Updated on: 10 August, 2021
In fact, it was long overdue. But we put it off because something always came up. Here is another assignment, there is a family reunion and then I prefer to finish the blog posts.
The invitation from the Preidlhof in South Tyrol was just right – two days of pure wellness and relaxation in South Tyrol! Just time for us, in one place and without a tight schedule. Otherwise we like to be active in the mountains, but this time we just wanted to relax.
BY TRAIN FROM FRANKFURT TO SOUTH TYROL
At first we were deterred by the long journey. The Preidlhof is located in Naturns in the beautiful Meraner Land. That is of course a decent route from Wiesbaden. But when we saw that we could arrive relaxed by train with three changes, it was clear: we will do it!
So it went for us with the ICE from Frankfurt to Munich. There we switched to an EC and drove through incredible landscapes to Bolzano in wonderful late summer weather. There we changed to the regional train to Merano, where we were received by a shuttle service.
Sure, we were out all day, but the drive through this beautiful mountain landscape was pure relaxation for me.
THE PREIDLHOF – A FAMILY-RUN LUXURY HOTEL IN THE SECOND GENERATION
It all began in 1966 when Josef and Rosa Ladurner opened Pension Ladurner. Since then, the family has been accommodating hotel guests and has continued to expand and renew its business, most recently in 2017. Today the hotel has 71 rooms for guests aged 16 and over.
Gradually, the wellness and spa areas were added, which are also constantly being further developed. In addition to the hotel itself, there is a lot to discover and do in the region.
Whether hiking, mountain biking or sightseeing in Bolzano or Merano, nothing is left to be desired.
WELLNESS AND ACTIVE HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH TYROL
Although I have to say that if you travel to the Preidlhof, you will of course also want to take advantage of everything the hotel has to offer. In any case, you’ll be busy for a while.
MAY I INTRODUCE: OUR ROMANTIC SUITE YOU & ME
After a small welcome drink, Daniel, the world’s best butler, showed us our suite. We were pretty flattened: a huge rain shower, a vanity for him and her, a comfortable box spring bed, a seating area and a balcony with a great view of the village and the wonderful mountain landscape.
The best thing about the balcony: There is another bed here so that you can just sleep outside! You just hang a sign on the door and the bed is set accordingly for the night.
PROSECCO AND FRUITS ON ARRIVAL
And then a little surprise awaited us: A champagne cooler with a bottle of Prosecco and strawberries with whipped cream and pralines. Well then nothing stands in the way of a romantic wellness weekend.
7 COURSES À LA CARTE MENU
After the long journey, our stomachs growled and the extensive 7-course menu was just right.
You can get salads and starters from the buffet, you can choose soup, intermediate courses and main courses from the menu. There really no wishes remain unfulfilled!
COZY BREAKFAST IN THE ROOM
You can book any number of romantic extras for your stay for two. So we were able to enjoy a cozy breakfast in our room on the first morning.
You can write down your wishes on a card the evening before. At the agreed time, room service comes in the morning and prepares everything accordingly. Pretty nice thing, we want that every morning now.
PAMPERING PROGRAM IN THE PREIDLHOF
HEALTH CHECK ACCORDING TO TCM
After a leisurely breakfast, a complete wellness pampering program was on the agenda for us. This initially included a health check according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) .
The Preidlhof even has a doctor for this and other treatment methods, Dr. Med. Angerer, who comes several times a week. For the health check, you will be given two electrodes on your wrists and your heart rate will be measured for six minutes.
From this, your body function will then be evaluated with the help of an analysis. For example, what your base-acid balance looks like or your metabolism works. Totally crazy! I didn’t really get anything special, even though I was still pretty bruised from my cold.
Martin’s result was all the more astonishing. He has had problems with tense shoulders for a long time and also struggles with his weight again and again. Even though we eat healthily and do sports.
The health check then revealed that his body was completely acidic. Its value was more than twice the target. Dr. Angerer then also said that this can also cause tension and a poor metabolism.
Martin is now supposed to take a base powder for two months and he notices the first changes after two weeks. The tension is much better and another side effect – he no longer chews on his fingernails! Totally crazy.
