This summer, escape the concrete towers of the capital for flowery fields and mountains where sumptuous spas await. The Austrian Alps have some of the freshest air in the world as well as all the peace, quiet and natural beauty you could ask for. Naturally some really world class spa hotels have set up shop here. Whether for a weekend wellness jaunt or longer leisure break, this week we’ll be daydreaming of the five following hotel spas…
SPA Hotel Jagdhof
The SPA Hotel Jagdhof is located in the twee Tyrolean village of Neustift im Stubaital. Its jSPA offers 20 different wellness experiences, including aqua meditation, a fountain of youth, salt grotto and herbal steam room. You can book Hawaiian, Oriental, Moroccan and Tyrolean massages to name a few! If you can manage to drag yourself away from this picturesque poolside (I struggle to drag my eyes away from the photo alone!), the surrounding area has a mountain lift system leading to heights of 3,210m above sea level, for truly life-affirming views. 3 nights sharing a double room costs from £384.90pp through relaischateaux.com.
This the biggest rooftop swimming pool in the Alps and it belongs to the Hotel Schwarzer Adler in Kitzbuhel. The pool is not only scenic but fitted with an underwater sound system, and alongside its neighbouring bar and lounge it’s reserved for adults-only to keep the vibe peaceful and quiet. You can reach it by the ‘panoramic elevator’ that serves the hotel’s four-floor Black Spa, with its Finnish and Bio saunas, golden aromatic steam bath and laconicum. Treatments range from hot stone and anti-ageing massages to reflexology and lymphatic drainage. My favourite thing about the spa? Mobile phones are banned! Beyond the hotel boundaries, Kitzbuhel is a bright and buzzy town with designer shopping and there are 170 kilometres of beautiful jogging and walking paths. 3 nights half board with Gatwick flights costs from £549pp through sno.co.uk.
Among the Arlberg mountains, Gasthof Post has a three-floor wellness centre where you can doze off in a pine relaxation area, be pampered in treatment cabins and stay refreshed with the help of the fruit and juice bar. The outdoor pool is heated and I think you’ll agree, has views so amazing you could stay here until sundown! The spa is known for its jet peeling facials and having its own perfumery, so you can leave not only looking and feeling rejuvenated but smelling fantastic too! Gasthof Post is in the exclusive village of Lech, which with its cobbled streets and cute church is a lovely place for a stroll. 7 nights in a double room costs from €1,258pp through tripadvisor.com.
With FIVE types of facial (cleansing, peeling, massaging, steaming, ultrasonic) five types of therapeutic bath (oxygen, milk, fruit, oil and salt), a choice of steam treatments (saline or herbal) plus the options of waterbeds, swing recliners, poolside or garden loungers to relax on, the spa offerings of the Alpbacherhof are hard to rival. What’s more, the hotel kitchen has a health-conscious menu to munch your way through guilt-free. Alpbach which this hotel calls home has been crowned ‘Austria’s Most Beautiful Village’ and if you have time to spare between spa treatments, there are some stunning walks and bike rides around. 7 nights B&B costs from £1,363pp through booking.com.
Not every hotel has its own natural swimming pond and trust me, the one at Astoria Resort in Seefeld is a world away from Tooting Bec Lido! It’s part of a 4,000 square metre indoor and outdoor wellness centre where there are also two swimming pools, jacuzzis and saunas (where you can attend guided sauna sessions). Pilates and yoga classes are available as well as hikes led in the wonderful surroundings. Besides massage and beauty therapists, the hotel employs a ‘relaxation trainer’ who will create a personalised R&R programme to ensure you find your calm. Seefeld has its own programme of wonderful things to do, including e-biking (basically cycling without the hassle of pedalling too hard), walks and golf. 3 nights half board costs from €627pp through seefeld.com.