Today was Mother’s Day and I could not have been any happier.
I spent the day in the Spa at the Hotel Horitzo in Blanes with Lauren. It was more like a relaxing morning hopping from the pool, to the hot tub, to the steam bath, to the sauna and back around all over again. I don’t usually take the time to just sit and appreciate the warmth of a steam bath (that was scented with mentholatum and lavendar – nice) but this was a special treat at the hotel. The spa is in the basement of the hotel so it is very quiet and away from the busy beach outside.
The only downfall (which was literally a fall) was when Lauren fell on the black slate floor which covers the entire area of the spa. It is lovely to look at and comfortable to walk on but extremly slipery when there is water between you and the floor. Definitely something to be cautious with, so bring some flip-flops or even the complementary slippers down with you. This morning she feels the impact of the fall. Hopefully, it is just a bruise and not something more serious.
I did want to tell you a bit more about this hotel. It was opened in 1963 and is a family owned hotel. It is located at the southern point of Blanes in Costa Brava (basically, where it begins). I love the location of the hotel, right on the Mediterranean Sea with a view Tossa de Mar to the north and the coast leading to Barcelona to the south.
We stayed in a comfortable sized room with two double beds placed close togeter (I love that set up). You can toss and turn all you want, as I have a tendency to do without bothering my daughter’s sleep.
The room has a large balcony with a breeze that comes later at night. It is May and still not warm enough to swim for an extended period of time in the Sea. The hotel clerk said she won’t go in until mid June but she can imagine us Canadians would have no problem with the temperature. I am not sure about that.
There were few really good things about the hotel:
It’s proximity to the beach and the main area
It was far enough from the main ‘strip’ that noise was not a problem
It had a large closet, an updated bathroom
Fantastic spa area and gym
It had beach towels for our use and a bathroom so we didn’t need to enter the hotel in our wet bathing suits.
What I didn’t like:
It had a tiny, tiny TV. We don’t watch a lot during the day but at night I love watching TV in every language (Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, Catalan, German and Russian).
The parking was far away, should we had to pay for it. Since we were off season, we were able to park on the street without charge.
The breakfast was good but not fantastic. Don’t let this dissuade you from a stay. I just like fresh eggs and those only came scrambled. Otherwise there was a decent selection of breads, pastries, meats and cheeses.
There is a cost to the spa of 15 Euros (which if you want to go for a few days, will add up). I don’t mind the cost too much but I thought 15 Euros was a lot.
Overall, we loved our stay and would recommend this establishment highly. It was very, very clean, quiet and make sure to ask for a sea view. No question about it. You came for the view so GET IT!
Disclosure: I received accommodations which were arranged through #TBEX and the Costa Barva Tourism Board. All opinions are honest and are my own and my daughter’s.