If your only hope of getting to a spa this side of 2025 is by passing it off as a family holiday, then this is the place for you – a sprawling hotel in a felt-tip-green valley at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. Large multi-generational gangs, couples and solo health seekers will be delighted in equal measure. A wellness rarity.
Built in 1916 by current owner Dietmar Müller’s progressive grandfather Johannes, a doctor and philosopher, it’s all about space and nature from the outside, with floor-to-ceiling windows letting the pristine mountain light flood the parquet-floored corridors wide enough to drive a small car through. The colour palette is cosy: burnt orange, russet red and sunny yellow with culturally clashing furnishings from India, Indonesia, Iran and China.
The Retreat wing is the one to book. A two-minute walk from the original schloss, it has a more modern edge, 47 huge rooms, three restaurants, a yoga pavilion and a large private spa. Spas are split into adult spas, with a therapeutic leaning, using the healing methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine at their heart, while other spas are for entire families to splash around in.