Nesslerhof in Großarl

What I find great about my current favorite establishment in the Salzburger Land is that it is both a ski and a spa hotel. And that the employees define themselves as ‘guest whisperers’ – they read unspoken wishes in their guests’ eyes. That is why I love the Neudegger family’s ‘Nesslerhof’ in Großarl. Especially during winter season, this combination is just ideal: spending the late morning on the slopes, taking an afternoon dip in the outdoor saltwater pool, then relaxing with a spa treatment – and after a brief time out, one can enjoy an exquisite five-course dinner. On request, the chef even shares the recipes for some of his specialties so I can try cooking them at home – and bring a little ‘Nesslerhof’ charm to Vienna every now and then.

There are only 62 rooms and suites, all of them equipped with a balcony and a view on the mountain world of Großarl, and each one designed with lots of wood, loden fabric, leather and warm colors. My two favorites are the suites ‘Weitblick’ and ‘Wunderkind’ (50 square meters each), as well as the top floor suite ‘Sterndlgucker’ (40 square meters) with panorama glazing and a freestanding bathtub. When is the best time to stay at the “Nesslerhof”? Every weekend, actually. And the days in between, too. When do I go back? As soon as possible – no later than after the first fall of snow.

Photo: © Heldentheater