Just a one-minute stroll from the main drag of Santa Eulalia, restaurants and bars aplenty are right at your doorstep. Keep strolling for about 30 seconds more and you’ll hit the beautiful beach promenade – central is Ca's Catala’s middle name.
With whimsical bespoke décor – the four-poster beds are very Alice In Wonderland-esque if you ask me – hand-crafted by John Reeves (of Heals fame) and filled with lovely natural light, it’s impossible to wake up on the wrong side of the bed here… they’re just too comfortable! While all the rooms have their own private bathroom, be aware some are in the hallway, outside your room. That’s no problem for me - all the more reason to pack a beautiful dressing gown.
There’s a very Mediterranean feel throughout, perhaps due to all the white with blue trimming and the tropical flora and fauna about the place, but what I like most is the homely vibe – whether you’re lounging in the sitting room (cosy in winter) or by the pool (lush in summer), it’s always possible to feel right at home.
Eating and drinking
The dining salon is a gorgeously kitsch space where the main feature – apart from the superb breakfasts on offer daily – is the cool black and white tiled floors. I couldn’t stop thinking that I’d stumbled onto a David Lynch set, minus the weirdness of course. There’s also a 24/7 honesty bar for when you need a nightcap or "hair of the dog".
There’s a cute little private pool, surrounded by palm trees within a walled area at the rear of the hotel, and it’s ideal for a spot of morning sunbathing before you hit the beach or a quick dip at dusk. There’s a bar here too – what more could you ask for? I know – a mojito please!
The owners pride themselves on the ultra personal service they provide and I must say, they have it down to a fine art. Ultra-knowledgeable, extremely helpful, friendly, fun and yet never intrusive – the perfect hosts indeed.
Who stays there
A hip, trendy and in-the-know UK crowd frequent Ca's Catala – as was the case while I was there, you may find yourself lounging beside the fashion director of Vogue, a retired engineer from Glasgow and a private jet pilot: makes for great conversation. It’s mostly a kid-free zone too, which I love when on holiday, however, in the month of August they’ll make an exception for families.
The super accessible rates meant I could afford to upscale to a room with a private terrace, but if you’re on a budget a single room goes for less than half that, and you still get all the benefits of lounging about the hotel, just a smaller place to sleep. Breakfast isn’t included, so expect to shell out either 12.50 euros for a Full English or buffet, or the continental clocking in at a mere 6.50 euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Mature travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Open all year round
- Completely non-smoking
- Can book entire hotel for groups
- Residential views
- Very little free parking