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NEWS ABOUT LIFE, STYLE & HOTELS ISSUE NO 02 / 2016

ISLANDS OF DESIRE


No man is an island … … is a line from the piece by British poet John Donne, which has earned

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almost eternal status as the title of novels, songs and films. But even if no man is an island, everyone desires islands: They are places of longing. When we think of islands, we think first of the smaller and larger land elevations in the seas and oceans, lakes and rivers. But in the figurative sense, islands can also be special places in cities and regions. Islands always stand for the exceptional; often for peace, relaxation and isolation. Anima, the garden that André Heller conjured up from the desert near Marrakesh, is one such island. This edition of STYLEMATE focuses entirely on these islands. This includes proper islands, and special places and hotels form islands of relaxation for travellers. Travel with STYLEMATE to these special places. We’d be delighted if reading inspires you to want to see these islands in person. www.lifestylehotels.net Happy reading!

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/ ISLANDS OF LONGING /

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/ POET AUDIO / 360 DEGREE ENJOYMENT

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10 / LIFESTYLEHOTELS WITH A TWIST / THEY CAN DO THE TWIST 12 / PEACEFUL HAVENS IN THE CITY / HOTEL TRES HOLLMANN BELETAGE HOTEL & VILLA AUERSPERG 14 / FRANZOBEL / THE LAST ISLAND 15 / HIDDENSEE / ISLAND OF TWO FACES PARALLEL SOCIETY ON HIDDENSEE 16 / DRUNK ON WATER / PICTURES SUSANNE POSEGGA 18 / ART ISLANDS / FLORENTINA WELLEY 20 / NEW MEMBERS / 22 / STYLEMATE MUST HAVE / 24 / ALPINE SUMMER / ZERMATT SONNE LIFESTYLE RESORT ALPINE SUMMER SPECIALS 26 / HOTEL DIRECTORY /

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ISLANDS OF ISLANDS ARE ALWAYS SOMETHING SPECIAL, REAL OR MYTHICAL PLACES OF LONGING, OFTEN A LITTLE

MARTIN NOVAK

UNCONVENTIONAL. THEY ARE PERFECT WHEN THEY ARE OPEN TO NEW THINGS, WITHOUT GIVING UP THEIR INDEPENDENCE. WHOLLY INCOMPLETE ISLAND HOPPING.

Photo: La Casitta

Photo: Conclusio

Stephanie and Vincenzo Apuzzo: “Island people everywhere have the same mentality.”

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“Island people all have the same mentality,

“La Maddalena Archipelago” National Park

Château Pétrus on the island

anywhere in the world.” Vincenzo Apuzzo

and the “Lavezzi” Marine Park, which is part

Marco Fonnesu is no outsider. On Santa

knows what he’s talking about. His par-

of Corsica. Sea bass, which gather in large

Maria, one of the small, scarcely populated

ents come from the Italian mainland, from

numbers and impressive sizes at a site near

islands of the Maddalena archipelago, his

Sorrento near Naples, but he was born on

Corsica, barracudas, moray eels, crayfish,

family has owned “La Casitta” for 28 years.

an island, specifically in England. Togeth-

bream and mullets are the highlights, when

Here – in the heart of the conservation area

er with his Swiss wife Stephanie, he has

divers explore the underwater fauna and

– he has developed a first-class resort from

travelled the world, spending many years

flora against the setting of the impressive

two villas, which were originally only intend-

living in Asia before finally landing on Sar-

rock formations. “Nature is our capital,” says

ed for private use. His intention is to make

dinia. Here in the North-East of the island,

Vincenzo, who everyone here calls “Winnie”.

a connection with the proud tradition of the

in Palau, the two now manage a small but

Although he has already lived here for ten

island of Sardinia as a luxury oasis for the

successful diving centre. Each day during

years, he has remained an “outsider” on Sar-

mega-rich. Although Marco sets great store

the season, he takes guests on his mod-

dinia. A fact he doesn’t take too seriously –

by the “inner wealth” of his visitors, a little bit

ern diving boat to the best places in the

it’s part of the island mentality.

of external wealth doesn’t harm in light of the

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LONGING high demands he places on his services. La

Truffles and sea

cheese, tomatoes”). And prepares the pasta

Casitta offers six bedrooms, just enough for

Regional is not always enough. Even head

typical of Apulia, Orecchiette (“little ears”),

a small group with bodyguards. Guests can

of the La Gritta restaurant, Roberto Pierro,

with mature Sardinian ricotta – intra-Italian

either arrive by private yacht or helicopter. If

whose fantastic cuisine creates dishes to

fusion cooking if you will.

you don’t have either of these to hand, Marco

tantalise the tastebuds according to the

can collect you from Porto Cervo, the holi-

Michelin Guide, combines Sardinian sea-

Open islands

day resort for the rich and beautiful on the

food with summer truffles from Piemont

The fact that islands gain in appeal when

Costa Smeralda founded by Aga Khan IV. at

and a simple sardine with Turkish angel hair

they are opened up to the world can be

the start of the 1960s. La Casitta is not just

(Kataifi), which he prepares sugar-free, of

seen in the Balearics. Nowadays, Palma

for sleeping. It is also a top-class restaurant

course. Robert learned to cook in Piemont

de Mallorca is one of the most important

for up to 100 guests. It goes without saying

(which explains his love of truffles), worked

holiday destinations in the world, “because

that regional products are transformed into

as a chef in Spain, Switzerland and the

it offers everything, city, shopping, beach,

culinary delicacies wherever possible. But

USA, before he moved to Sardinia and the

sport”, enthuse Thomas Holzleithner and

Sardinia does not provide the oysters, served

restaurant’s kitchen, which belongs to his

Hardy Egger, the editors of this magazine

here to Leonardo di Caprio, (former) super-

wife Simona, who in turn took it over from

and owners of Lifestylehotels. In the city

model Eva Herzigova, property billionaire

her father. They both love Sardinia – an easy

with its 400,000 inhabitants, you can mar-

Thomas Barack, football superstar Cristiano

thing to do given the breath-taking view of

vel at the magnificent Palma Cathedral from

Ronaldo and others who do not want to read

the Caribbean-like Mediterranean from the

the 16th century, buy souvenirs – for friends,

their names in a magazine. Neither does it

terrace of La Gritta. The Apulia-born chef

family and yourself – in international brand

provide the Château Pétrus or the Tignanello

quickly got to grips with Sardinian cuisine

stores and local designer shops, sunbathe

in the wine cellar of La Casitta.

(“there are only a few typical products, meat,

on one of the beautiful sandy beaches or

With La Casitta, Marco Fonnesu has realised an island dream – for him and his guests.

Photo: Conclusio

Photo: Conclusio

Simona and Roberto Pierro combine the taste of the world with regional products at the Restaurant La Gritta.

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Alcatraz, the island of horrors in San Francisco Bay, has been a magnet for visitors for many decades – here is a picture from the 1980s.

Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

The Hebrides: Europe’s extreme west

take a refreshing dip in the sea, eat in one of

(which have between two and 2,000 inhab-

was one of the most important figures of the

the 18 Michelin-recommended restaurants

itants) as tax havens – a term which sounds

Italian “Risorgimento” unification movement

and round off your evening in one of the hip

a bit shady nowadays – but they are also

spent his twilight years here. But he spent

and happening clubs.

garden paradises. The racy luxury sports

them very luxuriously on an estate, which he

Local and international – Svenn Rudow, the

cars which characterise the streets de-

bought along with the island. Thus complet-

director of the Hotel Tres (see separate arti-

spite the narrow roads which barely permit

ing the circle: Just like Alcatraz, the Garibaldi

cle) also loves this mix. The Norwegian uses

speeds of over 40 mph can be attributed to

House is now a much-visited museum. It is

shrimps from Scandinavia for his Mediterra-

the tax havens.

just a short boat ride from Santa Maria. “Pre-

nean Smørrebrød – for one simple reason:

viously, islands were often a punishment,”

He considers them the best in the world.

Islands are places of longing, real and liter-

says diving centre owner Vincenzo Apuzzo,

But of course, it is served with Spanish

ary. But they are not always paradises. It’s

whose father had to serve his military service

wines, including those which are pressed

true that the Count of Monte Christo found

on Sardinia, “Today, it is a blessing to be able

on Mallorca.

both his treasure and his happiness there in

to live here.”

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the novel of the same name by Alexandre Islands stand for the extraordinary. On

Dumas, just like Jim Hawkins in “Treasure

www.lacasitta.com

Lewis and Harris, the main island of the

Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson. But they

www.divesardegna.com

Outer Hebrides in Scotland, it’s the tweed,

both then wanted to escape from there.

www.ristorantelagritta.it

which is only available in its original format

And managed it too. It’s uncertain whether

www.harristweed.org

here. Its very own law, the Harris Tweed Act,

anyone managed to flee from Alcatraz, the

www.compendiogaribaldino.it

and its own authority, the Harris Tweed Au-

prison island in the San Francisco Bay. Clint

thority, guarantee it remains. But you don’t

Eastwood managed it in the film – perhaps.

have to travel to the island to see the quality

A good 50 years after the prison closed,

of this handwoven sheep’s wool for your-

Alcatraz actually became a place of longing

self, because it is also available at Triennale

– for over a million visitors a year who enjoy

del Design in Milan, used by Ermenegildo

getting the creeps here.

Zegna or Margaret Howell.

