I can see what people have this on their bucket lists.
Helicopters flying through, azure waters overlooking the reef, a gentle sea breeze and nothing to do but relax!
Everything is stunning. The big details are stunning and what you expect (and do find) on instagram accounts of the rich n famous.
The small details have been carefully considered down to the tiny little flower and crudos.
For entree I start with the local caught Octopus served with caramelised cauliflower, pakis, green apple, coriander and black ink cracker. It melts in your mouth as you simultaneously struggle to take in the views.
The menu is generous with variety and all nationalities and preferences are catered for.
There is a very extensive vegetarian menu, one of the highlights of staying in such an opulent establishment.
The service is second to none and all the staff go out of their way to treat you to the experience of a lifetime.
Whether you stay on sight or visit for the day, this is a must if only for the views and experience.
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It is on top of the hill surrounded by a big park (Parque de Urgull).
The walk up can be dramatic and step (there are stairs leaving from behind the old town near the boat harbour, or gradual if you follow the boat harbour round past the aquarium and head up.
Just follow your nose – heading up is the main goal and you will find many little tracks.
There is a secret bar that is open in Summer.
Once up the top you will have amazing views of San Sebastian and the surrounding hills.
Alternative options to climbing the hill
These are some other walking options that are more flat terrain for those with injuries or unable to climb a hill.
If climbing is too tricky there are many walks around San Sebastian.
You can head to the left of the bay towards the south and find the amazing art sculptures of Spanish Artist Eduardo Chillida called Peine del Viento. Also a romantic beautiful spot.
Or you can walk around the Parque to Urgull and head over to Zurriola beach and head back along the river with the trees and shade.
2. Pinxos in the Old Part of Town
This gastronomic delight should be on every foodies global tour.
Apparently San Sebastian has more michelin awarded restaurants than anywhere else in the world – but I think their pinxos are the stand out.
There are two famous cheese cake shops here.
Saint Telmos is my favourite has the best foie gras, blood pudding and iberian pork cheeks and grilled octapus.
Tintos (red wines) are awesome everywhere.
3. La Perla
This day spa (thermalogica) water treatment retreat is fantastic.
Right on the beach at Playa De La Concha, this magnificent building has great views from the far infared chairs. If you go between 130 – 4pm you can get a reduced rate for the two hours.
You can hire a towel and everyone has to wear the sexy blue cap.
Hot steam room, hot sauna, multiple spa pools, relaxation zones and a cold plunge pool. Definitely worth it if you like water and day spas. No need for bookings unless during busy season. Click here for more information.
4. Santa Maria Cathedral
This iconic landmark is found in the old city.
It is 3 euros to pass through but worth it if this is the only church you are going to. There is another up near Saint Telmo which is equally breathtaking and of a different era.
5. Ferry trip
For a small fee (7 euros when we went) you can jump on the ferry and go to La Concha. Here you can disembark for exploring, or in summer swimming and a drink at the bar.
Otherwise you can stay on the ferry and do the round trip.
It’s a great way to get a different aspect from the water.
There are so many sporting activities to do. Stand Up Paddling, swimming, sailing, bush walking, bike riding and more.
Simply walking along the promenade later in the day is wonderful as buskers line the wide pavement entertaining children and tourists. Grab an icecream and slowly meander long.
There is an art gallery, library with an exhibition hall beneath it, museum, aquarium and more.
It is the perfect place for a weekend or a week. Relax, drift and enjoy.
This family run winery Luis Canas Bodega is in the La Rioja region in north Spain. La Rioja is about 80km from Bilboa and has many little villages with boutique hotels.
Some people (especially groups) will often take a cab from Zaragoza or hiring a car will give you independence.
We found this fantastic vineyard in the village of Villabuena de Álava and stayed at Hotel Viura.
You can go for a wine tasting at Luis Canas but I highly recommend a tour.
The vivacious knowledgable Carmen will take you on an exceptional tour, explaining all the grapes grown in the region, some history and finishing on the cusp of the vineyards valley of grape vines.
The cellar was impressive!
With a large production and representing many local wine growers, they are committed to sustainability, integrity and looking after the little farmers.
It is hard to put into perspective the gentle sound that the vines make, the smells that the wine emits and the tastes of the region on your palate. It’s a personal experience that has to be taken by you.
I highly recommend a tour and visit of this vineyard. Book a tour here and find out more.
This fantastic designer Hotel Viura, in discovered in a small town with 43 wineyards (Bodegas). The Hotel Viura is for that holiday where you don’t want to worry and every detail has been paid attention to and is found between Haro and Logrono.
With a living art gallery in the foyer and public spaces it is eye candy for the art lovers.
A roof top has many chez lounges where groups can catch up, where you can take a wine from the bar or lie back and relax reading a book looking up at mountain ranges in the back ground.
Starting from the car park you can literally turn off the car and grab some grapes. The reception is very art nouveau with English speaking staff.
A bar with friendly staff(full of local wines), a dining room downstairs that serves complimentary breakfast and a night time menu. It is “fine dining” ie smaller meal sizes but tasty.
You can get meals in town but a different standard and on Sundays nearly impossible.
The rooms are all different with their own personalities, views and private bathroom and toiletries.
My favourite part of the hotel was the art works and room top bar… oh and the grapes in the car park.
High on a hill and easy to find is the foot traffic only medieval town of Laguardia.
With a centuries old history there is much to see and experience.
I would recommend the bodega and wine tour with cueva DorreTxe. A small family run bodega (winery) in the middle of town.
From the outside…
It costs 5-10 euros per person and includes wine tasting.
It is a short punchy life changing experience.
