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Hotel Kendler (Saalbach)

Saalbach and Hinterglemm,
 Austria
Your holiday includes
  • Flights from Gatwick or Manchester
  • Resort transfers
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Half board meals
  • Weekly ski safari
  • Weekly guided snowshoeing
About the hotel
  • Ski-in ski-out
  • Central location
  • Award-winning restaurant
  • Free use of the spa
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 20m to the lifts
About the resort
  • 270km ski area
  • Resort altitude: 1000m
  • Perfect for intermediates
  • Great nightlife
  • Very picturesque
  • A traditional village
  • Short transfer

You're on the slopes from the moment you arrive as the Kendler sits right on the blue Spielbergbach piste at the top of Saalbach's high street and just 20m from the Bernkogel lift. 

 

Kick off your boots at the end of the day and enter this stylish and very cool hotel. It manages a mix of tradition and contemporary incredibly well. The bright colours blend seamlessly with earthy wooden sculptures and solid furniture.

 

 

The spa is simple but luxurious with fantastic ambient lighting to ensure you're immersed in calming light! There's an indoor pool and a swim-out outdoor pool, different types of sauna and a steam room; just right after a day on the slopes of the 270km Ski Circus area.

 

There's a spacious bar and the à la carte restaurant is recommended in the Michelin Guide. The food is (as expected) delicious and it's an intimate space to eat with traditional wood-lined walls and carvings. Every day they have complimentary après-ski snacks to keep you going until dinner.

 

 

From the hotel to…

Slopes: You're on the slopes

Nearest lift: 20m to the Bernkogel  gondola

Tuition meeting point: 100m

Resort centre: You're in the centre

Bus stop: 100m

 

 

About the resort

Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two pretty villages that sit in Austria's largest ski area; 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 stats

Area size: 270km in Ski Circus area

Linked resorts: Leogang and Fieberbrunn

Resort altitude: 630m

Skiing altitude: 630m to 2500m

Number of runs: 70

Range of runs: 45% blue, 48% red and 7% black

Lifts: 24 drags, 21 chairs and 23 gondolas

Night skiing: Yes (Hinterglemm)

Cross country trails: 11km

Snowmaking: 90% of runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

 

 

Rest and relaxation

The newly renovated 1200m2 is super stylish and a beautiful place to spend an hour or two after a day on the mountain. Everything bar the massage and beauty treatments are free to guests.

 

The list of things to aid aching legs or aching anything is pretty impressive, so here goes: Heated indoor pool and outdoor swim-out pool with jet current, outdoor sauna, infrared-sauna, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam room and various relaxation areas and sun loungers.

 

 

On top of that there's complimentary juices, tea, fresh and dried fruit to keep you hydrated. If you feel like going the whole nine yards, enjoy massages and beauty treatments.

 

 

Food and drink

The food at Hotel Kendler is award-winning. The half board includes a hot and cold buffet late-starter breakfast from 8am until 12noon. When you come off the slopes, there are complimentary après-ski snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The evening meals are five courses with a vegetarian option and once a week they have a gala dinner.

 

 

There's a seven-course gala dinner at Christmas, and New Year sees the same seven courses but with added fireworks, a DJ and a show. It's a great place to see in the New Year with friends and family.

 

 

Rooms

All of the 55 bedrooms are a really good size with a balcony and have stylish modern interiors with natural wood furnishings. Families, or couples who want more space, will love the larger studio rooms which have an apartment feel. Each room has a TV, mini-safe, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and an en-suite.

 

 

Hotel features

Official rating: ****

Elegant hotel bar

Restaurant with conservatory

Rustic Stüberl

Sun terrace

Free use of the newly renovated 1200m2 spa area

Heated indoor pool and outdoor swim out pool with jet current

Outdoor sauna, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam room, infared sauna

Weekly live music

Baby phones

Children's play room

 

 

Travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airport: Salzburg

Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours

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