The El Baix Empordá region of the Costa Brava is a stunning corner of Catalonia. About a two-hour drive north of Barcelona, the Empordá is a region of gentle rolling hills, quaint medieval villages, rice fields and mile after mile of fruit orchards and cheery sunflowers. The cities of Girona and Figueres lie to the west of the Empordá whilst at its eastern border, the beaches, fishing villages and serene coves of the Costa Brava await.
In the heart of the Empordá, located in a tranquil area of vineyards, fruit orchards and rice fields, you’ll find the Costa Brava’s most luxurious hotel: Mas de Torrent Hotel and Spa. For decades, Mas de Torrent has welcomed many celebrities – Barbra Streisand and Shakira are regular guests here – and charmed them with sumptuous suites, a world-class spa and excellent cuisine coupled with gracious hospitality and professional service.
Mas de Torrent Hotel and Spa is situated in the hamlet of Torrent, a short drive away from the medieval towns of Peratallada and Pals, and the beaches of Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell. The hotel consists of a main building, an 18th century farmhouse, and separate blocks which house beautifully-appointed suites, some with private swimming pools and a dedicated block for the Mas Spa.
The complex is surrounded by gorgeous gardens with neat lawns, fragrant lavender and colourful African lilies. The hotel oozes a friendly, laid-back atmosphere which quickly made me feel right at home. My suite was spacious and cozy, with a large bathroom and a private terrace. The bed was delightfully comfortable. I later discovered that the suites vary in style, from classic chic to contemporary elegance.
The first thing I did was download the Mas de Torrent app (yes, there’s free wifi!) which provides useful information about the hotel and spa, and the latest events in the Empordá region. No need to pick up the phone. I made reservations for my Spa treatment and dinner via the app! Very cool! My next stop: the pool.
The pool, surrounded by palms and super comfy deck-chairs, was absolutely gorgeous. I went for a quick swim, then enjoyed an afternoon snack at the breezy café overlooking the pool.
I sat there for what seemed like an eternity, simply enjoying the soft breeze in my face and a cold beer. The hotel was fully booked but I never noticed it for one second. Instead, the serenity of this place wrapped itself around me like a warm blanket. I could imagine why some of the biggest celebrities on the planet choose Mas de Torrent to get away from it all. This place is simply blissful!
The Mas Spa
My next stop was the Mas Spa. Located on a hillock overlooking the main complex, the Spa is very secluded; the perfect place for pure relaxation and indulgence. The building houses private treatment rooms, changing areas with fantastic showers and a gorgeous indoor pool. Needless to say, the massage and scrub were heavenly and I emerged feeling totally rejuvenated! And my skin had never felt that smooth!
Dinner at Mas de Torrent
That evening, I sat down for a dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. The service was friendly and attentive. I opted for the pan-friend scallops and prawns with a lime dressing to start and the lamb rack with hummus and mint as my main course, and ordered a bottle of Conde de Valdemar, a divine red wine from the Rioja. The fresh scallops, the tender cuts of lamb and the velvety finish of the Valdemar were the perfect end to a blissful day at Mas de Torrent!
If you’re visiting the Costa Brava and you’re looking for a tranquil getaway, I can highly recommend the Mas de Torrent Hotel and Spa. It’s the ideal place to bask in luxury and from which to explore the beautiful Empordá.
Mas de Torrent Hotel and Spa is a recommended hotel/restaurant in the Ultimate Euro Food Trip!
Note: Mas de Torrent hosted me at their hotel and spa but all views are mine.