Best Luxury Hotels on the Costa Brava 2021


Stretching from the French border to Barcelona, ​​this area of ​​the Spanish coast is less populated than others and relatively unspoiled. Meaning “wild” coast, the region is known for its magnificent golden beaches, its temperate climate, its medieval towns and its pretty villages. As such, the Costa Brava is also home to some of the country’s most divine hotels and resorts, catering to the needs of families, couples and singles.

Hostal de la Gavina

Don’t be fooled by the name, this is not a “hostel”. This retreat, dating back to the 1920s, has hosted a plethora of Hollywood icons as well as real-life royalty. The Hostal de la Gavina is located on an area of ​​land jutting out towards the sea. This offers panoramic views from most of its sides, with an excellent beach just a five-minute walk away via a coastal path. Interiors here follow a lavish traditional style with glossy parquet floors, silk wallpaper, Greek pillars, flamboyant flower arrangements, marble surfaces, and antique furniture. Three restaurants (the main dining room offers piano accompaniment at dinner), a spa, and a ship-themed bar are available for guest enjoyment. Outside there is a large glamorous pool terrace, a children’s playground and tennis courts.

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Hotel Spa Elke

Elke Spa Hotel is located in Sant Feliu de Guixols, just over 10 minutes’ walk from Cala del Vigatà Beach. It has 66 forms of accommodation, each with a minibar and huge flat-screen TVs. The rooftop wellness area offers a hammam, sauna and hot tub, as well as a wide range of treatments. Guests can swim and sunbathe outside on the elegant terrace and dine in one of the two sophisticated restaurants. A soft indoor playground, mini club, games and babysitting services make it ideal for those traveling with very young children.

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Hotel Castell d’Empordà

Take a heritage vacation by staying in this magical castle dating from the beginning of the 14th century. This Catalan ruin – said to have been inhabited by Christopher Columbus at one point – has been completely renovated to create a boutique hotel with 57 rooms. Here, guests will find exposed stonework, world artifacts, quilted rugs, stained glass, Tibetan textiles, and Victorian bathtubs, all contributing to an ancient yet exotic feel. There are two swimming pools, one with stunning views and a bar, the other tiled and nestled in the castle gardens. The restaurants at Hotel Castell d’Empordà serve Spanish and Asian dishes, and a cellar bar provides a pleasant spot for a drink.

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Camiral Hotel in PGA Catalunya

This modern, mid-century five-star hotel is ten minutes from Girona, within the PGA Catalunya Resort, making it extremely popular with golf enthusiasts. On the Gold List of Conde Nast Traveler and member of Leading Hotels of the World, Camiral is the epitome of elegance and chic. The Mediterranean restaurant, casual brasserie, and bars (including a poolside bar) provide plenty of opportunities to socialize. While a fitness center, on-site activities, an infinity pool surrounded by luxury lounge chairs, and a spa ensure guests are kept busy, whether relaxing or exercising. It can accommodate 149 rooms with Elemis toiletries and pillow menus.

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Hotel Santa Marta

Lloret de Mar is one of the premier destinations on the Costa Brava and this is where the Hotel Santa Marta is located. Yet this property is hidden away, in an exclusive wooded location next to Santa Cristina beach (accessed by a forest path). The 76-room hotel is close to town but offers plenty of on-site activities such as tennis courts, beach yoga, waterfront pool with jacuzzi, supervised activities for children and an Ayurvedic spa. Guests can also bring their pets while on vacation here. Fine dining is available at the Santa Marta Hotel and there are two bars – one indoor and one outdoor.

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