Sportresidenz Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria: Hole in one
Sport, sport and more sport! The Zillertal in Austria’s Tyrol region is a real sporting paradise, so it’s fitting that the Sportresidenz should offer the best in working the body and calming the mind. The cuisine will also keep you on your toes, with a new six-course menu every day.
The right setup, the right grip, a graceful swing and the little white ball is sent flying high over the lush green fairway. It’s not just the Zillertal that keeps you active – the Sportresidenz Zillertal boutique hotel certainly also lives up to its name. The hotel sits right on the edge of an 18-hole championship golf course, which is sure to delight amateurs and professionals alike. And for anyone who still wants more after an arduous game, there’s the opportunity to watch other golfers reach the island green from the hotel.
But sport doesn’t only have to mean golf. Those who like to keep it simple can explore the countless hiking and mountain biking trails, get a lungful of fresh mountain air and marvel at the panoramic views. On the other hand, if you want to show off your adventurous side, there are more extreme activities like rafting, canyoning and paragliding. Winter, of course, sees both aspiring and experienced skiers and cross-country skiers quenching their sporting thirst.
Providing enrichment for the body, mind and soul are the yoga, Qigong, Pilates and meditation sessions that form part of the comprehensive activities programme at the Sportresidenz. Or you could go for aqua aerobics or a fitness class. If you haven’t yet tried singing bowls for relaxation, it’s a real must. When the tone of the bell vibrates through the body, you feel every single wave. It’s surprising how cleansing a treatment using sound can feel.
Going for Gold
Also keeping active is head chef Willy, who offers a new six-course menu every day in the Genusswerkstatt restaurant. He cooks predominantly using ingredients from the region and turns them into local dishes with international influences, and it’s these dishes that have already earnt the ambitious chef an award. Everything from the abundant and inviting breakfast buffet and afternoon snacks to the gourmet evening meals can be made to take into account any allergies or intolerances, and vegan or vegetarian options are also available. Those who like a sense of routine even on holiday will appreciate being able to keep “their” table in the restaurant throughout their stay so that no one else is able to sit there.
More pace, fewer people
What makes a stay at the Sportresidenz even more enjoyable is that despite its size, there are only 33 rooms and suites, meaning you can really feel at home here and benefit from a warm and personal service. The high-quality construction makes for a cosy, intimate and relaxing atmosphere. This cosiness begins as soon as you get into your room with its own infrared sauna, or private traditional sauna if you’re in a suite. Anyone wanting to venture a little further will find plenty of space in the Cloud7 wellness area, which caters to all requirements. Whether you’re in the sauna, the steam room, the relaxation room, the hot tub or on one of the terraces, you are guaranteed to find a quiet moment to yourself and become aware of just how extensive the Sportresidenz is with so few rooms. In the heated infinity pool on the roof, you can allow the day to fade away and think about the following day, which will once again offer plenty of opportunities to work the body and calm the mind.