Category: Abroad

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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

Alpbacherhof

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.  

Astoria Resort

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.  

Up winding mountain roads well into the mountains above  Palma is a quiet, idyllic little hotel, La Posada Del Marques.
With a real goose bump entrance, amazing views and cosy interiors this place would fit a holiday in Mallorca any time year round. Perfect for a couple of nights away, you are near to large city Palma as well as Michael Douglas favourite, the achingly picturesque Valdemossa for day trips. You can also find little coves, wonderful biking and hiking and boat hire for all levels nearby.
For evenings there are a number of ports nearby where you can sit out by the water, listen to live music and have a few drinks. There are also high gems of restaurants further into the mountains that are perfect for sunset viewings.

 

Mallorca is quick to get to and the hotel is only a 20 minute drive from the airport making it a great choice for a quick weekend recharge.
Whether you go out exploring (we would recommend a hire care) or simply stay in the hotel to have drinks and around the pool, wonder around their palm, orange and olive tree peppered gardens and early nights in cool rustic bedrooms, it's a great little weekend break to stick in your pocket when you need some R&R.

 

Watching sunrise from the best peak in the area, skating on black ice before a picnic and glass of bubbly, zooming down the St. Moritz ice track, or an excursion to feed local birds: these are just some of the unusual requests that Urs Wiederkehr, the new Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, can fulfil.carlton_aussen_dez2013_016

An ex-ski instructor who has lived in St. Moritz for more than 30 years, Urs will cater to guests’ every need while showing them the very best hidden spots to ski, eat and discover history and culture in the Engadine. Newcomers and returners will discover the gems that only locals know about, taking in all of the old-school glamour and luxury of St. Moritz while avoiding the tourist traps.

Recently named Switzerland’s Leading Hotel 2016 at the World Travel Awards, the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz reopens for winter on 16 December.Travel to St Moritz for your very own outdoor butlre


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The all-suite Carlton Hotel is based in one of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts, and while those keen on winter sports have access to unrivalled skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of the Upper Engadine mountain range, guests can also enjoy winter hiking trails, gourmet cuisine in the Michelin-starred Da Vittorio and relaxation in the Carlton Spa.

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz has suites from CHF900 per night, based on two adults sharing a Junior Suite on a B&B basis. For further information and reservations, please visit www.carlton-stmoritz.ch or call +41 81 836 70 00.

Prices for the Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz are available upon request.

654px x 492px_02 (1)To celebrate adding more destinations to their Feel at Home roaming service, Three Mobile will be giving away free holidays in their pop-up Travel Agency at Westfield Stratford this Friday.
If you have an epic holiday story to share, head down to Westfield between 10am-8pm where a celebrity guest will be rewarding the best stories.
The celebrity travel agent will be revealed later in the week - for more information follow Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
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WHEN
Friday 12th August, 10am - 8pm
 
WHERE
Westfield Stratford (near Lacoste)

Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ

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Take a couple of days to leave the smoke (after you've signed Greenpeace's petition to remind Khan that he's meant to be making London's air cleaner) and go to somewhere that doesnt have to worry about pollution all that much - Arosa.

Get back to Nature, sleep in a tepee and go horseback mountain riding and fly fishing at Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa.

 

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Sleep under the stars in a luxury tepee and experience nature in the Alps this summer with Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s new tepee adventure experience.

Spend your first night at the hotel, relaxing in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase spa, before setting off on horseback the next morning with Arosa’s mountain riding team. After stopping for a locally-sourced lunch at Restaurant Alpenblick, you will spend the afternoon learning the art of fly fishing before a Swiss barbecue, spending the night in a luxury private tepee complete with full furniture. The next morning, hike or ride back to your base at Tschuggen Grand Hotel.

 

Horseback riding Arosa

The tepee adventure experience includes

  • One night at Tschuggen Grand Hotel in a deluxe room on a half-board basis
  • Two-day guided horseback trek through the mountains organised by the Reiten am Berg mountain riding team
  • Lunch, dinner and a farmhouse-style brunch at Restaurant Alpenblick
  • Fly fishing on Lake Schwellisee
  • One night in a private luxury tepee

With a picturesque settings and holidays that you can be active on rather than over indulge making waves with our London leavers the town of Arosa in the Swiss Alps, is an ideal break option. The 5* Tschuggen Grand Hotel sees mild Alpine summers and is an ideal getaway for those looking for an active holiday in beautiful surroundings, with hiking, climbing , mountain biking, running trails and golf on Europe’s highest 18-hole golf course. Alternatively, relax in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase Spa and enjoy Michelin-star dining in La Vetta restaurant.

For further information and reservations, please visit tschuggen.ch or telephone +41 81 378 99 99.

From CHF970 per person for 2 nights

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