“Stunning small hotel with a gorgeous pool, flawless bedrooms and long views over lush fields to the sea”
Bedrooms are lavish. Some are bigger than others, but all come fully loaded. You get enormous beds, beautiful colours, the odd antique, and smartly upholstered sofas and armchairs. The 4 at the front look out to sea; those at the back overlook the pool and the hill beyond. Three have small balconies. In all you’ll find plush fabrics, crisp linen, contemporary art and good lighting. This is a small hotel that revels in serious elegance and nowhere is this more evident than in the bedrooms.
One room (Jaizkibel) has painted panelling, another (Zarautz) has a sink built into a mantelpiece. Throw your eyes across any room and they will land on something lovely, be it an armchair in a vast bathroom or swathes of fabric flowing from a four-poster bed. Several rooms have high ceilings with painted beams. The suites are huge, but so are some of the less expensive doubles. As for the bathrooms, expect the best. All are different and all are sumptuous, with walk-in showers and double-ended baths; some (Orio, Askizu, Jaizkibel and Zarautz) are open-plan, with no door separating them from the bedroom. Jaizkibel has a lovely tub for 2 that looks out to sea.
Breakfast is unhurried. You can eat in the airy breakfast room, where big windows frame those hypnotic views, or out on the terrace. Everything is brought to you: jugs of freshly squeezed orange juice, yoghurt mixed with fruit and served in cocktail glasses, baskets of hot patisseries, plates of ham and cheese, and eggs from the neighbouring farm, cooked to order.
During the day there’s a small room-service menu - gazpacho, salads - and sandwiches are served by the pool. There’s an honesty bar in the sitting room, too.
Staff know all the local restaurants. In the hills behind, you can eat earthy Basque food with the locals at Bedua, a small restaurant most tourists can’t find - a must one night. Or head into Getaria for a handful of good restaurants: best is Elkano on the main road - fabulous seafood cooked to perfection. For something simpler, the waterside has a couple of fish restaurants with terraces at the front; fish comes straight off the boats, and the grilled sardines are famous.
San Sebastián is 30 minutes away by car. It takes its food extremely seriously and 3 of its restaurants have 3 Michelin stars, but the Old Town is littered with pintxos bars (tapas with attitude). If you want great food, go for the former; if you want a great night out, go for the latter.
Children are welcome. All rooms can accommodate a baby cot, and extra beds can be added to all rooms except Orio, Igeldo and Jaizkibel. There are games for children downstairs, plus a DVD library with a few family titles. Having said that, this is a smart, intimate hotel - not the natural habitat of energetic young children.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available