New Culinary Experiences Expand Travelers’ Palate in 2008

Along with fusing Mexican, Catalan and Mediterranean ingredients to serve up “Mexiterranean" cuisine, the urban-chic Casanova Hotel in Barcelona, just blocks from the world-famous La Boqueria Market, tantalizes jetsetters with private, gourmet food and wine tours in 2008. La Boqueria Market Tour Package includes an exclusive market tour with Casanova’s Michelin pedigree chef Jaume Brichs, a private cooking class and lunch with Chef Brichs that includes Spanish wines, and a Spanish cook book to practice new culinary skills. The Sant Sadurni de Noia Wine Tour Package includes the opportunity to explore southern Barcelona wineries with a private sommelier, transportation to and from the Albet & Noya Vineyard, Catalan Wine and Cava tasting, and dinner and Cava wine pairings at Casanova’s Mexiterranee restaurant. Casanova Hotel, a Small Luxury Hotel, is an undisputed stop on any culinary tourist’s trail.

Rates for the two-night Sant Sadurni de Noia Wine Tour package start at 1208€ (approx. $1,760 USD) for two people in a Superior Room. Rates for the two-night Boqueria Market Tour package start at 1058€ (approx. $1,530 USD) for two people in a Superior Room. Extra nights are available starting at 261€ (approx. $378 USD). Both tours include a complimentary cocktail in the Lobby Bar and round trip airport/hotel transfers.

The refashioned Casanova Hotel debuted in Barcelona in November 2007 and, like its namesake, exudes charisma, style and sex appeal with 124 rooms and suites that feature retro-inspired furnishings with modern luxuries. Mexiterranée restaurant features an in-house choreographer to change the scene monthly. The Stone Spa has a tranquil courtyard with an outdoor couple’s cabana and four indoor treatment rooms. Coming in the summer of ’08, a rooftop pool and lounge complete with hammocks.

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