Baden Baden the iconic Brenners Park Hotel & Spa and more  
|  Baden Baden, Germany  | So my travel during the month of February, took me to Frankfurt, Germany on a work trip, where I managed to escape for a one night relaxing experience in Baden Baden, with as lovely stay at the Grande Dame of this spa and wellness destination, the iconic Brenners Park Hotel & Spa by Oetker Collection. Below you will be able to see and read my overall experience, of my slightly over 48 hours in Germany. The main reason of my trip, was as part of the team of Fashion Designer RUBINSINGER, to do the first ever Fashion Show 30K feet up on the air, onboard Lufthansa’s Boeing 747 Double Deck, as we crossed the Atlantic from Europe on to New York Fashion Week.  So before all this took place, I made sure to unwind in stye at Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, and enjoy a brief visit to the charming spa town of Baden Baden.   For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on Baden Baden.

My journey began flying Lufthansa Business Class ( on the Upper Deck ) non-stop from New York City to Frankfurt. Approx. 6 hours and 20 minutes flight. Full flat bed seat, fine dinner and selection of wines, great selection of movies… and the perfect timing to enjoy the flight, sleep for 2 hours and land in Germany for my 48 hours experience.

By 5.20AM in the morning, we landed right on time in Frankfurt International Airport, and in seconds – given the early times of the morning – I went though customs and baggage claim.

As I stepped out of the baggage claim area, my private car and driver – arranged by Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, was awaiting for me, to whisk me from the industrial Frankfurt to the charming spa town of Baden Baden, in full comfort, on a 2 hours drive. The Mercedes Benz car was equipped with full blasting WiFi connection, TV and refreshments/snacks.

Baden-Baden is a spa town, located in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. It lies at the northwestern border of the Black Forest mountain range on the small river Oos, just a few miles east of the Rhine, the border line to France, and about 40 minutes north-east of Strasbourg, France. In no time I was literally in a heave of peacefulness, elegance and very finest  traditional European hospitality. Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa has been a place of relaxation and diversion for the travelling elite since 1872. Here guests can enjoy all that Baden-Baden is renowned for with one of the most advanced spas in Europe, offering luxurious therapy and longterm cures while surrounded by refreshing natural parkland and high culture.

To my surprise, as we were approaching the Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, my driver would not stop… to what I asked ? – I think you’ve passed the hotel. He replied to my absolute satisfaction ” No Mr Melia, you are staying at our exclusive Villa Stephanie, part of the hotel, but located at the far end of the block “. If you know or follow me, you can already imagine the smile on face. I love to feel special…. Brenners Parl Hotel & Spa, is a family owned hotel with a team committed to the highest levels of professionalism that takes pleasure in every detail.  When you stay with here, you can expect the very finest in European hospitality that is synonymous with Oetker Collection. ( for those of you not familiar with this hotel group, it is a very exclusive collection of iconic hotels located mainly in Europe, like Le Bristol in Paris, The Lanesborough in London, Eden Rock in St Barths and so on…. )

So I arrived to my final charming destination and home for the night, the very lovely and exclusive Villa Stephanie by Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, located right along the marvelous Lichtentaler Allee and the river Oos. An entire villa, created for luxurious stays dedicated to spa therapy and health treatments, at the own in-house advance Medical Care Clinic. Preserving the character of a prestigious private home they have created one of the most advanced spa facilities in the world. 15 rooms and suites are set over five floors, each features cutting edge digital detox design for a pure experience, entirely free of e-smog. Villa Stephanie is interconnected to Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, by a underground hallway that takes you into the Spa and Pool area, and onwards to the hotel. Or as I like to do, you may make your way walking out on the lovely gardens, while you hear the sound of the water flowing along the river Oos, the birds and the soothing and breathtaking panoramic views of the Lichtentaler Allee.

In  no time I was Checked IN and taken to my fantastic Suite, located on the third floor of this private villa. I was hosted at one of their exclusive Corner Suites with Private Spa. There are only three of these magnificently large suites in Villa Stéphanie, each occupying a corner position with three views around our pretty location. Both the sitting room and bedroom are light and airy, with a large balcony above the River Oos and overlooking the charming tree-lined Lichtenaler Allee. These suites feature a sauna, steam and relaxation area; a complete private spa so you can enjoy Villa Stephanie’s treatments in your suite. The bathroom is fresh and elegant, finished in fine marble, there’s also an additional guest WC. Technology is simple and advanced, including the complete detox switch to block out today’s proliferation of ‘e-smog’. All I could think was – WHY AM I HERE ONLY FOR ONE NIGHT ?. Approx. 110m²/1.184sqft. Furnished in an elegant contemporary style. Living room, a bedroom, a vestibule, a guest toilet. Marble bathroom with wooden floor. Exclusive private spa with sauna, steam bath including a tailor made set-up, air-conditioning. Main switch for electric smog-free living. Balcony overlooking the beautiful park. Minibar, flatscreen TV, hi-fi system, Nespresso machine and a safe.

