Some couples may show their affection for a partner through an expensive dinner and night out. If wine and gourmet dining is to your romantic tastes, then you might want to consider hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Nr Bilbao in Spain. With a roofline of shimmering ribbons of pink, gold and silver titanium, this hotel was originally conceived as a 21st century wine chateau in the Rioja Alavesa grape growing region. It has been transformed into Frank O Gehry’s only hotel project to date. Managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts brand, “The Luxury Collection” Hotel Marqués de Riscal may appear a little out of the way, but is well worth the detour to take in the stunning design, fantastic food, wine and spa.
The food is by Michelin starred Francis Paniego, and as well as a stunning wine list there is also a wine themed spa providing wine therapy treatments using products made of grape extracts, created exclusively by Caudalíe Vinothérapie. It has been recognised with many awards for the treatments and venue.
Now you can see, drink and become beautified with Rioja grapes.
Many visitors will have arrived in Elciego from Bilbao (70 miles / 110Km) away, visiting this rejuvenated Basque city and home to the famous Guggenheim museum. Take the ‘Ruta del Vino’ tour by car to get a flavour of the region with regular tasting spots at smaller Rioja producers along the way.
Check out the special 150th Anniversary of the vineyard in October – with special offers, packages and a gala dinner and auction on the weekend of the 24th October.
Hotel Marqués de Riscal
Photo: Hotel Marqués de Riscal (c) A.Heras