The luxurious Hideaway of your Winter Dreams
It’s getting colder again – at least in Austria. Every year, the latest at the end of October, I’m dreaming up a nice weekend in one of those cozy hideaways in the mountains. You know, a crackling fire in the hotel lobby, a huge Christmas tree, people coming from the snowy skiing tracks back inside, having warm cocoa and then enjoying the spa area, while outside snow is falling and silently covering everything with a thick layer of plushy looking whiteness….Even though this sounds like something out of an Agatha Christie Novel in which the main characters get snowed in right after a murder happens, it’s quite appealing, isn’t it? I’m always looking for hideaways where this fantasy – well, you know – all but the part with the murder, I really don’t need that – so I checked out Hotel Zürserhof*****s in Zürs, which is a very small village at the Arlberg. It’s the paradise for skiing, snowboarding and everything winter sports related.
I have to admit: This hotel is one of a kind. Everyone working there is very friendly, efficient and very attentendive. It’s family-run, so chances to meet the manager family are fairly high. The rooms, the newly opened Aureus Spa and wintersports region leave nothing to be desired. You can enjoy luxury, wellness, outdoor recreation and peaceful pastures to the full extent. But that’s the catch as well: It’s quiet. The whole village is. So if you’re looking for a place where you can party a bit, go out, meet young people or have some aprés ski party fun, you’re definately in the wrong place. There’s technically nothing happening outside the few (all high-end) hotels that’s not wintersports. You can’t shop there, you can’t go for a beer or a coffee; everything happens – as I said – inside the hotels. I don’t know how it is during the summertime, but I assume it’s even quieter (aka dead). You can go for hikes. And to the spa. That’s it, I guess.
Don’t get me wrong here: That’s totally fine as long as you keep that in mind when booking. If that’s what you’re looking for, it’s perfect if you bring someone who’s not going to annoy you. On the other hand: The hotel is area is huge enough to get lost… Oh, and did I mention the food? Their cheese buffet is legendary, I’ve never seen so much cheese in one place before. Or in a supermarket. And all the rest of the meals is mouthwatering as well. The Zürserhof*****s is awesome if you’re looking for tranquility, coziness and romantic winter days.
Hotel Zürserhof*****sZürs 75
6763 Zürs am Arlberg, Austria
How to get there:
- By plane: Choose either the airport in Zurich/Switzerland, Munich/Germany, Innsbruck/Austria, Altenrhein/Germany or Friedrichshafen/Germany. Just let the hotel know when and where you’ll arrive and they’ll come and get you
- If you come by train: Get off at Langen am Arlberg or St. Anton. It takes you about 20 minutes by taxi or bus to go to the hotel; but of course they will organize a pick-up
- If you’re planning to come by car, take into consideration that there’ll be wintery conditions, so you’ll need to equip your car for that. Of course there’s an underground car par. Here’s a link to our awesome map.
The prices vary from season to season and are depending on the sort of room you’d like to have. Check out the special packages, for example the Aureus Active Powder & Snow Package. That one costs about 1.400 Euros per person and includes 4 nights in a double room, full board, 3 days skiing pass, a head and a neck massage (225 minutes), a hot stone body massage (50 minutes), a foot massage (25 minutes) an a little surprise.
Pictures are (c) Zürserhof. Mine didn’t turn out that well, as I had to go without Pablo 😀