Great Location in Bilbao! NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao

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One of the best hotel locations in Bilbao, Spain.   NH Hotel Villa De Bilbao

Gran Via, 87, 48011 Bilbao, Spain

https://www.nh-collection.com/hotel/nh-collection-villa-de-bilbao

Location, location, location!  NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao enjoys prime real estate in Bilbao city centre.  Within the same city block, travelers find fine dining, pubs, and specialty shops: comic book and toy stores to name a couple.  Bilbao’s old town and main bus station are close.  The Guggenheim museum is also well within walking distance at 0.6 miles away.

The hotel is part of the worldwide NH Collection, and delivers luxury and comfort in line with the brand.  A centerpiece of the NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao is the restaurant Le Bol Blanc (The White Bowl, from French).  Guests rave about the lush, organic breakfast buffet there, and Basque cuisine at dinner just gets better.

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Lush, organic breakfast buffet at Le Bol Blanc.   NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao
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Basque cuisine at Le Bol Blanc.   NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao

Guests choose from junior, premium, or superior rooms, in ascending order of more space and better view.  All room levels have flat screen tv’s, wi-fi, and rain effect showers.  Also included is access to the roof-level gym, and access to a larger nearby gym.  After the stay, the Bilbao airport is a short seven miles away.

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Premium room.   NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao
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Reception area at NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao

Photo Credit: NH Hotel Collection

Best Of Bilbao! Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

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Travel and Adventure!   Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

http://nomadsurfers.com/spain/bilbao-surf-camp/

For one of the best adventure and travel experiences in Bilbao, head to Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp.

Located just 12 miles from the Bilbao Airport, this 2004-established surf camp provides a full week-long immersion in surfing – although guests can also arrange for shorter stays.

New surf students begin on nearby Barinatxe and Arrietara beaches, which have perfect beginner-sized waves.  Instruction comes from local surf-federation-qualified instructors, many of whom have competed on the world surf stage.

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Beautiful surf in the Basque region: Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

More experienced surfers can go five minutes away to beaches La Galea, Sopelana, Meñakoz, and Plentzia.  Or, for some of the best surf in Europe, Bakio and Mundaka beaches are 20 minutes away from camp.

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19th century Basque building houses guests at Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

Surf students stay at the 75-guest surf house, a 19th century Basque building which itself is a sight to see.  Seven nights of stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner, wetsuits, wi-fi, and airport transfers are included in surf camp “tuition”.

While off the waves, students can also experience rock climbing, skateboarding, archery, and ping pong, all also included.

Bilbao Surf Camp video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpld6Z3GovM

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Before jumping in:  beach instruction at Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp
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From beginners to experienced surfers: Nomad Surfers Bilbao Surf Camp

Photo credit: Nomad Surfers

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Best Of Bilbao! ad hoc Cascanueces Restaurant

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Tomates de Lodosa.  ad hoc Cascanueces.  Bilbao, Spain.

 

Heros 21, 48009 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

http://adhocbilbao.com/cascanueces/

Less than a 10 minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum, ad hoc Cascanueces consistently delivers one of most memorable dining experiences in Bilbao.

Chef Diego Valdivielso and sommelier Oscar Vila’s customer service and attentiveness is based in the belief that the best wine “is not necessarily the most expensive, but the one that is shared”.

Some of the better known dishes at ad hoc Cascanueces include Japanese pasta with lacquered bacon, octopus and spicy mayonnaise, scorpionfish with wild rice, and red tuna tatami.  The dessert known as Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert) is smash hit with diners.

ad hoc Cascanueces (Cascanueces = “Nutcracker” in English) is consistently one of the highest rated restaurants in Bilbao.

Travelers will find presentation of all dishes in fluent English when desired.

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Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert). ad hoc Cascanueces
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ad hoc Cascanueces. Bilbao, Spain.
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Tataki de atun rojo (tuna tataki).  ad hoc Cascanueces
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Picanha Brasilena.  ad hoc Cascanueces

Photo credit: ad hoc Cascanueces

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Breathtaking Views in Bilbao, Spain! Gran Hotel Domine

 

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Only hotel in Bilbao overlooking the Guggenheim Museum.  Gran Hotel Domine.

