Brave the knife's edge rooftop pool overlooking Barcelona.
Set in a mid-19th century bank, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is a creative, inspired maximization of space - much like the iconic city itself. If any starched collar bankers were to swing by their old digs, they'd instantly loosen their ties, and get into the Gaudi-inspired spirit.
The refreshing space features 120 modern rooms tastefully kitted out by Patricia Urquoila. Each is bright and stylish without being over-the-top, and will have you out trolling the nearby shopping district of Passeig de Gràcia for threads up to par with your new surroundings.
Before you conquer the winding streets of the city, head up for a float in the rooftop pool, and eagle eye your route. Perhaps you'll pass the forever-under-construction Sagranda Famila church, and then grab tapas at one of thousands of hole-in-wall gems. But no matter how charming the city is, you'll find yourself back at Mandarin. With five styling-yet-savory eateries and an eye-popping spa, where else would you end up?