By Sarah Todd
05 June 2020
The newly opened Tyrolean mountain FORESTIS retreat intends to introduce guests to the concept of ‘peace as the new luxury’
Located at 1,800m above sea level on the southern slope of the South Tyrolean Plose massif, FORESTIS will offer 62 suites with panoramic views of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites.
The vision of Stefan Hinteregger and his partner Teresa Unterthiner, FORESTIS was designed by local architect Armin Sader, who has re-interpreted the building’s traditional architecture using native materials to create a CO2 neutral construction.
Powered by 100% renewably sourced energy, the spa features four treatment rooms on one floor, a private spa for couples’ treatments and a relaxation area with beauty and massage beds supplied by Gharieni. Other facilities include a gym equipped by Technogym; indoor and outdoor pools; a brine steam bath; an outdoor lounge with an open fireplace; and an outdoor sauna sited in a traditional, wooden South Tyrolean house in the forest.
Curated, year-round wellness experiences will include Wyda Celtic yoga, and the spa’s treatments will take inspiration from four of Italy’s native trees: mountain pine, spruce, larch and Swiss pine.
Own-label FORESTIS spa products have been specially developed in collaboration with consultant Sandra Agerer, using plant-based ingredients that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Packages will include a three-night immune-boosting stay.
Discussing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on its opening, FORESTIS’ owners said: “We have carefully prepared for hotel operations during the spread of coronavirus and have taken extensive precautions to enable our guests to enjoy a carefree holiday.
“In addition to social distancing, mouth protection and gloves for our team, hygiene stations have been set up and Plexiglass panes will be installed at the reception in the hotel and in the spa, as well as at the bar.”