This is primarily a time share resort but it is clear from various sites that it can be booked independently when they have availability.
It is located high on a plateau above the beach resort of Platja D'Daro which was a bit too brash for my liking - try the next bay to the South for a more laid back family feel.
Being high up on a plateau a car is essential in my view, although the resort runs a mini bus up and down a couple of times a day. The height also makes the weather a bit unpredictable - one morning we woke to a thick mist (soon burnt off). There is a constant breeze, although this was often welcome, particularly at night.
The resort is made up of 16 attractively constructed apartment blocks, each 4 storeys high and arranged in two circles, one inside the other, on a mound so that the inner apartments were higher and therefore most also had views. Most apartments look over the golf course that surrounds the property, and to the hills and fields in the distance - truly a panoramic location. In the very centre they have gone to some effort to recreate the feel of a Spanish village square, with the apartments opening on to seating areas with a fountain etc. A nice touch.
My wife and I stayed in a one bedroomed self catering apartment on the outer ring (block 3), with extensive views from the large balcony area.
The resort was celebrating its 20th anniversary, and to some extent I feel that this is reflected a little in the internal decor and facilities of the apartments (assuming that ours was typical) which looked like they were possibly original. Although nominally a self catering unit there was neither an oven or (almost unheard of these days) a microwave. We didn't really need these for our 7 day stay, but ohers might. There is a good electric hob - but only one socket on the worktop to variously accomodate the kettle, toaster and Nespresso machine. This needs improving, although in reality was an occasional inconvenience rather than a real problem. The kitchen units and table/chairs were typical dark wood, but felt a bit dated. However everything was spotlessly clean and there was plenty of crockery and cutlery etc.
The fairly spacious lounge area was pleasant, with double doors that could be opened to catch the evening breeze and admire the views. The two large sofas wew fairly new I thnk and comfortable to sit, loung, fall asleep on. My only gripe was that the tv predominantly showed German language programs (Hapimag is an Austrian company) with BBC World News and CNN being the only things in English. Take a good book!
The bedroom was adequate, but functional rather than pretty. The bedding was nice and clean, and the mattress on the firm side - but I like that. Additional pillows and blankets were available if required (I suspect it could get chilly up here in winter). It is very quiet and peaceful at night, and we had no difficulty sleeping despite leaving our windows wide open.
There was a large bathroom, although only with shower. Hot water was always available, and lots of it.
Overall we thought the apartment was perfectly acceptable and loved the large balcony with extensive views.
There is ample parking for all, away from the main residential blocks so that for most areas this is a traffic free resort. There is a fairly well stocked on site shop (fresh bread every morning) with prices that did not appear too exorbitant. The large reception area (very helpful English speaking staff) also houses a library, free internet access, a cash point, and a nice seating area. There is also a bar here, although I suspect it only opens when the weather is too poor to use the poolside bar. Stairs lead down to an area that houses an indoor pool and various therapy treatment rooms etc. Stairs also lead up to the resort restaurant which I thought was a little overpriced, although the food was nice enough. Book early to get a window table.
Outside there is a swimming pool that definitely felt unheated to me! There is also a bar where snacks can be ordered throughout the day and evening. Table tennis, pool, and a few other games are also available.
The resort runs a fairly comprehensive range of activities to suit all tastes, from spa treatments to cultural trips to yacht cruises to cycling. My wife and I did the latter and it proved an enjoyable way of seeing some of the local countryside - especally as it is downhill almost all the way! We also did the sea kayaking which again was a nice way to explore a bit of the rugged coastline.
There is a kids club for those who need it; and some evening entertainment (although the fire show was largely disappointing).
Overall I think this is a pretty good resort. If you are a golfer I suspect that you will be delighted to have a good course on your doorstep. I think the owners recognise the slight limitations of other on-site actvities and have taken steps to provide the off site packages (but you could just sunbathe!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort lies in the middle of the "Club de Golf d'Aro" golf course on a 325 m high plateau. Tee off right after breakfast, improve your technique at golf school or visit Barcelona to see the amazing works of Gaudi and Picasso. Walk in the Empordan nature reserve, discover the volcanic landscape of La Garrotxa of enjoy the beach and the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hapimag Resort - Mas Nou / Costa Brava Hotel Platja d`Aro
- Hapimag Resort Mas Nou Costa Brava/Platja D'Aro, Spain