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Austria's Most Beautiful Spring Escapes

When nature turns into a vibrant spectacle of color and the sweet scent of blossoms fills the air, life awakens anew. The transformative spring's magic can be felt particularly intensely in the following places of energy.

April 9, 2024


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The Salzburg Alps and Jufenalm have one thing in common: the feeling of freedom whenever you're close to them. Otherwise, two worlds collide here: while the mountains stretch towards the sky outside and you live alpine traditions, the bohemian hotel in Maria Alm exudes a touch of Ibiza spirit. On warm days, you can lounge on the wooden deck under straw umbrellas to the sound of chill-out music or take your first dip in the glistening turquoise outdoor pool. The interior also follows the boho concept with macramé and natural, hip textiles, especially in the 30 rooms and suites. Highlight: the Sky Suites, which make nature and the sky tangible thanks to panoramic windows. Those looking for more adrenaline can be whisked away by helicopter over the Steinernes Meer and enjoy a boho mountain picnic with delicious snacks. It's simply breathtaking! 

Jufenalm BOHO Hotel & Restaurant
Jufen 10, 5761 Maria Alm, Austria
Tel.: +43 6584 7152
Web: jufenalm.at
Price: Doubles incl. breakfast from € 271

Alpine Resort Sportalm

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76 three-thousand-metre peaks are in the immediate vicinity of Alpine Resort Sportalm - thanks to its fantastic location at the foot of the glacier world, the hotel, with the power animal ibex in its logo, has always been a popular starting point for nature activities such as high mountain tours and hikes. The charm of the Tyrolean mountains is also reflected in the lovingly furnished rooms; sustainable natural materials and textiles were used for the interior. True to the motto: Work out and recharge your batteries. The Naturpark Spa is a soothing highlight after long days outdoors. During sauna sessions or laps in the infinity pool, you'll be carried away by the soothing feeling of deep relaxation. Families are also welcome - a separate spa with pool, sauna and amethyst healing grotto is available for children. What are you waiting for? 

Alpine Resort Sportalm
Plangeroß 36, 6481 St. Leonhard im Pitztal, Austria
Tel.: +43 (0) 541 386203
Web: sportalm.net
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 135 per person

Parkhotel Pörtschach

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Whether you're looking for relaxing recreation, active adventures or a cultural vacation in the Alpe-Adria region - Parkhotel Pörtschach has the right offer for every taste. Covering an area of 40,000 , the hotel resort offers plenty of space for leisure activities. During the vacation periods, the Carinthian hotel presents a comprehensive vacation program for families - childcare, petting zoo, guest cocktails and magic school included! The unique peninsula location offers breathtaking lake views from all rooms. The turquoise-blue Wörthersee also lies at your feet. The in-house kitchen team on the quiet private beach will spoil you with a varied regional cuisine. The spacious spa area with indoor pool and saunas invites you to relax. Parkhotel Pörtschach, open between March and January, is also the ideal location for workshops, seminars and unforgettable (large-scale) events with a unique flair of the lake.

Parkhotel Pörtschach
Hans Pruscha W. 5, 9210 Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Austria
Tel.: +43 4272 26210
Web: parkhotel-poertschach.at
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 135 per person

NOVA Moments

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Nestled between the Karwendel mountains and the Brandenberg Alps you'll find Tyrol's turquoise oasis, a haven of peace surrounded by a very special aura: Lake Achensee. In 2023, NOVA Moments Boutique Hotel opened here, just a few minutes away from the shore. It's a home base for sporty nature lovers and those seeking peace and quiet - a dream location, as a true adventure paradise opens up right on the doorstep of the adults-only hideaway. The mountains invite you to go on wonderful hiking tours, the lakeside promenade for bike tours and an 18-hole golf course right in front of the hotel makes golfers' hearts beat faster. If you want to take a break from everyday life, you'll find your place of strength in the NOVA Spa: light-flooded panoramic saunas, a soothing steam bath, the infinity whirlpool and a refreshing natural bathing lake guarantee relaxing moments. 

