Rest Your Head

The picture postcard homely Austrian village of Lans, about 8km from Innsbruck, is renowned throughout Tyrol for its lake of glacial origin. Despite being situated at a height of 980m, in high summer the water temperature can rise to 25 degrees making it perfect for bathing. Whilst in the winter months, Lake Lans transforms into an ice skating rink. Being at the foot of 2,246m-high Patscherkofel mountain, Lans also offers direct access to a bijou resort boasting a very acceptable 18km of ski slopes and 8 lifts. Whilst it is here that Austrian alpine skier Franz Klammer won his gold medal in the 1986 Winter Olympics, the area is also famous for being the site of Lanserhof Group’s first medical spa.

Opened more than thirty years ago amidst a scenic setting of meadows, expansive forests and the dramatic Alpine backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Lanserhof Lans combines the best of a luxury health retreat and a medical resort in one location, the famous LANS Med concept being universally recognised as one of the world’s leading detox regimes.

Previously a serious clinic with very few frills, with treatments more medicinal rather than pampering, Lanserhof Lans has just put the finishing touches to an eight-month US$ 26 million renovation, sensitively designed by Düsseldorf-based architect Christoph Ingenhoven. The substantial makeover, including the addition of a new five-storey curvilinear building, has elevated Lanserhof Lans to a luxury all singing all dancing mega-retreat, complete with a sublime spa incorporating a saltwater pool and gym. Treatments are tailored to individuals’ needs, and doctors and specialists are on hand to encourage guests to live a more vital life once they leave.

The new guest room structure houses a collection of 67 light and airy contemporary suites, all dressed in a soothing mineral-based palette, and filled with sensory materials such as wood, stone, linen and loden, the latter being a thick, water-resistant short-piled woollen fabric, first produced by Austrian peasants. Residents are treated to views of soaring mountains to the north and bucolic forests to the south. At the top of the building, the 65m² open-plan Grand Penthouse Suite, complete with private roof terrace, provides incredible mountain views via a curved bank of floor-to-ceiling windows (from EUR 1,750/night).

A minimum of seven days is required to get rid of the rubbish, unblock the pipes, start to regenerate one’s body and let the energy flow unimpeded. If you’re going to totally clear your mind and learn to understand the importance of taking time out to properly reboot and recharge, Lanserhof Lans is surely the place to do it.