Your Body & Mind
this idyllic escape is all about creating harmony, between body
and mind, nature and art”
nature, art and architecture in perfect harmony has been the underlining
philosophy at Rogner-Bad Blumau. Reema Sisodia explores this
unique resort and spa
a region which is totally at the behest of nature, fortified further
by peerless architecture... where nature and architecture is effortlessly
resulting answer is Rogner-Bad Blumau (RBB). Arguably, it is the
largest coalesce of an art hotel, resort and spa in the world.
is Rogner-Bad Blumau? I hear you ask. Tucked gracefully in the splendid
landscapes of Austria, it is approximately 40 minutes from Graz
Airport, amidst the hills of Eastern Styria. This resort splendour,
designed by Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser,
has given Blumau village a new identity and a renewed aura. Driving
past the breathtaking postcards of the Graz region, through hills
and moors, the visual impact reflected through the prescriptions
of nature was transporting me into another world. On reaching RBB,
I at once knew this was to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The
reception area itself is no ordinary place. It acts as a threshold
for a world of activities to be explored ranging from health, fitness,
therapies, wellness to sports, beauty, shopping and more...
arrival, my friend Rita welcomed me with the warmth of Austrian
hospitality, Welcome to sunny and spring-like Austria and
especially to destination Blumau. Interpreting my where
do I begin? expressions well, she took me around the entire
property. While doing so, what captivated and appealed to my senses
was the entire layout and design of the region.
impressions of the property took me back in time to days of my fairytale
books. Unrestrained shapes, flowing lines and the colours of the
rainbow are all an integral part of this unique world. The gold
plated domes in the architectural plan are indeed striking, where
the metal has been associated with good luck, fortune, wealth, health
and fantasies, informed Rita.
some ways, I felt like Alice going through my own adventures that
this wonderland had to offer. Adventures in the form of unique and
unmatched spa treatments and therapies from various parts of the
world be it Roman, Turkish, Swedish, and also Indian, are professionally
roofed under one habitat, in the health and mind centre of the property.
One of Europes leading holistic health centres, the choice
is wide. Here you can choose from a range of approximately 25 specialist
therapies and massages from across the world. Im sure like
me you too will be in a dilemma over which massage to select - Esalen
massage, or Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, the list is endless.
experts and therapist do an excellent job at putting you at ease,
giving you the most suitable option. Apart from specialists and
experts roped in from across continents, with Indian Ayurvedic treatment
making a popular presence under the guidance of Dr Gopi Kumar from
Kerala, the region has been naturally blessed with thermal springs
dating back to the Neolithic period. My experience with the thermal
flow began in my room itself located in the Brick-and-Arthouse
room was well-fitted with a whirlpool tub along with a thermal and
fresh water supply. With the aid of a connecting corridor, I had
direct access to both the restaurant and the thermal spa area from
the accommodation complex.
recommend that you do not miss out on an opportunity to try out
the Styramisu with pumpkin seed oil dessert, special to the province
of Styria, and also the organic food served at one of the many restaurants
and also the Blumau village. The
place also sums up as an ideal meeting and conference destination,
equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Shopping for souvenirs
was in a delight, in the in-house shopping arcade.
my sojourn draws to an end, I leave with an impression of a resort
which has in all honour worked toward the fulfillment of its philosophy
- to create harmony, between body and mind, nature and art.