Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is surrounded by rolling countryside is the perfect place to while away winter days. Dorset’s picturesque Summer Lodge is an immaculately-restored Relais & Châteaux property that has swiftly earned a reputation as England’s finest country house hotel, set in four acres of perfectly maintained gardens and boasting exemplary old-world service.
Recently, Summer Lodge was awarded the #1 spot in the “Best Hotels in the British Isles” category in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014, as well as #4 in the “Top 25 Hotels in Europe.” This celebrated property was also ranked #40 in the “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World.”
Summer Lodge provides a magical setting in which to relax by the fire or enjoy the large indoor heated pool and a rejuvenating body and beauty treatment in the serene Spa. The start of the year has seen fresh renovations at Summer Lodge, with updates to the romantic Ivy Cottage and selected guest bedrooms, fabric and upholstery in the lobby and restaurant – and additional shower facilities in the Spa to name a few.
Treat yourself to an opulent mini-vacation with Summer Lodge’s ‘3 Nights for the Price of 2′ offer. Simply book two nights and receive a third with our compliments, enabling you to truly make the most of your stay.
A minimum stay of three nights applies to this offer and the standard cancellation policy applies. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability and booking terms and conditions. This rate is worked out according to our published rates and not best available rate. Availability is Sundays to Fridays inclusive.
For details and reservations, please contact Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa at +44 1935 48 2000, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us online at www.SummerLodgeHotel.co.uk.
About The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is a member of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection , an award-winning collection of five- and four-star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach, South Africa and Ireland. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. They all share the qualities central to the Red Carnation’s ethos that win them so many prestigious awards – splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests.
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Barossa Valley, South Australia, 19th November 2014: As Relais & Châteaux launched its 2015 ‘Taste of the World’ guide this week, it was officially announced that Hentley Farm Restaurant had been admitted as the collection’s second South Australia member.
Relais & Châteaux board member and Regional Delegate for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Mr Jim Carreker (owner of The Louise Barossa Valley), has welcomed nearby Hentley Farm Restaurant owner Keith Hentschke and chef Lachlan Colwill into the membership of more than 530 worldwide restaurants and luxury accommodations offering exceptional culinary destination experiences to global food travellers. Relais & Châteaux is a Paris-based membership-owned network of independent boutique hotels and many of the world’s great restaurants. In only a few places worldwide are there a tight cluster of Relais & Châteaux members such as the two restaurants (Hentley Farm and Appellation) and an upscale accommodation (The Louise) as is now available to Relais & Châteaux guests in the Barossa Valley.
The formal notification of Hentley Farm’s new membership in the Association has occurred at the Relais & Châteaux “Les Rendez-Vous” global meeting of its members, attended by more than 450 owners, chefs and lifestyle media in Paris. In this 60th year of Relais & Châteaux, International President, Mr Philippe Gombert, praised the youthful team at Hentley Farm Restaurant for “creating a leading example of contemporary regional dining, which will be the delight of visitors to the renowned Barossa wine region.”
Hentley Farm joins Relais & Châteaux members setting a world-class standard of culinary excellence across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, including the renowned Tetsuya’s in Sydney and sublime lodge dining experiences as The Louise, Qualia and Jonah’s in Australia; Huka Lodge, Otahuna Lodge, Matakauri Lodge, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Lodge and Whare Kea Lodge in New Zealand; Dolphin Island in Fiji and La Taha’a Resort and Spa in Tahiti.
About Hentley Farm Restaurant
Since opening in 2012 Hentley Farm Restaurant has evolved to become one of Australia’s culinary success stories. Receiving South Australia’s Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Regional Restaurant awards as well as being one of only two SA restaurants to be rated with Four Forks by the Advertiser. Hentley Farm Winery is also well revered and is the current James Halliday Australia winery of the year.
Hentley Farm’s executive chef Lachlan Colwill’s “ambitious sophisticated menus meld surprise with a delicious sense of place”. A Barossa boy originally, he has worked and trained at top restaurants around the world and is now happy to be back in the Barossa Valley with his vision of “Heading up a kitchen that is a continuous think tank of ideas in food, connecting with the guests that visit Hentley Farm, and being part of a team that strives for excellence in every aspect, from vineyard to wine to food to experiences.
