After spending three days in beautiful Merano on our road trip through South Tyrol , we set out on new adventures: off to the Dolomites ! In the middle of the Hochpustertal. Finally! Some of the most beautiful spots in the Dolomites were on the plan: we wanted to tackle the Braies Lake and finally the hike to what is probably the most beautiful lake in the Dolomites, the Lago di Sorapis (which has been on my wish list for about forever ).
Our starting point was the beautiful Bad Moos Spa Resort Hotel in Sesto , which invited us spontaneously and without much planning for two nights. In this report I would like to introduce the hotel to you in more detail.
Late night reception at the Bad Moos Hotel in the Dolomites
Since we only started in Merano in the afternoon and made a detour from there to one of THE Insta spots, the Karersee, we arrived at the Bad Moos Spa Resort very late in the evening . The reception and the hotel manager waited for us until after 11 p.m. and welcomed us with a freshly mixed elderberry drink. My first impression of the hotel: gigantic and yet rustic. Everything is made of wood, super cozy with furniture made of natural materials and how it smells … a dream! The scent of pinewood flows through the whole hotel and even though it’s midsummer, I immediately feel like I’m on a winter holiday in a lonely alpine hut. I would like to stay here forever, please.
4 * Superior in Sesto on the edge of the Three Peaks Nature Park
The next hammer comes when I am shown my room: I can live in one of the suites on the top floor for the next two days. In a suite. I mean …. come on! When entering the suite, I am actually speechless for a moment and that really doesn’t happen very often.
I don’t want to tell a lot here either, just let the pictures speak for themselves. How could you not feel comfortable here? Can I please move in and enjoy the fantastic view from the balcony of the mountain peaks of the Dolomites every morning from now on? Yes? Thank you very much.
The Hotel Bad Moos Spa Resort is located in Alta Pusteria in the village of Sexten at 1,370 meters in the middle of the Dolomites. It is only a few kilometers to the entrance of the Drei Zinnen nature park and numerous hiking and walking trails start right outside the front door. The gondola takes you up to the Rotwandwiese, which is the starting point for the most beautiful hikes in the Dolomites. In winter, the gigantic Drei Zinnen ski area opens up from there. If you don’t want to go out on your own, Bad Moos also offers regular guided hikes for its guests. You can borrow bicycles and accessories free of charge and for more strenuous tours there are e-bikes for a fee.
The location of the hotel and the associated possibilities for countless outdoor experiences in the Dolomites is really extraordinary and I would come back anytime just for the view from the balcony. Sounds cheesy, but Bad Moos really made me happy <3
Since we arrived so late the night before, we unfortunately missed the first dinner at the hotel. But the next cracker follows the next morning: I’ve never seen such a huge breakfast buffet as here. There is everything your heart desires, including fancy things such as goji berries. It would have probably taken me at least a week to feed myself completely through.
If you book half board, there is also a fantastic dinner in the form of a menu, where you simply tell your waiter your choice for dinner at breakfast in the morning. In addition, there is of course a huge starter and dessert buffet in the evening that leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. You can book the Bad Moos Spa Resort either with breakfast only or with half board.
Spa & Panorama Pool Views in Bad Moos
The heart of the hotel is without a doubt the spa and wellness area. A sauna and wellness landscape extends over a total of 2500m² (and that’s really an announcement, isn’t it?), As if from another world. And that’s not all: the hotel has its own sulfur spring from the Fischleintal, which feeds the hotel’s own thermal baths with water. Sulfur water is said to have particularly health-promoting properties; it is said to have a positive effect on the condition of the skin, digestion and the entire musculoskeletal system. So that we can find our way around better, we even got a small tour of the entire area. At first I tried to memorize the individual saunas and application areas, but after a few minutes I failed miserably. Too big, too overwhelming, too much schöööööön.
Unfortunately, the pictures cannot even begin to show how huge the whole spa landscape really is. While we were taking photos there, of course many guests were out and about … and taking photos of naked people in the sauna and then publishing them on a website … you recognize the problem 😉
My personal highlight was – how could it be otherwise – the outdoor pool. Embedded in the wonderful mountain panorama of the Dolomites, it is pretty easy to endure there, especially on the bubble loungers. The pool was reopened in summer 2018 and is connected to the indoor pool, which, by the way, is not cleaned with musty chlorine, but with ozone (an oxygen component). In the outdoor area there is also a whirlpool, in which you can also bob around very well with water at 35 ° C.
The use of the complete sauna, wellness, sports and pool area ‘Termesana’ is of course included for guests of Bad Moos, spa treatments can be booked for a fee. I found the Termesana really overwhelming and the Bad Moos more than earned the title of wellness hotel.
My conclusion on the Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort
I have already said it in other hotel reviews: for me, the warmth of the hosts plays a very important role in a hotel stay. No matter how luxurious and perfectly organized a hotel is, if the personal touch is missing or I am treated consistently as a guest with a certain distance, then something is missing for me. In Bad Moos everything was just right for me: starting with the super nice and warm welcome by the hotel manager Evi, almost in the middle of the night, to the nice chat with our waiter (who, by the way, also gave us really good tips for excursions) to the really exceptional spa and wellness area. For me, Bad Moos is a perfect combination of the opportunity for an outdoor and active holiday in one of the most beautiful mountain regions in the world with an absolute relaxation holiday.