Villa Kaltern Grande is part of an ensemble of two luxurious villa rentals in the historic centre of the picturesque wine village Kaltern in the south of South Tyrol.
How would you describe Villa Fluggi in a nutshell?
Villa Fluggi is a legacy of the 1960s in Obermais, which is the most beautiful part of Merano in South Tyrol. It’s nestled in a secluded part of town where you can find plenty of peace while still being easily connected to the heart of the city. Whether it is a private couple’s escape, a family holiday with children or a business trip — Villa Fluggi keeps its doors open to everyone at any time of the year.
What is the story behind Villa Fluggi and what was the inspiration to open it?
We were invited to a party hosted by Tyler Brûlé at the villa and fell in love with it. We saw a good opportunity to connect the property with the Miramonti hotel, offering our guests a casual holiday with family or friends at the villa, as well as a full-service stay at the Miramonti.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Villa Fluggi?
Villa Fluggi is an exclusive retreat that provides our guests with a refuge from everyday life. While it is unique and special, it still feels like home. The design is very bright and inviting to create a "feel good" atmosphere and will particularly appeal to fans of retro design. It’s the 60s meets modern living.
In addition to classics, such as the Thonet chairs in the dining room, and exclusively manufactured, vintage-style pieces from today, you will find several mid-century design gems throughout the villa. Many of the pieces come from the alpine region and have been curated over several years. Not only are they witnesses to a well-lived life but temporary companions that create space for experiences.
For example, there’s a chandelier (found at a flea market) that was designed by the Viennese glass manufacturer, Lobmeyr. We also have a custom-made bar cabinet built from oak and marble that was created by the internationally renowned South Tyrolean designer Harry Thaler. In summary, timeless architecture and cosy shapes are the hallmarks of Villa Fluggi.
To you personally, what is so special about Villa Fluggi?
Villa Fluggi’s location in one of the most beautiful parts of Merano is what makes it so special, with the area being very quiet while still within easy access to shopping facilities. It has been renovated true to its original appearance and immediately transports you back to the 1960s. The house radiates peace — you want to take your shoes off right away — and there’s enough space to retreat as a family or as a group of friends.
What do you particularly like about this part of South Tyrol?
Merano captivates with its elegant cityscape, which is characterised by lush, green spaces, stately villas and magnificent buildings. Particularly special is Obermais where Villa Fluggi is located. To this day, the place embodies a special combination of openness and quality of life. Anyone who has visited will attest to the unique flair of the city.