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Where better to recuperate than a state-of-the-art alpine retreat?
Hotel Schloss Mönchstein
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the past at this beautiful five-star hotel, with its remarkable views of Mozart’s home city from its perch on Mönchsberg mountain and a history reaching all the way back to 1350. Before you make the most of the expansive 3,230 sq. ft. wellness area, take a walk in the 3.5-acre castle park and enjoy Austrian cuisine and international delicacies created by chef Markus Mayr. Next – it’s up to you. Work out in the gym using its state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, ease your muscles in the steam bath or sauna and drift off on the rest terrace in the relaxation zone before a massage or cosmetic treatment. Make sure you spend some time in the outdoor whirlpool (year-round) and infinity pool (open in summer) where you can gaze out over the old town. The hotel has just 24 rooms and suites so you'll be guaranteed a peaceful, restorative stay.
Hotel Schloss Mönchstein, Mönchsberg Park 26 , 5020 Salzburg; rooms from €450; see more
It’s worth planning ahead because this five-star hotel, surrounded by the Tirolean Alps, has a superb wellbeing offering and you’ll want to make the most of it. Breathe deeply when you arrive and take in the fresh air and panoramic views, both of which are in plentiful supply at the height of 1,300m. The spacious spa, redesigned last year, encompasses more than 5,300m² - one of the largest in Austria – and is now home to 19 new treatment rooms.
The team champions “limitless well-being in the middle of alpine beauty” and an experience tailored to each guest, whether you want to focus on fitness or relaxation, as an individual or as a couple, for a short break or a longer stay. Couples will love the 75 m² private spa and massages for two, while ladies can take advantage of the female-only wellness areas and the extensive treatment menu. If your stay is short, there’s an express beauty area stocked with Sisley products and, for longer stays, we recommend a Wellness & Detox week.
Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol, Dr.-Hans-Liebherr-Alpenstrasse, A-6410 Telfs-Buchen/Seefeld; rooms from €229; see more
Das Central, Solden
At 1500 m², the Alpine air at Das Central is fresh and invigorating, ideal for kick-starting a restorative stay. Devour award-winning cuisine in the Feinspitz and Ötztaler Stube restaurants (or head up to the summit of the Gaislachkogl to eat at the glass-walled ice Q, which you might recognise from its appearance in the Bond film Spectre). And the morning after enjoying exceptional wines from a cellar housing more than 30,000 bottles from all over the world, retreat into the heart of the five-star hotel in the Ötztal valley, deemed ‘an Eldorado of winter sports and summer activities’. The spacious, luxurious Venezia Water World comprises three floors of Venetian-inspired relaxation, sauna and steam bath zones, plus the Beauty & Wellness Residence, which boasts a menu of traditional Alpine and Oriental treatments across 16 rooms. The hotel’s motto is Alpine. Luxury. Wellness. We’re sold(en).
Das Central, Auweg 3, 6450 Sölden / Ötztal; see more
Hotel Sans Souci, Vienna
If the romantic, historic city of Vienna is on your must-visit list (which it should be), the Sans Souci, perfectly central with just 63 rooms and suites, is the place to stay. Exploring should be your first port of call – Vienna’s trendy 7th district and charming Spittelberg area are a two-minute walk from the hotel, and the Museum of Art History and Imperial Palace are also close by – but after seeing the sights, check into the luxurious Sans Souci Spa for relaxation and restoration. There’s everything you could want – a sports pool, fitness area, sauna, steam bath, relaxation room and a very tempting-sounding Sun Meadow, plus treatments which exclusively use the Austrian-made, vegan Vinoble product range.
Hotel Sans Souci, Burggasse 2, 1070 Vienna; rooms from €269; see more
Aqua Dome, Ötztal Valley
Sometimes an award says it all. The Aqua Dome – in the Ötztal valley, a mountain retreat that is cosmopolitan and charming in equal measure – won the World Spa Award for World's Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa last year, and it’s easy to see why. Bask in one of the Thermal Spa’s 12 (yes, 12) indoor and outdoor pools or seven saunas, cleverly designed in a way that is both modern and welcoming, and enjoy food both ‘zesty’ and ‘hearty’ against the awe-inspiring mountain backdrop.
Then there’s the futuristic, sleek SPA 3000, just for hotel guests, replete with plush quiet zones, natural colours and materials, and an expansive panoramic window that looks out over the Ötztal Valley. Treatments include ‘feel-good ceremonies’, regional recommendations and !QMS Medicosmetics. And for families, the hotel can lay claim to the ‘Noah’s ark of the Alps’, a fun-tastic pool and water park area just for kids.
Aqua Dome, Oberlängenfeld 140, A-6444 Längenfeld; rooms from €141; see more
Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl
Keen to try out the world's first floating Jacuzzi? Then you need to visit the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl – White Horse Inn – on the calm banks of Lake Wolfgangsee, which is run by the fifth generation of Paul Johann Peter’s family. Not only is there this swimming Jacuzzi but there is also a heated lake lido with a year-round water temperature of 30°C and an extensive lakeside spa. Adults and children have separate spa areas, so everyone can enjoy their holiday to the max, and all can take advantage of paddleboat and bike rentals, as well as Austrian wine tastings, for the adults, in the hotel's natural rock cellar. Prost!
Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl, Markt 74, 5360 St. Wolfgang; rooms from €100; see more