Holiday Issue 2019

12 The exclusive Austrian resort of Lech has welcomed three incredible 5-star, show-stopping chalets. Set in the most prestigious pocket of the Alps, the trio of slopeside chalets: Arula Chalets and Chalet Mimi offer ski-in ski-out position with unrivalled interiors, expansive spas and an abundance of luxury and world-class amenities. The chalets offer unrivalled service thanks to their partnership with Lech’s finest five-star Hotel Aurelio; everything from in-house massages, outstanding cuisine, bespoke experiences and much more are all supported by the hotel’s concierge. Whilst spectacular in winter, the resort has a huge amount to offer guests during the warmer months as well. This summer, Hotel Aurelio is welcoming guests to the Arlberg Mountains for an incredible culinary experience with their award-winning chefs. Famed for their exceptional cuisine, chefs Christian Rescher and Markus Niederwanger having been awarded Gault Millau with 3 Hauben (17 Pts), Hotel Aurelio will be hosting guests for a gastronomic stay like no-other. Hotel guests will venture into the mountain valleys to forage for ingredients before returning to the hotel to learn how to create award-winning dishes. Many of the ingredients collected during the Summer months are stored to be used during the Winter months at the hotel and guests will be invited back to experience the fruits of their labour for themselves during the ski season. The chefs at Hotel Aurelio are passionate about using the finest ingredients and where possible ensuring that they are utilising the natural larder on their doorstep. The Arlberg Mountains don't just provide spectacular scenery and the opportunity to mountain bike, hike and climb, they also offer an abundance of herbs, berries, Retreat Exclusive Showcasing the ultimate opulence in Lech (and it’s not just for Winter!) fungi and more. Guests will learn which pine needles are used to create delicious cocktails and which mushrooms are picked to create the conceptual mushroom infused ice cream, part of the signature Forest & Meadow dessert. The art of mushroom foraging is one that has been handed down through generations for the hotel staff, and guests will learn which ones are delectable for creating sumptuous dishes conjured up during a cooking lesson. The hotel chefs champion local produce from meats and fish to herbs and vegetables, and during their stay guests will join the chefs as they choose their produce and curate the exceptional menus. The award-winning chefs will teach guests how to cook a delicious array of dishes using the ingredients that have been foraged during an afternoon cookery class in the brand new Arula Chalets and Chalet Mimi’s expansive kitchens. Learning techniques and skills from the top chefs, guests will leave Austria having been given a glimpse into the secrets of five-star cuisine. Hotel Aurelio has perfected alpine luxury and the Arula Chalets and Chalet Mimi ensures that Lech is the number one for those seeking