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Stylish hotel with pool among vineyards, near coast, Galicia

San Amaro | Ref: HAMA1 | Bedrooms: 14

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Looking out over Albarino vineyards and gently rolling hills beyond, in the heart of the Salnes valley with its mild and agreeable climate in the Rias Baixas, this very special hotel, in a sleepy hamlet, with a pool and an excellent restaurant, is a dream come true. The owners spent many years searching for the perfect location and this is it!

A harmonious blend of century old stone buildings with dynamic modern, with original features and oriental touches, creating a feeling of tranquility and well being, "guests experience a Galicia that is rural, but well communicated ". Fantastic beaches, ancient towns and cities, impressive monasteries and churches, busy resorts, wonderful river walks and bodegas galore are all within very easy reach.

With the bedrooms distributed amongst three buildings, lovely landscaped gardens, sheltered terraces, a salon with an open fire, a library with local artists' work, a glass sided horreo (traditional grainstore) for relaxing in, even at the height of summer, everyone will find their own space.

The owners are true professionals who will ensure your stay is a memorable one - Julio, in charge of the restaurant, and Nacho, with his great enthusiasm and knowledge of the area, to give you expert advice and organise trips for you, looks after all your needs.

A visit to a local bodega is included in your stay, a massage service is available and at certain times of the year cookery workshops are held to give you a very personal insight into the great gastronomy of the region.

Accommodation Description

There are 14 double/twin bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms distributed among three buildings. All rooms are individually decorated and furnished.
All of the rooms have T.V., WIFI, a telephone, air conditioning, safe-deposit box, a hair dryer and a nightly turn down service and mineral water.

There are 6 standard double rooms with queen sized (150x200cms) or twin beds. The bathrooms have large shower units. All have views of the valley or the garden.

There are 5 superior double rooms which are more spacious and perfect for a longer stay. They have queen sized beds. The bathrooms have baths or large shower units. Bathrobes are provided. All have views of the valley except for the "Colonial room" which is on the ground floor which has a queen sized four poster bed.
Bedroom 10 has a shower adapted for people with limited mobility.
These rooms sleep 2/3 people.

There are 3 superior double rooms with terraces with garden furniture (rooms 1, 2 and 3) all on the first floor of the main building. They are very spacious with high, sloping ceilings and a sitting area with tables and chairs. They have queen sized beds, bathrooms with bath and shower overhead and bathrobes are provided. All have views of the valley.

Connecting rooms are available. Cots are available on request.

Facilities

Sitting/dining room in outbuilding, Sitting room/library in other building. Glass sided "horreo" (typical grainstore) for sitting and for massages. Terraces (covered and uncovered). Swimming pool with terrace. Garden. Free parking. Free WIFI.

Bar. Restaurant (open to public). Access for the disabled.

Laundry service. Safety deposit box. Room service. Babysitting service. Board games. Air conditioning. Heating.

A free visit to a local bodega is included in every stay.

Massage service (book 24 hours in advance) in your room or in a specially prepared place. A professional team come to the hotel.

Cookery workshops (minimum 4 people). Need to be booked in advance. Also certain dates are designated for these. There are 3 hour workshops and an all day workshop including a trip to the local market and lunch.

Owners can advise on and organise different activities available in the area, including boat trips, gastronomic tours with reservations at key restaurants, horse riding...

Pets are allowed.

Restaurant

Buffet breakfast is served (from 9 -11 am) in the beautiful restaurant overlooking the valley. When there are fewer guests the breakfast is served at the table or on the terrace in warmer months.

Lunch and dinner are available in the restaurant but must be booked in advance. There is a limited service in the winter months.

The restaurant is open to the public and is justifiably very popular - traditional, but innovative with exotic touches. Seasonal produce with the freshest ingredients from local markets. Dishes range from salad with marinated mackerel to Marrakech chicken.

They have a good, varied wine list, featuring the best Albarinos from the area.

There are other very good restaurants in the area including those specialising in fish and seafood at nearby Sanxenxo. The owners will advise.



Bedrooms:14
Beach: 6km
Nearest Shop: In the village a few minutes' walk
Bars/Restaurants: In the village a few minutes' walk
Nearest Airport: Vigo (50km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (550km)

San Amaro

The hamlet of San Amaro with its C17th chapel is in one of the seven parishes which make up the municipality of Meano, between the Ria de Pontevedra and the Ria de Arousa in the Rias Baixas. Lying in heart of the beautiful valley of Salnes, the main wine growing area for the fantastic, internationally renowned, white wine, Albarino, it is surrounded by vineyards and bodegas.

