After a few days exploring the windy beaches of San Sebastian I got in a taxi and headed East to the little Basque town of Irun. The journey was rustic to say the least, I was slightly worried that I was being driven out into a field to be assassinated. The price wasn’t too bad (34 euros) but I would definitely get the bus next time! It was worth it, however, when I saw Villa Magalean waiting for me in the distance.
I arrived at Villa Magalean and was instantly enamoured with the manor style welcome space. The foyer and living room are a juxtaposition of traditional Spanish style and contemporary interior design.
Each room has its own colour scheme. Mine was pink but simple, not overbearing. The adjoining rooms with white panelled sliding doors provided airy space whilst being able to not feel like a large open area when I was sleeping. This combined with the blackout functions made sure I had an amazing night’s sleep after the exhaustion that often comes with being mega touristy all day.
The bathtub filled up in less than 5 mins which honestly I wasn’t mentally or physically prepared for. The shower, sink, shower were littered with Cinq Mondes products which comes in very handy if you’re forgetful like me and never remember to pack shampoo.
The suite overlooked the Castle of Carlos V, which I reached via a glass elevator. It’s the perfect place to spend the evening and soak up the sea view.
Travelling back into central San Sebastian was really easy, a local bus dropped us off right in front of Hotel Maria Cristina for cocktails to start our Suitcase Magazine pinxtos tour.
After a heavy night of vermouth and food on sticks, the morning brought gourmet breakfast and Cinq Mondes massages…
Starting with a quick steam and sauna, followed by an experiential shower including an intense lightening bolt sequence, I was squeaky clean, rid of the night before and ready for my massage.
I went for a North African Healing Massage (50 mins for 90 euros) and it was the best massage I’ve ever had! The spa team were so attentive and I even had a cup of green tea waiting for me at the end. I would highly recommend getting a massage if your hotel offers it. You can roll right back into bed for a post rub-down rest!
I finished my stay with an incredible dinner, a 3 course meal with thrilling visual elements and incredible wine to pair. My favourite was the watermelon and tomato gazpacho with shrimp and breadcrumbs.
Staying at Villa Magalean was the perfect way to end a hectic visit to Basque Country, thank you so much to the amazing team at Villa Magalean for having me and treating me like a King Carlos during my stay.
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