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NEWS ABOUT LIFE, STYLE & HOTELS ISSUE NO 01⁄ 2014

ALPINE LIFESTYLE


/ IN THIS ISSUE / 2 / EDITORIAL & IMPRINT / 3 / OPENING /

TYROLEAN MOUNTAIN SPLENDOUR

4 / COVER STORY ALPINE LIFESTYLE / BECAUSE IT IS GENUINE 7 / FASHION / LENA HOSCHEK 8

/ ARCHITECTURE /

NEW CHALLENGES NEED NEW DESIGNS 9

/ ALPINE ITALY /

EMOTION LIVES UP! ALTA BADIA NOW 12 / GÜNTHER HLEBAINA, DAS KRONTHALER / “A DESIRE TO INSPIRE” 14 / CULINARY DELIGHTS / 16 / CONSTRASTS / MAJORCA & SRI LANKA

THE SOUL MATES

18 / SOULMATE MUST HAVE / 20 / NEW MEMBERS / 24 / WELLNESS / 26 / HOTEL DIRECTORY /

Welcome. IMPRINT: Publication: 3 x yearly, Media Owner and Publisher: Prime Time Touristik & Marketing GmbH, Registered office: Schmiedgasse 38/1, 8010 Graz, responsible for content: Thomas Holzleithner & Hardy Egger, Editor-in-Chief: Martin Novak, Managing Editor: Astrid Gaber, Editors: Marion Kirbis, Pia Unger, Jessica Braunegger, Sandra Suppan, Sandra Gloning, Florentina Welley, Layout: Tomislav Bobinec, Printed by: Medienfabrik Graz, published in: Graz, Acknowledgements: Thanks to students on the Journalism & PR degree programme at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences for their assistance

Journeys are always made in faith and anticipation. A belief in images, reports and recommendations - promises that raise certain expectations. These expectations are often met, indeed often exceeded, but can also be disappointed. And that is not because the promises are not true. It is because those making them have other values and other ideas. Because they live in a different world. You can, however, always rely on promises made by a soul mate. A soul mate sees and experiences the world just as you do. This magazine aims to be your soul mate. That is a challenge, and only you can decide whether we meet it. The first issue focuses on life in the Alps at the interface of untamed nature and guaranteed visitor enjoyment, where a centuries-old tradition meets modern interpretation. Travel with us through the Alpine regions for a taste of what the Alps can offer. Let us whet your appetite for the rich range of sporting and cultural activities. Discover the contrasts of the Alpine winter - regions where winter is summer or spring. And if your Soul Mate has you hooked, you can continue your journey online. Your destination: www.lifestylehotels.net. The web page also allows you to order future issues and give us your feedback on what we can improve to be your perfect soul mate. Happy reading!

Thomas Holzleithner & Hardy Egger Editors

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TYROLEAN MOUNTAIN SPLENDOUR IN YOUR HOTEL AS A RULE, GUESTS DO NOT SEE A HOTEL UNTIL IT IS FINISHED. THEY RARELY SEE HOW IT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. YET BEFORE A HOTEL IS READY FOR VISITORS, A LOT OF HARD WORK AND GREAT CREATIVITY GO INTO THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. Fiss, Tyrol: “You will always have pleasure in your work if you are passionate about the project”, says Alexander Walser from the alpslodge hotel in Fiss, Tyrol. He was involved in development from the outset, and has made a telling contribution to the style and character of the hotel. Walser is a perfectionist. A key aspect for him was therefore investing enough time in the planning process for every detail to be discussed and agreed upon. Over the course of two years, the Praxmarer brothers worked with him to turn his ideas and requirements on paper into reality. From character to characteristics Building in alpine regions poses a number of problems. Before in2.

novative ideas can be implemented, good arguments and strong communication are often needed in popular tourist destinations such as Fiss. This has also been Walser‘s experience. “We had to make a number of compromises in our project. There are certain expectations, and very precise requirements, on how an alpine hotel must look, so that it fits in with the characters of the town.” He wanted to make the alpslodge different, to stand out from many similar, almost interchangeable hotels. From plan to reality And he succeeded. With an exclusive site in Tyrol‘s largest skiing region with direct access to the slopes and trails - the ideal option for guests, who can ski right up to the hotel door. The concept did, however, complicate the construction project. To avoid problems at the building stage, Walser worked with firms from the region: local firms are familiar with the prevailing local conditions and able to work and adapt

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to them. Walser is particularly proud of the panoramic views from every one of the 25 rooms. Floor to ceiling windows open up the hotel to the full and ever-changing beauty of the Tyrolean mountain landscape. Local materials used as modern design features are a stylish reflection of Tyrolean charm and warmth in the welcoming interiors. From the ice to an oasis The panoramic roof terrace with Zen garden and the Sky.Relax. area are a great place to relax, unwind and concentrate on the good things in life. The alpslodge combines lifestyle and nature with alpine charm. Fiss is one of the sunniest places in the Tyrol with around 2000 hours of sunshine a year – a bright prospect even in winter. The sun-kissed Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis plateau is Alexander Walser‘s home region. To him, the chance to live and work where others come to relax and unwind is a dream come true. STOP more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/alpslodge

1. The alpslodge hotel under construction. 2. The perfectionist Alexander Walser is not afraid to get his hands dirty. 3. Each material for the hotel was carefully selected.

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BECAUSE IT IS GENUINE  TEXT MARION KIRBIS

those activities. Walking and winter sports

Gradonna Mountain Resort lie in the moun-

to Alpine life in a way that engages all their

can both exhaust and exhilarate at once,

tains, but the mountains also, in a manner

five senses.

as nature offers new strength. Against the

of speaking, lie in the hotel. “Where the Gra-

backdrop of the everyday, these contrasts

donna now stands, there were once huge

The essence of being a good host is

and contradictions are what make the Alps

boulders. The boulders were chiselled, cut

not something you can teach; it is part

so magical. Not for nothing do many hotels

and polished and laid in the foyer”, explains

of your personality. Hospitality comes

in the Alps see themselves as hideaways

Florian Partel. A simple, successful and

from the heart.

for the stressed and weary; as places of

authentic way to bring the essence of the

retreat where individualists can find a tem-

region into the hotel. Despite its modern

This principle underlies the daily work of

porary home and be close to nature.

design, the entire façade is shingled, and

Andreas Lederer and his team. That is why

that is style typical of the region.

guests at “Lederer’s Living” in Zell am See

Our concept is rooted in sustainability,

are addressed using the informal “du”. “Du

and that must be reflected in practice.

Inside, the focus is on natural materials.

breaks down barriers. It puts the guests

We benefit from nature, and owe nature

The woollen rugs in the lobby and loden-

and the hotelier on an equal footing”, exp-

our investment in return.

covered seating are traditional features

lains Lederer, who sees himself not just as

often encountered in the Alps. Imported

manager but also and more importantly as

ALONGSIDE ROMANTIC NOTIONS

For Florian Partel, the responsible use of

flowers are nowhere to be seen. Large

the host. He spends much of the day in the

OF A PERFECT WORLD AND MY-

resources is an integral and essential part

glass sections reveal and frame the natural

lobby and to him, this is the “living room” of

of Alpine life. That is why the manger of

landscape, which needs no further orna-

the hotel. The living room is where you re-

Gradonna Mountain Resort in Kals am

mentation.

ceive friends; people you would say ‚du‘ to

THICAL, INVINCIBLE NATURE IS THE MODERN REALITY OF LIFE IN THE ALPS. THE LOCAL POPULATI-

Großglockner is committed to the local and

- hence the hotel‘s name: Lederer’s Living.

the sustainable.

Fine food in a modern ambience - at

ON CAREFULLY AND EFFECTIVELY

The hotel is a low-energy house and the

breakfast on the alm.

BALANCE TOURISM, TRENDS AND

suites and chalets are made completely of

TRADITION. THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES

wood. Almost all work on the hotel from

Kathrin Glanzer and her team from Berg-

king custom. A custom that pushes the

erecting the shell to fitting the interior was

land Sölden in Tyrol have a real passion

stress and formality of work into the back-

carried out by firms from East Tyrol. In win-

for local products, and work to give their

ground and brings people closer together.

ter, CO²-neutral wood chip heating with an

guests a true taste of the region. They

auxiliary solar collector keeps guests warm

want to be able to tell guests where every

The city dwellers in particular who come

and cosy. On the hillside above the hotel is

single product in the kitchen comes from,

here on holiday are looking for a strong

a spring which has been developed to sup-

from the Alpine cheese to the milk from

and all-embracing contrast to their usu-

ply the entire hotel with fresh spring water.

the mountain dairy. Many hoteliers in the

al urban lifestyle. They draw energy and

Alps work on this principle. “Our sourcing

inspiration from nature.

AWAY FROM THE STEREOTYPES AND THE CLICHÉS, ENGAGINGLY GENUINE IN ALL SENSES OF THE WORD.

The Alps are a place of pathos, wild-

In the mountains, everyone is on Du-terms according to an old climbing and hillwal-

ness and raw emotion. All genuine,

We want focus to be on nature, and that

standards shape our gourmet cuisine. We

authentic aspects of Alpine life are

is not possible if we crowd the lands-

need the very best local products if we are

nurtured and cherished. And the Alps

Diana Karsai, hotel manager from The

cape.

to retain a pure and authentic flavour”, be-

Crystal in Obergurgl, Ötztal, is familiar with

lieves Hannes Fleisch from the MO Lodge.

the trends that travellers have brought and

have genuine riches in abundance. The sustainability concept is reflected in Ike Ikrath from Hotel Miramonte in Bad

Regional specialities can introduce visitors

the style of the hotel. Not only does the

Gastein has seen how the Alpine environment influences and is reflected in many aspects of people‘s daily lives. The bleakness of the mountains is mirrored in purist architecture and minimalist design that focus on the essential. 1.

