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It has been a year since I last visited the charming spa town of Baden Baden where Brenners Park Hotel and Spa presents itself as a beautiful urban oasis set amidst enchanting parklands. Also known as the flagship property of the Oetker Collection, this grand hallmark hotel, situated on the Lichentaler Allee, continues its history as one of the most beautiful hotels in Germany.
A picturesque location, Baden Baden has a unique and highly appealing complex that rarely escapes any visitor. For more than 350 years the splendid park and gardens of “Lichtentaler Allee” have been the classic image of this small town on the River Oos, where they were created in 1655, as an avenue of oaks in front of the historic theatre. The “Lichtentaler Allee” is also extravagantly decorated with beautiful monuments from the Belle Epoque. There is an abundance of art and culture to enjoy, including the Corinthian pillars of the historical pump room, the world famous snow-white Kurhaus/Casino, the neo-Baroque theatre built in the style of the Paris Opera, the Festspielhaus, Europe’s second largest concert hall and opera house and Lichtenthal Abbey, a Cistercian nunnery that goes back over 760 years. With the opening of the museum, housing the Frieder Burda Collection, in October 2004, Richard Meier, the famous New York architect, has added a new jewel to the Lichtentaler Allee crown – yet another highlight in its long and unique history.
Now it’s time to enter this elegant imposing hotel, a 19th-century architectural building filled with classic French styling. The property houses 100 rooms and suites, including the Royal Penthouse Suite, as well as the 600-square metre 3-floor Park Villa, all reflecting a classic country house feel, fit for royalty, including Queen Victoria.
I will be staying for the next two nights in the hotel’s new property, Villa Stephanie, which sets the standards for an innovative, holistic health concept with beauty and medical services harmonised in a uniquely special way. Villa Stephanie, an extension to Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, has a well-deserved reputation as ‘Europe’s finest destination spa’ offering a relaxing break from the highest standard. Villa Stephanie definitely lives up to expectations. Whether you want a seriously good massage, a complete dental makeover or a full check run on your blood, you can get it here.
There’s an ultra-modern medical care centre combined with a team of doctors and physiotherapists, a seriously space-age cosmetic dentist, a team of nutritionists and, of course, the uber-luxurious beauty spa. I’ve been offered an opportunity to try the spa treatments, a Signature Hamman and Aqua Organic Luxury Facial and, honestly, I feel as if my whole body has been renewed and reinvigorated – it’s quite mind-blowing what spectacular results these highly-skilled professionals can achieve. It’s time to retreat to an ultra-sleek yet cosy library for those who wish to relax and recline and enjoy the view of rolling hills of Baden Baden, while people drift around in their Frette bathrobes, or there’s an opportunity to go for a swim in a vast roman-style swimming pool.
After the most relaxing afternoon, it’s time to visit Brenners Park Drawing Room and Oleander Bar for a tipple. The moment I see the elegant white Birman cat, Kleopatre, sitting precisely next to the ornamental Christmas tree in the lobby area. I have to pop over and give her a good cuddle, so delightfully fluffy that I just have to take her photograph on the toy car. Fortunately, to my surprise, she’s quite obliging and photogenic!
Brenners Park offers many restaurants, including Wintergarten in its light and airy Orangery, overlooking the green space of the famous Lichtenaler Allee. Also, there is Brenners Park Restaurant, which makes it an attraction for gourmets from all over the world with its “Two Michelin Star” quality. Paul Stradner, head chef of the renowned Brenners Park-Restaurant, is one of the youngest two-starred chefs in Germany. The Kaminhalle Drawing Room brings a formal English country home feel, with original paintings, lacquered wood furniture and a feeling that each object has been chosen with great care, all coming together to welcome you to afternoon tea and the cosy ambience of the Cigar Lounge.
Are you perhaps looking for adventure while visiting Baden Baden? Don’t worry, we also have that sorted for you. There’s an opportunity to visit a Wintery Black Forest, perfect during the winter months and only a 40-min drive by a private chauffeur. In my imagination, it’s as if you are escaping to Narnia, where every tree is covered in snow, like icing on a cake – a winter paradise where you feel totally alone on the planet. The Black Forest is bounded by the Rhine valley to the west and south. Its highest peak is the Feldberg, with an elevation of 1,493 metres. The region is roughly oblong in shape with a length of 99 miles and breadth of up to 31 miles and it’s hard to believe it’s vastness – I am told by the driver it can take over a week to cover the whole of the forest.
There are more excursion highlights to enjoy during your visit, such as Schloss Favorite (Rastatt), known as ‘Porcelain Palace’, Baden Baden Casino which happens to be one of the most beautiful casinos in the world (as recalled by Marlene Dietrich) plus an abundance of high ends shops, museums and wildlife.
No wonder this spa town brings so much joy. Brenners Park Hotel and Spa has truly earned its description as a perfect example of “Lifestyle at one with nature”.