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Explore the Austrian Alps from the comfort of the Grossarler Hof hotel

With its emphasis on nature and tradition, the Grossarler Hof hotel makes a charming retreat

Theresa Harold
Theresa Harold,

Located 70km south of Salzburg in the Grossarl valley, the family-run Grossarler Hof hotel offers a luxurious twist on traditional Alpine resorts. The hotel has 49 rooms and suites, a restaurant, gym and state-of-the-art spa facilities. Upon arrival, guests are invited to take a seat in the wood-panelled lobby where a glass of Prosecco and an open fire awaits.

Upstairs, the rustic décor continues in the rooms, with oak floors, cosy rugs and luxurious linens. Room amenities include a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and a Nespresso coffee maker (suites only), as well as a loudspeaker system in the bathroom. It is an unexpected touch, but it certainly makes singing in the shower a lot more fun.

Of course, no visit to Salzburgerland would be complete without enjoying the magnificent range of outdoor activities on offer. Thanks to the hotel’s proximity to the Grossarl cable-car terminus and the Hohe Tauern national park, guests can hike, ski, climb or even paraglide to their heart’s content. There is also a supervised weekly programme of activities including guided walks and morning yoga.

The hotel’s summer season runs from June to October, while the winter season is from November to April. Whichever time of year you visit, Grossarler Hof offers a special experience. During winter, there are snowshoe walking tours, torch-lit evening hikes, sledge rental and live music in the evenings. The warmer months open up a whole host of possibilities including e-biking, fishing and golf.

During your stay, you should also enjoy the culinary delights of Jagastub’n, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Chef Walter Viehhauser serves up regional specialities with a focus on locally sourced produce including fresh fish and venison. The menu changes daily and features dishes such as cream of cucumber soup with shrimps, and fillet of trout with black risotto.

Lastly, don’t leave Grossarler Hof without visiting the Erlenreich Relax & Spa. A full body massage is 50 minutes of pure indulgence, while the Éclat de Givre facial yields immediate results. In addition to treatments, there is also a Finnish sauna, steam bath, infrared cabin and a Jacuzzi.

Grossarler Hof, Unterberg 122, 5611 Grossarl, +43 (0)6414 8384, grossarlerhof.at



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