 

Mazarredo Zumarkalea, 61, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

http://www.hoteldominebilbao.com

Gran Hotel Domine commands one of the best possible locations in Bilbao.  Just a 15 minute drive from the airport, guests will stay at the only hotel in Bilbao overlooking the Guggenheim Museum and the famous giant Puppy topiary.

Gran Hotel Domine is surrounded by world-class views, and its’ interior is designed to match.  From the street view, to its’ restaurants, rooms, and bars, Domine keeps aesthetics at a high level throughout.

The Gran Hotel Domine experience is also crafted to match, with widely-known excellent customer service, rooftop terrance breakfasts, and highest-tech gym equipment.

Guests can choose from Premier, Deluxe, and Superior rooms; all well-appointed.  Note that Gran Hotel Domine enjoyed a complete renovation in 2017, stepping up the already high-level experience.

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Atrium. Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao, Spain
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Deluxe Suite. Grand Hotel Domine
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Bathroom, Premier Guggenheim Suite.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Superior City View Room.  Grand Hotel Domine.
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Rooftop terrace overlooking the Guggenheim. Gran Hotel Domine.
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Dinner at Beltz the Black Restaurant at Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao.
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Exercise with a view of the Guggenheim.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Street level restaurant across from the Puppy topiary.  Le Cafe.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Street View.  Gran Hotel Domine.

Photo credit: Gran Hotel Domine

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Relax and Rejuvenate: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Become part of a natural wonder: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

240 Grindavík, Iceland

http://www.bluelagoon.com

The rejuvenating, relaxing geothermal waters of Blue Lagoon, Iceland are among the top spa destinations in the world.  And the view here is amazing.

Waters at the Blue Lagoon stay around 100F, and naturally renew themselves every 40 hours.   The water is just 4.5 feet / 1.4 meters at the deepest point.

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Rejuvenation at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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Visit year-round: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Located 30 miles / 47 km southwest of Reyjavik, the Blue Lagoon is supported by an on-site spa, hotel, and restaurant to supplement the experience.

Upon arrival, visitors are equipped with a wristband, which works like a locker key and credit card.  Very handy for keeping track of your things, and buying drinks while in the water.

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Surrounding campus of Blue Lagoon, Iceland

There are a few things to keep in mind while visiting Blue Lagoon, such as staying hydrated, removing jewelry, and proper use of conditioner.  A video with the best tips can be found here: YouTube guide to visiting Blue Lagoon

Note that the staff supporting the Blue Lagoon are known for keeping an incredibly clean  facility.  Pre-booking is required.

 

Photo Credit: Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

 

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The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland

 

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Stay outdoors while being indoors.  The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland.

Hrosshagi 2, Skalholt 801, Iceland

https://www.buubble.com

The 5 Million Star Hotel offers just that: a clear and amazing view of 5 million stars and the aurora borealis. Less than one hour drive east from Reykjavic, guests stay outdoors – and simultaneously indoors – inside one of five heated bubbles nestled in the forest.

Each bubble fits two adults, with a huge bed with an unbeatable view of the sky and forest.  A nearby, centrally located shared services area has the well-appointed shower and kitchen facilities.  Each bubble is equipped with electrical outlets so guest iPhones stay well-charged.

One of the most unique and rewarding experiences in Iceland – the 5 Million Star Hotel.

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Choose from five bubbles: Una, Asta, Thorunn, Valdis, or Maria.

 

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Unbeatable views of the sky and forest.  The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland.

Photo Credit: 5 Million Star Hotel

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Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland

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Along the river Varma.  Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland.

 

Hverhamar, 810 Hveragerði, Iceland

http://www.frostogfuni.is

Located 30 miles east from Reykjavic on Route 1/Ring Road, Frost and Fire Hotel is home base for Iceland experience seekers.

Guests can choose from salmon fishing (with fishing permits sold at reception), snorkeling in nearby clear waters, Icelandic horse riding, Jeep tours, and several different difficulty levels of mountain biking – all close by Frost and Fire.

Rooms range from $168 to $510 per night.  Guests can choose from single, double, and even family size rooms.

The on-site restaurant Varma specializes in the Iceland slow food concept (small scale local producers and farmers), with views overlooking the river.

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Nighttime views. Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland.
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Guest room.  Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland.

 

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