Austria, with its majestic mountains, enchanting forests, fresh air and clear thermal springs is an ideal destination for a wellness break. It comes as no surprise, that the demand for wellness holidays has grown steadily over the past few years and, at one stage, contributed 3.7% to Austria’s GDP
The desire for a healthy lifestyle has moved on from wellness holidays to an increasing number of people looking for properties to buy as second homes with adjacent wellness amenities, to live a balanced lifestyle all year round.
Mark Lightfoot, Managing Director of ski property portal Snowonly.com says: “ New properties are now following the models of the luxury hotels and offering a wide range of facilities to cater for everyone and attract new people to the mountains. It makes sense for new developments to offer wellness centres or spa facilities to help visitors relax after their day’s activities. From a buyer’s perspective, being able to see clearly how the development compares to others in terms of these facilities, is essential to the purchase decision.”
Meeting the demand is Mountain Resort St. Lambrecht and its selection of 22 modern alpine residences. Located in the quaint village of St.Lambrecht, which lies at 1,028 m above sea level in the Austrian province of Styria. The region is punctuated by rivers, gorges and soaring mountain peaks, carved by glacial activity thousands of years ago
Property owners and their guests have access to the nearby Naturparkhotel Lambrechterhof Hotel with its extensive menu of wellness facilities and treatments. The award-winning hotel specialises in holistic health breaks for relaxation and recuperation that include yoga, kinesiology and meditation. To incorporate the natural surroundings the hotel has also introduced forest bathing. This form of stress relief originates from Japan and can help with anxiety, stress and anger. Despite the name, forest bathing doesn’t involve any water-based activity but instead refers to spending quality time in the local forests and exposing oneself to the natural elements.
Targeted treatments for skincare, weight loss, muscle building and metabolism activation are also offered. Complementing the treatments are the hotel’s wellness amenities, which cover 650sqm and include an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and spa.
The homes are located at the base of the Grebenzen Resort ski slopes, offering owners the capability to ski-in and ski-out of their home. The homes’ elevated location close to the village offers panoramic postcard views over the pretty village with its landmark Benedictine monastery, and the surrounding mountains. The altitude of the village is deemed to be the most ideal for a healthy lifestyle, sleep and for sporting activity.
The spacious homes are built in a contemporary style with large windows to maximise the views. There is a choice of two- or three- bedroom residences, each with a living area of 130 m2 consisting of an open plan kitchen, living and dining room, bedrooms, bathroom, WC, optional sauna, large terrace (of 40 m2) and garage.
Owners are free to decide on how they are going to use their home. They can either buy it for private use, or as an investor and instruct the hotel management team to take care of renting it out.
The nearest airport is Klagenfurt airport (in the winter season) which is 70kms from St Lambrecht. Alternatively, there are direct flights to Vienna and Salzburg.