Hotel Alberg’s €45m renovation includes a full range of Dornbracht experience showers

By David Fagan


By David Fagan

03 February 2020

The Schneider family-run Hotel Alberg in Austria has brought a natural Alpine freshness to its spa as part of a €5 million (£4.2 million) renovation.

Innovative hydrotherapy treatments complement a subterranean extension that allows natural light to filter into the spa’s communal areas via two glass courtyards. The new extension offers a library and relaxation rooms, and connects to a new heated 14.6m-long outdoor hydrotherapy pool made from stainless-steel by Felder Metallhandwerk.

Relaxation is key at Hotel Arberg

The spa’s one-of-a-kind hydrotherapy suite now offers a complete range of Dornbracht experience showers. A custom-built sanarium, Finnish sauna, ice fountain and infrared cabin were all supplied by KLAFS, and Nordmann Engineering supplied two steam rooms and four private steam showers.

“Our guests sleep in their rooms and relax in a spa surrounded by colours that come from nature, not a lab.”

Patrick Krummenacher

Dornbacht Horizontal Shower

In addition to a beauty salon, three treatment rooms are lined with bespoke cabinetry by Interlübke and treatments are performed using products by Susanne Kaufmann with Gharieni treatment beds.

An eco-friendly, modern flair has been brought to the traditional building, with 100% mineral lime plaster on the walls helping to maintain the interior climate.

Other innovative and health-giving decisions include the use of 100% natural paint made from volcanic clay-based pigments, semi-precious stones, Carrara marble and Ultramarine Ash to evoke feelings from relaxation to invigoration. Calming blue and sage green represent the Alps in summer, a Champagne silver recalls snow-capped peaks, while red bedroom doors energise guests on departure.

Hotel Alberg’s co-owners Benjamin Schofer and Patrick Krummenacher

“Our guests sleep in their rooms and relax in a spa surrounded by colours that come from nature, not a lab,” says co-owner Patrick Krummenacher. “The light blue on the ceiling has been made from lapis gemstones and evokes the feeling of looking up at the sky. It completely enhances the relaxation experience.”

Spa statistics

Interior and lighting design: Pointner Design

Colour expert: Latrace

Lime surfaces: SoloCalce

Furniture: Sebastian Herkner

Architect: Peter Staic

Pool: Felder Metallhandwerk

Experience showers: Dornbracht

Heat experiences: KLAFS

Steam rooms and showers: Nordmann Engineering

Cabinetry: Interlübke

Treatment beds: Gharieni

Products: Susanne Kaufmann

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