Adler Mountain Lodge, Austria
Hidden at 1800 metres above sea level in the majestic UNESCO Dolomite Range of the South Tyrol lies the Adler Mountain Lodge. Flanked by Sassolungo and Sciliar Alps, the lodge is situated in this dramatic world protected landscape. A safari lodge in Nambia surprisingly inspired eco luxury chalets to combine sustainability, nature and unique experiences. Translated into the Tyrolean landscape it has blended rustic chalet chic, conservation and soothing spa experience into one. Owned by the Sanoner Family this is the realisation to have an exclusive property in this incredible natural setting.
The Dolomites have an ancient and spectacular history, they are actually not mountains at all but coral reefs that once lay at the bottom of the Tethys Sea. The vast peaks are limestone, that were hewn by wave erosion over centuries to give them the jagged and spectacular summits they are today. They are known locally as the ‘pale mountains’ due to the lightness of the limestone and were officially protected by UNESCO in 2009. Rapidly becoming renowned as one of the top skiing and snowboarding destinations in the world, the dramatic runs caused by this topography are a huge attraction. The fascinating Tyrolean culture, history and cuisine has always been a draw for Italians, as well as Austrians, who this region was part of until World War I.
There are eighteen suites and twelve chalets including four family chalets of eighty-five square metres. Suspended at the top of the South Tyrol these spacious chalets are warm spacious spaces built from sustainable wood. Designed by Hugo & Hanspeter Demetz who worked alongside Rudi Perathoner from Selva to create an alpine hideaway high up in the Dolomites that mixes luxury and low impact design for a luxury skiing experience. Founded on the site of the former Hotel Mendizi in 1999 the property was completely reinvented to create the Adler Mountain Lodge in 2014.
The total seclusion in nature is steeped in silence. Its unique position within a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site amongst one of the most majestic natural peaks in the world that you can explore on skis in winter and hiking in the summer. The twelve south facing chalets are crafted from spruce wood and give the quintessential chalet experience. Minimalist yet warm décor in the two storey chalets is created to compliment and not interrupt the vast views across this incredible landscape and Dolomites. Large fireplaces and in chalet saunas help to warm up after a long days skiing, or enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace in the summer months.
The aim of the lodge is to immerse the visitor into this incredible landscape in this phenomenal and ancient landscape. The Alpe di Siusi region is a winter paradise with ski access from your front door straight onto one of sixty trails. In this pristine area with powder and lapis skies this is a stunning snowscape for enthusiasts. Personalized back country skiing can be organized as well as cross country or snow shoeing depending on your level of experience and how you would like to explore the endless trails around the lodge.
Natural produce and real food is fundamental to the kitchen of Hannes Pignater and his dedicated team. He innovatively combines the taste of the South Tyrol with modern techniques to create a sumptuous array of earthy haute dining. Lamb succulently slow roasted in hay and an array of indigenous flowers and herbs find their way into the dishes. The Italian influence of hand made pastas and authentic home kitchen cooking also play a part in his creations. Sourced locally from the mountain farmers and growers each day brings fresh menus filled with the freshest flavours and ingredients. Guests wake up to fresh eggs sprinkled with mountain herbs, fresh mueslis and sausages of the region to set them up for a day in this beautiful landscape.
Wellness and making the most of the exceptional position is intrinsic to the ethos of the lodge’s relationship with nature. There is morning yoga every day to maximize the magical hours when the sun rises and the vista comes to life within this incredibly tranquil spot. The silence and isolation encourages guests to take time to meditate within nature with guided walks or simply in your own space throughout the stay. Simply enjoying the unparalleled position of Adler Mountain Lodge away from everything is the ultimate luxury for ones senses away from the noise and disturbance of everyday life.
If you prefer indulgence to exertion then this must be one of the most incredible alpine spa experiences in the world. Enjoy a traditional sauna with panoramic views across the jutting peaks followed by a soak in the warm brine infinity pool amidst the meadows or snow. Day or night, enjoy this natural wonder gazing up at endless blue or star strewn skies. Ranges of spa treatments that harness the power and utilize the ingredients of this alpine biosphere are available at the spa. The Silver Quartzite Massage harnesses the power of the Dolomite range into an ethereal ritual of South Tyrolean folklore song and harnessing the power of alpine flower essences. The massage combines the rare minerals rock crystal, tourmaline and zircon combined with the tinctures for a deeply healing treatment that stimulates the body to heal itself.
Adler Mountain Lodge is a haven of eco exclusiveness high above the world in this all inclusive enclave. Clean alpine air, endless wilderness blended with a unique culture on your doorstep make this one of the most exceptional travel experiences in Europe. The South Tyrol has managed to remain a hidden gem and the lodge is a jewel at the top of this exceptional environment. Escape into nature, fine food and the serenity of this exceptional property in this secluded spot for the ultimate healthy and holistic holiday.