Treat yourself to a fabulous secluded boutique hotel on Spain’s Catalan coast, at prices that won’t break the bank.

If lying elbow to elbow on a Spanish beach isn’t your idea of fun, but you have a penchant for the lifestyle, why not stay at a five-star luxury boutique hotel near the Spanish Catalan coast of Girona? The Hotel ‘La Malcontenta’ (www.lamalcontentahotel.com) near the Castell beach in Palamós, has just won a 2010 award for excellence.

The hotel is a tastefully converted 19th century fortified ‘masía’, or mansion house and has the most amazing colonial décor, including French antique furniture, Russian carpets and Chinese porcelain vases. The fourteen suites are decorated by Barcelona-based Lázaro Rosa-Violán and are spacious and peaceful.

The swimming pools and enormous gardens are amongst the best in Spain and the location is idyllic, hidden away in the Catalan countryside but within easy striking distance of the beach. Breakfast is served on the outside patio area and there is also a good restaurant with traditional local and fusion cuisine. The hotel offers a car hire service and provides free use of bicycles.

Prices start at around €190 per room per night, good value for money for a five star hotel, and it’s a great place to go for a romantic trip. Ryanair flies to Barcelona/Girona, and Easy Jet has flights to Barcelona from a number of UK airports.

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