InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort - Germany
Haute in the Hills
by Jennifer Olvera
A winding Alpine drive delivers visitors to the posh, earthy-modern InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort in Obersalzberg, Germany. Perched 1,000 meters above the sea on Eckerbichl in a pin-drop-quiet, posh, Bavarian Alps setting, it’s all about offering guests jaw-dropping, panoramic mountain views.
An equally appealing destination for outdoor enthusiasts and luxury-minded loungers, there’s no shortage of things to do or ways to leisurely pass the time. Immediately, one is drawn to the dramatic, open-hearth fireplace, which operates as the heart of the hotel. Soaring ceilings, looming, oversized lighting and minimalist furniture abound. Adjacent, a sleek-lined, cherry wood-paneled library on one side and cocktail lounge on the other are built for chilling out (and peering outside through floor- to-ceiling windows). The four-story space is replete with natural details—from gneiss rock touches to larchwood walls and dolomite verde-accented bathrooms with under-floor heating.
It's small enough to feel intimate and spacious enough to seem utterly private. The resort’s 138 rooms are well-appointed—expect nice toiletries, separate granite showers, and deep tubs, not to mention a complimentary stay-healthy mini bar stocked with waters, wellness drinks and Valrhona chocolate. Whether you’re in the spacious-enough double rooms or the palatial presidential suite with kitchen and conference space, plush linen-topped beds are positioned to take full advantage of the landscape. Some rooms sport fireplaces; all have excellent views.
Anyone looking to get active can take a Segway tour of the terrain, and there’s a helicopter pad on the grounds for those wishing to view the area from another perspective entirely. When it’s warm, a hike through the meadows is just what the doctor ordered, while winter ushers in opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing.