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The Hotel Alpine Palace is the leading hotel in Hinterglemm for a good reason. It's in an amazing position right by the Reiterkogel gondola and it has the service, facilities and food fit for a palace. The public spaces are large, light and beautifully furnished with huge sofas, massive rounds of wood for tables and warm colours.
The hotel is actually made up of two interconnecting wings: the five-star Alpine Palace and the three-star Haus Wolf. However, guests share facilities no matter which wing they stay in.
You can't miss taking advantage of the incredible spa here. With indoor and outdoor pools and multiple saunas and hot tubs as well as an extensive range of massage a beauty treatments, you can't help but relax.
<> <>After a day on the mountain, kick back by an open fire in one of the lounge areas, or savour a gorgeous wine from the extensive wine cellar. For those who love to court Lady Luck, you can't miss the Card Casino.
Nearest lift: 20m
Tuition meeting point: 300m
Resort centre: in the centre
Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two pretty villages that sit in one of Austria's largest ski areas; the Ski Circus. It has the name because the slopes literally surround you. There's 270km of picturesque red and blue runs with mountain huts dotted all around. This place was just made for the mile-hungry intermediate skier or boarder.
If you want to attempt a full circuit in one day then you'll need to get up early. Or try the long run over to Leogang for lunch to check that your legs are up to it. If you're more advanced, there are some steep blacks and moguls under the Shattberg Express gondola and the freeriding is some of the best in Austria!
The après-ski is a genuine Austrian experience and starts on the mountain at about 3pm. Saalbach is the livelier of the two villages and you can keep going until the early hours if you have got the pace.
Resort altitude: 1000m
Skiing altitude: 630m to 2095m
Ski area size: 270km in the Ski Circus area
Number of runs: 70
Range of runs: Easy 45%, medium 48% & difficult 7%
Lifts: 68 comprising of 24 drags, 21 chairs & 23 gondolas
Night skiing: Yes, in Hinterglemm
Cross country trails: 11km
Snowmaking: 90% runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
There's a huge focus on well-being at the Alpine Palace which is why the hotel has an amazing spa facility, as you'd expect from a true five-star hotel. You'll have free access to the 2000m2 spa with indoor & outdoor pool, multiple saunas‚ outdoor hot tub and a fitness room if the slopes don't give you enough exercise!
Alternatively, treat yourself to some massage and beauty treatments. Go on, you are on holiday after all!
Half-board meals at Hotel Alpine Palace means you'll have an extensive buffet breakfast with hot and cold options. The evening meal is a five-course sit down affair with an interchanging starter and a dessert buffet. You won't leave hungry, that's for sure.
Because the hotel is made up of the three-star Haus Wolf and the five-star Alpine Palace, you'll find you have a wide choice of rooms. In the Haus Wolf wing, the rooms are simply furnished and come with satellite TV as well as a shower. Some of them have a balcony, and a sofa bed is suitable if you are travelling with a little one.
The five-star Alpine palace rooms are larger with their own theme and décor, as you might expect. They all come with satellite TV, a minibar, comfy bathrobes and slippers, and a large bath for soaking the kinks out. Single rooms and Superior Junior Suites are also available if you request them.
For children who are looking for a break from Mum and Dad, there's a free hotel-run children's club for 3 to 12 year olds. It runs from Sunday to Friday, 9am to 12pm and 1pm until 8pm, so there's plenty of downtime for everyone.
The club runs a full programme of activities throughout the week to keep the liveliest kids happy and entertained. The hotel also offers children's menus and early dinner times for smaller ones.
Official rating: Alpine Palace is *****, Haus Wolf is ***+
Lounge areas with cosy open fire
Extensive wine cellar
Indoor and outdoor pools
Saunas and hot tub
Regular live music
Ski hire shop
Free children's club
Children's menu and early dinners
Departure airports: Birmingham, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: 1 hour 30 minutes