These wellness resorts in the Alps have all you need to banish the winter blues – hot tubs, invigorating massages and magical panoramic views. The hitch? You won’t want to leave …
Das Kranzbach |
The best moment here at the foot of Zugspitze mountain is when you wake up in the hotel’s own treehouse, closely followed by an evening swim in the poolhouse (facing page), which boasts five pools, eight saunas, terraces for yoga lessons and an unrivaled Alpine panorama.
You won’t find a sign saying “Welcome to the fairy tale,” but that’s exactly how you’ll feel in the rustic mountain cabins of this Bavarian ski resort almost 1600 meters above sea level. Ten snug rooms, an outdoor terrace with a hot tub, snow-covered landscapes and cozy evenings by the tiled stove all await hotel guests here.
Guests at this resort close to Salzburg will find it very easy to spend hours basking in the infinity pool, gazing at the mountains. Family-owned since 1334, the Gmachl also has a large outdoor spa with saunas, rest areas with an open fireplace and a gym, and the kitchen serves exquisite Austrian cuisine.
Adventures await: Hiking trails lead straight from the hotel to the Leogange Steinberge mountains, and there’s a ski run right on the doorstep. If you crave relaxation, the waldSPA area of this Austrian wellness resort beckons on the edge of the forest with its old wood sauna, herbal and steam baths, and a hot tub.
Schloss Elmau |
Sorry, but no, this is not Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain. However, this castle hotel in the Wetterstein Mountains is (also) an historical site. It was here that the heads of state and government resided during the G7 summit of 2015. Idyllically situated, it has six spas, a heated rooftop pool, superb libraries, a large yoga pavilion, nine restaurants, as well as evening jazz concerts.
Lanserhof Tegernsee |
This resort, set against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, has one main focus, the body. Each guest receives a basic check-up, followed by a tailor-made program of relaxation training, exercise therapy, detox treatment and massages. All 70 bedrooms have a balcony or terrace.
With 179 kilometers of ski runs, snowboard fun parks, and countless cross-country ski and winter hiking trails, this is one of Austria’s most varied regions. With Finnish saunas, a panorama rest area and an indoor and outdoor pool, the Tennerhof hotel spa is a great place to relax after your outdoor exertions.
Outings for the energetic: top winter activity tips
8 | ATHLETIC
Catch me if you can, a new nighttime race, invites 222 skiers to compete on the legendary Kandahar ski run.
9 | APPETIZING
In December, three Michelin-starred chefs are laying on an exclusive pre-descent brunch in Alta Badia, South Tyrol.
10 | NOISY
The Rave On Snow festival in Saalbach-Hinterglemm transforms the ski resort into one gigantic party.
11 | PEACEFUL
The Panorama Christmas Market at Hungerburg Castle offers a glorious view of Innsbruck twinkling below.