8AM and I was ready to begin my full Brenners Park Hotel & Spa experience. I only had one full day and a night to experience all outlets and explore all corners of the hotel, so no time to loose. First stop was Breakfast of course ( actually the second one of the day, since my first one was around 4AM aboard Lufthansa Business Class). This time was quite a different setting  and delightful beginning to my day, at Salon Lichtental overlooking the gardens of Brenners Park Hotel, within the main building. A-la-Carte and Buffet breakfast. French doors offer lovely views over the private park and sunshine pours through over damask laid tables set with bespoke Limoges china. Genteel service attends to every personal preference. In the warmer months the terrace is open for guests to enjoy the natural surroundings and the refreshing flow of the River Oos.

Next stop, relaxation, revival and fitness. This began at the private spa in my suite, and carry on to their indoor pool overlooking Lichtentaler Allee and the river Oos, and culminated in a relaxing two hours massage and facial session at one of their private Spa Suites. Baden-Baden has been a renowned spa and healthcare destination since Roman times, and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa is the town’s acknowledged centre of excellence for therapy and medical care. A beautiful space to lighten the mind, revive and cure; surrounded by green parkland and the soothing sounds of the flowing River Oos. It is also a place of peaceful privacy for a consultation on your overall wellbeing and somewhere that makes rest and recuperation a pleasurable experience. At Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa they pride hosting a team of the most advanced German medical specialists, who together offer a range of disciplines, with a particular focus on preventative healthcare.

Unfortunately I was on a very brief visit and rather tight schedule – since I wanted to see and explore and see as much as possible. So once revived, relaxed and detoxed, I was ready to go and explore Baden Baden. At this time was 12PM and I was on my own till 3PM that I was meeting my private tour guide offered by compliments of Tourism Baden Baden. So I went back to my suite, got ready, and off I went to explore Baden Baden on my own, and since I had made my research in advance, I had quite a list of things to do an see. I was only able to accomplish 60% of it,  but hey, that is an amazing reason to come back, isn’t it ?

Such a lovely and charming town. Rather quite I would say, but hey nothing wrong with that – specially when you are on a revive and relax journey. Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, is just a stroll to high culture at the opera house and there’s contemporary art at three well curated museums. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy hiking or skiing in the Black Forest or there are the easier pleasures of the Rebland vineyards, chic shopping and belle époque casino. Baden-Baden is of course renowned as an  historic spa town, and has 2000 year old thermal springs. So if I thought I would conquer this little charming town, in a day, I had a big challenge ahead of me.

My first stop was the Fabergé Museum. Dedicated to items made by the Russian jewellery firm Fabergé. It was opened in 9 May 2009 by Russian art collector Alexander Ivanov. 700 items made by Fabergé on display. The most significant item in the museum’s collection is the Rothschild Fabergé egg,

As I walked by Lichtentaler Str. I could not help to notice this amazing cakes and pastries displayed at Cafe König. But since I have just had two morning breakfasts and I was soon heading to lunch, I decided to indulge my eyes and come back later that same afternoon, for a piece of Black Forest Cake ” Schwarzwälder Kirschto ” and coffee. See you later !!!!

The rest of my time, between Cafe König and lunch, I spent it walking around Baden Banden – mostly uphill to burn the calories I would put on later – up the Mediterranean-like Florentine Hill with its breathtaking views of the spa and cultural town. Peacefulness describes it best – when in Baden Baden, don’t feel ashamed about being somewhat idle, the Romans, so it is said, did exactly the same here!

