The Eder Collection, Maria Alm, Austria: Eder by design
If any a family were to have hotel management in their blood, it would be the Schwaigers from the Eder Collection in Maria Alm, south of Salzburg. We are greeted in their modern hotels by a relaxed atmosphere and a distinctively chilled vibe, which makes the Eder establishments the perfect holiday accommodation – all the ski, none of the chi-chi.
The Eder Collection: it is under this title that the creative Schwaiger family brings us four uniquely laid-back holiday destinations in Maria Alm: the Eder lifestyle hotel on Dorfplatz, the on-trend, adults-only SEPP boutique hotel, the somewhat alternative tom Almhütte up the Hochkönig mountain, where we are welcomed by charming host and pug Choupette, and the Eder Apartments, with their natural pond in a peaceful spot on the outskirts of town.
There’s something for everyone in this collection, no matter what you’re looking for, especially since winter in the Maldives or the Caribbean has been cancelled this year. So why not spend your holiday with the Eders? Winter adrenaline junkies will enjoy the direct access to the Hochkönig resort and therefore an incredible 760 kilometres of pistes, 270 lifts and 260 eateries. Simply get yourself settled in the Hotel Eder, head out the door and jump in the cable car. We start the day early with the legendary Königstour ski circuit, which keeps our eyes happy all day.
But before we relax in the wellness area of the hotel with its pool, steam room and sauna, we enjoy a sundowner at the tom Almhütte, which is also a member of the Eder family. Here we encounter Choupette the pug, not only in the flesh but also in the décor – a witty concept that will bring a smile to everyone’s face, whether you’re a dog lover or not.
Family activities vs. adults only
If you’re looking for individuality with a touch of elegance in your winter holiday, look no further than the Eder family’s SEPP boutique hotel, a real dream offering. “Luxury with a twist” is the order of the day here, and just like in all of the hotels in the Eder Collection, it is characterised by a laid-back atmosphere that we should all embrace a little more in everyday life. Guests make friends quickly in this convivial setting, but can also easily whisk themselves away at any time. Probably the best place to escape to is right at the top of the Hotel SEPP, where the Airstream sauna reigns supreme on the rooftop amidst an outdoor oasis with a spectacular infinity pool and chillout area.
Or you can take yourself back off to your room, because an unconventional yet relaxed atmosphere prevails even here – the comfortable, luxury rooms boast panoramic windows, swings on the balconies, freestanding baths and so much more.
And before you leave to go home, you just need to get an original souvenir from Maria & Josef, the new village shop – or as the Eders call it, the new “conSEPP” store in the heart of Maria Alm. We’re happy to defer our long-haul winter holiday and place our trust in the Eders to make sure we have an unforgettable break.