“The good things in life are simple”, ag-

1. Bad Gastein 2. Urban design meets Alpine features at the Hotel Miramonte.

rees Hannes Fleisch from the MO Lodge in Gaschurn. He cites tradition, local 2.

crafts, nature and rustic authenticity as treasures that the Alps have to offer. These are treasures whose charm does not come from a desperate attempt to please all comers. Treasures like this inspire and enchant by their very nature. Part of the Alpine life is an understanding that simplicity is a luxury in itself. Less in the Alps really is more. Less stress, less noise, less bustle. They cannot penetrate this oasis of calm. Peace, rest and relaxation reign in this beautiful landscape. In the Alps, effort is what you invest in those activities that you genuinely enjoy - and only in

Foto: MO Lodge

Photo: Hotel The Crystal


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continue to bring to the Alps. She has

a great way for them to (re)discover regio-

seen again and again how a feel for

nal cuisine and excellent wines. Ike Ikrath

design and urban elegance have in-

from Hotel Miramonte believes this wealth

fluenced Alpine architecture. The in-

of factors has created a wholly new “Alpine

ternational influence is most evident

shepherd luxury lifestyle”.

in the spa sector. The tourists bring new trends to the What guest expects and want from

mountains. In return, they take back va-

their beauty treatments can vary wi-

lues that we have kept and preserved.

dely. That is why Kathrin Glanzer at 2.

Bergland Sölden is constantly adapt-

Fleisch from the MO Lodge is convinced

ing her facilities and services to meet

that these two influences can be produc-

her guests‘ needs. A desire for a

tively combined, in care for the old and an

more international range was behind

openness to the new and modern. For Par-

the introduction of Nuad Thai massa-

tel from Gradonna Mountain Resort, too, it

ges, for example.

is important that “his” people pass on their skills and passions to the guests. Guests

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However, the main trend over recent

can learn a lot from the staff who have lived

years has in fact been a return to

in the Alps for so long. “Irmgard, our ‚herb

more natural, local treatments. Alpi-

fairy‘, has been studying Alpine plants for

ne Stone uses garnet from the Ötztal

years. She shows our guests where to find

valley. The cold and hot stones are

fresh herbs and how best to use them.

used in the hotel‘s very own massage

That is not something you can just learn

technique with a special oil to ease

at a seminar: you need that passionate

tenseness and pain.

interest from the very beginning.” Guests appreciate and admire such interest and

The concept has been so popular

such passion. Above all because they are

that the hotel‘s own skincare line is

genuine. People who come to the Alps

now available to purchase, so that

learn or remember how to stop and take

guests can continue to enjoy the

a step back; how to pay more attention to

power and energy of the Ötztal Alps

the genuine, authentic attractions of nature

once they return home. Karsai from

herself. STOP

The Crystal has had a similar experi5.

ence. “Guests from all over the world take home our Alpine care products and some great spa tips. And if they have enjoyed a few days of altitude training with us, that genuinely helps their workout at home.”

Photo: Klaus Vyhnalek

At the same time, Glanzer and Karsai have also noticed a growing interest amongst the locals for the new methods that the guests introduce. Introductory offers give locals a taster of the spa services on offer, and are

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 WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO YOU? Places and people who are important to me; sometimes even just a moment or a smell. KATHRIN GLANZER / BERGLAND SÖLDEN

Coming home – a feeling of security and wellbeing. Drawing new strength; an inspiring space for new ideas. FLORIAN PARTEL / GRADONNA MOUNTAIN RESORT

Home is the place that is uppermost in your thoughts, and to which you have the strongest ties. IKE IKRATH / HOTEL MIRAMONTE

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1. Tradition in the fabric of the building. The team at Bergland Sölden are in touch with their roots. 2. “The locals are enthusiastic about the new methods our guests bring,” says Kathrin Glanzer. 3. Ike Ikrath 4. Peace and relaxation make the Alps the perfect antidote to everyday stress. 5. Wood shingle is typical of the architecture of East Tyrol. “So of course we employed a local firm” - for Florian Partel the logical choice. 6. Handmade: unique features, including hand-crafted furniture, and products from the region create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the MO Lodge. 7. Sölden was and is a ski resort. 8. Andreas Lederer sees himself first and foremost as the host. 9. Diana Karsai is proud to run the first ever hotel at 2000 m that operates with 100% renewable energy.

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Photo: Felsch Johannes

Home to me is not just the place where I grew up in the love and security of my family and the stuff of so many memories, it is also a place where I can completely relax. A place where I can let go and just be myself. A place where I have put down roots and always look forward to returning to. DIANA KARSAI / HOTEL THE CRYSTAL

Home is a concept that defies universal description. The feelings we each associate with home are too personal for that. ANDREAS LEDERER / LEDERER’S LIVING

Experiencing nature, smelling the rain, seeing the hills, enjoying the truly good things in life that you only find at home. HANNES FLEISCH / MO LODGE


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 TEXT SANDRA SUPPAN

LENA HOSCHEK A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL ONCE HELPED HER GRANDMOTHER TO MAKE DIRNDLS AND IN THE PROCESS DISCOVERED A PASSION FOR TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFTS. NOW, 20 YEARS ON, THAT LITTLE GIRL HAS BECOME ONE OF AUSTRIA‘S MOST FAMOUS FASHION DESIGNERS, COUNTING KATY PERRY AND CHARLOTTE ROCHE AMONG HER CUSTOMERS. WHO ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? LENA HOSCHEK.

Long before her love of traditional design, she had already developed her own unique style: nostalgic and feminine, yet unconventional. Where did the little girl find such inspiration? The answer is television. “On a Sunday,

The 2015 spring/summer collection will

there were always these programmes from

be all about traditional folk design - the

the 50s”, Hoschek remembers. She would

couturière is picking up on a theme she

often run to her grandmother‘s wardrobe

explored in 2003, for example, with her

afterwards and dress up in Nana‘s 50s out-

playful spring/summer collection “Mexi-

fits. Even as a pupil at the private Catho-

co”. This time, the location is Africa for a

lic secondary school Sacré Coeur, the girl

collection excitingly entitled “Hot Mama

from Graz would spend her pocket money

Africa!”. A collection that is all it promised

on fashion magazines and wear what she

to be: “Hot Mama Africa!” was presen-

liked – and that despite the school‘s strict

ted at the Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion

dress rules.

Week 2014, and visitors enthused about the vivid fabrics, colourful accessories

After finishing school, Hoschek went on to

and the hourglass look that defines the

study fashion design at the Vienna Fashion

collection‘s prêt-à-porter range.

School. The highlight of her training was, however, an eight-month placement with

To match the garments in her “Lena Ho-

Vivienne Westwood, whose unconventi-

schek” label collections, the designer

onal style had long impressed and inspi-

also creates shoes and bags. Hoschek

red her. Back in Austria and aged just 24,

stocks an exciting children‘s range, scent

Hoschek set up her very first atelier in the

(with some unusual ingredients like cas-

heart of Graz – and the first chapter of the

tor), the “Sleepy Time” pyjama range and

“Lena Hoschek” success story was writ-

cat-eye sunglasses collections (currently

ten...

in partnership with Robert La Roche).

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Lena Hoschek has even designed a cola Two more ateliers in Vienna and Berlin ope-

bottle and a hotel suite – yet still has time

ned soon afterwards, all beautifully fitted in

for a haute couture line. Creations from

50s retro style as the perfect backdrop to

the “Lena Hoschek Atelier” range from

Hoschek‘s latest collections.

extravagant show pieces to individual

Now available in Lena Hoschek‘s ateliers

wedding dresses – and of course, eve-

is the 2014/2015 autumn/winter collection,

rything is tailor-made, as the designer

“Femme Totale”. Hoschek has drawn inspi-

assures us.

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ration from stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, designing garments that

And for those seeking a less fanciful

turn the wearer into a very special type of

style but still in excellent quality, Lena

woman, “a muse who is wicked yet elegant;

Hoschek‘s “Tradition” line in traditional

seductive and incredibly strong. A woman

dress could just have their dream dirndl.

who dresses for herself above all, but who

Silk jacquards and cotton prints from

still knows exactly what an impression she

Austria, fulled fabrics from South Tyrol,

is making”, the designer explains.

top quality velvet ribbons and handworked ruching from France – with

High-quality materials including cottons

colourful and creatively named dirndls

and silks; sensual, curving silhouettes and

such as “Heidi”, “Gundi”, “Martha” and

deep colours such as petrol and chocola-

“Liesi”, the self-styled “fabric blood-

te, combined with lace and sequins: this

hound” Hoschek has spared no effort

autumn and winter will once again bring

or expense to make her grandmother

a shine and a sparkle, if not a discreet

proud – and delight people the world

bombshell or two. Yet the collection does

over with her stylish creations.STOP

nothing to excess, as the cosier tones of “Vintage Rose” or “Mud” give a calmer, more relaxed touch – and turn the fiery red of “Flames” or “Red Hot Lips” into a great everyday look.

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NEW CHALLENGES NEED NEW DESIGNS

 TEXT PIA UNGER

WHITE WALLS, ALMOST BLACK TIMBERING, AND TWO OR THREE STOREYS HIGH – A TYPICAL ALPINE HOUSE. YET IN SOME AREAS, THIS STYLE OF BUILDING HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER RECENT YEARS. STRICT PLANNING REGULATIONS IN THE ALPINE VALLEYS ONCE DICTATED THE TYPE OF ROOF AND ITS PITCH, AND REQUIRED WHITE STONE WALLS AND A TIMBERING FOR THE UPPER STOREY. IN MANY PLACES, THESE REGULATIONS NOW NO LONGER APPLY. THE TRADITIONAL MODEL USED FOR SO MANY DECADES HAVE NOW BEEN REDEVELOPED IN TYPICAL REGIONAL STYLE, AND A WHOLE NEW STYLE OF BUILDING HAS BEEN BORN. Saalbach Hinterglemm, Salzburg:

Saalbach-Hinterglemm building was given

The starting point for both traditional

a modern extension in 2012. “Our job was

and modern buildings is the “Einhof”

to bring together the old and new so that

or “Eindachhof” farmhouse, where

they complemented rather than clashed

the living quarters and farm are in one

with each other”, says Christian Althaler

building. Throughout the Alps and in

from the architecture firm Moritz und Ha-

particular in the broader valleys, this

selsberger.

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1. Modern architecture with traditional features in the heart of Saalbach-Hinterglemm. 2. The proud Schwabl Family at the opening of the extension.

type of farm was the predominant architectural style. The Einhof form

Unlike some other municipalities in Pinz-

has been changing and developing

gau, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is extremely

since the 16th century. Faced with

open to modern buildings. The new Alpin

the region‘s changeable and unsettled

Juwel extension was not the first modern

weather, locals needed a way of kee-

building in the town, but it was certainly

ping dry as they moved between the

the largest. “New challenges need new de-

different parts of the farmstead. The

signs. In the past, people used familiar, tra-

solution was to put everything in one

ditional structures, and over time have ad-

building: kitchen, bedroom, cowshed,

apted these structures to the tourist trade”,

grain store and hay store.

explains Althaler.