One of the Maddalena Archipelago islands upstream of Sardinia was also a type of

People know Jersey and Guernsey, the

prison, but a very comfortable one. Italian

Channel Islands, with their smaller islands

freedom fighter, Giuseppe Garibaldi, who

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/ ISLAND OF SOUND / POET AUDIO /

360 DEGREE ENJOYMENT

Photo: Tony Muhr

THE “PANDORETTA°” SOUND SYSTEM AND THE LIKE BY POET AUDIO ARE CONQUERING DAS KRONTHALER AND HALLSTATT HIDEAWAY LIFESTYLEHOTELS. POET AUDIO IS BOTH THE OUTFITTER AND TRADE PARTNER. DAS KRONTHALER, a fascinating Design

found it in the 360 degree “pandoretta°” au-

LustBOXX,” says Hlebaina, looking into the

guests to experience an emotionally strong

& Alpine Lifestyle Hotel on Lake Achen in

dio system, manufactured by Graz-based

near future. POET is installing one of the

homecoming.

Tyrol, spans a very wide range: Optically, it

sound experts, POET Audio. It plays the

first POET boutiques in the LustBOXX at

affords a majestic panoramic view over the

music that guests have programmed on

the end of June.

Karwendel and Rofan mountains, over the

their smartphones wirelessly, without any

picturesque rooftops of the town of Achen-

cumbersome cables to the loudspeakers.

In Hallstatt, the World Heritage Site in the

The acquired capital of over €150,000 will

kirch to the Seekarspitze and the iridescent

Currently, there are three “poet-one” sys-

heart of the Salzkammergut, the Hallstatt

be invested in the production and installa-

Lake Achen. It invites you to hike, ride and

tems in the Kronthaler chalets. The “poet-

Hideaway offers the service of a hotel in

tion of the exclusive “POET shop-in-shop”

ski. In the hotel complex, the circle of holi-

one” is the little sister to the “pandoretta°”. It

a private atmosphere with its five private

boutiques.

day joy closes with the best and the most

plays music on each of the three speakers

suites. Home away from home – contem-

up-to-date – from the natur[e].spa.BOXX

in a radius of 180 degrees. In the ZeitLOS

porary design in historic architecture. The

health and spa centre, to sports events and

989 bar, a “pandoretta°” system with sev-

“pandoretta°” acts as a piece of art – the

seminars, to the hairdressing salon and

en loudspeakers and a 360 degree radius

platform is made by the Neue Wiener

boutiques that are included under the name

also provides a sophisticated and sonorous

Werkstaette, a leading manufacturer of

LustBOXX. Over its 750 square metres, de-

sound experience. As the wireless 360°

fine furniture – and can be controlled

sign meets contemporary character in life-

flagship, it is also the eye-catcher in the love-

by a guest’s mobile device without the

style accessories and fashion and in ethnic

ly ambiance of the bar. At the Kronthaler, the

need for any settings. “Through the

and traditional dress by the Luis Trenker

sales philosophy of POET Audio can also be

exceptional sound experience of the

brand.

experienced in its diversity: Firstly, the direct

’pandoretta°’, the sensual perception

contact with customers, secondly, selling

of the room is broader,” says Silke

With perfect indoor and outdoor offerings,

through trade or here through the Lust-

Seemann, the owner of the Hideaway,

it’s no wonder that Günther Hlebaina, the

BOXX. “Guests can listen to the sound of

enthusiastically. The personal music

owner of DAS KRONTHALER, was also

the POET Audio equipment at several points

selection of the guest is combined with

looking for perfect and integrated sound

in our hotel. This is a test run, so to speak,

the breath-taking panoramic view of

technology for the music in his rooms. He

as we also want to sell this equipment in the

the lake and the mountains, allowing

POET

Audio

concluded

a

successful

crowdfunding project in mid-June 2016.

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Photo: Tony Muhr

The POET audio equipment consists of components of the highest quality, created by hand in Austria with lots of attention to detail.

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CLEAR. WILD. FREE. EAST TYROL’S NATURE: POWERFUL & GENTLE. THE ALPS DO YOU GOOD – ANYONE WHO HAS EVER ENJOYED THE INCREDIBLE AIR AND FANTASTIC LIGHT OF THE MOUNTAINS, DESCRIBED AS HEAVENLY BY THE “MOUNTAIN DWELLERS” WILL HAVE FELT THIS. THIS NATURAL JEWEL SHOWS ITSELF FROM ITS MOST UNTOUCHED, CLEAREST, QUIETEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL SIDE IN THE CLEAR, UNTOUCHED EAST TYROL. Almost every therapist subscribes to the

Challenges & more

motto “When suffering is fun” is to be taken

idea that contact with untouched, varied

If you fancy a festive experience of a dif-

seriously here. 103 teams from 16 nations

nature and movement in a beautiful land-

ferent kind, then you’ll love one of these

will set out to run, paddle, paraglide or cy-

scape are two of the most effective ways

events: In August, the Free Solo Masters

cle as hard as their body and equipment

Dolomites Hiking Week

of putting people back on the right track in

takes place in Lienz (14th–15th). The East

can handle – or not ...

01.07.–04.09.2016

body and mind. For East Tyrol, this balanc-

Tyrolean extreme mountain climber Peter

Explore the extensive and wild beauty

ing, beneficial effect is particularly special,

Ortner (Cerro Torre ascent with David

of the Lienz Dolomites on foot:

as it comes with the alleged “shortcom-

Lama) developed the FREE SOLO climbing

ings”, which are in fact its very special

wall: 9 modules, each 2 metres high and 3

Including:

assets: Compared with other Alpine des-

metres wide, are hoisted and held like an

• 7 nights’ accommodation

tinations, East Tyrol is fairly limited in size.

accordion by a crane. The incline of the

• Catering as per the booked category

However, this also means: It is a refuge

wall and the resulting difficulty of the climb-

• Loan of hiking boots, rucksack

for those who are visiting this jewel. And:

ing routes can be varied in any way. At the

and hiking poles from the Best of

East Tyrol is quite fragmented. You won’t

Free Solo Masters, climbers try to climb

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find the massive trail with all the trimmings

a wall without rope protection and assis-

heading towards the summit here, with

tance. There is then only one way down:

DEALS

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all-inclusive goings-on. But: There are

Free fall. But in a giant airbag. On 16 July,

the mountain huts in the region of

lots of separate valleys, summits (name-

nd

vintage tractors meet in Kals and from 22

the Lienz Dolomites

ly 266 three-thousanders!), white-water,

to 24th July, the VW Bullis will show they’re

mountain villages – every corner hides

not afraid of Austria’s highest mountain at

ploughman’s lunch & drink at one of

• 2 trips with the “Wanderbus Lienzer Dolomiten” bus • 1 guided hike with a national park ranger From EUR 249.00 per person Journey of discovery in the Hohe Tauern National Park June to September 2016 Picturesque Alps, untouched high valleys, sublime summits, 1,200 kilometres of hiking trails lead to all altitudes and 266 three-thousanders in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Including: • 7 nights’ accommodation • Catering as per the booked category • 2 exploration hikes with a national park ranger • 10 Euro culinary voucher • 1 e-bike for 1 day • 1 East Tyrol’s Glockner-Dolomiten Card From EUR 262.00 per person

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East Tyrol incredibly diverse – Whether

Then it becomes extreme from 22

ambitious climbers want to take on the

24th July on the Großglockner Ultra Trail

high-Alpine routes with cult status or

in Kals: The course (110 km!) runs main-

stressed-out high achievers need some

ly into the high-Alpine terrain, sometimes

gentle downtime to chill out in the slop-

over 2800 metres high. Every participant

ing but silent nature: East Tyrol has it all.

must be extremely fit and sure-footed to

Even food lovers are well served here in

master the trail by the book. Extensive ex-

the truest sense of the word – whether

perience in long-distance mountain com-

it’s rustic or refined: East Tyrol has over

petitions is a prerequisite for taking part.

200 managed chalets and a good

It will be less steep, but very very skewed

dozen gourmet restaurants waiting for

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you. The cuisine combines the best

tival in Lienz (26 –30 July 2016): Under

from the Alps with the finest from the

the title “BENEJUX”, Belgian absurdities

neighbouring alpine upland. Whether

and Dutch madness will provide a whole

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on foot, by bike – and by the way: Fans

heap of surprises and fun. Shows of be-

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of both road and all-terrain will find the

tween eight seconds and ten minutes can

Experience East Tyrol from a new perspective

perfect routes here – whether on wa-

be attended in mini-theatres either on your

– in a raft over the white-water waves, from

ter or into the ice-covered mountains

own or in small groups ... all attractions

above with a tandem flight, on the ropes and

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are interactive and you only need to bring

hooks between the treetops in the aerial ropes

Between the Lienz Dolomites and

yourself. At the beginning of September

assault course or by bike on one of the three-

the Carnic Alps in the south and the

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thousanders. Adventure & Adrenalin is the deal

Hohe Tauern National Park in the

gritty with extreme sport at the Red Bull

for anyone who wants to try something special,

north, you can find it all.

