Daša Faith, masseuse, partner of Bleu Minuit Obersteinbach



There are many things you can do when you’re good with your hands. For example, you can play basketball. Daša Faith has made basketball his profession. She left her native Slovakia to play professionally in Germany and then in Burgundy.
But you can also be a masseuse. It’s the second path Daša has chosen after basketball.

The club in Dijon financed my training in massage and wellness at the Joël Savatofski Institute. As I wanted to work in Alsace to follow my husband, I first worked at the Muller Hotel in Niederbronn-les-Bains for 3 years before opening my practice in Woerth, in the Bas-Rhin.

It offers all kinds of massages: relaxing, sports, pregnant women, shiatsu, massages with suction cups or hot stones, foot reflexology…

I like to do good for people. Seeing clients leave my office with a smile on their face, relaxed and Zen, is my greatest joy.

In 2018, her name made it to the winner’s list of the Best Practitioner Spa Competition, gold medal in her category.
Daša also practices in the workplace and has open a practice in Schiltigheim, near Strasbourg. The possibility of becoming a service provider for Bleu Minuit immediately excited her.

This idea of reconnecting to oneself and to nature corresponds perfectly to the idea I have of my profession. A massage is also a good way to find oneself. I love the idea of massaging in these beautiful lodges and in a natural setting. For me too it will be a real pleasure!

Marc Lévy, General Manager of Alsace Destination Tourisme



Marc Lévy has supported the Bleu Minuit project from the outset and has provided expertise and advice.

What is the mission of Alsace Destination Tourisme?

We are a consulting and expertise agency for for development and promotion of tourism, operating for the two departments Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin. Alsace is the gateway to discover other territories, notably the Vosges mountains. We are also active in the area of certification and qualification of tourist-focused products and services, particularly for bicycles rental, access for handicapped people, the flowering of villages, etc.

Why were you interested in the Bleu Minuit project?

Hélène Trautmann, the project’s initiator, came to see us to give us an outline of the project. We discussed the possibilities of partnership and financing, as well as the different orientations in line with the atmosphere we wish to promote for our tourism offer, following the establishment in 2017 of our development and innovation strategy.
Alsace is a touristically qualitative but rather traditional territory. This is why we wish to support and accompany the bearers of innovative projects that will allow us to diversify and differentiate our offer. This is not necessarily what will make visitors come, but it is what will make them stay and come back. They come for an image of Alsace that they have in mind, an image of Epinal in a way, but our strength is also to show them something else, to surprise them.
This is what seduced us in the Bleu Minuit project.

How did you orient the initial project?

We found it interesting to look at territories that are a little less travelled, where the offer is less important, to get out of the Strasbourg-Colmar axis. We therefore proposed to look in Northern Alsace. And given the eco-responsible orientation of the project, present from the outset, we thought of the Vosges du Nord natural park, which is very involved in this area. It made sense. We are now going to publicise this wonderful project, notably via a press kit which will be presented to journalists at the Deptour forum, organised by the Tourism and Territories federation, on January 13th and 14th at the Salons de l’Aveyron.

Georges Flaig, Chef and Manager of the Anthon Hotel-Restaurant



There are fates from which there is no escape. Georges Flaig grew up in the corridors of the Anthon Hotel, learned to walk in its gardens, discovered the flavors in the restaurant’s kitchens. “I’m part of the furniture,” he smiles. His great-grandfather married one of the daughters of the Anthon family, owner of this former post house nestled in the heart of the Northern Vosges Natural Park, in the picturesque village of Obersteinbach. An inn since Napoleon, now in the Flaig family for four generations.

After learning the basics of the cooking profession, Georges perfected his training with great chefs such as Loiseau and Westermann, and travelled according to his commitments, from Saint-Tropez to Argentina, via Courchevel. In 2001, at the age of only 24, he took over the company owned by his mother following the death of his father when Georges was a child.

Georges Flaig offers a cuisine that he himself describes as “free”. “We cook what we like to eat, things that seem simple on the surface, but with a lot of taste and hard work. “Everything is homemade with local and seasonal products: bread, pastries, yoghurts, jams, ice cream… “We are fortunate to be able to work with excellent producers. For example, there is a trout farm nearby which allows us to offer one of our great classics all year round: trout ravioli with candied shallots. We revisit Alsatian cuisine in a more modern, lighter way. But we also have a choice of fish and scallops, which are still essential!”

Anseau Delassalle, designer and co-founder of Novablok



Everything in Anseau Delassalle’s journey seems to have led him to the Novablok adventure. His studies in graphic art at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, his experiences as a designer in fashion, his passion for architecture…

In 2009, he met Julien Ménard, interior designer. “I felt the need to leave the pixel for the real, to create something tangible. Very quickly we wanted to design and build our own concept-house, in contact with nature. »
“The fashion of the day was containers and wooden huts. We really wanted to dust off the image of the wooden house, make it beautiful, with noble materials. Our approach was aesthetic down to the last detail, with a pure, minimalist design. Charred wood, for example, helps prevent fires and is an excellent natural insect repellent. »
Novablok’s concept is simple: a non-anchored, customizable habitat in direct contact with nature, to live at your own pace. “With a large bay window, nature is in full HD! I like the idea of it being like a boat, to travel through the forest in the heart of the elements.”

Rita Jacob Bauer, General Manager of the Regional Natural Park of Vosges du Nord



Trained as an architect, Rita Jacob Bauer joined the Vosges du Nord Regional Nature Park team in June 2009 as a Planning and Development Project Manager. In particular, she works on architectural heritage, with the objective of limiting the loss of agricultural land and on soil artificialization to preserve biodiversity and local agriculture. In October 2018, she took over the management of the park at the age of 36.
Created in 1975, the Vosges du Nord Natural Park, which borders Germany, was recognized as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1989. With her team, Rita Jacob Bauer strives to preserve this natural richness by working on several axes, such as the reintroduction of the lynx and permanent grasslands. “We try to make sure that the cows graze. This is good for them and for consumers and it is excellent for biodiversity. This is also of economic interest to the farmer. »
In addition, a charter has been put in place to promote the economic development of local tree species – mainly beech and Scots pine – and the economic development of the wood sector. “We highlight everything that can be done with beech, in construction or office furniture,” she explains.
As soon as she took office, Rita showed an interest in setting up the lodges inside the park. “It’s an exciting project. The relationship to nature, to the stars. This corresponds perfectly to the general philosophy of the park, with a real environmental concern in the design of the lodges, the choice of products. The concept is also original with this emphasis on night skies. »