Sustainability pioneers: HUBERTUS Alpin Lodge & Spa
From time to time in our series „Green Pearls® pioneers“ we introduce you to special personalities who inspire us with their dedication to sustainability. Today’s blogpost is about the Traubel family, owner of the HUBERTUS Alpin Lodge & Spa in Balderschwang, a small enclave in the German region Allgäu.
Laying the foundation
Balderschwang is located 1,044 metres high in the Alpine mountains. In the past there were no connections to the valley, neither streets nor a pass. The village was accessible via Austria only. In 1950 Karl Traubel’s father laid the foundation for the following story of success. They wanted to try building a hotel up there for five years only, but soon it became clear that the story wouldn’t stop there.
Investing in sustainability and wellness
When Karl Traubel was in his mid twenties his father died surprisingly. Karl ended his apprenticeship as a hotelier and took over the management of the hotel together with his brother. They invest more and more in sustainability, the guests like it and return every winter. But not only skiers chose the HUBERTUS: stressed townsfolk and managers visit the retreat far away from the main roads and the hectic and stress of every day life. Around the turn of the millennium they decide to focus on wellness, guests love the new concept and the luxurious spa has been awarded several times. With the wellness area Christa Traubel realizes her self-developed HolisticDetox concept: body, soul and mind find their harmony with treatments of traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, slow detox and yoga.
Tradition meets modernity
Today the HUBERTUS is still managed by Karl Traubel and his wife Christa as well as by their son Marc and his wife Sabrina. Traditions are still an integral part of the hotel, always in combination with modernity: „With our concept we address those guests who prefer reduction and simplicity as well as high quality,“ Marc Traubel summarizes. All the floors and stairs are made from oak wood, for the relaxation room as well as for the kitchen granite tiles were used, the own „Stadel“ is 100 percent recyclable. However, the interior design is minimalistic and modern and uses bright and warm colors.
Fashion, furniture and delicacies to take back home
“Lust for Life” is the motto of the HUBERTUS which is characterized by its naturalness, appreciation and joie de vivre – you will feel this the second you enter the hotel. All year long you can take part in some guided and personal tours in the surrounding nature, starting right outside the front door. The hotel’s own fashion label offers the opportunity to take a piece of the HUBERTUS back home with you. Additionally every Tuesday and Saturday Marc and his father Karl open their pantry and offer regional products to taste – and if you like them – to take home.