The upper storeys of an “Einhof” were

Familiar and traditional, yet modern: that

made of local timber such as larch or birch.

was part of the concept for the new Alpin

Timber was and is a fundamental Alpine

Juwel. As in traditional, rustic buildings, the

building material. It weathers well and is

main focus was on natural materials for

readily available. Buildings that draw on the

both interior and exterior. The new exten-

Einhof style make great use of timber, both

sion was built entirely of timber, and that

inside and out. “Our beds are made of un-

included the load-bearing walls. Here, too,

treated Arolla pine, which lowers the pulse

a key feature was the shingle façade in un-

rate and helps ensure deep sleep”, explains

treated larch.

Alexander Schwabl, manager of the Alpin Juwel hotel in Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

A less traditional feature is the extending sections of the façade - a result of the hill-

The regional style inspired by the Einhof

side location. These unique features give a

can also been seen in the of the basic

panoramic view of the Kitzbühel Alps and

design of the Alpin Juwel: the gable roof,

the centre of Saalbach-Hinterglemm. STOP

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LADIN FOR BEGINNERS: THE BEST PLACES FOR MOUNTAIN MAGIC, SPA BREAKS, SPORT, ART, GOURMET FOOD AND DRINKS ON THE SLOPES. THE SOUTH TYROLEAN VAL BADIA VALLEY IS NOW A HOLIDAY OASIS. CALM AND PEACE REIGN ON THE MOUNTAINS - OR HOW DOES IT GO...

EMOTION LIVES UP! ALTA BADIA NOW  TEXT FLORENTINA WELLEY

1. Ciclisti vor der Dogma Pinarello Lounge im Hotel La Perla, Corvara 2. Die alten Viles in Pransarores, Alta Badia 3. Los gehts vom Piz Sorega mit dem Dolomiti Superski-Pass

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Florentina Welley ist Lifestyle-Expertin. Sie co-produzierte den österreichischen Spielfilm „Die toten Fische“, machte Kostüm für „Before Sunrise“ und schrieb für sämtliche Lifestyle-Medien über Mode und Design. Bevor sie als freie Journalistin für den freizeit-Kurier engagiert wurde, war sie Modechefin bei der Zeitschrift WOMAN. Nebenher kuratiert sie Kunstprojekte und Ausstellungen.

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This holiday haven is nestled in the Dolomites, a stunning UNESCO world heritage

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Photo: Freddy Planinschek

landscape. But that is not the only thing that attracts the tourists. Alta Badia also has luxury hotels, designer chalets, gour-

film Cliffhanger. Tourists will find eve-

ding pleasure-seekers to stressed parents

Sleeping pods and alpenglow

met food and mountain huts for those who

rything from Luis Trenker to Frauen-

with small children, from sports prodigies

Every holiday season, the local hoteliers,

know how to party. And what would Val

schuh from Kitzbühel. Or what about

to globe-trotting culture vultures, can ac-

hut owners, artists, sportspeople and

Badia be in summer without the obligato-

a drink and dance at the Posta Zirm

cess a customised holiday programme at

chefs set out to prove once again that tradi-

ry ice bucket challenge - posted on face-

or Murin Hotels, or a gourmet meal in

a click of the mouse. The holiday confi-

tional Ladin culture can and does still pro-

book and youtube, of course. The ALSIce

St. Hubertus restaurant at Hotel Rosa

guration tool is the stress-free way to put

duce great minds and talents. No wonder

Bucket Challenge has even been taken by

Alpina in San Kassian? Nature lovers

together your very own daily itinerary from

that they keep the tourists happy and the

some of South Tyrol‘s brass bands, who

will enjoy the wonderful walks to the

the wealth of sporting activities, cultural

region buzzing. A perfect example of un-

have marched throughout car washes with

“Viles”, small Ladin hamlets with tra-

events, sightseeing highlights, hillwalking

derstatement in Alta Badia is Moritz Craf-

trumpet in hand before upending the bu-

ditional “Paarhof” two-building farm-

trips etc. on offer in all holiday regions in

fonara, who runs a mountain hut. “People

cket. Star visitors such as Michelle Hun-

steads and wooden barns. Art lovers

the Dolomites. Food, hiking, biking, cul-

are no longer looking for luxury alone,” he

ziker have also taken the icy shower. The

gather at private viewings in the Mi-

ture, history, or a trip for the emotions? No

says. He believes the valley must be able

presenter doused her blond locks in the

curà de Rü cultural institute in St. Mar-

problem – just one click is all it takes. Tou-

to offer other attractions for its visitors. And

exclusive Hotel Fanes to a lusty “holare-

tin, Thurn, the home village of Gilbert

rists simply enter their profile (sporty type,

when Craffonara makes plans, the world

di-di”. As you can see, life in the Dolomite

Prousch. A few hundred metres further

family, hiking enthusiast or youngster), and

soon knows about them. As it did two ye-

farming valley of Alta Badia is bang up to

up the hillside are the design and ar-

the pulse rate (low for more relaxed trips,

ars ago, when Craffonara teamed up with

date, and not all conversation turns on ravi-

chitecture exhibitions in the Ciastel de

medium for more demanding activities

the star architect Ross Lovegrove to create

oli tirolesi, bad weather and poor service in

Tor castle. Exhibition themes include

and high for high-octane adventure) - af-

a bedroom under the stars right in front of

the pub. And any local who does get tired

life in the “Stuben”, or “Stua” as they

ter all, this is sport, not murder. That‘s all

his hut. The model of the floating pod can

of the crazy tourists can simply switch to

were then known - one-roomed living

you need to organise a great day out. In

be seen up at 2076 metres on the Piz la Ila

Ladin for a private word with others in the

quarters. In front of the museum entran-

winter, there‘s a special bonus for skiers:

plateau. The enterprising Ladin was alrea-

local rhaeto-romance-speaking populati-

ce is a piece of graffiti chiselled into the

the rail and ski lift link between Kronplatz

dy attracting VIPs to the peak back in the

on. Up on the distant peaks at over 3000

ground in all five Ladin languages “Ne sté

and Sextner Dolomiten/Hochpustertal val-

1970s. Gunther Sachs once complained

metres, down below in the valley in the

a vene tia tera, tia vita”: do not sell your

ley. The trip is even free for holders of the

that it was nice enough in the mountains

“Viles”, the traditional hamlets, and in the

land, your life.

“Mobility Card Pustertal”. For those requi-

but there wasn‘t any seafood, so the ama-

ring overnight accommodation or further

teur pilot simply took a quick trip to Venice

many workshops and craft shops: visitors to Val Badia will always find an open door

A trip for the emotions

excitement – anything from a gourmet ski

for some lobster. Since then, the lobster

and a friendly welcome. The range of acti-

The range of cultural and sporting acti-

safari to snowshoe walks and horse riding

spaghetti at his hut has become legendary

vities for holidaymakers is endless, even for

vities on offer in Alta Badia can be over-

in the snow – should simply contact the

- as have a few other things. “It is still good

rainy days. Browse the smart shops in Cor-

whelming. However, visitors now have a

tourist office in La Villa. They will organise

to see that all the stars who visit our hut to-

vara for the latest fashions. This town now

simply and easy tool to find just what they

everything from luxury chalets to agritou-

day behave just like normal, sensible peo-

famous for winter sports is the home town

are looking for. “Dolomiti-Super-Summer”

rism breaks. The only thing no longer on

ple. Everything depends on how you treat

of figure skater Carolina Kostner and was

and “Dolomiti-Super-Ski” have the perfect

offer is heli-skiing; Val Badia thinks green.

them.” Craffonara knows what he‘s talking

the location for Sylvester Stallone‘s action

tourist programme. Everyone from deman-

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1. Sassicaia cellar in Hotel La Perla, created by Helmut Pizzinini, Corvara 2. Las Vegas Mountain Lodge, Piz Sorega 3. Bar Altrove, sculpture by Helmut Pizzinini, Colfusc 4. Art trail to San Kassian; sculpture by Lois Andivalfarei 5. and 6. Sample some delicious Turtes at the Malga Alfarei, Pedraces 7. Stylish chalets at Hotel Fanes, San Kassian 8. Home-made cheese from an agristourism farm Lüch da Pcëi in San Kassian

Aksel Lund Svindal and Zucchero all enjoy

preserve our culture and our landscape –

Well then: that could just sum up local gour-

the panoramic views from the hut out over

the most important resource that we have

met cuisine – or indeed culinary creativity in

the snow-covered Marmolada and the pale

– our ‚way of life‘, if you like,” says the man

the whole of the Val Badia. The best things

cliffs of the Fanes. And when the evening

who runs the Hotel La Perla in Corvara.

are those you make yourself, and with local ingredients, of course. This is now an ac-

sun, the Enrosadüra, sets the Dolomites aglow, it is time for an aperitif in a colour to

And that is the very essence of Alta Badia‘s

cepted wisdom, and that is thanks partly to

match the sunset.

charm. The poetry of pure air – and clear

award-winning chef Norbert Niederkofler.

heads; the feeling that time passes more

He runs the kitchen at the St. Hubertus re-

Take the gondola lift up to the Piz or spend

slowly here, despite the odd all-nighter in

staurant in Hotel Rosa Apina and provides

a sunny day climbing the Jägersteig to the

trendy lounge bars like Altrove, La Sieia

the delicious catering for the ski safari in

Lagazuoi, and you will feel the world be-

and La Vedla. High up on the mountain,

longs to you and you alone. That is the ef-

torches flicker in the snow at the Las Vegas

fect of the stillness and beauty of the land-

Lodge, and the DJ in Club Moritzino calls

scape, the woods and the night sky. Those who live and work here want to ensure that

4. 3.

1.

Photo: Willeit Gustav

Photo: Freddy Planinschek

2.

Photo: Las Vegas Lodge

8.

5.

Photo: Florentina Welley Photo: Hotel Fanes

6.

7.