Dolomitenmann relay race in Lienz. The

something crazy, something brave, and wants to do something outside of their comfort zone. Including: • 7 nights’ accommodation • Catering as per the booked category • Tandem flight with the Blue Sky flight school • Element white-water rafting tour on the Isel • Aerial ropes assault course at a dizzy height • Trip with the “Osttirodler” Alpine Coaster including ascent From EUR 316.00 per person

Photo: Uwe Grinzinger / Lienzer Huette

Untouched, diverse nature at its finest – East Tyrol is a refuge for body, mind & soul. Photo: Raffalt / Zupalsee

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You look out into the vastness – and 30

Morning Glory and Hill Bill

gigantic mountains stare back at you. The

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Sim-

mountain calls and it means you! Thirsty?

ply jump on a bike and cycle away. At the

Do you want a taste of something fresh, with

Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, you’ll find

high-alpine ice? At your hotel, the Lederer´s

your path no matter how long you’ve been

Living design hotel in the heart of Kaprun,

riding: From the “Morning Glory” for begin-

the best place to start the ultimate summit

ners to “Hill Bill”, which carries you over

tour, they know exactly what you need.

carpets of roots, surprising you with daring drops – pure thrills, even for seasoned

3.

bikers. Nature has created the best con-

Full concentration on the apple

ditions here for the ultimate bike experi-

Did William Tell hit the apple on his son’s

ence. And where it has left gaps in the

head? Would you hit it or would you pre-

adventure, the Bikepark has answered

fer to practice archery some more? The

the call and created North Shore trails

bowstring is tight, and the universe seems

following good old Canadian tradition,

to hold its breath for a moment, before the

with ingenious wooden constructions,

arrow is unleased ... mankind domesticat-

which will get the adrenalin pumping

ed the bow 14,000 years ago; and now you

through your veins as you conquer

want to, too. To do it with ease. You should:

them. You give your all, take the jumps

Under the guidance of the experts of Wild-

fearlessly and beat your personal

kogel Outdoor Life, with their professional

bests ... until exhaustion leads you

equipment – whether you’re big or small,

to your four-poster bed or to the Sky

left-handed or right.

Relax zone of your hotel, alpslodge.

When you lower the bow after hitting the

And what does the Life.Style.Bar here

target, your spirit lingers in a state of order.

have to offer?

Concentrated. Focussed. You’re overcome

8. 3.

by a hankering for the taste of that sum-

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2.

mery, sour apple on the head of the young

30 big ones stare back at you

boy. You return to the Wildkogel Resort in

3,203 metres above sea level: The

Bramberg. You look for the magical apple

joy of the summit, a view over the

tree between the chalets and find yourself,

landscape and the endless energy

as if guided by an invisible hand, directly at

of the high alpine world. On the

the bar ...

Kitzsteinhorn, great latitude is waitPhoto: Das Kronthaler

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ing, accessible even to you, even if

4.

you only run or cycle a little in your

Barefoot in the waves

everyday life. The secret behind it?

You’ve never been so close to the element

You only need your strength from

– speed across the water barefoot and be

the top station of the glacier cable

carried along by the exhilaration of speed

car. For the last 200 metres of the

... or perhaps you prefer one or two boards

climb. Secured by a rope, guided

in-between, on a monoski or two? The

by qualified mountain guides, you

Wolfgangsee lake offers you a way to en-

can taste the adventure without

counter the water in an unforgettable way.

ifs or buts. The incredible pano-

Roland Ballner, manager of the Cortisen

rama awaits you at the summit:

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The 19th hole is not what entices you after

ation. With the Achen Valley and the Natur-

you if you want to challenge yourself. Close

your game. It’s your luxurious hideaway, the

park Karwendel in front of you, you manage

to the waves, you sense yourself and your

Iris Porsche Hotel next to the Mondsee lake.

your paddle with smooth elegance; the

unimagined strength – through the slalom

It takes no more than 30 minutes to reach

paddle blade creates delicate air bubbles in

buoy course or simply tour the expanse of

15 golf courses from here – the right course

the lake with every stroke. For a moment,

the lake. “Water”, you think and smile, while

to suit your golfing passion is out there. Your

you think about soda water, about spar-

you enter the picturesque Cortisen boutique

need for green is not even sated in the evening

kling water, and you can almost feel the

hotel, a colonial style country house. You

and you long for the first gulp ... sparkling, ex-

delicate tingles on your tongue. Then you

reach for the glass ...

otic, with a touch of kiwi ...

hear your guide, Walter Kern from the DAS

5.

KRONTHALER hotel in Achenkirch. He 5.

7.

is talking about the indescribable feeling

Give me five

The Steinbock in your sights

when you’re stand-up paddling. You’ve got

Are you dreaming of the XXL Freeride Tour?

Beneath you – your bike. In front of you –

to give it to him …

Get up on the saddle of your enduro bike

nothing but nature, air, freedom ... and the

and off you go! From the Thomsn-Rock.

alluring challenge of climbing to the Stein-

9.

Hotel in Hinterglemm, you are just five min-

bockalm cabin under your own steam. Fully

And above, the sun floats by.

utes from fulfilling your dream. You and your

under your own steam? If you want, you can

The day starts drawing to a close – and you

bike are poised at the starting point of the

trust one of the bike guides from the Hotel

still have adventure in your blood? Then

BIG-5-BIKE challenge, where the Reiter-

Eder in Maria Alm, like the seven-times

the mountain calls out to you again – and

kogel, Schattberg, Kohlmais, Zwölferkogel

Bavarian master of the road, who will advise

this time, it’s the Kanisfluh massif. Majesti-

and Asitz mountains await you, urging you

and guide you. On forest tracks and paths,

cally, it sits enthroned above the Bregenz

to conquer them. In front of you are 60 kilo-

you will be immersed in the unmistakable

Forest and, with its bare rock faces, it

metres of incomparable trails and imposing

atmosphere of the forests, the healthiest

seems forbidding to those who want to

views. On the way up, you’ll mobilise all your

and best form of air conditioning since the

scale it. But you are staying at the Sonne

energy – on the descent, it’s fast, but with a

Big Bang. You can get everything you need

Lifestyle Resort in Mellau; they will show

relieved whoop. It is true, even if you can’t

for the trip from the hotel’s own ROSE-

you the way to the craggy mountain. Even

yet believe it – you were there! Take a look at

Bike-Center. And if you get a taste of biking

at sunset, if you want. Be caressed gently

www.big-5.at. There are snapshot stations

around the Eder, then use the chance to

by the warming rays, enjoy the view over

at some of the 13 checkpoints, which keep

take part in the competition run by Lifestyle-

the landscape in the sunset and then

you on course, where you can document

hotels and Red Bull and come back again in

descend to the hotel. Now a little, sweet

your extreme trip as you pass by. Then you

September ...

bedtime treat – from the fruits ripened by

can get the complete opposite – ultimate

Photo: Thomsn-Rock.Hotel

9.

the sun, the apple in your homeland and

peace – at your home base, the Thomsn-

8.

Rock.Hotel.

Float and glide over the water

the kiwi from the other end of the world.

In keeping with your wishes and objectives,

Apple, kiwi, cold soda, fresh ice – com-

6.

in tune with your body? When you try out

bined with a can of Red Bull and enjoyed

The Drachenwand before your eyes

stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Achen,

in a moment of peace – provides the taste

You get a waft of the scent of the freshly

you are testing yourself and your balance.

of summer 2016. Love at first gulp. In-

trimmed greens from the first tee at the foot

Floating like an ice cube on the water, you

dulge yourself! Let’s twist. And then, let’s

of the Drachenwand. But the only monster to

move almost silently over Lake Achen. The

twist again – like we did last summer.

conquer in your vicinity is the golfer within you

board, which is now your entire world, mea-

with his penchant for precision, if not perfec-

sures almost three and a half metres and

tion. You think about the par of the hole lying

holds you on the surface. Using the carbon

in front of you. A hole-in-one, that’s the aim ...

paddle, you are immersed in the water of the

just don’t hit it a dud ... and you drive off.

mountain lake and the feeling of total relax-

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/ CITY HOTELS /

PEACEFUL HAVENS IN THE CITY CITIES ARE NOT HAVENS OF PEACE FOR TRAVELLERS. BUT CITY HOTELS

Photo: Hollmann Beletage

CAN BE JUST THAT. HERE, YOU CAN REFUEL, ALLOWING YOU TO DIVE INTO THE CITY EXPERIENCE AGAIN WITH NEW ENERGY.

Whether it’s Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck,

you can forget it as well. Because the hustle

Palma, Paris or London: Cities are exciting

and bustle of the cities disappears in the

experiences that might also wear you out a

ambiance of these hotels.

little. In the Middle Ages, the German say-

Of course, you can find hotels like these

ing declared “Urban air makes you free” but

elsewhere too. For example, there’s the

nowhere is it written that it will also provide

Félicien near the Eiffel Tower with its White

relaxation and city travellers don’t expect

Suite Création, which offers its own ter-

that either.

race with jacuzzi over the rooftops of

But there are oases of peace in cities as

Paris. Or the Nala Individuellhotel in Inns-

well; hotels that are retreats, which invite you

bruck with its wonderful garden as a

to relax, in which the city becomes quiet, all

place of refuge. Or St Martins Lane in

but remaining on the outside. The Hollmann

London’s West End. It offers guests the

Beletage in Vienna, the Hotel Tres in Palma

chance to adjust the unique lighting of

de Mallorca and the Hotel & Villa Auersperg

their rooms to match their moods.

Photo: Hotel Tres

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in Salzburg (see text on this double page) are hotels like this. You know exactly which city you’re in, because these hotels match their city. Because they are the city in its most beautiful form. But at the same time,

/ HOTEL TRES / PALMA DE MALLORCA /

ISLAND OF PEACE IN THE HEART OF PALMA

Photo: Hotel Villa Auersperg

PEACE RESIDES IN THE NEWLY RENOVATED INNER COURTYARD OF THE HOTEL TRES ON MALLORCA. THE HOTEL ITSELF IS HOME TO PEOPLE, The rooftop terrace with an unforgettable view of the island.

