Ja, it’s the Austrian region that lends itself to trend-setting, or Tirol-blazing if you please.
Little did I know when I waved Auf Wiederseshen to Tirol a couple of years ago that they (and the rest of the world) would be thrown off course.
And that a full, proper ski season would have to wait until 2021. But there it is.
Now we all know that the Austrians love a rule or two and so without further ado over to them to set out the regulations.
*No general restrictions on opening times for bars and restaurants, no general restrictions on ski lift capacity, no general social distancing.
*Ski resorts must apply the 3G Rule (ie all visitors must prove they have been tested, vaccinated or have had and are recovered from Coronavirus.
•Apres-ski locations will be subject to the same rules as nightclubs. From Level 2 these venues will impose the 2G Rule (access only for people who are vaccinated or have had and are recovered from Coronavirus).
*Christmas markets where food and drink are served will be subject to the 3G Rule (does not apply to Christmas markets without food and drink).
*Further measures above and beyond Level 3 will be targeted mainly at unvaccinated people.
*Everyone who gets vaccinated now can be sure of having access to all areas this winter (ski lifts, restaurants, concerts, cinemas, etc).
Now without any more shilly-shallying, some hotels and chalets.
Golden Marmot and Silver Fox: Exclusive chalets at St. Anton am Arlberg
Two new, exclusive luxury chalets are opening in St. Anton am Arlberg.
The Chalet Golden Marmot – with three apartments for eight to ten guests each and a small spa area – is located just a few metres from the bottom station of the Nasserein cable car and the entrance to the Arlberg ski area.
The sister chalet, Silver Fox, will also open its doors in December:
The three apartments – each with a spacious living and dining area – are perfect for a cosy get-together around the fireplace with your family or group of friends.
You can also relax in the sauna of the in-house spa area.
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It’s time to reveal some secrets: The Secret Sölden
An opulent golden entrance, copper-coloured metal panels: “The Secret Sölden” attracts all eyes even from the outside.
From December 2021, the exclusive apartment resort with 44 residential units will reveal its secrets.
The Secret Sölden is not a classic hotel but instead it aims to impress with an innovative overall concept.
And an open-house approach. LA‘ LIV – the living room of the house – will be the heart and central meeting point.
Breakfast buffet in LA‘ LIV or undisturbed breakfast in your apartment? You choose!
Guests can also help themselves to a fine selection of snacks as well as drinks throughout the day.
In the evening, LA‘ LIV transforms into a chic restaurant.
But that’s not all.
The absolute highlight during your stay at The Secret Sölden will be the spectacular sky bar THE VUE with a glass ceiling.
Zillertal have that
Beautiful new spa area at Hotel Berghof in Mayrhofen
This season, winter sports enthusiasts can also look forward to two further, freshly renovated hotels in the Zillertal valley.
The first one is Hotel Berghof in Mayrhofen:
Since the summer, the new garden SPA has a rooftop sunbathing lawn (adults only and suck it up kids).
And a spacious wellness landscape with an indoor and outdoor pool, children’s pool and family saunas await guests. www.berghof.cc
The classic one with a new look: Hotel Kristall in Leutasch
Hotel Kristall is a traditional establishment which has been in this beautiful spot in Leutasch on the Seefeld Plateau since 1973.
And it has been run by the Pfeffel family since 2004.
In 2021, the hotel is being fully renovated with these new features.
The hotel lobby and bar are being redesigned and expanded, the restaurant will shine anew.
And an additional floor with rooms and suites is being created.
“But our highlight is the new Sky-SPA with a heated outdoor pool, panorama sauna, indoor and outdoor lounging areas and panoramic view of the Wetterstein mountains and Hohe Munde,” says hotelier Bernhard Pfeffel.