By Charmaine Hibbert
When an email drops in your inbox that states wine and spa in an exclusive hotel in Spain, versus staying in London, which option would you choose? After a stressful year, everything else now pales in comparison.
Two weeks later I step off our mini bus and into the wonderfully appointed foyer, something I wasn’t expecting as the exterior uses red brick and has incorporated stone arches into its design. The stone arches themselves, although new, their design helps give the building an historically mature feel. This hotel was built in 2001 and remodelled and renovated again in 2005 and the large sculpture in the foyer made from wine bottles hints at the hotel’s winery connection.
A swift check-in and I am heading to my room with excitement, especially as the corridors that lead me there continue the theme of blending Catalunya farmhouse style beams with contemporary luxury with lots of neutral beige colours.
Opening the door to my room my face breaks into a wide beaming smile. The colour palette continues with its beige and greys – wide plank wooden floors, natural wood side tables, desk, wardrobe doors, bed coverings accented by the grey corner sofa and grey stone coffee table – but it’s the pop of orange colour that I can see through my patio window that has me intrigued. I slide open the patio doors to discover the perfect sanctuary: a table and chairs and a sofa here to relax and take in the wonderful views of the greenery beyond the plants that sit in their orange painted planters. There’s also a woven trellis to sit under if you want to keep in the shade.
Just when I thought the room couldn’t get any better I walk into the bathroom and staring at me is a beautifully designed free-standing deep soaker tub that has my name and a glass of wine stamped all over it; oh and there’s also a fantastic walk-in shower. Again, the theme of natural colours and wooden features continues but the pure white deep soaker tub does take centre stage.
Last but not least is the nose dive onto the bed just to confirm that the bed is the perfect hardness and that wonderful smell of pure clean cotton linens.
The wine spa
My next stop was of course the spa and on entering I am slightly taken aback as again, like the stone walls on the outside, the design and décor of the spa looks like it could have been here for centuries. Stone arches, wide wooden plank flooring and along one side of the pool is wide reclining beds/chairs that are divided from each other with a towel rack and beige and brown throws that sit on a frame and next to each recliner is a wooden table.
There are also S-shaped loungers which are perfect for your back, an outdoor pool, sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, sensation showers, a relaxation zone and there are a variety of treatments to choose from for individuals as well as couples. Today I am just going to relax by the indoor pool with the occasional trip to the sauna and Jacuzzi, in between snoozing!
The hotel is just 5-minutes away from the medieval village of Perelada, in the Alt Emporda area, one of Catalunya’s major wine regions, with the hotel being part of the Perelada wine-producing estate. A 10-minute drive will take you to Figueres, another wonderful town that is home to the Dalí Museum – so make sure you take in Dalí’s jewellery design work as well; it will have your heart in palpitations! For those of you who want to hit the beach you are only a 30-minute drive from numerous beautiful beaches.
As you would expect breakfast is superb with a choice of hot and cold buffet offering lots of local meats and cheeses along with an abundance of fruit and of course eggs cooked in a variety of ways, there is also a wide choice of cereal. You also have a choice of sitting inside or outside and I have chosen to sit outside to soak up the stunning views of the Pyrenees.
The hotel has two restaurants, L’Olivera is on site and serves Catalonian culinary tradition reinterpreted creatively with a cuisine based on traditional quality of land and sea sourced locally from the Empordŕ region. Or you can dine at Castell Paralada which is owned by the hotel and run by chef Xavier Sagristŕ and the maître and sommelier Toni Gerez, with their own interpretations of the Catalonian culinary tradition in a creative style with recipes based on produce from the Empordŕ and Mediterranean regions.
If you are looking to relax in luxurious surroundings with vistas to match, gastronomy that tantalises the taste buds and beautiful local wines to accompany the food or a long soak in the bath, then hotel Peralada is the perfect place to kick back and forget the world.
Hotel Peralada Wine Spa & Golf
Carrer de Rocabertí
T: +34 972 53 88 30