FOR WHOM TASTE AND ENJOYMENT GO HAND IN HAND. Palma: Pulsating living in a city, which has

into the folds of the bed covers, or simply

job and the inhospitable weather of Norway

been populated for more than two thou-

writing in your diary – the rolling table means

for Mallorca, “It was actually only meant to

sand years. The Hotel Tres is located in the

you can do anything from your bed.

be a sabbatical year. I’ve been here twelve years now.” Rudow’s Scandinavian touch

heart of the old town, near Paseo Marítimo,

Photo: Hotel Tres

the fashionable seaside promenade, and

Smørrebrød under the palms

characterises the hotel – in culinary terms

the famous fish market. Connected har-

When you return from a long day of strolling,

too.

moniously by a glass stairway, the remains

shopping or swimming, you’ll be immersed

It is not just the patio that is a popular meet-

of a 16th century town mansion merge here

in an atmosphere of peace at the Hotel Tres

ing point for hotel guests. At a lofty height,

with a 1950s building. “A little treasure, hid-

– both in your room with king-sized bed and

pure pleasure awaits you on the roof-top

den in the heart of the old town,” enthuses

on the newly designed Mallorquin patio, a

terraces: The view is breath-taking, whether

a guest.

green oasis in the shade of a palm tree that

you look towards the sea, the cathedral or

Whether you want a single room with a

is more than 100 years old. Shielded from

the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range

view of the cathedral or a suite with its own

the hustle and bustle outside the hotel,

in the north-west of the city. If you’re look-

jacuzzi and roof terrace; every traveller will

guests experience an almost private island

ing for refreshment after a hot day, you can

find their perfect sanctuary here from the

of peace here.

find it in the roof-top terrace pool or in a cool

seven room types. Cool white has been

Svenn Rudow, the hotel’s manager is the

drink. If you want to turn up the heat, then

combined with natural shades, the lit-

reason that, of all things, you can snack on

you can take a sauna. The day is rounded

tle mosaic tables and fleece-covered

a Scandinavian Smørrebrød – rye bread

off on a sunbed under the starry sky.

benches provide splashes of colour, in

topped with maritime treats, refined with

front of the typical rolling over-bed tables

a touch of the south in the form of pome-

that complete every room at the Tres.

granate or mango – in this picturesque inner

Breakfast in bed, while browsing through

courtyard in the heart of Palma. He is Nor-

travel guides without them disappearing

wegian. Years ago, he swapped a stressful

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/ HOLLMANN BELETAGE / VIENNA

A TEMPORARY SECLUDED HOME SOMETIMES, THERE ARE ONLY A FEW STEPS FROM ONE WORLD INTO ANOTHER. TO REACH THE HOLLMANN BELETAGE, THEY LEAD FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE METROPOLIS AT VIENNA’S STEPHANSPLATZ OR FROM THE HIP DANUBE CANAL TO THE COSY NICHE IN KÖLLNERHOFGASSE. Here, guests are welcomed by 26 newly

assistant. “We all and especially Seppi, the

from the Hollmann Beletage! By the way:

renovated rooms, considerably larger than

good fairy of the hotel, who likes to dress

If you want to travel further afield and still

the average in Vienna, and exceptionally

as a waiter or pizza chef, are happy to chat

stay with the Hollmann family, then the cou-

friendly and helpful staff. You quickly feel at

with our guests. Thereby, we can find out

ple also run a beach hotel in Sri Lanka with

home, the Beletage radiates an extremely

what special requests our guests have.

the melodious name of “Underneath The

pleasant warmth with its primary colours –

And then we put these into action.” After-

Mango Tree” (UTMT).

dark brown and orange. The high-quality

noons from 14:00, guests can seek sus-

wood furniture and top-quality leather are

tenance with exquisite delicacies or make

www.lifestylehotels.net/en/hollmann-

harmoniously and liberally distributed. Very

their own “Leberkäse” sandwich, filled

beletage

original surprising effects, such as the

with traditional meat loaf. “The Hollmann

bathroom in the wardrobe, await you in the

Beletage is no classic hotel. It’s a luxury

rooms. Instead of flourishes or pictures, tiny

residential community, temporarily avail-

details, clear lines and an airy atmosphere

able to its guests,” explains Kristin Grasser,

captivate here.

the managing director. “You can experi-

Finally, guests return full of wonderful im-

ence pure laissez-faire here or to quote

pressions of their tours of Vienna and enjoy

Goethe, “Here I am Man, here dare it to

it when they can then rest and chatter in a

be!”, says Grasser. The Euro 2016 foot-

completely relaxed fashion.

ball matches are screened live into the

There are also cosy retreats, like the sauna

hotel’s own cinema – quite cosily with a

and the idyllic courtyard terrace. In the

freshly drawn Viennese beer.

mornings, there is a very extensive break-

This island in the sea of houses offers

fast, which is chocolatey and cinammony in

entertainment and enjoyment. And re-

the winter and surprises with lime tart in the

freshes you for the many sights nearby.

summer, served at the table or in bed – until

Most of these, like the State Opera,

11:30. “There’s no battle to the buffet here,”

St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg

assures Katharina Gartner, the executive

Palace, are less than one kilometre

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Personal service & lively details characterize the Hollmann Beletage.

Photo: Hollmann Beletage

/ HOTEL & VILLA AUERSPERG / SALZBURG /

LITTLE PARADISE – IN THE HEART OF THE CITY THE AUERSPERG IN SALZBURG COMBINES TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSETS OF A CITY HOTEL PERFECTLY: GUESTS STAY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY YET ARE SECURE IN A REFUGE, WHERE YOU LITERALLY FEEL GOOD FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, FROM INSIDE TO OUT.

The charming city hotel is made of two neigh-

finest damask are complemented by beauti-

the absolute best quality!”, says host Bettina

bouring houses – the villa and the hotel. De-

ful design classics – a passion of host Mark.

Wiesinger, describing the culinary part of the

veloped in around 1900, modernised over

Service is also top-quality – both generally

hotel’s philosophy. In the warm season, it’s

decades with as much love as style, the

and specifically: Families who are travelling

best to enjoy it in the garden – a blossom-

Auersperg’s appeal comes not only from

with small children can send a baby and

ing island shielded from the hectic hustle

the 55 tastefully decorated rooms & suites in

child service list in advance – and all the im-

and bustle of the city, lovingly and expertly

their stylistic mix of classic to modern. It also

portant things will be ready when they check

planted and designed: A little paradise. In

appeals with its beautiful paradise of an ur-

in. While parents enjoy the highlights of the

the heart of Salzburg.

ban garden and its exclusive city spa on the

festival city, a babysitter will lull their little

rooftop with sauna, steam room, yoga and

ones to sleep. Those who love socialising will

massages. The sun terrace with its fantastic

make extensive use of the elegant lounge to

view at the Kapuzinerberg hill also offers pure

chill out. In the A* Bar – which is also open all

relaxation.

through the day – there are delicious, toast-

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ed sandwiches, homemade soups, Austrian Bettina and Mark Wiesinger focus on all as-

delicacies and homemade cakes – between

pects of quality, authenticity and comfort in

7:00 and 24:00, the majority of which are

their hotel – now in its 3rd generation: Oiled

organic. This also applies to the “most im-

wooden floors (some more than 100-year-

portant” meal of the day: “Our breakfast is

old originals), customised carpentry from

organic, from regional companies which use

regional craftspeople, natural leather, linen,

sustainable production methods as a matter

www.lifestylehotels.net/en/hotel-villa-

the bathrooms in Rauriser marble and the

of conviction and – just like us – only offer

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/ FRANZOBEL /

THE LAST ISLAND

WHAT WOULD YOU THINK IF I GAVE YOU AN ISLAND RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW? WOULD YOU LIKE IT? AN ISLAND JUST FOR YOU? NO, IT’S NO JOKE, AND IT’S NOT AN ISLAND SOMEWHERE ELSE, ON A PLANET LIGHT YEARS AWAY. PROMISE.

Because, what is the greatest happiness

Islands have no everyday routine. You are

Pardon? Am I getting side-tracked? Don’t

on earth? Wealth? Love? Power? Health?

distanced from the normal routine of the

worry, I haven’t forgotten your island.

Or the island? Happiness is fleeting like a

system and that brings people together.