Hentley Farm Restaurant opens for lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, offering either the du jour menu or the full ‘Discovery’ menu paired alongside the award-winning Hentley Farm wines.
Bookings at Hentley Farm Restaurant are available by calling +61 (0)8 8562 8427.
About Relais & Châteaux
Relais & Châteaux is an association of 530 of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants, in 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its ‘art de vivre’ across the globe by selecting outstanding character properties. Each member has its own distinctive personality, but Relais & Châteaux hoteliers and chefs are united in their passion for hospitality, commitment to quality and an aspiration to deliver an ever-higher level of service. www.relaischateaux.com
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has been announced as one of the newest members of the Relais & Châteaux association of properties, increasing the well-respected brand’s collection to five locations in British Columbia and eleven in Canada.
The decision to add Clayoquot Wilderness Resort creates a unique experience for Relais & Châteaux travellers, providing a West Coast destination that embraces nature and holds a very high standard of service for guests. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort marks a new trend for wilderness experiences for the well-established association as they move to offer additional destinations to match their outstanding hotel properties around the world.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia to the Relais & Châteaux family,” says Patrick O’Connell, the president of the North American Delegation. “This rugged, but refined property offers a unique approach to luxury in a serene and sensual atmosphere. Glamorous camping in a natural setting provides a perfect therapeutic escape for our adventurous guests.”
Known for instilling a sense of place in the wilderness, reminiscent of late 19th Century Great Camps of the Adirondacks and safari camps of Africa, the eco-resort offers accommodation in a series of luxury ensuite tents. The guest tents are surrounded by an open kitchen concept dining cookhouse, outdoor fireplace and seating area, a luxury spa, yoga studio, a billiards tent, library tent, art tent, fly-fishing tent, and three hot tubs and two saunas – all linked by cedar boardwalks under the rainforest canopy.
“For us, Relais & Châteaux was an association that we felt would further establish Clayoquot Wilderness Resort as a outstanding option for guests with a sense of adventure and a discerning eye for the highest levels of service and experience,” says Caton.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort joins the additional Relais & Châteaux properties in British Columbia, which include the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Wickaninnish Inn, Sonora Resort and Hastings House Country House Hotel.
Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living. Today, there are more than 520 members that are a part of Relais & Châteaux.
For more information, visit www.wildretreat.com
About Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Surrounded by glacial mountains and lush rain forest, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located in British Columbia’s fragile Clayoquot Sound Biosphere reserve, right at the mouth of the Bedwell River, approximately 40 minutes outside of Tofino, BC. One of the first to be named a Canadian ‘signature experience’ by the Canadian Tourism Commission, the all-inclusive eco-resort opens annually from May to September. It offers three, four and seven night packages, starting at $4,750 per person in shoulder season and $6,353 in peak season.
Guests experience safari-style tent accommodation (many with ensuite washrooms) gourmet cuisine and the Healing Ground spa. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, ocean and fresh water fishing, whale and bear watching, a Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail, a natural rock climbing wall, an archery range, a ten-stand sporting clays course, kayaking, canoeing and heli-exploring. Always innovating, the resort’s new “Over the Top” accommodation experience is located on the top of Mt. Ursus and comes with a private guide and chef for an unforgettable overnight excursion. Access to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is typically via floatplane from Vancouver’s International Airport or water taxi from the docks at Tofino.
New for 2014, the Resort added their “Over the Top” experience, which guests were able to book as an add-on to their trip. The experience includes one night on the top of Mount Ursus in the lap of glamping luxury, with a beautifully appointed private tent complete with breathtaking views. Tents mirror the experience at Bedwell River basecamp, with a four-poster bed, down duvet, antique furniture, fireplace, and hot shower. A lounge and dining tent also provides every comfort needed for the dream night away. Guests are flown up to this romantic pinnacle via helicopter, along with their own guide and chef, who have their own accommodations a discreet but safe distance away.
