An adults-only private retreat in the heart of Lana in Italy’s South Tyrol has opened. Villa Arnica is a sister property to 1477 Reichhalter, and is a former guesthouse that has been transformed into a 10-room villa.
Originally built in 1925, the villa’s vintage styling and understated glamour evoke a bygone era, while contemporary design pieces and fixtures provide a spark of modernity. A swimming pool and Pool House surrounded by lush, landscaped grounds complete the picture of an Italian idyll, and the garden-to-table culinary concept is the embodiment of la dolce vita.
Original features have been extensively restored and reanimated—from the refurbished herringbone flooring and cross-vault ceilings, to the freshly polished terrazzo and reupholstered soft furnishings. A muted Mediterranean colour palette of ochre, terracotta, and sage augments the light grey walls and subtle floral accents, while an eclectic collection of antiques, flea market finds and contemporary design pieces adds character and texture.
Each of the 10 guestrooms and suites at Villa Arnica are entirely unique in layout and design. Ranging in size from 20 to 45 square metres, the hotel comprises four Double Rooms, two Superior Suites, three Junior Suites and one Suite.
Illuminated by glass globe lighting, the guestrooms are complete with vintage furniture and a curated collection of curios. Bathrooms are outfitted in Lasa marble and feature Zucchetti fixtures and organic Susanne Kaufmann amenities, and the Suite boasts a freestanding bathtub for the ultimate indulgence.
Informed by the inimitable styling of Slim Aarons and the golden years of the Mediterranean jet set, the pool area is the epitome of mid-century charm with retro-inspired parasols and sun loungers dotted around the secluded terrace. The 1960s Pool House provides a shaded space from which to enjoy the uninterrupted views of the surrounding flora and fauna, including apple and palm trees and flower beds.
For guests wanting to explore their surrounds, a fleet of bicylces is available for a spin around the neighbourhood or for an outing into town.
For more information, contact Design Hotels or see https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/italy/south-tyrol/lana/villa-arnica