Of course, it was time for lunch, and there is nothing I like more than FOOD & WINE, I rushed back to Brenners Park for my first full on gourmet experience, at their lovely Wintergarten Restaurant, facing the idilic and stunningly beautiful Lichtentaler Allee and the river Oos. The Wintergarten Restaurant is flooded with natural light all year round, with floor to ceiling windows opening onto the park terrace. In the summer months the terrace is open and their grand piano is moved outside for evening concerts to accompany elegant dining. The menu changes daily with seasonal ingredients and the availability of local produce such as Black Forest trout and golden chanterelles. My choices were: Black Forest goat cheese as starter. Mousse and gratinated goat cheese Sweet and sour Hokkaido pumpkin Glazed figs, roasted cores and core oil. Marensin chicken breast as a main course. Poultry jus, sage, winter vegetable and basmati rice

Since I was in Baden Baden only for one night, I was not able to try other restaurants for lunch, but RIZZI Restaurant came came highly recommend by the Concierge and team at Villa Stephanie. So keep it in mind. As most things in Baden Baden, it is just a short stroll away.

It was now 2PM and my private tour was not scheduled till 3PM, so what better option than to – literally roll over myself from the Wintergarten Restaurant to the Kaminhalle Lounge to a cup of tea with a live piano performance. Kaminhalle is the social heart of the hotel, reflecting all the warmth and elegance of the properties grand history. Guests feel very much at home here, it is their lounge. Somewhere to retire with the papers, enjoy a stylish tea by an open fire. So I did. !!!!

3PM sharply, my lovely tour guide showed up. French lady, living in Baden Banden for the last 20 years, she was on her – I would risk to say – late 60’s early 70’s… We had such a blast together. I told her I had been walking around all morning, so she said, well there isn’t many more places to walk to, but there is certainly much more to see. She said, come lets take a stroll along. Lichtentaler Allee and the river Oos, and let me tell you about Baden Baden. The Lichtentaler Allee – one of the most stunning parks I have seen – is a historic park and arboretum set out as an 2.3 kilometer strolling avenue along the west bank of the river Oos. The avenue is said to have been developed at the instigation of the casino, and soon became the usual walk of Baden Baden society and high profile visitors. A magical sensory treat for body and soul, today the avenue, which borders Brenners Park and Villa Stephanie, is filled with magnificent mature trees – about 300 types of native and exotic woody plants and the ornate bridges. The Frieder Burda Collection and Museum opened in October 2004, Richard Meier, the famous New York architect, has added a new jewel to the Lichtentaler Allee crown.

My lovely guide,  went on, telling me all about Baden Baden, a small town of 55K people, with over 30 churches. She was, did you know that you can enjoy art and culture at the Festspielhaus, Europe’s second-largest concert hall and opera house, as well as the museums of the Cultural Mile. Also many elegant boutiques in the old town and individual shops along the historic Kurhaus Colonnade offer exclusive shopping. Later in the evening, ‘The most beautiful casino in the world’ – at least according to Marlene Dietrich. So Baden Baden is more than just a charming spa town, although we pride for being an elegant and relaxing destination, but with lots to offer in term of activities, art and culture. And then she stopped and said – but wait, have you actually seen the bath ?. And no I have not. So on we went… Two exclusive thermal baths provided by the Baden-Baden springs: unforgettable enjoyment at the Caracalla Spa and the historic Roman-Irish Friedrichsbad. (photo above of Friedrichsbad, courtesy of

Our tour was over, and my lovely guide, took me back to Brenners Park Hotel & Spa. I was – would you believe it – running late in Baden Baden ha ha ha ….. I was meeting with the Marketing and Sales team to do a full walk around the hotel and medical center. And so they took me around this Grande Dame which has been a place of relaxation and diversion for the travelling elite since 1872. A family owned hotel, and flagship property of the Oetker Collection, with a team committed to the highest levels of professionalism that takes pleasure in every detail.  High elegance and world class spa.

I keep my promises and God forbids – I would never miss a meal ha ha ha …. So I took a lovely 10 minutes stroll along the Lichtentaler Allee, back to Cafe König. I had to try their emblematic Black Forest Cake ” Schwarzwälder Kirschto. The moment I walked into the main room I WAS IN LOVE at first site. If Liszt and Tolstoy sipped coffee and eat gateau there, I was going to do it too. All I can say, you must not miss it.

Sun was setting and it was time to get back to my Corner Suite, and enjoy my private in-suite spa. Took a nice relaxing steam bath and got ready for my evening at Brenners Park Hotel & Spa.

First stop of the evening – well of course I was dying for a Filthy Vodka Martini – so you could find me at the Oleander Bar listening to the live piano performance, and enjoying my favorite and signature cocktail. The Oleander Bar is a favourite meeting point after a trip to the races, where Brenners hosts a private lounge, and the bar is named after the legendary thoroughbred stallion from Baron Schlenderhan’s Stud. There is always a warm welcome for local residents and hotel guests in this snug bar. It opens onto the Kaminhalle, from where discreet piano music drifts through in the evenings.

