15 April 2019
The small beach village of Garraf is only a 15-minute drive from Barcelona El Prat Airport. Little Beach House Barcelona recently opened its doors there. A beach escape from the Soho House Group.
Situated between the endless beach of Castelldefels and the historic and gay-friendly beach town of Sitges, you’ll find Garraf. A small and intimate bay that brings you back to the 50s. The beach is surrounded by photogenic green/white beach houses from that decade that all have a different design. At the end of the beach, you’ll find a larger pavilion, which previously was a hotel too and is now the home of Little Beach House Barcelona. A beloved place for residents of Barcelona who like to escape the city and for other travelers who are in search for some fresh sea air in a beautiful design environment.
When you step inside, you’re automatically drawn to the large window with a view of the Mediterranean Sea. The same happens in the room and the shared areas. The open-air Cowshed spa, the bar, and the restaurant all face the sea. Everywhere you see the azure color of the water and you hear the waves. It’s good to be in nature: it recharges you. Not only because it brings fresh air to your lungs, but it also clears your head and gives you space for new ideas.
The design of Little Beach House Barcelona is inspired by the 1950s. The in-house design team of Soho House visits vintage markets worldwide to find the most interesting interior items. The atmosphere is warm with lots of pillows, art, books and even board games. There’s a beautiful tapestry above the bed. In the restaurant, you’ll find a beige rug with pink/yellow stripes on it that I wish I could take home with me immediately. And the round, green armchairs in front of the window are also a real eye-catcher. Just like the extensive and very impressive art collection.
The restaurant is run by Chef Alberto Castiñeiras. He previously worked for the Mandarin Oriental and Soho House Barcelona and focuses on fish dishes in his restaurant here in Garraf. For lunch, we order caldots, croquettes with shrimps and a delicious bream. It is a beautiful April day so we can sit outside. Later on, you can head onto the roof terrace for a cocktail – or order a special twist on sangria.
In a world that seems to be becoming increasingly more individualistic, I can’t emphasize enough how happy I am with the program full of workshops and events that Soho House organizes. I went on a fun stargazing trip, but you can also do a hike or follow a digital detox workshop. I love learning new things, but it’s also a great way to meet new, like-minded people. During the stargazing event, nobody looked at his phone and I got to meet about five new people.
Little Beach House Barcelona is a perfect beach escape. If you want to get the most out of your stay, I would go there for a long weekend. Then you can spend a day on the sunbeds reading a book, participating in a workshop or two and enjoying the chef’s cooking skills. New is the shuttle bus that runs between the city and the beach, so that makes it easier to combine a visit with Soho House Barcelona.
Check out: www.littlebeachhousebarcelona.com