Living Like Bond, James Bond

Summertime at Hotel Adler (from their website, obviously, since I was there in November) Summertime at Hotel Adler (from their website, obviously, since I was there in November)

The variety of my lodgings in the last few years has varied from the worst hotel in the world to one of the nicest near the Dead Sea. I like to think that I can handle about anything the world throws at me, at least in the travel realm.

But given the choice, I’m perfectly happy being the lapdog drooling on the face of five-star luxury.

On the first day of my trip to South Tyrol, I found myself at Adler Spa Resorts in Ortisei, which is a very pleasant forty-minute drive from Bolzano through two of the famous valleys in this region. Due to their generosity, I got to spend three completely and totally relaxing nights there, including use of their spa facilities and a couple great massages. Before I hopped on the first of four trains to get me from London to Bolzano, I told myself that I deserved a good year-end spate of sublime relaxation.

I’m not sure I deserved this much sublimeness though.

This place made me feel a little like James Bond. And not any ole’ James Bond — the only James Bond that was 007 just one time, George Lazenby.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the sixth Bond movie, and the first without Sean Connery (who would actually come back in the next one,Diamonds Are Forever, for his last appearance in the role). There was an entire part of that movie, filmed in Switzerland just to be clear, where Bond was staying in Blofeld’s mountain lair of wellness and happiness.

The Adler is built into the side of a mountain and as I walked around the many corridors taking y0u between the lobby area, the restaurant and bar area, the spa area(s), the pools and the different areas containing rooms, it just had that feel of a perfectly designed mountain lair.

Well, except for the evil villain trying to take over the world and the beautiful woman sneaking into my room, of course.

I knew I should have used my fake James Bond ID.

hotel adler in ortisei

there are at least four pools and one hot tub that I counted

The Hotel Alder was both massive and subtle, in that it was not only built into the side of the mountain but also and around a couple buildings in town. The residential area that I stayed in had a separate elevator down to the outside and the first time I exited there, I almost got lost, since it was so far away from the entrance to the hotel I’d gone into the day before.

Its an impressive place in scope and also in the seriousness that it takes its wellness mandate.

At its heart, this is a hotel that is centered around the concept of wellness, which is very important in South Tyrol. There are scores of different options available here to pamper, purge, and revitalize your body, including massage, saunas, hot tubs, relaxation areas, multiple heated pools, therapeutic treatments, mud packs, ayurvedic treatments and more.

Almost too many options to choose from, here’s a link to their various wellness options.

deserts at hotel adler ortisei in south tyrol

part (only part) of the free, daily afternoon dessert table

I have never been much of a food photo fan, but the ease of being able to pull my phone out, instead of my bulky DSLR, and snap a couple quick photos prior to digging in has slightly converted me to at least adding a few food photos to my resume.

It helped that I ended each night seated at the same table in the restaurant with the same name tag every night, which made me feel much more honorable than I am in reality…

sir michael hodson

My evening food routine was the highlight of my day. I took my most honored seat, then ordered off the fixed priced menu with different options daily. Got a bottle of local red wine. Grazed a bit from the smorgasbord of options at the buffet, then to my ordered food, and about half of that bottle of excellent wine.

Then I’d finish up, take the remainder of the the bottle of wine up to the bar area, where they had a very hot heat lamp outside under which I’d smoke my nightly cigar.

Perhaps not the kind of wellness that they intended here, but worked well for me.

alps from hotel adler ortisei in south tyrol

the view of the Dolomites, plus early Moon rising, from town

Everyone in South Tyrol I met told me the same thing right off the bat: “November is the worst month to visit South Tyrol.” It’s the month that a lot of people here take off. Many of the hotels and restaurants are closed down. It’s the period after the vibrant Autumn colors have faded and prior to the opening of ski season.

All I can say is that if this is the worst month to visit — I’ll be back plenty of times in the future. I can’t wait to see this place in a better time. I was fully impressed as is.

summertime at hotel adler ortisei in south tyrol

Summertime at Hotel Adler (from their website, since I was there in November)

Given the chance in recent weeks to do a little traveling on behalf of Samsung, to test out their Galaxy SIII phone in the field and see if I could recommend it as a good tool for travel. Bottom line: the phone has been a revelation and great addition to my traveling-tech backpack.

