Hotel Villa Retiro
, C/ dels Molins, 2, Xerta.
Villa Retiro was created at the end of the 19th century by the architect Josep Fontsere in the style of the moment, Modernism. However, given the background of his client in South America, he gave the house a spectacular colonial twist and surrounded it with an extensive sub-tropical garden which included a waterfall and lake.
Today Villa Retiro is a 5 Star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant. Although it was given a thorough renovation in the 21st century, the house and garden remain true to their roots. Guests can enjoy days by the pool or strolling in the exuberantly verdant garden, or perhaps indulge themselves in the spa where there is a huge range of treatments and massages at their disposal.
The Torreó de l'India restaurant at Villa Retiro gained it's Michelin Star under the supervision of Chef Fran López. His style of cuisine draws on both the local and the whole of Spain, mixing traditional cooking with his own personal innovations. Alongside Fran, Sommelier Javier Campo is in charge of the bodega, where he maintains not just a huge selection of Spanish and international wines but also whiskies, brandies, gins and more.
Beautiful furniture, exquisite decorations and space in abundance are a given in the bedrooms and suites. Yet there are also all the comforts and conveniences of the 21st century, including wi-fi internet, plasma-screen TVs, air-conditioning, heating and a minibar.
Situated in the south of Catalonia, Xerta is slightly removed from the usual tourist trail. Yet as well as the historic city of Tarragona, it is an ideal place for exploring the region of the Ebro Delta or visiting the little-known beaches of this section of coast.
Fran Lopez is the guiding light in the kitchen of the Torreó de l'India restaurant. He won the restaurant it's Michelin star in 2009 and has helped to retain it ever since. Fran and his team prepare dishes that draw on the traditions of both south Tarragona and Spain as a whole, and mix them with his own particular innovations.
Out and About
Beaches. Miles of golden sand around the Ebro Delta.
Walking. Follow the Via Verde or any of the other hundreds of footpaths around the river Ebro.
Cycling. Many cycle routes in the area.
Canoeing on the River Ebro.Boat trips.
Swim with tuna in l’Ametlla de Mar.
Places to visit:
Tarragona. A historic city with a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre
Ebro Delta Natural Park. Beautiful scenery and wildlife
The Picasso CentreTortosa cathedral
Spacious, air-conditioned rooms have an elegant, décor with dark wooden furnishing and ceiling beams. Each one has a balcony with garden views, a computer, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and a safe. The private bathroom includes a towel heater and free toiletries.
All the luxuries of the double rooms, but with even more space to relax and enoy your surroundings.
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|We went for our wedding anniversary and we couldn't have been more satisfied. We loved the spa, which is a real marvel. After the spa we enjoyed a meal in the restaurant and the quality was superb.|
|From the moment you enter the grounds you can see the painstaking care and love which is lavished on the garden. Wonderful.
The service too is unbeatable.
The room is huge and full of lovely little details.
This great (in quality) little (in size) hotel is a joy for all the senses: beauty, silence, tranquillity, perfect service.
|An ideal place to relax in a tranquil setting, the hotel is an old country house with every detail correct and an excellent restaurant. Totally recommended, both for a stay and for the restaurant.|
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It looks like the architect had fun when he designed Villa Retiro. It's a real treat for the senses.