For more information, visit www.wildretreat.com
About Relais & Châteaux
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 530 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 64 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches of the Fiji Islands, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and the best way to discover a wide range of distinctive destinations. The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.” Information or reservations at www.relaischateaux.com
October 15, 2014. Darby, Montana – There’s no place like home, especially when home for the holidays is Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, which was just named the World’s Best Hotel 2014 by the readers of Travel + Leisure. Triple Creek Ranch, an adults-only Relais & Châteaux property in the Bitterroot Mountain Range, is extending a warm welcome for its second annual Thanksgiving Celebration.
Set against a vast backdrop of four million acres of National Forest, Triple Creek Ranch offers an authentic Western experience that is especially fitting for America’s greatest national holiday. Each of Triple Creek Ranch’s 23 log cabins is a luxury retreat, appointed with wood burning fireplaces and private or nearby hot tubs. Original Western art from the owner’s private collection can be found gracing the walls of guest cabins and the main Lodge. Guests can spend a day hiking, horseback riding or perfecting their fly fishing skills with an Orvis-endorsed guide on the Bitterroot River.
Thanksgiving guests can test their aim with bow and arrow in Triple Creek Ranch’s inaugural Archery Tournament and enjoy a riverside picnic. Later in the day, they can adjourn for a relaxed gathering under soaring timbers at the lodge, enjoy a glass of wine from a cellar that has just won its 10th Wine Spectator Award, and compete in a Stave Puzzle© Challenge. The day’s highlight might well be a Thanksgiving feast prepared by Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman, who cooked for a sellout crowd at New York’s James Beard Foundation last November.
White will feature wines from producers such as Chappellet, Et Fille, Merry Edwards and Chateau Montelena. The following day, Chef Jacob will welcome guests into his kitchen for pie making classes and offer some creative recipes for those holiday leftovers. This multi-day Thanksgiving Celebration runs from November 24 to December 1, 2014. Click here for details.
Steal Away for Steelhead Fishing
Every fall, led by Triple Creek Ranch’s co-owner, Craig Barrett (retired chairman and CEO of Intel and a passionate fly fisherman), the hunt is on for steelhead. This anadromous fish is an ocean-going form of rainbow trout and prized catch for any fly fisherman. Barrett and his guests cross the border into neighboring Idaho for guided fishing on “The River of No Return,” the legendary Salmon River, with Rawhide Outfitters. At night, they gather back at Triple Creek Ranch, an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge, for cocktails, fine dining and tales of the day. This four-day outdoor sporting event includes two days of guided fly-fishing and a day trip to Hamilton Trap Club for trap shooting and five-stand. This year’s Steelhead Celebration runs from October 30 to November 3, 2014. Click here for details.
Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. An all-inclusive retreat for adults and children sixteen years and older, the Ranch is a member of Relais & Châteaux and Virtuoso. Rates start at $950 per couple, per night, based on double occupancy and include a private log cabin, all meals, house wines, spirits and beers, and a range of outdoor activities including horseback riding, cattle drives, fly fishing, dog sledding, cooking classes, skijoring and more. For reservations contact email@example.com or 800-654-2943. For more information visit www.triplecreekranch.com
The Home Ranch is offering three exclusive, culinary getaway packages allowing guests to partake in a uniquely Colorado experience
CLARK, Colo. — To celebrate the inaugural harvest of Clyde’s Farm and Farm Kitchen, The Home Ranch has announced Mountain Harvest Weeks, showcasing a select group of Colorado’s great food artisans, craft brewers, boutique distillers and talented vintners. This Colorado Dude Ranch has created three uniquely-themed, late summer vacation packages offering special cooking classes, dinners and events centered around featured crafts of the week.
The farm came to fruition after General Manager and Executive Chef Clyde Nelson spent three years creating an on-site, organic farm that embodies The Home Ranch founders’ vision. Dedicated to the “locavore movement”, this farm will produce local, sustainable and high-quality livestock and vegetables. They want the farm to become a community classroom for the farm-to-table movement and a place that keeps the historical and agricultural traditions of Routt County alive.