Photo: Florentina Welley

the huts in winter. Quite by the by, he also works all year round on the regio“avanti ragazzi, benvenuti” out into the cold

nal reintroduction of old fruit and vege-

the mystery of these mountains, the ma-

– but you are still up and fit for the slopes

table varieties, for example “mountain”

gic of this landscape, does not disappear.

the next morning. There‘s something about

artichokes, a Peruvian variety that can

More and more hoteliers are working to

the air up there.

flourish even at high altitudes. Niederkofler is working with farmers to return to

preserve the character of their home region in the face of the tourism boom.

Ravioli tirolesi, bacon and

sustainable lamb and beef production,

INFORMATION:

“schuettelbrot” bread

helping to ensure that Val Badia has the

One such hotelier is Michil Costa, pre-

Here in the Dolomites, people take leisure

smallest possible ecological footprint

servationist and cultural activist. He cam-

seriously. I‘m relaxing with an aperol sprizz

for its food production. This focus on

paigns for new buildings in the traditional

in the midday sun at the Mountain Lodge

authenticity, nature and cuisine is not

alpine style, for the Ladin minority and for

Las Vegas, listening to a conversation bet-

simply a passing craze. The valley is

children‘s charitable projects in Nepal. “We

ween two ladies whose children are run-

now home to many smaller agritourism

often confuse tourism with mass incursi-

ning around in the Piz Sorega adventure

farms, and business is strong. One is

Dolomiti Superski

ons, with soulless, run-of-the-mill places

and fitness park. The conversation has tur-

the Maso Alfarei, a little farmhouse abo-

www.dolomitisuperski.com

that give tourists what they expect. But a

ned to fruit. What are you cooking today?

ve St. Leonhard. Order their delicious

www.dolomitisupersummer.com

place gets the visitors it deserves. Tou-

Dumplings. What kind, plum dumplings?

ravioli tiroles with a glass of house red,

www.dolomitisupersummer.com/de/lifte

rism is not about turning our towns into

No, I‘m doing curd dumplings. Why curd?

and you will take a trip back in time.

an amusement park because that‘s what

What about the plums? Well, I‘ll just stew

Everything is just as it was 50 years

the tourists like. It is about an exchange

them and add them afterwards. So no

ago. Quite simply beautiful. STOP

between visitor and host, and such an

plum dumplings? No, the dumplings are

www.moviment.it

exchange is only possible if we retain and

better if you keep the plums on the side.

Huts

Tourismusverband Alta Badia I-39033 Corvara, Tel. +39 0471 836176 Tourist Board Alta Badia I-39036 La Villa, T +39 0471 847037 www.altabadia.org, www.suedtirol.info

Mobility Card Pustertal www.skipustertal.com

www.moritzino.it, www.lasvegasonline.it www.bioch.it

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/ ITALIEN ALPIN /

WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN THE HEART OF THE MOUNTAINS AND YET COSMOPOLITAN – THAT IS ALTA BADIA NOW. THE REGION WAS MADE FAMOUS BY THE SKI WORLD CUP DOWNHILL COMPETITION, BUT THE CLEVER LADINS HAVE COME UP WITH ONE OR TWO OTHER WAYS TO KEEP THE OUTSIDE WORLD COMING. THE HOTELIER MICHIL COSTA WORKS ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AND THE GREEN ECONOMY; RESTAURATEURS MORITZ AND ALEXANDER CRAFFONARA BRING INTERNATIONAL STARS AND MUSICIANS SUCH AS ZUCCHERO TO THE VALLEY; MULTITALENTED ANDY VARALLO AT DOLOMITI SUPER-SKI WITH HIS DOLOMITI SUPER SUMMER RUNS AN EXCELLENT WEBSITE OFFERING CUSTOMISED PACKAGES. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THERE ARE THE ARTISTS. ALPINE MUSIC, NOT FORGETTING THE ROCKING YODELLERS OF THE “GANES” TRIO, IS NOW KNOWN FAR BEYOND THE REGION‘S BORDERS. SCULPTORS SUCH AS HELMUT PIZZININI AND LOIS ANDIVALVAREI HAVE NOW ALSO CREATED AN ART TRAIL THROUGH VAL BADIA. IN OTHER WORDS, CULTURE IS ROOTED IN THIS REGION. Villa in 1927. Although Pizzinini ran a hotel

hut, Las Vegas Lodge at the Piz Sorega,

communicator. “In winter, the world comes

The organic cuisine of Ahrntal‘s Norbert

in Sardinia as a young man, the energetic

the wine bar at Hotel Majun in La Villa,

to me. Between the seasons, I go out into

Niederkofler has long been internationally

hotelier was not content with catering to

the “Ice-berg” and the new Toccami wine

the world.” That is his recipe for success.

renowned. His cookbook from last autumn

the needs of his tourists. After his mother

lounge in Corvara. STOP

And there‘s something else, too: “We‘re

is already out of date, as he himself says.

sold Hotel La Villa, Pizzinini threw all his

1. NORBERT NIEDERKOFLER

never in a rush here – it‘s not like we‘re on

That shows just how fast things are chan-

energy into art and architecture, working

5. MORITZ CRAFFONARA

ging – even in regional cuisine. “To me,

with a number of leading architects. He

CLUB MORITZINO

cooking is part of our culture. In culture

developed the artistic concept for Bad

The 70-year-old has been running his hut

7. MICHIL COSTA

and in cooking, roots are very important,

Cannstatt swimming pool near Stuttgart,

for nearly 50 years, and has been known

Michil Costa is a hotelier and trade unio-

and we want to keep those roots: to take

and is still designing buildings in Val Ba-

to land there in his aeroplane. A fan of the

nist, and fundraises for children in Nepal.

inspiration from our roots in terms of pro-

dia today. These include a spa and a wine

Frecce Tricolore and on first name terms

He also runs an amazing bicycle and mo-

ducts and traditional methods, and bring

cellar for Ciasa Salares in Armentarola.

with a star or two, the amateur pilot still

torcycle museum in his hotel. The collec-

these into the modern world. This is our

Pizzinini‘s wooden sculptures are also

has dreams - and a habit of turning them

tion of over 100 Moto Guzzis, Aprilias and

way of ensuring that our mountain life and

sought-after items for bars, private houses

into reality. Together with his son Alexan-

many other models was build up by his

environment is not forgotten, but still alive

and exhibitions from Alta Badia to Milan,

der, he is currently planning the next coup:

father Enrico. Today, Michil Costa‘s guests

and intact for coming generations.”

Venice and Vienna. His motto: “Art is a

this autumn, high up on the beautiful alpi-

enjoy private trips in the 1940s motorcycle

Niederkofler‘s inside tip: A meal out in

living moment that never ends.” STOP

ne pasture at Piz la Ila against the stunning

and sidecars. Another popular photo motif

backdrop of the Dolomites, he hopes to

is the old 1920s hotel postbus that does

winter at one of the ski huts, for example

holiday”. STOP

Saraghes or Bioch. Delicius in Sankt Kassian has the best Ladin specialities. STOP

7.

4.

2.

Photo: Willeit Gustav Photo: Florentina Welley

Photo: Florentina Welley

5. 1.

6.

3.

8.

Photo: Freddy Planinschek

2. REINHARD PLANK FASHION DESIGNER The man from South Tyrol studied design

4. ANDY VARALLO VICE-PRESIDENT,

present the new Lamborghini. It goes wi-

runs round the valley to pick up guests.

in Vienna before travelling further afield. His

DOLOMITI SUPERSKI

thout saying that the event will draw lea-

“We should try and do something new with

shoes and hats are now available from the

As sport is his passion, Varallo has turned

ding international journalists, and the Alta

each day that we are given,” believes Michil

world‘s leading avant garde fashion bou-

pleasure into business. When he heads out

Badia panorama will appear on TV screens

Costa. “Luxury in the modern world is time,

tiques, including “Monika” in Corvara. His

for a run on his bike in the summer, you can

around the globe. “Work to live and not live

space and peace.” STOP

“PIPPI” shoes, in the spirit of their name-

be sure he‘s also trying out the latest pro-

for work is my motto.”

sake Pippi Longstocking, are designed for

gramme. His latest programme. Varallo has

lightness, freedom and energy. “I want my

made the glories of summer in this winter

6. ALEXANDER CRAFFONARA

The era of the brass band in Val Badia is

shoes to make people‘s journeys easier,

paradise accessible to everyone, summer

CLUB MORITZINO

over, as this Ladin pop trio has proved.

and give them light and cheerfulness on

at 2000 metres between Piz Sorega, Piz La

Alexander Craffonara, junior partner, is de-

Sisters Elisabeth and Marlene Schuen

the way,” says the designer from Sterzing.

Ila, Col Alt and Pralongià. “The way of life

finitely a chip off the old block. Breakneck

and their cousin Maria Moling from Wen-

Plank‘s hats also give a nod to the original

here is simple. You are in touch with nature

biking downhill in summer and uphill in the

gen decided to form a girl band. Marlene

Alpini hat. STOP

the moment you step out the door, in both

snowcat in winter, Craffonara junior now

used to play the violin and was for some

summer and winter. That is why tourists

manages service, the kitchens and the DJ

years a singer with Hubert von Goisern.

3. HELMUT PIZZININI

should have as many sources of informati-

line-up. In winter, incidentally, the kitchens

Their fourth album “Caprize” has just been

SCULPTOR

on as possible, to make sure that they get

welcome award-winning chef Marco Spi-

released. “Caprize is our motto. It means

Ladins are a class apart. The c.v. of the

the very best out of all we have to offer.”

nelli. When Alexander gets Club Moritzino

we operate outside and beyond set bound-

ex-hotelier is testimony to this. His grand-

Varallo‘s winter highlights: L‘Murin, Ho-

rocking, visitors as well as friends party

aries and norms – we make pop music in

father set up one of the first hotels in La

tel La Perla in Corvara, the Edelweisshütte

with him – some even online: he is a great

Ladin!” STOP

STOP

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/ GÜNTHER HLEBAINA, DAS KRONTHALER /

“A DESIRE TO INSPIRE”  TEXT JESSICA BRAUNEGGER

What does authenticity mean to you personally? Hlebaina: I am someone who is interested in the past, even if I am focused on the future and moving forwards. Where I come from is important to me. I am from Styria, those are my roots, that is my home region,

Does the focus on the na-

and I will never forget that.

tural also extend to your spa facilities?