You’ve had it for a long time already. No, not

prison escapee, volatile like a con artist and

Like on mountain peaks, you quickly be-

some island in the Caribbean, populated

as predictable as an earthquake. In Vienna,

come friends on an island. My last islands

by meerkats, made of floating trees. And

they say that happiness is a bird, but one

were Zakynthos, the Ile de Aix, Iceland, Sylt,

not some island of plastic refuge in the Pa-

which does not stay long in the same nest,

Heligoland, Ponza, Goree, Bracˇ, Waiheke

cific. It’s much closer than that. Invaluable

sitting on fragile eggs and dying as soon as

Island, the museum island of Oslo and a

and also not for sale. If you find repose,

you trap it in a cage. For some, the greatest

number of others. There was always this

are at one with yourself, have craggy cliffs

happiness is a warm apple pie, or a wide-

blessed feeling inside of being detached, lib-

and soft sand dunes, then you yourself

tyred sports car and for others, it’s a cosy

erated and yet protected. On the Ile de Aix,

are an island – just like everyone. And

get-together. But what do all the mega-rich

there are wonderful oysters, on Zakynthos

this island, which you yourself are, this

do, those whose every pore flows with mon-

tor toises, admittedly only to look at, and on

heavenly island – I want to give it to you.

ey? People, who have more than the gross

Ponza, outstanding fish. And every island is

Discover yourself.

national product of an emerging nation? Do

a little bit different and a little bit peculiar.

they buy themselves a football club, a Lear

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FRANZOBEL

jet with airport and then a yacht the size of

If you believe in evolution, we all come from the

a skyscraper as well? No, the really rich buy

water, developing from single-cell organisms

themselves an island.

and ancient fish. Perhaps this is why we love

published a number of plays, prose and

islands, because the sea (or a lake) reminds us

lyrics. His plays have been performed

Franzobel is an Austrian writer. He has

Islands, if you’re not Napoleon, the Count

of an archaic primitive state. Of amniotic fluid?

in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Denmark,

of Monte Christo, Odysseus or Robinson

Well, not everyone can bear the contemplative

France, Poland, Romania, the Ukraine,

Crusoe, are the greatest happiness, aspi-

island life, some need the acoustic hullabaloo

Italy, Russia and the USA, among other

ration, paradise. Private places, not easily

or need to demonstrate that they’ve cut the

places. His work has been translated into

accessible and gently lapped by water – or

cord with water, by challenging the sun to a

23 languages to date.

tossed about by the storm.

duel and frying until they pop like sausages.

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/ HIDDENSEE /

ISLAND OF TWO FACES THE SWEET LITTLE ISLAND, WEST OF ITS LARGER SISTER ISLAND OF RÜGEN IN THE BALTIC SEA, IS CUTE AND SMALL, BUT HARSH AND DRAMATIC IN ITS DIVERSITY. AN ISLAND OF CONTRASTS.

“Hiddensee has given me a gift in old age,

explored by bike, on foot, or by horse-drawn

their own houses here: The Danish actress

The water still breaks away parts of the island

new and young, and its magic rejuvenates

carriage. If you really need an engine, then

Asta Nielsen built her famous semi-round

– mostly in the area of the “Toter Kerl” – and

me every time, my feet touch its beloved

you can take the island bus. And yet, you can

“Karusel”, which houses exhibitions today,

deposits them elsewhere. In this way, the

soil.” This is what writer Gerhart Hauptmann

reach the mainland very quickly by helicopter

and painter Oskar Kruse had his summer

Neubessin tongue of land grows by several

once had to say about his summer residence,

in an emergency. It’s just … without an emer-

residence, the Lietzenburg Art Nouveau

metres per year and the southernmost part of

the island on which he is now buried. The

gency, there’s no urgency.

villa. Next to these splendid buildings, the

the island, the Gellen Peninsula, also extends.

fountain of youth that became the land of the

The island is so manageable that you can

thatched-roof houses of the locals are in-

What are developed here are bare sandy ar-

great poet is a tourist magnet with a long tra-

hike through the woody highland of the Dorn-

deed also picturesque, but look very differ-

eas, reserved solely for the seabirds: Cranes,

dition, which has managed, nevertheless, not

busch region to the lighthouse in one day,

ent and somewhat humble. In the southern-

geese, ducks and the odd little tern. Clearly,

to descend into mass tourism. Descended

then lay in the sand on the west beach and

most locality of the island, Neuendorf, the

with ambition, the part of the island that is ac-

upon by artists in the early 20th century, loved

still cross the purple flowers of the heather.

buildings are actually all landmarked.

cessible to people can be explored in a single

and shaped by them; a very natural holiday

And in-between, you can enjoy refreshments

region, extremely popular among artists

at the Klausner in the Dornbusch region or

Island in motion

tual essence of the island. Because there is

day. But only if we’re not talking about the ac-

and intellectuals in the GDR era and fully in-

at one of the Vitte guesthouses. Make sure

Vitte is at the heart ... the largest locality

nothing else like it when the last tourist boat

tegrated into a national park shortly before

it’s something with sea buckthorn, which is a

with 600 inhabitants is the headquarters

has left the island and only those who really

the reunification. One of the last resolutions

common vegetation in this region.

of the island’s administration, the island’s

love Hiddensee are left.

of the GDR government was to set up the

Away from the main tracks through the

cinema, the sea stage and is also a har-

Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National

island’s villages, you really do travel alone.

bour town, like Kloster and Neuendorf.

www.hiddensee.de

Park. This means there is no chance for chain

About 1,300 people live year-round on the

Talking of harbours: Hiddensee also has

www.seebad-hiddensee.de

hotels, miles of restaurants and fun parks on

island – hundreds more arrive every day on

two faces for seafarers. All three harbours

Hiddensee in the future. This has retained the

the tourist boats. They surge through the

are on the bodden – the eastern side of

charm of the island, where you can shake off

cultural centre in the north, the little par-

the island, where the water laps quietly

the stress of everyday life and rediscover a

ish of Kloster, which has everything but the

away and the waterways have to be con-

long-forgotten sense of time.

monastery, after which it was named. This

stantly dredged so that they don’t silt up

was destroyed back during the Thirty Years’

and make the island inaccessible. In the

Slowing down

War. Today, most make a pilgrimage to the

west and the north, on the other hand,

One of the keys to slowing down everyday life

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus.

the Baltic Sea surges – in the north, so

on Hiddensee is the fact that the island is car-

For 150 years, Hiddensee has been a re-

powerfully that some of the beaches

free. The 18 square kilometres can easily be

fuge to artists, some – like Hauptmann – built

have to be protected with stone walls.

In the little parish of Kloster, which has everything but the monastery, after which it was named, people pilgrim to the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus.

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The famous lighthouse in the Dornbusch region – seen from Bodden.

Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

PARALLEL SOCIETY ON HIDDENSEE In his multi-award winning debut novel

the Dornbusch region. Kruso organises a

only focussed on survival in the moment,

real worlds. Almost obsessed with details

“Kruso”, Lutz Seiler portrays the island of

parallel society through the network of sea-

later inspired by Kruso. A close friendship

– even unsavoury ones – Lutz Seiler paints

Hiddensee at the time of reunification from

sonal workers away from the tourist world, in

develops between the two of them – not

a portrait of the island of Hiddensee and a

the perspective of the seasonal workers

which he supplies the numerous illegal GDR

just because of their shared experience of

missing society. He actually experienced the

(known as Esskaa here). Professors of phi-

escapees with secret places to sleep and

loss. One of the things that unites them is

life of an “Esskaa” himself – as a pot washer

losophy and doctors of sociology wait ta-

soup, using alcohol and persuasion to try

a love of poetry. When the borders open,

in Klausner, in the summer of 1989.

bles here, having arrived on the island for

and convince them against their intentions.

their colleagues leave Klausner and a

various reasons. In Kruso, “those who are

Not as part of the system, but quite the con-

life-threatening flight over Hiddensee to

here have left the country without crossing

trary. For him who lost his precious sister

the nearest Danish island Møn becomes

the border.”

to the Baltic Sea, it’s about rescuing the

pointless, the two men stay and try to

The two heroes of the summer and autumn

stranded from drowning. Possibly. Because

hold the fort. Until their battle for life or

of 1989: Alexander Krusowitsch, known as

in time, he is enraptured more and more.

death.

Kruso, and his partner-in-crime for the sea-

Ed Bendler, student of German studies, is

son, Ed(gar) Bendler, both pot washers at

stranded after the accidental death of his

The novel is rooted in historical facts –

the famous Zum Klausner guesthouse in

girlfriend on the island, initially aimless and

however, its branches extend into sur-

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/ PICTURES /

DRUNK ON SHE WANTS TO BE A FISH IN WATER IN THE DEEP BOTTLE-GREEN LAKE SHE WANTS TO GET DRUNK ON WATER AND BLOW A BUBBLE OR TWO (NINA HAGEN) Photos: Susanne Posegga

A large number of the bodies of water in the Alpine countries have drinking water quality. Shear luxury to bathe here: Turquoise like the Caribbean – refreshing like the Arctic. In all conceivable shades of turquoise and green, mountain streams gush through pools and waterfalls like a drunken stupor in the silent lakes. Nutrient deficiency The light limestone makes the colours of the water crystal clear and sparkling. Frozen to ice thousands of years ago, glaciers are still important water reserves today. If you want a lake all to yourself, you’ll have to like hiking. Countless lakes and rivers in the valleys are also easily accessible. Susanne Posegga photographed this series for STYLEMATE in Germany (Upper Bavaria), Austria (Upper Austria), Slovenia and Croatia. Under her alias of bergvagabundin, the artist also offers enchanted hikes with nature talks. She knows where to find the best places ...

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Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

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Socˇa, Slovenia.

WATER Dachstein massif, Austria.

Starnbergersee Lake, Bavaria, Germany.

Ester Mountains in the Bavarian Alps, Germany.

Totes Gebirge mountain range, Austria.

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia.


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ISLANDS OF ART – ART ISLANDS SOMETIMES, ISLANDS CAN BE REALLY PRETTY LONELY. AT LEAST, WHEN THEY ARE SOMEWHERE IN THE CARIBBEAN OR CAN ONLY BE ACCESSED BY PRIVATE JET. BUT DON’T WORRY – THAT’S NOT WHERE WE’RE HEADING. OUR ISLANDS CERTAINLY HAVE AN ISLAND CHARACTER, BUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE SUCH. OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE THESE ISLANDS ARE SITES OF ART, ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN AND EVEN FASHION. SPECIFICALLY CREATED PLACES, IN WHICH TIME SEEMS TO STAND STILL, PLACES FOR INSIDERS. AND SOME OF THEM ARE EVEN PROJECTS OF THE FUTURE. ISLANDS OF ART AS A CULTURAL CAPITAL FOR THE GENERATIONS TO COME. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS ARE BETWEEN VIENNA AND MARRAKESH. HAPPY SURFING.

