FragsBurg. This would have to be one of the most luxurious places that we have ever stayed in. It was written in our Italy Drives book and sounded really interesting so we decided to check it out. After an amazing meander up a narrow winding road above the beautiful town of Merano we arrived at the Castel. Every single detail was perfect outside , from the garden layout, the autumn decorations throughout the garden and entry ( carved pumpkins, berries in jars, bowls of colored flowers and foliage) . We went in and enquired and quickly discovered this was an exclusive hotel and the price reflected it. We showed Elisabeth, our lovely receptionist, what the guide had listed the cost bracket to be and she took that to the manager and we ended up paying half price. Our suite overlooked the valley 1000 meters below, the pictures tell this story, the separate "bath" room was tiled in travertine and the picture window also shared the superb valley view, the snow capped Dolomites rising upwards. The king bed was swathed in Egyptian cotton monogrammed linen and down pillows. Fingertip controls @ the bedside allowed for the electric shutters to be raised or lowered, dimming of the up lighting lining the perimeter of the room in the layered ceiling. The lounge was hand carved timber as was the chiffoner and writing desk. The shower room and toilet had underfloor heating as well as heated towel rails ( same in bathroom), the bath products included perfumed water. The shower was completely lined in travertine and had a 30cm diameter shower head.
Our deck overlooked the valley and again the views need to be seen to be appreciated.
The walk in robe had complimentary footwear and robes to wear down to the sauna area (. 4 saunas all different temperatures) we then lounged in the conservatorium sipping any one of a myriad of herbal teas.
Dinner : The 2hour degastation we feasted on in this Michelin Star restaurant was amazing. We felt like royalty as we were served by Vincento and Paulo the most exquisite meal , imagine mustard ice cream served in glass jar of sesame seeds that accompanied 4different ways of cooking char ( a local fresh water fish) as well as caviar and sea asparagus . Between entree and, main we were treated to a range of in between dishes all beautifully presented. At 83 euros it was well worth the experience. A lasting memory. We awoke to clearer skies and much snow had fallen on the mountains surrounding us. Breakfast was included and again , in keeping with the quality of dinner, it was a stunning array of fruit, baked goods, home made jams, mueslis with any accompaniment ( seeds, yoghurts, dried fruits ) any cooked thing you could want, beautiful Italian hams, semi dried tomatoes, olives, grilled zucchini, fish, fresh juices, great cappuccino . We were so fortunate to have stayed here what a special place !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High above the valley of Merano – nestling against the sundrenched southern slopes of the mighty Dolomites and commanding spectacular sweeping views over one of Europe’s most enchanting landscapes: this is Castel Fragsburg, a fine 17th century Retreat of noble origins, now the smallest luxury hotel in the region. Castel Fragsburg is privately owned since 1955 by the Ortner family, who continue to give the hotel remarkable character reflecting the unspoilt, vast landscape of the Dolomites and the vineyards and orchards of South Tyrol. As a member of Relais & Châteaux the Castle Fragsburg follows the philosophy ‘a unique home for a unique stay’ and is part of their ‘collection of the world’s finest restaurants and hotels’. ... more less
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- Castel Fragsburg Hotel