This charming Alpine region boasts some truly stunning scenery. Here you can explore picture-postcard villages, magnificent snow-capped mountain ranges, huge lakes, rushing rivers, verdant pastures – and in winter season it’s a skier’s paradise. Here are some of the finest places to stay when taking in the wonders of the Tyrol.
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Dasposthotel Zell am Ziller
This four-star family-run boutique hotel is ideal for guests seeking a homely stay. Echoes of nature run through the warm and exquisite interior design in its 70 rooms. Bold textiles, chandeliers, feature patterns and natural wood textures fuse rustic and refined elements to create a unique and cosy environment. Organic and sustainably sourced menus can be enjoyed at the hotel’s restaurant, Heleni, while the outdoor pool, sensuous spa and quaint garden alcoves provide plenty of opportunity for relaxation. It has the added benefit of being an environmentally certified, energy-saving establishment.
Hotel Das Central
This was the first five-star hotel in Sölden and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Guests staying in one of the 125 rooms at Hotel Das Central experience Alpine luxury life and sublime relaxation along with ‘toque‘-awarded gourmet cuisine. A visit to its large spa is a must – it comprises ten different saunas and steam baths, a health buffet,16 treatment rooms and a three-storey Venetian styled water world with a pool. For those visiting in pursuit of the best slopes, the hotel’s Ötztal Alpine backdrop provides some of the region’s best powdery pistes.
Hotel Klosterbräu & Spa
This romantic wellness hotel in the Olympic region of Seefeld is a haven for active couples and families alike (that includes your dogs – the host family has five of their own and extends the five-star treatment to four-legged visitors). There’s plenty of adventure to be had with activities including outdoor moonlit swims, tobogganing, igloo building, curling and snowshoe hiking. The hotel’s ethos is to cater to the needs of each individual with warm hospitality and fantastic food. If you’d like to escape the outside world with a loved one, pay a visit to the private spa for couples treatments, or enjoy the saunas and relaxation areas of the main spa. While the hotel’s exterior and some of the suites are traditional in style (this was once a 16th-century monastery), the theme of the interior design in its 90 rooms is contemporary and comfortable.
Lanserhof Lans Lans, Tyrol, Austria
The first Lanserhof opened its doors in the Tyrol in 1974 and has since become one of the most renowned med-spas in the world. The sleek design and floor to ceiling glass windows showcase the pines and Nordkette Alps on the doorstep. Holistic treatments are designed and carried by doctors and specialists in natural healing – well-heeled guests come here to detox, recharge, reset, recover from burnout or find wellness. Pioneering treatments include cryotherapy, ionic footbaths, detox-cupping, Kneipp water therapy, IV oxygen therapy and 24-hour sleep tracking. A stay of at least a week is suggested, during which top-notch healthy fare is enjoyed in the Lanserhof Lans’ calming ambience.
Nidum Casual Luxury Hotel
A stay in this relatively new contemporary chalet hotel is sure to delight. Each of the 57 rooms boasts a south-facing balcony or terrace, espresso machine and minibar, while some suites offer saunas and freestanding tubs. Nidum has an outdoor infinity pool, a 1500 metre square rooftop spa with panoramic views, three dining areas and a library with over 2000 books. It’s just a 20-minute drive to Innsbruck airport, skiing is close by at Gschwandtkopf, or if visiting in summer months don’t miss a dip in lake Möserer. It tends to be more popular with couples, than families, although all holidaymakers are made most welcome.
Alpin Lodge das Zillergrund – Mountain Aktiv Relax Hotel
Family-run for five generations, this Alpine lodge welcomes families, couples and solo travellers alike. The 34 cosy rooms vary from singles through to large premium suites. There’s plenty to keep you busy with a programme of optional year-round activities and a games room for the kids to burn off some energy. The Zillergrung national park is close by, providing plentiful hiking, biking and skiing opportunities. Indulge in some ‘me’ time at the Natural Alpine Spa including an Ahornach spring pool with waterfall, a glacier water adventure trail, herb steam bath, Finnish sauna, pool bottom bubbles, and whirlpool. The culinary offer is equally appealing with local dishes created using ingredients sourced on the hotel’s own farm, or from those nearby.
Aqua Dome Hotel Tyrol
Often described as the best thermal spa in the Alps, this is the place for water lovers. Enjoy magical winter swims as the steam rises from the unusual bowl-shaped outdoor pools (there are a total of twelve indoor and outdoor pools to choose from). Sweat away your cares in one of the seven saunas and enjoy tasty cuisine in the four restaurants and bars and take in the epic mountain vistas of the Ötztal valley. Visitors can stay for the day by buying a spa pass or book a room in the adjoining hotel. The site is instantly recognisable with it’s futuristic, quirky architectural design, while the interior design is chic. Facilities are state of the art and it’s easy to see why this hotel won the World Spa Award for the World’s Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa in 2018.