This village in the Austrian Tyrol is a gateway to the stunning Arlberg ski area, a region in part responsible for the sport’s conception. The village offers an authentic slice of mountain life too, along with some of the best après in the world. It’s equal parts charming and buzzing, offering plenty of opportunities to party and some exciting runs loved by advanced skiers. It’s just a short air-hop from the UK, with excellent snow coverage from December to April each year. Here are our favourite hotels to check into when hitting the slopes of St Anton.
Raffl’s St. Antoner Hof
If you’re seeking a super central location with five-star treatment, book Raffl’s St. Antoner Hof. Its 39 rooms and suites are traditional and cosy, with contemporary touches. It feels relaxed, yet the service is unobtrusively attentive. The colourful design pieces found within the hotel are stand-out features and this bohemian theme extends to its restaurant, Raffl’s Eat Art, where the menu is enormously creative, coming from a multi-award winning chef. Additional dining concepts are Seven SKY (sushi served in a baroque style dining room) and Sticky Fingers for Tyrolean comfort food. There’s also a spa with an indoor pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath and solarium.
This is one of few ski in ski out properties in St Anton. Mooser is perched at the foot of the mountain, close to the Galzig cable car. But it isn’t only the location that sets this hotel apart, a highlight is the outdoor heated infinity pool that was built into the rock of the gorge. As such, the views are dreamy. So too are the vistas from the top-floor restaurant and bar. Huge windows provide a prime outlook, in decorative surroundings crafted in part, from reclaimed wood. Mooser’s interior design is artistic and contemporary, not least as it was only built in 2011. And it’s fully soundproofed providing a cocoon-like experience once inside. There’s also a spa incorporating an infrared sauna, dry heat sauna, rock sauna and steam room.
Raffl’s Tyrol Hotel
With a distinctively retro vibe, this hotel is funky, yet elegant. It’s quirky, with many mid-century furnishings and luxe in-suite features, like spiral glass showers, free-standing bathtubs and living rooms with open fireplaces. The finest form of accommodation is a two bedroom Roof-Top Grand Suite. While this extra space suits families, in general, this property is preferred by couples. Guests staying here have the benefit of accessing all the facilities at the Tyrol’s sister hotel, Raffl’s St. Antoner Hof, the first on our list. The hotels have the same three restaurant styles too and while there’s no spa on site here, there is a steam bath and sauna cabins.
Housed in a classic chalet-style building, the five-star Hotel Tannenhof has a regal feel inside (quite possibly due to many pops of the traditionally royal colours purple and red throughout its textiles). Its spa was completely redesigned five years ago, it has stunning mountain views, luxury holistic treatments, indoor and outdoor pools – the former with a counter-current system and the latter with a natural hot spring – 16 treatment cabins and an aroma steam bath. Guests can enjoy Alpine haute cuisine, suites with private balconies and a Maserati chauffeur-driven private car service.