NOVA Moments Boutique-Hotel
Golfplatzstraße 8, 6213 Pertisau am Achensee, Austria
Tel.: +43 5243 5501
Web: novamoments.at
Price: Doubles incl. breakfast from € 276

Moar Gut

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Fantastic location with mountain views, endless space, creative childcare, animals, spa ... At Moar Gut you can experience a new level of family vacation. Here, well thought-out luxury is combined with nature experiences and sustainability. Spacious family suites serve as a retreat and starting point for wonderful days at the resort. Over the years, a paradise for young and old has been created on an area of 150,000 square meters, including an organic farm, exciting activities and places to relax. From summer 2024, the new LILLEE BABY SPA will offer a special experience for the little ones: floating in warm water supports the natural motor skills of newborns. Baby massages with gentle touches and baby yoga create precious moments of bonding between mother and child. 

Family Nature Resort Moar Gut
Moargasse 22, 5611 Großarl, Austria
Tel.: +43 6414 318
Web: moargut.com
Price: Doubles incl. full board from € 295 per person


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This alpine gem at 1400 meters above sea level, which recently gave the Pyhrn-Priel vacation region a charming upgrade, is anything but ordinary. The old mountain hotel in Hinterstoder stood empty for a long time until it was given a makeover. And that's not all: in addition to the stylish main building, 20 free-standing designer chalets with pointed roofs were built, which seem to merge with the dreamlike surroundings. Here, you are completely alone and get a little closer to nature. In addition to its impressive architecture, TRIFORÊT alpin.resort stands for a unique interior that blends modern and traditional alpine style, a color scheme that is anything but ordinary. It has a spectacular lighting design and many exclusive details that exude a touch of luxury. It's definitely a real insider tip! 

TRIFORÊT Alpin Resort
Hutterer Böden 70, 4573 Hinterstoder, Austria
Tel.: +43 7564 93013
Web: triforet.at
Price: Doubles incl. breakfast from € 289 per person

Hotel Lamark

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It's the unique mix of mountain panorama, recreational opportunities and active offers that make the Zillertal a popular vacation hotspot - and Hotel Lamark is also a good reason to travel to the region. Located in Hochfügen, at 1500 meters, the quiet four-star hotel blends perfectly into the Alpine landscape. Here, you can come up to relax, for example in the soothing saunas and steam baths of Lamark Spa - or you enjoy the vastness of nature. Hikes, bike adventures and summit tours start right on the doorstep and you're closer to the spring sun than anywhere else. Guests prefer to end the day on the hotel terrace with its sensational views. While the balmy evening sun warms the face, regional delicacies are served by award-winning chef Alexander Fankhauser.

Hotel Lamark
Hochfügen 34, 6264 Fügenberg, Austria
Tel.: +43 (0)5280 225
Web: lamark.at
Price: Doubles incl. Lamark Culinary from € 270

Golden Hill

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When the warm season sends its first harbingers and there's a wonderful scent of lavender in the air, southern Styria becomes an absolute place of longing. The sustainable luxury energy oasis Golden Hill is located in the middle of the countryside. The hosts have made their dream of a Mediterranean paradise come true here and built five exclusive country chalets, one premium chalet and a unique panoramic loft. While you feel the cozy warmth of the private spa on your skin or listen to the rippling of the natural pond in the so called Garden Eden, you get more and more into the golden flow. Host Barbara provides breathtaking moments of a culinary nature on Tuesdays and Fridays during private dining: her secret menu is served course by course directly in the chalet. Use the code "Falstaff TRAVEL" to secure a free pleasure cruise through the vineyards of southern Styria.

Golden Hill Country Chalets & Suites
Steinfuchsweg 2, 8505 St. Nikolai im Sausal, Austria
Tel.: +43 650 3505936
Web: golden-hill.at
Price: Chalet incl. breakfast from € 295 per person

Romantik Hotel Verwall

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Where the Silvretta-Montafon ski area extends in winter, an Eldorado for summiteers and adventurers opens up in the warmer months of the year. Romantik Hotel Verwall is located in the heart of the Montafon mountains. The breathtaking natural scenery creates a space for special moments of happiness. It's so comfortable that you feel right at home. A modern interior runs through the rooms and suites, allowing guests to dream of Alpine traditions. Because wellness means happiness for all the senses, the AlpinaVital SPA with saunas, relaxation zones and pool invites you to focus on the balance of body and mind. Chef Kai Horitzky knows that food makes you happy - and conjures up a healthy combination of Mediterranean dishes, traditional delicacies from Vorarlberg cuisine and light delicacies at award-winning level.

