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The Most Beautiful Hideaways for Spring

As the sun gets stronger, the desire to travel returns: Here are some of the most beautiful addresses for spring.

April 10, 2024

Adler Spa Resort Sicilia

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The wind softly blows through the dunes and pine groves, the sea spray rushes against the miles of sandy beach in the background and the view stretches as far as the horizon: Right here, on the south-western side of Sicily, you'll find a real power spot if you're seeking peace and quiet: the sustainable ADLER Spa Resort SICILIA. Especially in the mild spring months, when the beaches are still deserted and the scent of almond blossom fills the air, the hotel is an insider tip. In the middle of the spacious parkland is the ADLER Spa with heated pools, saunas, relaxation zones and the rooftop thalasso pool - a true temple of deep relaxation. The healing effects of nature are applied in the ADLER Med Zentrum with medical advice, therapies and nutritional programs. Active guests can enjoy a varied guided outdoor program.

Contrada Salsa, 92010 Siculiana (Agrigento), Sicily, Italy
Tel.: +39 0922 178 8700
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 524

Giardino Marling

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The palm trees and cypresses sway slowly in the mild breeze, the scent of apple blossom wafts gently through the air: Spring in the Merano valley basin is magical. And here, at Giardino Marling, you almost feel like you're by the sea - the extensive hotel park exudes Mediterranean flair and the bright blue of the large saltwater pool glistens in the sunlight. Only the massive mountain peaks on the horizon give away the fact that you are in Northern Italy. The hotel itself is a place to slow down; those who arrive here want to stay. Not least because the focus is on mindfulness, harmony and enjoyment with all the senses. The highlight, however, is literally on the roof: While you daydream in the sky pool, the four saunas in the Sky Spa offer tingling hot moments. You can do something good for yourself with yoga or beauty treatments.

Giardino Marling
St.-Felix-Weg 18, 39020 Marling, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 447177
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 210 per person

Ansitz Plantiz


A gentle scent of sweet plants and flowers fills the air as you walk through the green paradise, the buzzing of the hotel's 15 bee colonies gives it a voice and has a calming effect on mind and soul: When the mild spring sun shines with all its might over the villa district of Merano, Ansitz Plantiz, with its dreamlike garden, becomes a place of longing. Here, you feel at home and can let yourself go. For example in the Golden Spa with marble salt water pool, powerful saunas and body and mind treatments or outside in the outdoor pool with a magnificent view of the mountains. Because memories last, the hotel invites its guests to breathtaking Bulli tours in the surrounding vineyards. It's an unforgettable experience for car lovers: drive in a vintage car from the hotel's own collection. 

Ansitz Plantiz
Dantestraße 56, 39012 Meran, Italy
Tel.: +39 04732 30577
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 225 per person

Landhotel Voshövel

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On the Lower Rhine, surrounded by greenery, a cozy, nature-loving retreat was created over 150 years ago: Landhotel Voshövel. Here, you can feel a special sense of arrival; the warm atmosphere, also known as the Voshövel feeling, permeates every room. There's hardly any other place where you can relax so wonderfully - indoors, the 4000 square meter Livingroom SPA is a wellness living room that ensures a state of deep relaxation thanks to the tingling saunas and relaxation zones. While the water of the textile-free natural pool glistens in the sunlight, the buzzing of the house bees fills the air; the sustainable flower garden isn't just a paradise for them. The area was built from an ecological point of view and provides the most beautiful cut flowers for the interior - it's a win-win situation.

Landhotel Voshövel
Am Voshövel 1, 46514 Schermbeck, Germany
Tel.: +49 2856 91400
Price: Doubles incl. Voshövel cuisine from € 395

Hotel Oswald


You slowly swim your laps in the rooftop pool, the mountains of the Bavarian Forest stretch towards the sky on the horizon and the sun shines in all its springtime power - these are romantic moments that you experience on the panoramic terrace of Hotel Oswald. Up here, you not only feel free, but you're so connected to the vastness of nature! In general, the 2500 square meter spa is a place of longing for connoisseurs. It's bright and airy. In the hotel itself, dark local wood was used to create the traditional chalet character. Minimalist details, colors and shapes provide a touch of luxury in the 57 rooms and suites. Connoisseurs of fine cuisine will be spoiled by Thomas Gerber's creative delicacies in Oswald's Gourmetstube - it's not for nothing that the restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star. 

Landromantik Hotel Oswald - Relais & Châteaux
Am Platzl 2, 94244 Kaikenried, Germany
Tel.: +49 9923 84100
Price: Doubles incl. breakfast / gourmet board from € 209 per person

Waldhaus Sils

Gian Giovanoli

Lakes that nestle romantically between the mountains, the sheer endless expanse and the many activity options in a dreamlike landscape: hardly any other valley in Switzerland exudes such magic as the Engadin. In the middle of it all, between Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana, you'll find Waldhaus Sils, a starting point for nature adventures and an oasis for connoisseurs. The five-star hotel is surrounded by 580 kilometers of hiking trails and a multitude of bike trails. Anyone who wants to get up high can use the mountain railroads. Tennis courts, mini golf courses and pools are available at the hotel to let off steam. Because sport and fresh air make you hungry, there's a big focus on physical well-being. Regional, natural products are used in the Waldhaus kitchen and guests can indulge themselves in the three restaurants.