1.

Photo: Suzy Stoeckl

1. MARRAKESH

tioned cacti, heads from Cameroon, a lily

Paul Cézanne, Eduardo Chillida, Lovis

A garden with soul – Anima

pond, the gate of hands to the Islamic gar-

Corinth, Jean Fautrier, Alberto Giacometti,

Giant trees were moved, exotic plants

den and much more.

Yves Klein, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia, Rembrandt van Rijn, Kurt

aligned, bungalows built and fantastic sculptures as landscape citations placed

www.anima-garden.com

Schwitters, art of the Khmer and artwork from ancient China. The “Haus für Musiker”

in between. In front of the gates of Mar-

was completed in 2014 following the plans

rakesh, there is a free shuttle bus, which runs directly into the garden paradise of

2. GERMANY

of Austrian architect Raimund Abraham.

Andre Heller in the nearby Ourika Valley.

Art and nature in Hombroich

The museum has the motto of “Art Parallel

Four times a day, the bus takes visitors

In actual fact, Hombroich is known for

to Nature” referring to Paul Cézanne.

from the Parking de la Koutoubia carpark

something quite different. Namely, its mis-

www.inselhombroich.de

behind the mosque of the same name

sile base. But since the 1980s, the Museum

to Anima. Viennese architect Carmen

Insel Neuss-Holzheim has been managed

Widerin also designed the living space as

by a joint foundation. The magnificently re-

3. GREECE

a series of colourful bungalows, located

natured parks and meadows on the North-

Sixties collection on Hydra

in the heart of the splendid garden. Heller

ern bank of the Erft, where free-stand-

What’s floating there? The Cypriot indus-

invested about 10 million Euros in the de-

ing exhibition pavilions can be found, are

trialist and art collector Dakis Joannou

sign of the garden, which was previously

down to Karl-Heinrich Müller, the Düssel-

had this colourful mega-yacht built by

a bare desert. Iron cages had to be built,

dorf-based art collector. He acquired the

Jeff Koons and the Italian yacht designer

to move the 100-year old cacti. During a

island in 1982 and started to realise his

Ivana Porfiri. The design is modelled on

tour, guests encounter a Noah’s Ark called

concept with visual artists. Over the years,

the British Naval Camouflage from the

Hope, an extra-terrestrial sculpture guest,

an extensive art collection has developed,

First World War. The floating 35-metre

a stele of Keith Haring as well as the men-

with pieces by Hans Arp, Alexander Calder,

work of art, called “Guilty”, regularly ap-

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Florentina Welley has worked for freizeit since 2006 and writes about her favourite topics: Fashion and travel mixed with a pinch of lifestyle in an era of web 2.0 and social responsibility.


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3.

4.

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Photo: Dakis Yoannou

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pears at Hydra. This is because Joannou

spell. A couple of the “Water Lilies” oil paint-

and architecture from the 1970s. Thanks to

over 5 kilometres long. Over 1,000 objets

set up a world-famous art collection from

ings by Claude Monet can also be seen here.

an initiative by architect César Manrique, the

d’art will be permanently on display over

the 1960s in the former slaughterhouses on

And Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture “Diego

island has been in pristine condition since

approximately 40,000 square metres. The

the Greek island. The DESTE Foundation

sur stele 1” welcomes guests to the reception

the 1960s. In keeping with the look, even

museum itself has been under construction

for Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit in-

of the Benesse House.

some of the road markings are missing –

since this year and will be built from a mate-

site preservation is really taken seriously.

rial mixture of sand and shells – eco-friendly

The Spanish painter, architect, sculptor

and historically aware. Because the island

von Fürstenberg and Efi Strousa. An exhibi-

and conservationist Manrique decided to

was previously a solitary little fishing island.

tion of Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi can be

convert his home island into one of the

Perhaps this is why it looks so much like a ray.

stitution and was founded in Athens in 1983 by Joannou, together with curators Adelina

benesse-artsite.jp/en/

seen at the slaughterhouse until September.

5. VIENNA

most beautiful places in the world after his

What’s meant by the title of his exhibition,

Viennese fashion in the

art degree in New York in 1964. Only the

“Putiferio”? Sounds a bit like a riot ...

Bisovsky Salon

traditional architecture of Lanzarote was

www.i-mad.com/work/ping-

Susanne Bisovsky’s fashion line “Wiener

to be allowed. In 1968, the government

tan-art-museum/?cid=4

deste.gr/hydra/putiferio/

Chic” has been a secret tip for many years.

even issued a ban on billboards. Later,

deste.gr/hydra

The busy fashion designer has specialised

Manrique discovered five lava caves when

in folkloristic themes, which she implements

building his house, which were converted

8. Italy

in a contemporary fashion. Fashion icons

into living spaces. In 1974, the El Almacén

Paris in Venice

4. JAPAN

such as Iris Apfel, Suzy Menkes and Peggy

multi-purpose cultural centre in Arrecife

What makes a Parisian observatory in

Monet, Jackson Pollock and Tadao

Siegal are now among her fans. The focus

was opened as an international meeting

Venice? The Louis Vuitton Foundation is

Ando on Naoshima

is on the Viennese girl and costumes from

point for art lovers. The Fundación César

showing the “Building in Paris” exhibition

Who doesn’t know the pumpkin sculpture

the melting pot of a wide range of nations

Manrique is now housed in the home of

by architect Frank Gehry and artist Daniel

by Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama? The only

and cultures, which have gathered in Vienna

the artist.

Buren, in the Espace Louis Vuitton in Ven-

thing that is not widely known is its location,

over the centuries. And because Bisovsky is

as it has since become the emblem of the

thoroughly creative, her salon in the seventh

www.turismolanzarote.com/de/

afficionados will be able to see the 3D mod-

Japanese island of Naoshima. Star architect

district is also a total work of art. Over the

cesar-manrique

els and drawings of the project by Gehry in

Tadao Ando built a real temple of art here. In

years, she has beautifully arranged every-

the exhibition space, which has previously

actual fact, the entire island is studded with

thing she has collected and fitted it into her

attracted over a million visitors to Paris. Part

objets d’art. At the end of the 1980s, me-

concept: Tin cans with flowers, porcelain

7. China

of the exhibition was designed by Buren,

dia mogul Soichiro Fukutake needed more

dancers, lace of all kinds and of course, lots

Island of the future on Pingtan

who designed a special installation espe-

room for his collection of modern art. And the

of vintage furniture. Her “The Electromag-

They built the famous Ordos Museum

cially for it, which includes the glass roof of

Benesse Corporation publishing house want-

netic House of Three Viennese Girls” instal-

in Mongolia and are in the running for

the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia and con-

ed to make a mecca of art from Naoshima,

lation could be seen on the Swarovski stage

the George Lucas Museum in Chicago.

veys his work “Observatory of Light” with 12

an island south of the Honshu region. In the

of the Swarovski Wien store until mid-June.

But one project by Chinese-American

glass canopies. The exhibition runs along-

architects MAD ranks foremost. In

side the Architecture Biennale.

open air, sculptures and installations were

ice. Until the end of November, architecture

created, together with the two art museums

Salon Bisovsky, Seidengasse 13,

Pingtan, an entire island is to be cre-

Chichu and the Benesse Art House in 1992, in

Am Brillantengrund, 1070 Wien,

ated, which will be adorned with art

which the extensive collection is housed with

www.bisovsky.com

from all over the world. The Pingtan

pieces by David Hockney, Jackson Pollock,

Art Museum is to be China’s largest

Yves Klein and Jasper Johns together with

private museum, aiming to strengthen

a hotel. In the largely underground building

6. Spain

the cultural connection between the

of the Chichu museum by Tadao Ando, the

James Bond architecture in Lanzarote

island and the mainland. The bridge

walk-through neon “Open Space” installation

A pool that looks like it came from a Bond

alone, which is to connect the artifi-

by James Turrell and Walter de Maria casts a

film, futuristic sculptures on the roundabout

cial island to the mainland, is to be

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2.

Photo: Manriqe

5.

Photo: Abraham Photo: Salon

7.

Photo: Pingtan Art Museum


NEW MEMBERS NE Photo: Baobab Suites

/ TENERIFE / COSTA ADEJE /

ENJOY GREAT LUXURY LUXURY HOLIDAYS ARE BEING REDEFINED IN THE BAOBAB SUITES, ONE OF THE FRESHLY-RENOVATED DESIGN HOTELS ON THE MAIN ISLAND OF THE CANARIES. To the front – the horizon of the endless Atlan-

pression of arriving in a futuristic oasis when

tic. To the back – the mountains of Tenerife.

combined with the spectacular light effects.

And in the middle, one of the most beautiful

The amenities and services in Baobab Suites

coastal stretches on the island: The Baobab

are also luxurious. The cuisine of Sucas is

Suites near the city of Costa Adeje repose

served in three different restaurants and bars.

in this landscape, as if in the fantasies of

And then there is a spa lounge and SensCare

Salvador Dalí. In the 125 suites of the hotel

cosmetics centre dedicated to your well-be-

complex, sunlight floods in through the ceil-

ing. Groups of fitness, yoga, pilates, zumba

ing-to-floor windows, conjuring up energy

and biking enthusiasts welcome any new

into every corner and heat into every pool.

arrival. Former athletics star, Nico Gil puts to-

All the suites are individually designed. They

gether individual training sessions for sporty

consist of up to four bedrooms; some have

guests. For children, it’s all about nature,

private and heated pools. The complex is

where they can run wild, playing and having

surrounded by a private beach. The lobby is

fun. Passionate shoppers will find exclusive

also spectacular: Stone walls, palm trees and

boutiques nearby.

