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|Hotel Garbi*** - Calella de Palafrugell
Overlooking the bay of Calella de Palafrugell, where whitewashed houses tumble down to the water's edge to welcome home the brightly coloured fishing boats, there is arguably no better place in Catalonia to stay on your golf holiday than the Hotel Garbi, for a taste of real Catalan hospitality.
Choose from either 3 or 4 star bedrooms. All are well proportioned, newly re-decorated and furnished, plus they all benefit from air conditioning and a sea-view balcony. Reaching out below the hotel the shady gardens and ample parking surround the heated outdoor pool and patio-bar.
The restaurant with its huge glass windows borders the pool and is connected to the hotel via a tunnel and lift. Dining in the restaurant is a treat – particularly the desserts and wines (Enric the owner also run a patisserie and fine wine emporium in the town, well worth a browse!).
The village and beaches of Calella de Palafrugell are a mere five minute walk away where there are many other small restaurants to be found alongside the beach, including the Tragamar, one of our all time favourites.
|Park Hotel San Jorge****- Platja d'Aro
On a spit of land between two coves, the Park Hotel San Jorge lies amidst pine trees just outside the busy resort of Platja d’Aro.
A peaceful setting beside the sea, that still allows night owls easy access to all the bars and restaurants of one of Catalunya’s liveliest resorts. The hotel is ideally placed just a fifteen-minute stroll into town at a leisurely pace (or there are plenty of taxis!), so you are assured of a quiet night’s sleep in the comfortable bedrooms or suites.
Although just yards from the Mediterranean beaches below, the hotel has a good sized swimming pool complete with bar and terrace-spa where you can treat yourself to a massage with a Mediterranean view! There are also tennis courts and sauna.
There are two restaurants within the hotel, one in an informal buffet style the other offering a more gastronomic ‘à-la-carte’ menu featuring many Catalan specialities.
|Planamar Hotel*** - Platja d'Aro
In the very centre of Platja d'Aro this great little hotel could not be better placed to extract every ounce of fun out of the ever-throbbing resort of Platja d'Aro. Fronting the beach at about the geographical centre of the bay, the Planamar hotel offers you a clean and comfortable base from where to enjoy the excellent golf courses and busy night-life of Catalonia.
The Planamar Hotel has just 30 rooms, most have balconies and look directly out over the Mediterranean (there are also smaller rooms along the flanks of the hotel that make excellent value Singles). On the first floor there is a good restaurant, where there is a often a buffet and during the season a barbecue once a week. In the streets around there is no shortage of other dining options of nearly all flavours.
On the ground floor you will find the Magenta bar, one of the coolest in Platja d'Aro. The bar extends out onto the beachside promenade and its wickerwork armchairs are the perfect spot to indulge in a spot of people watching and sundowning.
The beach is only 20 yards from your front door, however if you prefer to bathe in private you might like to make use of the roof-top pool and sun-deck.
Conveniently too, the Planamar also has its own underground car-park in the apartment block across the street.
|Camiral***** - PGA Catalunya
A strikingly modern construction that dominates the skyline above the two tremendous courses at PGA Catalunya. The hotel was constructed to attract both golfers and business clientele (hence its conference centre) so sometimes has quite a mixed residency during the week.
For golfers the location is excellent, two courses and truly outstanding practice facilities on your doorstep. Plus, it is close to the main Barcelona – Girona arterial route so swiftly accessed from either airport.
The hotel is modern throughout, bedrooms are well designed with extended sitting areas and balconies looking out over the central pool. There is also a small indoor pool and spa area; albeit curiously positioned amidst the business centre?!?
The Clubhouse will welcome you for lunch and in the evening there is fine dining in the restaurant or simpler dishes are available in the bar and lounge. If you feel the need to dine off campus, we can recommend some excellent restaurants in the villages around or an evening in Girona or even Barcelona is feasible.
|Hotel Carlemany**** - Girona
For early or late season golf holidays, Girona makes a lively base as there is always plenty of life in the city. And, being relatively small in size, it is easy enough to get in and out of to the golf courses, coast and other attractions of Catalonia.
Centrally located, the modernised Carlemany is surrounded by the smart boutiques and cafés of Girona; strolling through these you will soon come to the river and the old quarter with its narrow cobbled streets of tapas bars and restaurants. Culture vultures will also enjoy the pair of cathedrals, several museums and the fortifications at the top of the town.
The bedrooms at the Carlemany are bright with air-conditioning and all the amenities you would expect of a modern city hotel.
On the ground floor, the coffee shop is very popular with the locals as is the funky Indigo bar and brasserie. There is also El Pati Verd, a more traditional restaurant that is encircled by flora of all genres giving a nice feeling of dining in the forest rather than a city centre!
Handily for golfers, there is an underground car-park with direct lift access to the lobby.
|Emporda Golf Hotel****
For golf holidays in Catalonia where the accent is clearly on golfing, the Emporda Golf Hotel could well be the perfect spot. With the two very different Emporda golf courses right on your doorstep, Pals and Serres de Pals just down the road (and decent practice facilities too), golf-wise it's hard to beat.
The hotel is of very modern design, with a strong Scandinavian influence, so don't expect a traditional Catalan atmosphere! However the ancient towns of Pals and Torrent are nearby where you can drink your fill of Catalan culture.
The hotel has a bar, restaurant and a small spa area complete with whirlpool and massage jets; there is a larger outdoor pool at the Clubhouse too and the beaches at Pals are not far away.
Nightlife is limited due to the hotel's rural location, however there are several restaurants in Pals and the other villages dotted around the countryside.
||Castell d’Emporda****- La Bisbal
For somewhere extra special to stay, this 700 year old castle high above La Bisbal is the place. We have never seen anywhere quite like this unique and secluded hide-away.
The bedrooms and halls have been furnished with amazing Moroccan artefacts and textiles creating a totally unique experience. The castle has an outdoor pool and sunny patio ideal for a long lazy lunch prepared by the exceptionally talented young chef.
Well placed for all the golf courses, not too far from the beaches or the city of Girona itself, the Castell provides a refined and secluded base for visiting this fascinating area of Spain.
4 nights at the Hotel Garbi***
for all your help arranging our golf trip this year. The hotel (Garbi)
location was voted the best place we had ever been and likewise the
PGA Catalunya Green course was probably the best golf course most
of us have ever played. All in all it was an excellent weekend's golf."