A luxurious wellness experience with Axor Montreux bathroom fittings
The Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa, one of Europe’s most beautiful beach hotels, is located only about 100 kilometres northeast of Hamburg. The bathrooms of this exclusive retreat are equipped with fittings from the Axor Montreux collection made by the Hansgrohe SE design brand Axor. The playful elegance of the mixers and showers and their classic design fit seamlessly into the historical ambience of Schloss Weissenhaus.
An oasis in Holstein Switzerland
Lush green meadows, the gentle swell of the Baltic Sea and an imposing white manor house – the setting visitors discover when approaching the 75-hectare estate is reminiscent of a painting by Max Liebermann. ‘Grand Village’ in the hotel’s name is not just a whimsical choice of words; the resort consists of some thirty elaborately restored buildings that used to be part of a former country estate and now extend like a rambling village all the way to Hochwacht Bay and its endless stretch of sandy beach. Count Platen of Hallermund owned Schloss Weissenhaus and the surrounding properties from the early 18th century on.
Every building exudes history
The Courtier, the Michelin-star restaurant in the main house, offers an irresistible culinary experience. Afternoon tea is served in the Spiegelsaal [hall of mirrors] and in the evening guests can enjoy a Manhattan Perfect at the 1896 bar. The hotel also boasts a cinema, a billiard room and a library.
An underground tunnel takes guests to the hotel’s 1,500-square metre spa, which has a number of saunas, pools and lounging areas, as well as a steam bath, a Turkish bath and a snow grotto. Guests can stroll through the pedicured grounds or choose to take an electric cart to the boathouse offering Californian cuisine and sea views. Cultural events are held in the Reetscheune, a thatched barn where young cattle used to be housed in the 19th century.
A total of 62 rooms and suites, offering discreet and understated luxury, are located across the property – in the main house and former dairy farm, the gardener’s house, the dyke cottage and the coach house, where coaches used to be repaired.
Bridging modernity and tradition
The interior design is characterised by a mix of Mediterranean ease and elegant cosiness. The bathrooms also feature this signature look. If the Axor Montreux bathroom collection had not already been available, it would have been newly created for Jan Henric Buettner’s hotel. This collection, developed by Phoenix Design, pays homage to the Belle Époque, the golden age at the turn of the century when Schloss Weissenhaus was rebuilt. Many industrial and technological, as well as modern living and bathroom innovations date back to that epoch. The European upper classes discovered their love of travel, and prominent spas such as Montreux – the eponymous spa of the Axor collection ‒ sprang up across the continent; this was the birth of wellness retreats.
Modern functionality in an elegant guise
The interior architects of the Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa decided to use Axor Montreux three-hole mixers for wall mounting which harmonise with the marble-clad washstands. Free-standing bathtubs are equipped with floor-standing Axor Montreux two-handle bath mixers. Spacious bathrooms in the suites feature private saunas and marble bathtubs with three-hole mixers for wall mounting and hand showers. Custom-made items and special sizes made by Axor Manufaktur tailored Montreux bathroom fittings to the special needs of the historical buildings. The customised and richly detailed Axor Montreux fittings make the bathrooms as distinctive as the Grand Village itself.
Axor successfully realises “Designer Visions for Your Bathroom”. In cooperation with Axor, leading architects, interior and product designers develop their vision for the bathroom as a living space. The Axor Collections offer a great number of unique and sustainable solutions to create personalised bathrooms of the highest aesthetic and technological levels. To date, Axor design partners include Barber & Osgerby, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Antonio Citterio, Front, Jean-Marie Massaud, Nendo, Phoenix Design, Philippe Starck, and Patricia Urquiola. They all contribute towards making life in and around the bathroom a little more meaningful and beautiful.