The first thing that pops into your head when you think of San Sebastián might be a long beach, pintxo restaurants or the popular film festival. But how about avant-garde architecture and impressive eco credentials with a backdrop of luscious green forest?

Step forward Arima, an extraordinary contemporary design hotel that blends into the landscape in a leafy suburb of San Sebastian. The first of its kind in Spain, Arima is paving the way for a new generation of eco-hotels through Passiv Haus certification, placing sustainability at the heart of everything from its eye-catching aluminium shell to the nifty recycling drawers in the bedrooms. In Arima, they use clean energies such as geothermal and aerothermal, water collection systems for cleaning, water flow reduction filters and selective waste management, among others. There is also a bike friendly area and charging stations for electric vehicles.

Nestled among trees in the Miramon Forest, this bucolic haven is just a 15-minute drive from San Sebastian city centre. With a focus on naturalness and wellbeing, guests can unwind in the state-of-the-art spa, stretch out at rooftop yoga, work up a sweat in the snazzy gym or borrow some walking poles for a ramble through the forest.

This 69 –room hotel boasts soft tones and pared-back decor giving a minimalist Scandinavian ambiance. Wood, stone, iron and natural fabrics create a relaxing atmosphere, while hi-tech lighting systems are reminiscent of Japan. The hotel offers organic local products and fresh daily dishes including their own baked bread!

Arima is located in a peaceful natural area and connected to one of the most important Basque Technological centres CIC. This connection gives the hotel the opportunity to activate interesting relationships between innovation and their guests. Meeting rooms are beautifully integrated into the forest with natural light thanks to big windows dominating each room.

In 2019, Arima became a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), the leading hotel association in luxury boutique hotels.

The perfect spot for those who are looking for a natural and relaxing atmosphere with the latest innovative and sustainable solutions.