The Miramonti boutique hotel in Hafling is outstanding. Quite literally, as it’s built almost on a cliff, standing tall over the valley of Merano in the Italian side of the Alps. Not only does the little family-run hotel thus provide an exceptional view; its luxurious wellness concept proves also that Alpine holidays can offer much more than rustic mountain huts and après-ski.

I’ve already described what it was like traveling to Merano for the first time. Merano, that is a region of the Italian side of the Alps – known as South Tyrol or Alto Adige. Whether in the summer or in the wintertime, there is nothing I love more than traveling down south to experience the sheltering and challenging mass of the Alps.

Miramonti, a luxurious comfort zone amidst the mountains

But until now, I’ve only ever stayed over in traditional huts, which were once built for shelter. In Merano, most hotels are cute bed & breakfasts, tightly connected to the typical Alpine conventions and gastronomy. The Miramonti, while still very traditional in some ways, is in others very contemporary, modern and stylish. In fact, we would appreciate a hotel like this in Berlin, too! The perfectly furnished lobby, the spacious rooms and the discreet service may lead you to believe that you’re in a 5 star city hotel, when in fact, you’re in a cozy mountain hideaway.

Miramonti, although very elegant and luxurious, is also very comfortable and familiar. The house is run by an esteemed and sophisticated couple, Klaus and Carmen, who have visibly put much love into their work. Of course – like it is usually in South Tyrol – they are originally from the region and had returned to create a hotel that is new, chic but also warming and authentic.

The hotel is known for it’s elaborate spa. While we were there, they were reconstructing the house to add a wooden panoramic sauna and an infinity pool. From what I saw, I am definitely going back to see the finished product. Meanwhile, there was another indoor pool and of course, a vast sauna landscape on the bottom floor for the house. It did us good, I can say.

Fine Dining at Miramonti

But Miramonti is not just a hotel, it’s also a culinary secret. The Panorama Restaurant is internationally known as one of the best of the region, with heartfelt recommendations from Michelin and Gault Millau. We had an exceptionally great fine dining experience along with a stunning view over the Meraner Tal by night. The restaurant offers set menus as well as à la carte meals, ranging from classic Italian entrées to an interesting mix of modern and traditional South Tyrol cuisine. All in all, you will rarely be disappointed when it comes to food in South Tyrol, but the Miramonti definitely stands out as a fantastic option for high standards.

Miramonti Hotel: The Perfect Escape

We only had two short days to spend at Miramonti – I hardly even got the most out of our room. The interior is relatively understated, a fact that I can appreciate. There’s nothing worse than too much visual noise in a room. When we weren’t hiding in the comfortable, super-large beds, we went on little hikes. Klaus, owner of the Miramonti, took os on a mini-trip to see nature and hug trees. He is always very close to his guests, and is usually part of the complimentary schedule.

All in all, I was very happy with our stay at Miramonti. While we were stuck in a bit of a weather limbo – not cold enough for snow activities, not warm enough for summer activities – we spent our time in the decadent spa, at the pool or in the cozy rooms. That makes Miramonti the perfect escape, whether you need a bit of intimate, quiet time or a lot of ski-action. Miramonti is now my no. 1 in Meran and no. 2 in South Tyrol – the pole position still goes to my favorite place in the world, the Schatzerhütte.