Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol, Austria
What’s new? This December sees the arrival of the Kempinksi Hotel das Tirol’s new gondola, taking ski-in ski-out to the next level. In one smooth (and heated) move, the 10-person cable will glide guests directly from the hotel to the Wagstätt Station, avoiding the dreaded heavy boot trudge to the slopes with your children’s skis hanging off your back.
Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, the property is set in the charming village of Jochberg and despite its luxurious membership, it’s brilliant for families. Not least because within an hour’s drive from Salzburg Airport you’ll be faced with over 60 well-groomed pistes, which range from challenging black runs to gentle greens. And the hotel’s long-standing relationship with the local ski school (for over fours), ensures a reliable and friendly service – there’ll be no screeches of ‘bend zee knees’ from these instructors. Concierge will also organise guides and lessons for adults.
Rooms take on a traditional Tyrolean style with added comforts like thick duvets, under-floor heating and roaring fires. The deluxe and superior rooms fit two adults and one child, or there are family suites with two bedrooms connected by a lounge.
Also for grown-ups is the indulgent 36,000 sq ft spa with its tailor-made treatments designed especially to soothe skier’s aches. There’s also an impressive infinity pool and health bar, which slightly goes against its calling by serving Champagne and nibbles. But no one needs to know, as the troops will be safely tucked up in the lovely kids’ club baking Austrian biscuits or outside building igloos.
Dining is family-friendly too, with a selection of options. The best for children is Restaurant Steinburg, where oak-panelled walls, antlers, massive windows facing the mountains and suede banquette seating create a cosy environment. For older children or a night for just the two of you, there’s the pan-Asian Sra Bua.
Travel time: The nearest airport is Salzburg, which is an hour from Jochberg. Innsbruck is also an hour but note that in bad weather it can be known to shut. Munich is 2 hours away.
Getting there: British Airways flies to Salzburg and Innsbruck from London Gatwick from £98 return and to Munich from Heathrow from £99 return. easyJet flies from London Gatwick to Innsbruck from £63 return, from to Salzburg (December to April only) from £68 return and Munich from £74 return.
Price: Stays from €210 per night in a double room.
More information: Visit kempinski.com/en/jochberg/hotel-das-tirol