Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

by Ofentse Sefolo
Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

Travellers from across the globe visit hotel Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa for its impeccable facilities and service, pristine views and historical influences. Located in a 100-year-old building at the foot of King Ludwig’s royal castles, namely Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, the resort welcomes thousands of guests each year, many purely to marvel at the view over the Alpsee from the refreshing waters of the resort’s artistic swimming pool. Following recent renovations to create a new wellness area, the hotel re-opened its doors in 2019 and has been impressing guests all the more ever since.

Hotel Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa comprises several historic traditional houses and two new beautifully constructed buildings that come together to create a resort with 137 rooms and suites, an event area and conference facilities. The resort is further enhanced by the “4 Elements Spa & Fitness” and a diverse selection of gastronomic delights and experiences, based on the season. The resort forms an integral part of the cultural heritage of the House of Wittelsbach.

“The Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfond has entrusted us with this location, knowing that we are honouring its tradition in a special way while at the same time continuing it in a lively manner,” said Thomas H Althoff, founder of the Althoff Hotel Group.

Breath-taking design

Johannes Wegmann Architects, Schliersee and BKLS-Architekten + Stadtplaner, Munich, the architects and interior designers responsible for the creation and finishing touches of this spectacular hotel and spa, have made a special effort to combine Bavarian culture with the region’s history and its stunning natural surroundings. The final effect is breath-taking, embracing both traditional and modern accents to create a resort and haven that is truly unique. The design of the entrance hall and various restaurants, for example, seem to encompass elements of the mountainous scenery and the shimmering Alpsee in every direction you look. The interior designers have purposely included natural materials in the rooms, such as wooden floorboards and natural stone floors, and combined them with black steel, felt and loden for a layered, multi-dimensional effect.

The wellness area also focuses on combining various natural elements to encourage a sense of tranquillity.

“The idea behind the 4 Elements Spa & Fitness was to create an inviting space for guests to relax and enjoy the extraordinary surroundings in utter peace and quiet. This is in contrast to the tourist streams which in season, can continue until 5 pm or even 6 pm,” said Stefan Seifert, partner at BKLS-Architekten + Stadtplaner.

Guests can marvel at the view over the Alpsee from the refreshing waters of the resort’s artistic swimming pool.

Location and facade

A significant portion of the resort is nestled within the steep topography of the site and embedded in the hill as a lower terrace floor, with the facade comprised of worked natural stones. As a result of the placement of the complex, natural light floods into its facilities from one side only. Initially this was thought to be a disadvantage, until it became clear that this position made it possible for guests to admire the view over the Alpsee.

Seamless transition from inside to outside

The buildings found in the upper area of the complex are geometrically simpler, so in order to increase the terracing, the planners deliberately sought to construct a delicate, natural aesthetic, which is seamlessly carried through from the outside into the interior. The effect is created through terraced, curved sunbathing areas, amorphous ceiling forms and arched sides on the swimming pool which picks up the shape of the floor-to-ceiling window front.

“The aim was to enable the viewer to experience a flow between inside and outside. Accordingly, we also decided in favour of earthy colours and natural materials,” explained Stefan.

The team’s chosen colour scheme was brought to life with the help of an original tile collection installed as part of the wellness centre’s pool surrounds – the Savona series by Agrob Buchtal, from German ceramic tile manufacturer, Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG. The Savona collection’s tiles boast a hearty combination of granite, limestone and cement with a coarse-grained texture, soft layers and a ceramic look and feel. When paired with intricate glossy spots and subtle haptics, the effect is powerful, paying homage to the natural elements for which the region is so famous.

“Our intention was to create a calm, contemplative atmosphere which is not disturbed by a spectacular pool colour. Rather, the pool enters into a dialogue with the natural stone wall flanking the wall sides of the pool,” commented Stefan.

The pool cladding called for slip-resistance and Agrob Buchtal was able to solve this problem by using its glaze mixture, which was sprayed onto the surface of tiles from Savona collection and then bonded to the tile’s body during the firing process. This mixture and spray technique made it possible to create varying extents of slip-resistance, including the classifications R10/A and R11/B.

Pool detailing

Agrob Buchtal was responsible for perfecting the design of the pool with its Wiesbaden pool edge system. This system boasts a slightly inclined handhold-piece and a recess, which is covered with the pool wall tiles until directly under the channel bulge. The aesthetic effect is a gentle, elegant curvature when standing in the water. With this pool edge system, the water level remains almost flush with the pool surround, promising a wide-open view of the glistening Alpsee.

Those interested in booking a stay at the Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa can do so directly via ameronhotels.com for a best price guarantee.

For more information, contact Agrob-Buchtal via www.agrob-buchtal.de.

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