Hotel Waldhaus Sils
Via da Fex 3, 7514 Sils im Engadin, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 81 838 5100
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 250 per person

The Tirolensis

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In a postcard idyll between fragrant vines and apple orchards above Merano, Tirolensis is a charming retreat for nature lovers and those seeking peace and quiet. Guests rave about the family atmosphere, which is cultivated with heart and love by the host family. The temporary home consists of lovingly furnished rooms and suites in a contemporary country house style with typical alpine elements such as wood, patterns and earthy colors. Cosmopolitans are drawn to the surrounding towns of Merano and Bolzano, while mountain enthusiasts benefit from the activity program with guided hikes to the hotel's own Falkenau Alpine pasture. Enjoyment in and with nature is the order of the day here. The absolute highlight: the attraction sauna in the palm garden. The outdoor pool with its la dolce vita feeling offers a freshness kick.

Hotel Tirolensis
Salusweg 14, 39010 Prissian-Tisens, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 920901
Price: Doubles incl. gourmet half board from € 140 per person

Hotel Avidea


Enjoying beauty - this is how the name Avidea can be translated. It's quite fitting, because after a comprehensive makeover with a new concept, the adults-only boutique hotel will open its doors at the end of April with a completely new, modern look. The original 32 rooms have been converted into 29 bright, modern suites for design-loving guests, where you can let yourself go and have even more space for daydreaming. Local materials meet straightforward design with earthy tones and soft textiles in the interior. You can immediately sense that nature served as inspiration for the design. You become one with the sky in the new rooftop oasis with a heated sky pool and a chill-out lounge. When you take a dip here, the unique panorama of Northern Italy with its apple orchards, forests and peaks opens up before you.

Hotel Avidea
Oberplars 46, 39022 Algund, Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)473 2219 56
Price: Suite incl. Luxury All Inclusive from € 250 per person

Terre Blanche

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Purple fields of lavender, rolling vineyards, olive groves and pine forests: Provence is a true paradise for nature lovers. Surrounded by greenery, the 300-hectare Terre Blanche blends harmoniously into the special landscape like a small village. 115 luxurious suites and villas, some with private pools, are spread across the huge grounds. Anyone checking in here immediately senses the heavenly tranquillity that the hotel radiates. The large infinity pool offers a panoramic view of the hills of the Pays de Fayence and is an absolute sunshine hotspot on warm days. Hidden among the plants, a whirlpool has been built for that extra relaxation factor; children can romp around in a separate pool with water fountains. Thanks to two fantastic 18-hole courses in the immediate vicinity, Terre Blanche has been one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe for years. 

Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort
3100 Route de Bagnols-en-Forêt, 83440 Tourrettes, Provence-Côte-d'Azur, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 94 39 90 00
Price: Suite incl. breakfast from € 410

Parklane Resort & Spa

Garry Kan

For eight months of the year, the temperature in Cyprus is above 20 degrees - one of the reasons why it's one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. The five-star Parklane Resort & Spa hotel is located in Limassol on the southern coast, surrounded by palm trees. The 222 elegant rooms, 34 suites and 18 detached park villas with private pools reflect the cosmopolitan aura of the island and invite you to sit back and relax. Those who want more can treat themselves to a soothing break from everyday life in the Kalloni Spa. Tropical vacation dreams come true in the outdoor area with a huge water area and lounge for sunbathing - it's definitely the highlight of the resort. The little ones can let off steam in the Explorers Kids Club, while there are sports facilities and a health club for adults. The sea is perfect for diving and snorkeling.

Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Giannou Kranidioti Street 11, 4534 Limassol, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 258-62000
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 195 per person

Almar Giardino di Costanza Resort & Spa

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Green fields as far as the eye can see and a royal blue sky, gently warmed by the sun - that's all you need for a Mediterranean break surrounded by nature. Almar Giardino di Costanza Resort & Spa is located not far from the west coast of Sicily like a secluded oasis between centuries-old olive trees, palm trees and ornate, babbling fountains. The resort is reminiscent of an old Sicilian stone house, surrounded by a lush garden that gives it its special charm. Here, you can relax and let life flow in the elegant suites with half-vaulted stucco ceilings and in the new Almablu Wellness & Spa, which combines Roman, Arabic and Norman elements. If you immerse yourself here, you embark on a journey to inner harmony. Tip: visit the ice room with an ice fountain and a plunge pool - it's a refreshing kick in between!

Almar Giardino di Costanza Resort & Spa
Via Salemi 100, 91026 Mazara del Vallo (TP), Sicily, Italy
Tel.: +39 0923 675000
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 295 per person

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Spring 2024.

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