By Kristin E. Anderson
December 19, 2011

Awe-inspiring Catalan architect AntonioGaudi may have some competition and it comes in the form of the Hotel Arts Barcelona. The fivestar Ritz-Carlton owned luxury hotel boasts a soaring 44 stories designed byiconic Chicago architect Bruce Graham. Stay in one of the nearly 500 rooms (or28 very exclusive duplex apartments) with panoramic Mediterranean views andonly a sunny jaunt away from the shore. When you can pull yourself away, ziparound Barcelona in one of the hotel’s smart cars, complimentary as part of theClub Level package.

The Spa by Six Senses offers not one but two floors of total relaxation, includinga color therapy steam room and an ice fountain. Asif that’s not enough? Lifestyle maven and GOOP editrix Gwyneth Paltrow herself has gushed, “I adore the Arts. It is a bighotel done RIGHT. Amazing views, beautiful rooms, great service.”

New this fallis Frank’s Bar, christened after the inimitable architect Frank Gehry. The Bertita Margarita, theirsignature cocktail, is named for Gehry’s wife and pairs Patrón Silver,Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Not your cup of tequila? Stop by one of sevenother bars and restaurants, from Enoteca (boasting a 450 label wine cellar), toArola (headed up by a disciple of the famed Chef Ferrán Adria of El Bulli). Enjoy anindulgent brunch at Café Veranda and then retire poolside for an afternoonsiesta and drinks. Bertita Margarita, anyone?

Bertita Margarita Recipe

2 oz. Patrón Silver
1 oz. Cointreau
1 freshly squeezed lime

Add to a Boston Shaker, shake, strain, serve in a margaritaglass with half the rim lemon salted and enjoy!