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FORESTIS – Dolomites

The detail

Hotel Type: A boutique Alpine wellness hotel nestled within nature.

Location: FORESTIS is surrounded by nature in the midst of the forest. Located in South Tyrol, on the Southern slope of the Plose mountain at 1,800 metres above sea level. To get here the nearest airports are Innsbruk Airport 90km away, (approx. 1 hr 40 transfer) or Verona Airport 195km away (approx. 2hrs 30 transfer).  

Style: Minimalist alpine luxe.

Rooms: 62 rooms and suites all with sweeping views of the Dolomites Massif.

Ideal For: Escaping and restoration.

Dining: Here every table has a view and the food is local, seasonal and fresh (you won’t find an avocado here). The chef loves foraging and has extensive knowledge of dishes yielded from forests and meadows. The style of cooking blends tradition with modern techniques and the cooking philosophy is based on variety, nature and authenticity, with minimum social impact.

Children: This one is strictly for grown-ups!

Spa: The 2,000m2 spa here is amazing and you could easily pass away the day here relaxing in one of the cabanas. There is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a steam bath, Finnish sauna, a bio sauna, a textile sauna, and an outdoor sauna in a traditional South Tyrolean wooden house. There are also four treatment rooms, a ‘private spa’ for couple treatments and two cosmetic rooms and relaxation room. There is also a state-of-the-art gym and space forWyda yoga classes to take place. Wyda yoga is traditional meditation that resembles a form of Yoga which was first done by the Celts.

Activities and Experiences: In the winter skiing is high on the agenda with FORESTIS ski-in, ski-out location. Plose ski resort has 45km of slopes for all levels. There are also Tobogggan runs, yoga and winter hiking trails. In the summer it is a heaven for hiking and biking, but you can also go paragliding or take a hot air balloon ride.

Winter season price from: €534 per night in a Suite including breakfast.

Summer season price from: €520 per night in a Suite including breakfast.

Open from: All year round.

Drawn here by the pure mountain air and natural spring water, this was once a retreat for the Austrian monarchy and then the Pope. Now, this high altitude alpine hideaway, has been artfully transformed into a contemporary sanctuary. FORESTIS is stripped back simplicity, where nature rules; from the design, to the food and to its entire ecological philosophy. Only using local materials, the original sanatorium has been spectacularly renovated and three modern towers added, with panoramic views and all connected by an underground passage. The hosts, Teresa and Stefan Hinteregger are involved in the entire day-to-day running, dedicated to traditional tyrolean hospitality and service. This is a place  for relaxation and regeneration, whether you come in the winter or the summer.

Accommodation

All the rooms and suites are about the outside and the view south over the Dolomites Massif – the pointy Geislergruppe dominate the skyline. Inside, the style is sparse and total minimalism, with wood panels, stone bathrooms and fabrics woven not far away in Trentino. The Rooms are cosy with a kingsize bed and a rainforest shower in the bathroom. In the old building there are 16 Suites, all with separate living areas and terraces that draw you outside to soak up your magnificent surroundings. The lofty Tower Suites have floor to ceiling windows, wood burning stoves and large terraces with daybeds – where you if ask, can be made up for sleeping under the stars. For luxurious, modern alpine living, the Penthouse Suites are sublime. They bring in the extraordinary views through glass walls, which you can gaze at straight from the kingsize bed. Two terraces, one with a dining table, and a rooftop terrace with daybeds, a sauna and plunge pool, make these suites a very indulgent mountain retreat.

Restaurants

Every thought has been given to the jaw dropping views, and the restaurant doesn’t fall short. Designed with a terrace layout, each and every table looks out across the Massif. Outside on the terrace, fire pits keep the atmosphere intimate. The head chef, Roland Lamprecht, has worked across Europe in a number of Michelin star restaurants, and brings his unique style and love of local produce to FORESTIS. Foraged ingredients and herbs feature throughout, and there’s a daily changing tasting menu. And for one of the best bars we have ever seen, the rooftop bar on the middle tower claims to be the highest in the world. An apértif at sunset will never be the same.

Children

FORESTIS is just for grown ups, where only children over the age of 14 are able to stay.

Activities

With ski in / ski out access, FORESTIS is perfectly placed for a winter sports break. Guests have instant access to the Plose ski area, with 45km of blue, red and black slopes. You can hire a guide through the hotel to take you off piste and away from the beaten track. During the summer, the mountain trails are ideal for hiking and biking, and when the conditions are right, a hot air balloon flight is one of the most magical ways of surveying the dramatic scenery. And then, there’s the Spa. FORESTIS has taken its roots as a sanatorium and created a truly wonderful Spa experience. Looking out over the Dolomites, you can’t help but relax, and with all the facilities on offer, it’s a wonder you’ll find time to do anything else. There are indoor and outdoor pools and a choice of sauna – Finnish, bio and one in a traditional South Tyrolean wooden house. There are plentiful treatment rooms, including ones for couples, and a special silent room for total peace after your treatment. And for yoga practitioners, Wyda classes are held in the very well equipped gym.

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of FORESTIS, not only because of the climate compatibility, but also because of the positive properties of the building materials such as stone, wood, fabric and glass. The energy supply is provided by its own plant and a wood heating system, which is 100% renewable energy. For the chef, clean eating means not only using fresh, local goods, but also being mindful of packaging waste, water pollution and food waste. Overall, FORESTIS works a no-waste principle. Furthermore, the spa products consist of 100% natural ingredients and the natural water, the quality of which is identical to the well-known Plose spring water is recycled in the spa in refillable bottles.

 

Pricing & Availability

For all hotel pricing and availability please speak to Philippa, Gemma, or Jo on the phone (01306 264 005), or via email (hello@fishandpips.co.uk), or

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