Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Rioja
Designed by renowned architect Frank O Gehry with a jaw-dropping metallic exterior and light-filled interiors, this luxurious enclave in Spain’s historic wine capital offers Michelin-starred cuisine and exceptional service overlooking scenic rolling vineyards.
The hotel boasts two acclaimed restaurants – Restaurante 1860 Tradición serves traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist using seasonal indigenous ingredients, while the Michelin-starred Restaurante Marqués De Riscal is renowned for its gourmet tasting menus fusing traditional Echaurren cuisine with modern recipes. For an extra-special experience, small groups can dine at the intimate Chef’s Table in a secluded corner of the terrace, enjoying scenic views of the surrounding countryside as the chef creates exceptional dishes at their tableside. There’s also a chic wine bar and tranquil rooftop library, where guests can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine.
Harnessing the holistic benefits of the region’s most famous export, the hotel’s pampering spa overlooks lush vineyards and offers a range of wine-inspired therapies such as exfoliating scrubs and nourishing body wraps. Additional wellness facilities include a fitness centre, heated indoor swimming pool, hammam, sauna and Jacuzzi. An array of guided tours can also be arranged to help guests uncover the rich local culture, from exploring medieval villages to enjoying private tastings at world-class wineries.
The spacious Gehry Suite enjoys unparalleled panoramic views over Elciego’s sprawling vineyards and the dramatic Cantabria Mountains. Featuring 12-foot ceilings and pale wood walls, this loft-like space boasts a bedroom with king-size bed, separate living area, modern kitchenette, Italian marble bathroom and private terrace. Contemporary amenities include a 42-inch plasma television, and high-speed Wi-Fi.