June 2015

Midway through the year summertime in Europe beckons as an ideal opportunity to recharge the batteries by experiencing one of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s newest European health & wellness properties. Hotels in Italy, Switzerland or the private island of Losinj in Croatia all offer a distinct approach to relaxation and wellbeing.

Miramonti Boutique Hotel, Italy
Guests of Miramonti Boutique Hotel in Merano are requested to embrace the great outdoors – the hotel sits in the most sublime ski terrain on offer in Northern Italy, yet this hotel is a secluded gem to be enjoyed all year round. At 1,230 meters high the panoramic views offered from the restaurant, lounge and even some guest bathrooms are nothing short of magical. Winter, summer, fall or spring the hotel is transformed into a seasonal oasis of duality. For those seeking activities they won’t be disappointed with hiking, running, biking and swimming on offer in the warmer months and alpine and cross country skiing in the winter months; while those seeking an idyllic retreat can indulge at the spa, sauna, indoor pool or outside Jacuzzi.
Any time of year Chef Massimo Geromel and his team are hard at work turning out the most inspired creations for the hotels two restaurants.

Insider SLH tip: Take breakfast in the garden and take full advance of the spectacular views on offer.

How to get there: Drive, its 160km from Innsbruck or take the train to Merano which is 12km from the hotel. Rates start from: €186 based on double occupany.

Hotel La Coluccia in Conca Verde, Italy
For those looking to take some well-earned downtime Hotel La Coluccia is SLH’s answer to a stress buster with bold colours, gleaming blue turquoise water and hammocks as far as the eye can see this stunning 45 room hotel based on the Italian island of Sardinia delivers. A private beach accessible only to their guests makes it an ideal escape for those wishing to decompress. Continuing on the same theme, the hotel has a high design spa offering massage and Turkish baths.
The rooms are all tastefully decorated to encourage rest and relaxation while guests enjoy ocean views only such a location can afford.

Insider SLH tip: Find a hammock at dusk and enjoy a memorable end to the day.

How to get there: Fly into the Olbia airport on the island of Sardinia and then it’s a 56km drive to the hotel. Rates start from: €178.00 based on double occupancy.

Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama, Switzerland
For those traveling with their loved one the Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama may be the perfect lovers retreat. Where fitness and relaxation meet seamlessly – based in Lipperwil Switzerland this hotel is like no other. Guests are invited to spend their mornings on the manicured greens of the 27 hole golf course and then switch gears in the afternoon to take full advantage of the hotel’s state of the art spa with steam rooms, bio sauna, plunge pool, silence room, indoor pool and outdoor whirlpool. Lunch will then be served on the terrace and dinner at the acclaimed Lion D’or restaurant.

Insider SLH tip: Book a balcony suite and enjoy the private in-room sauna.

How to get there: The Zurich airport is 57 km drive from the hotel. Or take a train to Mullheim-Wigoltingen station which is 6km from the hotel. Rates start from: CHF 420,00 based on double occupancy.

Boutique Hotel Alhambra
When this incredible 51 room paradise opens in August, 2015 it will be all the island can talk about. A vacation not only for the mind and body but also for the spirit. Located on the island Losinj, known as Croatia’s best kept secret; an entire island dedicated to health and wellness. This hotel is a welcome addition to a very private and exclusive holiday destination. Formerly a grand residence, the home was designed in 1911 by architect and artist Alfred Keller. Since then with extensive renovations, white parasols and a wellness spa the hotel will be the islands most sought after retreat. Each room has been individually decorated with rich fabrics and intricate wall papers to create a sense of calm. On-site yoga and running track inspire another sort of vitality for guest wishing to push themselves to new limits.

Insider SLH tip: Charter a yacht, you won’t find a better deal than in Losinj.

How to get there: Part of the reason that it’s so exclusive is because there is no international airport – accessing Losinj is part of its charm. The Losinj airport is only 14km away from the hotel but you’ll likely need to fly in from another Croatian city as there are no direct flights from any other countries. Rates start from: €390,00 based on double occupancy.

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