Luxury Retreat in the Basque Country
Our premier retreat in the Basque country takes place in one of the Gastronomic capitals of the world. Join us for a luxurious stay filled with culture, sites, architecture, Michelin restaurants, spa day and more.
For this exploration of the Basque country we have collaborated with Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS to combine a look at creative focus with art projects in sketching and “ifonography” (smartphone photography) throughout the week.
Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare our bodies and minds to find a creative way of focus on our excursions through the Italian countryside.
All levels are welcome, and participation is voluntary. Projects and classes will be offered as a completely exploratory, unintimidating and personal experience.
This retreat in the Basque country includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites.
We’ll begin the week with a walking tour of our home city of Bilbao including the Guggenheim Museum, then we’ll head to the famed wine region of Rioja for a winery visit, tasting, and pairing lunch.
A day of site-seeing along the coast with an amazing bio-reserve will keep us connected to the landscape, and then we’ll enjoy a full day in San Sebastian with a food tour, time to see the old-city, funicular ride to a look out, and luxurious spa day.
All this, alongside daily yoga and travel-journal creation classes, and punctuated by the amazing cuisine and a Michelin-starred meal.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice.
Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.
Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students’ needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice.
Depending on each retreat location, classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for us to use if the weather is agreeable.
Certified yoga instructor and EPM founder, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements.
She’s studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years.
She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast, selected lunches, and dinner daily either hosted at our hotel or out and about in town.
Seafood options for those who desire will also be provided as this region is famous for their coastal cuisine.
This is one of the world’s gastronomic capitals filled with many Michelin-starred restaurants, which our week will include a visit to, as well as a wine tasting and pairing lunch at one of the nearby Rioja’s famed wineries.
A “pintxos” tour will guide us through the old town of Bilbao an San Sebastian as one of the region’s most famous “bites”.
On our retreat in the Basque country we’ll be staying at an award-winning 5-star Luxury Hotel in the heart of Bilboa just steps from the Guggenheim Art Museum. Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao is a designer space designed by Javier Mariscal, and features a roof terrace with a restaurant and spectacular views, as well as a wellness center.
The hotel, known as an “Ode to Design”, opened in 2002, is one of the most important works of Spanish designer Javier Mariscal who wanted to retrace the history of 20th century design through the hotel.
The Gran Hotel Domine is a living and vibrant tribute to design, while at the same time, retaining all the functionality and pertinence of a luxury five star hotel. The hotel is playful, charming and luxurious.
Rooms are spacious and some offer views over the Guggenheim, while the bathtubs are the work of famed designer, Philippe Starck.
$3395 based on shared occupancy ($650 single supplement).
Reserve with a deposit
* 5-star hotel accommodation (spacious bedrooms each with private bathrooms, linens, wellness center, etc)
* Breakfast daily
* Dinner daily
* Select lunches on day-trips
* Transportation to/from day trips
* Daily meditation and yoga classes
* Daily art project classes + supplies
* Use of estate premises (wellness center, terraces, etc.)
* Tour guide on various day trips
* Entrance fees during day trips
* Visits to local sites
* City tours
* Guggenheim Museum visit
* Regional visits (coastal reserves, beach, etc)
* Spa day
* Wine/cuisine tasting, winery tour
Does not include
* Any additional activities/tours
What past guests have said
“I know all of us on that retreat are huge Erin fans and can’t sing the EAT.PRAY.MOVE praises loud enough. It is the most incredible way to travel. Erin has every detailed covered and it takes the stress out of international travel. I know I am getting an amazing travel experience at an incredible value. The accommodations are always world-class and the activities and adventures always provide cultural immersion with local experiences.” Curt – Texas, USA
“Thank you for the best experience of my life. Can’t even remember the last time I cried so hard. Mostly tears of joy but also a deep nostalgic longing. You, Julian and all my new yoga buddies are the most wonderful people I have ever met in my life. My time in Marrakesh was unforgettable, I have never felt so happy.”
How to get here
Our hotel is located in the city of Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The Nnarest airport is Bilbao Airport (BIO). Other nearby airports include San Sebastian (EAS), Santander Airport (SDR). We recommend Skyscanner to search for the best airfares.
To make an enquiry or book this retreat, send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.