A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux
With Spain preparing to welcome visitors back to its sunny shores once again, this summer presents the perfect opportunity to delve deeper among the country’s lesser known regions and uncover some of its best kept secrets, starting with the historic hub of Santiago de Compostela.
The capital of Spain’s north western corner of Galicia, claimed final resting place of the apostle Saint James and the culmination point for the famous Camino de Santiago pilgramage, the city provides a gateway to a treasure trove of fascinating ancient history, breath-taking untapped scenery and a rich culinary culture complemented by rarely exported wines.
Tucked among the rolling green scenery and just five minutes’ drive from the city centre, A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux – a new Mason Rose client re-opening from 5th July – provides an ideal base from which to organise personalised itineraries that truly highlight the best of this spectacular destination, with options including…
- Expeditions through the stunning Ribeira Sacra incorporating riverboat tours along the meandering Miño river, flanked by traditional seafaring villages, and visits to the strikingly steep vineyards producing native Atlantic wines rarely found elsewhere
- Sailing and horse-riding trips that trail the numerous estuaries, untouched sandy beaches and traditional fishing villages of the Galician coastline and islands, finishing with an unforgettable panorama of one of Spain’s most beautiful sunsets
- Time-hopping city tours of Santiago de Compostela, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diverse wealth of history and architecture open for exploration all year round, and where story-lovers can still spot the golden scallop shells that pepper the cobbled streets to guide pilgrims into the city
- Adrenaline-fuelled adventures from abseiling into the Sierra del Barbanza canyons, to rafting down the Ulla, Tambre and Deza rivers, to diving for shellfish at the Arousa estuary, as well as unrivalled views from above thanks to guided paragliding experiences
When the time comes to wind down, the family-owned A Quinta da Auga promises all the ingredients for a luxurious getaway with a true sense of place. Housed in an 18th century paper factory nestled within one hectare of land, the 51-room boutique – including three individually designed premium suites previously sought out by Spanish royalty – offers the best of the Galician heritage, with original stone walls and rich wood flooring bedecked with an elegant combination of antique and contemporary furnishings and artworks.
The hotel’s dedicated spa and wellbeing centre extends the concept of slowing down and embracing the surroundings, boasting its own flotarium inspired by the mineral-rich salty waters of the Dead Sea. Pampering is on offer in the form of facial treatments using products from French skincare guru, Biologique Recherche, aromatherapy with Aromatherapy Associates and Ayurveda with Sundari, while couples can enjoy their own world of wellness at the intimate private spa. Meanwhile, delicious Galician fare can be found at the alfresco QCafé coffee bar and fine-dining Filigrina restaurant, which exemplifies gourmet takes on locally produced delicacies, such as seafood freshly sourced from the neighbouring Atlantic, all paired with specially selected regional wines.
For weddings and events, A Quinta da Auga’s owners, the Lorenzo-García family are delighted to offer personalised packages in their dedicated spaced that open out onto the riverside gardens, brought to life by seasonal flower arrangements.
Paseo da Amaia 23b
15706 Santiago de Compostela,
A Coruña. Spain
Tel. (+34) 981 534 636
Price: 120€ to 200€