Weekending // Villa Stephanie at Brenners Park Hotel, Baden-Baden

There is a very special kind of feeling when you check into an Oetker Collection hotel. You’ll be welcomed as if you’re returning home, and Villa Stephanie at the Oetker Collection’s flagship Hotel Brenners Park Hotel & Spa is no exception.

Earlier this spring, we took the train from Paris to Strasbourg where were collected by the hotels transfer service and driven over the German/French border to Baden Baden around 45 minutes away.

Villa Stephanie shares the same grounds as Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, but the entrance is more discreet. You can slip in and out without anyone seeing, which is most important at this world renowned holistic destination spa. Beauty, detox, nutrition, emotional balance and medical care are the top priority here.

The focus here is exclusively on the guest and their needs. A comprehensive healthcare concept has been created from dietary analysis, special menu preparation, beauty and medical treatments and detox packages which extend to ‘digitally detoxing’ your room or suite. The concept here is that this 5000 sq/m space next to the main hotel is entirely devoted to the spa experience. Of course you can stay as a regular hotel guest and enjoy the spa, gardens, restaurants and bar of the hotel next door which you access via a long corridor along the basement past the Roman swimming pool.

Check-in is discreet, we were invited to enjoy the Salon leading out the the garden terrace before we were shown to our suite. A daily offering of healthy plates are offered throughout the day, and the fully stocked library won’t have you short of reading options during your stay.

The elegant interior design was very familiar to me, overseen by Countess Bergit Douglas who has been responsible for the continual design of Brenner for over 25 years. The concept is of a homely interior, with many fabrics from London based brand de Le Cuona, lighting by Vaughan with contemporary paintings, romantic drawings and photography.

Villa Stephanie comprises of twelve deluxe double rooms and three impressive suites. Our suite was equipped with its own personalised spa facility with steam, sauna and treatment room. The hotel gym facility is shared with the hotel next door, a private newly designed gym suite can be reserved on request for ultimate privacy.

Guests have the choice of disconnecting their entire room from the electricity and wifi networks by activating a switch at the bedside. There are no plugs next to the beds, to encourage a better nights sleep and restful stay.

Our Suite’s living room space above

The hotel is home to two retail spaces by Eden Being, the new lifestyle and luxury retail brand of the Oetker Collection. Launched in June 2016 the e-commerce website and stores (with boutiques here at Villa Stephanie and Brenners Park, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, and Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, Eden Rock, St Barths) stocking lighting, furniture, travel, home and lifestyle accessories from the hotels, and designers associated with the Oetker Collection.

I was thrilled to discover my favourite candle brand Feu de Beaumont and India Mahdavi soft furnishings available for sale in the Villa Stephanie boutique.

The Roman swimming pool above which opens on to the hotel gardens in the spring and summer months, and below the private gym suite below.

We chose to stay the perfect weekend, our friends from Luxembourg had checked into Brenners Park the same weekend so we enjoyed sharing an apero in our suite (check out the amazing room service treats above) before heading over to the hotel for dinner and a cocktail that evening.

The restaurant is located overlooking the hotel’s private park, and chef Paul Stradner holds two Michelin stars so dinner won’t disappoint.

We fell asleep in our giant suite and woke to this beautiful view of Brenners Park next door. My favourite part of the day at any hotel is breakfast so I was practically racing over to the restaurant to get stuck into the buffet.

We had an action packed day planned, we were being loaned the hotels Porsche, and were set to drive into the Black Forest with a picnic hamper for when we found that perfect spot. For those interested this is where Dinesen grow all their stock!

As hoped, breakfast was a feast!

We discovered the perfect picnic spot, just ourselves, a picnic hamper and a view for miles…

We arrived back by late afternoon, the perfect time for an afternoon massage at Villa Stephanie.

The Eden Being Boutique at Villa Stephanie

I wish I could have stayed a full week and indulged in a complete detox package, but Villa Stephanie indulged us in wanting to return another time again soon. For now that’s another Oetker Collection hotel checked off the list.

With huge thanks to Dominique Prengel, Bärbel Göhner and Villa Stephanie Manager Fabian Nusser for such an indulgent weekend.

Images c/o Oetker Collection & LWSY

Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Schillerstrasse 4/6, 76530, Baden-Baden

LWSY visited during the Spring Season, 2017

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