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Breaking Travel News investigates: Villa Stéphanie – the destination spa of Brenners

Breaking Travel News investigates: Villa Stéphanie – the destination spa of Brenners Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, will welcome Villa Stéphanie in January 2016

Europe’s most impressive and innovative new spa has opened at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden – the flagship property of the Oetker Collection.

The new spa, housed in the historic Villa Stéphanie adjacent to the existing hotel, offers an integrated approach to health that reflects the hotel’s decades of experience and expertise in the spa and medical realm.

The new ultra deluxe extension to Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa will focus on four distinct areas combining beauty, detox & nutrition, emotional and medical care. It will be enshrouded by nature and the lush green park of the famous Lichtentaler Allee in the centre of Baden-Baden – Europe’s most historic spa town - in the foothills of Germany’s largest National Park, the Black Forest.

Over the last two years, Brenners has embarked on a project to create Europe’s most refined spa concept for the 21st century.

Covering an area of 5,000 square metres, an entire house has been dedicated to the world of spa.

Villa Stéphanie expands over five floors and will comprise a 500 sq metre sauna, plunge pool, private gym, hammam, and Ladies Sauna.

There are also 15 inspiringly designed treatment rooms with private terraces overlooking the gardens and a salon.

The twelve double rooms and three impressive corner suites including personalized set-ups are designed for guests who wish to remain in this unique and timeless atmosphere for an even more intense spa experience.

Villa Stéphanie also will be connected to ‘Haus Julius’, a 1700 sq metre property dedicated solely to Brenners Medical Care.

“Baden-Baden was one of the founders of the Spa movement in Europe and Brenners is entwined within the heritage of this historic spa town.

“With our own depth of experience, curated over decades, we feel it is the right time to bring the subject to a completely new level.

“Addressing the character of a big private house, we will create a highly individualised approach to health and wellbeing,” said Frank Marrenbach, managing director Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa and chief executive, Oetker Collection

Villa Stéphanie has been designed in an elegant and contemporary style, by Bergit Countess Douglas, who is also responsible for the continuous refurbishment of Brenners for over the past 25 years.

The overall concept is to create a homely atmosphere in elegant surroundings.

The Salon will feature an impressive library, complete with inspirational artworks on the walls, and as an ‘encore’ a beautiful private terrace facing the Brenner’s park.

Originally erected in 1890, Villa Stéphanie was created as a residence for royalty. It bears witness to a woman whose name still stands over the house like a guiding star: Stéphanie de Beauharnais, Duchess of Baden and adoptive daughter of Napoleon I.

The history of this building is just one aspect of the 2000 year heritage of the spa town of Baden-Baden. Known for centuries as ‘Europe’s summer capital’, this is where royalty came to take the waters for months at a time to ensure good health.

Today, the town with excellent links to the transport network and situated at the gateway to the northern Black Forest, is also famous for its opera house, parks and gardens including the world famous ‘Lichtentaler Allee’ – where both Brenners-Park and Villa Stéphanie are located.

“The design of ‘Villa Stéphanie’ will be seeped in history. The colours will be fresh, the room furnishings distinct, the wooden panelling light, the atmosphere young and the art modern. In terms of quality, the furnishings will be consistent with the standards set by Brenners Park-Hotel, yet the atmosphere of the spa will be one step more contemporary.” commented Countess Douglas.