Romantik Hotel Verwall
Montafoner Straße 129, 6793 Gaschurn, Austria
Tel.: +43 555 88 20 642
Web: verwall.com
Price: Doubles incl. half board from € 210

Cortisen am See

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You approach the edge of Lake Wolfgang on a stand-up paddle board, the water glistens in the sunshine and a stately building rises up on the shore: Cortisen am See, a real adults-only powerhouse. The boutique hotel unites 25 double rooms and nine design and loft suites under one roof, with the interior reflecting the creative and colorful side. In the warmer months, the spacious sunbathing lawn in the garden is the perfect place to soak up the sun. The boathouse, in which a panoramic sauna has been installed, promises even more warmth and a special wellness factor. In the Boat Shed Suite on the upper deck, you're even closer to the lake. As soon as you open your eyes in the morning, you can look out over the dreamlike expanse of water. If you don't want to leave this favorite place, you can have breakfast brought to your door.

Hotel Cortisen am See
Markt 15, 5360 St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria
Tel.: +43 6138 2376
Web: cortisen.at
Price: Doubles incl. breakfast from € 245

The Central

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Here, you can feast high up at 3,000 meters and enjoy Sölden's impressive summit panorama with a fine drop of wine: For the 21st time in April 2024, Central invites connoisseurs and wine connoisseurs to the Wine on the Mountain event, the most renowned culinary festival in the Alps. At various wine tastings and the Big Bottle Party on the Giggijoch, world-renowned winemakers provide exciting insights into the art of winemaking, while guest chefs conjure up culinary delights. In addition to tasty highlights, guests can look forward to the legendary Kitchen Party, the in-house PINO 3000 and the Charity Casino Evening in the luxurious five-star hotel. Since the comprehensive makeover in 2023, Central has shone in completely new splendor with the modern Summit Spa and elegant feel-good rooms and suites. 3-6 nights for Wine on the Mountain from 18-21.4.2024 from € 3.930 per double room. More information: weinamberg.at

The Central - Alpine. Luxury. Life.
Auweg 3, 6450 Sölden, Austria
Tel.: +43 5254 22600
Web: central-soelden.com


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It doesn't take much to conjure up a special feel-good factor - traditional alpine architecture, modern interior design with earthy tones and high-quality textiles and a large portion of hospitality. All of this can be found in the middle of the Grossarl Valley: Tauernhof is a sustainable place of strength for those seeking peace and quiet and for summiteers alike. Everyone will find their own personal luxury here - be it the Salzburg mountains for an active tour, the in-house Tauernbad for a dip under the sun, the Tauernschick with its wonderful range of massages or the Schatzarei, where you can enjoy regional Austrian cuisine. Dining in a secret romantic spot in the middle of nature in fantastic weather? No problem at the Tauernhof! E-scooters are now also available for hire.

Hotel Tauernhof
Unterbergstraße 55, 5611 Großarl, Austria
Tel.: +43 6414 2640
Web: tauernhof.com
Price: Save 10 % discount when booking in April! Doubles from € 155


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Formerly a spa hotel, then a thermal hotel, today a casual lifestyle hideaway: Sendlhofer's has been a place of health since 1928, thanks to the healing Gastein thermal springs that bubble up here. In the Naturspa with an indoor and an outdoor pool, a massage pool and a relaxation lounge, you can daydream, while the saunas give you that extra hot kick. If you need soul food afterwards, LUKE'S is the place to be - the perfect spot for brunch, lunch and dinner. Highlight on the regional menu: in-house tapas to share. In general, there's a living room atmosphere here, people come together and enjoy the relaxed flair. In the warmer months, evenings are rounded off with an open-air disco and live music. Even though the hotel always has its finger on the pulse of the times, the interior design of the rooms, studios and apartments remains true to the Alpine style.

Pyrkerstraße 34, 5630 Bad Hofgastein, Austria
Tel.: +43 6432 3838 0
Web: sendlhofers.com
Price: Doubles incl. breakfast from € 169

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Spring 2024.

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