From a survey, approximately 40% of holidaymakers would like to re-learn how to do nothing and about 37% go on holiday to reduce stress. Half of these holidaymakers would like to learn active relaxation techniques, and 20% would be interested in a mindfulness workshop.
(Source: marketmind 2015, Reiseanalyse 2015, in the IDM white paper “Entspannen und Wohlfühlen“)
“Our business must contribute to the common good.” This was clear to us when laying the foundation of our shared professional path as a family. We want to enable our guests and ourselves to find relaxation and reduce stress. And we are convinced that there is no better way to achieve lasting relaxation than in nature. Numerous studies have proven the healing effect that nature has on us. Professor Roger Ulrichs, for instance, examined the health-promoting effect of “viewing nature” from a hospital room as early as 1984. He was able to prove that patients needed significantly lower doses of painkillers and had a shorter healing process if their hospital room offered a view of a tree or park. Japanese researchers have proven that spending just three hours in the forest increases the number of killer cells in the body (its defence and immune system) by 40% – with lasting effects! There are still numerous studies that are worth mentioning, but to keep a long story short: Nature works wonders. And because it does, we must protect it, if at the very least out of pure self-interest.
It is for these reasons that the Saltus is an eco hotel. We are located on the edge of the forest, with the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites in front of us and the mystical Salto/Salten behind. It’s hard not to want to preserve this incredible force of nature. We want to show those who stay at the Saltus that holidays and enjoyment don’t have to come at the expense of the environment. From travelling by train (for which we offer a 5% discount at the hotel) and free access to all public transport on-site to the natural materials used in the construction of the new buildings (for example, the red porphyry stone from the excavation was laid as a floor in the pool, our rooms have lime and clay flooring, beeswax sealants, and so on) to the daily routine in the hotel (no single-use plastic, rainwater barrels supplying the pools, vegan alternative menus, and more).
These measures do not compromise aesthetics. Quite the contrary: one of the challenges for our architects was to create a setting where nature is a work of art and the building is the frame. To do this, they chose to place our spa deep in the spruce forest and the pools in the glass cube at the highest point of the Saltus – eye level with the Dolomites.
We believe that environmental protection can only be achieved when paired with intrinsic motivation. Our goal is to attract nature lovers, who then become nature conservationists in their own right.