The road from the town of Begur to Llafranc winds past some of the most beautiful villas on the Costa Brava. After several miles, a left turn in the direction of Fornells (map) leads visitors to arguably one of the most charming hotels along the coast: Hotel Aigua Blava. Situated on a promontory, this family-run hotel is surrounded by beautiful trees and overlooks two gorgeous coves. It’s a tranquil place – worlds away from the bustle of the big beach towns – where one can truly relax and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Costa Brava. I’ve had the pleasure of staying there on two occasions and the serenity never failed to work its magic on me! Combined with the staff’s wonderful hospitality and some of the most delicious cuisine, I found myself promising to return each time I checked out.
The rooms are spacious and have either a balcony or a lounge deck, many with sea views. My favourite rooms are on the side of the complex overlooking a little cove.
Visitors can easily spend several days or longer, just lounging at the pool, going for walks along the Costa Brava coastal trails (one of which passes right by the hotel’s doorstep) or exploring the surrounding towns like Begur, Pals and Llafranc. The days begin with a lavish breakfast, served in the dining hall that offers stunning views of the sea. In the evenings, I recommend a pre-dinner cocktail at the hotel’s romantic terrace before tucking into a gastronomic feast. The cuisine is a contemporary take on local specialties and includes sumptuous dishes like rockfish tartare with Norwegian lobster carpaccio and a suquet (stew) of prawns.
Hotel Aigua Blava is a great choice for anyone who’s looking for a secluded hotel with excellent service in the heart of the Costa Brava. Relax, enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and indulge yourself with fine cuisine. The hotel is closed from November till March.