Hotel Aigua Blava a Costa Brava Retreat

Mar 2016

Hotel Aigua Blava: Portal to a Hillside Retreat

Nestled into the side of a hill on the coast of Begur, the Hotel Aigua Blava rests amid quiet coves and lush trees in the heart of Costa Brava. The property provides the sensation of being in a secret location with access to the Mediterranean Sea via Aiguablava Bay, an experience not to be missed when visiting this stunning area of Spain. A stay here will provide you with the ultimate Room with a View.

Hotel Aigua Blava-a room with a view.


For 75 years the Hotel Aigua Blava has been a jewel in the crown of the Costa Brava coastline. Perched on the hillside and founded by Clara Capellà in 1934, it was then called “la Clareta”. Capellà’s son-in-law was the inspiration for converting Clareta Hostal into the Aigua Blava Hotel. Since then, the entire family has joined in the keeping the spirit of “la Clareta” alive in Hotel Aigua Blava, a classic four-star property. The hotel has always been proud to be “home away from home” for countless visitors who return year after year, and is now managed by the fourth generation the Capellà family.

hiking in Costa Brava along the coastal trails


Offering modern, comfortable accommodations surrounded by lush, breathtaking views, the area has eight coves and beaches with sparkling crystal water where you can sunbathe, kayak or snorkel. The Aigua Blava beach is one of the most famous on the Costa Brava. While miles of coastline and the sparkling sea are a major draw, there are many other reasons to visit this spectacular part of Spain. The area is known for its quality of art with several museums, including the Dali Museum in Figures, approximately an hour away. Visit the medieval villages of Peratallada and Moneys, Greek and Roman ruins, pottery, castles and more. Music festivals and wine tours offer more cultural exposure to the area.

Botanical Gardens in the surrounding area

For nature lovers, the Costa Brava has beautiful gardens, mountains, forest, volcanoes and three protected National Parks. You can play a round of golf, windsurf or waterski or play tennis on the hotel’s court. Hike the coastal paths (camins de ronda) through various coves with panoramic views of the cliffs and coastline. One of these paths will take you from Begur to Calella de Palafrugell, one of the loveliest villages with a beautiful beach and excellent seafood restaurants.

Room at Hotel Aigua Blava in Costa Brava

The Rooms

The beach can be seen and admired from the comfort of your hotel room and you can breathe in the salty air while lounging on your private terrace or balcony. Relax in luxury with hints of the past while you spoil yourself in the modern rooms and suites at Hotel Aigua Blava. The décor and ambience of this beautiful hotel lets you laze through the days while never keeping you far from the natural beauty that surrounds you. Throughout the hotel, the architecture offers little reminders of its history, gently accenting the clean lines and soft colors that beckon relaxation. At every turn is a window with a view worth taking in and doors that open to patios overlooking the sea.

The Hotel Aigua Blava offers a variety of stunning accommodations, including double rooms and junior suites with private terraces or balconies reaching out to the beautiful Mediterranean or Fornell’s Beach. Rooms are air-conditioned and have full tubs and showers, hair dryers, flat screen TV’s with satellite access, free Wi-Fi and towels for the pool or beach. Junior suites have all the luxuries of home plus a living area to complete the experience. If you’re looking for something even more private or long-term, check out the Aigua Blava apartments.

Poolside at Hotel Aigua Blava


All the rooms and suites come with options. Guests can choose between a bed and breakfast or half-board meal plan. The hotel offers a wide variety of amenities including a library, reading room, children’s playground, and full-service spa. In addition to the beach, Hotel Aigua Blava has a lovely seawater pool with plenty of space to lounge and sip a libation from the pool bar. Summer activities to choose from include volleyball, tennis, and badminton, table tennis, and aqua-lung diving.Other services available include babysitting, currency exchange, medical assistance, access to security boxes, and of course, full room service. Hotel staff can help to arrange any manor of activities and even tours off-site.

Dining at Hotel Aigua Blava

Fresh seafood on the menu


The Hotel Aigua Blava Restaurant has garnered recognition from some of the most highly respected food critics and is regarded as one of the best restaurants in all of Costa Brava. Using only fresh, local produce to prepare traditional Catalan cuisine, the sustainable menu appeals to local and international guests alike. Wine aficionados will appreciate the local offerings from the Empordà region and everyone is sure to enjoy the vast array of Mediterranean flavors and fresh seafood. There are several menus available throughout the day so don’t hesitate to check in for different meals, snacks, and desserts. Guests may dine in the restaurant, accompanied by spectacular sea views, on the Terrace, or in the Gardens. No matter the table, time of day, or the entrée, taste buds are sure to be delighted.

Sunset by the pool in Costa Brava's Hotel Aigua Blava

Once you walk through the doors at Hotel Aigua Blava, you will feel the hospitality of your welcoming hosts. Take time to learn about the rich history of this magnificent building and the family who has stayed true to the original dream. Bask in the sun from the private patios, swim in the freshwater pool, and explore the beautiful beaches. Set yourself free and nourish your soul at Hotel Aigua Blava.

411 on the Hotel Aigua Blava

Platja de Fornells
17255 Begur
Costa Brava, Spain


My host for this press trip was Costa Brava Tourism, but as always, opinions are my own.

  1. You are giving us serious wanderlust for visiting the Costa Brava area of Spain! We have two sets of friends who’ve explored the region recently — and raved about it. Begur, in particular, we hear is a pretty little seaside town. Looks like Hotel Aigua Blava is a lovely place to stay :-).

  2. My sister and I stayed here for 5 nights a couple years ago and loved the location! The pool was delightful and the path down to the sea was too. Our food experience wasn’t as good as yours so they must have gotten a new chef in the intervening years which is a good thing!

    • alison says:

      My stay was way too short Kay,I didn’t even get in the lovely pool. The food was terrific, they served this desert that was a riff on a soft boiled egg-pale pink white chocolate filled with a center of buttery cream. As you can tell, i’m still tasting it!

  3. Janice Chung says:

    The last picture of the pool and patio is gorgeous. I think I missed out on a lot of Costa Brava when I attended TBEX….just into Spain and then back to France. What I like about this place (besides the delicious looking food) is that is overlooks the sea. The views are gorgeous.

    • alison says:

      I’m sorry we didn’t get the chance to meet there Janice and yes one of the best parts was the post TBEX trips. They really pulled out all the stops. On all the trips everyone had glowing reports.

  4. Pete and I love Begur! Part of the reason is the Hotel Aigua Blava (where he stayed on the same trip with you). If I had to live anywhere full time, Begur would be atop my list.

    • alison says:

      I love’d spending time with Pete in that trip. He’s so thoughtful Betsy! Costa Brava is a spot I would love to return to with my husband! So romantic.

  5. Donna Janke says:

    Hotel Aigua Blava looks like a great place to stay in what is a great location. Definitely a room with a view!

  6. Susan Moore says:

    When I visited Costa Brava I loved going for long walks along the coastline – such stunning views! Hotel Aigua Blava would be a beautiful place to stay on my next trip to the region. I would enjoy exploring Begur and swimming some laps in the salt water pool – looks wonderful!

    • alison says:

      That coastline was pretty spectacular wasn’t it Susan!? I was thrilled to learn that you can actually take the coastal trail from hotel to hotel and there is a service that will bring your bags. I’d love to try that in the future.