Saturday, September 30, 2006

A break in Spain

We really had a great weekend at the El Montiboli Hotel in Villajoyosa. It's located about 30 km north of Alicante up on the cliffs overlooking the small fishing village. Just the place we needed. Our Easyjet flight took off on time from Basel airport and we reached our destination at 8:30 pm. From there, we took a taxi to our hotel and arrived around 9 pm. Our luggage was taken to our room and dinner was booked for us at the restaurant. We unpacked a bit and then left our room for the restaurant.

We were already practically falling asleep when the waiter came to us to take our orders, but we managed to stay awake until dinner was served. We had the foie gras and then beef with morels for the main course. I think I was too tired to really eat, but I did finish about half of the main course. A pity really, because it was delicious. After dinner and a digestive, we headed back to our room to find a Cava (local champagne) in a bucket filled with ice-water to welcome us. We decided to open the bottle even though we needed the sleep more. To our surprise, we finished the bottle out on the terrace and chatted until about 2:30 am! See, that's what good weather and the calming sounds and scent of the sea can do to you!

I woke up around 8 am the next day and the first thing I did was to go on the terrace and take in the sounds of the waves on the rocky shores and the pebble beach. I was in heaven! OrangeX got up shortly after and we showered and got ready for breakfast. After that, we decided to go for a walk and explore the hotel surroundings and the beach a bit. We decided to have a look and see what Villajoyosa was all about and found a very quiet town. Nevertheless, we walked along the beach, bought ourselves a bottle of water. The weather was clearing up and the temperature was increasing by the minute, so we walked back up the steep hill back to the hotel. It was after all a 2+ hour walk, so we were longing for the pool. Once we got to our room, we jumped into our bathing suit and went to the pool to relax.

We didn't do much more that that the whole three days, except for a short excursion in Benidorm about 10km from Villajoyosa. So it was sleep, pool, drinks at the bar, food and then chatting away on our terrace.

It was exactly what we needed! I wish we could have extended our stay a few more days, but we had to return. We do want to return to Spain. Maybe next time, we'll visit Sal, a blogger pal near Madrid.

If you want to see pictures of the beautiful setting and views, you'll find them here. I've been back to real life for 4 days and I wanna go back!

13 comments:

Expat Traveler said...

oh CS that sounds like such a great time and just what you needed! From the sounds of things, I imagine the place is amazing. I don't want to peek at the pics until after I write that at least. ;-)

and oh how was I so right! I can see why you guys are missing the place... yeah for the photos. That's about all I can do for traveling these days, dream a bit!

Mr. Fabulous said...

Ah, it does my heart good to see you guys get back to living the glamorous life...

Well done. Bravo!

CanadianSwiss said...

ET- It was wonderful to get away for few days and the weather was quite good. Now peeling it off again, but what the heck ;-)

Fab: Man glamourousness feel sooo goooood again! ;-)

The Big Finn said...

Memories, light the corners of my mind...

I'm glad you had a good time.

Pilgrimage to Sal in February?

Sal DeTraglia said...

C-Swiss:

TBF is right. We might as well bring all of Basel here in February. Otherwise, two separate waves of Swiss visitors might put me into the hospital. Absinthe consumption is optional; except for TBF's neighbor.

Sal

Haddock said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful relaxing time! - Just the sort of thing I need :)

CanadianSwiss said...

TBF: You know what, that's an idea. Maybe we'll get a special group fare from EasyJet.

Sal: I don't want to scare you, or anything, but you might regret not taking us in two waves after all (optional absinthe included) ;-)

Haddock: Well, the linky's there. Just click and book :-)

Ginnie said...

This is my 3rd attempt to leave a comment, CS, so let's see if it's a charm this time! I'm so glad you had this break, even if it could have been longer. The pics were so "telling" of your R&R. Now it's my turn, too short and sweet, but I know it'll be every bit as great as yours.

CanadianSwiss said...

It worked, Ginnie. The break helpd for the time being, but we have very rough times coming up (Exhibition, end of fiscal year, finishing the launch project and the ad hoc) and then I'll be done. Thank goodness. But short and sweet is also good, isn't it? ;-)

christina said...

Oh wow, I thought I was reading one of TBF's travelogues there for a minute. What a great break for you guys!

CanadianSwiss said...

Well, we did go to the same hotel ... and maybe we even sat on the same chaise longue by the pool :-o

Kieran said...

Great pictures. Cheered me up no end, sitting here with a cold in the rainey autumn.

CanadianSwiss said...

T'was Pa-ra-dise, Kieran.

Hope the weather improves on the island.