You walk down a few stories under ground seeing the still in use wine making tools. A bramble bunch that serves as a filter for the fruit from the wine.
Underneath the cave opens up. Apparently during the Teslars rule there were many wars. These spand from 10th century for 4 centuries.
During this time the women and children were often hiding in the caves. Men would bring food, hunted animals and fruit. At one point all the 325 caves were connected as one tunnel. They were sectioned off in the 18th century and now many of the families have their own cave.
This one is used for wine and entertaining.
The wine is boutique, small in production. One Tinto and one blanco.
They also make the local liquor from blueberries. Perfect as a post meal digestiv.
Or maybe about your knowledge on a specialist topic…
Or maybe your book will be used as a marketing tool for your business?
Whatever your reason for writing a book can be one of the most powerful process you will experience.
Writing helps you clarify your message, show your expertise, enable people to day dream through your story telling or capture a time in your life.
Interestingly, writing a book, like public speaking, is perceived to be daunting and overwhelming, so many don’t take up the opportunity.
This will lead to lost sales, lost timing to bring out your message or an opportunity to leave your children a wonderful legacy.
Instead of worrying about what might be, understand that you are not alone in feeling apprehensive.
I would like to take the fear out if the process and invite you to my Book Writing Blueprint Retreat so you can create your book with passion and joy.
Once your creative juices are warmed up and you are given the blueprint, you will be surprised how much of an author you are.
This process is best done away from “the every day distractions” so I invite you to my five day Book Writing Retreat in tropical Port Douglas this October.
This is the outline for the upcoming Port Douglas retreat.
We start on Tuesday 25th October 2022 in the afternoon.
As long as you arrive mid afternoon you will be fine.
The retreat includes a call with me before hand to answer any questions you may have and a guide I have put together on what to expect.
This is the outline of the retreat program and is a guide only as some things may change when we are there.
Monday 17th October
Let the Creative Juices Flow
Port Douglas is an hours drive from Cairns.
Most hotels will offer a shuttle or your travel agent can assist with transport from Cairns airport to Port Douglas.
Once you have settled into your hotel, we will catch up at the the villa I have hand selected for our retreat (AKA the Creative Hub), on the magnificent property, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.
This is a small focused group so no need to arrive hours beforehand for an early registration & to secure a front seat but I do appreciate everyone arriving by 2pm.
I will be focused on each individual and my intention is for each person to achieve their book blueprintover the five days.
This afternoon, after a mind blowing introduction to what is possible with your own book, we dive into letting go of the rational side of our brain and permit our creative side to flourish.
The suppressed innovation, ideas, opportunities that lie within one’s own mind is surprising and is waiting for the invitation to surface.
We shall spend the afternoon in that process, in a relaxed safe, creative space, using art therapy techniques to unleash your deeper desires.
After time for a swim or pool cocktail, we head off to dinner at a local restaurant that serves amazing tropical and local foods.
Wednesday 26th Discovery Day + Book Writing
Today is a big day of letting the creative juices flow into ideas.
Today you will discover why writing a book is the key to sending your message to the world and an insight the power book writing offers.
We will help you define your “why” and clarify your message.
You can explore what format to write, first person, observational or fictitious. We will discuss the pros and cons of an ebook or book intended to be published, or even a brochure. (Many find this day hugely beneficial for their business aswell).
Once you can see your avatar and audience I will show you how to write specifically to them.
Then it’s pens down and off to the magic Daintree and Mossman Gorge.
The afternoon is spent immersing yourself in nature, allowing the newly creative neuropaths ways to connect and settle. There is a time for a swim in the lush, warm waters of the Mossman Gorge and admire our first nations land, then head up to the Daintree River.
On the Daintree River we embark on a ecofriendly barge that explores the river and grooves of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed river. Crocodiles, birds, fish and plant life are abundant in this part of the world. Have your camera ready.
After a relaxing trip home, we arrive back at the creative hub and you are free to relax and experience Port Douglas. Maybe try a paddle at Hemingsways Brewery?
Thursday 27th Book Blueprint Revealed
Today is the powerhouse day where I show you how to write your book with ease and enjoyment!
That’s correct, the process of writing should and can be enjoyable.
I will show you the blueprint that has enabled me to write nine published books, with two best sellers.
We will discuss how to construct a book, logical chapters, brainstorm titles and even play with some covers.
This is a fun day and will leave you feeling inspired.
Join the group for a mocktail or cocktail by the pool before enjoying the night off to enjoy for your own leisure and exploring.
Friday 28th October Leveraging Your Book
Today we have a late start so you can further explore the region. Maybe organise a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel the Lowe Islands, or do a local fishing experience.
We start at 1pm today and launch straight into the power behind book writing.
I will introduce you to the potential once you become a book writer… that’s right, once you are a published author and the avenues it can take you on.
We hook up with a highly successful special guest who discusses how he has used his book to leverage a podcast series, run 5 day challenges and raise money for charity and higher purpose.
Join in the fun tonight as we dine at a local restaurant to celebrate our new connections and learnings.
Saturday 29th Media Activation Day
If it’s one thing I know really well that is how to get your message out to the world.
Having featured on all the main TV stations, leading newspapers, radios and key interviews in magazines I can show you how to take your book to the next level.
You see, once you publish your book, you are an expert.
I will show you how this can be used to create speaking opportunities, media gigs, inspire your audience and more.
Today is our last day and is incredibly mind opening for the entrepreneur or person who wants to leave a legacy.
The day finishes at lunch.
This will give you time to catch your plane or stay a little longer and really immerse yourself into what is going to be a ground breaking retreat for many.
The retreat is limited to seven people only.
Reserve your place NOW with a non refundable deposit.