I stayed a week in this luxury boutique hotel as the venue for The Healthy Holiday Company's fitness week, called InSpa. This means that in addition to the hotel staff, we also had our own chef to prepare food for our detox diet (no dairy, caffeine, salt, sugar) so I didn't experience the hotel's food.
The hotel has been beautifully converted from an 11th century farmhouse 3 years ago. My room was on the second floor and was roomy enough to include a super king sized bed, a couple of King Louis style chairs, a double sofa as well as a wardrobe and solid set of drawers. Double doors lead onto a roomy balcony with views over the surrounding farm and woodlands. Before I left I checked out some of the other rooms and they were as luxurious or even better than the one I'd had.
The ensuite bathroom was beautiful and included a hairdryer (had to keep a button depressed to use it), a free standing bath, a shower, and sink. The bath towels were a decent size which is always nice and they provided slippers and dressing gown. Sadly, during my week here there was a rather unpleasant ‘drain’ smell wafting through the bedroom from the bathroom despite the lovely hotel staff’s best efforts to remedy. The drain issue was also responsible for the flooding every time I took a shower (not ideal on a fitness holiday). I think this is due to a combination of poor design as well as drain blockages. One of the showers squirts directly out the door at chest height; there is no shower tray which lovely in theory, means that a small buildup of water over the bottom glass door seal allows water to flood out onto the wooden floors of the bedroom beyond. Easily rectified but I’m aware that at least two other guests had a similar experience. Quite irritating over the course of an entire week.
The underfloor cooling system whilst brilliant in theory, really didn't seem to work at all. Several of us found the rooms stifling during our mid June stay. I asked several times for a fan for the room and was the only one of our group of 11 to get one, albeit just for the last night of our stay! A fan in each room would be a good investment! Although I did open the windows to bring in breeze, this also brought in the bugs and noise - particularly the heavy machinery that was working away on building a decent road into the hotel.
The only other criticism I have is that the owner tended to be around all the time and never smiled or gave us any sense of hospitality during the week until I engaged him directly on the day before we were leaving. It may have been that he didn't speak English (we didn't speak Spanish), but there was nothing welcoming about him and several of us noticed independently. I was told he designed the hotel himself and overall I think he did a marvellous job, but a smile can go a long way! That said, the other staff were absolutely lovely - English speakers or not.
I think this is a beautiful spot. Close to hiking and cycling and just an hour and a half beyond Barcelona airport. The woods and natural meadows were full of wild poppies, thyme, rosemary, camomile and other flowers. It wouldn't take much for me to give this a 5 star review, but 7 nights experiencing the same issues of overheating at night, smelly drains day and night in my room and consistent flooding really took the shine off what was a rather amazing retreat.
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