Relais & Chateaux Castel Fragsburg
RELAIS & CHÂTEUAX CASTEL FRAGSBURG is located in South Tyrol, a region in northeastern Italy whose mix of Alpine grandeur and Mediterranean flair results in a unique geographical and cultural landscape. Occupying a scenic hilltop position overlooking the town of Merano, this four-hundred-year-old former hunting lodge is now a magnificent hotel dedicated to the art of fine living. Surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and set amid finely manicured gardens, the property has a nostalgic, almost fairytale feel. Guests are treated to the finest accommodations at each of the twenty luxurious suites, each with their own carefully curated design and character. Guests also have ample opportunities to relax and rejuvenate at the heated outdoor pool, the panoramic terrace, and the on-site Castellum Natura spa. The latter draws inspiration for its treatments from the plants, herbs, and flowers grown in the area. Expert practitioners are on hand to provide individualized therapies and natural cosmetic treatments. They are especially adept at a variety of massage modalities designed to soothe and rejuvenate.
There is plenty to do off-site as well, especially if you enjoy hiking amid spectacular mountain scenery. A series of impressive waterfalls are easily accessible by foot, as is the Knottnkino at the top of the Rotsteinkogel. This “rock cinema” comprised of thirty steel and chestnut seats is the perfect spot from which to enjoy 360-degree views of the Etsch Valley, Merano Basin, and the Dolomites. If a leisurely amble is more your speed, make the forty-minute trek along a lush forest path to the Greiter Buschenschank, a traditional Tyrolean tavern. Whatever your adventure, fuel up with the hotel’s daily breakfast buffet, a sumptuous spread of freshly made breads and pastries, accompaniments, juices and coffees, and even Prosecco. Head chef Enzo Bellia presides over lunch and dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, where the traditions of Tyrolean and Mediterranean cuisine are perfectly married in ways both familiar and unexpected. An excellent selection of local wines completes the experience.