Strange as this may sound, we felt more "at home" at Aiguaclara than we do here in New York, and often wondered about the formula for this bizarre, almost cognitively dissonant experience. How can one be so far away from home, and yet so close to it?
Our hosts, Clara and Joan, surely held the much-coveted patent for it. Perhaps it was the kiss on the cheek with which Clara greeted us upon arrival. Or maybe it was the beautifully restored old mansion with a gorgeous restaurant right inside its tented garden. It could have been our room with a view, a rain shower, and a bed so comfortable we couldn't get out of it all morning. Or perhaps it was the countless suitcases that graced in the Almodovar-inspired lobby, each of which surely had a story to tell of a trip somewhere far, far away. Surely the food at the restaurant had something to do with it - the fish was absolutely divine.
Regardless of the exact ingredients that made the Aiguaclara formula so uniquely successful, we felt as though Clara and Joan gave a whole new meaning to the word "charming." Decorated with quirky artwork and mismatched furniture, Aiguaclara was as unique, special, and adorable as the couple who runs it. No other hotel on our trip came even close to it, and they were almost all fantastic hotels.
The morning of our departure, we couldn't leave right away. Instead, we stayed on their terrace sipping freshly squeezed orange juice and playing chess till noon. It was the best morning of our entire vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll feel like at home in this family hotel, wich is run by Clara and Joan, its owners. A 1866 Colonial mansion with 10 rooms, restaurant, bar, garden... Located in Begur centre, the best village to explore the Costa Brava. Close to the best beaches, 20 minutes from 5 golf courses, 45 minutes from Girona Airport and 1 hour and a half from Barcelona. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aiguaclara Hotel Begur, Spain - Costa Brava