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It’s odd that gas­tro­nomic hotspot San Sebastián has not had, un­til now, a bona fide five-star bou­tique ho­tel. Hap­pily, chef Pe­dro Su­bi­jana has taken mat­ters into his own hands and opened a 22-room re­treat right next door to his much-lauded restau­rant Akelaŕe. Madrid prac­tice Me­can­ismo has lined the pub­lic spa­ces with slat­ted tim­ber screens and low-slung broad-backed chairs, while the spa­cious guest rooms come with pri­vate balconies over­look­ing the Cantabrian Sea. Drag­ging your­self from the ho­tel’s stone­lined 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. Daven Wu Padre Or­co­laga 56, Igeldo, tel: 34.943 311 208, ake­ Rates: from £379

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