It’s not often I resort to adjectives like jaw-dropping and that hoary old favourite stunning, but yesterday I found myself groping for words to do justice to a fabulous discovery in downtown Vigo, right on the Plaza de Compostela. As I walked through the main entrance, the chatter on the café terrace reminded me that this was a haven for city suits, immaculately turned out toffs up on weekend breaks from Madrid, well heeled forty something Japanese couples and their north European counterparts, a very eclectic mish-mash indeed.
After being shown a few spacious, elegantly appointed ‘lofts’ and suites we headed for the spa area and the spectacular roof terrace with its chic pool and ‘intimate spaces’ for sybarites. As we walked through, my host Fatima spoke in hushed tones, confiding to me that guests came here to enjoy the spa in absolute peace and quiet. The presence of the antique buddhist statue keeping an enigmatic zen eye on us was strangely comforting, as were the warm smiles from the spa ladies, here the word gorgeous simply fell short. The Nagari also features one of the best restaurants in Vigo so your stay will be truly made complete with memorable dining experiences thanks to Chef Bernardo Esperante and his team.
For anyone wishing to explore the Rías Baixas area of Galicia and northern Portugal, this hotel is magnificently situated. The Ría of Vigo with its neatly parked mussel rafts is one of the world’s great natural bays. Sailing enthusiasts can charter a yacht and skipper and explore the fabulous Islas Cíes National Park, which boasts one of the top ten beaches in the world in the pristine Playa de Rodas.
You can fly into nearby Porto direct with British Airways, EasyJet, TAP and Ryanair. Santiago de Compostela is just one hour away by car for those who prefer the low-cost direct option to the Galician capital with Ryanair and Easyjet. Aer Lingus also has direct flights from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela from April to September.