We had booked an apartment through Owners Direct in Sa Punta, Platja de Pals on the Costa Brava. So disappointed were we with the accommodation that we walked away from it (FYI: Owners Direct reference S20620, Urb. Sa Punta 59 - do not touch this property with a barge-pole, it was ghastly) and checked into a nearby hotel that turned out to be the most wonderful and unexpected delight.
From the first moment of walking in, the receptionist - Maria - made us feel welcome and special. The grounds of the hotel are exceptionally good and the swimming pool is outstanding - a pool big enough to do real swimming! The hotel room was very good indeed. Huge comfortable bed with nearby switch to operate the electronic black-out blinds. Big balcony. Lovely bathroom. Slippers, robe, lots of goodies. We had a deal that included breakfast and made full use of this to save money on lunches after the debacle of the apartment which had been a very costly mistake. The breakfasts were one of the highlights of the day, sitting on the breakfast room patio, looking out onto the beautiful grounds, eating plate after plate of delicious food, fruit, pastries and drinking the kind of good strong coffee you can only find in the Med. Exceptional!
We treated ourselves to dinner in the highly-regarded restaurant just once as it is rather expensive. The dining space is delightful, as was the service and food. Steer clear of the restaurants near the beach and head to the little villages inland - Pals, Palau-Sator, Peratallada - where you will find enchanting buildings and good restaurants galore.
Thank you, Hotel Sa Punta for saving the day and turning a terrible start into a great holiday!
We saved money by choosing a room that looked over the car-park rather than the swimming pool. This...
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