On a peaceful and quiet hill top near Merano, the most sunny part of South Tyrol, you’ll find Castel Fragsburg. No doubt this is one of the most beautiful and smallest five star boutique hotels in the area. Their slogan is “The Art of Fine Living”. And we must say that’s an excellent way to describe this unique place in the mountains.
Hotel Castel Fragsburg, Merano
Luxury and elegance
Castel Fragsburg is a former hunting lodge that has been turned into a wonderful hotel. The atmosphere seems to be a combination of the mondaine feel that characterizes the French Rivièra and a dash of traditional Austrian class. It’s the perfect place to repose and relax in a magnificent context, thanks to the stunning views and some serious pampering.
This Relais & Châteaux location offers the guests a classic English garden with a heated outdoor pool and a jacuzzi with a view on the mountains, a flavourful cuisine – awarded 1 Michelin star – and a spa and wellness area where they use homemade beauty products, made of herbs and flowers from the region. Last but not least they organise private yoga lessons that take place in one of the most unique yoga spaces we’ve ever seen, offering again that nice view on the mountains. So it’s no surprise that Castel Fragsburg has won several awards, among which the title of Hotel of the Year in South Tyrol in 2018 and the World Luxury Spa Award in 2017.
Wellness to the highest standards
One of the main advantages of Castel Fragsburg is the extensive and elegant Castellum Natura spa. The team strongly believes that a healthy body equals a healthy spirit. So besides classical wellness treatments (like massages, baths and beauty care) and a big spa (with sauna’s, infrared treatments and a hammam), Castel Fragsburg is famous for its unique skin and beauty care products, made with natural ingredients (like herbs and flowers) from the area, prepared according to a secret, traditional recipe. Of course we were keen on trying the spa ourselves, so we enjoyed a facial and pedicure and were more than happy to experience the service and skills of the attentive team. In no time we went into a state of ultimate relaxation. Goodbye stress, welcome soft baby skin and happy moods!
Sweet dreams at Castel Fragsburg
Castel Fragsburg offers twenty suites, all unique and full of personality. There’s one thing the all have in common here, and that’s the stunning view on the Merano valley. We must admit there’s nothing better than waking up on such a breathtaking location, especially after having enjoyed a good night’s sleep in a luxurious and comfortable king size bed.
Our room also has a small, but very nice balcony, just perfect to read a book or to taste some local apples and juices from local farmers.
What’s also nice in our room is the separate wardrobe, as that is very convenient to organise your travel bags, without making a mess in the room. For those – like us – who’d like to work a bit in the room there’s a desk and a compact, but smartly designed sitting-room.
Even in the bathroom of your own suite, there’s this spa feel, thanks to the attractive scent of the bath amenities and the huge rain shower.
An important reason for us to choose to book a stay at Castel Fragsburg, was their culinary offering. That’s something you can instantly experience as soon as you enter the hotel. The hospitable staff immediately invited us to follow them to the beautiful terrace with breathtaking views, to enjoy a glass of prosecco and some refined and tasty appetizers.
The royal breakfast as well, surely is a meal to remember. The impressive, yet styling buffet is impossible to resist, offering a range of cheeses, fish and meats, local delicacies, as well as different types of bread and pastries. Although it’s probably not likely that you’d still be hungry, there’s also a breakfast menu to choose from, seducing guests with Eggs Benedict with smoked trout, pancakes and all kinds of egg recipes. Add this up with a light, airy and stylish (maybe even somewhat British like) interior and a magnificent view on the city of Merano, and you know this is the purest form of culinary enjoyment.
At dinner time as well, there’s fun for foodies at Castel Fragsburg. Even the Michelin guide shares that opinion, classifying the restaurant with one Michelin star. The cuisine of the young head chef Diego Sales combines the power of the Alps with the richness, yet simplicity of the Mediterranean cooking style. On the menu, you’ll find classic dishes with a twist, focused on flavour. Again, the fantastic setting is simply perfect to enjoy a good meal. We’re happy to share the menu we had in Castel Fragsburg hereby.
Even more to enjoy at Castel Fragsburg
We can definitely recommend to book enough nights at Castel Fragsburg, so you can really enjoy the full experience. Besides the wellness, the garden, the restaurant and the suites, there’s much more to do and to see in the area. Some examples are a visit to the city of Merano (with or without a guide) or tasting a variety of local wines. In any case, the hotel team will make sure that every guests wishes are fulfilled and manages to surprise you with nice gestures. When we leave we receive a nice cute little plate for olive oil and some water for on the road. The team had even cleaned the window of our car, to make sure our trip home would be safe and smooth. That’d put an instant smile on our faces. True hospitality is all about the details and discrete luxury, and at Castel Fragsburg they definitely master this art of hospitality.
Looking for relaxation, luxury and elegance in South Tyrol? As one of the smallest and nicest five star boutique hotels, no doubt Castel Fragsburg should be on your list! It’s a stunning location with a breathtaking view on the mountains near Merano, it has a unique spa and wellness area ánd it has a restaurant with flavourful dishes and a superb interior design.
Want to know more about travelling to South Tyrol? Just quickly check the articles we’ve written about tips & tricks for foodies in South Tyrol, about the farm holidays of Roter Hahn or about Terra – The Magic Place in Val Sarentino, another beautiful address of the Relais & Chateaux family.