Hotels at the Height of Luxury in the Costa Brava

View of the Costa Brava, Living in the Costa Brava To those in the know, the Costa Brava has always been a place full of hidden gems. Beautiful beaches, stunning little coves, magnificent golf courses, Michelin starred restaurants, 5 star hotels, luxury houses…you name it, the Costa Brava has it. But to those less in the know…well, perhaps they haven’t yet realised all that the Costa Brava has to offer holiday makers and expat residents alike. Its international reputation perhaps isn’t as far reaching as it ought to be. So we thought we would start by putting together a comprehensive list of the top luxury hotels in the region. Because if you want to discover all that the Costa Brava has to offer then why not do it whilst indulging in the comfort of top notch holiday accommodation? Perhaps you are thinking of house hunting in the Costa Brava for a holiday home…or maybe the time has come to consider retirement and this region has caught your eye? Or maybe you just fancy a well earned break? Whatever your reason for your stay, here’s our pick of the best luxury hotels in the region:   Hostal de la Gavina Five star Grand Luxe Hotel Pza. Rosaleda s/n, 17248, S’Agaró, Girona Tel: (+34) 972321100. Email: What they say: The history of the Hostal de La Gavina is closely linked to that of S’Agaró and the Ensesa family and it dates back to the early days of the twentieth century.That was when S’Agaró was created, thanks to Josep Ensesa Gubert, and with it, a new concept of residential living to which the Hostal de La Gavina belongs, declared “Cultural Heritage Site”, in the category of “artistic heritage site”, by the Catalan government (Generalitat). The Hostal de La Gavina has managed to maintain its original style and its rich historical heritage thanks to its ability to adapt seamlessly over time, thus history and beauty have been integrated with the simplicity of the everyday world. During its more than 70 years of history, celebrities from the world of art, literature, cinema and politics have strolled through our gardens and stayed in our rooms…”   Mas de Torrent Hotel & SpaCosta Brava, Hotel, Living in Costa Brava, Retiring in Costa Brava Five Star Afueras de Torrent s/n, 17123, Girona. Tel: (+34) 902550321. Email: What they say: “Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa is the Emporda’s most emblematic property, a unique hotel-and-spa with a privileged location in Gerona, where exclusivity is conveyed in every detail, where time stops.The hotel is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, and well-known for its unique situation in Emporda, for its spectacular views and extraordinary gardens, and for its care and good service. When staying at the hotel with spa Mas de Torrent, in Emporda, there is a feeling that overpowers any other: pure and raw happiness … To stay at this hotel and spa is to enjoy the “dolce far niente” of its unique environment, the Emporda countryside, the Mediterranean, art, cuisine and culture. The Hotel Mas de Torrent, Gerona, represents the privilege of living the essence and uniqueness of Emporda within exceptional surroundings.”   Hotel Peralada Wine,Spa & Golf (Serhs) Five Star C/ Rocabertí, s/n, 17491 Peralada, Girona Tel: (+34) 972538830. Email: What they say: “Hotel Peralada offers 55 comfortable rooms with outstanding views to the Golf Course, the Albera mountain range, the medieval town of Peralada and the Pyrenees in the background. Hotel Peralada has a wide range of rooms to suit every need.”   Sallés Hotel & Spa Cala del Pi Five Star Avenida Cavall Bernat 160, Platja D Aro, Girona What they say: “Hotel Cala del Pi is a luxurious 5 star hotel located in the picturesque town of Platja d’Aro. Platja D’aro is a small village with big sandy beaches, little coves, restaurants and shops.”   Hotel Mas Salvi Calle Carmany s/n, 17256, Pals, Girona Tel: (+34) 972 63 64 78.  Email: What they say: “A luxury hotel hidden in the countryside and protected by the Carmany de Pals, in the heart of the Costa Brava. It is nature at its best; 22 exclusive suites situated in woodland and Mediterranean meadows. This 17th century recently converted farmhouse is equipped with all mod cons, and with its exclusivity and special touches it makes for a really special hotel”.   Vintage Carretera de Cap Sa Sal, Aigafreda, 17255, Begur, Girona. Tel: (+34) 972622130. Email: What they say: The Vintage Hotel is located in view of Begur Castle in Cap Sa Sal, Aiguafreda. Aiguafreda is renowned as one of Spain’s most untouched coves on the Mediterranean coast. In the 1960’s, The Andreu family recognized the beauty of Aiguafreda and began a quest to open one of the few five star hotels on the Mediterranean, the “Hotel Cap Sa Sal”.  The hotel, which gave its clients the same five star treatment as any five star hotel in Paris, remained open only a few years….Guests included the Count of Barcelona the father of the current King of Spain, and many Hollywood movie stars. The original buildings of the Vintage Hotel were part of this exciting adventure. Thus came the name: Vintage…meaning “of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality”.  Many objects from the original Hotel Cap Sa Sal have been given a renewed life within the Vintage Hotel and Lounge. At Vintage, enjoy the exclusivity of a private villa and the convenience of a luxury resort in the relaxing serenity of an unspoiled natural setting.”   Hotel Vistabella Five Star Av. Diaz Pacheco, 26, 17480, Roses, Girona Tel: (+34) 972256200. Email: What they say: Hotel Vistabella is a romantic five star hotel situated in front of the sea between two beaches in Roses in the Costa Brava. The peaceful location with sea views is ideal for a short break or holidays. The hotel offers a Spa, a solarium terrace with a whirlpool, various restaurants and a jetty (pier) for the boat. The Hotel is located near the Dalí Museum in Figueres and the Dalí’s house in Cadaqués. Roses has a very historical nature, where various Mediterranean cultures were settled. Maybe this is the reason why the Veitl family decided to open a hotel in 1961 at the entrance of the bay, which was once surrounded by the Greeks and Romans. Inaugurated in 1963, the project was created by the famous architect Pelai Martinez, marked to some extent by Eclecticism. In the early nineties, the hotel experienced significant reforms and changes that led in the year 2000 to become the first five stars in the Northern Costa Brava.” Highlighting the subject of luxury accommodation in the Costa Brava is an initiative which has been set up with sixteen hotels called the ‘Costa Brava Hotels de Luxe’. The most luxurious hotels in the region have joined together to foster their international projection in the form of a website ( The website has been translated into six different languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German and Russian and as well as details of luxury hotels it also offers potential customers information about recommended shops, golf courses, luxury boat rentals, sports activities, and cultural and heritage visits, including a wide offer of summer festivals, wineries offers, tours and tastings. It also gives direct access to the websites of restaurants with Michelin stars in the area. You may also be interested in:

Author: Barry Davys

Expat Financial Advice Spain


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