Winter is the season par excellence of warmth, of cuddling in front of the fireplace, of treating yourself to some special treatments to take care of yourself during the coldest time of the year. And there’s no better place to do that than South Tyrol’s spas: they’re part of some of the region’s most charming hotels and are a veritable concentration of unique experiences, perfect for rejuvenating and pampering yourself, especially after a long day in the snow. Of all the wellness treatments available, here are some of the coolest and most original ones to try at South Tyrol’s spas.
Hay bath in the Forest Spa at the Josef Mountain Resort of Hafling
The Forest Sauna is the jewel in the crown of the Josef Mountain Resort, a 4-star resort with exclusive charm just a few miles from bustling Merano but totally surrounded by nature on the plateau at 1,650 meters above sea level. The wellness center occupies 1,300 square meters and is a magical world where you can immerse yourself in water and steam for moments of absolute relaxation and well-being, all overlooking the snowy forests. The treatment to try here is the hay bath, a post exercise classic with recognized beneficial effects handed down from the tradition of the area’s farming past. This is a treatment 100% made in South Tyrol, with hay that comes directly from alpine meadows, and can stimulate circulation, loosen muscle contractures and strengthen the immune system. For this very reason, it is highly recommended as a pampering after a day spent skiing, or as a prevention against seasonal flu (30 minutes, $39.00).
Massage with herbal pads at Hotel Lamm
On the slopes of the Seiser Alm,Hotel Lamm impresses from the first glance with its design structure. Winning over guests then, in addition to chef Marc Oberhofer’s cuisine in the Lampl Stube restaurant, is the facility’s focus on wellness. Credit to the beautiful spa with panoramic relaxation area and rooftop sky pool-one of South Tyrol’s most popular spas-but also to the exclusive treatments offered by the wellness center. In addition to the traditional sports massage with arnica and St. John’s Wort emulsion to improve muscle function and the feet&legs massage to relax tissues and reactivate circulation in the extremities, it is worth trying the massage with herbal pads, an intensive treatment developed according to the VITALIS Dr. Joseph method. This is an effective stimulating treatment technique, which through the use of natural oils and selected herbs is able to combat stress and give new vitality to the entire body. A little help to restart with momentum, full of energy and rebalanced (50 min, $78.00).
At -10° in the “snow room” of the Bonfanti Design Hotel in Chienes
Staying at the Bonfanti Design Hotel in Chienes, Pustertal, is a fascinating experience, not only because the hotel underwent a recent makeover that transformed it into a true design gem. Most of the husband goes to the large wellness center, which features new beauty, a relaxation area with a fireplace, two large swimming pools (outdoor 25×8 m heated year-round and indoor 30° C), various saunas (biosauna, hay sauna, and infrared sauna), Turkish bath, whirlpools (indoor and outdoor heated to 34° C), and a 100 sq m fitness room with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. Right here vene proposed an exclusive treatment that is unique among South Tyrol’s spas and a must-try. This is the snow room, a room where real snow covers the walls and floor, and falls in light but steady flakes at a temperature that can reach as low as -10°. The treatment is recommended after the sauna as a soft alternative to the cold reaction bath, a typical method in Nordic countries to restore optimal condition to the body after the heating phase, to reactivate blood circulation and firm tissues. Dry cold, in fact, makes the body feel less cold than it actually is, allowing the body to cool gently and gradually without the shock of temperature change. Spending the recommended time inside the snow room is helpful in stimulating blood vessels, strengthening the immune system, relieving pain, releasing happiness hormones . In short, a rush of endorphins enclosed in a snowflake that is also ideal after ci to release tension and regain energy.
PURE SILENA Nature + Sport Reactiv Feet massage at the Silena Hotel in Valles
The Silena is a romantic reatreat hotel nestled on the Valles Plateau at 1,350 meters above sea level, a jewel set in a fairy-tale landscape where you can unplug and immerse yourself in a world of experiences that caress body and mind. With feng shui-inspired interiors, a wellness philosophy with Asian influences, and a total and immersive approach to nature, the hotel is an elegant and exclusive meeting point between the East and the Dolomites, whose focus is on achieving inner serenity and mental and physical balance. It is therefore not surprising that the flagship of the facility is the Silena Spa, a place where you can forget the outside world and simply devote yourself to self-care among terrace spa, sauna, panoramic relaxation room, outdoor living room with brazier, infinity pool, herbal biosauna, forest-scented steam room, private niches and the exclusive bookable Silena Silence Suite. Among the many treatments offered at this South Tyrolean spa, it is worth trying the PURE SILENA Nature, a unique massage that uses the pleasant effect of the heat of the South Tyrolean granite stones to relax muscles, reactivate blood circulation, dissolve waste and help the flow of chi throughout the body. The massage is combined with the Sport Reactiv Feet, a pleasant foot treatment that becomes both a moment of relaxation and well-being and a burst of energy for the whole body (80 min, $134.00).