Though there are no facilities in the hamlet, a short walk up the road will take you to Meano and Simes with a supermarket, a bank, a chemist's and a health centre and several bars and restaurants.

In the local area and beyond ,there are some wonderful river walks with ancient watermills (some restored) along the way.

Within a very short distance (there is a dual carriageway from Meano) are fantastic beaches, lively resorts, impressive marinas, historic towns and cities, imposing monasteries and magnificent Pazos. The valley of Salnes has it all including a mild and agreeable climate and gastronomic delights to suit everyone.

Local Activities

  • Lovely riverside walks " Las Rutas de Los Molinos" taking in ancient watermills (some now restored) in Meano and the surrounding area .
  • Numerous Bodegas (wineries) to visit to sample and buy the fantastic, internationally renowned white wine "Albarino".
  • Visit the ancient monasteries of Armentieira and Poio, just a short drive away.
  • Spend a few hours or more in the old, coastal town of Cambados, capital and heart of the Albarino wine making area.
  • Enjoy Combarro, a museum almost, of a typical Galician fishing village.
  • Take a boat trip in the Rias de Arousa and Pontevedra, visiting the mussel beds.
  • Enjoy all kinds of watersports - diving, snorkelling, sailing,windsurfing, canoeing, rafting and fishing.
  • Experience the lively fish markets at Sanxenxo, O Grove and Portonovo.
  • Play golf at the fabulous 18 hole courses at nearby Meis and Isla La Toja.
  • Horse riding and cycling (you can rent electric bikes, with or without a guide).
  • Indulge yourself in a gastronomic tour with reservations at "key" restaurants in the area.
  • Feast on fish and seafood at the lively resort and marina of Sanxenxo.
  • Take a boat trip to the magical Islas Cies from Vigo.
  • Visit the historic cities of Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra and Vigo - all within easy reach.

Holiday Ideas near San Amaro

Islas Cies and Ons
Islas Cies and Ons
Easter surf
Easter surf
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Albariño, Spain's best white
Albariño, Spain's best white
Pontevedra
Pontevedra
Great seafood of Galicia
Great seafood of Galicia
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Vigo
Vigo
The Galician Rias
The Galician Rias
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Cambados
Cambados
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Ourense
Ourense
Ribeiro wines from Galicia
Ribeiro wines from Galicia
Beaches of NW Portugal
Beaches of NW Portugal
Portuguese gastro style
Portuguese gastro style
Peneda- Gerés National Park
Peneda- Gerés National Park
Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima
Villages of northern Portugal
Villages of northern Portugal
Vindimia - the grape harvest
Vindimia - the grape harvest
Baiona
Baiona
Tui
Tui

Getting There

The Rias Bajas region in the south of Galicia is well served by air:

Flights:
From Heathrow to A Coruña with Vueling (BA);
From Gatwick to Santiago with Easyjet;
From Stansted to Vigo or Santiago with Ryanair;
From Dublin to Vigo with Ryanair or Santiago with Aer Lingus.

For the more southerly properties flights to Porto in Portugal may also be a good option:
From Heathrow with BA;
From Gatwick with Easyjet or TAP;
From Stansted with Ryanair;
From Luton with Easyjet;
From Manchester with TAP, Easyjet or Ryanair;
From Bristol with Easyjet;
From Edinburgh with Ryanair;
From Dublin with TAP and Ryanair.

NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables

Good motorway links now make ferry travel a possibility though you may need to consider stop-overs depending on sailing times (see our selection of hotels)
(Vigo is 5 hours 30 mins from Santander)

Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao – 7 sailings weekly. Ireland to North Spain - 2 sailings a week.
We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package

Getting Around

If travelling by air we recommend renting a hire car to make the most out of your visit to the area. If you prefer to use public transport please consult our expert staff for advice on which properties are more suitable.

If coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle - we recommend that you ensure that insurance and breakdown cover are in place. For full advice on how to prepare the vehicle etc see the Brittany Ferries website

In either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at your holiday accommodation, complete with GPS co-ordinates.