The elegant five-star Tenne Lodges stands proudly in the Racines Valley, enveloped between breathtaking views and snowy Alpine mountains. The landscape is that of a real winter wonderland. However the Racines Valley is a hub of activity year-round. Whether hiking through town in your ski boots to hit the slopes in winter or gearing up for a hiking trip during the summer, there is always something to do in the mountains. Tenne Lodges has opened its doors on December 1st, 2016, giving a new fresh luxury complex to the valley, creating a unique atmosphere of well-being as well.
This luxury property was born by an idea of architect Martin Gruber and the Rainer-Schölzhorn family, who together built the five-star hotel next to the skiing and hiking area Ratschings-Jaufen. Stone and wood spread in the whole property both inside and outside, with the aim to offer to each Guest an authentic touch of South Tyrolean atmosphere. The design of the Tenne Lodges in combination with the interior décor of property, want to convey the sense of simplicity and freedom, the latter also increased by the landscape surrounding the hotel: the Ratschings mountains, famous to be a great ski area and hiking playground.
Inside, all is cozy and warm. A place where you want to relax with a mug of hot chocolate and your slippers on. The interior is decorated with a mixture of modern-design furniture and colorful fabrics, cushions and fluffy stools. It offers a traditional mountain ambience, a luxury ambience carved in wood, thought in each detail, never intrusive, all perfectly combined to offer a great place where to stay in the Dolomites.
There are 35 lodges, each with an exquisite chalet feeling, lavish furnishings, lovely pieces as well as balconies with a lovely view. Bathrooms are lavish as well in design with deep soaking tub or spacious showers and bespoke amenities. The end result is newly-created rooms that provide the perfect synergy between grand hotel style and modern Alpine living. It’s incredibly peaceful, almost silent, and the still mountains and ever changing colors of the sky create a multitude of photo-worthy moments. For larger families, there are lodges with separate bedrooms, allowing for Mom and Dad to have a peaceful wing to themselves, while the kids enjoy their new adventures in complete autonomy.
The dining experience is perfectly suited for the stay at the hotel. The breakfast is reminiscent of the South Tyrol with local delicacy and friendly staff dashing about. The eatery is known for traditional and international recipes, using local ingredients, with the aim to offer great dinner moments to each guest. The cozy bar is the perfect place for bending the elbow with other guests with a full champagne and cocktails list.
The spa is a state of the art wellness and fitness dream. The facilities are exceptional: sauna, pool, treatments and plenty of lounge beds to relax on. You can’t beat going for an energizing swim in the morning then catching the sunrise from the stunning pool. There’s something rather magical about being in the water and watching the pine forests and mountains in the background. This is a spa where you could easily spend a full day relaxing. The surroundings alone have a very meditative and calming effect body and mind.
The Dolomites has been a mecca for international travelers for years. While perfect for snow bunnies itching to get on the slopes during the winter, the Racines Valley is an adventure-traveler’s dream during every season. Visitors will find adrenaline fixes such as hiking, mountain climbing and biking. There also plenty to do for lovers of soft adventure and the great outdoors. From boating on the lakes to dog-sledding and snow–shoeing.
The Tenne Lodges are roughly 30 km from the border to Austria (Brenner/Brennero) and about 80 km from the capital of South Tyrol, Bolzano/Bozen. All the major cities can be reached by car and train: Meran offers a Mediterranean flair with warm temperatures and the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle; Bozen is the perfect fusion between the Italian lifestyle and South Tyrolean tradition; Brixen surprises with a varied cultural life and beautiful churches. However, nearby to the hotel, visitors can enjoy typical South Tyrolean dishes, including kaiserschmarrn (a shredded pancake), speckknodel (bacon dumplings), graukase (traditional cheese) and mulled wine and punch at mountain cottages, and after a long day of winter sports, they can indulge in the traditional Alpine après-ski celebrations of food, drink and music.
Hundreds of years passed to carve the “Gilfenklamm” – a beautiful flume – into the stones. It is the most beautiful pure marble flume in the country. Walking through the flume is possible from spring to autumn and a true treat! Experience the unique view, the atmosphere and the fresh air of the mountains. The Gilfenklamm is accessible through the village Stange, which can be reached easily by bus or car. Along the walk of 50-60 minutes are numerous benches and places to rest and enjoy the unique experience. The bus station after the flume allows you to get back to the hotel or the car easily.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 240,00 in low season; and from Euro 244,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Please contact the hotel with your special disability.
