By Charmaine Hibbert
After a two-hour scenic journey, we arrive at the Maximillian Hotel at the Quellness Golf Resort, but come November that journey time from Munich airport will be halved due to the completion of the new highway. As I walk into the reception I get an instant homely feeling, it’s strange but wonderfully welcoming. Beyond the reception desk is a high-ceilinged seating area and the bar is filled with lots of laugher and conversations taking place and this all add to the great vibe.
As I make my way to my room on the second floor, space is a word that is floating in my mind, the lifts are deep, the corridors are very wide and on entering my room the bathroom is on my left and through a door is my room which is a very large space with a large double bed, a sofa, coffee table and lounging chair. Of course, there is the face dive into the cotton covered pillows and everything is perfect, and on closer inspection I have a very large walk-in shower, I find out later that some of the other journalists have baths, but I certainly prefer to have a larger shower.
The resort has three hotels here, Fürstenhof and Das Ludwig are the other two with Das Ludwig being family specific. There are other apartments, hotels and restaurants here run by other companies but the Quellness Resort hotels are based on each having a thermal pool, steam rooms, saunas, gyms and of course treatments, but because of our busy schedule I did have time to sample a treatment on this trip, but I did get to relax in the wellness facilities at the Maximillian hotel.
The thermal waters of Bad Griesbach and on the Quellness Resort are recognised to be medicinal springs and their legendary healing properties amplify your feelings of wellbeing and help balance, it can also help with rheumatism, spinal diseases, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, and many of these aliments are suffered by golfers and I know James made sure he enjoyed the pools after he played golf and couldn’t keep off the hot stoned bed in one of the relaxation rooms.
The thermal pool flows from inside to out so has a constant temperature of 28°c so even on a cold Bavarian day the waters outside are still nice and warm, but I spent of my time between the steam room, sauna, hot spring pool and of course those hot stone beds that James wanted me to highlight, the beds are shaped in a curve like a tall S made from stone but heated perfectly, they really do warm the very fibres of your body and for those with back problems they are perfect especially (as I am told) after 36 holes of golf.
Fresh fruit, freshly cooked patisseries, mueslis, cereals or cooked breakfasts or a mixture of everything is all waiting for you to enjoy each morning. There are many restaurants to choose from around the complex but we decided to eat at the hotels main restaurant enjoying a buffet meal with lots of fish and meat to choose from.
We also sampled a Bavarian night themed restaurant with accordion player and Bavarian music, again this was buffet style with so many succulent dishes to choose from and lots of beer and wine flowing, I ate so much I needed to spend the next day at the well-equipped gym, but the steam room, hot spring pool, stone beds and relaxation rooms were calling to me and how could I refuse, thermal pools are all about balance after all!
Qullness Golf Resort
Kurallee 1, 94086
Bad Griesbach im Rottal
T: +49 8532 96030