Emma Holland heads to the Tyrol mountains for a weekend retreat in the fresh Alpine air
The Hotel and spa
Right in the centre of the town Zell am Ziller, the DasPosthotel sits among pine trees and snow-capped mountains. Echoing its natural surroundings, the hotel was constructed sustainably, pays homage to wood on each floor and focuses on an eco-conscious approach. Absolutely everything is organic, from locally sourced cuisine and Susanne Kaufmann bath products, to the bedding and even the washing detergent. The interiors are chic and cosy with a home-away-from-home vibe. There’s an old fireplace with comfy armchairs in the lobby, and on one wall is a collection of framed black-and-white portraits of the family that owns and runs the hotel — it’s been in the same family for three generations, and the latest generation is waiting in the wings to take the helm. The hotel also has a big focus on health and wellbeing with a solar-heated outdoor pool, several saunas and steam baths, and a fitness area.
After a morning exploring the glacier nearby — and already starting to feel rejuvenated from all the fresh Alpine air — a facial at the hotel’s boutique spa was the ultimate treat. As I entered the treatment room, I caught glimpses of the mountains through the windows and instantly felt at ease due to the choice of music — soft instrumentals and acoustic guitar. After discussing my skincare regime and concerns, my beauty therapist talked me through the process and pointed out my problem areas: combination skin with some redness and dry areas, and tired eyes. I nodded in agreement, placing blame on London’s dangerously toxic air and hard water. The facial process involved lathering my skin with a thick peel, deep cleansing with a nutrient concentrate, dozing under the facial steamer and finally, a soothing temple massage. I felt the layers of city damage being stripped away and a renewed sense of hydration. I had high hopes for this facial to leave me with a fresh-faced complexion, clear pores and a relaxed mind — and it didn’t disappoint.
Eat and drink
For breakfast, I sat gazing out at the surrounding nature through the glass walls while enjoying steam-pressed coffee and a well-rounded meal — fried eggs, smoked salmon, fruit and homemade bread with jam. In the evening, we dined at HeLeni restaurant — a great spot for an evening meal with casual vibes and a farm-to-table ethos. The curated wine list was top notch and everything on the menu was beautifully executed. Each dish seemed to have a story behind it, and a favourite of mine was the ‘Autumn Forest’, a handmade mushroom tagliatelle. This seasonal dish uses boletus mushrooms, handpicked from the forest by locals.
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the spacious luxury skylofts — each one’s dedicated to an inspiring historic figure. Mine was Heinrich, a tribute to Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountaineer who had a deep friendship with the Dalai Lama — and this is reflected in the room’s Tibetan centrepieces. All the rooms have their own balcony, and mine was the perfect spot to sit and chill out while admiring the lush green mountainside ahead. Even the bathtub — hidden under a removable comfy cushioned seat — looks out over the mountains, so you can continue to make the most of the view and relax. The walk-in shower includes an infrared-heated seat for your own personal sauna space, which is perfect for soothing tired muscles after a hard day hiking or skiing. The bed was quite possibly the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in — made with stone pine, which is proven to calm, and a natural rubber mattress that melted under my body. I’m still dreaming about this bed weeks later.
With my mind calmed and skin rejuvenated, the facial was a highlight of my stay in the mountains. DasPosthotel felt like a secret hideaway for the perfect escape, and worlds away from fast-paced city life.
Book a stay at DasPosthotel with Small Luxury Hotels of the World from €204 (£153) in a one bedroom suite or €348 (£261) in a Loft Suite on a B&B basis. A 50-minute standard facial treatment costs €69 (£51).
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