With its cool and uncompromising minimalism, the new Mavida Balance Hotel & Spa mavida.at located 98 km from Salzburg in the lakeside hamlet of Zell am See has set out to prove that there's more to Austria's high-altitude resorts than knotty wood paneling and endless chintz. "Having traveled the world, I wanted to create something that would eventually bring it back here to me," says proprietor and native son Herbert Bren of his $11.4 million brainchild. A collaboration between Munich-based architects Niki Szilagyi and Evi Märklstetter, the Mavida
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comprises 47 sparse but tasteful...