This August and September, The Home Ranch will open its doors and open-air kitchen to handpicked Colorado companies that will entertain and educate guests with parties, workshops, demos, pairings, summer activities and gourmet dinners. Guests can choose from three adult-only vacation packages, each featuring specific vendors.
The “Bikes & Brews” Getaway
Featuring Odell Brewery and Steamboat Ski & Bike Care
“Whiskey & Fishing” Getaway
Featuring Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and Orvis-endorsed Guided Fly Fishing
The Ultimate Culinary & Beverage Vacation
August 31-September 7
Featuring Boxcar Restaurant, Alfred Eames, Cap Rock Distillery, Revolution Brewing and Butcherknife Brewery
To book any of the three Harvest getaways, call 970-879-1780 or book online.
About The Home Ranch:
The Home Ranch is an idyllic Rocky Mountain hideaway set amid the timeless beauty of the Elk River Valley. As the only Colorado dude ranch with membership in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, The Home Ranch is renowned for its singular charm, refined comfort, exquisite cuisine and genuine hospitality. The Home Ranch offers all-inclusive vacations that include all ranch activities, children’s programs, gourmet cuisine, local airport transportation and much more. Visit www.homeranch.com for more information.
Great Safaris, an award-winning luxury African safari outfitter, has launched a new itinerary featuring South Africa and Victoria Falls, showcasing Relais & Châteaux properties in Cape Town, Kruger Park, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. This is the first time these Relais & Châteaux properties have combined their efforts with a North American tour operator.
The journey will commence in Cape Town, where guests can discover the Cape of Good Hope and tour vineyards in the Winelands. Once in Kruger National Park, guests will venture out on morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big Five. Safari-goers will make a brief stop in the vibrant capital of Johannesburg on their way to Victoria Falls and a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.
Each night, guests will rest and relax at one of four Relais & Châteaux accommodations: Ellerman House, the quintessential urban retreat in Cape Town; Camp Jabulani, merging classic and elegant interiors with the natural bush in Kruger National Park; Athoplace Boutique Hotel, contemporary-classic glamour and relaxed elegance in Johannesburg; and Royal Chundu River Lodge, a quiet and sophisticated lodge with world class service on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in the hospitality industry. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living.
The Safari in Style is a 12-day, Platinum Level tour for $9,595 per person through August 2014 and $9,995 September – December 2014.
To find out more about Great Safaris’ new itinerary “Safari in Style with Relais & Châteaux,” please visit www.greatsafaris.com
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Sixty years after Relais & Châteaux was founded with a mission to delight travellers on their way across France, the association’s UK & Ireland delegation is holding a delicious gourmet relay travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles. The launch takes place at Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland, on April 27th and one by one, over the four months of summer, each of the 35 member properties will unveil its original 60th Anniversary Tasting Menu at a celebratory dinner, offering it to guests in the restaurant thereafter. For more details of this and Relais & Châteaux’s myriad 60th anniversary celebrations worldwide; visit: www.relaischateaux60.com
Created with seasonal local ingredients, equal measures of expertise and inspiration, and seasoned with creative talent, an autographed first edition of each 60th Anniversary Tasting Menu, signed by the chef and general manager, will be lodged in a commemorative Relais & Châteaux 60th anniversary album. Starting with Cliff House Hotel on April 27th, the chef will carry the volume, Olympic-torch style, by air, land or sea on the next stage of its journey until it crosses the finish in style at The Goring in London on September 16th, a lasting testimony to the magical skills of 35 great chefs, and 60 years of peerless Relais & Châteaux hospitality.
From the launch dinner at Cliff House on April 27th, Relais & Châteaux’s 60th Anniversary Gourmet Relay will cross Ireland visiting Sheen Falls Lodge on May 9, Park Hotel Kenmare on May 10, Marlfield House on May 22 and Ballyfin Demesne on May 24. Crossing the Irish Sea it will reach Ynyshir Hall in Machynlleth, Wales, on May 30. In June, six celebration dinners will take place in The Cotswolds, Bath and Devon; July takes the relay to Jersey, the New Forest, West Sussex, Berkshire and Oxfordshire (ten properties). In August it makes nine stops in the Lake District, Cumbria and Scotland; before spending September in London where Relais & Châteaux’s Hibiscus, Le Gavroche and The Goring bring the relay to a glamorous metropolitan climax.
