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Forestis, a Wellness Retreat in the Italian Dolomites, Immerses Guests in Nature’s Healing Gifts


Set amid the Italian Dolomites at 5,900 feet above sea level, Forestis is a luxury mountain retreat that captures the beauty of simplicity and its natural surroundings. Named for the Italian word for forest, Forestis was inspired by the dense mountain forest that surrounds it. Although it debuted in July 2020, the hotel is finally getting the attention it deserves for its stunning location, unique architecture, and commitment to sustainability now that COVID-19 travel restrictions are finally being lifted. As an inviting place for guests to immerse themselves in nature and reconnect both body and soul through the destination’s pure spring water, pristine mountain air, countless hours of sunshine, and a mild climate—Forestis is also proving itself to be an enticing wellness getaway. 

An Inspired Spa

With 62 luxury rooms and suites, the resort provides guests with panoramic views of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also serves as a playground for an extensive range of year-round experiences, including ski-in, ski-out winter sports. The Forestis Spa is inspired by the Celts who once roamed the surrounding forests and believed in the healing powers of four trees: mountain pine, spruce, larch, and stone pine. The menu features treatments incorporating the trees’ various active ingredients, such as a Mountain Pine Body Scrub ($97, 50 minutes).

Forest Cuisine

Inspired by the power of trees, Chef Roland Lamprecht introduced Forest Cuisine, which blends old-established traditions with the creativity of modern cooking. The restaurant is step-shaped, allowing guests both privacy and spectacular views of the Dolomites. The Rooftop Bar, one of the highest in the world, is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails and non-alcoholic offerings made from local ingredients, including herbs, berries, nuts, barks, tree needles, and shrubs from the surrounding forests.

Eco-Friendly Design

Forestis is a CO2-neutral construction powered by 100 percent renewably sourced energy. Focused on reinterpreting traditional architecture and creating pared-back interiors throughout the hotel, the South Tyrolean architect Armin Sader and the Forestis interior design team relied on locally sourced materials. From the rooms and suites to the restaurant and spa, the Forestis design reflects the mountains with its use of stone basins, crisp fabrics, and clean lines.

This beautiful hideaway has deep wellness roots: The site once served as a tuberculosis sanatorium established by the Austrian monarchy. Today, it is once again attracting wellness seekers to soak in the elements.  

About The Author

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.