A little hideaway. A family-run design hotel with a 350-year old “Bauernstube” farmhouse kitchen set in the mountain pastures and peaks of Vals. Your host family has made their dream come true and each generation makes and leaves their mark. Here you will meet all the people who created the unique SILENA concept. Discover our motivation and inspiration.
The visionaries behind the SILENA and also those who gave it its name, are the brother and sister, Simon and Magdalena Mair (SI-mon and Magda-LENA). They grew up in Vals in the Hotel Moarhof, as the SILENA used to be called, just as well as their father Sepp. Magdalena is the more impulsive one of the two, she loves cheerful and easy-going contact with her guests, herself enjoying wellness and good design and living for inspirations from literature and travels. Simon likes to work off energy by going mountain biking, enjoys good wine and cheese and loves extravagance. Both your SILENA hosts have the same idea - to create a peaceful hideaway amid the hustle and bustle of Vals, between Eisack Valley (Valle Isarco) and Val Pusteria. And both of them love the concept of reduction to the essential.
"For me the SILENA is a dream come true. The first souful hotel! Antoine de Saint-Exupery expresses my feelings exactly when he writes: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly."
"The development of the SILENA idea was challenging. I faced the challenge and moved forward so that now we are able to share our concept with our guest who now bring the SILENA concept to life."
"I really look forward to discovering what you want from SILENA. I have learned that stillness is not emptiness but holds many answers. Let's take a closer look when we go out for a walk together."
"Our children, Magdalena and Simon, are the best proof that all the best stories begin with courage. I find the the linking of tradition with a new beginning, of activity and stillness, absolutely amazing."
"A meal cooked with love feeds the soul. This is my philosophy and how I see my profession. My team is guided by the heart, because shared happiness then becomes double happiness."
"My team and I are here for you with all our empathy and intuition and accompany you on your way quite individually. We would be delighted to support you.“
"I am here to guarantee that your wishes come true and your culinary expectations get fulfilled. In other words, I like to make you happy! My inspiration is the saying "With sunshine in your heart, you don't need to depend on the weather."
"I am dedicated to your wellbeing. Body, soul and spirit should be in harmony, and I support this with movement concepts such as yoga, Qi-Gong and Acro-Yoga."