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of the Month Austria

Hospitality, regionality and sustainability in the heart of Europe Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald treats its guests to stunning views of unspoiled nature as well as the ultimate comfort and relaxation in their 4 star superior environment. TEXT: DORINA REICHHOLD | PHOTOS: SONNE LIFESTYLE RESORT

Its logo, the sun with a spot at its centre, "derives from the Gasthaus zur Sonne, the old original guesthouse named after the sun, which was established in 1880," explains Klaus Riezler, director of the Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald.The meaning behind it is threefold: "The logo symbolises Austria in the centre of Europe; the town Mellau, in which the resort is situated, in the heart of the Bregenz Forest region; as well as our guest, the focal point of our resort." The town of Mellau is in the Bregenz Forest in the state ofVoralberg at the westernmost tip of Austria. The picturesque district is also home to the Austrian part of Lake Constance with stunning views of unspoiled nature. With both Munich and Zurich just two hours away by car, the Bre-

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genz Forest offers beauty and excitement all year round. While it is famous as a winter sport hotspot, it also offers plenty of outdoor activities in the summer. Hiking, mountain biking, golf, mountain climbing and fly-fishing are amongst the sporting activities that visitors can enjoy in a setting of green, pristine nature. "A secret beauty spot in the area is Schรถnebach, a high valley with lush nature," Riezler discloses. Visitors staying at the Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald are spoilt for choice. They can unwind and relax within the resort; the 1,500 sqm wellness area offers spa treatments, massages, saunas and steam rooms as well as a large garden pool. There is also a private spa available for hire, securing privacy and ultimate relaxation. The

resort also offers space for conferences and business meetings, with 3 seminar rooms and a large function room, which can seat up to 120 people and provides modern technical equipment to perform a variety of functions. Culinary delectation is offered throughout the day. Guests start their morning enjoying a large breakfast buffet with an array of fresh local products. In the summer, breakfast is often eaten outside on the spacious