Your website describes nature as a

Hlebaina: We are taking a

source of energy. How can nature‘s

regional approach in our spa

energy be harnessed, both within and

area. We try not to important

outside the hotel?

methods from Asia, but to

Hlebaina: I believe that the atmosphere we

instead concentrate on what

have created in the hotel is itself energising.

we have here. Our approach

THE “ACHENSEE”, A PARADISE OF SPORT AND LEISURE IN THE TYROLEAN ALPS. GÜNTHER HLEBAI-

I like to quote the guests who tell me that

is one of simplicity in both the

NA HAS RUN DAS KRONTHALER HERE FOR SEVERAL YEARS. WE SPOKE TO THE VISIONARY HOTELI-

even entering the hotel is something spe-

therapies and the materials

ER ABOUT HIS LOVE OF SPORT, LONGING AND DESIRE, AND THE POWER OF THE ALPS.

cial. There are people with a great feel for

used. Everything is, as far as

such things who can sense that energy. For

possible, local.

1.

CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATER, GREEN FORESTS AND MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS. THIS IS LAKE ACHEN,

my own part, I find the ambience extremely pleasant. Beyond the hotel walls, the magic

Do your guests agree that lu-

According to your website, “longing”

You goal in planning was “Back to our

is in the location. The hills, the dense forest

xury lies not in the exclusive

was behind the establishment of

roots”. How far is it possible to live out that

and the lake – just the view itself is a source

but in the natural?

Das Kronthaler. What exactly do you

goal of authenticity in a modern hotel?

of energy to me.

Hlebaina: Absolutely. I think we

mean by that?

Hlebaina: Roots and authenticity can

Günther Hlebaina: There is a story be-

mean a number of things. In the hotel its-

What leisure activities do guests here

an era in which people will noti-

hind the Das Kronthaler hotel project.

elf, we have kept or uncovered a number

most enjoy?

ce and value the simple things in

For many years, we ran a family hotel on

of original features. For example, you can

Hlebaina: We have an absolute wealth of

life much more than they used to.

the shores of Lake Achen. A great place,

see the rock formation on which the hotel

options. There are the mountains for hill-

Where the focus was once on ever

but with a very narrow market. We kept

stands. The name is also a return to the

walking and rock climbing at altitudes of

greater luxury, I believe we are now

losing guests when the children got to

hotel‘s roots. Das Kronthaler comes from

2500 m. But there is also lots to do down

increasingly returning to simplicity

their teens, because the young people

the people who erected the first section of

below in the valley. Breathtaking cycle rou-

and to nature.

didn‘t want to come to a “children‘s” ho-

the building, Christine and Ottmar Krontha-

tes, running and walking, golfing, and a

are seeing the dawn of a new era,

tel any more. We began to wish that we

ler. Much of the material that we have used

host of water sports on the lake - in short,

You mentioned before that you

were able to keep our guests for longer.

is also original. We have tried not to go

our guests are never short of activities!

enjoy sports. Do you see sport as

We sought to create a new type of hotel

to far afield, and have largely used locally

to expand our range of accommodation -

sourced materials. These are aspects that

Spa options are of course also on offer?

Hlebaina: Yes, indeed I do. I was a ski

and we succeeded.

are important to us.

Hlebaina: Absolutely, in fact probably the

instructor and skier for many years, so

best option is to combine sporting activi-

skiing is up there as one of my top fa-

part of spa and health activities?

What does “longing”, “desire”, mean to

How do you reconcile design with au-

ties with our great spa services. That is the

vourite sports. But summer sports are

you personally?

thenticity?

perfect way truly to relax after all that exer-

also important. I find great inspiration

Hlebaina: My primary role is that of a hoteli-

Hlebaina: Quite easily, in my view. The

cise. However, we are definitely not setting

in running; it is my way of blowing the

er. I am a “front man” and often work directly

hotel design now is one of clear lines and

ourselves up as spa hotel in the strict sense

cobwebs away. A run can also become

with our customers. My “desire” is to ensure

simple forms, just as it used to be. Traditi-

of word – that is not what we are, our cli-

an energetic walk depending on your

100% satisfaction for our guests, and to of-

onal hostelries tended to be fairly plain, not

entèle is quite simply younger. Our guests

mood. These are all ways in which I can

fer them entertainment and inspiration. Inde-

ornate or kitschy. So you see, tradition and

are full of energy, and while they may not be

genuinely relax and find inspiration for

ed, that is part of our hotel philosophy.

modernity have in a way now merged.

all young, they are young at heart.

new projects.

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2.

1. The magic of Lake Achen tempts hotelier Günther Hlebaina out on regular walks along the banks of this former commercial waterway 2., 3. and 4. Luxury in Das Kronthaler is simplicity and the natural

3.

How would you define the alpine way of life? Hlebaina: I would say it is defined by a certain unassuming simplicity, a practical outlook on life and an appreciation of things like good service. That to me is the essence of the alpine way of life. STOP

more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/das-kronthaler

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 TEXT PIA UNGER

PHOTOS MARION KIRBIS

/ CULINARY DELIGHTS /

RAVIOLI TIROLESI THE LOCAL GERMAN-SPEAKERS CALL IT SCHLIPFKRAPFEN; THEIR ITALIAN NEIGHBOURS AFFECTIONATELY REFER TO IT AS RAVIOLI TIROLESI. EACH REGION HAS ITS OWN FILLINGS FOR THIS PASTA SPECIALITY. IN EAST TYROL, THE KING OF PASTAS IS FILLED WITH POTATO, AND IN SOUTH TYROL WITH CURDS AND SPINACH.

Kals am Großglockner, Eastern Tyrol:

Another excellent regional food is fish.

The regional delicacy is found in the Italian

Char and Arctic char, farmed from wild

Alps and over into Switzerland and the Tyrol,

fish, can be used in a wide variety of

and is known under many names. Schlipf-

dishes. For example, Arctic char is de-

krapfen, Schlutzkrapfen, Kärntner Nudeln,

licious slow-cooked in the oven, and

ravioli and cjalzons are just a few of its in-

char coated in flour and fried skin side

carnations. Michael Karl, head chef at the

down. Karl uses local herbs to give

Gradonna Mountain Resort, has put his own

each fish an unmistakable and unique

slant on the classic dish. The chef with four

flavour.

Gault-Millau toques has drawn inspiration from the region and its diversity to reinter-

As we watch the award-winning chef at

pret this East Tyrol speciality.

work between his steaming pots and

Karl showed us his new version of ravioli

tant to him. Produce must be fresh, local,

tirolesi in an exclusive cookery class. Everything from the dough to the filling is made by hand. The key component apart from the egg dough itself is the filling. Ricotta, a little potato, salt, pepper and a selection of mountain herbs, and the most important ingredient: masterwort. “This herb is native to our region and is picked by our ‚herb fairy‘. Masterwort is what gives the dish its unique, hot and slightly bitter note.” Mastwort is only to be found on Alpine mountain pastures at altitudes of between 1400 and 2700 metres, growing in the rocky and limy soil.

pasta dough, we can see what is imporand sustainable: for Michael Karl, these are absolutely essential quality criteria. The char and Arctic char come from the Austrian Federal Forests Association‘s (österreichische Bundesforste) “Wildkultur”, fish farms that breed only from wild fish. Careful sourcing and excellent preparation make for mouthwatering fish. In the face of the booming fast food business, the gourmet chef wants to encourage his customers to take the time for good food - and guests at the Gradonna Mountain Resort have the chance to cook with a Gault-Millau chef in exclusive cookery classes. Our cookery class with Michael Karl showed us just what a pleasure slow food can be. STOP

 THE RECIPE FROM OUR SOULMATE MICHAEL KARL For the dough: knead together the pasta flour, egg yolk, whole egg, olive oil and a pinch of salt to form a firm dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for 12 hours. Roll out the dough as thinly as possible on a floured surface (c. 2-3 mm). Cut out c. 10cm-wide circles with a cutter and brush off the excess flour. For the filling: finely grate the boiled potato and mix with the ricotta, masterwort pesto, wild herbs and lemon zest. Season well. Pipe walnut-sized portions of filling onto the circles of dough. Brush one side of the dough with beaten egg. Fold over the dough and press together. Pinch together the ends so that it looks like large tortellini. Cook in salted boiling water for 6 minutes. STOP

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 TEXT JESSICA BRAUNEGGER

/ CULINARY DELIGHTS /

SAY “CHEESE”! CHEESE IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS IN THE ALPINE KITCHEN, AND THE RANGE OF REGIONAL CHEESES IS AS VARIED AS THE DISHES IN WHICH THEY ARE USED. EACH ALPINE COUNTRY FROM AUSTRIA TO ITALY AND SWITZERLAND HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE CHEESE-MAKING TRADITION. REGIONAL CHEESE SPECIALITIES HAVE A LONG TRADITION IN THE ALPS, AND ARE AN ASPECT OF LOCAL CULTURAL HERITAGE THAT MANY CHEESE FACTORIES SEEK TO PRESERVE.

/ CULINARY DELIGHTS /

Not just a poor man‘s cheese

Fresh from the mountain pasture

A taste of herbs

BEYOND THE PURITY LAW

The Tyrolean cheese-making tradition is one

Stilfser cheese is a unique speciality, the

Appenzeller is a wonderful Swiss cheese

of the oldest in Austria, and graukäse - lite-

only cheese from South Tyrol to bear the

produced in the Cantons of Appenzell Aus-

rally “grey cheese” - is the queen of the local

EU DOP mark. Stilfser is produced to strin-

serrhoden, St. Gallen and Thurgau. During

cheeses. Its importance was recognised

gent specifications with fresh milk from

the maturing process, its rind is repeatedly

by the EU with the award of the “protected

South Tyrol‘s mountain dairies, and a spe-

rubbed with an oil from local herbs, roots and

designation of origin” quality seal, DOP. This

cial culture added during the maturing pro-

blossoms known as kräutersulz. This is what

means that production, preparation and

cess. Only two South Tyrol cheese dairies

gives the cheese its unique tangy flavour. Kä-

processing must follow a set procedure,

currently produce this tangy cheese. One

serei Muolen in the Canton of Thurgau is one

and take place within a defined geographi-

is the Milkon Werk Bruneck, which is com-

of the cheese dairies that has specialised in

cal area. Unlike most cheeses, graukäse

mitted to sustainable production, working

Appenzeller. Much devotion and hard work

is made without rennet and was therefore

to ensure that southern Tyrolean mountain

are involved in the production of this hand-

traditionally an affordable food even for the

pastures can continue to provide the best

made cheese. STOP

poorer sections of the population. Today,

milk for this cheese in future.

