Schloss Elmau is an idyllic 92-room resort and spa retreat. It is set in a scenic tract of pine-forested countryside at the foot of the Wetterstein Mountains; just 100km south of Munich.

The hotel celebrates the luxury of space and privacy in eight restaurants, several lounges and four separate spas for adults and families as well as regular classical music and jazz concerts with some of the greatest artists of our time. Grand yet intimate interiors of the 94-year-old castle, which was rebuilt in 2007, blend subtle Oriental influences with the beauty of the pristine surroundings. For over 100 years, the Concert Hall has hosted an incredible range of events from some of the greatest artists & authors of our time. The resort was proud to host the G7 World Summit in 2015.

Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway

This unique 5-star luxury hotel features stunning architecture, exclusive spa facilities and award-winning cuisine. It is set amid spectacular Bavarian mountainous scenery, only 1 km from Elmau Castle.

Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway features luxury rooms and suites with sophisticated interior design and fresh flowers. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and unrivalled Alpine views.

Set at 1,000 metres, Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway was built as a philosopher’s retreat in 1916 and there is a 15th-century chapel on site. Guests also enjoy free admission to cultural events featuring top performers and authors.

The property boasts several spa areas, a gym, yoga room, 3 tennis courts, a children’s playground and a variety of saunas and steam rooms. Highlights include the 25 m rooftop infinity pool and the 20 m heated saltwater pool.

Fine dining is assured in the Luce d’Oro Michelin-star restaurant. Guests can enjoy Italian dishes in the Fidelio restaurant, live cooking and international buffets in La Salle restaurant, or romantic fondues in the Kaminstüberl restaurant with its open fireplace. Other dining options include the wine and champagne cellar, the spa restaurant, terrace and summer conservatory.

Beauty haven

Voted ‘best family spa’ by Tatler several years in a row, Schloss Elmau is home to four individual spas (three are adults-only and the other one is designed for families).

The main Hideaway Spa is spread over three floors with a 25m-rooftop pool, a 35ºC outdoor saltwater pool, a dozen treatment rooms and endless places to flop out next to a crackling log fire. The ‘Family Spa’ has a large indoor pool filled with inflatables for kids to bounce off plus a spa menu tailored towards little-ones, and lastly, the snazzy new Retreat’s ‘Shantigiri’ spa has a similar treatment list to the Hideaway Spa but benefits from a more intimate, exclusive vibe. To top things off, there’s a vast hammam in the bowels of the main hotel.

Like the rest of Schloss Elmau, the spa is smashingly well-organised, and has treatments to suit all types, so once you get your head round the sprawling facilities, you’re in for a real treat.


There’s no limit to the activities on offer at Schloss Elmau. In winter, skiing is an option. The hotel shuttles guests to and from the pistes at nearby Kranzberg (15 minutes away). But really there’s so much to do within the hotel’s grounds. You needn’t bother.

There’s a tobogganing slope and ice rink on site, for starters. Further afield, spectacularly pretty nature trails criss-cross the area, many of which lead to century-old Bavarian inns sporting checked tablecloths, wood burners and a wonderfully warm welcome (Elmauer Alm and Gasthaus Ferchensee are both within an hour’s walk from the hotel).

It is a perfect base for year-round sports and to discover all of the fairy tale castles of King Ludwig II, his favorite being only a three-hour hike away.

My personal opinion: Tucked deep in the calm of the Bavarian Alps, it is a true sanctuary framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests and rushing streams. After my three-day trip I could refuel my energy and felt rejuvenated. It was a truly magical experience and I felt like a little princess in her own castle.

photo credits: V’s World (Isabelle)