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Seen from above, this mold-breaking 26-story hotel, designed by one of Catalunya's most innovative architects, Ricardo Bofill, is known locally as "La Vela" because of its resemblance to a huge sail, dominating the port horizon. Perched close to the sea's edge, overlooking the harbor's yachts and steamers, it offers a wide selection of immaculately furnished rooms and suites, all coolly designed in subtle grays and creams and providing luxurious comfort in a dream nautical setting. The main restaurant, Bravo, provides top-quality Catalan and international cuisine, and at sunset you can climb to the Eclipse Bar to enjoy stunning views as you sip your martini sangria. Swimmers can choose between the pool and the immaculate manmade beach, and there's also a well-equipped spa and yoga area to cater for mind and body. A member of the Starwood chain, the standards of service and attention are high.