The Schloss Elmau Resort is a fairytale like castle that can be found in a massive valley within the Bavarian Alps. Silence surrounds the resort, which is near Zugspitze, Karwendelgebirge, and Wetterstein, yet guests will also hear the sound of water as it trickles down the flowing streams.
This castle had quite the history in years past, including political stays that ended in heated arguments days and weeks later. However, a recent G7 Summit has turned this castle into a dream destination amongst anyone and everyone once again.
There are 115 guest rooms for everyone to stay in and each one offers all the comforts that people desire for their time away from home. Those who wish to relax will find solace at the spas, pools, three libraries, and the yoga pavilion. Younger children will enjoy the kids’ club, and no one will be able to resist the concert hall when a performance is taking place. Guests will also find plenty of other activities to keep them busy during the day including hiking and cross-country skiing.
There are ten restaurants within this resort, and they serve everything from home cooked meals to gourmet delights that will intrigue even the pickiest of eaters.
Number of Bedrooms
- Luxury Spas
- Mountain Views
- Fine Dining
- Nature Walks
- Spa Facilities
- History Tours
- Nature Excursions
- Business Retreat
Highlights & Reviews
- After a half-hour zoom up the motorway from Innsbruck, you turn off and wind your way through instantly relaxing, filmic forest roads and clichéd cuckoo clock villages. It sits in a stunning valley at the foot of the Bavarian Alps between white-capped mountains and Heidi-esque meadows.
- A fire in 2005 sadly destroyed most of the original castle (built in 1916 by philosopher, theologian and author Dr Johannes Müller). It was lovingly rebuilt on his grandson Dietmar Mueller-Elmau’s watch, reopening in 2007. Comfy grand, there are yards of hard-wood floors softened by brightly coloured rugs, reassuringly chunky furniture and a warm palette dominated by rusty orange, deep red and sunshine yellow.
- This all-encompassing retreat with corking outdoors action from summer hiking to winter skiing (20 minutes away by car) is a big, slick operation but with the intimate service of a smaller hotel. New all-suite building The Retreat, situated 150m west of the castle, has 47 huge suites, 10 restaurants, lounges, a library, yoga pavilion and spa. There are three other spas in addition to this, and another yoga pavilion that also offers daily classes. There's an award-winning kids' club, and the all-singing all-dancing concert hall is a cultural hub attracting classical and jazz stars, as well as crowd-pulling authors such as Ian McEwan and TC Boyle giving literary talks. There are three libraries and probably the most impressive hotel bookshop you've ever seen. A mecca for the mind.
- The first spa was outgrown fast and so turned into a children-only spa (genius move) allowing family frolics in the big, warm-as-a-bath indoor pool, less-intense steam rooms and saunas. Badehaus Spa became the main three-storey adult-only spa, including a small ladies' spa area and superb hammam (the largest west of Istanbul). Being scrubbed and massaged (including by a linen pillowcase filled with soapy bubbles) on the warm marble slab is a must. As is the Physio Floating Massage, created by the spa's director, Dr Imke König and conducted in the blood-temperature outdoor saltwater pool. The Nature Spa is essentially a wooden sauna set by a fresh-water stream for bracing au naturel summer dips, and the new Shantigiri Spa in The Retreat has eight treatment rooms and its own yoga pavilion
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