The most beautiful wellness hotels in the mountains, where you are guaranteed to be able to switch off
Hand on heart: How often do you allow yourself a break? Probably far too seldom. Especially after the pandemic, it is important that we consciously take a few days off to clear our heads, think about other things and do something good for our bodies. For some, a few days by the sea are just the thing, for others, a break in the mountains. The mixture of fresh mountain air, physical activity (e.g. hiking, skiing or mountain biking) and relaxation recharges the batteries immediately, which is why we present you a few great wellness hotels in the mountains that make all of this possible.
Design Hotel Wiesergut in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Tyrol
Wow, how is that beautiful! This is exactly what goes through your head when you enter the entrance area of the design hotel “Wiesergut”. All materials are harmoniously matched; the color and material mix of gray stone, warm white wool and natural brown wood immediately creates a feel-good atmosphere. And this “I’d like to be at home here” feeling goes even further in the rooms: In the open-plan suites, the glazed fireplace is already prepared, a match is enough and the room fills with pleasant warmth and flickering light. From the large bed in the middle of the room or from the cozy sofa corner, you can spend perfectly meditative hours in front of the flames. Alternatively, you can go into the bathtub with a sky peephole or into the outdoor jacuzzi belonging to the suite – to marvel at the starry sky above. The slow food restaurant with many local products and home-made bread from the grandmother of the owner provides further moments of pleasure (it’s even gluten-free!). A special feature is the breakfast served at the table, which leaves nothing to be desired, from fresh juices and granola to avocados and Alpine cheese. Another highlight: the evening menu specially created for vegetarians (like me), which surprisingly also has influences from Asian cuisine. If that’s still not enough pleasure, you can have fun in the spa. In addition to sauna, steam bath and indoor and outdoor pools, there are numerous treatments that make you forget everyday life and wake up tired limbs after hiking or skiing – after all, the “Wiesergut” is located in the middle of the beautiful mountains of Tyrol.
Signature treatment: With the “Smooth” body peeling, dead skin cells are removed with an in-house peeling. The skin is then regenerated with a cocktail of active ingredients. And on the face? The “Susanne Kaufmann Glow Treatment” makes my skin glow again. The special fascia massage increases elasticity and blood circulation, while the highly concentrated lifting mask provides additional tightening. Anyone who prefers apparative cosmetics relies on a TDA treatment, in which active ingredients are introduced into the deeper layers of the skin.
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Organic Boutique Hotel Gitschberg in Meransen, South Tyrol
At first glance, the organic boutique hotel Gitschberg in Meransen does not look like a pompous design hotel, but when you enter the hotel, you immediately recognize the modern and loving renovation that was put into the house from the 70s. Not a trace of “old-fashioned”, instead a lot of personality and attention to detail. At the latest, the new and sustainably heated infinity pool with a view over the Puster and Eisack valleys, which has been there since June 2022, makes the hotel with 38 rooms something very special. The pool is surrounded by comfortable sunbathing areas and inside, not only the second indoor pool awaits you, but also a spacious spa area with several saunas (including infrared sauna), a steam bath, a cozy relaxation room and even a hay room in which you can relax surrounded by the scent of fresh hay. A highlight: the “Gassla Spa Suite” with its own pine sauna on the balcony (from 180 euros per person/night). In 2013 the Gitschberg was converted into South Tyrol’s first KlimaHotel®, and in 2022 the “Bioland® Silver Certification” was added, because the Gitschberg not only pays attention to sustainable energy production (e.g. with photovoltaic systems), but also to regional ingredients, species-appropriate animal husbandry and biological biodiversity Eat.
Signature treatment: The 75-minute anti-stress massage (110 euros), during which the body is gently massaged with homemade herbal oil. This isn’t about releasing deep-seated tension, it’s more about rebalancing an emotional and physical imbalance. Unbelievable what effect light touch can have on the body.