Aigua Clara was the perfect complement to our surprise stay in Begur - one of the most pictureque and classy places on the Costa Brava. The township has retained its quaint Spanish heritage, there's a a good diversity of quality restaurants, cafes and summer holiday boutiques, a spectacular coastline, hidden beach coves and loads of historic sites nearby to visit on those cloudy days.
This hotel adds to the magic with its shabby chic decor and laid back old world mood. Our hosts Joan and Clara made us feel like old friends within a day. They are very contemporary young Spaniards with experience and flair and in hospitality. Breakfast downstairs with the other guests was presented in a sun filled dining room with an excellent variety of European fare, fresh cappucinos and orange juice, today's newspapers and some very cool music that creates their signature mood.
Our sunny airy top floor room (you have to be in at least average shape to handle the climb) was well worth it for the the views in both directions - to the coast from the bathroom and to the town centre from the bedroom.
A small downside was that the dinner we had there one night did not quite live up to expectation and bit on the pricey side for the quality, although we do realise it was a very busy night. The atmosphere and friendly service did make up for any shortcomings.
Aigua Clara is a welcome relief from the bland accommodation style overtaking too many tourist deestinations around the world. If you value originality, aesthetics and a bohemian home by the beach foer you stay, you will be delighted with Aigua Clara.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll feel like at home in this family hotel, wich is run by Clara and Joan, its owners. A 1866 Colonial mansion with 10 rooms, restaurant, bar, garden... Located in Begur centre, the best village to explore the Costa Brava. Close to the best beaches, 20 minutes from 5 golf courses, 45 minutes from Girona Airport and 1 hour and a half from Barcelona. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aiguaclara Hotel Begur, Spain - Costa Brava