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A place of connection

Hotel Plunhof is proud of its many connections, be they familial or historical, but most strong are its roots in its South Tyrolean Alpine location at 1,340m above sea level. This four-star-superior spa hotel, set in Italy’s Ridnaun valley, is a beacon for sports enthusiasts in the winter, while in the summer, people of all ages visit to enjoy hiking, mountain biking and paragliding.

But the hotel’s connections go deeper than servicing its current guests. The Monteneve-Schneeberg mountain, between the Ridanna and Passiria Valleys, was home to one of the highest mines in Europe and having founded the original hotel with her husband, Leopold, in 1979, Paula Volgger recalls her father, grandfather and brothers working in the valley’s once thriving mining industry.

These days the family business is very much based in hospitality, but echoes of past traditions are present throughout the hotel’s 2,250sqm wellness offering, Spa Minera, which recently added a €6.5m (£5.8m) extension in the shape of the 1,800sqm Acqua Minera poolscape and fitness suite.

Opened in December 2018, Acqua Minera takes the property’s wellness space to a total of over 4,000sqm and was designed by Tyrolean architect Karl Landauer of Atelier Landauer, who previously worked on Spa Minera’s original award-winning design.

“In 2014, we made Spa Minera. That was the sauna, the spa reception and the treatment rooms. This was an investment of €4.5m. Then last year we made Acqua Minera; the pool, the gym and our Panorama Active and Relax rooms,” explains Thomas Volgger, the youngest of Paula’s eight children who all contribute to the running of the hotel and spa.

Taking inspiration from the ancient Greek philospoher Thales of Miletus, who stated that “Everything is made of water, and everything returns to water’, the Acqua Minera poolscape is a triumph of opulent design and natural inspiration. Beneath a hung gallery complete with cocooning double relaxation beds, a 20m lap pool flows into a central natatorium under a chandelier-lit ceiling.

A channel from here leads through sliding doors into a 17m heated outdoor pool with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. Climbing out into the fresh air, guests can move into a large outdoor Jacuzzi or relax on water loungers in the 173sqm natural pool that overlooks the meadow land beyond.

“In two years, we want to make an extra 20 rooms to take the total up to 87, which will be a good level for us to work at. We will also add a private spa suite and a larger textile spa.”

Thomas Volgger, Head of spa

 

Acqua Minera & Spa Minera, Hotel Plunhof, Italy

+39 0472 656 247

Owner: Volgger family

Spa design: Atelier Landauer Spa consultant: Claudia Reichenberger,

Marketing Deluxe Building contractor: Graus Pool technology: Atzwanger

Electrical engineering: EMP elektro

Hydraulics: Mader Engineering

Stone walls: Oberhöller-Martin

Lighting design: Architect Landauer

Lighting supply: Lichtstudio Eisenkeil

Indoor and outdoor loungers: Rauch Garden & Home

Fabrics and curtains: Home Interior Wood floors

Lobis Böden Tiles: Il bagno, Lobis Böden

Joinery: Frener Design

Sauna technology: Devine wellness-anlagenbau

Treatment beds and tables: Gharieni Product partners: Dr. Spiller, QMS Medicosmetics, Mary Cohr Paris, Alpienne, Horst Kirchberger

 

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Hotel Plunhof is proud of its many connections, be they familial or historical, but most strong are its roots in its South Tyrolean Alpine location at 1,340m above sea level. This four-star-superior spa hotel, set in Italy’s Ridnaun valley, is a beacon for sports enthusiasts in the winter, while in the summer, people of all ages visit to enjoy hiking, mountain biking and paragliding.

But the hotel’s connections go deeper than servicing its current guests. The Monteneve-Schneeberg mountain, between the Ridanna and Passiria Valleys, was home to one of the highest mines in Europe and having founded the original hotel with her husband, Leopold, in 1979, Paula Volgger recalls her father, grandfather and brothers working in the valley’s once thriving mining industry.

These days the family business is very much based in hospitality, but echoes of past traditions are present throughout the hotel’s 2,250sqm wellness offering, Spa Minera, which recently added a d6.5m (£5.8m) extension in the shape of the 1,800sqm Acqua Minera poolscape and fitness suite.

Opened in December 2018, Acqua Minera takes the property’s wellness space to a total of over 4,000sqm and was designed by Tyrolean architect Karl Landauer of Atelier Landauer, who previously worked on Spa Minera’s original award-winning design.

“In 2014, we made Spa Minera. That was the sauna, the spa reception and the treatment rooms. This was an investment of d4.5m. Then last year we made Acqua Minera; the pool, the gym and our Panorama Active and Relax rooms,” explains Thomas Volgger, the youngest of Paula’s eight children who all contribute to the running of the hotel and spa.

Taking inspiration from the ancient Greek philospoher Thales of Miletus, who stated that “Everything is made of water, and everything returns to water’, the Acqua Minera poolscape is a triumph of opulent design and natural inspiration. Beneath a hung gallery complete with cocooning double relaxation beds, a 20m lap pool flows into a central natatorium under a chandelier-lit ceiling.

A channel from here leads through sliding doors into a 17m heated outdoor pool with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. Climbing out into the fresh air, guests can move into a large outdoor Jacuzzi or relax on water loungers in the 173sqm natural pool that overlooks the meadow land beyond.

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