“A hotel made for indulgence, with a 2-star Michelin restaurant, boutique-beautiful bedrooms and an Elemis spa”
The best thing about ABaC's rooms is their high quality and thoughtful detail - in particular, the amazing sound-proofing, black-out blinds and Treca de Paris matresses, which ensure a blissful night's sleep. The second-best thing is that all rooms have the same amenities; the only difference is space and the addition of a terrace to some rooms.
So the smallest Deluxe still has a hydro-massage tub (with coloured lights, so the water goes from blue to green to red!), a walk-in rain shower, an abundance of Hermès toiletries, super-thick towelling robes, a Nespresso machine, and a massive Bang & Olufsen TV (perhaps too big). We slept in this room: bathing was a joy, sleeping was a delight, and we happily lounged.
Our favourite room was the Superior. Inside, it's much like a Deluxe, though slightly bigger. But outside it has a beautiful terrace with teak flooring, a bed of lavender and 2 loungers for sun soaking.
Privilege rooms are the same price as the Superior, but instead of a terrace they have more indoor floor space and views of the garden. Suites have a separate living area with a big sofa (smaller rooms have armchairs or chaise longues) and an iPad. Gadget lovers will enjoy the remote-controlled lighting and blinds in all rooms. Minibars are equally high-class, with Grey Goose vodka, Billecart Champagne and unusual fruit juices.
If you're here for a special occasion, it's definitely worth splurging on the Penthouse. The bathroom is huge and square, with a double vanity in the centre, and you get loads of room in the bedroom/living area. Outside, the balcony has a table and chairs for private dining plus loungers and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Décor throughout is crisp, clean and tasteful: bright white linens, exotic wood flooring, taupe sofas, and colour from rose-pink velvet cushions, art and pink orchids. Nothing is overdone, nothing is garish. These are spaces made for unwinding.
With 2 Michelin stars, ABaC's food speaks for itself. The restaurant, open Tuesday-Saturday, is headed up by Jordi Cruz, who was Spain's youngest chef to receive a Michelin star (he was 25 at the time).
The sophisticated dining room is elegant but not forbiddingly formal, with white, precisely ironed tablecloths, beautiful arc lamps and floor-to-ceiling windows. Tables are well spaced and the atmosphere is calm. In summer, you can eat out on the terrace.
As you'd expect, flavours and combinations are gloriously inventive, and presentation is immaculate. Imagine sweet and salt oyster tartar with sorrel, coriander and marine sprouts for a starter, or casarecce pasta with sea cucumbers, Comté cheese and lemon basil. Seafood is a highlight (perhaps tuna belly with ponzu sauce, kumquat skin, crispy artichokes and spicy roots purée), as are the unusual meat dishes (baby goat shoulder with green cider foam is popular).
As for puddings, they couldn't sound more delicious: pickled lemon with yoghurt snow, flower nectar and violet ice cream, or caramelised honey brioche with Mato, toffee, roasted pine nuts and Idiazabal cheese. The accompanying wine list has over 1,000 choices. In truth, every meal is a tasting menu, but the formal Tasting Menu and Grand Tasting Menu offer good value for money and endless courses. If you're feeling anti-social, order room service, which has the likes of roast guinea fowl, caviar and oysters.
Before or after dinner, go for a cocktail in the uber-cool ABaC Lounge. It's a discreet subterranean space, with clusters of Chesterfield sofas and armchairs, delineated by coloured lights.
Breakfast is a treat, too. You're given fruit salad with mint ice cream (so decadent to start the day with ice cream!), a basket of buttery pastries, a bocadillo of flavoursome Iberian ham and cheese, and then asked about your cooked preference. We went for scrambled eggs, and they were exceptional, served with chives and traditional pan con tomate.
There are other good restaurants close by too, including Casa Pepe for tapas; reception can advise.
Children are welcome but the hotel doesn't have any extra beds, so you'd need to get an extra room for children older than 3. Little ones aged 0-3 stay for free in their parents' room, and the hotel can provide a baby cot.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Ask about connecting rooms; there are a couple (referred to by the hotel as Grand Suite and ABaC Suite). Bear in mind all beds are doubles.
Reception can book nannies.