We had 12 days at the Golden Bahia de Tossa and it was very good indeed, and excellent value for money. We had half board but had lunch on 2 days because it was convenient and cheap, but there are lots of great places to eat in Tossa so I'm very glad we hadn't gone for full or all inclusive. We travelled with Thomson and their rep there, Sam, is great, you are in very safe hands. Excellent reception staff, unobtrusive maid service (she seemed to know exactly when we were going to breakfast and cleaned while we were downstairs) and good waiting and bar staff. The pool area and kid's area were great, I especially liked that one pool was purely to swim in so it effectively discouraged children ..there was plenty of stuff for them elsewhere but I liked the adults only feel) Sadly the weather was inconsistent so the pools were very cold but there's an indoor one and I was even able to do an aqua class.The quality and variety of food was good, lots of fish, all very fresh. I would have liked more variety of fresh fruits (strawberries, raspberries etc) at breakfast though there was always melon and watermelon, plus apples and oranges. I particularly likes the salads...including beetroot, egg, artichoke, sardines, prawns, smoked salmon, pasta, rice etc etc Once again I was shocked at people's greed as I saw people pile up plates with more smoked salmon or prawns than anyone could eat! Chefs cooked fish or steaks or chicken while you waited. I found breakfast nicest at 7.45/ 8.00 am when the doors opened...at 9 it was very busy and as we went at half term it was noisy and full of children by then. The dining layout was illogical to me... tea and coffee on opposite sides of the room and butter and jam with the fruit, away from the toast and croissants, but my only real niggle was the cheap weak tea bags (I had to use two in a pot and I normally ask for the bag separate in England as I have my tea so weak!)The entertainment was OK, better than most hotels I've stayed in and if you don't fancy it the bar/lounge area is pleasant and there's a piano bar was pleased to find that despite being among a coach load of people from the same Manchester flight, the hotel and the resort were very mixed...lots of French, some Dutch, Italians Germans and Russians.Its about 5 mins walk to the bus station and maybe15 to the seafront but it is flat and you pass nice shops and cafes
Tossa itself is really lovely, not at all brash and full of clubs and high rises like its neighbour Lloret. This hotel is good for families and older couples, but Tossa isn't for teens or clubbers. It has fishing boats pulled up on the beach and the windy streets of the cobbled old town that you just have to love, and if your knees are dicky you can get the little green tourist train up to the top (if you want a loo up there there is only one, in a bar with a sea view). Montserrat monastery is very interesting though rather a long coach journey, and we had a great day out visiting the castle and museum of Salvador Dali. We had been to Barcelona before so didn't go, but my advice there is if you want to go there do a city break..it deserves longer than you have there on a day trip.Altogether, a really, really good break !
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