Perched high above Bolzano (Bozen) overlooking the Dolomites is the small intimate mountain retreat of Chalet Grumer, full of beautifully simple, down-to-earth loveliness nesting in a blanket of homey Alpine goodness.
Dating back some 700 years, rustic elelments of the boutique country house melt into this polished contemporary lodge framed in natural blond woods, oatmeals, chalkboard whites, crackling fires and plenty of earthy accents.
The rural scenes that prevail outside infuse this modern house with curatorial lust, bringing the regional soul indoors with carefully sourced local produce served at the table, heady natural elixirs of the mountains that scent the air of the little spa and a sense of belonging with sublime homey, rustic simplicity.
With wilderness and the mountains on the doorstep, Chalet Grumer lets you seamlessly slip into the slow lane with ease, adopting the warmth that comes from being at a friends cabin, rather than a hotel.
Here wholesome indeed has style, a mountain top retreat that echoes a hush-hush narrative of sweet serenity, made in South Tyrol with love.
Situated on the Ritten (Renon) Plateau in the village of Maria Himmelfahrt (Maria Assunta), perched high above Alto Adige's capital of Bolzano (Bozen), Chalet Grumer Suites & Spa overlooks the Dolomites in one of the best locations in the South Tyrol.
The cable car of Rittner Seilbahn which takes you up to Oberbozen (Soprabolzano) is nearby and from here you can easily explore Collalbo, Auna di Sotto and Vanga.
Starting the day here with breakfast while overlooking the mountains is truly special - and Chalet Grumer hotel plays homage to everything local - especially delicious are the breads and pastries fetched each morning from the village bakery. Wake to a table decked with the wonderful simple tastes of South Tyrol.
Dinner is a complete contrast - a welcome relief after eating out at one of the delicious local mountain huts for lunch - here the food take a lighter route where the delicacy of flavours are borrowed from Italy and the Mediterranean, with homemade pastas and fish headlining the menu.
Grab an Apero before sunset or chill out later with a bottle from their excellent small wine cellars - perfect for star-gazing late into the night.
An intimate boutique mountain spa that offers guests a little refuge of recovery, relaxation and calmness. Inside the aged pine and mountain herbs lend the scent of South Tyrol to the Classic Sauna, a Finnish Steam Bath and Bio Sauna.
There is also a newly equipped gym for toning as well as an indoor pool. An outside jacuzzi provides bubbly relaxation with stunning views towards the mighty Dolomites, and massages can be pre-arranged.
A compact boutique spa that complements the setting adds another lovely layer of Alpine relaxation to your stay.
Philip Beninca and his partner Alexandra transformed this house in which Philip grow up – and they have kept that familiar touch throughout, adding their own modern feel. Philip & Alexandra work relentlessly to ensure a personal touch and they love to get to know their guests, enjoying even more to share their tips for this slice of mountainside wonderland.
Nothing is too much trouble and they truly enjoy sharing this special house, they are charming hosts with a love of their surrounds - and who can blame them.
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