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sandy floors (!) on one side with bold curved white-gold stairs on the other awaken the im-

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/ SALZBURG / SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM /

A WHOLE LOTTA ROCK

Photo: Stadthotel Brunner

AT THE THOMSN-ROCK.HOTEL IN HINTERGLEMM, ROCK’N’ROLL IS NOT JUST MUSIC – IT’S A REAL LIFESTYLE. Whole Lotta Rock – with an entrance portal

bach-Hinterglemm/Leogang/Fieberbrunn.

as large as a festival stage or a mighty cliff,

In the summer, guests can let off steam with

the Thomsn-Rock.Hotel in Saalbach Hinter-

adventure sports such as mountain biking,

glemm surprises its guests. Inside, rock ’n’ roll

canyoning, hikes and quad biking.

is not just a cheap fixture. Instead, the lifestyle comes to life again. With lots of wood lining

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the rooms instead of sterile walls, you can find out about the relaxed (Western) ways of the American way of life. You can feast on juicy burgers, hearty steaks and original Italian pizzas or hold your own BBQ on the laid-back sun terrace – with the motto “Rent a Grill”. The

/ STYRIA / SCHLADMING /

Thomsn-Rock.Hotel is also the ideal base for

FROM THE HEART TO THE SUMMIT

exploring the huge number of leisure activities in this famous region. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders can carve, descend and

“RIGHT AT THE HEART OF THINGS” IS THE MOTTO OF THE STADTHOTEL

slalom to their heart’s content at any level on

BRUNNER – AND THE HOTEL SATISFIES THIS CLAIM IN EVERY ASPECT.

270 kilometres of pistes in the Skicircus Saal-

This designer and gourmet boutique hotel is

Far-Eastern meditation room. Of course, the

located right on the square. Not just in the

cuisine pays its respects to traditional meals,

centre of the classic Alpine sports region of

and these are accompanied by Ayurvedic and

Schladming-Dachstein, but right in the heart

basic meals and even cooking courses to

of the centre of Schladming itself, in the pe-

match. In addition, brunner’s focus on the es-

destrian zone. Petra Brunner has incorpo-

sential things in life is supported by yoga.

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rated new, phenomenal dimensions in the hotel that she took over from her parents. For

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example, the music concept of her husband Thomas Radzik. Or the symbiosis of old and new, in which a 500-year old traditional house meets urban style. At the front, a facade with glittering particles is inviting, a reminder of the mining history of the town. At the back, a glass cube puzzles passers-by. With Asian style elements, local materials gain new facets. So, when you’re drinking a choice cup of tea in the teahouse, you will feel transported into a

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AN EMERALD HOTEL FOR GOURMETS LA COLUCCIA IN SARDINIA DELIGHTS WITH ITS ELEGANCE AND SPECIALITIES BEFORE A PICTURESQUE SANDY BEACH. La Coluccia, a fresh design hotel near the lit-

with beautiful sandy beaches. If you love

tle town of Porto Pozzo radiates, even from a

sport, then there is a water sports complex

distance, with its elegant architecture. A neat

4 kilometres away, or take a pony hack. And

little pine forest is the backdrop to the large

look forward to the evening and a candlelit

curved swimming pool. There’s everything the

dinner on the terrace.

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heart desires inside La Coluccia too: A beauty centre with two massage rooms and a fitness room are as appealing as the Turkish baths, where turquoise ceiling lights meet earth-

Photo: Arthotel Blaue Gans

coloured tiles. The kitchen draws on local specialities and international dishes alike. Just

/ AUSTRIA / SALZBURG /

50 metres from the hotel, guests can enjoy an

DIVE IN OR STROLL THROUGH THE CITY OF MOZART

water. Next to it is the lovely, dry landscape

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of Sardinia, picturesque rocky bays alternate

beach-club

exquisite sandy beach and the sparkling clear

AT THE ART HOTEL BLAUE GANS, YOU CAN DIVE INTO THE GASTRONOMY

Photo: La Coluccia Hotel Beach Club

AND ART – IN AN URBAN STYLE. Ever stayed where Mozart has also visited? In

sensations during a stroll around the Altstadt.

the oldest guesthouse in Salzburg, built about

The Modern Museum, the Domquartier, the

660 years ago in Getreidegasse, the counter-

Glockenspiel, the Cathedral, the Franciscan

point harmonies merge together. Crooked

Church, Mozartplatz, the Pferdeschwemme

alleyways, impressive painted arches and

horse well, the Hofstallgasse, Hohensalzburg

staircases are orchestrated with modern

Castle and St Peter’s Abbey are just a few

design à la LED bed lights with swan necks

steps from the Blaue Gans.

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and strict square forms or the bar in modern style and contemporary art. In the kitchen,

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chef Martin Bauernfeind prepares Austrian

blaue-gans

meals, including dishes such as calf’s kidneys or lungs that have become less common, and pike ravioli, duck pot-au-feu and crayfish lasagne. Outside, the charming buildings from the Baroque era and the lovely squares

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captivate you. You can see the other historic

A PEARL OF WHITE AND GOLD A DREAM OF WHITE. LIKE A PALAZZO OF MEDICI. SUCH ASSOCIATIONS SUGGEST THEMSELVES WHEN YOU ENTER THE HOTEL HOME FLORENCE, SITUATED IN THE HEART OF FLORENCE BETWEEN PIAZZA SANTA CROCE AND NEXT TO THE ARNO. The imposing but contained city palace now

resting places of Machiavelli, Michelangelo,

houses a 4-star boutique hotel: 39 rooms

Galilei and Rossini – is practically round the

completely in white, the accessories in noble

corner. The Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore,

gold – the exclusive design in perfect dia-

the Palazzi Vecchio and Pitti together with one

logue with the beauty of the historic Florentine

of the most important art collections in the

palace – enchanting with equal measures of

world in the Galleria degli Uffizi are just a few

elegance and charm. The exquisite confec-

minutes walk from the Home Hotel Florence.

tionary and finger foods that await gourmets

Not to mention the Ponte Vecchio, whose

at the exquisite breakfast buffet will melt in

skilful goldsmiths and silversmiths may have

the mouth. In the evenings – pure romance –

inspired the design of the hotel. And then of

the roof terrace can be hired exclusively with

course: Tuscany on your doorstep – olives,

a view over the entire city. Also very romantic:

pines, wine without end in one of the most

The junior suite with its open bathroom

beautiful landscapes of Europe. By the time

and private terrace. An exclusive gym and

you return in the evening to the Home Hotel

billiards room in white and – as an excep-

Florence – the facades illuminated subtly from

tion – red round off the services provided by

below – it will be clear what is meant by dolce

the hotel.

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Especially pleasant: The Basilica di Santa Croce – probably the most exclusively oc-

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cupied burial site in the world, with the

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POET-ONE PROVIDES HONED SOUND The Graz-based sound expert POET AUDIO has created a wireless high end sound system with an incomparable sound quality in the shape of poet-one.. MacLife, the Apple magazine gave it the best score of 1.0. First of all, users are impressed with the easy operation; there are no confusing cables, complicated remote controls, special apps or stressful settings. The poet-one has automatic input signal detection. From Bluetooth-enabled devices like smartphones ((iOS, Android), iPad, other tablets ... the music flows to an ICE Power amplifier, Class D with 170 watts. Three high-quality speakers reproduce the sound, with an emission of at least 180 degrees and in a mono, which sounds fuller than any stereo alignment. These components are packaged in a casing by Austrian Design Award winner, Thomas Feichtner. www.poetaudio.com STOP

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KRUSO Island adventures and the story of an exceptional friendship: Kruso, the first novel by poet Lutz Seiler, whisks you away into a lost world – the GDR at the time of reunification – and follows the tracks of those who were lost during their flight over the Baltic Sea. What remained was the legendary setting, the island of Hiddensee, which Lutz Seiler’s text makes tangible with all senses and describes in minute detail. Almost 500 pages for a somewhat different holiday in your head. www.suhrkamp.de/lutz-seiler/kruso_1206.html STOP


WITH THE “STEAMER” TO AMERICA’S CUP Louis Vuitton famously equips America’s Cup with his well-known suitcases, handmade in Asnières. The America’s Cup Collection includes bags, shoes, sunglasses, textiles and accessories and impresses with its sporty, elegant design with touches of blue and red. The “Steamer” travel bag in monogrammed Macassar is available for € 4,100. www.louisvuitton.com STOP

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STYLISH SURFING Some people have to go from the beach straight to the office or vice versa. So that urban hipsters don’t lose any time with bothersome changing, Quicksilver Japan has developed the ultimate business suit for surfers. The wetsuit, made of neoprene and hydrophobic textile, a suit with shirt and tie, is available in three designs: Office smart, casual Friday and party tuxedo. The hybrid form is officially available from Quicksilver Japan for about 2,500 Dollars. www.truewetsuits.jp STOP

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THE STYLEMATE

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SEE YOU OUTSIDE The outstanding design of the VITEO SLIM COLLECTION is characterised by clear lines, a light silhouette and timeless elegance. The collection impresses with its high-tech material Corian®, which makes it so unique. In addition to white and sand, the models are now available in the exclusive colour clay, manufactured by XTEC. Corian & clay – an especially trendy combination. The different Corian colours and the base frame made of 316L stainless steel, now powder coated in taupe, sand, white or black, enables you to create individual variations. www.viteo.com STOP

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ALPINE SUMMER

/ ZERMATT /

FROM THE SKI PISTE TO THE BATHING LAKE

Bathing with a view of the Matterhorn in the lake of Leisee on Sunnegga.

