HOLZHOTEL FORSTHOFALM TIMBER HOTEL, LEOGANG, AUSTRIA
Salzburg Airport – Friday 22nd June 2018. 90 minutes drive.
There is a sense of freedom in the air, stressfree feelings, and Wellness as we make our way towards the Holzhotel Forsthofalm. Surrounded by nature, mountains and well kept houses, it was almost like a dream, having flown for only two hours to reach Salzburg, Austria. A new surrounding, tranquil scenery and probably the freshest air you will ever breath. Greeted by the Widauer family members that own the Hotel, shared their warm welcomes and made you feel at home. A combination of nature, timeless architecture, culinary culture and a sense of well-being has since determined the success of the Hotel and spa. A holiday for the senses at 1,050 metres altitude – alphine flair, adventure, lounge music, DJ music and wellness with 360 degree panoramic views. In sunshine, heavy snowfall, metre-high snow, rain, wind or storm, the Forsthofalm is always an experience and an adventure. This hotel embraces all weather seasons, from a luxurious ski-in and out to a wellness activities that can be enjoyed 365 days a year. Enjoy the panoramic sun terraces with barbecues, cocktails and DJ, it’s quite the winter feeling, mountain experience and the best sundowners! Eat, love and live.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
The green lifestyle wooden hotel. Designed by Architects Alfred Waltl & Nicole Walks-Piffer from W2 Manufaktur in Leogang, they were commissioned to plan and design the seven-storey hotel at an altitude of 1050 metres. The objective was to focus on creating a harmonious entity incorporating the original wooden hotel and to define the architecture by means of high-quality craftsmanship and a simple yet expressive use of shape and form. Using first-class materials, reflecting their own personal expectations of a ‘lifestyle’ hotel through an open, light-flooded design with fluid transitions from one space to another within the building. The interior architecture continues the line of the outer shell. Natural materials with an authentic look and feel, as well as individually crafted works of art determine the spaces, imbuing them with a sense of liveliness and comfort. Spending holidays in an environmentally-friendly eco-hotel; saving energy with a well-planned waste, water and energy concept and built with natural materials which are allowed to grow old gracefully and are recyclable.
MOUNTAIN LIFE PROGRAM.
Hot iron, jumping, fitness blackpoll Fascia Training or Bootcamp. These and other offers can be found in the Mountain life programme which takes place at the Forsthofalm several times throughout the day. A challenge for body and mind is a genuine sense of well-being. These classes are completely optional, complimentary and the friendly staff will motivate you to do the best of your ability.
For a beginner like myself, the Yin Samurai yoga, dancing warrior yoga, outdoor bootcamp and jumping fitness was a new experience for myself.
The classes were completely complimentary and works with your flexible schedule as there are so many throughout the day. The friendly staff will motivate you to do the best of your abilities, so it doesn’t matter which level you are. Of course, they are optional, getting involved with the free activities is definitely an added bonus. Whilst training, you can’t resist the amazing views, motivational music or even the sound of breathing, for them moments where you may be out of breath. You will sense the nature of belonging and to embrace your lifestyle to appreciate time to relax, when your work schedule is stressful.
Discover the world of moods in the SPAnorama 1000m sq sky spa, brought to life bye all-round views of the mountains. 365 days of swimming the year-round heated rooftop pool 300mq terrace- feel reborn with the massages, homemade alpine herb products for your skin and your heart. Choose between Soul, Brain, Energy, love or muscle and experience one of their signature treatments on your body. All oils are produced organically within the premises of the Forsthofalm Hotel, sourcing local ingredients to give that sensual natural experience. After your massage, head to the fireplace lounge, finnish sauna, infrared sauna, brine steam bath and various relation areas. My personal favourite room is on the upper deck, walking up the cantilevered staircase to find yourself appreciating the stunning mountainous views.
Get your hiking trainers and boots ready for an adventure through the mountains. We experienced a walk through the biological herb gardens, where the production of the herb creams to give a clearer introduction to the home made products. Explore the trails that lead you high and low, into the refreshing and tranquil scenery. A 20 minute drive away, lead us to the natural monument of Birnbachloch. A 1240m high discover to reach your destination, it’s quite the accomplishment to see the scenery from such altitude. Enjoy lunch by the outdoor fireplace, cooking German sausages, vegetables by yourself, a great experience to enjoy with your friends and family, especially as you have the sloping hill top scenery at your door step. There is nothing like competitive art of making fresh pancakes on the fireplace.
Fresh, warm bread straight from the oven, creative dishes from the charcoal grill, steak, fish, vegetarian or vegan dishes. You can expect daily healthy, organic meals, so prepared for the five dishes and salad buffet bar selection. They have a curated menu to differentiate the experiences and tastebuds. The ideal venue for creative organic local products, with a wide variety of flavours and food presentation. Vegan options are also available. As a part of your package, set menu’s are complimentary, however separate orders and beverages are not included. There is also a Bar/lounge, to meet new people whilst on your trip, enjoy wine by the fire with the DJ decks ready for the dance floor to be filled.
Prices start from EUR 128 per person per night
Includes breakfast, afternoon snack and five-course dinner each evening
All fitness and yoga classes, social activities and guided hikes as part of their ‘Mountain Life Programme’ are complimentary to guests.