Miramonte Hotel & Aveda Spa is the cool cat in the alpine resort of Bad Gastein Austria, 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 fresh modern interpretation of classic chalet styling mixed with postmodern angles, where softer pieces marry well with retro elements.
Miramonte is a sophisticated bolthole which speaks of European elegance in a relaxed adult vibe, effortlessly translating the Alpine coolness of Bad Gastein.
It smartly captures the adventurous with the glamorous - a tres chic and decidedly stirred and not shaken bolthole for ski, yoga and summer chillpads.
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 its surrounding mountains.
In the dining rooms modernist Bertoia chairs are decked with sheep skins adding a flavour of 60's glam. While slow-food & organic inspired dishes made with bio-sourced foods deliver a clean, refreshing palette reminiscent of mountain old-timer classics, reworked as healthier options.
A communal hotspot loved by the creative scene, Miramonte serves homemade jams, herbie smoothies, detox super-food salads, house-brewed beers, goulash & dumplings and 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, powder blues and grassy greens, is a youthfulness of style which sits well within 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 serious radon therapy, helping to cure the aches and pains of urban life. Yoga also features high on the wellness menu here, with serious yoga instructor programmes throughout the year and a real highlight - Yoga-Open-Air.
Literally a step from the hotel door sees you in the forests and mountains - a fave escape 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, and his character ignites the Miramonte with a sense of adventure and original coolness.
The location of the Miramonte is a hillside perch situated at the foot of the Graukogel Mountain, the elevated position of its decking making for perfect gazing out across the Gastein Valley.
It's just a short stroll into town down the hill past its sister hotel, Haus Hirt, and the forest & mountain trails pass right next to the hotel entrance, so you're always just steps away from adventure.
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