Alpin Juwel, Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria: Back to nature
The attribute of being “virus-free” is of particular importance in the current climate, but it has always been the case at the Alpin Juwel Hotel, and it continues to be so now. The fact that chemicals are not required to achieve this has been proven by the Salzburg hotel, whose sustainable concept applies to all areas, from the rooms to the restaurant and the spa.
The fact that nature plays a vital role at the Alpin Juwel, which is set within the famous Saalbach Hinterglemm ski resort, is obvious from the very first glance, as the timber façade of the superior four-star hotel draws you in, with the beautiful mountains of the Pinzgauer Grasberge gathered around behind it. Here we enjoy the pure mountain air and really take a moment to feel it before we head into the hotel – that special atmosphere that evokes an instant holiday feeling as soon as you arrive.
Inside, we encounter natural materials at every turn, and it soon becomes clear that this is a hotel that places its entire focus on people and on nature. When cleaning, the Alpin Juwel doesn’t resort to the usual chemical cleaners, but instead chooses to use 180-degree steam, which is just as reliable in dealing with bacteria and viruses. Special flow regulators economise the energising spring water, while essential oils enrich the air with positive vibrations.
At night, we tuck ourselves into a sophisticated sleeping system from SAMINA, which doesn’t just gently send us off to the land of nod, it also improves our chi and boosts our immune system. Because of this, we’re ready to enjoy every day of our holiday to the max: from start to finish with regional organic delicacies for breakfast, mind-blowing mountain panoramas during leisurely walks and authentic Ayurvedic massages from Sri Lankan therapist Manjula.
The perfect recharge: atmosphere, soul food and ayurveda
It is well known that body and soul go hand in hand, and we come across this kind of holistic approach throughout the Alpin Juwel hotel. Alongside the architecture and the Ayurveda focus in the wellness area, the food concept of the certified organic hotel is further evidence of the harmony between people and nature, with emphasis
on the exclusive use of organic produce from the surrounding area, total avoidance of artificial flavours and refined sugar, and ingenious, simple preparation. The result is soul food of the highest order and we treat our bodies to the best that nature has to offer, no matter whether we spend the whole day on the extensive network of pistes and carving it up in the Skicircus snow park – it’s right on the doorstep, by the way – or prefer to take it easy with a winter hike and an hour of yoga at the hotel. By the way, the Alpin Juwel has also recently been certified for products from organic farming.
The Alpin Juwel offers a laid-back atmosphere that makes us feel totally relaxed. And it certainly has us wanting to come back again if it means we can harmonise body and soul away from our hectic day-to-day lives.