El Bulli + Cala Montjoi Bungalows

Sep 4th, 2007, 04:03 PM
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We are back from our trip to Roses and our meal at El Bulli. As others have noted, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience that all food lovers should experience. I recommend the egullet web site for reviews of the restaurant and dishes served. I wanted to follow up here on the Cala Montjoi Bungalows where we stayed.

The El Bulli restaurant is located about 30 minutes northeast from Roses on a remote beach (Cala Monjoi). It is located just off the water and has a lovely patio where the first courses and aperitifs are served that overlooks the beach. The beach is the activity center for the "vacation club" Cala Montjoi.

The vacation club is a grouping of about 100 or so one and two room "bungalows" and a few more traditional apartment type accomodations. There are several different types of bungalows, either brick or wood-framed. All have their own bath. They are very close together and most share the patio or porch with another unit. There are no "views" from any of the units as they are all set back from the beach and separated from the beach by the activity center, dining area and bar.

The rooms are very basic. Linoleum floor (maybe a few tiles missing), bright lights, nothing in the room but a bed. But the room was clean and adequate for the one night following the grand meal at El Bulli. Since the vacation club is right next door to El Bulli, it is about a three minute walk away. It was very nice to be the last ones to leave the restaurant, chat with the staff "after hours", etc. and not have the pressure of a waiting taxi or drive into town.

There was only one other unit occupied by El Bulli diners the night we were there. The rest of the units were occupied either by scuba divers or school children there for camp. We did not eat in the dining hall, although three meals are included in the room rate. We did swim in the bay before our meal. The beach, like most of the Costa Brava, is quite rocky. And the water is not as clear as elsewhere on the coast. Due, I believe, to the number of diving boats that come and go from the vacation club.

The town of Roses itself is not one of the Costa Brava's gems. Though the country side outside of Roses and near Cala Montjoi is spectacular. I was glad we did not stay in town. And, even though it seemed a bit odd to be paying $300+/per person for dinner and only $60 or so for our room, I would probably stay there again. But if I were having lunch, not diner, at El Bulli, I would stay elsewhere.


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