 TEXT PIA UNGER Italy is the country of pasta, and Italian pasta, under the 1547 Purity Law, can strictly speaking only contain durum wheat and water. In Eggerhof in South Tyrol, they take a slightly different view: egg pasta is one of South Tyrol‘s specialities. At 1200m above sea level, the former dairy farm produces around 80 tonnes of the golden-yellow delicacy every year. Alongside traditional fusilli, fettuccini and tagliatelle, Nikolaus Lantschner and his team also produce some unique culinary specialities. The team hand-makes around 20 different types of pasta, including fettuccine with wild garlic and mountain herbs, red wine ondonelle and fusilli with nettle, mint and hazel leaves. Local sourcing, sustainability and animal welfare are the factory‘s top priorities. STOP

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nothing remains of the “poor man‘s meat” image: the local speciality is now an integral part of both rustic and gourmet Tyrolean cuisine. Graukäse can be eaten marinated or hot, for example in kaspressknödel or cheese dumplings. That is the favourite graukäse dish of Thomas Lieb, who runs the Käserei

THE RIGHT WINE ERWIN SABATHI RECOMMENDS SAUVIGNON BLANC Pössnitzberg, 2012 Notes of fresh grapefruit, cold minerality – strong notes from the marl soil, spicy-herbal, inner density, full-bodied, excellent length

THE RIGHT WINE ERWIN SABATHI RECOMMENDS CHARDONNAY Pössnitzberg, 2012 Complex aroma, floral notes of hawthorn, subtle suggestions of white peach, spicy notes and white nougat, amazingly fresh, elegant Burgundy with smoky-mineral finish

Lieb cheese dairy. He has specialised in the production of this Tyrolean delicacy, running the family dairy that is now in the hands of its fourth generation of cheese makers.STOP

THE RIGHT WINE ERWIN SABATHI RECOMMENDS MUSCAT BLANC À PETITS GRAINS Krepskogel, 2013 Depth, elegant aroma, marshmallow and cloves, subtle suggestions of anise on the nose and palate, rigid, expressive structure (marl soil), as fine and elegant as a true star

Eggerhof, Gewerbegebiet Neustatt 3 I-39040 Aldein (BZ)

“My wines are a modern interpretation of tradition.” I am honoured to run the family vineyard, and continue a wine-growing tradition that dates back to 1650. Erwin Sabathi Wine Maker www.sabathi.com

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/ CONTRASTS MAJORCA /

A PLACE TO TAKE HOME WITH YOU  TEXT SANDRA GLONING “THERE ARE PLACES THAT YOU VISIT, LEAVE AND PROMPTLY FORGET. THEN THERE ARE PLACES THAT YOU TAKE WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE. MAJORCA IS ONE OF THOSE PLACES: AN ISLAND THAT NEVER FAILS TO TOUCH ITS VISITORS; THAT MAY ATTRACT OR REPEL,

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INSPIRES AND FUELS LONGING AND DESIRE.” THIS WAS HOW THE TRAVEL WRITER JAKOB STROBEL Y SERRA FROM THE NEWSPAPER F.A.Z. DESCRIBED THE BALEARIC ISLAND, AN ISLAND THAT HAD FASCINATED HIM AS IT HAS FASCINATED COUNTLESS OTHERS.

Majorca, Spain: For example Svenn Ru-

One of the Norwegian‘s favourite restau-

The amazing range of drinks are best enjo-

Font Santa Hotel and Can Simoneta inland

dow, who loved the island so much that he

rants is La Canela, which serves culinary

yed in the unique atmosphere of the bar, un-

of Palma and the Convent de la Missió in

stayed. He runs the Hotel Tres in the capital

specialities from all over the world. Accor-

der a ceiling made of around 3400 bottles.

Palma. The hotels are strongly reminiscent

Palma, and never tires of relating Majorca‘s

ding to Rudow, the Italian barman mixes the

glories. “Majorca has everything from high

best cocktails on the entire island. Rudow‘s

Those wanting to escape the hustle and

bolise the Spanish way of life more than

mountains to long, white, magical beaches.

top recommendation is the “Diablo”, a vod-

bustle of Palma and explore the rest of the

any other on the island. Seminario has a

The landscape and natural environment are

ka sour drink – with added chilli for the most

island can hire a car for a personal tour, and

Spanish proverb he likes to share with tou-

so rich in their diversity that the island is a po-

adventurous spirits.

discover Valldemossa, Deya and Soller. Vall-

rists. “Spaniards work in order to live.” In

demossa is famous for its cafés, and Cala

western countries, he believes, it is usually

pular setting for advertising shoots by major

of Majorca‘s typical fincas, and surely sym-

corporations. Palma, on the other hand, is a

An inside tip from Rudow for avoiding the

Deya has enchanting beaches and blue-

the other way round, which is why visitors

small town on a grand scale. A host of mu-

tourists in Palma is the Arume, the city‘s

green sea. Excellent fresh fish and other

to the island should take a step back from

seums and galleries, excellent shops and

best Japanese restaurant. He enthuses

regional delicacies are available at the cafés

the everyday bustle and learn from the Ma-

superb food, that is all available right here.”

about the head chef‘s amazing creations,

and restaurants along the beach. The per-

jorcans how to enjoy every hour of the day.

Ultimately, however, it is the lovely weather

and how interested customers can watch

fect conclusion to a tour of the island is a

The hotelier also reminds his guests not to

that has kept Rudow here. Even in winter,

the great man at work from the bar. Rudow

glass of freshly pressed orange juice from

underestimate the sun, even in winter, and

the weather on the island is glorious. Palma

has another tip for night owls and cocktail

the orange groves of Soller.

make sure they have adequate protection.

also has an excellent infrastructure, with an

lovers: the Brassclub. Sip a drip from Rafa

ever-growing shop and restaurant scene to

Martin, the world‘s third best cocktail mixer,

Another hotelier caught by the magic of

unwinding on Cala Mondrago beach, a

serve the most diverse needs of its visitors.

to relaxing music from around the globe.

Majorca is Luis Seminario. He runs the

great inside tip for beach-lovers. Stretch

This piece of advice is essential for those

out in the shade of the umbrella pines, picnic, patronise the beach bar or go for a swim in the nearby bay. Another must-see recommended by Seminario is the show 1.

Son Amar. This is the ultimate Spanish experience, with musicians, magicians and street artists and a tempting array of Spanish delicacies. Over recent years, Majorca has not just attracted a growing number of hoteliers, but also and even more significantly artists. One of those artists is Asma Kocjan

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Photo: Hotel Convent de la Missió

Photo: Hotel Tres

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from Austria, who finds the island‘s unique

portunity to engage directly with the artists

atmosphere inspiring. Her favourite places

themselves.

are in the north, away from the tourists, where she feels a strong connection with

It is hardly surprising that Majorca continu-

nature and the Spanish approach to life.

es to attract and fascinate with the richness

As Majorca is home to many artists, art

and diversity of its people, culture and cui-

tours are also available. These take visitors

sine. This is not simply a holiday island, it is a

around the various galleries and are an op-

place that people take home. STOP

1. The Font Santa Hotel Thermal Spa & Wellness was built in the style of a traditional Majorcan finca. 2. Soul mate Luis Seminario runs three hotels on Majorca. 3. Swimmers can explore Majorca‘s many secluded bays. 4. Art in the foyer welcomes guests to the Hotel Convent de la Missió. 5. Hotel Tres puts its own, modern slant on Majorcan architecture. 6. Soul mate Svenn Rudow likes to spend his evenings in La Canela in Palma.

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/ CONTRASTS SRI LANKA /

more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/mallorca www.lifestylehotels.net/sri-lanka

FEET IN THE WATER AND HEAD IN THE SUN Sri Lanka has always been an oasis of

dam systems and hillside terracing in the

calm, of endless sandy beaches and

mountains make Sri Lanka‘s rice fields a

magical turquoise seas. There is such a

unique and very special experience.

wealth of sights and sounds to discover in the former Ceylon that choosing your

(Under)water adventures

destinations is hard. Dr. Petra Hollmann

From Mirissa to the southernmost tip of Sri

from UTMT – Underneath The Mango

Lanka, sailing and snorkelling trips are an

Tree Resort recommends a tour of the

adventure to remember. The rich plant and

south of the country by land and sea.

animal life, the colourful underwater world of the Indian Ocean fascinates locals and vi-

Relax on land

sitors alike. Swim with the turtles or watch

Every Saturday, local residents of the

whales and dolphins: this is simply an unfor-

fishing town of Dickwella go to the

gettable experience.

farmer‘s market to stock up on regional fruit and vegetables. Visitors can also buy

Another unique way to experience the wa-

spices, tools and clothes, and chat to the

ter is canoeing in Dickwella lagoon. This is a

stallholders.

great vantage point for admiring the rich landscape, watching animals in their natural habi-

The huge paddy fields that shape the face

tat and observing the local way of life.

of the valleys are best explored by bicycle. With its feet in the water and its head in

Find out on these trips just how breathtakingly

the sun, rice is Asia‘s staple. The extensive

beautiful Sri Lanka truly is. STOP

Dr. Petra Hollmann is a gynaecologist and the doctor responsible for the ayurveda spa at the UTMT resort. In Sri Lanka, she and her husband are living out their dream of their own hotel at the seaside.

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DONNA Design: Hans Hopfer, Manufactured by: Neue Wiener Werkstätte Available at the Neue Wiener Werkstätte flagship store, Schottenring 35, 1010 Vienna. Discover interior design concepts for the home, dining, the bedroom and the office, and model hotel rooms, office space and window displays presented on around 500m² of exhibition floor for the professional audience. Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-17:00 Donna: The soft curves of a star. Donna is a lesson for anyone who thinks modern design means cubes and straight lines only. These soft curves are an invitation to retreat – into a comfort zone that is ever modern through changing fashions. The Donna has an aura that is unmistakable no matter what the surroundings. Armchair, sofa or love chair: Donna is the perfect host, inviting family and friends to gather in cosy and relaxed companionship. www.nww.at STOP DESIGN FURNITURE SPECIAL for The Soulmate readers: 10% discount on all products in the Neue Wiener Werkstätte online shop: nww-design.com Exclusive furniture, upholstery and living accessories for your home. Discount code: “soulmate2014”, valid until 31 December 2014.

