Autumn Retreat at Stunning Alpine Lodge

Celebrate this fall at the Sanoner family’s latest addition to their Italian spa portfolio. Opened in June, it adds to an impressive track record of hitting all the right notes — especially if lounging and mountain gazing are your idea of vacation nirvana.

The quintessential northern Italian mountain holiday for those yearning for laid-back luxury, understated pampering and stellar cuisine.

The Sanoner family’s latest addition to their Italian spa portfolio opened in June 2019, adding to an impressive track record of hitting all the right notes — especially if lounging and mountain gazing are your idea of vacation nirvana.

Indeed, Adler Lodge Ritten may be the Adler Group’s star protege.

Three years in the making, the newest entry in the Sanoner spa collection located epitomizes the loveliness of sustainable, green architecture built in harmony with its landscape: 10 junior suites and 20 one- and two-story chalets carved from hearty natural spruce and larch wood while oversized panoramic windows throughout showcase breathtaking 360° views of the Dolomites. 

The spa faces the impressive Schlern peak through large glass windows. Customized face and body treatments incorporate extracts and oils from the ADLER care line. Three saunas soothe achy limbs with one classic steam sauna in the main building and two others located deep in the forest, giving guests a chance to be immersed in nature. The heated infinity pool is open year-round.

Epicureans though, will beg to differ. This is the German speaking region near Italy’s northern border in the heart of southern Tyrol where the cuisine is unlike anything you’ll eat in the rest of Italy. Translation? Think Alpine delights coupled with Italian sophistication and lightness: creamy ravioli filled with speck (smoked ham) and ziegencrem (goat cheese), braised veal with knödel (dumplings), fresh tagliatelle with spicy smoked beef, alpine char with Italian beans, tomatoes and baby carrots, sachertorte and apple strudel.

Award-winning Chef Hannes Pignater is the 37-year-old culinary protege who is dazzling guests with a tantalizing fusion of Austrian, Italian and Swiss influences. 

“We make the extraordinary from the ordinary,” promises award-winning Chef Hannes Pignater, the 37-year-old culinary protege who is dazzling guests with a tantalizing fusion of Austrian, Italian and Swiss influences. 

“I run a very simple kitchen where everything is fresh and pure,” says Pignater who had been at the helm of nearby Adler Mountain Lodge where he mastered this unique marrying of influences. “Here we have the perfect mix between Alpine and Mediterranean products, all locally sourced. Our philosophy: take everyday ingredients and create something special.”

We don’t need a big marketing plan, he insists. “When spring arrives I visit the local farms, see the products and animals and discuss new ideas — over a glass of wine, of course.”

Pignater relies on a dozen farmers from the surrounding area like Harold Gasser of Aspingerhof Farm where he cultivates 400 different varieties of vegetables used by the masters of South Tyrol’s Michelin-star cuisine. https://youtu.be/s5OcQtn7h0Q. And goat farmer David Perathoner in nearby Lajen where his herd of 120 goats produce world class products. The goats feed exclusively on a curated cocktail of grasses, herbs and flowers from both the village and high in the mountains.

Goat farmer David Perathoner’s herd of 120 goats produces world-class products.

“Two years ago David asked me to try the panna cotta made from his goat’s milk. The result? Superb flavor and texture and a terrific new menu option for guests who are lactose intolerant. It’s now a staple on our dessert buffet and breakfast menu.”

The hotel is just a short walk from a stop on the region’s historic narrow-gauge railway. Guests can take a quick 12-minute cable car ride into the city of Bolzano and visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, the 13th-century Mareccio Castle or the Duomo di Bolzano cathedral. The hotel will also offer activities for every time of the year, including skiing, snowshoeing, Nordic walking, wine tasting and cycling.

For information and reservations: https://www.adler-resorts.com/en/adler-spa-resort-dolomiti/43-0.html 

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