Hostal de la Gavina, Spain

From Barcelona with its cosmopolitan allure to the Costa Brava’s iconic stretch of coastline, Catalonia’s unwavering popularity is well-deservedFriday, March 17, 2017

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

From Barcelona with its cosmopolitan allure to the Costa Brava’s iconic stretch of coastline, Catalonia’s unwavering popularity is well-deserved. Its natural bounty has inspired a swathe of Michelin-starred chefs in the region, too — Roca brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi first found their inspiration in its fertile, arable lands. And it continues to attract young talent; Hostal de la Gavina is home to the showcase restaurant of Romain Fornell, the world’s youngest chef to receive a Michelin star.

Located 95km north of Barcelona, the Hostal de la Gavina sits atop a rocky promontory in the legendary enclave of S’Agaró in the heart of Costa Brava. This luxurious landmark is the only five-star resort in Catalonia and firmly places gastronomy at the forefront of the guest experience, with six indulgent eateries.

Its 74 rooms and suites are distinct, with styles ranging from Mediterranean to Elizabethan, while design accents such as Venetian Murano lamps and silk upholstery guarantee guests an opulent experience during their stay. Since its beginnings in the early 1930s, the hotel has retained a relaxed, homely feel, keeping the atmosphere romantic and authentic.

While away the hours at the Spa by Valmont, where signature therapies, including the Vitality of the Glaciers facial, rejuvenates tired complexions using cellular renewal boosters. Another regimen to look out for is the Princess Pan Dei treatment, which harnesses solar power to soothe and regenerate fragile skin.

The two-floor space features a heated pool, whirlpool bath, hammam, sauna and relaxation area, and the extensive menu boasts treatments from as far afield as Hawaii and Thailand. The Technogym and nearby tennis courts are on hand to give energetic guests a good workout.

Outside the spa, La Gavina’s open-air saltwater swimming pool is the only one of its kind on the Costa Brava, boasting views across the crystalline waters. The hotel’s 2,200sq metres of gardens offer the chance to sunbathe in total privacy, while guests can also take a pleasant stroll down to the beach and the traditional S’Agaró Baths.

Don’t miss

Wander down to Taverna del Mar — the 1920s beach restaurant recently renovated by interior designer Lázaro Rosa Violán

Need to know

Key Treatments

• Facial treatments
• Body treatments
• La Gavina massages
• Manicure and pedicure

Key Facilities

• 3 restaurants and 1 bar
• 25m outdoor pool
• Heated indoor pool and relaxation area
• By Valmont beauty treatments
• Fitness room
• 24hr concierge service
• Complimentary hi-speed WiFi
• Exclusive boutiques
• Tennis club with 2 clay courts and 2 paddle courts
• Free access to St Pol Beach Club

Contact Information

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

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