We always check Trip Advisor, when choosing a holiday and we felt because of the reputation some of Spain’s resorts have through being ruined by ‘certain elements’ of tourists, it would be difficult to find a nice quiet area that had a smallish hotel that had good reviews. On reading the reviews for Hotel Xaloc in Platja D’Aro, we decided this could be ’the’ one and we were not disappointed. The flight from Gatwick to Gerona took 1 ½ hours and we expected to join a transfer coach and be dropped off at our resort. However, the area we had chosen was not well known by British tourists (mosty French and Spanish) so we were surprised to be transferred in our own chauffer-driven Mercedes, arriving at the hotel 30 minutes later, which has the site of a historic Roman Villa right in front.
Andy greeted us at Hotel Xaloc’s reception desk with a smile and spoke excellent English. Most of the staff spoke English to some degree and were all very pleasant and helpful during our stay, explaining where to go and what to see. We booked a package deal through Thomson and had paid a little extra for a balcony, but did not expect one of the best rooms in the hotel on the top floor overlooking the sea. Hotel Xaloc only has 47 rooms on three floors, so we knew it would not be one of those noisy high-rise hotel blocks that caters for the masses. The hotel is right on the sea front, with only a few steps down to the beach and is located in a very quiet spot at the end of a fairly small shingle beach. The beach does get fairly crowded, particularly at weekends, but the hotel has a small pool that is 1.4 metres deep throughout with a Jacuzzi at one end and sun terrace with sunbeds and umbrellas, where we happily retreated to on most days. It was quite reassuring to watch the pool being cleaned daily, the sides scrubbed and water tests done. In fact the whole area of the hotel was well maintained and very clean.
Our room was quite small but adequate and everything was in good order with an air conditioner and flatscreen TV, but all channels are in Spanish, so it was pretty useless.
We went half-board, as we didn’t want the hassle of finding somewhere to eat every evening and were not disappointed. The food was buffet style and very good, with about 6 hot dishes and a huge salad bar each evening and a similar number of sweet dishes to follow. Being buffet, you not only had multiple choices but could eat as much as you liked, which was great! Breakfast was also adequate with hot and cold choices and a self-service coffee machine that dispensed coffee to die for! Wednesday night is barbecue night with an excellent live Spanish show on the terrace with Flamenco dancers, a guitarist and singer, all of which were very good.
Platja D’Aro is a small town which was geared for tourism and is clean and well maintained and literally riddled with restaurants if you chose to only go B&B. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk into the town, which has a beach running behind it the whole length. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Xaloc, with the only complaint being that the beds and pillows were rather hard. Our only disappointment was that Thomson had no rep in the area and no excursions, which we always enjoy. In fact, there was only one other British couple staying there during our week, the majority of residents being French or Spanish, so it appears to be not so well known by us Brits. The only excursions the hotel offered were some rather expensive ones to Barcelona, which we didn’t go on but booked a couple of boat trips on the sea front, to Sant Feliu and Tosse-del-Mar along the coast. On returning from visiting both, we decided that Pladja D’Aro was much nicer!
If you want a nice quiet and relaxing Spanish holiday on the Costa Brava, look no further than the Hotel Xaloc (the name apparently means a wind).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small, quiet and cosy hotel in one of the spots on the Costa Brava, on the beach of Cala Rovira, with wonderful and unforgettable sea views. Hotel Xaloc is ISO 9001 -certified. Here, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely area while getting some rays on the beach and taking a dip in the Mediterranean. Its friendly atmosphere will make your stay truly pleasurable. You will wish that time could stop, so that you can enjoy this experience just a little longer. Hotel Xaloc accepts dogs (up to 10 kg in weight) at a moderate cost. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel GHT Xaloc Costa Brava/Platja D'Aro, Spain