“Italy is once again opening its host arms wide – with two hotel openings in South Tyrol and Southern Italy. One to work and relax in peace and quiet, the other as pure family time out.”
Italy is once again safely open to all and has missed the many business and leisure travellers. This was the emotional message that the tourism associations of the whole country delivered in June – including South Tyrol, which was severely affected by the Corona consequences in March 2020. In the meantime, strict hygiene and safety measures have been implemented here, which promise, among other things, a Covid-19-free hotel industry. And one looks ahead – as well as upwards.
The Hideaway Forestis has just opened above Brixen at 1,800 metres. Located in Palmschoß on the Plose, it is located in a historic building that was built over 100 years as a climatic health resort was planned, but was hardly ever used. When the South Tyrolean hotelier Alois Hinteregger discovered the abandoned building in 2000, he reopened it as a hotel in 2010.
His son Stefan and his partner Teresa Unterthiner have now extended it with three suite towers, which are modelled on the shape of tree trunks and are largely built with natural materials. The new Forestis now has 62 suites, at least 50 square metres in size. The terraces of the tower suites also feature daybeds, which once again celebrate the wide view of the Dolomites. Likewise from the restaurant, which has been designed with extra steps, everything revolves around the mountain world and the special Dolomite panorama. The location of the hotel is considered a powerhouse on the southern slope of the Plose with pure spring water and a mild climate – a tip for business travellers coming from appointments in Milan or Innsbruck, for example, or who want to finish a project here in peace.
“Off to the South” is the motto of the newly opened Falkensteiner Club Funimation Garden Calabria on the Costa degli Dei. The first house of the Austrian group Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences in Calabria is a lead leisure place for all those who want to catch up with their family after a business trip. The 124,000 square meter resort with 580 rooms is an all-inclusive concept. The facilities include an extensive sports complex with beach volleyball and beach soccer fields as well as a water sports centre with kayak and stand-up paddling rental.
Photo: © Forestis (above and left side), Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences (right side)