Coastal Spain at its best – the setting is sensational. And it’s something of an institution in Cataluña, this multi-roomed hotel next to the parador of the same name. Thanks to exceptional management and clever design, it manages to feel as welcoming as the best B&B. Bedrooms, luxurious, spacious and individually decorated, are ranged on several terraced wings that look out across gardens to a delicious hidden cove; breathe in deeply the sweet pinewoods. Run by the same family for four generations, the hotel has a long history of personal attention. Two dynamic young Catalan chefs produce fabulous food and expert waiters advise – enjoy lobster straight from the cove as views sail from immaculate tables to sparkling waters beyond. So many places to unwind; the pub-like bar, the trellised terrace, the parasoled garden, the beach bar just below… or just bask beside the pool; for kids there’s a well-equipped playground. Round off the day by dancing the night away in the popular nightclub. The village is one of the prettiest on the rugged Costa Brava and close to the medieval towns of Pals and Palafrugell.