A re­treat for all sea­sons

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The re­treat at San Luis is a col­lec­tion of pri­vate chalets and tree­houses set in the Ave­lengo Plateau, 1,400 me­ters above the spa re­sort of Mer­ano in the South Ty­rol re­gion of Italy. If you are af­ter re­gen­er­a­tion, peace and re­lax­ation at any time of the year then you are head­ing for the right place. The chalets were con­structed with wood from the for­est and fea­ture black slate, raw linen, glass walls, high beamed ceil­ings, open fires and hand­made fur­ni­ture. The chalets are perched around the lake and the tree­houses are deep in the pine for­est, where you are in an ideal place to ex­pe­ri­ence some for­est bathing (which we talk about in an­other ar­ti­cle in this Is­sue). The chalets have fire­places and pri­vate saunas and the sump­tu­ous club­house acts as a cen­tre of ac­tiv­ity for the re­sort. The club­house has dif­fer­ent ar­eas with restau­rants, a bar, a cin­ema (with freshly made pop­corn), a wine and cheese cel­lar and a won­der­ful pool area with jacuzzi and beauty rooms (there is also a heated out­door pool). If you opt for the tree­houses, then you have a choice of sin­gle or two storey suites which are pre­sented to the same level of de­tail as the chalets and are beau­ti­fully de­signed and fur­nished with ex­quis­ite bath­rooms, some with their own ter­races. There is some­thing mag­i­cal about wak­ing up lit­er­ally in the trees! When you come down to earth, you are treated to Miche­lin-starred cook­ing and can ex­pe­ri­ence a cui­sine that ex­hibits the Ty­rol/Mediter­ranean mix al­though it is per­fectly pos­si­ble to have your break­fast served in your tree­house. The neigh­bour­ing re­gion en­joys al­most 200 sunkissed days each year. Its lo­ca­tion and cli­mate make it an ideal spot for ex­cur­sions into the coun­try­side and there are many sports ac­tiv­i­ties in all sea­sons. There is some­thing awe-in­spir­ing in see­ing the ski sea­son move grace­fully into the bik­ing and hik­ing sea­son and to be able to en­joy the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment all year round.

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