We have spent an incredible weekend of unwinding in the Naturhotel Edelweiss, located in a picturesque town of Wagrain in Austria, 1200 m above the sea level. This family owned hotel treated us with cosy rooms, delicious local food, incredible views of the surrounding mountains, and lots of fun in Europe’s first Green Spa, which is heated with geothermal energy. Here are a few more reasons to visit it, too.
January started with a plethora of new projects for all of us. Kids have plenty of studying, we have lots of work.
But somewhere along the way I realised we were in a desperate need of a break.
I went in search of a place where the four of us could unwind, relax, regroup, … enjoy the fun January brings. It’s not just chores, there’s also snow. After I’ve done a little research I found the perfect place – Naturhotel Edelweiss Wagrain.
5 reasons to stay at the Naturhotel Edelweiss Wagrain
Location, location, location
I was convinced we wanted to go to Naturehotel Edelweiss Wagrain the moment I saw it was ensconsed in the mountains, surrounded with woods of spruce trees and meadows. And I wasn’t disappointed. 1200 meters above the sea level, this hotel is secluded, quiet and cosy.
A perfect place to observe the Nature from the warmth and comfort of the hotel and unwind.
It is located in the very heart of one of the best skiing regions of Austria, Ski Amade and is only an hour away from Salzburg. Since I don’t ski, we chose this region for another reason – sledding, our favourite Winter sport – and in Wagrain you will find one of the longest sledding trails in Austria.
Delicious local food
For me cooking is stressful, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to let someone else do it for me. The hotel offerrs a 5-course menu, which we’ve enjoyed on our first evening. We had the chance to chose between 3 main courses and so (too) many other options.
The meal was delicious, a fantastic twist of traditional Austrian and international cuisine.
It was beautifully presented, and even our two fussy eaters were convinced to try everything, and they liked most of it. Of course the dessert was the clear winner.
In the morning we indulged in one of the best hotel breakfasts. It had everything you’d expect from a buffet breakfast, and much more.
We loved that we could chose how we wanted our eggs to be made.
The best thing about it? They use certified organic and local ingredients, which is great for the region and for us. I am a firm believer that the best way to get to know a place, is to taste the great treats it has to offer.
The cosy, stylish room for a goodnight sleep
I generally don’t sleep well in hotels, it’s either too hot, too cold, there’s something wrong with the bed and I could go on. But the moment I stepped into our room at Naturhotel Edelweiss I felt relaxed.
Hotel’s interior as well as the exterior is subtle, warm, with lots of wooden features, like wooden beams and furniture, light beige and brown tones. It exudes luxurious comfort.
And it’s so tranquil that it lulls you to sleep before you know it.
The Green Spa
In the room waiting for us were two fluffy white robes and a lovely wooden basket filled with towels. My oldest immidiately confiscated my robe, and before we were able to unpack we had to head to the hotel’s spa.
The Green Spa was awarded with an outstanding award by the Relax Guide Spa Award and with the Austrian Eco label. The spa requires only 25% of the energy that a comparable spa would need.
I’ve come to realize that the owners are strongly focused on environmental sustainability.
The Green Spa was the place I didn’t want to leave, warm and peacful. I did my laps leisurly with a backdrop of snowy mountains. I wished we had more time, because I didn’t get the chance to try out the sauna and the steam bath they also offer.
Never mind, we’ll have to come again. In the Summer so we can also take a dip at the hotel’s very own pond that is fed with the mountain spring water.
Naturhotel Edelweiss is great for kids
This hotel has achieved a remarkable thing, despite the many children guests it remined a peacful oasis. Perhaps everything I’ve mentioned helps kids unwind, too. Our daughters certainly did.
Younger kids get to enjoy their very own swimming pool, the Green Spa (if they are younger than 12 from from 2.30 to 4.30 pm), 2 teriffic playrooms – one for youngsters (with a Lego corner) and the other for teens with items such as the Playstation, table football, billiards etc. We also spoted an outdoor playground, but it was covered with snow. Another good reason to come again.
Read more about the hotel at their official website and book yourself a stay.