I should have believed my instincts but was enticed by some of the better reviews. I love nature and quiet and beauty and with that in mind I booked this as the final stop on my honeymoon with some trepidation because of the reviews before. It wasn't cheap...I didn't get a bargain..I asked for a nice room and explained my gluten free dietary needs...and then I kept my fingers crossed. Firstly we got lost and didn't find the correct road out of roses..when we arrived it was early evening..no real welcome..ok..the room was fine..clean and small..very hot. No sea view as promised..a large balcony but with high walls..only view of the sea if standing against the wall..other wise felt like a prison in the room and on the balcony. Bathroom clean..no amenities, no hot water and not a lot of water at all from the shower. Ok..swallow..it must get better. Supper..half board..no choice, lots of staff taking the order but no food appearing. The staff are absolutely overworked and look bothered every time you ask them a question. My gluten free diet was catered for at supper but not at breakfast...I am used to this and had bread along..but no fresh fruit and very poor coffee and juice and little else for me..Lunch..absolutely awful service at the beach bar. They were really busy, but made us feel unwelcome. It took half an hour to get a drink and longer for food. As this is the only place to go..that's hard. I felt so sorry for the staff who were tired, hot and fed up. The location would be gorgeous in a quiet time of the year, but in the summer at a weekend the bay fills up with boats and yachts and families and is like hell...no peace and quiet. We walked to the nearest alternative...about 45 minutes on very steep hills in the boiling heat...that was a fully quiet bay. This is fine if you are young and healthy...but of course you cannot even take a picnic as there are no shops to buy food from as the hotel is so 'isolated'.
I knew this was how it might be, but not how enclosed the bay feels when crowded out by all the other visitors. Quite awful really.
The evening entertainment was fun and it was blissfully quiet at night. Waking early, doing yoga on the balcony and then going for a hike up the hill on the last day was blissfull...as it wad the last day and we could escape to find a much nicer location in nearby LLanca. We got more quiet from this busy town than from the supposedly quiet Cala Joncals. Thank goodness they let us escape after only 2 of our 4 nights.
In summary, think long and hard. It is pretty and may be very good for families. If you are a fussy eater like me, Don't do half board..do a la carte with choices. Don't expect a good deal unless you got a very good price. Do expect to feel like a backpacker but in a bedroom. Don't expect peace and quiet in high season. The family running the place get repeat bookings year after year so this place does appeal to some people. they care for the garden and do produce good home cooking..We won't be returning but I am glad I could understand why the reviews either love or hate the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Catalonia’s Cap de Creus Nature Reserve, Hotel Cala Joncols offers an outdoor pool and massage treatments. In summer, its beach bar hosts barbecues, live music and chill-out nights.Cala Joncols offers simple, air-conditioned bungalows, surrounded by gardens and olive trees. There is also one suite, which features elegant white décor and a private terrace with sea views. It includes a flat-screen satellite TV and a fridge.Homemade food is served in the hotel’s restaurant, including typical rice dishes and fresh fish caught from the hotel’s own boat. A la carte meals are served outside in the gardens, and meals included in room rates are served on the stone terrace which overlooks the sea.Hotel Cala Joncols organises activities in the surrounding area, including kayaking and diving. Transfers can be booked to and from Roses, 10 km away ... more less
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