The hotel was, and is, a privately owned property that was restored and turned into a hotel five years ago. Not a chain and proud to be independent. What sets it apart is the fantastic first floor relaxation area: three or four zoned areas - including games area, two lots of sofas and chairs, library area - with all sorts of interesting artefacts, paintings and design features. It has definitely been done with love and in every corner there is something interesting to look at. And as you walk up through this area, you are filled with warmth (literally - they light the fire in winter!) and calmness as you approach your room. It's really a lovely introduction to your stay.
And the room doesn't disappoint either. It's a good size and, in the case of our room, has its own balcony with table and chairs and sun loungers. Ours overlooked houses on the steep slope looking up to the castle and the view was incredible. The bed was a good sized double, crisp cotton linen, huge comfy pillows and floor mats so your feet don't get cold on the wood floor. There's an antique chest of drawers and wardrobe in the room, plus a tv and airconditioning/heating controls.
On to the bathroom and - first glance - wow, it's really big. Lots of storage space and room for your things. A good sized bath (not always the case in Spain) and a separate shower with glass panels and an overhead shower rose as well as a handheld attachment. It turns out the bath is a chromotherapy bath as well so when you're relaxing with your rubber duck you can pretend you're in Barcelona at the Montjuic fountain.
So where's the catch? There are two of them, in my opinion. First, and I'll never be converted to this one, there is NO DOOR on the bathroom so you cannot use the bathroom with any kind of privacy if you are sharing a room. Nothing, not even a curtain. This is not ideal for sharers or couples on their first romantic weekend together, or even for an old married woman such as myself. I'm afraid I just want to know that I can have my privacy in the bathroom and that's that.
Second thing they could improve upon: it would be lovely to have some tea and coffee facilities in the room. There is a mini bar there and there's also space for a little kettle and some tea and coffee.
Honestly, Mr Owner, we prefer these to things to be there rather than having colours in the bath that we get bored with after five minutes. It's so nice to relax with a cup of tea on your own terrace!
So on to food. The evening menu here is pricey. We didn't try the dinner, as there are a multitude of options in Begur itself. (Be careful out of season - it gets very busy). Breakfast is ok, just ok. The service staff are lovely (as are the staff in the whole hotel) and most accommodating. But I was slightly disappointed to see only croissants - no bread, no toast, nor rolls - they prefer to provide a more traditional Spanish breakfast of ham and tomato bread (wonderful, but we don't all want that kind of thing first thing in the morning).
There's a Jacuzzi and sauna (and steam room, which was not working) in a cellar with the most intimate lighting, it's so relaxing. We didn't try the hot tub on the roof, but would guess it's pretty good too.
So, in summary, we had the most wonderful stay at the Sa Calma. We would highly recommend it. Would I stay here again? Yes, if they bought a door for the bathroom...
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