, the hotel provides direct access to La Barrosa – generally considered to be one of Spain’s most attractive beaches.
Clients are invited to, “Relax to the babble of water in an Arab-style courtyard. Rest your eyes on the waves. Evoke visions of the sea through cuisine. Gran Meliá Sancti Petri immerses you in a truly authentic experience that reveals the essence of our way of life… When luxury caresses the soul.” The hotel is 30 minutes from Cádiz capital city, a convenient drive from the Costa del Sol along the Tarifa coastline, and ideally located for daily excursions to the scenic nearby mountain range and its iconic “white villages”. The Sancti Petri resort area is home to five top golf courses, including one designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros. There are five restaurants within the hotel complex, highlighted by the Alevante, offering “wave after wave of culinary sensations” created by Ángel León, the renowned “chef of the sea” whose Aponiente restaurant in El Puerto de Santa María (near Cádiz) has three Michelin stars. Gran Meliá Sancti Petri comprises more than 200 rooms and suites, some with a private garden, and elegant marble patios, various swimming pools, Bali beds, a Spa by Clarins and “Travel Culture” for children. In short… “At Gran Meliá Sancti Petri every little detail has incalculable value:the softness of the sheets, an after-dinner conversation with a view, a gentle sea breeze to accompany the sunset. Rest in spectacular rooms and suites
bathed in sunlight or just allow time to run slowly by alongside the pool.”