The way things turned out we’re spending most of November in lockdown mode here in Austria (probably wasting our time refreshing live tickers about the US elections or other news events). But we believe it’s time to focus our energy on our winter holidays instead! Let us show you a few winter holiday ideas and chalets in Austria!
When it comes to chalets you can choose between self-catered and serviced options. Personally we enjoy a bit of service when we book a holiday. We usually don’t want to spend the first day of our holiday in the supermarket or stocking our fridge, but rather rely on served breakfast and some levels of hotel amenities 😉 But of course there’s options for both kinds of winter holidays in Austria. In this section we focus on serviced chalets.
Stubai Glacier Chalets
When you’re looking for snow early in the season a glacier chalet is a great option! At 1.400 meters above sea level you’ll find these cute chalets. You can choose from 5 different chalets, that all come with rustic architecture coupled with modern design elements and of course a fireplace. Alpine breakfast gets served to the chalet in the morning.
If you’re traveling with family then we can highly recommend the “Pronebengut” and it’s 5 star luxury “cuddle chalets”. There’s different categories here, but we stayed in the chalet called “Oma Gretl” and loved the attention to detail and personalised service. For the kids there’s a petting zoo and ample space to run around.
This alpine resort & chalet village is on our bucket list since years! We hope we can finally go this winter and experience Leogang fully covered in snow. The location overlooking the valley is priceless (and so is the infinity pool of the resort). There’s 18 different chalets to choose from, so it’s a good combination of intimate, but also offers some resort services. Our personal favourites are the “Wilderer Villa” and the brand-new “Villa Etaner”.
Senhoog Chalets Leogang
Another alternative are the brand-new Senhoog chalets in Leogang. These are more private (only two chalets next to each other), but offer the highest amount of comfort one could wish for. Including a private infinity pool for each chalet! Breakfast is of course also served and the team is happy to organise dinners in surrounding restaurants or book a chef to cook for guests. We visited the chalet right after they opened this summer (check our blogpost here).
Four Elements Living by Berger
If skiing isn’t your first priority, then you could also spend your winter holidays in the national park “Gesäuse” in Styria in these iconic modern chalets. They are embedded into the national park beautifully – in between forests and a river. The elevated houses offer privacy and hotel services like breakfast. (And just in case your feet start itching the “Hochkar” skiing region is only a 20 minute drive away).
This resort consists of 2 full villages with over 50 chalets. So it’s not completely private, but offers luxury service with breakfast in the hut, private saunas and hut tubs all within the UNESCO biosphere park Nockberge.
Woodridge Chalets Werfenweng
These 4 chalets have been recommended to us a while ago and we fell in love with the unique log cabin architecture. That’s not very common for Austria and reminds us more of Canada, so might bring us a bit further away in our mind at least while we still holiday in Austria 🙂
We stumbled upon this chalet on Instagram and immediately started dreaming about a winter wonderland getaway. You can In-Chalet dining here or visit their very own restaurant. There are 16 different chalets to choose from – each comes with a private sauna of course!
For those of you that prefer resort-style or hotel vacations in winter (with the added bonus of larger wellness facilities, more saunas, restaurants and all the sha-bang) – here’s a selection of a few wonderful mountain resorts, that we can recommend for a winter holiday in Austria.
We visited the Wiesergut this summer for the first time, but now that we know that the skiing lift is right next to the resort we’d love to return for a winter getaway! In fact one of the guests we met had just booked her new year’s trip while she still stayed there. That’s what we call customer retention and rightfully so. The Wiesergut is a suite-only hotel for design aficionados and outstanding in Austria.
We (unfortunately) have never stayed here, but got invited twice for a visit with luxury champagne brand “Krug”. During the brunch we also got a tour of the hotel and it is definitely one of a kind. This is where James Bond 007 would stay when he, no SHE, visits the Austrian alps. This is not laid-back at all, but really over the top luxury. Just be warned, that you might want to pack your finest skiing gear and arrive in style 😉
Feuerberg Mountain Resort
This infinity pool has been on our bucket list since a while, but only now we noticed that the views from up here are especially intriguing in winter. I mean look at those snow-covered mountains surrounding this place! The resort is located at over 1.700 meters above sea level and directly at the slopes.
Last year we went on to this hotel in Maria Alm on very short notice. Little did we know that we would encounter such a winter wonderland still in March! The hotel is located at 1.150 meters above sea level at the Hochkönig mountain. Make sure to book a room with balcony to get most out of these views!
Maybe it’s just this one photo, that makes us want to go to this newly opened boutique hotel in Alpbach. But that’s definitely a great argument if you ask us. That pool is definitely one of a kind!
What are your plans for the winter holidays?