So the circle closes: OLM Nature Escape


From December 2023, the remarkable eco-apart hotel presents itself as a pioneering concept in South Tyrol, setting innovations in the vacation hotel industry in several respects: Through its bold circular architecture and as the first completely energy self-sufficient guesthouse in the Alpine region.

The perfect point of view.

The name alone speaks volumes: On the one hand, OLM refers to the alpine environment and conveys an idyllic alpine landscape with cows, lambs and horses. On the other hand, it symbolizes “eternal” in the sense of an endless circle connecting past and future. The circular structure of the building was inspired by the round millstones of historic mills. Designed by the talented South Tyrolean architects Andreas Gruber Architects (AGA), OLM presents itself as a contemporary alp in harmony with nature. This Eco-Aparthotel offers an informal and personal place of relaxation for tailor-made vacations.

Sustainability comes first.

OLM breaks with conventional concepts and focuses on a sustainable future. Owner Christian Lechner sees sustainability not just as a buzzword, but as an obligation. As the first vacation home in South Tyrol and probably in the entire Alpine region, the 4-star superior aparthotel achieves complete energy independence. A unique energy system that combines hydropower, photovoltaics and geothermal energy even generates surplus energy. The central indoor area of the aparthotel, with a diameter of 60 meters, is designed as a natural relaxation garden with a natural bathing pond in line with the ecological orientation. Thanks to its own energy source, the 25-meter-long sports pool, which is heated year-round, is also an environmentally friendly addition and extends from the indoor sauna and rest areas to the outdoors. In addition, a high proportion of regional products is used for meals.

Naturally at home.

The 33 residential units of the OLM are comfortably designed in warm solid wood and exude the pleasant atmosphere of a modern alpine hut. These were also built energy-efficiently and attention was paid not only to this, but also to the environmental impact and the health of the residents*. Large glass fronts offer a picturesque view of the landscape of the Tauferer Ahrntals and the Dolomites from the bed. More than 80% of the apart-suites have a kitchenette as well as a private sauna and a free-standing bathtub – both with impressive nature views. Other aspects OLM paid attention to during construction were sustainable water management, indoor air quality and a healthy indoor climate with plenty of natural light. For all home office workers, there’s also dimmable WLAN. Dimmable, so you can reduce the radiation during the day or at night if you want to.

Well thought out all around.

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