Begur is one of the most important villages in the Costa Brava thanks to it’s unique location and beauty. It’s an old medieval village located at the top of a hill, very close to the beach. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Medes Islands, access to some of the nicest “calas” (little beautiful beaches) in the whole Costa Brava and walk through Begur streets, where you’ll find beautiful spots, shops and restaurants. In my journey through the Costa Brava I haven’t found any other village with this level of beauty, services, cleanliness and charm. Sure it is a tourist place, but the nature of this town does not allow crowds. People and beauty is well distributed so you can explore a lot, even in summer, and still feel relaxed and far away from stressful more tourist places in the Costa Brava.
Ambience and service:
“Fet amb Love” or Made with Love is their catchword, and that’s great because it describes in a short and perfect way the whole atmosphere of this little hotel. Wherever you look at you’ll see antique objects, collectibles and furniture, photographs, paintings and many other details that make you notice everything is done with love and great sense for decoration.
I was impressed by little details like a board in a wall where they draw a big heart with their catchword “Fet amb Love”, where any guest can write it’s name or message. When it’s full they make a picture and put it next to the board so it’s not missed and you can see what others or yourself wrote in the past. Little details that make the difference.
The Aiguaclara Hotel is located in an old restored house in the center of Begur. Many people from this village went to Cuba between 1830 and 1850 to seek their fortune. Some of them succeeded and came back, building stunning houses and giving to Begur an even better image and heritage that remains in the actual days. They were nicknamed “indianos”. Thanks to them, today, we can enjoy this hotel, considered one of the best in Spain.
Clara and Joan, the owners, as well as all their staff, work hard every day to give guests an unforgettable experience. Clara showed me the hotel. I was really impressed from the very beginning. In the entrance you can quickly see old suitcases and photo cameras, paintings, mirrors and warm lighting.
This is not the typical high class hotel, it’s more like a very special and beautiful guest house. Everything from architecture and decoration to personalized attention to the guests make this hotel so unique.
Ideal for couples, with or without kids. “Made with Love”, remember? This applies to how the owners work and act but also how the guests live the experience. Romantic spots inside and outside the hotel, romantic atmosphere 360º.
Clara told me about their art “exhibitions”. They are very sensitive and love sharing others artwork in their hotel. You’ll find many paintings and photographs spread all over the house. I was lucky because a great photo exhibition was running at the moment I visited the hotel: Laurie Sparham black & white photographs from many Hollywood stars.
3 floors, 10 rooms (2+4+4). Every single one is quite different and unique. They were thought and designed respecting the old house structure. High ceilings, big windows with a lot of natural light, antique wardrobes, mirrors, paintings, incredibly comfortable beds, candles, chairs, beautiful bathrooms and the original floor that gives to the space great personality and beauty.
All rooms have at least two separated spaces, one with the main bed and another with a sofa-bed, so you will be able to visit Aiguaclara Hotel with friends or family and stay together. They have international TV and DVD player in all rooms.
Every night, I took a long shower, watched TV for a while and felt deeply asleep. Beds are extremely comfortable, and I guess the whole atmosphere helped for such a good rest. Soft sheets and pillows, perfect temperature and a large window behind the bed. This time I went alone… I’ll try going back again in good company.
Put your key in the big wood door and enjoy an amazing and pleasant stay. You won’t forget it.
Facilities and services:
There is a chill-out terrace reserved for hotel guests, a nice living room with sofas where you can relax, read, listen to music or talk for a while with other guests. They have books in all languages that you can use during your stay, as well as a music system for your cd’s, iphones or ipads. They also have an extense and varied CD collection.
One of the most special corners of the house is the “by Clara Boutique”. Clara loves finding antique objects and unique art pieces that are present in the whole hotel, but also had the good idea of making a little “boutique” so you can buy some great stuff for your own house or friends.
Buffet breakfast from 9 to 11 at the restaurant in the first floor: Bread, toast, butter, homemade jam and marmalade, honey, croissants, chocolate cake, custard pudding, fresh fruit, assorted cold meats, cheese, cereals and yoghurt, espresso coffee, tea and refreshing natural orange juice. National and Internation newspapers available for free every morning.
Having breakfast at the Aiguaclara Hotel was closer to having breakfast in a fancy New York City cafe than in any other place. I love places that are able to create amazing atmosphere no matter where they are.
Lounge Bar where enjoy some of their mojito’s or gintonics “made with love”. You can also serve yourself at any time. They have food and drinks (coffee, tea, soda, alcohol) in the first floor too, so you can use it as a “mini-bar” as you would do it in your own house.
Free internet Wi-Fi in the whole hotel. Beach towels and umbrellas loan for guests.