, 142 Rue de l’église, Guéthary.
Good food ranks very highly at Briketenia, so much so that this small hotel boasts both a Michelin-starred restaurant and a more informal bistro with dishes prepared by the same father-and-son chefs.
The Ibarboure family have been here for generations, living in the little Basque fishing village between Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz, which has grown into a surfers paradise, and now a paradise for lovers of fine cuisine too. The restaurant has held its Michelin star for 25 years, proudly turning out innovative, modern and exciting dishes which draw inspiration from the long traditions of the French Basque Country. The results are presented in the elegant dining room or out on the terrace where diners can enjoy the views of the mountains.
A lighter culinary touch comes in the Briket’bistrot, where a refined contemporary atmosphere awaits. The same quality of food is assured. Simple and tasty recipes - such as squid, fish from the daily market and Pyrenees lamb. This is also where breakfast is served, from a buffet table laden with fine things.
The same qualities and attention to detail read across into the guest accommodation where 14 rooms and suites blend Basque tradition with a contemporary spirit. The result is a light, bright atmosphere with four star comfort. The double rooms have large double beds, or twin, a bathtub or an Italian shower, air-conditioning, television, wi-fi and a mountain, sea or village view. At the top of the house the junior suites bring extra space, comfort and amenities, There are two televisions, an espresso coffee machine, hydrotherapy bath and a large balcony.
Of course the surfing on the fine sandy beaches is wonderful, but so is the countryside. It’s great for taking long walks, quad bike tours, a bicycle circuit or even canoeing and white-water rafting. Biarritz needs no introduction, for so long a prestigious seaside destination. There’s Saint-Jean-de-Luz too, filled with architectural and historical heritage. Or the castles at Urtubie and Abbadia, or villages like Ainhoa or Espelette. The list is long.
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A gastro-delight in the dedicated hands of father-and-son chefs, whose family have been here for generations.