PRESS RELEASE | Schwaz, February 2019
Fly-in, ski-out SPA DELIGHTs at the top of Austria
A helipad on the doorstep … fresh oysters on the table … champagne on ice. Such is life at TOP Hotel Hochgurgl , at the heart of Obergurgl/Hochgurgl’s high-altitude ski paradise. Guests can hit the slopes within minutes of checking in, sip Perrier-Jouët on the gondola, or relax in the outdoor infinity pool admiring the surrounding theatre of 3,000-metre peaks while skiers slide past.
Roll out the superlatives. At 2,150m, in Austria’s highest ski resort and its highest non-glacier ski area, TOP Hotel Hochgurgl is the highest 5-star superior hotel in the Alps, the highest Relais & Châteaux hotel in the Alps, and the Ötztal Valley’s first 5-star superior hotel. TOP class, too: a matchless luxury ski and spa hideaway.
The TOP Hotel Hochgurgl is situated at the head of the Tyrolean Ötztal Valley skiing paradise in the heart of one of the finest ski regions in the world: Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. This fly-in/fly-out, ski-in/ski-out spa hotel gives access to 112km of perfectly groomed slopes surmounted by the Ötztal Valley’s 21 3,000m peaks. Enjoy fresh mountain air and carving on the slopes at up to 3,080m. Guests can pre-order the latest ski gear from helmets to ski boots to be waiting for them on arrival at the TOP Hotel; or browse the hotel’s well-stocked ski shop for the latest designer outfit and a pair of carving or racing skis to try out on test. Ski passes and lessons can also be bought in the shop and equipment can be stored safely at the Scheiber Sport ski depots.
Hochgurgl’s gastronomic delights take gourmets that little bit higher. From the helipad on the hotel doorstep it’s onwards and upwards in the exclusive Perrier-Jouët gourmet gondola. With a glass of champagne and a delicious Tyrolean Jause platter, visitors ascend in the warmth and comfort of a cushioned cabin to Kirchenkar and its top-of-the-world panorama. No ski visit is complete without a pause at Hochgurgl’s TOP Mountain Star at Wurmkogel (3,080m), listed in Forbes’s top 10 ‘World’s Best Bars with Views’. It’s as good as flying!
The panoramic view of the Ötztal mountain landscape can be admired from the piste, from the TOP Hotel Hochgurgl’s heated outdoor pool, or from the 2,200sqm TOP Mountain SPA, where the facilities are second to none. Its 10 x 18m indoor pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor sauna, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, infrared cabin, herbal bath and saline steam room offer total luxury for body and spirit. Five treatment rooms combine the power of nature, cutting-edge treatment methods and the latest scientific findings to meet the beauty requirements of the most discerning guest. Spa treatments encompass facials, body treatments, medical anti-ageing cosmetics, REVIDERM dermo-cosmetics, massages, body styling, nail care and aesthetic cosmetics. An in-house hair salon and fitness centre with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and personal TVs complete the experience of a TOP Hotel ski and spa holiday to remember and revisit.
Only 100 metres separate breakfast and the Grosse Karbahn ski lift. No hurry – it’s not a sprint. Every morning until 11am, the Schalfkogel restaurant offers a lavish gourmet breakfast buffet and à la carte creations in an exquisite setting worthy of 18th century Bavaria; while the Tyrolean Jagdstube has a snug atmosphere of its own, panelled in wood from Italian lodges dating back to the Renaissance. At the end of the day, fine Alpine flavours and regional organic products are presented alongside international creations that fully deserve the restaurant’s rating of 90 points in the prestigious 2018 Falstaff Restaurant Guide. From the superb 8-course Relais & Châteaux Dîner and light wellness cuisine to special diets such as lactose- or gluten-free or vegan cuisine, the hotel’s chefs prepare everything with uncompromising attention to detail. Whether in the elegant hotel restaurant or the cosy Stuben, the watchwords here are relaxation and enjoyment.
From oyster bar to fireplace bar
Exquisite wines of just the right age from all over the world are stored in one of the Alps’ highest wine cellars: 500 bins and many rarities including Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Petrus to select on the sommelier’s personal recommendation. The TOP gourmet half board’s 5-course dinner offers a choice of three hors d’oeuvres, two soups, two hot entrées, four main dishes and two desserts. A dozen oysters to start with? No problem. Something flambéed or carved at the table? Fondue bourguignonne or chinoise? Just say the word. An exclusive cheese selection is supplied by Maître Fromager Günther Abt. Culinary delights at the TOP Hotel are as limitless as the flavours themselves, at the patisserie, oyster bar, sun terrace, après-ski bar, and late at night in the fireside bar when live music and a great atmosphere fuel the urge to dance.
Tradition and innovation
Hosts Alban and Attila Scheiber and their wives Jasmine and Sabine drive the TOP Hotel forward with care, creativity and a dose of perfectionism. The 5-star superior Relais & Châteaux hotel’s special charm resides in respect for tradition, Alpine flair and cutting-edge hospitality. The 62 rooms, apartments and suites are elegant, romantic and playful in a contemporary rustic style. Guests admire the snow-covered Ötztal glacier world from the balcony or through a picture window, warmed by a tiled stove or the crackle of an open fire. The TOP Hotel breathes attention to detail – from the pillow menu and BVLGARI toiletries to the turndown service. Nothing is left to chance.
A perfect day at the TOP Hotel Hochgurgl
8am: Take in the mountain view and morning sun from the balcony
9am: Homemade French toast – or perhaps the Weisswurst veal sausages today?
11am: TOP Mountain Star panoramic platform at 3,080m
1pm: Oysters and Champagne on the TOP terrace
3pm: Give in to temptation – TOP patisserie
4pm: Sundown tipple at the TOP Mountain Crosspoint (with Europe’s highest motorcycle museum)
5pm: Anti-ageing luxury beauty treatment at the TOP Mountain SPA
6pm: Watch the sunset from the outdoor pool
7pm: Why not enjoy the 8-course Relais & Châteaux Dîner?
8pm: 3 of the wine cellar’s 500 bins tested…
10pm: 6 of the wine cellar’s 500 bins tested…
11pm: Dancing with live music in the fireside bar
12 midnight: The crackle of the open fire in the bedroom…
Facts – 5-star superior TOP Hotel Hochgurgl
Location: At 2,150m above sea level in Hochgurgl at the head of the Tyrolean Ötztal Valley, adjacent to the longest ski run in the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area, 90km from Innsbruck
Member of Relais & Châteaux
Proprietors: Alban & Attila Scheiber | Hosts: Alban and Jasmin & Attila and Sabine Scheiber, senior manager Lotte Scheiber, general manager Martin Kuprian
62 rooms & suites on 7 floors
Ski-in, ski-out: Sun terrace, après-ski bar
Restaurants/facilities: Sophisticated hotel restaurant (90 points in the 2018 Falstaff restaurant guide), Tyrolean Jagdstube (12th & 15th century antique Italian wood-panelling) and Schalfkogel (18th century Bavarian-style), one of the Alps’ highest wine cellars with 500 bins, in-house patisserie, oyster bar, fireplace bar with daily live music, sports shop with ski and snowboard rental
TOP Mountain SPA: Indoor and outdoor water worlds, sauna area, saline steam room, gym, beauty & spa treatments including dermo-cosmetics, medical anti-ageing cosmetics, aesthetic cosmetics, time for two with exclusive treatments for couples