Paul Colston revisits the Sitges meetings jewel 13 years on…
After a frenetic annual visit to the IBTM World trade show in Barcelona a visit to Dolce Sitges was an ideal contrasting experience and an oasis of calm high up on the Mediterranean coast.
A pleasant 35 minute train ride from Barcelona takes you past the airport and on to the beautiful resort town.
The Dolce Sitges conference hotel offers 2,175sqm of flexible event space. I first visited shortly after it opened back in 2004 and what seemed like a brave, grand gesture of faith in the conference business has clearly taken root and the project has grown and now part of the Wyndham portfolio.
The new branding and logos, however, have full faith in the Dolce creatives and management says it is simply freshening up a successful model.
The dramatic panorama of the resort means it is a top choice for weddings and conferences keen to incorporate some ‘blue sky’ thinking.
Sitges has long been a favourite with painters, sculptors, and writers who first settled here at the end of the 19th century.
Sitges is also firmly situated in wine country and the Parc del Garraf, offers a serene escape from the sprawl of Barcelona.
Dolce Sitges is not all about broad meetings brush strokes and there are 40 meeting rooms of varying sizes for planners to choose from, 38 of them offer natural daylight.
Being designed with conferencing and events at the heart of Dolce Sitges’ business model means the conference wing is self-contained and staffed with meetings professionals and the latest technology.
The maximum size is 450 delegates theatre style and the privacy offered by the long approach to the property which dominates the local skyline is popular with pharma and other corporates seeking a location that is businesslike, self-contained and with plenty of room to breathe and think.