Located in the heart of the Dolomites among alpine meadows and forests lies an oasis of peaceful tranquility known as the San Luis Hotel. This family-run boutique hotel is the ultimate destination for a wellness retreat, no matter what time of year. The San Luis is a place where time slows down and allows you to reconnect with nature and with yourself. Whether a stay lasts for a day or several weeks, it is without a doubt a journey to be savored. From the postcard perfect views of the landscape to the discreet and invaluable staff on site, the San Luis combines rustic atmosphere with luxurious amenities and leaves impressions that last for a lifetime.

Location

What makes San Luis the place to stay during a trip to South Tyrol?

Nestled in Italy’s northernmost province South Tyrol, the location of the hotel is rich in contrasts. From Mediterranean landscapes to the mountain peaks you will be spoilt for choice of activities during your stay. Mild weather conditions make it the perfect getaway no matter what time of year. The San Luis sprawls across almost 100 acres of lush landscapes, it offers chic treehouses and cozy chalets scattered around an emerald man-made lake which makes it the ideal base for all kinds of explorations.

Key Facts

  • the area has almost 200 days of sunshine each year
  • located close to the border of Switzerland and only 15 minutes from Merano
  • the hotel is a 45-minute drive from Kranebitten Airport

What is special?

  • the stunning setting provides access to scenic hiking trails in the surrounding mountains and valleys
  • enjoy an enchanting walk through the nearby Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, where you will discover some of the most beautiful flowers from all around the world
  • revel at the panoramic views of nature’s breathtaking beauty as you ascend to the mountaintop via cable car

What do the guests say?

  • the San Luis is the ideal retreat for those who love nature and quiet getaways
  • guests love the close proximity to various hiking trails and enjoy exploring the mountains of South Tyrol
  • visitors find the natural lakes with swimming piers to be perfect for lounging and sunbathing

Accommodation

What type of rooms can I choose from? Will I have views of the lake from my room?

The San Luis offers an array of lodges to choose from. Whether you opt for a wooden chalet by the lake or one nestled deep in the forest, you will instantly feel connected to nature. You can also spend dreamy nights nestled among the branches in a luxurious treehouse, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with awe-inspiring views of the lake and landscapes. The lodges are all constructed with local moonwood and the interiors are outfitted with simple aesthetics such as warm, rustic wood surfaces and elegant furniture, giving the space a home-like atmosphere.

Key Facts

  • 16 tree houses are set within the forest, while 22 chalets rest on the edge of the manmade lake
  • most rooms have their own hot tubs and saunas
  • each room is equipped with a small kitchen and dining area

What is special?

  • the open floor plan design allows natural light to permeate the space, creating a welcoming ambiance that embraces you as soon as you walk through the door
  • cozy sofas wait to coddle you, along with an exquisite fireplace waiting to wrap you in its warmth
  • feel as though you are dwelling in the clouds, while still planted on earth in one of the lavish tree houses

What do the guests say?

  • a perfect place to pop the big question, or to rekindle the fire with your partner
  • families and groups love being able to share some moments while also maintaining privacy with individual units
  • guests feel the staff is accommodating in every way and love their stay so much they don’t want to leave

Pools & Spa

What’s the best way to relax after a long day of hiking and outdoor adventures?

The San Luis Spa invites you to spoil yourself on a multi-sensory journey in its barn-sized country spa. Here, the breathtaking scenery and the snow-capped peaks which are reflected in the lake give you time and space to simply slow down and enjoy the moment. The area allows you to escape the outside world for relaxation and introspection. Curl up on a lounge chair in one of the relaxation zones, take a refreshing dip in the expansive pool that extends out towards the lake or indulge in a multitude of spa and beauty treatments.

Key Facts

  • the hotel features both a wonderful indoor and a heated outdoor pool
  • treatment rooms boast panoramic views of the dramatic Dolomite Mountains
  • fitness and personalized wellness treatment plans can be curated to meet guests’ specific needs

What is special?

  • enjoy invigorating treatments, blended with pure raw materials and special synergies that will transcend you to an unmatched level of peace and tranquility
  • feel the euphoric pleasure of being immersed in nature with a total forest therapy where you emerge from the water of the lake, explore the depths of nature and find internal balance
  • soothe aching limbs after a long day of hiking in the luxurious hot tub submerged in the middle of the lake

What do the guests say?

  • guests love being able to relax and feel the warmth emanating from the poolside fireplace
  • taking a dip in the jacuzzi in the middle of the lake is a highlight for many guests
  • being able to continue a fitness regimen while on holiday is a big plus for visitors

Culinary

What type of dining experience can I expect at the San Luis? What kind of cuisines are served?

Foodies will certainly get their fill of fine dining and fresh fare at the San Luis Restaurant. Traditional South-Tyrolean cuisine is effortlessly blended with Southern Mediterranean flavors, bringing you a taste of abundant goodness. The restaurant’s motto is “Back to the Roots” as the kitchen team utilize only fresh ingredients from the own gardens. Whether you choose to dine in the central hub of the resort which is called the Clubhouse, or within the privacy of your own chalet, the San Luis delivers excellence with every bite.

Key Facts

  • cuisines are crafted with local ingredients and the freshest raw materials
  • the San Luis is surrounded by almost 10 acres of vegetables, berries and rare spices
  • all meals are included in the price of the stay

What is special?

  • start your day at your own pace with a private, customized breakfast served directly to your chalet or treehouse
  • flickering flames, soft music and a cozy fireplace set the atmosphere for an elegant, yet casual, dinner prepared by Michelin-starred chef Artuto Spiocchi
  • cheese lovers will delight in the delicious variety offered on the cheese buffet, with 45 different options offered daily

What do the guests say?

  • guests rave that Tuesday’s grill night is not to be missed
  • the multi-course dinner variety is well appreciated by both adults and children alike
  • waking up to a full custom breakfast served in their rooms is one of the best parts of guests’ stay

Activities

What can I see and do during my stay at the San Luis? Is there a variety of activities to pursue?

The area offers a broad range of activities that can be pursued throughout the year. In spring you can walk through orchards and pick sweet treats or cycle around on the scenic trails. Summer invites you to dip in the lake while autumn offers delicious wine tastings. The magic truly happens in the wintertime with Christmas markets and exciting outdoor adventures for thrill seekers. No matter the season, there is something for every type of traveler, from nature enthusiasts to leisure lovers.

Key Facts

  • an in-house cinema is available, serving freshly-made popcorn
  • the grape harvest, beer and chestnut festivals are popular local celebrations
  • bicycles, guided tours and horse rides can be arranged by the staff

What is special?

  • spend lazy afternoons relaxing lakeside while enjoying wondrous mountainous views
  • experience the enchanting snowy landscapes on skiing, snowshoeing and ice-climbing expeditions
  • feel the exhilarating rush of excitement as you weave and wind through the trees over the mountain terrain on the Merano Alpine Bob 2000, bobsled track

What do the guests say?

  • guests attest that the leisure activities and surroundings of the San Luis will make your stay unforgettable
  • travelers love being able to truly relax while also getting plenty of exercise such as hiking, biking or skiing nearby
  • guests best describe the San Luis in winter as a “Winter Fairytale Retreat”