MULTI-GENERATION HOLIDAYS IN THE ALPS
Family fun by the ton
As life goes on longer and the older get fitter, family holidays are becoming a three generation affair. The Alpine mountains, valleys and lakes deliver fun by the ton for every age group, and a family holiday to tell your grandchildren about, only they were there too. Biking, hiking, fishing and watersports are a given – the region is less famous for its enchanted forests, flying foxes and holistic health farms. These six distinctive Niche Destinations offer a full gamut of family-friendly Alpine accommodation, from classic mountain hut to 5-star destination spa resort:
Angerer Alm: the authentic mountain refuge – Tyrol/Austria
Among St Johann in Tyrol’s high pastures and beneath the summit of the Kitzbüheler Horn (1,996m), the Angerer Alm is the epitome of a classic mountain hut. Long walks and bike rides are a joy in the surrounding forest and flower-filled meadows. A few minutes’ walk away, the Hornpark is the largest adventure forest in the Kitzbühel Alps, with a flying fox (zipwire), woodland playground, leisure lake and treetop trails to keep children occupied for hours. Back at the Angerer Alm, creative cuisine and a fabulous 6,000 bottle cellar are prime attractions. Cosy rooms, bunks or four posters, breathtaking views from the balcony, farm animals, fresh air and invigorating exercise all add up to a memorable family holiday.
Rates from €61 pppn B&B; €97 pppn ½-board; €31 & €61 respectively per child 6-15 years, free for children under 5 years. Adults subject to €2.20 tourist tax pppn). Available up to October 15, 2017.
Pirchner Hof: the wholesome holistic retreat – Tyrol/Austria
Nestled among the meadows of the Alpbach valley, the Pirchner Hof is Austria’s first holistic Hildegard von Bingen hotel. The saint’s teachings set the tone and are manifest in delicious food and wholesome outdoor fun for all the family. Walk to one of the warmest freshwater lakes in the Tyrol for a dip, try tubing, body-rafting or kayaking, negotiate high ropes at Juppi Zauberwald (magic forest), roll along on a Segway and enjoy a breathtaking gorge walk. The hotel’s garden is a relaxing haven with fruit trees, pond, barefoot walking path and ‘garden of four elements’ for a natural energy boost, and a varied spa & fitness programme is on offer for all to enjoy.
Rates from €1,372 for 7 nights ½-board based on 2 adults/1 child up to 6 years sharing, includes wellbeing services, Alpbachtal Seenland card for free local transport & free or discounted entry to attractions & exercise programme with outdoor pursuits such as guided herbal walks
Plunhof: the family hotel that ticks every box – South Tyrol/Italy
Swap city life for the harmonious surroundings of the Ridanna valley, a delightful sun-trap in the Italian South Tyrol. Beneath Alpine peaks and wooded hillsides, the Plunhof is a blissful escape. Let the hotel owner and her family team of eight entertain you with guided mountain biking, fishing and hiking trips – a visit to the Alpine adventure park and petting zoo, and a tour of the mine on which the village once depended are also on the agenda. Youngsters burn off excess energy in the playroom and enchanted forest with its climbing frame, slides and swings, while the adults enjoy relaxing hours in the hotel’s exquisite Spa Minera: designed above and below the surface, this is a splendid tribute to the region’s mining traditions.
Rates from €108 pppn ½-board, discounts for children up to 17 years. Price based on a minimum 4-night say in a comfort double room. Available July 1-29 2017. Adults subject to €2 tourist tax pppn.
Schlosshotel Fiss: the 5-star mountain resort – Tyrol/Austria
High above the Inn valley at the heart of postcard-pretty Fiss, the Schlosshotel holds pride of place in Europe’s most family friendly ski region – Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Come summer, the grassy slopes are a sunny playground of inexhaustible pleasure. The farming and forestry themed Hög Adventure Park, one of several nearby, has a climbing tower, sky-swing, gold panning, rafting and water mazes. Young explorers will love children’s author Thomas C Brezina’s Adventure Mountains: a mysterious upside-down cottage, giant snails and a crashed plane are all clues to solving the puzzle of what happened. Back at the Schlosshotel specialist Kids’ and Teens’ clubs (from 2 yrs) promise long fun-packed days: the teens‘ zone is kitted out with a pool table, table-top football, consoles/surfing stations and games galore. A different film is shown every evening in the Kids & Teens cinema, and everyone is welcome in the Family Spa where exclusive kids‘ treaments, sauna/steam and relaxation zones are just a few of the indulgences on offer. However, it’s the Splash Waterworld that is the biggest draw for its 110sqm indoor kids and teens pool including a 48m double-loop slide, waterfall, rocking bay and paddling pool.
Rates from €435 pppn includes four nights’ sharing a double room on a full-board basis, includes childcare programme (09:00-21:00 hrs), use of Spa, activity programme & SUPER.SUMMER.CARD (to October 22 2017) for free travel on cable cars & other benefits. Valid June 29 to November 5 2017. Discounts for children up to 12 years.
Singer Sporthotel & SPA: the 3rd generation family-run hotel – Tyrol/Austria
Berwang, the highest village in Tyrol’s Zugspitz Arena, is home to one of Austria’s most welcoming family-run hotels. This beautiful area is a magical mountain playground where outdoor attractions compete for your attention. Where will it be today – Tyrol’s longest summer toboggan run, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, or the Kletterwald Bichlbach, with its 5 routes and more than 60 climbs? Not forgetting archery, monster scooters, superb leisure park with rafting for kids and perfectly clear lakes for swimming. But it’s the Singer family’s outstanding hotel that brings regular guests back year after year. Families can really relax together: a 10,000sqm garden with heated outdoor pool, first-class spa and fantastic cuisine are guaranteed. Weekly activities include a guided sunrise tour with breakfast and lakeside picnic.
Rates from €186 pppn ½-board in a 2-bedroom family apartment (for 3-4 people), discounts for children up to 14 years. Available from July 9 to August 19 2017. Adults subject to €2 tourist tax pppn.
SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof: the destination spa resort – Tyrol/Austria
Located in charming Neustift near the Stubai glacier, Relais & Châteaux SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof offers all the ingredients for a fabulous family holiday: breathtaking scenery, award-winning cuisine, magnificent cellar, luxurious accommodation and the peerless jSPA. Big Family summer weeks are available from 3 July, including Kitz Club daily childcare, discounts on spa treatments – special teen-treatments available, guided walks, excursions and gifts. Book the gourmet gondola on the terrace for a cosy family fondue, join the guided walk to a summit breakfast at sunrise and make the most of the Jagdhof’s incredible 3,000sqm wellness world: huge indoor/outdoor pools, Private SPA Suite, sauna, steam and relaxing spa experiences. Or simply sit back with a book in a sunny corner of the hotel’s 5,000sqm parkland and gardens. Take an excursion to Tyrol’s largest adventure park, Area47 – less than an hour’s drive away, walk the Wilde Wasser Weg for 17 scenic phenomena, try a tandem taster flight, or make a summer snowman on the glacier.
Rates Big Family summer weeks are available from 2 July to 19 August (autumn weeks available from August 20 to October 22 2017). Prices from €1233 pp for 7 nights ½-board (kids 11-15 years from €329; 4-10 years from €189 and free for children under 3 years). Prices include daily children’s club (full-board), guided walks and 15% discount on all Spa treatments.
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