A year that we’ll never forget
In June, Naturidyll Hotels invited us to spend a couple of days at the recently opened Naturidyll Hotel Edelweiss. It was a perfect trip to recharge our batteries after all this COVID-19 craziness and a few very busy months. Finally being back in nature seemed like the perfect thing to do!
COV-19 not only changed our everyday life but also many peoples’ mindset. Now “regionality” and “sustainability” are not only trendy buzzwords any longer but have become a priority. And there’s no question that by supporting your local heroes, you not only help to keep their business alive. Also, you help them keeping their employees. And while the many restrictions forced many to cancel their travel plans, at-home staycations became more popular than ever before.
Let the view work its wonders
Located in the middle of the picturesque Pongau region in Salzburg, the 4* Superior Naturidyll Hotel Edelweiss is endorsed with a breathtaking view and mountain landscape of the Wagrain-Kleinarl region. In the middle of Skiwelt Amadé, this location it a hot-spot for winter sports fans and has a lot to offer in summer. Whether it’s hiking, biking or golfing – you’ll for sure not be bored! The tennis court right next to the hotel makes every tennis enthusiast’s heart beat a lot faster. If you want to start or end your day with some fitness routine there’s a fully air-conditioned training room available.
Where Nature meets Modern Design
Naturidyll Hotel Edelweiss has recently undergone a complete make-over. The spacious rooms and suites perfectly combine stylish interior design with cosiness to make your stay as comfortable as possible. At your arrival you’ll find a bathrobe, wellness and bath towels in your room. You’ll be perfectly prepared for a relaxed afternoon at the hotel’s spa. It also happens to be the first Green Spa of Europe! Check out the indoor pool, enjoy a massage after your hike or strengthen your immune system with a sauna session.
We highly recommend the fresh spring water swimming pond as well for a quick refresh. If you’re an early bird make sure to ask for the Qi Gong and Lu Jong sessions with Saskia Bergmüller. She is not only the hotel’s host but also a certified Qi Gong and Lu Jong instructor. If the weather allows, the early morning sessions take place outside with a stunning view over the mountains!
Welcome to Salzburg’s hiking paradise!
Besides its charming wellness ares, the hotel also offers an ideal base for sports enthusiasts! We tested a 10km hike from the hotel. On our way we discovered the many lakes and paths in close distance to the hotel. We got a bit lost, but then found the right path again soon! Several times a week, the hotel itself offers guided hikes for groups of four or more people. Ask about the planned route and make sure to book at least one evening in advance! Of course we didn’t miss this and climbed the summit cross Gerzkopf at 1.728 meters.
We would have to lie if we said it was not exhausting, also because it was pretty warm that day. The lakes at the summit, the path surrounded by mountain pine fields were absolutely worth the effort. So were the snacks and cold drinks at the alpine hut Schäferhütte about 15 minutes away from the summit cross. It was also there that we met the fluffiest creature ever: Jakob, the baby sheep! He was only 5 days old back then. Still can’t get over his cuteness!
Regional Culinary Delights at Naturidyll Hotel Edelweiss
For us vacation is not just about all the adventures and relaxing moments. To be honest, the most important part is always the food. We talk about it a lot, we comment on it a lot, and well, we also eat a lot. Food is a constant discovery of flavors and where we get our inspiration from. No matter where in the world we are! Colorful, balanced, fresh and with that little extra love: this is how we like our food! And this is exactly what you’ll find at the Naturidyll Hotel Edelweiss.
Our personal highlights: the great breakfast buffet, with vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options, organic eggs and cheese specialties. Make sure to try the homemade hazelnut cream with fresh, roasted hazelnuts! Another highlight is definitely the rich 5-course evening menu that will spoil your palate! While Julia always chose the vegetarian options, I had fish three evenings in a row and loved it. Special kuddos to the pastry chef for his stunning dessert creations that were never too sweet and always on point!
Attention wine lovers out there! The wine list includes some of the best wines from all over the world! It includes specialties from the Italian Langhe region in Piedmont where we interviewed Top Gastronomy Global Representative Gretel Stein. You’ll also find wines from France and a great selection of Austrian reds and whites including Heribert Bayer. Make sure to check out our interview wiith Katja Bernegger and Patrick Bayer as well!
If you are planning your autumn or winter holidays or want to get ready for next year’s hiking season:
The Naturidyll Hotel Edelweiss could be just what you are looking for.
We will definitely come back!