The Stunning Spas in Kitz II: Hotel Elisabeth
It is a horrible day outside, the clouds are hanging tight over the roofs of the houses, it is pouring down with rain accompanied by a cold wind… does not exactly sound like a early summer scenario. Yet that’s what it is today. The perfect day to hit the Spa!
I have been invited by the 4*S Hotel Elisabeth to visit their spa. The lovely family run hotel is only a few minutes away by car from Kitzbuehel town.
The Spa & Wellness area is not brand new, but well laid out and spacious. It is not the modern designer wellness temple, yet considering the Hotel Elisabeth is not a designated Wellness Hotel per se, they have dedicated quiet some resources to it.
Their focus actually rather lies on activities such as hiking in summer and skiing in winter, which is why the hotel engages in a great variety of activities offered to their guests, such as guided hikes. No wonder they are part of ‘best alpine wander hotels‘ with a rating for hiking quality of 5 out of 5.
And hiking&spa or ski&spa make great packages after all.
Did you know that the Kitzbueheler Alps region has been voted ‘best ski resort in the world’ for three consecutive years? Simply the legend.
All staff at the hotel are super friendly, which confirms my perception that the Tyrolleans are amongst the friendliest and most hospitable people there is.
I am given a tour through the facility by the lovely spa manager, and am at first confused about the spa being spread over 3 floors. Later on in the day I will actually comment very positively on that.
Idoor Pool Area
Now that I have learned how to find my way around, I am left with keys, robe, slippers and bag in the locker room right next to the pool area located on the top floor.
Since I know my mountains around and the views we usually get, I know exactly what I am missing on this cloudy day today. Still, I enjoy swimming in the large pool with agreeable water temperature greatly. The nearby Jacuzzi is a great source of warmth, I melt down under the water massage jets, the air bubbles let me totally surrender…
I can only imagine how a guest from a more flat country further up north must feel, after a great winter day on the slopes or a sunny summer day spent hiking in the mountains, lying in the tub overlooking our panorama.
Heat Experiences at the Hotel Elisabeth
After the soak I am way too lazy, so I skip the well equipped gym and head out. Time to check out the heat experiences one floor down: sauna, sanarium, steam room, aroma steam room and sole grotto. A second Jacuzzi, private outdoor space and a Kneipp water basin complement the offers. A large relaxation room with floor lengths windows makes for great views when resting in one of the loungers or waterbeds, or using the infrared cabin.
I like the unpretentious feel, the place is cosy and friendly and gives me a homely feeling.
Another floor further down, I enter a spacious spa reception and find the treatment area with a couple of different single and double treatment rooms (with natural day light), refreshments such as water, tea and juices.
I am happy to see that the spa uses natural skin care brands Piroche (from Southern Tyrolia) and Tiroler Steinoel (from nearby Achensee) for their good variety of facials, massages, peelings, wraps, and baths.
And right there it hits me: this is actually genius, having a floor for each spa section. This way each section has their privacy and individual ambience, like more quiet and privacy in the beauty area, and more liveliness in the pool area.
Unfortunately it is too wet outside today for me to try their barefoot trail, natural swimming pond or outdoor pool, so I think I will definitely have to come back on a sunnier day one day!
Anyway, I have enjoyed my spa day at the Hotel Elisabeth and leave a happy camper!
I think it is this intuitive sense for hospitality which makes guests feel home away from home, that is the secret in Tyrollean hospitality. The Welch family and the Elisabeth team are naturals!
Try their ‘cheese place’! The family also runs their own farm and cheese production high up in the mountains on the ‘Alm’, where you can not only purchase the homestead produce such as cheese, milk, butter, bread etc. but also sit down in the lovely Tyrollean style wooden hut and enjoy a simple and hearty meal whilst watching cheese production right in front of you. Heaven!