The eye-popping architecture of the Hotel Marques de Riscal makes a real statement; it was designed and built by Frank O. Gehry who Vanity Fair labeled ‘the most important architect of our age’. Just take a minute to imagine booking yourself into this inspiring building in the centre of historic Basque country. Glass-walled rooms offer views of the medieval town of Elciego where history and culture flourish like the grapes hanging from their Rioja vineyards. The hotel’s expert concierge team will take you on tours of the local area, where you can experience the remarkable history, wine and food of the region. Gastronomy is the order of the day here. And with three Michelin stars to his name, who better than Chef Francis Paniego to oversee your hotel dining experience. You can order a la carte or perhaps try one of a number of ‘tasting ceremonies’ where you can enjoy a selection of their premium dishes. Needless to say, the wine list is to die for. The spa has won 3 international awards for excellence and offers you the chance to submerge yourself in the Jacuzzi, hit the fitness center or soak your feet in the pediluvium (foot bath). Specialist treatments include hydro-therapies like the Barrel Bath, where you soak in an exfoliating grape marc, and the ritualistic Winemaker's Massage, which increases blood circulation and improves muscle tone.