Luxury hotel holiday Hostal de la Gavina Costa Brava

The five-star Hostal de la Gavina is an elegant seaside villa with an air of exclusivity, where guests can enjoy stunning views of the bay of Sant Pol on the Costa Brava. The luxurious property promises utter relaxation, with extremely high standards of accommodation, a lovely pool area overlooking the neighbouring beach, a relaxing spa facility and a number of excellent dining possibilities. Located under one and a half hours' drive from Barcelona and within easy reach of a number of picturesque beaches and rocky coves, the hotel is well located for a luxury holiday on the Catalan coast.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on room only
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barcelona
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaro

Hostal de la Gavina is a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel set beside a picturesque beach. A variety of delicious gastronomic offerings, excellent spa facilities and serene saltwater swimming pool with sea views offer guests a truly refreshing, restorative retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is about 10-minutes' walk from Platja de Sant Pol beach

Annual opening 17 April to 31 October

Closest airport Barcelona

Distance from airport The hotel is about 90-minutes' drive from Barcelona Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Fine Dining Restaurant, Poolside Restaurant, Snack Bar and Terrace, Banquet Hall, Salt Water Swimming Pool, Pool Bar, Heated Swimming Pool, 2 Clay Tennis Courts, 2 Paddle Tennis Courts, Gardens, Fitness Room, Spa, Sauna, Boutiques, 24-hour Room Service and Concierge Service, WiFi, Babysitting, Hairdressing, Laundry, Free Parking, Complimentary access to St Pol Beach Club, Library Room, Children's Playground, Kid's Club Activities, Free WiFi. Weddings and events can be arranged.

Complimentary

Parking, WiFi, access to local beach club.

Chargeable watersports

Sailing, Water Skiing, Kayaking.

Land sports

Tennis, Paddle Tennis, Golf, Biking, Hiking, Horse Riding.

Out and about nearby

Hostal de la Gavina offers walking access to the bay of Sant Pol and the "Banys de S'Agaro" beach club. The historic coastal walk of Camino de Ronda is ideal for nature enthusiasts, and leads to Sa Conca beach. The hotel is 100km from Barcelona and just 30km from Girona.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,770 low season

£2,430 high season

Holiday Code EXH1542

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaro

The five-star Hostal de La Gavina is a timeless and luxurious seaside villa with an air of exclusivity, located in a slightly elevated position overlooking the bay of Sant Pol on the Costa Brava. On the small peninsula it calls home, the hotel boasts glorious views over rugged cliffs, down to crystal-clear waters and off to the picturesque cove. Built in the early 1920s, the property exudes a style and elegance that is true to that era - and the region. This is thanks to the romantic vision of architect Rafael Masó i Valentí­, who sought to maintain authentic Catalan style with similar architecture to the surrounding villas. Originally home to just 11 rooms, the structure has been added to over the years in the most sympathetic manner, and it is now home to 74 rooms and suites. Interiors harbour a distinctive design with traditional influences, with antiques, tapestries and fine fabrics standing out against white walls. Spacious guestrooms are individually furnished and feature historical pieces, whilst wooden or tiled floors ensure that rooms remain cool even in the heat of the summer. Rooms boast lovely views over the patio or out to sea, which can be enjoyed from the balcony of a Superior room. Meanwhile the incredibly luxurious suites offer grandness, opulence and an abundance of space. The dining experience of Hostal de La Gavina promises sumptuous Mediterranean flavours in a variety of romantic settings. An exclusive option is the glamorous and intimate Candlelight Restaurant, which spills out onto a pretty sunken courtyard in the summer months with live piano music to accompany your meal. For daytime bites there is also the Snack Bar El Barco and Garbi poolside restaurant, with plenty of tables on cool outdoor terraces. One of the highlights of Hostal de la Gavina is the lovely area surrounding the seawater pool, where guests can relax on sun loungers which overlook the nearby cove whilst being looked after by attentive staff. Meanwhile, the hotel's luxury spa is a haven of relaxation, complete with a heated pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and Roman bath. Families are welcomed at Hostal de la Gavina, with a number of connecting rooms available and a kids' club which runs in summer and is based in the tennis centre. If guests wish to venture outside the hotel, they can hire sun loungers and cabanas on the adjacent beach where they will also find the outstanding Taverna del Mar restaurant, or wander along the seafront path which passes picturesque villas and rocky coves on the way to another lovely stretch of sand. Hostal de la Gavina is an elegant hotel in a beautiful setting, where guests can enjoy a luxurious holiday on the Costa Brava.

Room descriptions

Hostal de La Gavina has 74 rooms and suites.

Single Room
Classic Double Room with garden views
Classic Double Room with balcony with garden and terrace views
Superior Double Room with balcony with sea views
Junior Suite with garden and sea views
Deluxe Suite with garden and sea views

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,770 low season

£2,430 high season

Holiday Code EXH1542

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaro

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaro, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Barcelona. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet, Jet2 and TUI for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 1 hour and 55 minutes’ drive from Barcelona airport and we recommend that we book for you either a private car transfer or a hire-car, depending on the itinerary.

Additional information

Minimum stays: A minimum stay of 2 nights is required during July and August.

