Considered one of the most charming boutique hotels in Spain, this 51-room, three-acre estate just outside Santiago de Compostela opened in 2009 in a beautifully-renovated, ancient paper mill.Contact Mason Rose
Why stay here?
In 2003, captivated by the riverside scenery surrounding the 18th century Laraño paper mill, locally-born architect María Luisa García, her husband, José Ramón Lorenzo, and their daughter Luisa Lorenzo embarked on a personal family project. Motivated by the romantic idea of creating the perfect hotel for visitors to experience their home town, they created a stylish, welcoming and sustainable countryside retreat and spa.
The only Relais & Chateau property in Galicia, family-run A Quinta da Auga Hotel & Spa offers elegant decor, state-of-the-art facilities and back to nature relaxation with two restaurants, an award-winning spa and four cosy lounges.
All 51 light-filled rooms and suites are decorated with refined attention to detail including sophisticated textiles and antique furniture. Comforting beds, warm duvets filled with down feathers and soft bedding made of Egyptian cotton offer maximum comfort in a private and luxurious setting.
The Spa and wellness are offers an extensive menu of beauty therapies, which include Biologique Recherche, Aromatherapy with Aromatherapy Associates, and Ayurvedic-based treatments by Sundari.
Sustainability is at the heart of the hotel. Every March, the property marks the WWF’s Earth Hour by planting naturally fire-resistant chestnut trees on its estate for each guest—helping offset the effects of summer wildfires. The harvested chestnuts also feature in the restaurant menu—a quintessential example of the quinta’s “tree to table” local-sourcing philosophy.
The aim of the renovation was to embrace the latest energy technologies while preserving its historic buildings and Galician architecture. Micro-cogeneration systems for electricity and hot water has cut energy usage by up to 40%, and the use of carefully concealed solar panels, underfloor heating and sustainable cooling (using the building’s ancient, thick stone walls) deliver considerable energy savings over conventional approaches.