Outdoor holidays in Südtirol: useful tips to discover the area with fun activities suitable for the whole family
Holidays in the open air in contact with South Tyrolean nature in a mountain landscape of rare beauty. With the arrival of summer and beautiful days, five activities are proposed by the thirty-two structures of the Vitalpina Hotels group, actively engaged in sustainability, in the enhancement of the territory and in safeguarding the environment.
Walking barefoot on the lawn
An outdoor holiday in Südtirol is first of all a full immersion in nature. For this reason, the first suggestion is to take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the meadows, letting yourself be tickled by the fresh grass and to go into the woods to feel contact with the earth. An experience that stimulates the senses and gives unexpected emotions.
In fact, in nature there is everything you need and the Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol know how to enhance the resources of the territory such as alpine herbs that grow spontaneously in mountain meadows including nettle, yarrow, thyme, alchemilla. From here the hoteliers obtain not only the ingredients to be used in wellness treatments and South Tyrolean cuisine, but also natural remedies for seasonal ailments. Among the structures of the group, the Hotel Pfösl **** S in Nova Ponente organizes guided excursions to discover the beneficial plants that grow in the meadows surrounding the structure. Alpine herbs are breathed in the sauna and their healing effects are also found in the natural products offered in the NaturaSpa. From 4 July to 22 August 2021 you can choose the “Summer in the mountains at Pfösl” package including: 7 nights in 3/4 board, free use of the NaturaSpa, 6 guided hikes on alpine huts and peaks, 1 sunrise hike on the Corno White, mountain bike and golf service. All starting from € 1,281.00 per person.
Breathe in and recharge energy
Go out into the woods, observe nature, lie down on the lawn and breathe deeply. It is a special moment that gives awareness and that can be experienced thanks to the Vitalpina® Relax program. Walking to the rhythm of the breath, in fact, brings new energy to the body and spirit and promotes a profound self-awareness. Whether you choose to live the experience of bathing in the woods or easy hikes in the countryside to combine with breathing exercises, the benefit will translate into greater vitality, inner peace and the ability to concentrate. Among the structures of the Vitalpina group, the Artnatur Dolomites **** in Siusi allo Sciliar offers its guests Vitalpina® Respira and Dolomites excursions, with specialized mountain guides Roman and Michael Trocker, who is also the owner of the hotel. An inner journey to find peace, strength and greater serenity.
Among the packages organized for summer 2021 there is also “Your own pace – Singles holidays in the Dolomites”. The offer includes: 7 nights in Alpine Style natural antiallergic rooms, half board, free admission to the wellness area, 5 guided hikes, 1 Vitalpina Respiro® 4-element excursion and immersions in the “shinrin yoku” forest by Michael Trocker. All starting from 781 euros per person.
Snuggle with a natural treatment
An outdoor holiday in South Tyrolean nature is also an opportunity to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to be pampered with treatments in the Spa. There are many Vitalpina Hotels facilities that offer wellness centers, swimming pools, saunas and relaxation areas. to regenerate after a day outdoors. Always with particular attention paid to South Tyrolean nature and the raw materials that the area offers for well-being.
Among the structures of the Vitalpina Hotels, the Design Hotel Tyrol **** in Rablà offers three swimming pools and a whirlpool in the garden overlooking the landscape and the mountains, a sauna area with turkish bath, relaxation rooms and panoramic sauna, beauty treatments in the new Spa Studio 40A. Among these could not miss those signed by Vitalpina completely natural. From July 3, 2021, you can choose the “Special Wellness” package throughout the summer. The offer includes: 7 nights half board, free use of the new Spa Studio 40A and the private park of 2000 square meters. And also guided hikes, sports program and MeranCard. Finally, 3 wellness treatments per room included in the package: 1 Head and neck massage (25 min), 1 Vitalpina back massage with juniper and apple extract (25 min), 1 Full classic massage (50 min). All starting from 550 euros per person.
Enjoy a breakfast overlooking the mountains
To start the day in the best way, there is nothing better than a healthy breakfast based on natural and genuine products while enjoying the view of the mountains. In the Vitalpina Hotels the gastronomic offer is based on raw materials for the most part from South Tyrol. There are many products at km 0, which come from nearby farms and farms, from vegetable gardens and local crops, very often even “homemade”, since many structures grow fruit, vegetables and raise farm animals. In the Wander Vital Hotel Magdalenahof **** in Val Casies, the table products come directly from Grandma Loise’s garden. Salads, kohlrabi, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, chard, spinach, ribs and potatoes, but also a lot of aromatic herbs such as lavender, thyme, chives, rosemary, lemon balm and mint. And then again exquisite mint and elderberry syrups, currant jams and more. All around the splendid panorama of Val Casies, an ideal starting point for discovering the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From 26 June to 30 July 2021 you can choose the “Summer freshness in Valle di Casies” package including: 7 nights in 3/4 board, 3 guided excursions, free use of the wellness center. All starting from 812 euros per person.
Leave your car at home and travel sustainably
Leaving the car at home and reaching your holiday destination by public transport is not impossible, indeed sometimes it is much simpler and more relaxing because it allows you to enjoy the journey. Numerous hotels offer shuttle and transfer services just for those who want to reach them by public transport and from the structures you can leave directly on foot for walks and excursions to discover the surrounding mountains, forgetting engines and fuel costs for the duration of the holiday.
Among the Vitalpina facilities suitable for a car-free holiday there is also the Hotel Schulerhof **** in Plaus in the Merano area. Located at the entrance to the Val Venosta, it is just 500 meters from the train station and the center. Guided hikes of different levels, walks in the woods or in search of alpine herbs depart directly from the hotel, with backpack and sticks available. For those who prefer two wheels, the structure is also equipped with mountain bike, racing bike and city bike rental. Also in the Merano area, in Parcines, there is the das Stachelburg ****, another Vitalpina structure that is easy to reach by public transport. The hiking area starts just outside the hotel door. The proximity to the air-therapy station of the Parcines waterfall is another important attraction, which allows you to walk to one of the most evocative places. The mountaineering route to the waterfall is circular and suitable for everyone. You pass through emerald green ponds and small waterfalls to the Parcines waterfall.
Active holidays in nature
The mountains are life for the hosts of Vitalpina Hotels who are often also mountain or hiking guides and love to share their passion for outdoor activities with their guests. In addition to providing all the necessary information and advice, they offer at least three guided excursions a week, in which they try to participate personally. The nature of South Tyrol is also found inside their hotels: in the rooms made with local natural materials, in the typical atmosphere and in the Spa and wellness treatments based on native products and, of course, at the table in the culinary specialties where the Local and seasonal raw materials play a leading role. Furthermore, many hoteliers, for a convinced principle of sustainability, make use of self-produced food or in any case from the immediate vicinity. Since their foundation, Vitalpina Hotels have made sustainability a cornerstone. All hotels are characterized by sustainable and energy-saving construction methods, as well as ecological and pollutant-free. They heat with renewable raw materials, use natural materials and local types of wood for their interiors, pay attention to short transport routes, products that save packaging and avoid waste. Since January 2021 they have uniformly adhered to the “Pact for climate neutrality 2025”. In this way, all 32 associated facilities are committed to significantly reduce their emissions through concrete measures within the next three years and to make them climate neutral in the long term. All this to ensure that future generations can also enjoy the wonders of this natural paradise called South Tyrol.