To reserve a place at one of the Relais & Châteaux UK & Ireland 60th Anniversary Gourmet Celebration dinners visit: www.relaischateaux60.com or call 0800 2000 0002; The 60th Anniversary Menus will be available to view online and offered in respective restaurants throughout the summer 2014. Prices start from £100 per person.
About Relais & Châteaux :
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 520 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches of the Fiji Islands, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and best way to discover a wide range of distinctive destinations. The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition:
“ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.”
Since 1954, Relais & Châteaux has become the world’s leading association of fine restaurants and hoteliers. Properties must apply for the right to wear the Relais & Châteaux label and are often historic or heritage landmarks such as castles or manors, and are set in some of the most bucolic settings in the world.
It has developed a culinary Grand Chefs division to highlight the restaurants considered to be the most influential and prestigious across the globe, from The French Laundry in the Napa Valley to Eleven Madison Park in New York and Tetsuya’s in Sydney.
At the association’s annual Congress in Berlin in November, 500 restaurateurs and hoteliers voted to elect President Philippe Gombert, owner of the spectacular hotel, Chateau de la Treyne, in France’s Southwest, to lead for the next four years.
A former lawyer with the Paris bar, Philippe Gombert became a hotelier with Relais & Châteaux in 1992 before he was elected director of the French chapter (French Delegate) from 2001 to 2005 and nominated Secretary General by Jaume Tàpies in 2005.
In his acceptance speech, Gombert welcomed a new direction for Relais & Châteaux, with more members, 8 new destinations including Croatia, Latvia, Russia and Turkey, and an extended push into Asia Pacific.
“We want to develop our network all around the world, especially in Asia-Pacific. Asia is for Relais & Châteaux not only a destination market but mainly a source market,” he said.
Although Relais & Châteaux has returned the presidency to its French roots, it has also gestured for more activity in countries in which it has not enjoyed a big presence before.
In doing so, Relais & Châteaux has installed Jaisal Singh, owner of the luxury tented camps Sher Bagh and The Serai in India as one of its Vice Presidents, demonstrating the association’s interest in additional Asian growth.
The organisation has also welcomed 36 extraordinary hotels and Grands Chefs to its annual guide book and website, including a former hunting lodge of the Prussian Kings, Schloss Hotel Yantarny in Russia, a former 13th century Venetian medieval fortress in Croatia called Villa Meneghetti, a converted palace just steps from Marco Polo’s former home that celebrates the Silk Road called Lesic Dimitri Palace and Hotel Bastion Zadar.
There is also a castle in the Chantilly Estate, less than an hour from Paris, the Auberge Jeu de Paume, and the famous Goring Hotel in London, where Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton stayed while she prepared for her royal wedding.
In another first, a South Korean chef was inducted into the exclusive association for the first time, for creating Korean dishes inspired by nature, poetry and art at Si-Wha-Dam in Seoul.
Flowers, herbs and vegetables create a poetic garden on the plate, placed there as by a breath of air.
This harmony of colors pays homage to the paintings of Matisse, and a dessert might, for example, evoke antique blue and white ceramic tiles: an utterly unique experience where art meets fine dining.
Restaurants that earn the Relais & Châteaux designation must reflect a sense of the local, authentic flavors of their country – its culture and its terroir.
For more on Relais & Châteaux’ hotels, restaurants and story, see the 2014 press kit.
Three Croatian family hotels have been incorporated in Relais & Chateaux’s prestigious hotel guide. Hotel Bastion in Zadar, Lešić Dimitri Palace in Korčula and Villa Meneghetti in Istria have been selected amongst the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. The hotel guide is available online and 500,000 copies will also be translated into six languages.
