My partner and I, both 20 have just returned from a week at the Golden Bahia and were very impressed. Firstly with Thompson who were friendly and very accommodating throughout the booking process and continued to be of great help once there with providing informed transfers and an EXCELLENT holiday advisor Sam along with her advisor in training Maddie. They were very approachable, in the hotel almost every day, gave us a short welcome and departure talk, as well as taking us on a short walk around the local area pointing out amenities, and lots of sites of interest. Many of which we could have easily walked past without knowing the significance so that was great. Enjoyed excursions to Marineland, had pictures with Dolphins which was great although the park itself was slightly smaller than expected, Barcelona where our tour guide Frank was AMAZING! He knew masses about Spanish history and shared his knowledge on our journey to and around Barcelona visiting famous sites, would highly recommend the water fountain show (only shown on a thurs and fri at 9pm) This fantastic array or lights, music and fountains is a must see!! Also went on the Catamaran trip which was great too - would definitely travel with Thompson again.
Check in was easy, our room was first floor and the first room so very quick and easy, 178. The room was big enough for us with large built in wardrobes, a clean decent en suite and balcony overlooking the pool area. Cleaner came in daily, was very nice. The hotel ask you only to leave the towels you want replacing on the floor to reduce washing and energy, I thought this was a great idea!
The hotel itself was fresh, bright and clean with lots of marble, a large wifi lounge area, games room, adults only lounge, capri entertainments bar and restaurant. The Spa was a great space, fairly prices at 6 per person to use the saunas, steam rooms and array of different showers. We also paid for massages which were lovely and fairly priced! The gym wasn't extensive but large enough as you are on holiday after all, the indoor pool was warm and cosy with slightly darker lighting and Jacuzzi areas within it. Outdoor pool area was great, lots of pool space, more than enough sunbeds which was a relief after holiday experiences where there are a handful of sunbeds for an entire hotel. The water was cold but made a nice refreshing cool down, there were pool sides bars too. Moreover the level 6 adults only (had to ask reception for a key to enter) area was lovely, apparently the best place to catch the sun on top of the hotel with 2 Jacuzzis and sunbeds as well as an optional nudist section.
Entertainments team tried hard to get people involved, we did try rifle shooting which was fun as well as taking part in bingo one evening and watching some of the other shows such as a magic show and some Beijing acrobats. Whilst the entertainment was good It was also slightly repetitive with bingo taking place every night!
Restaurant was great, wide selection of food for all types of eaters, although sometimes what looked like limited choices for vegetarians. The chefs recognised us and were friendly throughout the week. Breakfast was an immense array of everything and anything you could possibly think of wanting for breakfast, as far as champagne. Lunches were the weakest meal out of the 3 but was still very good, there was just less variety and selection than at dinner. In the evenings multiple chefs would be out cooking and serving food, often varieties of meat joints etc. There was lots of choice, always plenty of bread, and a large salad bar. The atmosphere in the restaurant was nice and never had to wait for a table, always room for everyone. Recognition must go to Jose the Bar Manager, he recognised and greeted us warmly every time he was working from our very first meal to final breakfast and was extremely pleasant and friendly!!
Tossa itself is BEAUTIFUL! From driving through and visiting other towns in the Costa Brava it is clear that with its smaller population and maintained old town of beauty the resort has a laid back atmosphere. The beach is inbetween sand and stones, grainy. The seafront was lined with restaurants all looking out across the water and over to the castle like structure at the far end of the bay which is in fact the walled old town. You MUST visit this and walk amongst the cobbled streets and up to the lighthouse with beautiful views of the coast. Lloret de Mar, is much larger and the next town along but is also somewhat of a 'concrete city' pulling in tourists to its range of clubs and bars.
Only negatives would be - Reception staff sometimes rude - Indoor pool and gym closes at 8pm, bit early - Daytime and evening entertainment sometimes repetitive - Limited food for vegetarians - Some excursions fairly pricey
Overall, go to the Costa Brava, moreover go to Tossa and the Golden Bahia! You will not be disappointed, a great 4* hotel, hugely keen to visit again and hope to, so much to see and do!