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The pictures say it all - this is a seriously impressive hotel! It looks like it's about to take off but you'll be very comfortable wherever you're going! With three separate buildings hosting the four star superior hotel, the treatment rooms and saunas, and the 20,000m2 Waterworld, this is a hotel which is all about relaxation.
Stay in modern style and ultimate luxury with super attentive service from the hotel's hospitality team. As well as the amazing spa and wellness facilities, the hotel also has an incredible culinary reputation. Using only the finest ingredients, many from the local region, the hotel aims to take you on a culinary journey of discovery - perfect after building up an appetite on the slopes.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of Kaprun and it's about 1.3km to the main lift station, but there's a regular ski bus which runs to and from the hotel throughout the day. Being slightly outside the village means the views are simply stunning. Every bedroom has a balcony to make the most of the mountains scenery.
Nearest lift: 1.3km from the Maiskogel gondola
Nearest slope: 1.3km from the Maiskogel piste
Tuition meeting point: 1.3km (at the bottom of the Maiskogel gondola)
Resort centre: 1.4km
Bus stop: 10m
Forming one half of the 138km ski area and about a 15 minute bus ride from lively Zell am See is the more laid-back resort of Kaprun. It's a really charming resort which is smaller than Zell with a much more rustic feel. It's not a sleepy village though as you'll still have a selection of bars and restaurants too choose from, some with traditional Austrian bar games like bowling and the classic hammerschlagen (hammering six inch nails into a stump!).
2019/20 sees a brand new gondola which joins Kaprun village and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. It's called The K – Connection and it finally means skiers and snowboarders no longer have to catch a bus to the base of the glacier meaning more time on the mountain!
For a more lively nightlife scene, equally picturesque scenery and great skiing for all levels, Zell am See is one of Austria's best loved lakeside resorts. On the mountain, it has a nice mix of runs that are perfect for complete beginners to the advanced.
When you're not exploring the area, head into the Old Town of Zell and you'll be absolutely charmed by its magical medieval setting. The town is awash with cafés, bars and restaurants suiting all different budgets and tastes. Après starts on the mountain at around 3pm, the Berghotel is a good place to kick off!
Area size: 138km
Linked resorts: Saalbach and Hinterglemm (on Salzburg superski lift pass)
Resort altitude: 755m
Skiing altitude: 755m to 3030m
Number of runs: 62
Range of runs: 40% blue, 44% red and 16% black
Lifts: 15 drags, 17 chairs and 15 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 100% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Rest and relaxation is incredibly easy at Tauern Spa. With an impressive 20,000 m² (that's 20 square kilometres!) of spa, 11 swimming pools, 10 saunas and steam rooms and even a children's spa with a 127m tube slide, you simply can't forget your swimming costume! Our favourite has to be the rooftop panorama spa and outdoor heated pools with views across to the Kitzteinhorn glacier - not to be missed.
The relaxation doesn't stop there as the hotel offers massage and beauty treatments including body and facial treatments, treatments for men and children, THALGO treatments and even a private spa for couples.
The Tauern Spa is on half board, so you can look forward to sumptuous food throughout the day, starting with a healthy and hearty breakfast buffet with international dishes and regional delicacies. After your day on the slopes, the restaurant serves a wide selection of culinary delights from Austria and beyond.
After your filling evening meal, head to the bar and elegant lounge with its open fireplace for a well-earned night cap.
The luxury continues throughout the 212 bedrooms. Each one is spacious with modern furnishings and amazing views of the surrounding landscapes from the balcony. Facilities include flatscreen TV, minisafe, mini-bar, welcome bottle of mineral water on arrival and a bathroom with shower or bath, slippers and a bathrobe (a deposit is required for that) plus a separate wc.
Official rating: **** superior
Bar and lounge with open fireplace
Free WiFi throughout the hotel
20,000m2 spa and wellness area with indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms, relaxation rooms and massage and beauty treatments available
Lift to all floors
Ski and board equipment storage including boot warmers