Where to stay in Roses – Hotel Terraza
I remember clearly that after TBEX in Girona back in September 2012 I was supposed to spend a few days in Hotel Terraza in Roses bay and just relax. In the end I went on a press trip around Costa Brava coast when we visited places such as Tossa de mar and did a boat trip from Palamos, and to be honest I regretted a bit not being able to visit Hotel Terraza where a few friends ended up.
But then, maybe it was my destiny to visit this 4 star hotel, as after the trip around Northern Costa Brava I did with a bunch of fun travel bloggers and Charming villas, I had some free days in the area before revisiting Caldes de Malavella. Roses was on the way to Caldes and I haven’t been there yet so decided to spend some quality time in Hotel Terraza.
Relaxing in Hotel Terraza
Roses bay, being a holiday destination, is mostly crowded in summer time but I was happy to visit it during quieter second half of March. That’s all I needed those days. Some peace and quiet, catch up with sleep, write a little bit and enjoy the spa Terraza had to offer.
I spent 3 nights on my super comfortable bed sleeping like a baby while listening to the noise of the waves just outside of my balcony. Right, hotel Terraza is situated straight on the beach and during the day I spent hours sitting at the balcony overlooking the whole Roses bay covered with the first spring sunbeams and sea gulls flying around.
The weather was not the best yet when I visited as it rained every afternoon. It meant I could not use the outdoor pool because even if it was sunny in the morning, the wind was still stronger than my swimming pool love. But I have to say that the architect or whoever it was, had a great idea of a rooftop pool.
On the 5th floor in the Spacesens spa (a space for the senses) you can find a heated indoor pool with a jacuzzi next to it. It’s situated in a kind of glasshouse where it is warm inside even though outside it is not really. Like I mentioned, during my stay I had to wear boots and a jacket when outside but I could easily stay by the pool, swim, and then even sunbathe on a sunbed through the glass. It got warm indeed.
Get a sneak peek of how it looked like and how exhausted I was I could hardly speak :)
I go to sauna each time I can so obviously visited both the dry and steam sauna in the Spacesens twice during my short stay. Steam sauna is together with infrasauna my favorite so I let myself to forget about everything, close my eyes, combat fatigue and get my energy back.
Polynesian ritual in Spacesens
And for a total relaxation of body and mind I also got a 2 hour Polynesian ritual in the Spacesens of 135 euro value. It was the spa lovely staff who came up with this idea. I’ve never had a massage nor a ritual from Polynesia yet but there’s always a first time, right?
I changed into bikini, put my bath robe and slippers in my room. Then Eva, my masseuse, got me thongs I was familiar with already since January when I got algae treatment in Bratislava (yeah those huge thongs where I could fit in three times).
So I put them on and lied down on the bed ready to let Eva play Polynesian with me. She started off giving me a full body scrub with sand, salt, coconut and vanilla essence. First from the back, then from the front. Legs, arms, back, belly and cleavage too.
Then I took a shower to clean it all up. It was the first body peeling I’ve ever had that left my skin super soft and not dry at all. On the contrary, it smelt like coconut (one of my favorite fruit) and was a bit oily.
It was time to bath in a jacuzzi with essential oils. After a few minutes of almost falling asleep in the bath tub, I dried up and lied down on the massage bed again. Eva continued the Polynesian ritual with a massage with Mahana oil and then a gentle massage with small cloth bags filled with warm sand from Bora Bora. Yes, the famous soft Bora Bora beach sand was touching my skin and its warm relieved my muscle pain. I guess the warm cloth bags use the same principle like for example the hot stone massage – the thermotherapy – which is a more natural alternative to painkillers.
Then Eva let me relax for a couple of minutes alone in the room. After I woke up from a quick nap, put the bath robe on again, gave my biggest thanks to Eva and went to my room to continue chilling out.
If you ever need to decide where to stay in Roses – Hotel Terraza is your choice. It’s your place to kick off the day with healthy buffet breakfast (fresh fruit, cereals, fresh orange juice, tea, coffee, traditional tomato bread, cheese etc.) and then relax for the rest of the day in the spa, just to be a beach babe or dine in well.
My stay in Hotel Terraza together with the Spa entrance and Polynesian ritual was a press trip. All the opinions in this post are strictly my own.