It‘s easy to understand why Austria is a favourite destination amidst travellers seeking an oasis of wellness and tranquillity.
The country‘s green mountains and calm lakes soothe the mind just by staring at them and the body finds comfort in high-tech innovative spas offering the most advanced treatments.
From a recovery massage after an exciting ski session, to highly imaginative therapies that make worries disappear, our top picks cover everything you need!
4. Best for an après-ski massage... Arlberg Hospitz Hotel
If you’re looking for a great ski-spa retreat, you need to look no further than the Arlberg Hospitz Hotel.
Located in the ski resort of St. Christoph, it offers guests some of the best slopes in Europe and the expertise of massage therapists that will help you to recover, relax and replenish your energy levels like no one else can.
Apart from traditional massages, the spa also offers energetic and oriental massages widely acclaimed for their health-benefitting effects.
3. Best spa with a view... Hotel Gasthof Post
Water is one of the most soothing elements that can be found in nature.
So imagine what it must feel like to float in a 15 metre long heated panoramic pool with unrestricted views of impressive peaks and the gentle sound of the breeze amidst the trees of a lush garden. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it?
Well, paradise has a name and it’s Hotel Gasthof Post. Nestled in the heart of the enchanting town of Lech, it offers a natural oasis with breathtaking surroundings that make all worries disappear the moment you step in.
2. Best spa circuit... Relais & Châteaux Hotel Jagdhof
While some hotels offer spas, Relais & Châteaux Hotel Jagdhof in Neustift offers a fully-formed ‘vitality world’ to really let you get into the spa experience.
Covering 2,000m2, this multi-award winning magical retreat, offers guests a wide array of facilities where lights, colours, sounds and especially water are the main elements.
Traditional facilities like the Roman tepidarium or the Turkish laconium can be enjoyed alongside more modern therapies.
Stand out treatments include amethyst stones at the amethyst steam grotto to help you get rid of anger and cure skin impurities or the use of Kneipp pools at the invigorating Kneipp circuit to help you strengthen your immune system.
1. Best unique winter spa activity... Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol
If you’ve been to other spas before and want to find something new or you are looking for a spa that thinks out of the box, Interalpen Hotel Tyrol is the place for you.
Located in Seefeld, this 5 star hotel is so committed to relaxation that it has created what we think is one of the most unique winter spa activity in Austria: The Candle Light Swimming Experience.
During winter, every Saturday from 6pm ‘till 8pm, 60 candles and 40 lounge lights are set around the indoor pool and 7 torches are lit around the outdoor pool by the spa staff to create a most romantic and relaxing atmosphere in which guests can swim and enjoy the nearby Tyrolean mountains.
Furthermore, guests can taste a glass of Prosecco and a large selection of fruits while they listen to Gregorian choirs, classical and pop music.