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5 luxury stays in Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel is a small medieval town in the Tyrol region of Austria and renowned for its charm as well as its excellent summer and winter sporting activities. It is not far from Innsbruck and quite easily accessible from Zurich and Munich. Kitzbuhel is home to the internationally famous World Cup ski Races at Hahnenkamm Mountain and the highly prized downhill race on the Streif course, which is considered to be one of the hardest on the World Cup circuit. The ITU Triathlon World Cup is also held here, as is the Austrian Tennis Open. If you are into golf then you have just arrived at the golf capital of Austria with 4 courses within the village of Kitzbuhel and 30 other courses nearby. Not bad for a population of just 8,300 people and a stunning place to tee off. Kitzbuhel Undoubtedly you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation, and you will need to establish some strict parameters in what you are seeking. This will go to the wire on the absolute finest details, as the majority of hotels in Kitzbuhel know how to pamper to their clients wants and needs. There is a fundamental emphasis on well-being, and you will find that all over Kitzbuhel, the hotels have exceptionally sophisticated spa and wellness centres. Another given is fine dining. Kitzbuhel loves food and boasts some 12 Gault Millau toques (this is an influential French restaurant rating system where the toque is equivalent to a hat). There is an emphasis on Tyrolean specialties, to creative and international cuisines on offer. Hotel Schloss Lebenberg Located above Kitzbuhel, Hotel Schloss was a former aristocratic castle that has modern comforts and offers panoramic views of the stunning village of Kitzbühel and the Alps. Most dramatic though is lying in the 25m indoor pool and embracing this stunning vista. Hotel Schloss Lebenberg is located above the village, and the hotel offers a shuttle service into the village centre and to the ski area as well as to the horse riding centre and golf courses should you choose.  You could also enjoy the 10 minute walk into the centre of this delightful village. Schloss Lebenberg’s spa area also features a sauna, steam bath, sun bed, gym, and a Finnish outdoor sauna. Hotel Schloss have rooms with beautiful views and many with balconies, as well as the expected inclusions. The gourmet breakfast sets you up for an excellent day, no matter what activity you do, and shopping in my opinion is a sport in itself of which Kitzbuhel excels. In the evening a 7 course dinner is offered, featuring traditional and gourmet Austrian fare as well as accompanying wines. A-Rosa Surrounded by the beautiful Alpine panorama of the Tyrolean Mountains, A-Rosa Kitzbühel was built in the style of a Tyrolean castle. It emulates a castle with a moat, draw bridges and towers. The décor is a fusion of both traditional Tyrolean and modern aspects, and offers a luxurious atmosphere. Well why not, if you are staying in a castle. The very large wellness centre offers 7 saunas, 16 treatment rooms, stunning indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a well-equipped gymnasium, a hamam (Turkish bath) and a rasul (traditional Arab bath). A-Rosa even has a golf course within its grounds. They also offer exceptionally fine food experiences, and a ‘culinary round-the-world trip’. The Heimatliebe restaurant now has three toques and 17 points accorded by Gault Millau (noting that 20 points is the limit). Relais & Chateaux Hotel Tennerhof Located on an historic estate dating from 1679, this hotel is surrounded by a large and peaceful garden and promotes itself as “the smallest and most charming 5-star hotel in Kitzbühel”. It is outside of the village centre but a shuttle bus will take you to and from the village and ski fields. The hotel features an elegant spa area with a hot tub, a Finnish sauna, and a steam bath. All rooms at the Tennerhof are individually decorated with family-owned furniture and antiques. Peers again have recognized the food, with many awards being attained. The current chef Steve Karlsch who took over from the highly acclaimed Bobby Brauer, is offering his Japanese influenced dishes to discerning diners. Hotel Weißes Rössl Located right in the centre of Kitzbühel, Hotel Weißes Rössl is located in the most vibrant part of town; 2 minutes walk from the Hanenkam Bahn gondola. This hotel appears as a typical alpine villa yet exudes chic sophistication, with its use of marble and silk aesthetics and its attention to its 5 star status. The hotel also prides itself on its private and ambient nature. As with all of the hotels reviewed the wellness centres are prominent with an indoor pool, gym, sauna and steam bath as well as massages and beauty treatments. The gourmet 7 course meal is acclaimed by reviewers and friends. Grand Tirolia Resort Kitzbuhel Grand Tirolia’s mantra ‘is all about feeling really good’. This small luxury hotel has magnificent views over the Kitzbuhel Valley, and its own championship golf course reminiscent of the backdrop in the Sound of Music. In its quest to make you feel (really) good, they offer treatment suites and relaxation rooms, Pilate’s classes, an indoor pool and a chocolate spa as well as ice grotto. Quite tempting. Again fine dining is de riguer, and patrons are tempted by the renowned restaurant offerings at Petit Tirolia. A Mercedes shuttle service will drop you where you want to go. How to choose? As previously stated it will be a fine line that distinguishes one establishment from the next. Do you seek centrality, or are you after a chocolate spa, or living in a castle or a Gault Millau recommended feast?? Regardless, you will enjoy the luxury afforded to you in this unique medieval village.

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