Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway
2 In Elmau
| +49 8823 180
Photo courtesy of Schloss Elmau
Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural HideawaySchloss Elmau has a fascinating past. A German theologian opened the hotel in 1916 as a place to commune with nature while attending religious lectures, public readings, and classical music concerts. During World War II, he lost it to the U.S. Army, although it was eventually returned to his family after enduring a complicated political situation. Set at the foot of the craggy German Alps, the original schloss (castle) then suffered extensive fire damage in 2005. However, the owners saw the disaster as an opportunity to rebuild and add another, all-suites hotel on the property to serve as a cultural gathering place. Today, Schloss Elmau still hosts more than 170 music and literary events each year and, impressively, served as the site of the G7 Summit in 2015.
Impeccably furnished in shades of soft red, cream, and gold, the 162 rooms are elegant yet understated so as not to distract from the sweeping views of the meadows and mountains beyond. Families will appreciate the larger rooms in the new building, but couples may enjoy soaking up the grand feeling of the original property. The real attraction here, however, are the spas. There are six in total, including a family version with a large indoor pool and five different types of saunas, and the adults-only Badehaus with three pools, saunas, a yoga center, a beauty salon, and relaxation rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and open fireplaces. There’s even the Shantigiri spa, which features separate pools and facilities for adults, families, and “ladies;” a medical spa; and a spa set on 40 acres with a stream. Once you’re sufficiently blissed out, there are 10 restaurants to choose from, including the Michelin-starred Luce d’Oro.