Alpine architecture laced with wooden elements, spacious premises and attractive spa offers – these are the basic ingredients for a chic Alpine hotel. Our highlights in this luxury segment provide all that and more.
Prizewinning Spa Hotel
The 4-star superior Gradonna Mountain Resort in Kals am Großglockner is a spa hotel at the top of its class. Last year, 20,000 guests voted the hotel as a spa highlight and as such, received the 2015 Leading Spa Award. The guests’ feeling of special treatment is mainly due to the versatile wellness offer: The 3,000 m² large spa area is comprised of three pools, an outdoor pool, several saunas, a solarium and much more, such as cosmetic treatments, various massages and even a hair salon. The location of the noble accommodation at the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park could not be more ideal. In less than 100 m, you can hop on the lift to take you into the Großglockner Kals-Matrei ski resort and when snow conditions allow it, ski-in to the hotel is also possible.
Luxury holiday in the new Skicircus
The Glemmtalerhof is another 4-star superior hotel and lies in the centre of Hinterglemm. Guests here have perfect access into the new Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn with its 270 km of piste. However, the real attraction is to be found within the hotel’s walls. The tasteful, luxurious ambience immediately captivates when first walking into the hotel hall with its open fireplace. A swimming pool and spa area create an exquisite atmosphere through the fusion of modern and rustic elements. The hotel provides all forms of entertainment possible, from a parlour and lounge to an Alpine bar, après ski bar and disco with live music. For young children, childcare service is available during the day and for older children, an extensive entertainment programme can be explored.
In the face of the Kitzsteinhorn
The hotel chain “Vier Jahreszeiten” (Eng: “Four Seasons”) stands for quality, high-end living in the best locations of favourite holiday regions. The accommodation in Kaprun is one of six Vier Jahreszeiten hotels in Austria and is to be found in the centre of Kaprun. The Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn ski areas are just a few minutes away by ski bus and the Maiskogel lift lies just 100 m away. Highlights of the hotel include a stylish reading room with open fireplace, a well-stocked wine cellar and much more. With a glass of fine wine, one can find themselves easing up in the bar, the parlour or, when weather allows it, out on the terrace. In the spa area, you’ll find an organic sauna, an indoor pool and various massage offers. An additional spa treat: each hotel guest will receive a 10% reduction on entrance to the large Tauern Spa Kaprun (just 2 km away from the hotel).
East Tyrolean wellness amongst Alpine meadows
Not too long ago, Hollywood’s Daniel Craig stepped back into his role as the infamous James Bond only to be pursued by his opponents through Obertilliach, located in the Lesachtal. Just two villages further lies St. Lorenzen, a cosy municipality nestled in the most traditional part of the high valley – the perfect place to relax in the 4-star superior 1. Almwellness Hotel Tuffbad Dörfl. It’s here where great emphasis is placed on Alpine wellness: from swimming in mineral pools with a breathtaking view of the Carnic Alps to the impressive sauna landscape with its interesting facilities such as rustic saunas, a “Brechelbad” sauna, bubbling bath, tuff grotto, organic sauna and pine parlour. You can also find a Kneipp basin, a light-and-brine room as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi. Further amenities includes an activity programme, which offers participation in various activities such as Qi Gong or a trial snowshoe hike.
Precious residence in Switzerland
Peaks Place may not be a hotel, but is at the very least just as well furnished and stylish as one. The theme here is “urban style meets Alpine flair”, of which is clearly evident in the rooms with their discreet colour palette and modern materials. The 5-star apartment accommodation lies at the resort centre of Laax in the Canton of Grisons, making it a top place for deep snow riders. Access to the Flims-Laax-Falera ski area, with its 235 km of pistes, lies just 100 m away from the dwelling. It is a real pleasure to sit down at the lobby bar and enjoy a drink with a Panini after a long day on the piste, and afterwards, to relax in the pristine spa area.
French pistes at your doorstep
The Premium Résidence Le Village in Les Arcs boasts 5 stars, what tends to be rather extraordinary for a French apartment complex. The eight buildings of the well-maintained complex are located in the district of Les Arcs 1950 and therefore lie directly on the pistes of the Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry ski area.
Starting from your doorstep, you can ride right into the ski area and its 193 km of piste. When you’re finished, you can watch the world go by in one of the four heated outdoor pools. A spectacular highlight in the spa area is the swimming pool, of which has been made to resemble a grotto.
Residence in the St. Moritz of the East
Zakopane is the winter capital of Poland. The resort stands out thanks to its architecturally unique wooden houses and especially pronounced hospitality. Here, you’ll find both Kasprowy Wierch (16 km of piste), one of the most popular ski areas in the country, along with numerous top hotels. One of the best places for high-end living in Zakopane is the 5-star Residence Nosalowy Dwor, somewhat outside of the centre. In the lobby and at the hotel bar, you’ll sit on fluffy fur armchairs and the rooms themselves are tastefully furnished with just a touch of rustic ambience. The accommodation offers everything from a spa area to a children’s play room, granting the wishes of even the most demanding of winter holiday-goers. Furthermore, if desired, computer games and toboggans may also be rented out and for families, a childcare service is available to make use of.
Luxury at the Plan de Corones
Plan de Corones is one of the most sought-after ski areas in Italy. Over a dozen holiday destinations can be found in the area surrounding the popular family-friendly skiing mountain, one of them being the sunny resort of Pfalzen, situated at an altitude of 1,220 m in Pustertal. Here, you’ll find the Sonnenhof, one of the best hotels in the region and in many aspects quite attractive. Gorgeous wooden balconies on the sunny side of the hotel open up to a clear view of the surrounding Dolomites and heavy curtains, winged chairs and red carpets lend the rooms a practically splendid ambience. The spa area especially has everything: you’ll find an indoor activity pool with waterfall and massage jets, a Jacuzzi, rock grotto, activity showers, Kneipp basins, an expansive sauna area, a yoga/pilates pavilion and an outdoor pool for guests. The solarium and various treatments in the beauty centre are available as well, although these must be booked and paid for separately.
Exclusive well-being in Bavaria
Winter sports fans with a little extra spending money put a lot of emphasis on stylish living, excellent cuisine and natural surroundings with well-connected winter sports possibilities. Our tip for Germany is the Panoramahotel Oberjoch in Allgäu, which perfectly meets all of these conditions. The accommodation lies in the diverse ski region of Bad Hindelang, not too far away from the Austrian border. Just a few steps away from the hotel, you’ll find the Isel lift which can take you right up into the Oberjoch/Bad Hindelang ski area with its 32 km of piste. When looking out from the panoramic restaurant, guests can take in the impressive view of Allgäu and the edge of the Alps. The “Alpin Spa” additionally offers you a salt water lounge, diverse saunas, a fire room, private “SPA” and various relaxation rooms with diverse concepts. These spacious furnishings have received the “WellVital – Wellbeing in Bavaria” quality seal of excellence from the TÜV, ensuring that the spa rightly counts to the highest level of premium facilities.