1472mminbathI arrived at the Turm Romantik Spa a day early, because of an impending train strike in Italy. Knowing I would be stressed from the journey, my hosts thoughtfully arranged a spa treatment. First I was led to a dark room with candles burning, baroque music and a large brass bathtub with oils and salts and bubbles. My apple bath was a sensual soak in yogurt, apples, and coconut flakes and other yummy ingredients.

As I slipped in, an attendant offered me water, apple juice or Prosecco. When I hesitatingly said water, she said, “no, have the Prosecco.”

Maybe she knew I needed to relax, and that was only the beginning. After 30 soothing moments in the swirling waters, she led me to the relaxation area. The relaxation area looked like a grotto, with rock walls, pebble and stone floors and 6 green bedlike resting platforms floating above the shallow waters.1472beds

Dressed in my fluffy robe, I carefully stepped on the large flat stones that led to the end bed. Looking around at the candles set in salty sand, the twinkling lights in the ceiling, and hearing the bird sounds in the background, I felt like I was cocooned in a sensual cave.

As I perched on the edge of my bed, I became aware of my neighbors. There appeared to be two couples, each involved with their partner. It did not look like anyone was wearing clothes, although one couple did make a token covering gesture.

1472turm0157I laid down, wrapped in a big towel, and covered by my robe. They all left soon after. Was it something I said or did that made them all get up and leave so suddenly? They went out a thick door, and after a length of time, I realized that that was the exit. Remembering I had a dinner scheduled in an hour, I decided I should perhaps move on, too.

The next area was a steam and sauna room and other spa amenities. But everyone was laying on red platforms with wrought iron headboards. Some were double beds, some were single beds.

It was not until I left this area that I saw the sign that said Nackt Zone.1472sign

Maybe I looked like a party crasher, dressed in my robe. Or perhaps I was overdressed.

I did take pictures of both areas after everyone else left.

What will I wear for my next glorious treatment at Romantik Turm Hotel?

Stay tuned.

Great Things to do at Romantik Turm Hotel With Your Clothes On

Owner and chef Stefan Pramstrahler is the brilliant genius behind not only the unique spa treatments but also the fabulous food . He also closely designed and supervised the recent addition to the 13th-century property which has been a castle, a jail, a courthouse and an inn.

Each day begins with a bountiful buffet that you can eat inside while admiring the glorious view, or on nice mornings, you can dine outdoors. A large selection of homemade bread, coffeecakes, local cheeses, homemade jams, ham, meats, fruit, yogurt, cereals, crackers, and much more will get your taste buds awake and ready for all the culinary surprises of the day.

Serious foodies would be totally satisfied here just to walk the gorgeous grounds between meals (that is probably what I should have done instead of spending so much time pampering myself in the spa).

Sybarites and serious spa-goers will enjoy the unique and incredibly indulgent treatments. Because Stefan designed the treatments and rooms around local ingredients, these are spa experiences unlike those anywhere else. And I speak from experience. My body has been rubbed all over the world, and I was fascinated by the creativity of these treatments.

Romantics need only bring a partner and they will find renewal and relaxation.

Wine lovers will be tempted by the wonderful selection of wines and if they are lucky enough to be visiting on a Friday night, they can have an incredible selection of cheeses in the wine cellar during an after dinner buffet.

Honeymooners will get their marriages off to a great start at this most sensual and delicious property. But after staring out at Romantik Turm, I can’’t imagine where you would go for your anniversary.

Romantik Hotel Turm Kichplatz – P.zza della Chiesa 9 I – 39050 Völs a. Schlern/Fiè allo Sciliar

Tel: 0039 0471 725014 Fax: 0039 0471 725474




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Great Guidebooks

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Langenscheidt’s Pocket Menu Reader ItalyA gastronomic dictionary, phrasebook and guide

Europe’s Top Restaurants 2004Zagat Survey www.zagat.com

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Suzy Gershon’s Born to Shop ItalyThe Ultimate Guide for People Who Love to Shopwww.frommers.com

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Taste Italian Food at Home

Try Sacla’s Classic Basil Pesto Sauce on your pasta at home. Robust bail leaves, fresh Grana Padano and Pecorino Romano cheese, ripened pine nuts, biting garlic and pure olive oil.

Listen to Italian Music

Italian Café Music Putumayo World Music www.putumayo.com







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