A charming residence. Exceptional surroundings. Welcome to Luis & Begoña’s hotel in Vizcaya.
“Offering the very best service to our guests and constantly finding ways to improve, to make their experience as wonderful as it can be.”
Luis is fiercely passionate. Not only about his homeland, the Basque Country, but also about human interaction. “I am lucky enough to live in an incredible place. It is a very proud land which is full of tradition, and full of nature. One day I told myself I was going to make the most of these unparalleled surroundings, and that it would be nice to be able to share them with others”. His dream was to build a hotel. Hotel & Spa Etxegana, The Originals Relaisis a magnificent Basque-style stone and wood building, which fits perfectly into the wild and natural countryside of Zeanuri, a village a few kilometres away from Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz in northern Spain. Inside is a medley of different styles, where even the smallest of details have been designed to create a unique and harmonious atmosphere which invites guests on a journey of discovery. “We are always looking at ways to improve, so that we can provide guests with the ultimate satisfaction”. They are, however, already pretty well-looked-after at this 3-star hotel, what with its 18 magnificent rooms, a delicious restaurant, spa, and the enchanting surroundings of the Basque Country.
Lovers of the exotic, the traditional, and the historic can expect a warm welcome to the Hotel & Spa Etxegana, The Originals Relais 11 rooms and 7 suites! All spacious (and air-conditioned), all bespoke, and all with magnificent views over the countryside, they invite guests on a journey of discovery, not only through time but also through faraway places, with beautiful furniture, carved headboards, spectacular canopies, exotic woodwork, and Far-Eastern fabrics and tapestries. Comfort, convenience and well-being are also very much part of the experience, with some bathrooms also equipped with whirlpool bathtubs.
- Air-conditioned room
Imagine sitting on the terrace, looking out over the countryside and the lush green hills of the Basque Country. It’s difficult to imagine a better way to start a wonderful day, especially when both sweet and savoury local dishes await you on the buffet! Should the weather turn, the views are just as fabulous from the dining room. It even features a touch of the exotic, with its carved Balinese door and the mashrabiyas' lacy woodwork delicately surrounding the windows. The flavours on the plate, however, are more local. And here, it’s all about indulgence!
Ongi Etorri Euskal Herrira...or, as we say here, welcome to the Basque Country! This bold, distinctive land has a wealth of treasures to explore, with its nature, culture and cuisine. And the Hotel & Spa Etxegana, The Originals Relais provides the perfect window.
Open the delicately hand-carved wooden doors onto the Borobudur spa (from the name of an ancient Buddhist temple on the island of Java). There, overlooking the surrounding natural countryside, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a small swimming pool complete with waterfall, as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room, one traditional sauna, and a Scottish Shower (not for the faint-hearted!). There is a charge to use it, with a private session lasting one hour. Don’t forget your swimsuits, flip-flops and swimming caps.
THINGS TO DOHikes through the hundred-year-old Otzarreta forest, and various trips to the Gorbeia nature reserve for birdwatching, the autumn deer rut, and mushroom-picking, with several different varieties growing in the area. Your host can also organise horse riding, water sports and golf excursions for you.
THINGS TO SEE NEARBYThe Spanish Basque Country and its 3 capital cities offer tourists everything they could wish for in a holiday, and is packed with experiences and sensations that will leave them itching to come back. Bilbao, with its Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall and its unmissable Guggenheim museum, twinkling in the sunshine like a disco ball under the spotlights; San Sebastián and its old town, the Bay of La Concha, pintxos (local tapas) and incredible architecture such as the Basilica of Santa María del Coro and the San Vicente church; Pamplona, with the famous festival of San Fermín which takes place in July (with the running of the bulls through the streets, among other things) and its historical centre, mini zoo and many green spaces, as well as the Arga River Park with over 800,000 m2 of tree-filled grounds. Not to mention Hondarribia, up on the French border, a festive and brightly-coloured little gem with an ancient fortress sitting high up above the village, which can only be reached by sweating up a maze of steep little lanes.
Hotel & Spa Etxegana, The Originals Relais has 3 meeting rooms, with exotic names evoking images of Indonesia - and, more specifically, Bali. They are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and all enjoy plenty of natural light, and peaceful, traditional surroundings. The services on offer include coffee breaks, lunches, excursions and group activities.
This room opens out onto the hotel gardens. It offers panoramic views over Gorbea Natural Park. Between 200 and 250 people can be comfortably accommodated depending on the chosen layout.