Embedded in the Tauferer Ahrntal in South Tyrol, an Eco Aparthotel,was created that combines future and tradition. Completely energy self-sufficient, CO2-neutral and innovative regional. In the midst of nature and in the rhythm of the seasons. The name reveals the essence: OLM is South Tyrolean and means as much as the Alm. Organic, self-sufficient and authentic - everything is in circulation. Just like the architecture of the building itself. In OLM you become part of it. "A place to simply be. Yourself." OLM opens its doors in December 2023.
True sustainability is not seen by the owner Christian Lechner, who comes from the valley, as an advertising phrase, but as a mission for the future. As the first vacation resort in South Tyrol and probably in the Alpine region, the 4-star superior aparthotel is completely self-sufficient in energy. A combination of hydropower, photovoltaics and, last but not least, geothermal energy, which is unique on this scale, ensures an energy surplus.
The total of 33 accommodation units are embedded in warm solid wood and convey the cozy atmosphere of a modern alpine pasture. Large glass fronts open the view from the bed into the picturesque landscape of the Ahrntal. 80 percent of the apart-suites have a kitchenette as well as their own sauna and free-standing bathtub, both once again with an impressive natural panorama.
In some of the suites, separable work areas are available, in order to be able to transfer the topic home office also for some time in the South Tyrolean mountain world. In the ApartSuiten aligned directly to the Almwiesen also guests with dogs find their perfect vacation domicile.
The 60-meter diameter inner circle of the Aparthotel is designed as a wild relaxation garden with a natural bathing pond, in keeping with the eco-idea. Thanks to the hotel's own electricity, guests can also bathe with a clear conscience in the 25-meter-long sports pool, which is heated all year round and extends outdoors from the indoor sauna and relaxation rooms.
Offering guests casual vacation freedom is "the" guiding principle at OLM. This is also reflected in the gastronomy, which is completely detached from the traditional half board. And with the highest quality! OLM chef Berni Aichner, for many years sous-chef at Norbert Niederkofler, has developed together with star chef Theodor Falser as a consultant a very special, revolutionary "pleasure after pleasure" concept.
Guests book rooms with breakfast consisting of handpicked local products with high organic content, homemade or from regional manufactures. In addition, they are free to choose: Depending on their mood, either enjoy individual "dine-around" in the region or use the kitchenette of their ApartSuite for self-catering, with a specialty store in the house offering corresponding shopping opportunities.
Or, in the evening, they can taste their way through the APÉRO Dinner offered five times a week in the PRENN° (culinary area in the OLM) with South Tyrolean-Mediterranean specialties in the finest canapés from the show kitchen. In addition, Berni Aichner invites twice a week to the exclusive OLM Dinner (theme evening) with creative tasting menu.
Best of South Tyrol with a fine pinch of Italy, France, Germany and Austria is the motto of the wine list, which is of course also excellently stocked according to the claim of the kitchen.
As a quiet side valley of the Pustertal, flanked by the pretty towns of Bruneck and Sand in Taufers, the easily accessible Tauferer Ahrntal is a bit out of the way. And that is a good thing! More than 80 three-thousand-meter peaks provide an impressive mountain backdrop and the best conditions for hiking and (e)biking. The flat valley floor also offers plenty of opportunities to take a more leisurely approach to the expansive nature experience.
The region is a paradise for winter hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing - all this snow-sure in the flatter valley or in airy heights with a unique panorama. Exciting experiences are offered by the cross-country ski centers Rein, Antholz and Gsiesertal, fun is had sledding, from meadow slopes to kilometer-long downhill runs, whose high-altitude starts can be reached partly on foot, partly by cable car. In winter, the "Skiworld Ahrntal" at Speikboden and Klausberg offers around 70 kilometers of slopes, plus smaller family areas and the Kronplatz near Bruneck, which is not far away.
Price: from € 200,– to € 480,–
ECO-living: a new way of vacation