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Eleonora - 41 years oldOur fantastic short break in the Familienhotel Heidi in Partschins

From “must” to “can” and back again

The longed-for weekend that we are to spend in the Vinschgau Valley, more precisely in the Familienhotel Heidi in Partschins, is fast approaching. With a sleeping 4-year old girl in the car, our mini-holiday is also beginning in the relaxed way we had hoped.

With suitcase and still-sleepy daughter in tow we go to reception: our hosts Mr & Mrs Fissneider come to meet us with outstretched hands and warmly welcome us to their hotel. Our daughter even gets a welcome gift… and suddenly she is wide awake! Our first impressions are good.

Mrs Fissneider brings us to our apartment and at the same time tells us the hotel motto: “You can do everything, but you don’t have to do anything.” She hands us today’s hotel bulletin and tells us that she will be there for us at any time. We can already feel the change from “must” to “can”.
The two-day home
Our new home for the weekend is light and airy, and we feel at home immediately! Everything is furnished with kids in mind: our daughter has her own easy-to-reach washbasin – which she immediately tests with a splash – and the electrical sockets are all out of the reach of children. I browse the hotel bulletin which is full of events, excursions and walks through the surrounding area. Let’s see where the weekend will take us. We do not want to commit ourselves – “must” can take a back seat! : -)

Family swim!
We enjoy the peacefulness of the balcony. Our view takes in the mountains that surround us, the playground and finally the swimming pool… Yes – we definitely like it here! Steffy, who has in the meantime washed her hands at least five times in her washbasin, runs onto the balcony and insists that we pick her up so that she too can look out over the edge of the balcony. She sees the swimming pool and there is no holding her back. Why should there be? “Of course you can go swimming!”
So it’s swimming things on and off to the pool! But which: indoors or outdoors? As our short break is all about freedom, we split up and I go with the little one to the indoor children’s pool, while my husband stays in the outdoor pool.

Freedom and leisure

After plenty of splashing about we choose the best place on the terrace for ourselves. We order an affogato – black coffee with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream – and Steffy gets a chocolate ice cream, lovingly decorated with chocolate drops and biscuits. We smack our lips with pleasure. But the little one cannot resist the prospect of the playground – and rightly so. From the table we can keep her in sight and in the meantime enjoy some time as a couple on the terrace. On the playground Steffy finds new friends and chats away merrily with them, and we do the same: we finally have time to say the many things that we should have said long before. We also have a chat with Mr & Mrs Fissneider, until after a while the rumbling in our stomachs reminds us that it is time for dinner.

We have chosen an apartment and so we have the freedom to decide whether to remain comfortably “at home” and cook, or whether to indulge ourselves in the restaurant. And today the choice is clear: no need for cooking, let’s have a treat.

Freedom for breakfast
Breakfast is a choice between a delivery of fresh bread rolls or breakfast in the hotel – here too we decide for the latter. I love having breakfast on holiday and I am already excitedly looking forward to the buffet in the Familienhotel Heidi. It soon becomes clear: it is ENORMOUS! There is everything I could possibly want for breakfast. Fresh baguettes, wholemeal bread, homemade cakes, croissants; yogurt, fruit, muesli, ham and cheese; and even superfoods such as chia seeds. Our breakfast at home can either be delicious or healthy – here at the Familienhotel Heidi it is both.

Tears on parting

Steffy’s reaction on the day of our departure shows that the holiday was a hit with her too: “Are we going home now? But I don’t want to! I want to stay here!”, then follow what are just crocodile tears. Yes, it is back to “must”: “Go we MUST, unfortunately.”

I save the best consolation for myself and persuade my husband to come back here again for a week in autumn – but he does not need much persuading…


Find out more about this Familienhotel here.

Familienapparthotel Heidi ****
Merano and surroundings - Parcines
Enjoy the sunny side of life
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