Madrid resorts right in the city are largely limited to five star luxury hotels and exclusive boutique hotels, which will have the kinds of facilities, amenities, and services normally associated with resorts—minus extensive grounds and green spaces or included outdoor activities. One of the reasons for this is that the central part of the city is compact and densely populated and real estate is at a premium. However, the city has been vigilant about creating and preserving public greenbelts and parks. You can have a luxury Madrid resort vacation and still find plenty of lovely parks nearby.
Most of the Madrid resorts that are deluxe hotels are found in the city center around the major attractions. One of the primary luxuries of a Madrid resort vacation will be its location. If you want to be near the internationally respected museums in the city, then you might choose the palatial Orient-Express Ritz (pictured). It is located at a prestigious address not far from expansive Plaza Mayor, and has easy access to the world-famous Prado Museum, the magnificent Reina Sofia, and the respected Academy of Fine Arts. It is located right next door to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum of Art. The hotel itself is one of the oldest in the city, opened in 1910 by order of King Alfonso who wanted it to rival the legendary Ritz in Paris. Its rooms and suites are opulent, and a Madrid resort vacation here gives you access to a full-service spa and fitness center and fine gourmet dining. You are only a block away from the things to do and enjoy in beautiful Retiro Park.
The Ritz is typical of Madrid resorts that are located in the finest hotels in the city. Most can arrange all the services and activities you desire, including chauffeured limousine transfers from the airport and day tours to the nearby historic cities of Toledo and Segovia. Their concierge services are able to procure tickets for the best seats in the house at the most exclusive flamenco shows, guided tapas crawls with knowledgeable food and wine experts, and bullfight tickets at the Las Ventas Bullring during the height of the San Isidro Fiesta.
There are three ski resorts near Madrid—Navacerrada, Valdesqui, and La Pinilla—all of which can be reached by metro and trains within about 60 minutes. These are alpine skiing resorts, although generally smaller and less challenging than the world-class slopes found in the Pyrenees, the mountain chain that separates the Iberian Peninsula from France and the rest of continental Europe. These resorts near Madrid can easily be accessed as day trip from the city. Oddly enough, you can even ski right in the city in the middle of the summer, as there is an indoor slope near the Xanadu shopping mall in the southwestern part of the city.
Beach resorts near Madrid are located on the eastern Mediterranean coast around Barcelona (about 2.5 hours from the city by metro and trains) and around Valencia (about three hours away).