“If you happen to be en route from Andorra to the Spanish coast, then a night near Olot in the remote but sublimely situated El Puig (pronounced el pooch) is essential. You will have to hone your navigational skills to get there as the way is not obvious! Take the unmarked track northwards into the hills from the Mediaeval Bridge in St Joan les Fonts... but when you do arrive you will happily succumb to the almost Buddhist tranquillity of the place. This is a family property, recently built, in the traditional local vernacular (roof tiles, ochre walls) but with a contemporary twist (infinity pool, bold interior colours, funky bathrooms). There are only 8 guest rooms and you are very much invited to use the house as your own. The downstairs area is vast, open and comfortable with over-sized sofas, piles of books and masses of CD’s – Mozart, Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Marley, Puccini. It is an imaginatively-designed hotel which makes you just want to kick back and relax. Muslin draperies billow in the breeze around the pool terrace and the sound of tinkling water soothes as you gaze out into the hills beyond. The do-everything owners hail from Roses on the Costa Brava where the family still own and run one of the best and busiest beach-side seafood restaurants (Santa Lucia). Make that your next stop for lunch.”
Written by Caroline Townsend
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
A stay in Masia el Puig is a way to escape the routine, noise, and city lifestyle. You can be in contact with nature, silence and yourself. Sometimes it's good for the body and healthy to spend one weekend (even more) in this king of places where you can be focused on yourself. Discovering new aspects and new point of views.
Lessons of meditation, nature, herbs available.
What is there to do in the area?
The hotel is located in the middle of the mountains. You can have a trek, go find mushrooms (it depend on the season you come), have a nice walk into the wild, visit the volcanic area of La Garrotxa.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer fresh orange juice, toasted bread in catalan way (tomato, oil salt , garlic ...) Also some fruits and a yogurt from “La Fageda” (local dairy company), Iberico ham,
we can offer cereals with milk and biscuits, coffee or tea, and of course, home made jam.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We offer lunch but please, let us know in advance to be able to prepare it.
There are some Michelin restaurants like “Les Cols” or “Cal Enric” , and also locals Like “La Barra d'en Regue” fresh products and good wine assortment
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
People like rooms 4 and 5 for the terrace !! There is also the smallest, room 3, which faces to the sunrise !!
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The road is not so comfortable, 4,5 km , we know, but after this, we are going to offer a nice welcome and very pleasant stay and will make you feel like at home.”