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ERWIN SABATHI PREMIUM WINE, SAUVIGNON BLANC PÖSSNITZBERG DER PÖSSNITZBERG – FROM A UNIQUE WHITE WINE TERROIR Characteristics: Notes of fresh grapefruit, cold minerality, a suggestion of salty sea air – strong notes from the marl soil, spicy-herbal, inner density, full-bodied, excellent length. The Pössnitzberg vintages have strong mineral notes, an extremely salty palate, a rigid structure, and age beautifully. The combination of factors such as sea level, the warm winds meeting the cold air; the bleak and extremely limy soil (marl) are what make these steep and craggy vineyards with their ancient vines so unmistakable and the wine so authentic. www.sabathi.com STOP

SMARTWATCH 3 SWR50. FOR THE LONG VIEW. • GPS sensor • Waterproof (IP68 rated) & wrist straps in various colours • All activities at a glance directly on your wrist • SmartWatch with AndroidWear With or without a smartphone connection, at home or on the road: be free with the SmartWatch 3 SWR50. Record all points on your route with the integrated GPS function even without a smartphone connection - perfect for joggers; view your route in detail at home with Google Maps. And the internal 4 GB memory means you can enjoy your favourite music with no smartphone connection. www.sonymobile.com STOP

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XPERIA Z3 COMPACT. FOR THOSE WHO WANT THE BEST. • High dust and water resistance rating – IP65/68 • Up to 2 day battery life: long lasting performance • 20.7MP camera: high quality images and videos • Compact design with 4.6“ HD-Display Its robust casing protects the Xperia™ Z3 Compact from knocks, bumps, rain and weather - whatever you are doing, from a stroll along sandy beaches to crazy water fights in the garden. The IP65/68 dusttight and water-tight Xperia™ Z3 Compact is perfect for every moment, every situation and every adventure that life has to offer. www.sonymobile.com STOP

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LIFESTYLEHOTELS The Book TENTH EDITION LIFESTYLEHOTELS The Book TENth in new XL format: over 420 pages presenting 100 unique LIFESTYLEHOTELS, leading the way in the modern hotel business and epitomising individual lifestyle. The jubilee edition with its all new „TOUCH & FEEL“ layout is a guaranteed inspiration for design-loving travellers. Each hotel has a four-page feature with a detailed description, „best room“ information and large photographs. Interviews on design and development with the CEOs of LIFESTYLEHOTELS and the directors of INNOCAD, 13&9 Design, XAL, Viteo and KAPO/Neue Wiener Werkstätte give an insight into pioneering and visionary minds. www.lifestylehotels.net/shop STOP

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more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/hotels

/ ART & SKI-IN HOTEL HINTERHAG, SAALBACH / Arrive – Enjoy – Relax. That is the philosophy of Evi Fersterer and Josef Fersterer Junior, who have established the Art & Ski-In Hotel Hinterhag. Perched high above the town of Saalbach, the hotel has amazing views of Austria‘s largest skiing region, Saalbach-

A WORK OF ART IN WOOD AND GLASS

Hinterglemm. The main objective in the construction of this glass and timber masterpiece was to modernise the traditional. Wood throughout the hotel‘s interior creates a warm and cosy ambience - wood that Sepp Fersterer himself collected and worked before he died. On the sunny side of Saalbach, that timber has been used to create an architectural masterpiece. Artworks by Anthony Eyton, Manfred Bockelmann, Daniel Mafe and Evi Fersterer herself make living in this hotel between the ski slopes, fun parks and trails quite simply a unique experience. STOP

Photo: Michael Huber

/ SPORT RESIDENZ ZILLERTAL, UDERNS /

GOLF IN ZILLERTAL VALLEY June 2014 saw the opening of the Zillertal‘s very first golf course, in Uderns. Perfect conditions for beginners, enthusiasts and professionals on this eighteen-hole course nestled between the Tux and the Zillertal Alps. The Sport Residenz Zillertal opened in December 2014, and has direct access to the 65-hectare golf course. What other course can offer such breathtaking views? Golfers in summer and winter can soak in the beauty of the Zillertal mountains, the Hochzillertal ski resort and the deep green of the course. Stylish design that reflects the surrounding landscape shows how this hotel is in tune with its environment, and reveals a new and exciting face of sustainability. STOP

Photos: www.sportresidenz-zillertal.at

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MEMBER / DAS GRASECK, GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN /

CHECK-UP ON HOLIDAY The team at the Das Graseck hotel firmly

healthcare. Connected to the hotel is

the biosauna and the quiet room. Great

opening this coming season to offer the

believe that enjoyment is key to health.

the Gap Prevent preventative medicine

views are thanks to the hotel‘s hillside lo-

stressed and weary all they need for both

They focus on every aspect that under-

centre, where guests are offered an in-

cation, accessible by cable car. Guests

health and relaxation.

pins the wellbeing and health of their

dividual check-up. Quite apart from this

can also sample the delicious, healthy,

guests. The hotel‘s owners, two doctors

service, Das Graseck is committed to its

natural cuisine at the hotel‘s two restau-

from Klinikum Garmisch hospital, have

guests‘ health. The spa is a treat for body

rants and a great mix of sport and rela-

developed a model unique in the region,

and mind - as are the panoramic views

xation out of doors. Das Graseck will be

a model that combines a relaxing holi-

out over Garmisch-Partenkirchen from

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day with scientifically proven preventive

Photo: Das Graseck

/ DESIGN HOTEL TYROL, RABLAND /

A SYMBIOSIS OF DESIGN AND NATURE Discover the Design Hotel Tyrol: elegance

sive spa area includes a large open air pool,

without a trace of Alpine kitsch. Newly re-

an outdoor pool in the rock and a pool bar.

novated, the family-run hotel in Rabtal, near

Guests can forget the stress and worry of

Meran, is bright, spacious and close to na-

everyday life in the Turkish steam bath, the

ture. The hotel is the perfect place to relax,

Finnish garden sauna and the infrared and

set amongst picturesque apple orchards

hay saunas. A culinary treat is guaranteed in

and with magnificent views of the mountains

the hotel restaurant, which serves Mediterra-

of Texelgruppe Nature Reserve. The exten-

nean and Alpine delicacies. STOP

Photo: Patrick Schwienbacher


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/ FOR FRIENDS HOTEL, SEEFELD /

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS FOR HOTEL MANAGER WOLFGANG EDER, GUESTS ARE LIKE GOOD FRIENDS AND SHOULD BE TREATED WITH THE SAME OPENNESS AND RESPECT. JUST AS FRIENDS WOULD, GUESTS SHOULD FEEL COMPLETELY AT EASE IN HIS HOTEL AND ENJOY EVERY CREATURE COMFORT – HOTEL SHOULD BE A HOME FROM HOME.

Photo: For Friends Hotel

“To be at ease - “friends” - with yourself

The five restaurants turn food and drink

views of the northern Limestone Alps and

And the very landscape and countryside

means both valuing and taking respon-

into a voyage of discovery.

watch the stress and bustle of everyday

that surrounds For Friends Hotel is a beau-

life fade into the background. End your

tiful, magnificent picture. The architect re-

sibility for yourself” is Toni Innauer‘s philosophy. The former Olympic champion

Just like the herbs for the gourmet di-

journey here, and a whole new journey

sponsible for the hotel, Arkan Zeytinoglu,

runs the energy and exercise programme

shes, the products for the spa treatments

begins.

has created a architectural jewel combining

at the For Friends Hotel. The Zwölf Tiroler

are also sourced in the Tyrol nature. Many

sports programme that he has developed

have recognised the healing power of na-

Even Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and

ony with the Tyrolean landscape. The mo-

is a unique combination of sport and phi-

ture over the years, for example Gertru-

Albrecht Dürrer were inspired by this town

dern but unobtrusive building with its spa-

losophy. Jürgen Hager helps guests with

de Strecker - known as the Kräuterhex‘

perched high in the Tyrolean hills - the

cious terraces has a 360° panoramic view,

sporting activities, and he wants them to

vom Lottensee: the “herb witch of Lake

“Schwalbennest” or “swallow‘s nest” of

and is the perfect place to spend a day in

rediscover genuine pleasure.

Lottensee”. She chose to live near the

the Tyrol. “One look at a book and two

the sun and revel in the joy of nature.

source of that healing power, where For

at life moulds the mind spirit” - „Ein Blick

Friends Hotel now stands.

ins Buch und zwei ins Leben, das wird die

Excellent service ensures guests feel at

rechte Form dem Geiste geben“, believed

home in their new surroundings, and can

As we all know, food and pleasure go hand in hand, a principle they follow at

tradition and functionality in perfect harm-

the For Friends Hotel. Award-winning

The “sleeping giants” of the Seefeld

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Visitors to-

draw new strength and inspiration from

chefs Norbert Niederkofler and Rainer

Plateau are the epitome of stillness and

day can find peace and strength in the li-

the Tyrolean mountain landscape around

Gugl concoct mouthwatering delicacies

strength, and have been a source of

brary that bears his name. They can also

them. STOP

using local and seasonal products, which

energy and power for the locals of Mö-

experience local and international artists

are accompanied by wines selected by

sern for centuries. In Seefeld, the former

at a wide range of exhibitions, workshops,

the leading sommelier Matthias Tanzer.

Olympics venue, soak in the breathtaking

readings and concerts.

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SPA

THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF SPA TREATMENTS, AND EACH HOTEL TAKES A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO PAMPERING ITS GUESTS. TWO HOTELS, THE GEINBERG5 PRIVATE SPA VILLAS AND LOISIUM WINE & SPA RESORT SÜDSTEIERMARK, HAVE CHOSEN INNOVATIVE WAYS OF INTRODUCING THEIR GUESTS TO A NEW TYPE OF SPA EXPERIENCE.

