From Merano we continued along South Tyrol and headed deeper and deeper into the mountains. As we traveled up the mountain we began to see the clouds fall below us and watched as they quickly wrapped around the jagged peaks of the Dolomites. Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm was at the end of a very long, windy, white-knuckled road but the reward was worth the stress. A field of medicinal wild flowers grows on the meadow and it's actually the highest alpine meadow in all of Europe. The air is thinner up here but what really took our breath away was the sight of a stunning lodge set back into the mountain with one one of the most incredible views.
Adler Mountain Lodge was kind enough to host us for an evening and it was one of the only days where we had the longest stretch of gorgeous weather with bright blue bird skies. The whole layout of the hotel caters to wellness and the outdoor surroundings. It's so seamlessly integrated with nature that we felt like we spent all of our time taking in the beauty of this magical place even when we were inside the property. Here's what made me fall in love.
Wellness-focused Luxury Design
The design is incredibly well thought out. I imagine it would be a place that James Bond would come to detox after a tough mission. It's luxury, no doubt, but without compromising the beauty of the landscape. You can enter the pool from inside and swim through automatic doors to the outdoor pool to take in the view. It's built into the mountain with the first floor restaurant and lobby spilling right out onto the meadow. The third floor is entirely devoted to wellness. There are treatment rooms for holistic beauty treatments, a quiet modern lodge lounge where yoga spills out daily onto the deck, and an unreal sauna complex. More on that below. We stayed in one of the chalets. You can see them here below up on the hill. The whole two-floor structure was made of wood, includes a private infrared sauna and the bed is placed right by the panorama windows to maximize the view.
All Hay Everything
The pool area is coupled with two different saunas: one hot Finnish style sauna and the other was a very unique Hay sauna (!). Hay, apparently, helps the respiratory system and it's an ode to the farms that are dotted across the fields. It's less hot than a traditional sauna but it really helps with breathing, helpful especially up in the altitude. Beauty treatments with hay are common in the area but being surrounded by wall to wall hay with a view of the mountains is another level.
Hike & Bike
The area of Alpe di Siusi is a perfect jumping off point for hiking and biking. The hotel transforms its ski room into a mountain bike and hiking pole center for guests to grab and go. We followed the meadows down past fields of horses, wild flowers and old farms and churches. It was a perfect warm up hike to acclimate to the altitude. We felt like we could have spent an entire week here. Days would be spent hiking, doing yoga on the deck, repairing our muscles in the sauna, dining on healthy mountain dinners with local wines and then lighting a fire and watching the stars from the chalet. They have fantastic hiking activities to choose from including, my favorite, a wild flower identification hike.
We just fell completely in love with the area of the world. Everything feels so pure, as it always has been and should be forever. It's unspoiled and respected. It's made me bring back an even further appreciation for better understanding what nature can give!
I wore: Seea swimsuit