We are curious how this will develop.
CHOCOLATE RITUAL FOR TWO
So that we can really relax and spend time together, we then enjoyed a chocolate ritual. First we were both rubbed from top to bottom with a cocoa butter scrub.
Then we went to the private seraglio bath, where we first took a shower and then pampered our silky-soft skin with a chocolate pack. To take effect, it was then in the steam sauna.
Then we were allowed to relax deeply in the private quiet room with Prosecco and chocolates. At the end we got a chocolate aroma oil massage. Oh, what more could you want!
TIME TO RELAX: SPA TOWER AND POOL LANDSCAPES
After this all-round treatment, we were really relaxed and completely happy. We still had the whole afternoon to explore the pool areas and let the sun shine on our stomachs.
THE POOL LANDSCAPES IN THE PREIDLHOF
The Preidlhof has six pools and five whirlpools. Our favorite was the infinity lap pool with a view of the beautiful landscape and the outdoor whirlpool in the lemon grove.
THE SPA TOWER
What we didn’t miss was the Spa Tower. For reasons of space, the hotel’s sauna area was built high, hence the “Spa Tower”.
There are 16 different saunas and relaxation areas spread over six floors. As you can see, there is a lot to discover here!
Another highlight is the deep-sea relaxation room – equipped with countless LED lamps that light up to relaxing music, 15 minutes are as relaxing as a deep sleep. We spent two laps in a row there because we thought it was so awesome!
ROMANTIC CANDLELIGHT DINNER
A very special dinner was waiting for us – a candlelight dinner just for us in the private romantic lounge with a view over the beautifully illuminated pool landscape. In any case, we really enjoyed being pampered.
ACTIVITIES AROUND THE PREIDLHOF
So, now we are with the Preidlhof in beautiful South Tyrol. And in our eyes an excursion is a must! Whether hiking, mountain bike tours or a visit to Merano, there is something for everyone.
HIKE ON A WAALWEG AND TÖRGGELEN
Two terms that were completely unknown to us. Waal paths were laid out in earlier times in order to be able to control and maintain the irrigation canals, the Waale.
In South Tyrol there is an extensive network of Waalwege, which are mostly used for tourism today.
We hiked on the Tscharser Waalweg to the Pfraumhof, located above Kastelbell Castle. The path led in about 1 1/2 hours halfway through colorful chestnut forests and ripe apple orchards.
When we arrived at the Pfraumhof, we törggelt. Uh what ?! Yes, the Törggelen is a South Tyrolean custom that is related to the tasting of the new wines in autumn.
In addition, a hearty meal consisting of a meat platter with sur meat, sauerkraut, various sausages and dumplings is served. You see, quite a gluttony!
The sweet chestnuts, which are called Keschtn here, are also an important part of Törggelen. The sweet chestnut used to be the main food of the rural population here and in other mountain regions.
It gradually lost its importance and was almost wiped out by a fungal disease in the last century. The citizens came together to save them and so the fungus in South Tyrol could be pushed back.
OUR CONCLUSION ON THE LUXURY HOTEL PREIDLHOF
If you want to treat yourself to time for two and really pamper yourself, the Preidlhof is exactly the right place for you. In principle, you don’t need to leave the hotel for 3 days and you still haven’t seen and done everything.
The food was very good even if we mostly left out one or two courses from the 7 course menu. With 70 rooms, the hotel is a good size and all guests are very well distributed on the premises.
In addition to the wellness offer, there is an additional program every week. Be it lectures, excursions or sporting activities in case you get bored.
You can also borrow a Vespa or quad bike for free and explore the area.
Now for the price – our Romantic Suite You & Me is available from $200 per person/night, depending on the season. “Normal” double rooms start at $198.
If we compare it with other luxury hotels such as the Anantara in Dubai or the Babylonstoren in South Africa , the price-performance ratio with the complete range and excellent service is really excellent.
Every detail is really thought of here. You even get a hiking backpack and a running belt in your room. Often it is these details that make a stay perfect.