Akelaŕe lounge interior
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With all the deep-pocketed gourmands descending on gastronomic hotspot San Sebastian, it’s odd that the city has not had, until now, a bona fide five-star boutique hotel. Happily, Pedro Subijana, the chef and owner of the much-lauded Akelaŕe has taken matters into his own hands and opened a 22-room retreat right next door, overlooking the Cantabrian Sea.

Madrid practice Mecanismo Estudio has lined the public spaces with slatted timber screens, white-veined black stone, and low-slung broad-backed armchairs. The bright spacious rooms – furnished in cool pastel tones, marble and oak – feature a private balcony, while the ground floor suites are anchored by plunge pools. Dragging yourself from the hotel’s stone-lined indoor pool and spa is a struggle, but you won’t regret heading next door for Subijana’s inventive menu incorporating local fish and Iberian meats.

Akelaŕe interior, fireplace

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Akelaŕe relaxation, spa, view

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Akelaŕe guest room interior

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Akelaŕe guest room bathroom interior

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.