‘Das Achental’ is a hotel located in the Chiemgau region, in southern Germany. It is two hours from Munich and one hour from Salzburg. The hotel is ideally situated at the foothills of the Alps and is surrounded by the Chiemsee lake and is adjacent to the mountain ranges.  There are two islands in this region near the hotel, the Franeninsel, and the Herreninsel. The Franeninsel is known for its monastery and its homemade marzipan and liqueur. The Herreninsel is home to Herrenchimsee Castle, which was built by King Ludwig II in the 19th Century and is modeled on Versailles giving a peek into the past world’s royal lifestyle.

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In the 1950s this plot was a horse farm, later in the 1980s, it got converted into a sports hotel. Today, after a complete makeover, it has the feel of a traditional Bavarian architectural mansion with flavors of contemporary styles. With its sophisticated designs and vintage ambiance, it has easily become one of the top leisure retreats in Germany. 

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This alluring resort has amazing amenities for the people. There are accommodations for 179 guests, a wellness area, 18 hole golf course, and multiple dining options. All of these with a pleasing view of the surrounding mountains and nearby Chiemsee lake. Local craftsmanship is prominent in the interiors. Items of furniture are created by the aged wood, Austrian loden blankets (wool textile from the region) accent pillows, deer antlers, and open fireplaces with rustic characteristics, all these in a dark colour palette. Design pieces were brought from Baxter, B&B Italia, Cassina, and Kettal, lighting fixtures are by Occhio, Bocci, and Fritz Hansen, and plush carpets are from Jan Kath, and LPJ Studios.

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The Alpine tradition is pretty distinct in every room and suite. Wood pieces like the bedside tables, bed frames, and dining tables, and natural stone bathrooms are crafted to reflect the tradition. These bathrooms incorporated the organic toiletries created by Chiemsee Liebe, and all the suites have an oversized soaking tub. The Suite Chiemgau even has a private sauna as well as a serene terrace overlooking the golf course. 

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The variety of dining this place has to offer varies from gourmet to evening tea.  ‘ES: SENZ’, a fine dining restaurant with an old wood ceiling and burnished brass from a local blacksmith, run by an experienced executive Chef Edip Sigl. He gained two Michelin stars while working with other best restaurants and two at Das Achental, has a keen focus on the dishes and their tastes that he provides the guests. He tries to add the essence of the sound, sights, and smell of Chiemgau into appetizing tastes using the products from local farmers. The chef also has two more under his purview. Weißer Hirsch offers a buffet for breakfast and regional culinary for dinner, and the Hubertshütte offers traditional Bavarian delicacies with a rustic ambiance set inside an original mountain hut. Seehütte10 is an ideal cafe for an afternoon coffee and cake next to a private lake, and the Lounge and Bar. In all these dining hubs, the focus is on organic and local food through a partnership with regional producers. 

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Apart from all the above-mentioned amenities, this place has a lot of adventure activities available for visitors. The guests are encouraged to roam around the spacious ground of the property, where they can see the lake, an herb garden, and a verdant orchard. They also offer cycling, skiing, hiking, tennis, soccer, and sailing on the property or can be arranged as per the requirement. The 18-hole golf course is landscaped on a rolling terrain, and different grass heights and they also offer a PGA premium golf school for their guests. It is one of the most modern and acknowledged schools for golf in Germany. There are additional facilities that include a performance studio, fitting center, 3D stimulator, and driving range with 24 covered and partly heated courts allowing the guests to have a wholesome experience. There is also an additional 2000 sq. mt. wellness center added to the property with an avant-grande piece of equipment and an indoor and outdoor infinity pool. It also contains a herbal sauna manufactured of reclaimed wood, a stone sauna made of slate, a Finnish sauna constructed out of Austrian stone pine, and a classic steam bath in a natural stone setting and an ‘experience’ showers from Dornbracht with alternating jet sprays and cascades. They also have a relaxation room that features lounge chairs, swings, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the mountain view and voluminous garden. The treatments offered here are all from organic-based products. 

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Perfectly placed amid the Cheimgau Alps and beautiful Chiemsee lake is this fusion of traditional and modern designed hotel with the Moorish landscape, providing comfort without losing the roots of the heritage. The use of old wood runs throughout, paying homage to the hotel’s past and providing a timeless and cozy feel. 

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Soundariya Shetty is an architect from Mumbai. She believes architecture is not limited to buildings, landscapes or its aesthetics, architecture is in every corner. She has high regards for sustainable architecture and strives to learn more to build her knowledge and understanding in this field by listening, reading and observing.