Dinner was back at the Wintergarten Restaurant. Their two-starred Michelin restaurant Brenners Park by Chef Paul Stradner, one of the youngest to stars holder in Germany – was closed for another two weeks on their yearly leave. At Brenners Park-Restaurant, the menu is a modern interpretation of gourmet classics, with memories of the Austrian dishes Head Chef Paul Stradner discovered in his mother’s kitchen. Now as for my evening gourmet experience – of course I was not going to repeat myself, so my choices were: Baby leaf salad as a starter, young carrots, black radish and walnuts Rapeseed vinaigrette. Filet of cod fish as main course, Saffron broth Shalott leaf spinach, champignons Tagliatelle with Black Forest Camberti ham.

After dinner, I was staring to feel a bit tired, but I still had one more stop before going to bed. So I did a brief stop by their Cigar Lounge, to have a nightcap, hopping it would give me the energy and strength to carry on… I do not smoke , but I do enjoy the world of elegance and connoisseurs. At the Cigar Lounge, along with the fine cigars they serve prestigious vintages, everything is gathered here for those looking for enriching relaxation.

Of COURSE I have to stop by to see the Kurhaus Casino of Baden Baden before bed. I am not a gambler, but again, I appreciate elegance and all that comes along with it. If Marlene Dietrich said literally that it is ‘The most beautiful casino in the world’, then I had to see it with my own eyes. Unfortunately during the evenings not photos are allowed. Germany’s oldest casino. In the days of the belle époque, the international jet set flocked to Baden-Baden, including Russian state council members, English lords, plantation owners from Java, literary figures and composers, not much has changed since then. (photo courtesy of

And yes…. was time to bed back at my lovely and peaceful Corner Suite at Villa Stephanie. Was a long day exploring Baden Baden, and the following morning it was yet again an early one moving on to Frankfurt to begin work. But now, was time to continue in my relaxed and revive mantra, and enjoy a quiet sleep dreaming about the many amazing things I have seen and learnt about this town, which I came and started talking as charming small spa town, and now I now is an elegant and exclusive destination of wellbeing, relaxation, gastronomy, arts and culture. If you wish to book Brenners Park Hotel & Spa and/or Villa Stephanie, please contact me. Booking with me, you will enjoy the following VIP Amenities:  Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability + Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests (served in Salon Lichtental) + Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability  + $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit + Complimentary Wi-Fi.

Early morning and in-room breakfast at the living room of my Corner Suite at Villa Stephanie, with the doors of my balcony opened to hear the morning soothing noise of the river Oos and the fragances from the Lichtentaler Allee.

8AM sharp, my private car and driver where waiting for me, to take me back to Frankfurt. It was time to work and put the first ever Fashion Show on the air aboard Lufthansa from Europe to New York Fashion Week.

After a full day working in Frankfurt, went back to our hotel, the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof and got ready for dinner. After a quick research – Frankfurt was not intended to be a destination to be explored on this trip – I found a lovely restaurant for our evening along RUBINSINGER’s Team.

Zarges Restaurant – on Große Bockenheimer St – was our choice for the evening and it was rather quiet, like the rest of Frankfurt, which was shocking, but it was lovely and the food was simple but very tasteful. Traditional dishes with contemporary flair and a special touch, enjoy the culinary delicacies in the classical ambience of the restaurant on the Fressgass’, between the main station and old opera.

Time to get on the stage and make this Fashion Flight happen along Fashion Designer RUBINSINGER and Lufthansa. First stop was a welcome breakfast/cocktail at Frankfurt Airport.

Two hours into our flight and as we were crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the magic happened and the first ever Fashion Show on the air 30K aboard Lufthansa, took place featuring RUBINSINGER’s Spring 2017 Collection and the new Crew Uniforms designed by him. I am not a stranger to the world of the backstage of fashion, but this was a rather unusual and incredibly fun experience to be part of.

Back in FREEZING New York, I have spent the last two weeks working like crazy, sending clients all over the world in full style, and planing my own next trips which you will be able to follow on my INSTAGRAM. Next to come in March 2017: San Francisco ( for the Asian Art Museum Gala Dinner ), Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( for my 43rd Birthday Celebration ) and Paris ( for Site Inspections in preparation for my NBCUniversal VIP Group for the Roland Garros French Open 2017). Plenty more to come, stay tuned – Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator –

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