It was the Celts who first settled in the green forests of the Hunsrück in Germany. Remnants of their stone settlements bear witness to lives lived in harmony with nature. Seezeitlodge Hotel and Spa also aspires to live in harmony with its surroundings rather than imposing itself on them.
The long, low building was designed by the Berlin-based architectural practice GRAFT and was conceived to continue the topography of the cape on which it stands. It is built between the forest and the lake and draws its power from both. “There is a stillness here that invites relaxation and pleasure,” insists Christian Sersch. “This is very much a personal project for us, one that we have imbued with our own love of nature. Our philosophy was to build a hotel that was at one with its natural surroundings and would reflect the ancient Celtic traditions of the region.”
Both Christian Sersch and his wife come from a line of hoteliers and restaurateurs, but in their case a generation had been skipped. Christian Sersch had trained in management accountancy and his wife was a PR and media specialist. “We both decided that we wanted to change direction and go back to our roots,” explains Mr. Sersch. “We moved back to the Saarland where we had both grown up and reconnected with the beauty of the area. We soon found a suitable piece of land and set about building a hotel that would embody our philosophy.”
The hotel is built in the form of a Celtic long house or lodge. It has been designed to let in as much natural light as possible and is also built from sustainable natural materials, with wood featuring prominently in all areas. The landscaped areas around the lodge were designed by landscape architects ernst + partner in Trier, and feature sunken terraces and fluid shapes that reflect the natural landscape beyond.
The Celtic influences are visible throughout. “We opened for business in 2017 and focused in the first year on our spa concept,” says Mr. Sersch. “Here too, you can clearly see the Celtic influences but with a modern interpretation that emphasizes relaxation and pleasure.” The Seezeit Spa features an outdoor infinity pool and sauna complex, an indoor pool and sauna area, and treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a range of wellness applications. The outdoor sauna complex features several Celtic-style wooden lodges arranged in accordance with ancient energy lines around a central fire pit. “The space is surrounded by greenery with glimpses of the lake through the pine and oak trees,” describes Mr. Sersch. “It conveys an extraordinary sense of well-being and energy, warmth and rest, purification and refreshment.”
We offer an authentic experience based on Celtic traditions and modern hospitality to allow guests to reconnect with nature and escape from the stresses of their daily lives. Christian SerschManaging Director
In the second year, additional emphasis was put on the culinary side of the business. “Balanced, organic and regional are the watchwords that influence the menu choices in the hotel restaurant,” insists Mr. Sersch. “Our Head Chef Daniel Schöfisch and his team serve up a culinary concept that is fresh, light and natural. The dishes are deceptively simple, making the best of fresh, local produce.”
The hotel has 98 rooms and enjoyed 75% occupancy in the first year, rising to 85% in the second. Its guests are drawn from a catchment area of a roughly three-hour radius by car. This puts the hotel within reach of a potential audience of eleven million people. “Most of our guests are couples looking for a relaxing weekend getaway to recover from a busy working week, but we also welcome families to enjoy our wellness packages together,” observes Mr. Sersch. “We also have seminar rooms covering 200 m² for corporate guests. One of our first corporate clients was Adidas and they still hold regular meetings for their management teams here.”
Visitors to the hotel can also enjoy a variety of water sports on the lake and can play golf on a nine-hole course that is being extended to 18 holes next year. “We listen to what our guests have to say about improvements and already have projects underway for the future,” concludes Mr. Sersch.