Hostal de La Gavina, Spain

Sitting proudly on a leafy headland for over 80 years, Hostal de La Gavina is a five-star resort that’s welcomed the likes of Frank Sinatra and Liz Taylor throughout its illustrious historyWednesday, 9 November 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

A rocky, cliff-lined pocket on the Catalonian coast, S’Agaró is home to a sun-bleached tumble of Art Deco and Neoclassical buildings, secluded bays and beaches, and winding coastal trails high above the crystalline waters of the Costa Brava. Lavish hillside-hugging mansions are a nod to the wealthy jet-setters who’ve flocked here since the 1920s.

Sitting proudly on a leafy headland for over 80 years, Hostal de La Gavina is a five-star resort that’s welcomed the likes of Frank Sinatra and Liz Taylor throughout its illustrious history. A stone’s throw from Sant Pol de Mar Beach, La Gavina offers 74 lavish rooms and suites, with interiors drawing inspiration either from the Mediterranean setting, the Elizabethan era or the splendour of Europe’s empires: think polished hardwood floors, Murano glass lamps, Sèvres vases, 17th-century Bargueñó desks and Italian marble bathrooms.

Set in verdant private gardens, guests can lose themselves in the famous pines and flowers that fill the area with its character. Another way to enjoy the gentle Mediterranean breeze is to take to the hotel’s clay tennis courts or to hit the golf courses this part of Spain is famed for, like the PGA Golf de Catalunya, Golf Platja de Pals and Club De Golf d’Aro Mas Nou. If relaxation tops the travel wishlist, the Spa by Valmont is the place to while away an afternoon, complete with sea views from its pool and various beauty and massage treatments.

Elsewhere, the seawater pool overlooks Sant Pol Bay, where walkers can strike out to discover sandy beaches, or head inland to stumble across sleepy medieval villages like Peratallada, Pals or Verges. Following the coastal path to the secluded cove of Sa Conca is a must for an afternoon stroll.

Considered the culinary capital of Catalonia, the region has inspired a growing army of innovative chefs, such as the Roca brothers. Chef Romain Fornell has helped put La Gavina on the map as a foodie destination, overseeing the hotel’s three restaurants. These offer menus filled with haute cuisine that retains all its Mediterranean flair in a mix of settings, including a vast terrace overlooking the ocean.

Hostal de La Gavina is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Don’t miss

Stroll along the coastal walking path, Camino de Ronda, followed by a three-course meal at Candlelight by Romain Fornell

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 57 rooms, 17 suites, 1 villa
• Outdoor pool
• 3 restaurants
• 2 bars
• Fitness room
• Tennis club, with 2 clay and 2 paddle courts
• Meeting spaces and ballroom for up to 300 people

Contact Information

lagavina.com
T: +34 972 321 100
E: gavina@lagavina.com

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