When I received the assignment for a wellness hotel check at Hotel Hochschober in the Turracher Höhe area in Carinthia, I was not much exited at first. Sounded to me like a very far away place at the end of the world… and actually the drive up felt just alike, but…..the long ride through nature along a steep winding road is spectacular and the remoteness of the place adds to the magic and very special feeling, definitely worth every minute of the ride!
The Hotel Hochschober is located right by the lake and easy to find in the small village, the hotel entrance is well signed and it is easy to find parking in the spacious parking lot in front of the hotel.
Those manual entrance doors are a little tricky to handle with bags and luggage, yet I was greeted very friendly at the reception desk and taken to my room immediately. The receptionist escorted me, gave me some informative details about the house and was helpful with my luggage.
The room was beautifully furnished in a simple and modern alpine style, unobtrusive yet cosy. I particularly enjoyed my very own drinking well in the bedroom, the seating in a gazebo style bay in the room overlooking the lake and the spacious balcony with spectacular views. (ensure about location of your room when booking!)
A spiritual place
I had my first special moment in the late afternoon when taking a walk around the area. Not far from the hotel, in a clearing in the woods, I spotted a stone circle. As I pause to take in the energy of the place, to enjoy the views and feel the warm sun on my skin, a herd of free roaming horses step out from the woods into the clearing and walk on very relaxed. A foal, that roams along, even approached us (me and my dog) curiously and observed us for a while. Right there I just felt like fully blending into nature, a perfect moment of happiness in this spiritual place.
I had a second magical moment when returning from my walk spotting bathing people in the lake! Even children where amongst them. Have you ever taken a bath in a mountain lake in the Alps in October??? The solution came to me by approaching closer: the Hotel Hochschober has their very own heated lake-pool, meaning a part of the lake is actually heated! From far I saw fog and steam rising up and it just looked to me as if Morgana from the novel “Avalon” (by Marion Zimmer Bradley) is about to take a boat ride to her island, like fantasy! Of course I had to try the water immediately and it was divine!
Spacious spa area on one level
There are plenty of lovely details at the Hochschober, such as a first class library, the authentic Chinese tower (not to miss the tea ceremony!) and of course the sensational lake-bath with warm water. The untreated natural water has a very comfortable temperature and feels like silk on the skin! And you don’t need to get cold when getting out of the water either, as you can hang your robe and towel into a warm closet by the jetty.
The entire wellness area is well tended and fitted with caring details, in all the shower and changing areas one finds dispensers for soap, shampoo or body lotions, cotton wool, a spinner for wet bathing suits, great deco, open fire places, sleeping cocoons, reading material, and much more. In general one finds a beautiful well-being ambience in the entire area. I also liked the fact, that the area is located almost entirely on one level, which spares the guest climbing stairs up and down all the time. Above, there is the authentic Hamam area, divine! 1001 nights!
Both of my spa treatments were good, my service providers were experienced and had good techniques and knowledge, only I could not manage to let myself fall into ultimate relaxation during the treatments, the treatment rooms were somehow missing a ‘cocoon atmosphere’. (Make reservations prior to arrival to ensure your preferred times.)
The fitness area and offered activities area great (plan your activities prior wo arrival for making most of your time!) , the variety matches every taste, the facilities are suitable and the execution is good. I tried the Yoga classes in the Chinese Tower, what a perfect location right by the lake shores!
Service and meals
Meals service at the Hochschober in general is very generous, there are snacks available all day around at different locations all over the hotel, the lunch buffet (as breakfast and dinner) are served in the restaurant, choice and quality of the food is brilliant.
I had a beautiful table with lovely views on the lake for dinner service, the ambience in the restaurant is relaxed, the meals were delicious with very professional service, and even as a single traveller I did not feel uncomfortable for even a single moment.
I also liked the blend of bar/lounge/reception around the master piece open fire place with very attentive service.
When checking out, again I was treated in the most friendly and polite way, the entire process was easy and fast and I left with regret about my departure.
For me, everything went just perfect at the Hotel Hochschober, and I cannot wait to return to this special place soon!