Schloss Elmau’s heavyweight history and politically charged sleepovers date back to the 1950s, but its most recent group party, June’s G7 summit, has put this storybook castle back on the map. A cultural retreat, there is a concert hall, spa and scenery to make your spirits soar. If it’s good enough for Obama then expect nothing but the best.
In a wide & protected valley of the Bavarian Alps. Between Zugspitze & Karwendelgebirge. Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Wetterstein. The deafening sound of silence. Rushing streams. Two inimitable 5 star superior wellness hotels. A Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway.
Six separate spas & pools for adults & families. Yoga Retreats & Jivamukti Yoga Center. TCM Medical Spa & Taiji. Ski pin, hiking & cross-country skiing. Restaurants for gourmets & cosmopolitans. A bookstore, three libraries and concerts with great artists on the pulse of the time.
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- 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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