Being part of a royal entourage can have its advantages. This gracious white hotel, located on beautifully landscaped grounds above Playa de los Peligros, opened in 1917 to accommodate the guests of King Alfonso XIII and his family on their annual summer vacations in Santander. Today’s vacationers may not have the ear of the king, but they enjoy equally glamorous surroundings and impeccable service. All the spacious rooms have exterior views and sumptuous traditional furnishings that harmonize with modern technology and contemporary art. For even more relaxation, the old garages on the property have been renovated and converted into a thalassotherapy spa center. This is the address in Santander and one of the top properties in northern Spain.