During the past few weeks, the guys at PokerStars did their very best to convince everyone that the upcoming European Poker Tour (EPT) stop in Barcelona will be an event like no other.
Built around an impressive 43-event schedule running August 16-27, 2014, the first stop of Season 11 will celebrate the 100th stop in EPT history with a combination of great poker, top events, and a lot of fun both on and off the felt.
Besides all the events featured in a poker calendar that includes the €1,100 Estrellas Main Event, the €5,300 EPT Main Event, and the prestigious €50,000 Super High Roller, the EPT Barcelona poker festival will give its participants the opportunity to enjoy lots of free activities such as jet ski rides, speed boat rides, fun tours around the beautiful Catalonian city, and the music of the Grammy award-winning DJ Roger Sanchez during the festival's opening party.
To add a little bit of extra fun to the first EPT of the season, we have decided to give you some additional tips on how to turn this poker festival into an experience to remember by switching your usual hotel room for something far more classy and exciting.
If you like to travel in style, you have a bunch of friends to bring along, and you like the idea of spoiling yourself a little more than usual, check our selection of the top villas to book to celebrate your EPT Barcelona trip and get ready to join the festival with a real high-roller experience!
1. Villa La Masia
If you like to chill and you don't mind staying a bit out of Barcelona's buzzing center, Villa La Masia is an incredible property you should definitely consider.
This hyper-luxurious Moorish style villa has nine different bedrooms and an impressive number of facilities that include a solar-heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Plus, if you like golf, you will be happy to know that it is only five minutes away from the Pitch and Putt 18-hole course.
This villa is a great choice for online grinders as well, as wifi Internet is available throughout the property. Although we are not sure that the whole two hectares of private walled grounds are perfectly covered, you won't have any issue in the games room where you will find a pool table and a small library.
Renting this true Moroccan gem, however, may not be for everyone, as one week in August during Barcelona's EPT is set to €12,800.
2. Villa Valenti
This amazing property in Sitges (30 minutes from Barcelona) offers one of the most picturesque settings available in the area.
Ready to accommodate up to 20 guests, this 700-square meter villa is set within 400 acres of private grounds that include a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, tropical gardens, a private gym, and a great terrace for dining al fresco.
Wifi Internet is available throughout the mansion, and the owners of the property are always ready to arrange extra services as hiking and biking tours in the surrounding countryside, or tours of the many vineyards of the Penedés wine region.
The price of the beautiful Villa Valenti during the EPT is set at €1,264 per night, which means that a week in this property will cost €8,850 plus some administrative fees.
3. Villa Tren
This impressive villa with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two hectares of private gardens is located in Sant Pol del Mar, Maresme, which means that you will need a 20-minute ride to get from this piece of heaven to the centre of Barcelona.
Besides a large swimming pool and the opportunity to go to the beach with a simple three-minute walk, Villa Tren offers its guests amenities such as a racquetball court, a small soccer field, and a barbecue area.
Guests at the villa can enjoy a fast Internet connection and the services of a maid and a concierge always ready to help. A week at Villa Tren during the EPT starts from €11,025.
4. A Villa with Pool and Private Cinema
On a more affordable note, and if you are looking for a solution that will allow you to relax, stay fit, and maybe even enjoy a game or two of Call of Duty on the big screen, this villa in Alella may be worth some attention.
Located five kilometres north of Barcelona, the villa features eight bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a game room, a gym, and even a private cinema. Not mentioning some breathtaking views on the Ocean.
A week in this villa is set at €5,180 plus some administrative fees.
5. Villa Barna
This modern and luminous villa located just a five-minute ride from Barcelona's famous and lively beach can accommodate up to 10 people in its five different bedrooms.
Featuring a private infinity pool, a game room, and even a shooting range with bulletproof walls, Villa Barna is a great choice for anyone looking for a quiet spot to relax not too far from Barcelona's centre.
Wifi Internet is available throughout the property, and a week at Villa Barna during Barcelona's EPT is set at €9,625.
6. A Villa…On The Sea
Although it is not exactly a villa, this 22-meter luxury yacht in Barcelona's Royal Yacht Club may still be a very interesting choice to live the EPT in a totally unconventional, yet lavish manner.
The yacht won't offer you a swimming pool, but why would you need one? There also isn't a game room, but the fact that it is right across the street from the Aquarium, the Maremagnum Shopping Mall, and the pedestrian wooden bridge to walk over to Las Ramblas, who would want to stay inside and play games? The yacht also includes a deck terrace with dinner table for eight and a cozy sun deck with cushions for basking in the rays.
If you like the idea to be able to sail away from Barcelona any time you want and mix your poker with some quality time cruising and swimming around some of the world's best coastal locations, you should then consider the opportunity to gather up to nine friends and give it a try.
A week in this fully equipped luxury yacht is set at €6,000.