In close contact with nature
Nature resorts score points not only with the environment in which they are embedded. Proximity to nature is usually a common thread running through the concept – from the architecture to the cuisine to the wellness offerings. All this makes the guest’s heart beat faster and increases the relaxation factor. We have discovered three very special for you
Vallegrande Nature Resort by Geocharme, Cefalù, Sicily
Located in the middle of the Parco delle Madonie Natural Park, the nature resort is a refuge for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility. Among other things, variety is promised by beaches located just a few kilometers away and the picturesque coastal town of Cefalù.
Steep, winding and narrow – such is the road that leads from Cefalù to Vallegrande Nature Resort by Geocharme Cefalù, seven kilometers away. But the journey is worth the effort: located in the middle of the Parco delle Madonie Nature Park, shaded by centuries-old trees, the resort promises peace and relaxation. The modern and functionally furnished air-conditioned rooms and suites are divided among several houses, loosely distributed on the large property. One of the highlights of the complex is definitely the large pool, from which a dreamlike view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands opens up. On one of the comfortable loungers under one of the umbrellas or also at the pool bar you can simply let your soul dangle here. If not only this is to be caressed, but also the body, then it is recommended to book one of the offered massages.
Of course, physical well-being is also provided elsewhere: the so-called Wood Bar, which also offers a view over the sea and islands, is an ideal place for an evening aperitivo. And in the in-house restaurant Quercia typical local and regional specialties are on the menu. By the way, many of the ingredients used for this come from the Canalotto farm, which belongs to the resort and is run as an organic farm.
For those who want to burn calories after enjoying a sumptuous meal, a walk or a guided hike through the Parco delle Madonie with its more than 150 kilometers of hiking trails is recommended – after all, the nature resort is the ideal starting point for these activities. Speaking of activities: The beaches in the surrounding area also invite you to do so. These are only a few minutes drive – a rental car is definitely a good thing here – from the nature resort. If culture and/or shopping are on the agenda, we recommend a trip to the coastal town of Cefalù, which boasts a picturesque old town with, among other things, a Norman cathedral Santissimo Salvatore. Furthermore, the nearby sanctuary Santuario di Gibilmanna, mountain villages such as Gratteri, Isnello or Petralia Soprana e Sottana or even Palermo invite you to visit.
Nature Resort PURADIES Leogang
Vacation at the highest level promises the nature resort PURADIES in Leogang. And not only because the resort is located in a solitary position on a high sunny plateau: In addition, the host family Magreiter offers the perfect space for any form of personal development and recreation on 300,000 square meters in an isolated location. Whether it’s skiing in the winter, biking, hiking, golfing, yoga or other sporting activities in the warmer seasons. Or while bathing in the natural bathing pond or a wellness treatment in the new Heaven Spa, which will be available to guests in June.
The new wellness and spa areas have been harmoniously integrated into the surrounding landscape and nature and are inspired by the four elements. A pool, numerous relaxation and treatment rooms, space for yoga and sports as well as a children’s pool thus promise even more relaxation and wellness in the midst of the idyllic Alpine landscape. Furthermore, the treatment concept was further developed and sharpened by the PURADIES spa team.
The love of architecture and naturalness characterizes the entire complex, which presents itself in a harmonious balance between tradition, naturalness, lifestyle and modern luxury. The 14 high-quality equipped premium chalets with private sauna and 76 spacious suites and rooms thus offer sleeping and living comfort also at the highest level in the midst of the Leogang mountains.
Seasonal and regional specialties are served in the hotel restaurant, the 2-hood restaurant ESS:ENZ and the award-winning bar FREIRAUM complement the culinary offer. Incidentally, the Bar & Lounge is quite a feast for the eyes: the linear architecture combines masculine style with 16,000 oak planks to create a curved seating landscape.
The absolute highlight of the FREIRAUM, which won the German Design Award 2018 as well as the If Design Award 2017 in the Interior Architecture category and the A’Design Award in Silver in the Interior Space Exhibition category, is the 4.5-meter-high and 40-meter-long bar with its 3,500-kilogram canopy, which took 5,000 man-hours to build.
If the stay in the alpine oasis does come to an end, you can take a little of it home with you: In the Greisslerei of the PURADIES organic delicacies from their own organic farm, which is a real magnet for the little ones with its children’s playground and petting zoo, as well as other hand-finished products from the region can be purchased.
Haubers Naturresort, Oberstaufen, Allgäu
Haubers Naturresort is located in Oberstaufen in the Allgäu region. Surrounded by lakes such as the Alpsee, 14 kilometers away, or Lake Constance, 35 kilometers away, and mountains, guests of the 4-star superior hotel will find an extremely large amount of space to relax on over 60 hectares of their own meadows and forests. The concept with the title “Echt Haubers” focuses on recreation, health, culinary, wellness, golf and events on the mountain. 72 rooms and themed suites in simple elegance in two neighboring houses – the “Landhaus” accommodates guests whose focus is on relaxation and health, the “Gutshaus” those who are dedicated to pleasure, wellness and golf – meet here with great care and unusual ideas.
A special highlight of the nature resort is the wellness area “Haus am See”: Here guests can enjoy their treatments and relax afterwards in the lounge, on waterbeds in relaxation rooms, on the covered terrace, on the shore and on footbridges between reeds. Or splash around in the hotel pools or swim in the 2500 square meter natural lake filled with the hotel’s own spring water.
But that’s not all the sporting activities on offer: The facility offers both direct access to the Oberstaufen golf course and free green fees. Guests can also discover the forests and meadows of the Allgäu on their own on numerous hiking trails, relax in the hammocks in the hotel’s own forest or attend a yoga class in the hotel wellness area.
Breakfast in the swallow’s nest
In the “Schwalbennest”, an event location at almost 1000 meters above the hotel, a mountain breakfast with waffles and grandma’s scrambled eggs – freshly prepared in the airy event kitchen – is served every Sunday in good weather. The exclusive concerts in the evening under the open sky are accompanied by refined menus – even in winter in the middle of the snow.
Ambience is also a priority in the other dining areas: The light-flooded Meerau restaurant, which offers an unobstructed view of the Hochgrat through its large panorama windows, is the perfect place to be enchanted by the kitchen team to the fullest. For food and drink, guests are further welcomed in the new Gutshofstube of the Genusshotel, designed with love for tradition.
Pausing and forest bathing
Throughout the year, guests can pause at romantic resting spots or actively forest bathe with guidance on the private 2.5-kilometer forest climate trail. Hauber’s self-mown mountain hay ensures relaxed muscles, a feeling of well-being and less pain in the spa area. And the chamfering program in Haubers nature resort creates enjoyable renouncement: Depending upon state of mind the team develops from specialists a suitable concept and accompanies the guests in the group or individually by tricky and easy days.
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