Adler Lodge Ritten — South Tyrol, Italy
The Adler group has just unveiled its latest luxury resort in South Tyrol. Snuggling down between two mountain villages on the Ritten plateau, the 40-room retreat was designed by local studio Hugo Demetz and G22 Projects to take full advantage of both tectonic views and its proximity to Bolzano, a leisurely 12-minute cable car ride away.
Though the main complex holds two wings of suites, arguably the best rooms in the house are the 20 A-frame chalets scattered through the estate, their interiors, by Karin Sanoner, lined with larch and spruce and featuring wide terraces that open onto a panorama of peaks and forests.
Not surprisingly, the spa channels all the tropes of a mountain resort, not least two saunas – one Finnish, and the other cocooning a herbarium – tucked away in the woods.
In the kitchen, meanwhile, chef Hannes Pignater serves up South Tyrolean and mod-Med standards such as spelt linguine and wild herbs, and deer haunch in a dining room whose ceiling slides apart to the open sky. §