Latched to a sunny plateau in Hafling (Avelengo) in the Dolomites, the boutique Miramonti sits within a carpet of hillside forest overlooking Merano with spectacular bird’s eye vistas of captivating Alto Adige - this is South Tyrol from the top down as seen from this style pad.
Although this classical Alpine retreat has been cleverly spliced with modernity, the roots of the region are sensed through vintage pieces dotted throughout adding a nostalgic charm to the mountainous culture of the place.
Housed within an aged chocolate box exterior of pure Alpine pedigree, the light, breezy interiors draw an altogether more contemporary thread that is fittingly elegant with heaps of that most modest and honest of materials, wood.
Earthy tones originating from the surrounding woodlands infuse a placid palette of nature with soft oatmeal creams and layers of mushroom browns adding a woodland freshness.
There is an ease of subtly & simplicity about the Miramonti Boutique Hotel that makes it the perfect pad for indulgent loafing overlooking Merano and is equally well sourced for activity junkies, cuisine aficionados, connoisseurs of the good life and certainly for those looking for quiescence.
Panoramic - cloud reaching - location perching high up at 1230 metres above sea level overlooking Merano -about a 20mins drive away, in the north of Bolzano.
The Miramonti occupies a lush 30 acres of forested hillside in Hafling (Avelengo) in Italian region of South Tyrol with amazing mountainous vistas of the Alto Adige stretching out towards the Dolomites.
Under the culinary motto of Slow-Soul-Food, Miramonti celebrates everything that is tasty from South Tyrol across it's three restaurants and stunning outdoor terraces. Breakfast is as one might expect, local, tasty and original stocked with hand-picked foods and where even the butter is special.
Miramonti's Chef, Massimo Geromel from Treviso, has created 3 distinctive concepts from the gourmet adventures in the fine dining at the Panorama Restaurant, the more casual gastro-pub delights of the vegetarian and vegan friendly Classic Restaurant to the comfy Stube dating back to 1887 serving delicious Raclettes in farmhouse parlour style.
They even make their ice-cream here - they have thought of everything for foodies and gourmands alike.
As if created & engineered by nature itself, the Spa of the Miramonti Hotel is perched onto the mountainside with a forest as the backdrop canopy, created by Merano architects Heike Pohl and Andreas Zanier.
As the name of the hotel suggests - we are talking here about views of sheer mountain eye-candy and from the Spa at 1230 metres- above-sea-level - you could almost grasp at the cotton clouds.
The absolute belleza and WOW factor is the new salt-water (Sole) pool of mountain infinity - it's like swimming on top of the Alps. Clever architecture has mimicked nature wrapping the pool in ancient volcanic slaps and Pfitschner silver quartz adding a magical cave-like grotto effect. Another ingenious taming of nature is the steps-away new Forest Sauna backed by the dense woodlands, the designer pod rests on stilts with floor-to-ceiling glass frontage dressed inside simply with bold black Hemlock adding a moody sense of visual drama. Outside is a courtyard Jacuzzi.
Meanwhile an open fire sets the tone in the new Relaxation House where you can sink into nothingness with absolute ease. A full Gym and fitness studio offer in-house training and guests can bespoke their needs out on the mountains, following forest trails or just a Yoga session in that perfect place.
Being so intertwined with nature, Miramonti's Vitalis Spa has partnered with the Italian Bollati family - creators of COMFORT ZONE run by Dr. Davide Bollati - Pharmacist & Cosmetic Chemist. Why so special? Well under their motto of "Real Active Beauty" and ethical charter, COMFORT ZONE is a purist and a perfect match to the ethos of the Miramonti. The Vitalis SPA specialises in the use of the sacred medicinal plant Vervain (Verbena) said to harness the pure strength of nature. One of the signature treatments uses the precious waters from Bagni di Pisa and the Miramonti's Verbena Porphyry Massage - you wont' want to leave the bed. Being so close to Meran, you can't but help to feel so blissfully far away when up at the Spa - Forest Therapy touched by the Mountains as created by the Miramonti Boutique Hotel.
Carmen Kruselburger & Klaus Alber’s story is one of love. Not only love for each other, but love for their very unique location, their patch of nature that infuses them everyday to go further, to rethink and to re-connect.
“We knew as we first visited this hotel that we were at ease, we had arrived".
Motivated, smart and lovely, Klaus and Carmen have etched their creative vision onto the hotel with passion, instilling character, charm and a great sense of style.
Dreams do come true, sometimes, and here in this fairytale location, the tale has indeed a very happy ending, or is it just the beginning for these delectable hosts.
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