Splashing or weaving down the slopes?

It’s worth reserving some time to look around.

meal on foot, starting with an aperitif platter

Anything is possible on a summer holiday

Take the summit lift and get a panoramic

at the Restaurant Rothorn, followed by a

around Zermatt. The funicular railway heads

view over 38 four-thousand metre mountains

starter at the Fluhalp, main meal at the Chez

up the Sunnegga to Lake Leisee, where

and 14 glaciers; while the glacier palace de-

Vrony and dessert at the Findlerhof.

you can relax and bathe with a view of the

scends 15 metres into the depths – with an

If you’re too full to continue on foot: The

Matterhorn or float across the lake. But if

ice chute and a crevasse to walk through.

restaurants can also be reached by Zermatt’s

you decide to take the train to the Matter-

Talking of walking: You will find a hiker’s para-

mountain railways.

horn Glacier Paradise, you’ll find yourself

dise around Zermatt, whether you climb the

in the middle of the largest summer snow

Rothorn Mountain to watch the sunrise or

sports region in the world – with up to 21

– new for 2016 – set forth on the Gourmet

kilometres of prepared pistes. Even if you

Pass Tour. The “Pass” here doesn’t mean the

don’t have equipment, there’s nothing

crossing of a mountain range. Instead, it de-

standing in the way of your fun in the snow

scribes the ticket to enter unparalleled gas-

– because you can hire ski equipment and

tronomic pleasure. On a tour of four gourmet

snow tubes for rapid descents.

Alpine restaurants, you can enjoy a complete

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Photo: Zermatt Bergbahnen

MOUNTAIN BIKE PACKAGE

HOTEL MATTERHORN FOCUS

Valid from 17.06. to 09.10.2016 • 3 or more nights including breakfast buffet • Transfer from and to the railway station on arrival and department (8.00 to 19.00) • Welcome drink upon arrival &

Zermatt is the mountain biking paradise with 100 km of signposted

afternoon buffet

trails at the foot of the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn Focus is also here

• Access to spa

– the somewhat different Design & Lifestyle Hotel: Young, charming,

• 1 day bike pass for Sunnegga & Schwarz-

special. Art and architecture by renowned Zermatt artist Heinz Julen

see including bike transport, plus 1 energy

create a strong atmosphere. You will experience genuine hospitality

bar and 1 isotonic drink

here and relaxing holidays in stylish rooms.

• Advice at reception and print-out of routes • Laundry service for cycling clothing

Hotel Matterhorn Focus

From CHF 362.00 p. p. for 3 nights

Schluhmattstrasse 131, CH-3920 Zermatt

Equipment & mountain bike hire in

Tel.: +41 27 966 2424, info@matterhorn-focus.ch

local sports shops.

www.matterhorn-focus.ch Photo: Hotel Matterhorn Focus

HIKING PACKAGE

HOTEL ALPIN JUWEL

Valid from 24.06. to 07.10.2016 3/4/7/10 or 14 nights

Whether for hikers, bikers or Nordic walkers – the Alpin Juwel offers

• Including gourmet half-board

the right deal for everyone, ensuring you can have a carefree summer

• € 25 AJ-Veda Kraft spa voucher

holiday: 400 km hiking tracks, 280 km bike trails, Alpine cabins, Alpine

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Power Sleeping Rooms included.

• Free hire of Nordic Walking / hiking poles and rucksacks • 5 guided hikes & 2 Nordic walking tours

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• Alpine cabin hike, sports &

Fam. Schwabl, Haidweg 357, A-5754 Saalbach Hinterglemm Tel.: +43 6541 7226, info@alpinjuwel.at,

social programme From € 260 per person (3 nights)

www.alpinjuwel.at

Photo: Atelier Wolkersdorfer

On the sunny plateau of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, one of the most beautiful sites in Tyrol, you’ll find the trendy and modern alpslodge: Life Style

ALPSLODGE LIFE.STYLE.HOTEL.FISS

Bar and fireside lounge are styled sophisticatedly, the Sky Relax Zone provides exclusive well-being with its sauna, steam bath and attractive

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Tel.: +43 5476 20307, info@alpslodge.at

including the Super.Sommer.Card

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ALPINE SUMMER

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SUN OF JOY WHETHER IT’S HIKING OR BIKING – IF YOU STAY AT THE SONNE LIFESTYLE RESORT BREGENZERWALD, YOU’LL REALLY BE ABLE TO INDULGE IN YOUR SPORT OF CHOICE. FROM SUNRISE UNTIL LATE INTO THE NIGHT.

On the Kanisfluh massif, you can hike to the

the lovingly and stylishly furnished rooms in

sunrise or sunset, drink from Lake Körbersee

natural shades and fresh red, the traditional

– that’s how clean it is – or get acquainted

Wälderstuben parlour rooms – if it’s too hot

with complete darkness and silence in the

outside or there’s a storm lashing down – and

Schneckenlochhöhle cave. Starting out from

last but not least: The Wälder Spa. You can

the Sonne Lifestyle Resort in Mellau, you can

literally bathe in the scent of hay here. “Na-

explore all the facets of the Bregenz Forest. If

ture still smells really good here,” emphasises

you prefer to strengthen your legs by moun-

Natalie Läßer, the host, who is passionately

tain bike, you can cycle over the Kanisfluh

continuing the traditional enterprise of her

massif, pedal through the Mellental valley

grandmother, while giving it a new look as

or ascend to the Bergkristallhütte cabin. No

well. The new build, which has elevated the

matter how practised you are – 450 kilome-

Sonne Mellau to the ranking of a four-star

tres of signposted bike tracks with a cumu-

superior hotel, was even awarded the Vorarl-

lative elevation gain of 14,000 metres ensure

berger Holzbaupreis, a prize for wooden

there’s something for everyone. Rural roads,

buildings.

single trails and natural freeride routes. The

Whether it’s an Alpine hike, a bike tour or a

Sonne Mellau reception can give you secret

couple of laps in the pool: Holidays awaken

hints for tours and hires out mountain bikes,

your appetite. Time to enjoy the specialities of

offers guided bike trips and provides semi-

the region, which head chef Jürgen Klocker

nars on riding technique. Only hikers have

and his team have prepared: From creamy

more choice, with 2,000 kilometres of sign-

soup with herbs from their own sunny gar-

posted hiking trails in the Bregenz Forest.

den, to cheesy soufflé dumplings, which will

Other sporting challenges: Head through the

tell your tastebuds the secrets of the Bregenz

ravine of the River Bregenzer Ache with a

Forest’s Cheese Route, to raspberry mousse

“Funkajak”, float on foot over the aqua aerial

with yoghurt espuma. But it’s best to come

ropes assault course or play a leisurely round

here to find out what the traditional Reibel

of golf on one of the surrounding courses.

strudel is filled with and what local produce is

Photo: Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald

known as Wälder Schokolade – but doesn’t Linger with relish

contain the cocoa you would expect from

The question is only whether you make it

“chocolate”.

STOP

to your chosen sports venue, as there are so many places to relish in and around the hotel: The sun terrace, on which you can en-

www.lifestylehotels.net/en/sonne-

joy a late lunch until 16:00, the garden pool,

lifestyle-resort Herbs from their own sunny garden: They fascinate chef Jürgen Klocker and his team – and everyone who wants to enjoy really regional specialities.

BERGHOTEL MAIBRUNN

SUITE SPECIAL WITH ALPINE BACKDROP Perfect for a romantic trip for two:

Enjoy the dreamy views over the mountain ranges of the Bavarian

• 3 nights’ accommodation

Forest from the new suites of the Berghotel Maibrunn with its many

• Including gourmet Berghotel cuisine

amenities, such as Nespresso machine for your morning coffee hit in

• Relax in the BergSPA with heated

bed, fireplace romance for your cosy evening for two and a minibar that is replenished daily.

outdoor pool • Freshly baked croissants in bed on

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request in the morning • And an exquisite dessert creation in your

Maibrunn 1, D-94379 St. Englmar / Bayerischer Wald Tel.: + 49 9965 8500, info@berghotel-maibrunn.de

suite on your last evening Just € 432 per person, instead of € 492

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Photo: Berghotel Maibrunn

ALFA HOTEL

THE JOY OF AUTUMN Valid from 03.09 to 01.10.2016

The establishment defines the flair of modern Alpine hotels, a sym-

• DOUBLE sued room for 2 adults

biosis of hospitality & architecture, embedded in the wonderful Alpine

• Breakfast buffet & traditional snack

landscape of Serfaus. The ideal location, near to the funicular railway

in the afternoon

and centre, offers the perfect starting point. LIFESTYLEHOTELS

• 5-course gourmet dinner daily

discount valid for arrivals on 3rd September, 10th September,

• Indoor pool, saunas & steam baths

17th September and 24th September for 1 week.

• WiFi, garage

Other great offers (including short stays) are available on request.

• SUPER.SOMMER.CARD. with lots of inclusive services, such as free use of all

ALFA**** Hotel

mountain railways in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis,

Dorfbahnstraße 63, A-6534 Serfaus

guided hikes, and much more. € 1,218 per week (for 2 people)

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