PRIVATE SPA WITH BUTLER

The Geinberg5 is the first and to date the only

practically reads their minds. Butlers bring

ritual which has its origins in the Ottoman

more information:

business in Austria to receive the “Signum

drinks, dishes from the gourmet kitchen of

Empire. Hammam specialists develop an

Geinberg5 Private Spa Villas

Virtutis”, one of the world‘s most prestigious

the Aqarium and anything else guests need

individual ritual for each guest that will take

office@geinberg5.com

awards in the sector. This seal of excellence

at any time of day or night.

him or her through the serail mud bath, the

+43 7723 85015555

hot room and the arcades to the roof garden

www.geinberg5.com

is just one of many prizes proving that the Private Spa Villas in the Innviertel region of

Guests wishing a spa experience beyond

Upper Austria have indeed turned their vision

the villa need look no further than the sty-

into reality: to offer an exclusive, private spa

lish two-storey “Exklusiv Spa” with a lounge,

The hotel‘s commitment to offering guests

retreat with every conceivable luxury.

extensive relaxation area and indoor and

such a wealth of beauty, relaxation and spa

and sauna.

outdoor pools. As the Geinberg Private Spa

treatments and facilities has won it the major

Each of the 21 suites has its own private spa

Villas are part of the VAMED Vitality World,

“Seven Star Global Luxury Award”. For the

area. Guests have their own free-standing

guests can also enjoy the “world of wellness”

manager Manfred Kalcher, this international

bath, Finnish sauna and steam shower inside

at the Therme Geinberg Spa Resorts. This

award demonstrates just how many peop-

- and outside on the terrace is an outdoor ja-

facility of over 3000m² includes three diffe-

le seek the perfect spa experience for their

cuzzi and specially designed natural bathing

rent pool areas and offers exclusive spa and

holiday. STOP

pond. Their very own gangway leads to a

anti-ageing treatments. The two spa oases

private bathing “cove” for relaxing far from

are connected by the spectacular oriental

prying eyes. And guests need not even put

section, where guests can immerse them-

wishes into words - thanks to a butler who

selves in the ancient hammam steam bath

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MEDICAL SPA IN THE VINEYARD

Photos: Loisium Wine & Spa Resort South Styria

Taste the full glory of the southern Styrian

a similar effect to Botox, and effective anti-

sionals are on hand to treat and advise vi-

more information:

wine trail at the LOISIUM Wine & Spa Re-

oxidants. Other valuable substances include

sitors. The doctors, sport scientists and

LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort

sort Südsteiermark in Ehrenhausen. The

viniferin, which soothes and cleanses, and

medical masseurs know the human body

South Styria

hotel offers magnificent views of the rolling

grape seed oil, for centuries considered a

and what it needs better than anyone else.

hotel.steiermark@loisium.com

hills of southern Styria, and like its sister ho-

magical cure. The spa and relaxation area

Alongside measurements and tests using a

+43 3453 28800

tel in Kamptal is a breathtaking example of

with saunas and an outdoor pool which is

range of equipment, with results analysed

www.loisium.com

modern design. Guests, wine lovers and spa

heated all year round, spa lounge with open

in the lab, the team also provides individual

lovers are invited to discover a new side to

fire, sun terrace and “vineyard” for sunba-

and comprehensive preventive medical ad-

the “good stuff”.

thing is the perfect place for sheer relaxation.

vice. This unique combination of standard

Wine spa: the hidden values of grapes

NEW: Medical Spa

treatments ensures absolute rest and revita-

At the heart of the LOISIUM Wine & Spa

Everything in life relies on our body - which

lisation for both you and your body. STOP

Resort Südsteiermark is the 1400m² LOISI-

is why we should take care of it. From Ja-

UM wine spa, offering exclusive wine and

nuary 2015, guests at the LOISIUM Wine &

beauty treatments from AVEDA, VINOBLE

Spa Resort Südsteiermark will be able to

and COMFORT ZONE. Spa experts swear

spare themselves some unpleasant trips to

by grape‘s valuable components such as

the doctor. At the resort‘s new “Medical Spa”

resveratrol, a red grape vine extract that has

run by Merkur Recreation, a team of profes-

western medicine and traditional Chinese

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AUSTRIA KAPRUN LEDERER’S LIVING p. 4-6

AUSTRIA EHRENHAUSEN LOISIUM WINE & SPA RESORT SÜDSTEIERMARK p. 25

SPAIN PALMA DE MALLORCA HOTEL TRES p. 16-17

AUSTRIA

Achenkirch / Das Kronthaler Bad Gastein / Hotel Miramonte Ehrenhausen / Loisium Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark Fügen / Alpinahotel - family lifestyle Fiss / Alpslodge - life.style.hotel.fiss Fiss / Hotel Gebhard Gaschurn / Montafon Lodge Luxury Lodgehotel und Spa Geinberg / Geinberg5 - Private Spa Villas Graz / Augartenhotel art & design Graz / Roomz Graz Gumpoldskirchen / Landhaus Moserhof Innsbruck / Hotel Maximilian Stadthaus Penz Innsbruck / The Penz Kals am Großglockner / Gradonna Mountain Resort Kaprun / Lederer‘s Living Krems / Arte Hotel Längenfeld / Naturhotel Waldklause Lermoos / Mohr Life Resort Linz / Spitz Hotel Mattsee / Seewirt Mattsee Mayrhofen-Hippach / Life & Spa Hotel Stefanie Mellau / Sonne Lifestyle Resort

SRI LANKA DICKWELLA SOUTH, BATHEEGAMA WEST, MATARA UTMT UNDERNEATH THE MANGO TREE p. 17

Mondsee / Iris Porsche Hotel & Restaurant Mösern / For Friends Hotel Obergurgl / Hotel The Crystal Pörtschach / Lake‘s - my lake hotel & spa Sölden / Bergland Sölden Saalbach Hinterglemm / Alpin Juwel Saalbach Hinterglemm / Art & Ski-In Hotel Hinterhag Salzburg Stadt / Arthotel Blaue Gans Salzburg Stadt / Hotel & Villa Auersperg Salzburg Stadt / Hotel Villa Carlton Serfaus / Alfa Hotel St. Anton am Arlberg / Anthony‘s Life & Style Hotel St. Anton am Arlberg / Arlmont Hotel St. Wolfgang / Cortisen am See Stegersbach / Falkensteiner Balance Resort

AUSTRIA BAD GASTEIN HOTEL MIRAMONTE p. 4-6

Sulztal an der Weinstraße / Vincent Hotel Uderns / Sport Residenz Zillertal Wien / Das Tyrol Wien / Hollmann Beletage Wien / Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof Wien / Roomz Vienna Zell am Ziller / Tirolerhof 

BELGIUM

Brussels / Hotel Bloom! 

CYPRUS

Limassol / Londa Hotel 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague / Hotel Yasmin 

DENMARK

AUSTRIA GASCHURN/HOCHMONTAFON MONTAFON LODGE LUXURY LODGEHOTEL UND SPA p. 4-6

Copenhagen / Andersen Hotel 

FRANCE

Paris / Hidden Hotel Paris / Hotel Félicien Paris / Hotel O Paris / Legend Paris / Seven Hotel Paris / The Five Hotel 

GERMANY

Berlin / H‘Otello K‘80 Dresden / QF Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen / Das Graseck Husum an der Nordsee / Thomas Hotel Spa & Lifestyle Langweiler / Klosterhotel Marienhöh Munich / Anna Hotel Munich / Cocoon Sendlinger Tor Munich / Cocoon Stachus Nuremberg / Art&Business Hotel Northeim / Hotel Freigeist Sankt Englmar / Berghotel Maibrunn

SPAIN CAMPOS - MALLORCA FONT SANTA HOTEL THERMAL SPA & WELLNESS p. 16-17 AUSTRIA GEINBERG GEINBERG5 p. 24


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AUSTRIA SÖLDEN BERGLAND SÖLDEN p. 4-6

St. Peter-Ording / Strandgut Resort Stuttgart / V8 Hotel Sylt / Hotel Strand am Königshafen Timmendorfer Strand / Sand AUSTRIA OBERGURGL HOTEL THE CRYSTAL p. 4-6

Timmendorfer Strand / SeeHuus 

GREAT BRITAIN

London / Sanderson London / St Martins Lane 

GREECE

Chalkidiki / Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa Crete / Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites 

HUNGARY

Budapest / Lanchid 19

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ITALY

Amalfi Coast / Casa Angelina Kaltern am See / Gius La Residenza Lombardy / Hotel Larice Milan / Maison Moschino Merano / Arosea Life Balance Hotel Merano / Art&Design Hotel ImperialArt Merano / Design Hotel Tyrol Merano / Miramonti Boutique Hotel Rimini / i-Suite Sardinia / Cala Caterina Sardinia / La Coluccia Hotel Siciliy / Hotel Monte Tauro Terlan / Napura Art & Design Hotel Venice / Ca‘Sagredo Hotel Venice / Palazzina G Venice / Palazzo Barbarigo 

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam / Sir Albert 

PORTUGAL

Albufeira / Vila Joya & Joy Jung Spa Lagos / Vila Valverde Madeira / Quinta da Bela Vista 

SPAIN

Mallorca / Convent de la Missió Mallorca / Font Santa Hotel Thermal Spa & Wellness Mallorca / Hotel Can Simoneta Mallorca / Hotel Tres Mallorca / Hotel Zhero – Palma 

AUSTRIA ACHENKIRCH DAS KRONTHALER p. 12-13

SWITZERLAND

Grindelwald / Aspen Hotel Orselina-Locarno / Villa Orselina Weggis / Post Hotel Weggis Zurich / Hotel Plattenhof Zermatt / Hotel Firefly 

TURKEY

Bodrum / Doria Hotel Bodrum Istanbul / A‘jia Hotel SPAIN MALLORCA CONVENT DE LA MISSIÓ p. 16-17

Istanbul / Adahan Istanbul Istanbul / The Sofa Hotel 

CHINA

Nanjing / Kayumanis Nanjing Private Villas & Spa 

INDONESIA

Bali / Luna2 Studiotel 

MALAYSIA

Penang / G Hotel 

SRI LANKA

Dickwella South / UTMT - Underneath The Mango Tree

SPAIN CANYAMEL CAPDEPERA MALLORCA HOTEL CAN SIMONETA p. 16-17

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E R W I N

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W I N E

„Great wines must reflect the terroir; the role of the grape variety itself is secondary.“ Erwin Sabathi The estate was already firmly established, but business really took off in 1992 with the arrival of Erwin Sabathi junior – representing the tenth generation in the family firm. One of his pioneering decisions was to build a new wine cellar opposite the existing facilities, where the first vintage was produced in 2004. The construction of the cellar won him the Styrian „Viktor Geramb-Dankzeichen für Gutes Bauen“ building award. Today, the family vineyard is now under the sole management of Erwin Sabathi. For his two younger brothers Gerd and Christoph, a passion for wine was behind their decision to commit full-time to the family business. They are now key players in the successful estate.

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