"When time turned slower, when you could spend your days with a good book, when people were sitting by the pool, enjoying the moment."
When the moment was the true center of attention. In an instant, you are welcomed by the grandeur of the building, the interior that exemplifies the zeitgeist of Austrian Princess Sissi. Villa Arnica was built in 1925. Entering the villa fills you instantly with a serenity and a sense of being out of time, traveling back to a kinder past; you feel how it used to be.
Light in nature creates a movement of colours.
After a renovation led by the owner Klaus Dissertori, it offers modern comfort with carefully selected details. The lower hall leads to the lounge room, boasting an extensive collection of books and magazines from the field of design, architecture, and culture. The music reverberates across the room and invites you to sit comfortably and surrender to the flow of time, stuck at the moment when you play with serenity and when serenity plays with you. Outside there is a lush garden with a swimming pool surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation that creates warmth, even though you are still in the heart of the Dolomites.
Slowdown value: Present
The room is decorated with carefully selected details in the original style of the villa. The thick walls of the building and the restored antique furniture help you to center yourself and calm down. Time stops. High ceilings create a pleasant bright ambiance.
Slowdown value: Original design
The bathroom is decorated with original terrazzo tiles, faucets and shower are Zucchetti design. The room is ideal for enjoying listening to music, with the sound quality guaranteed by Marshall speakers. There is no television in the room and the absence of any screens makes it relaxing.
Susanne Kaufmann's line of cosmetics is also impressive, with an incredible scent that you will fall in love with every time it fills the room.
There is no television in the room and the absence of any screens makes it relaxing.
The combination of the interior selected details and light in the room will remain etched in your memory long after you leave the villa.
"The sea is a real treasure chest of natural substances"
Don’t plan to be in a hurry in the morning, take time for breakfast. Move all plans to… later.
Slowdown value: Farm to table concept
Early in the morning, the villa is inundated by the smell of freshly baked or cooked breakfast delicacies. And in the afternoon around five, the pleasant smell of food is back, this time from chef Jean Paul, who is getting things ready for themed dinner evenings in the pool house. Here, every meal is a celebration of selected feasts. For each meal, the ingredients will be picked from their own lush garden, by the pool that offers a soothing panorama of the well-kept patches of fresh vegetables and herbs that give off fresh odors among the deckchairs.
Slowdown value: Evenings
Evenings at Villa Arnica are also exquisite when dinner is prepared as part of the "Pool House" events. Themed dinners impress with selected recipes by the skilled chef Sean Paul. We managed to catch a few late summer evenings when the selected flavors titillated the palates and let the guests simmer down.
Freshly squeezed juices from fruits and vegetables from the garden will gently wake you up. You will be impressed by hand-made spreads, sauces, jams… You will seek seconds when it comes to fresh bread.
Outside there is a lush garden with a swimming pool surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation that creates warmth, even though you are still in the heart of the Dolomites.
Slowdown value: The Poolside
One of our favorite parts of Villa Arnica is their magical garden with pool and original pool house. Brain gazing. Privacy. The intimacy and luxury of the vegetation and the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains conjure up an unforgettable relaxation under the warm rays of the sun.
Slowdown value: Gentle living
Once people knew how to design a building and furnish it in a way that the design itself had a good effect on their well-being. Villa Arnica will remind you how to take time for yourself and also enjoy and let you know what it means to slow down time and feel the luxury of life. The staff will pamper you with the best that nature has to offer. And they will pamper you with kindness. A genuine kind of hospitality when you are accepted by people who love their work and share that pleasure with you. This is an invaluable part of well-being that you will feel during your stay and inevitably be able to take home with you.
The garden has countless cozy nooks where you can always find a pleasant intimate environment to relax and unwind. On warm days, lavender blooms along the edge of the garden, with a scent that lulls the passers-by to a pleasant rest.
Villa Arnica will remind you how to take time for yourself and also enjoy and let you know what it means to slow down time and feel the luxury of life.
Slowdown value: Reading
Villa Arnica is also veritable heaven where you can finally find time for all the books you plan to read. If you don’t have your own list, no worries, as the lounge room holds an exceptional collection of books and magazines that you can read in your favourite corner of the villa.
Reading is one of the skills that take you to the present moment. Rest your eyes during the holidays, turn away from the computer screen, calm the mind and fill it with selected, quality content.