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self-perception and understand the interaction between body and soul.

If images from The Sound of Music come to mind at the mere mention of

Austria, the Gartenhotel Theresia is the place to indulge that fantasy - the

verdant hills surrounding this trendy eco-retreat certainly come alive in

summer - and its organic cuisine and weekly tours to see bee-keeping and

cheese-making at local farms make it a must for foodies. Those really trying

to capture the movie's magic could also head for Lake Wolfgang, one of the

settings for the •lm and home of the historic Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl.

First-class food awaits at Hotel Kaiserhof, with •ve restaurants showcasing

the best in Tirolean cuisine, topped o with a weekly indulgent seven-course

meal - plus the chance to work it o on a 27-hole golf course, several fully

signposted cycle tracks, or with a swim in the spa's outdoor bathing lake.

Looking for a little quiet time? Life is pretty peaceful when you're high in

the glorious green mountains of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, but the Alpin Juwel

Hotel takes things a step further with 1,000 square metres of sun terraces, a

spa oering a range of Indian ayurveda therapies and romantic extras, such

as a couples' spa with bubbly or a private candlelit dinner.

Floating weightlessly in water from the Dead Sea is another way to promote

tranquillity, which is why Salzburgerhof in Zell am See includes a salt water

dome in its three-storey wellness centre, although those who prefer to let o

steam in other ways can opt for a round of golf on one of two 18-hole courses

or, better yet, can sample some of the 330 dierent top-£ight wines on oer.

BIKE OR HIKE

Adventure-seekers need look no further than Schladming. Known to

ski fans as home of the world championships, it also boasts Austria's

longest downhill mountain bike trail - a freewheeling 4.5km - plus

1,000km of hiking trails to explore. Luckily there's somewhere to

rest tired feet afterwards, in the mountain lodge-meets-modern

Falkensteiner Hotel Schladming, a very dierent design from its citycentre

sister, the chic Falkensteiner Hotel Wien Margareten.

Biohotel Stanglwirt oers another slice of action: try Nordic walking, tennis,

guided treks through the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, or canter on one of the

hotel's white Lipizzaner horses. Guests of Hotel Edelweiss § Gurgl can also

explore on horseback, although when you're in a mountain retreat set 1,930m

above sea level and surrounded by even taller peaks, there's no need to seek

out a better view. The same could be said for family-friendly Karawankenhof

Thermal Spa Hotel in Carinthia, as its neighbouring mountains oer picturepostcard

sights aplenty; there's also a warm welcome for kids who fancy

zooming down waterslides in the hotel's Kärnten Therme.

But if it's that storybook charm that attracted you to Austria, it's hard

to •nd anywhere as atmospheric as the Trattlerhof, set on a 15th-century

estate in Carinthia, which has seen countless generations of Austrian life

over its long history - and it doesn't get much more authentic than that.

To �nd out about all 15 of

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Clockwise from main image: Biohotel Stanglwirt; Hotel

Kaiserhof; Alpin Juwel Hotel; Salzburgerhof in Zell am

See; pool at Falkensteiner Hotel Schladming; Romantik Hotel

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in�nity pool; Sacher Hotel Vienna, deluxe junior suite

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