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Thanks to Samsung for sponsoring a few of my activities recently in South Tyrol and gifting me a Samsung Galaxy SIII. All views expressed here are my own honest opinions, and do not reflect the views of Samsung, the South Tyrol Tourism Board, or Adler Spa Resorts. Honestly take a look at those photos… how could I NOT love it?  

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I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all. Read more by Michael Hodson and connect on Google Plus.

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  1. Emily in Chile December 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I am choosing to believe that those desserts are included under the heading of “wellness options.” Sounds like a great spot for some manly relaxation!
    Emily in Chile recently posted..Taking a Bogota bike tour

    • Michael Hodson December 11, 2012 at 1:38 am #

      I’m not a dessert person at all… and even I enjoyed the afternoon display :)

  2. Jeremy Branham December 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I love this area. I spent some time here a few years ago. I think I could spend an entire summer exploring this area. I’m not used to luxury like this but it looks beautiful. Did you get the chance to meet Pussy Galore while you were there? :)
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..A walk in the rain through Dublin Castle

    • Michael Hodson December 11, 2012 at 1:39 am #

      Wrong movie! LOL.

      Interesting sidenote that I didn’t realize until I read this recently, though I have seen that movie a number of times. Pussy Galore was a lesbian and that was a half-forced sex scene. Odd, heh?

  3. Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Sounds like you had a truly relaxing time!
    Jennifer recently posted..Dining Under the Arabian Stars at Amaseena

    • Michael Hodson December 11, 2012 at 1:38 am #

      Need. More. Massages. Now.

  4. Gaelyn December 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    If those deserts and soaking in hot water are wellness, I’m in.
    Gaelyn recently posted..Where to explore in the Johannesburg area, culture and caves

    • Michael Hodson December 11, 2012 at 1:38 am #

      Its all about the wellness. Its all about the wellness. I just kept repeating that over and over.

  5. Jess @UsedYorkCity December 11, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    I LOVE that your nameplate said “Sir”…how amazing is that?! The steamy pool is making me crave a wellness retreat, too:-)
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  6. Lauren December 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Like Jess, I also loved the name plate. What a great touch! The view of the dolomites looks amazing as well!
    Lauren recently posted..20 Hours in Istanbul – Part 1

  7. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) December 13, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Wow, you had me at daily dessert table! I’m up for one of those wellness retreats anytime!
    The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) recently posted..Why my fear of spiders kept me from exploring Belize’s ATM Cave

  8. Amanda December 15, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Well, “Sir Hodson,” it certainly looks/sounds like a relaxing getaway! And in such a gorgeous location!
    Amanda recently posted..Caves and Castles in Slovenia

  9. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com December 25, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    It must be so nice to have a sponsor! As a backpacker, I can never afford a hotel with 1 pool, much less four :D
    Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com recently posted..Traditional Christmas Celebration in the Philippines

  10. Stephanie - The Travel Chica December 25, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    “Sir Hodson” … no wonder you felt so special. Or did you write that on the check-in form :-)
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..Bierberg: traditional German Christmas cookies for four generations

  11. Ali December 26, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Those desserts look delicious! And “Sir Hodson”? HA!
    Ali recently posted..Bathroom Travel Hassles

  12. Deb December 28, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Well hello “Sir Michael!” I love it. What an amazing hotel. Don’t you just love using your phone to take photos. We find that many times at meals and night’s out now, we don’t bother with our DSLR, it’s just the phone to grab some snapshots and they take such great snapshots these days. Enjoy the luxury, it’s wonderful to be pampered every once in a while eh?
    Deb recently posted..Empowering People One Brick at a Time

  13. Anthony The Travel Tart January 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Ha ha Mr Bond! You didn’t manage to get hold of an Aston Martin and write in off in a car chase by any chance? ;P Good score with the hotel mate!
    Anthony The Travel Tart recently posted..James Bond Movies – How 007 Film Plotlines Work!

  14. Turner - Around the World in 80 Jobs April 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    As a James Bond enthusiast, movies and books, I must say, this looks just like an Alp resort from there. Adding this to my must see list..

    Cheers

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