In the stunning Rioja wine-growing region of Spain is the Marqués de Riscal: the first and only hotel designed by architect Frank Gehry. Renowned for his work on the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Gehry’s characteristic style made the jump seamlessly to hotels in the form of this avant-garde design. Giant titanium ribbons in silver and purple stand boldly against the skyline, with his trademark high ceilings, tilted walls and zigzag windows making the design even more intriguing.
The structure itself doesn’t appear to fit with the vineyard on which it resides but its ethos is all about art, gastronomy and wine – the ultimate Spanish combination. The on-site restaurant is Michelin-starred and comes complete with magnificent views of the Cantabrian Mountains, and there’s also an entire spa wing that specialises in vino therapy. Feel like exploring? The medieval town of Elciego is just a stone’s throw away.