The word “striking” may sound harsh … but this is what SILENA is … soulful hotel … a rarity … a hotel as unique as you are. As your soul is. As we are. As each and every one of us is. Here at SILENA you are yourself, in full, in depth, in peace. The only place in the world where you are totally at home: within yourself.
In 2017 our family began the exciting journey to ourselves. The former Moarhof had been our place of anchorage in the world for years, for decades. Through the younger generation however, through Magdalena and Simon, we felt that there was more awaiting us. Much more, so much more than just “lovely rooms and tasty food”. We discovered the world with our eyes open, allowed ourselves to simply drift, to dream new dreams. And just as we started our search and steered our energy in new directions, today the SILENA would like to be the place of soulful experience for you, too.
When you celebrate your eightieth birthday you have lived life for 29,000 days. You have woken up twenty nine thousand times and every morning a new day full of possibilities opens up before you. Well, every single day does not have to be different, but maybe every second day? Sometimes change is painful. But also infinitely good!
You know the feeling when suddenly nothing and nobody can stop you anymore? When deep in your heart you simply know that that your idea has to be conveyed to the world? This is how we felt when we decided to continue the long history of the Moarhof – farm, guesthouse, hotel – by writing a whole new chapter.
For our family it all started in 1985 with the Moarhof. Two years before when Josef and Ida took over, the Moarhof began as a guesthouse with seven guest bedrooms. On the birth of Magdalena (1987) we converted the attic and then on the birth of Simon (1990) followed the garage conversion. Two years later we extended the dining room.
In 1997 eight more guest bedrooms and our apartment were added. In 2002 a further 16 guest bedrooms were added and extensions included swimming pool, sauna area, a new reception area and kitchen. Breathe in, breathe out and off we go again: in 2007 we built the annex, in 2011 demolished the old building from 1983 and rebuilt it. Slowly but surely it was time for the next generation, Magdalena und Simon, to put their own view of the world into practice.
When it became clear that we wanted to turn the Moarhof into a soulful hotel, then all the pieces of the puzzle came smoothly together. Everything fitted perfectly. Everything made sense! Magdalena‘s overseas travels and her love of literature, Simon’s affinity for sports and the outdoors. The fusion of the South Tyrol way of life with south east Asian philosophies, architecture inspired by Feng Shui, the traditional farmhouse restaurant side by side with Far East food culture, discovery and relaxation amid unspoilt nature … all 100% soulful. SILENA celebrated its opening on December 26, 2017.
No question about it, the SILENA took quite a lot of courage, as after all, Vals was previously known for its traditional hotels and restaurants, as the Moarhof had also been. This courage was rewarded. Today the SILENA is our dream come true, an island amid our beloved mountains with space and time for inner, inquisitive and cosmopolitan growth.