Cove beaches, cliffside forests, 220 kilometers of coasts plunging into the Mediterranean, so many are the attractive features of Costa Brava.
Alas, even if the native land of Salvador Dalí is no longer as wild (brava) as in the past, there still remains a few charming rocky inlets to discover. A handful of kilometers away from the hotel of Mas Torrent, Sa Tuna is one of them.
You are in the region of Empordà. Not far from the sea, the medieval villages set upon the promontories roll out their webs of cobbled streets. If Pals is worth a visit, then what about Peratallada with its labyrinth of white stones enclosed within the town walls?
It is at most ten minutes from this dream setting in which you will find Mas Torrent, a former fortified farm (masia) built here in 1751. Converted forty years ago into a hotel, the original farmhouse was joined in its gardens by more than 28 suites, each with a balcony and sometimes even a private pool.
In the original mas, a dozen suites have be installed and decorated with antique furniture. They are in contrast to the contemporary spirit that reigns in the new buildings, and which also presides over the cuisine served here under the guidance of Michelin two-star chef Fina Pugdevall. A suggestion: do not miss out on the stunning vegetables in the tempura of coal !
Within the luxurious gardens (centuries-old olive trees, lawns worthy of golf, and flowers galore) is nestled a huge pool, which is especially appreciated by families. If you are looking for calm, then you should opt for the spa that stands a little farther away on three floors. It has a Zen ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities.
Last May, Mas de Torrent inaugurated its 38th suite and without a doubt its most innovative of all – the Nature Suite.
Located slightly farther away in the estate's gardens, this eco-sustainable building is the work of Catalan architect Lluis Raich. The four wooden units that compose it were built in Barcelona during a period of three months, before being assembled on-site like a giant puzzle.
Under its translucent dome, which allows you to observe the sky, this room with parquet floors and custom-made oak furniture is equipped with an eco-certified mattress. The cushions, lamps, and bed linens are made from linen or natural cotton. And an enormous, pivoting wooden door, with an integrated television screen, separates it from the living room.
In this room, the desk, a unique piece whose top was shaped from an enormous block of oak, was also custom-built by a local artisan.
Simple bouquets of white flowers or leaves punctuate the interior space; but it is from the huge bay windows, where the whole of this Nature Suite seems to merge with the landscape that surrounds it.
At lunch (room service is recommended for those who want to fully savor this bucolic retreat) on the terrace of pine stained black, enjoy being at one with the countryside and the distant mountain.
Flooded with light, the living room has a bench that may also serve as an additional bed for a child sharing the space with his parents. The Nature Suite? No doubt it is stamped with the mark of being organic, but it is above all a show of beauty.