Children: Children are welcome at the hotel and connecting rooms are available on request for families.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,770 low season

£2,430 high season

Holiday Code EXH1542

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaro

About Catalonia and Eastern Spain

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to eastern Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in Catalonia and Valencia, including luxury beach resorts on the Costa Brava, mountain retreats in the Catalan Pyrenees and city hotels in Barcelona and Valencia. Eastern Spain is a diverse area with buzzing cities and mediaeval towns, rugged coastline and sandy beaches, soaring mountains and lush river deltas. There is a great wealth of historical and cultural sights throughout Catalonia and the Valencian community, both within the main cities and hidden away in the countryside. Although Barcelona is the main draw for visitors to eastern Spain, the rest of the region is well worth visiting and offers tremendous diversity. During a holiday in eastern Spain, visitors can trek or partake in mountain sports, relax on the beach and visit historic towns and cities all within the space of a few days. Catalonia itself is a unique region which provided inspiration for a number of famous artists such as Dali and Picasso, and retains a strong regional identity which is evident in its language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals. In the north is Catalonia, whose capital is the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. With unique architecture and a rich culture, gourmet restaurants and lively bars, golden beaches and tranquil parks, it is not surprising that Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Away from the city there is an abundance of cultural and historical attractions as well as areas of stunning natural beauty. The entire region retains a strong regional identity, with its own commonly used language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals. Towns and cities including Girona, Tarragona, Vic and Lleida are home to a variety of highlights including mediaeval castles, cobbled old towns, ancient Roman ruins and modernist architecture. Stretching north towards the French border are the pretty coves, jagged cliffs and golden beaches of the Costa Brava, where you can still find wild and untouched stretches of coastline in between busy coastal towns. Meanwhile, inland are the snow-capped Pyrenees, a towering mountain range which forms the border with France and is dotted with remove villages, an ideal setting for trekking and partaking in mountain sports. Past the vineyards and rice fields of southern Catalonia is the Valencian Community, whose capital is Spain's third-largest city. Valencia has reinvented itself in recent years with futuristic architecture and a sophisticated port area which contrast with the historic buildings of the atmospheric old town. Further south are the sprawling beach resorts of the Costa Blanca, but if you head away from the Valencian coastline you will find craggy mountains, peaceful nature reserves, colourful citrus groves, traditional villages and ancient fortresses.

Highlights of Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Barcelona's Gothic quarter, a maze of narrow streets and plazas which is home to historic buildings including La Seu Cathedral. Modernist architecture throughout the region, particularly in Barcelona where Gaudí­ designed works including the Sagrada Familia church and Park Guell. Green spaces within Barcelona such as Montjuic, a fortress-topped hill, and Parc de la Ciutatella, a popular park with a zoo and several museums. The City of Arts and Sciences and the Fine Arts Museum in Valencia. Historic monuments within Valencia including a 15th century silk exchange and a Cathedral, home to a Holy Chalice which is said to be the Holy Grail. The Monastery of Montserrat, a religious complex in a spectacular setting atop craggy mountains with chapels, hermits' caves and numerous nature trails. Wineries in towns such as Sant Sadurní d'Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès. Tarragona, a port city with fascinating Roman remains. The ancient walled city of Girona. Vic, a quintessentially Catalan town with an outstanding market. Cardona, a picturesque town with an impressive fortress. The renowned Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Charming towns along the Costa Brava such as Cadaques, as well as those further inland such as the colourful town of Begur. Pretty villages in the Pyrenees, where visitors can also hike and partake in mountain activities. Wildlife in the wetlands of the Albufera Natural Park.

Festivals in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

March: Las Fallas festival of fire (Valencia), 23 April: Celebration of Catalonia's patron saint, April: Barcelona April Fair, May: Girona flower fair, 23 June: Midsummer's Eve Festival, July: Valencia July Fair, July/August: Begur Music Festival, August: La Tomatina tomato throwing festival (Buñol), 11 September: National day of Catalonia, September: Celebration of Barcelona's patron saint, September/October: Human tower festivals (near Tarragona).

Gastronomy in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Cuisine in eastern Spain takes inspiration from both nearby France and from central Spain whilst making use of local ingredients available including seafood, fresh vegetables, meat and game. Paella, the rice dish which is known the world over originated in Valencia. Barcelona is home to some of Spain's best restaurants, with gastronomic chefs creating innovative cuisine and over 20 boasting at least one Michelin star. Typical dishes include unusual ‘sea and mountain' combinations which use both meat and seafood, ‘Pa amb tomàquet' (bread with tomato, oil and garlic), ‘Fideuá' (a variant of Paella with pasta), ‘Zarzuela' (a seafood stew), ‘Escudella’ (a stew containing vegetables, meat, rice and pasta) and ‘Crema Catalana' (a Catalan version of a Crème Brûlée).

Climate in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Eastern Spain enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, although mountainous areas are somewhat cooler. Late spring and early autumn are great times to visit coastal areas as the weather is warm with temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade, although some rainfall can be expected. Summer in the cities can be unbearably hot, but the coastline is cooled by sea breezes. Winter is generally mild with occasional rain and average temperatures of 10 degrees, whilst temperatures regularly drop below freezing in the Pyrenees and snow often falls.

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