A Modern Mountain Spa – NIDUM Casual Luxury Hotel
Do you remember that time when I went to the Dolomites for six days? No? Well, here is a link to the article which covered that awesome part of the world. Anyway, you may be thinking six days is a bit of a strange number isn’t it – why not just make it a week? Well, we did. Except that we had decided to spend the last day at a spa hotel for a bit of R&R before heading home. That hotel turned out not to be in the Dolomites, so I thought I should separate it out.
We flew into Innsbruck airport for our Dolomites trip. There was also the option of flying into the Italian airports in Milan, Venice or Verona but when we weighed up the areas we wanted to visit, we figured the journey from Innsbruck would be scenic and dramatic, hence opting for those flights.
We had first of all looked for some traditional mountain lodge hotels near Ortisei in the Dolomites for our final night, and found some superb options which we will definitely take up next time we visit, however the whole point was that the last day would be a total chill out, meaning it would make far more sense to take a look at a hotel nearer the airport. That’s what we did. The mountainous area around Innsbruck offered plenty of options, but one of those options really grabbed my attention.
The Nidum – Casual Luxury Hotel is located in the alpine town of Mösern, located between Telfs and Seefeld and a mere 30 minute drive from Innsbruck airport. Ideal for our needs. In contrast to the some of the more traditional mountain lodge style spa hotels, this building was ultra modern and sleek. Having only opened in 2016, the hotel felt fresh and clean, and as the name suggested created an air of luxury but with a casual (but effective) approach.
The Public Areas
The large and airy atrium lobby area opened up to the bar and combined marble tiled floors and pine walls with contemporary furnishings, creating a beautiful, modern and chic space. Opening through into a library area, a smoking room and an outdoor terrace, there was plenty of space to relax. The bar service was efficient and friendly, and we also ate lunch there which was very pleasant.
The hotel features fifty seven rooms, all located at the front of the hotel overlooking the valley and mountain range opposite. There are six grades of room – Casual, Enjoy, Free, Nice Suite, Wow Suite and Awesome Suite. After a slightly pricey six days in the Dolomites, as much as the Awesome Suite was calling our name, we sensibly opted for the Casual Room – the smallest of the rooms available. At 35sqm, these rooms were not in any way small and were decorated beautifully. The front door opened into a small lobby area with large wardrobe space, and a bathroom with separate WC area.
The main room featured a double bed, a desk area, large sofa,and an Illy coffee machine for a great cup of coffee to kick start the day. Floor to ceiling glass at the end of the room featured a door opening onto a small terrace area where it was great to watch the clouds rising and falling over the mountains. Solid wood units and pine cladding to walls gave the room a traditional feel despite the modern and contemporary furniture.
The food in the restaurant was superb. Delicious and very well presented fine dining in beautifully stylish dining rooms, along with great service. I did feel that the restaurant area was where the theme and styling of the hotel became a little confused. The branding around the hotel is mostly in English. It’s cool, funky and relaxed (take a look at their website in the link further up to get a feel for it). I loved this. It felt fresh and laid back – I am not a fan of stuffy hotel environments, they make me feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. However, despite the branding throughout the rest of the hotel being in English, the menu was all in German. Being a fairly complex and adventurous menu, it was difficult to make a guess on what was on offer, what with only being able to get by on a little bit of basic German. We asked our server, who was unable to translate and had to locate a manager to come over and speak with us.
I should point out that when I visit a country with a different language, I don’t feel like they should have to have an English translation on their menu however given that all the rest of the hotel branding was in English, it seemed a little odd.
That said, once we knew what was on the menu and ordered, we were absolutely blown away with our choices.
Breakfast was a buffet style with a mix of hot and cold options that you would expect, again all to a very high standard.
Given the reason we were there, we obviously had to try out the spa a couple of times. We were impressed. The facilities were clean and stylish, an indoor swimming pool opening through to an outdoor infinity pool section overlooking that mountain view. There was plenty of beds and loungers in the pool area, although we didn’t spend huge amounts of time outside due to cold temperatures during our visit.
Further on from the pool and through another set of doors were some sauna areas, and a clothing optional area featuring further sauna rooms, an outdoor hot tub and plunge pool and an outdoor sauna built into the stone hillside which was accessed by a small suspension bridge.
Treatments were available but we didn’t have any, mainly due to the limited time we were there.
The surrounding area
Located in the small alpine town of Mösern there is plenty do see and do, whatever season of the year. The town is fairly small, very picturesque and has a good offering of bars and restaurants.
The surrounding mountainous area is great for hiking and cycling in the summer and skiing in the winter – there are plenty of resorts and lifts in the nearby area. As we were visiting in low season, between summer and winter seasons, it was fairly quiet and the weather was changeable, but I can imagine the area is very vibrant come ski season.