Our Special Readings
The magic of Christmas in Merano
The magic of Christmas takes on countless forms, based on the traditions and cultures of each place. In New York City, Macy’s turns on the loudspeakers and snowmobiles. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai lights up to the top. Wandering around Rovaniemi you could even meet Santa Claus in person. In Italy, since the last days of November, just look to the far north to be able to see lights and colors of the absolute protagonists of this magical moment of the year: the Christmas Markets of Trentino Alto Adige.
The Christmas atmosphere is able to give magic in any city. But Merano, an elegant city in South Tyrol, during the months of November and December turns into a real “Christmas village”, it is no coincidence that its market is one of the most famous and most visited in Italy. The city dresses up and here Christmas smells like cinnamon and mulled wine, spices and Zelten with candied fruit.
Even the architecture with which the markets was created is aimed at enhancing the evocative images of the event, with a project that has completely restored the area that hosts them using forms and styles deeply linked to the Südtirol: the roofs of the wooden houses with different inclinations, the walls repainted with different color gradations, all to give greater movement and originality to the scene.
Dolomites: 6 spots in 6 pics
In the Alto Adige everyone is abroad, even the people who live there. The Alto Adige (“Upper Adige” after its most famous river) is the Italian name for the South Tyrol, where long, deep mountain valleys, dense forests, bubbling rivers and still, cold lakes spread across the landscape, guarded everywhere by the pink-grey walls of the Dolomites. It was Austrian but became part of Italy after the First World War when the two countries fought a bleak and merciless battle across its mountain terrain. But becoming part of another country doesn’t change the habits of centuries. This is Western Europe’s melting heart where the cultures of Austria and Italy are inextricably mixed, plus a third element: the Ladin people who settled in its valleys long before nationalist aspirations claimed them, and whose language is still widely spoken.
As a result the towns and villages often have three names, German, Italian and Ladin. Reading the road signs can be a lengthy business. This is an area of Italy as different from the Neapolitan south as, say, Hamburg is from Nice, a corner of Europe that in summer the vacationistas rarely reach. It’s a beautiful secret, as those who escape there know only too well. Italy’s Dolomites provide visitors a stunning account of natural beauty and endless adventure. They consist of picturesque villages, rolling green pastures and steep mountain trails with breathtaking views. Traveling to the Dolomites can at first seem overwhelming, given the size and expanse of the area, so it’s a good idea to prepare a list of things to do ahead of time so you get the most out of your trip. However given the size of the Dolomite range, the 18 peaks cover 350.000 acres, it can be tough to figure out exactly where to go! Here are six of our favorite spots in the Dolomites of Italy, in pictures.
Special City Guide: Racines
Racines, in German Language, Ratschings, extends itself between the Racines Valley and the Ridanna Valley, crossed by the river which has the same name. Populated mostly by German-speaking inhabitants, this place is very popular with tourists from all over the Italian peninsula at any time of the year. In a lovely succession of exceptional scenery, the natures is undoubtedly the main protagonist of the area as well as the mountains are undoubtedly the main attraction of the place. A pristine and varied landscape offers a large amount of outdoor activities, enjoying both fresh meadows and the most rugged slopes, including guided hikes, sports and entertainment.
Among different aspects of the beauties of Racines, one is above of all of them and perfectly recognize this holiday resort: simply the quiet. This location is far from the hustle and bustle and far from any traffic-packed road. Thanks to the gentle slopes of the valleys, the uncontaminated forest, the alpine beauties and dreamy settlements, Racines is loved above all by hiking enthusiasts and mountain-lovers. Several paths will bring you inside magical landscape, surrounded by an original mountain frame.
In the winter time, just above the village, there is a large ski resort facing the north side of the valley. The skiing area of Racines Giovo, which ranges from 1300 to 2100 meters above sea level, is among the most modern in South Tyrol, made up of 8 ski lifts, 25 km of ski slopes and a fun toboggan run that it will be a funny playground for the youngest but not only for them.