Carretera de Cap Sa Sal, Aiguafreda, Begur, Girona, Spain, 17255
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- Couples, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Singles, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Trendiness
Expert review of Vintage Hotel
A lot of the hotels with the best views on the Costa Brava very much fall into the bracket of ‘Grand Hotels’ of yesteryear and often have a slight fustiness about them as a result. There’s nothing remotely fusty about the Vintage Hotel and Lounge however. The ‘Lounge’ itself is a hip bar/restaurant, (also open to the public separately) in a large glass cabin-type building, with often a DJ playing soft, laid-back sounds and one of the loveliest, wooded views out to the curving coastline and sea below. The eight rooms in the Hotel meanwhile are all simply but stylishly furnished and have similarly spectacular views.
One of the most striking things about the hotel. It’s built right onto the slopes of the densely wooded, pine-clad coastline. The small cove beach at Aiguafreda is five minutes’ walk away following the rocks around the coastal path, and the slightly larger cove of Sa Tuna takes about 15-20 minutes. Otherwise, if you’re driving, Sa Tuna is about five to ten minutes away, with the other gorgeous beaches of Tamariu, Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell within easy reach. The hilltop medieval towns of Begur and Pals are likewise only a short drive away.
The eight rooms all look out to the sea and have almost too-good-to-be-true, holiday-brochure views of the glittering Mediterranean framed by the trees and rocks. For me, opening the shutters first thing in the morning and seeing that view is almost worth the price of admission alone. The feel in the rooms is decidedly hip with warm-toned, wood floors, greys and whites and the odd antique piece like the antique desk I had in my room. The bathrooms are a bit on the cramped side but they do have L’Occitane bath products which almost makes up for it. It’s worth asking for one of the rooms on the upper level though which will be the quietest. (My room was on the ground floor and I was woken by the sound of the sprinkler watering the lawns outside in the small hours.)
The pine-forest terrace here is really the focus of the entire hotel as it’s the only real communal area there is, apart from the restaurant. It’s the kind of place I could happily spend days though - just reading, chatting, eating and drinking and soaking up the stunning views.
The buffet breakfast is laid out in the ‘Lounge’ bar, but unless you happen to be very unlucky with the weather, everyone takes their breakfast out onto the main garden terrace to enjoy the views. There’s a good choice of fresh fruit, mini-croissants and chocolate croissants, pan con tomate – toast with pureed tomatoes and olive oil - yoghurts, jamon Serrano and cheeses as well as breads and jams. See my review of the restaurant by clicking here Vintage Lounge.
The pool and surrounding gardens have stunning views on the bays and sea below. It’s a few minutes’ walk to get there though as you have to pass through the grounds of what is now a private apartment building near the hotel to reach the pool (which is shared with the apartments). There's no shortage of sporting activities nearby though, including a diving school at the cove at Aiguafreda which is only a short walk away.
Young, hip staff who nearly all speak very good English. They'll also go the extra mile if necessary. We took a wrong turning in the dark trying to find the hotel down the dark country lanes on our first night and manageress Ivonne came out in her car to find us.
Mostly international couples.
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