Miramonte Hotel & Aveda Spa, is the cool cat in the alpine resort of Bad Gastein with a design remit that conjures up images of Vogue in the late 50’s, a sort of Martini lifestyle that embraced the dawn of global travel, cool design and liberalism.
It is fitting that this favoured enclave got a creative makeover, whereby the design culture of the era has been restored and re-captured. Miramonte is a modern fresh interpretation of the classic chalet styling mixed with postmodern angles and softer pieces marry well with retro elements.
Miramonte is a sophisticated bolthole, which speaks of European elegance in a relaxed adult vibe that translates Alpine coolness of Bad Gastein.
It smartly captures the adventurous with the glamorous, this is tres chic decidedly stirred and not shaken bolthole for both ski, yoga and a chillpad for a summers.
The location of the Miramonte is a hillside perch situated at the foot of the Graukogel Mountain which makes for perfect gazing out across the Gastein Valley from its elevated position, especially from the decking.
Just a short stroll into town down the hill past its sister hotel, Haus Hirt, and the forrest & mountain trails pass next to the hotel entrance being just steps away from adventure.
The Miramonte is a retreat location for dreamy alpine chill time in Salzburgerland.
The cool-creative vibe of the Miramonte spills over into the restaurant, bar and sun terraces that all look out and over the valley of Bad Gastein and mountains.
In the dining rooms modernist Bertoia chairs are decked with sheep skins to add a flavour of 60's glam. Slow-food & organic inspired dishes made with bio sourced foods deliver a clean, refreshing palette of mountain old-timer classics reworked together with healthier options.
A communal hotspot loved by the creative scenes serving homemade jams, herbie smoothies, detox super-food salads, house-brew beers, goulash & dumplings, fresh grilled fish to delicious cakes.
Spa'ness takes on an urban vibe at the Miramonte and extends well beyond the confines of the hotel walls using the Alps as the backdrop to its wellness boxset. Inside the Spa zone of chilled, uplifting eggshells of powder blue and grassy greens, a youthfulness of style which sits well the in-house AVEDA Spa - experts in holistic nature and Ayurveda wellbeing. We love their Green Science Skin Renewing Treatments - and for the gents - there's plenty to groom and tone.
Of course the famous Thermal Waters of Gastein flow directly into the hotel for some radon therapy to cure the aches and pains of urban life. Yoga features high on the wellness menu here with serious Yoga instructor programmes throughout the year on hand and a real highlight is Yoga-Open-Air.
Literally a step from the hotel door and you're in the forests and mountains - a fav. is the 60 mins Yoga session next to the waterfall - a dreamy setting.
So though the Spa here is not massive, it is big on using its location to its full advantage - ommm in the Alps.
Architect Ike Ikrath sees beauty everywhere; he captures the moment and frames it in modern simplicity – clearly evident at his hotel, which sits just up the hill from his wife’s place, Haus Hirt.
Ike is an exactist, an enthusiast and a visionary – his place is a triumph to his skill in staging a scene, creating a vibe and being naturally interesting.
His funky side makes an appearance, his humour adds edge, as does his passion for the eclectic, his character ignites the Miramonte with a sense of adventure and original coolness.
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