Ski and spa, ski and city or ski and shopping are all winning combinations, enjoyed by countless people every year, but what about something just a little bit different? Take a look at the following suggestions from the Tirol Tourist Board to really maximise your holiday experience…..whether you want to ski and dance, ski and cook, ski and yoga or ski and have a right good belly laugh.
SKI & DANCE
With the glitter and glam of Strictly Come Dancing back on our screens, dance fever is there to guide us through another dark winter. If you can’t get enough watching it on our screens then why not try a ski and dance holiday for something a bit different. Club Dance Holidays is the largest provider of dance breaks worldwide and is offering a Ski-Jive holiday to Niederau in the Wildschönau from the 9th – 16th March 2014. Combine high-energy dance classes and evening parties with time on the slopes exploring the newly connected Ski Juwel ski area, with access to 145km of pistes. The dancing is suitable for dancers with some experience through to advanced dancers.
Club Dance Holidays (020 7099 4816; www.clubdanceholidays.co.uk) has 7 nights on half board at the 3* Hotel Staffler in Niederau with prices starting from £590 per person*, including free daily guiding for intermediate skiers, all inclusive pass to the seven-night Ski-Jive event, flights and resort transfers. Departs 9th March. *Book before 7th November 2013 to secure the earlybird price.
SKI & COMEDY
It’s back for another year, the Altitude Comedy Festival will once again bring laughter to the slopes of Mayrhofen from 31st March – 4th April 2014. It provides the ultimate winning combination, spending the day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding followed by lively comedy entertainment at various venues around Mayrhofen. With the big 2014 announcement coming shortly, another successful year looks guaranteed if the line-up is anything like previous years. Curated by Andrew Maxwell, the Altitude experience boasts a staggering array of talent with previous names including John Bishop, Marcus Brigstocke, Al Murray and Phil Jupitus to name a few.
Outgoing (0845 331 3040; www.outgoing.co.uk ) has 4 night’s accommodation on B&B in Mayrhofen, with prices starting from £349 per person, including Altitude Festival wristband. Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch form Manchester up to 3 times a week. Departs 31st March.
SKI & YOGA
Located in Steinberg, perched high above Lake Achensee, the ASI lodge is a unique design hotel and the perfect place to switch off from fast-paced life and digital distraction. Perfectly adapted to its natural surroundings, the extensive use of glass makes guests feel they are part of the natural landscape, even from inside the hotel. Amidst some of the most captivating and idyllic surroundings, the hotel offers special winter yoga breaks, with their partner YOGAdeluxe, on selected dates in January, February and March. Boost your energy, master deep breathing techniques and revitalise your inner well-being.
The 4* ASI Lodge (www.asi-lodge.at; t: +43 5248 26666) has 3 nights starting from €327 per person, in a double room on half board. A yoga workshop of 11 hours spread over a 3 night stay costs €289 per person with YOGAdeluxe. Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch form Manchester up to 3 times a week.
SKI & COOK
Located with easy access to the slopes of Kitzbühel, the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Rosengarten in Kirchberg is the brainchild of top Austrian chef Simon Taxacher. On 24th October 2013, his restaurant was awarded 4 toques and 19 points by the 2014 Gault Millau guide, catapulting him to the top of Austria’s culinary elite.The award-winning Restaurant R Simon Taxacher holds the reputation as one of the top gourmet spots in the Alps, thanks to Taxacher’s innovative French-Mediterranean cuisine and is now one of only four establishments in Austria to hold this exceptional Gault Millau rating. The hotel itself combines sophisticated design, with top quality materials and supreme comfort. The ingenious top floor cooking studio and cookery school is a must for any budding Masterchefs. With glorious views over the Kitzbühel Alps, the cookery course takes place between 10am and 3pm, including a welcome drink and 5 course lunch at the cookery school, accompanied with corresponding wines.
A three night stay at the Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten (+43 5357 4201; www.rosengarten-taxacher.com) in Kirchberg starts from €619 per person, in a standard double room, including a one day taster cookery course. During the 2013/14 season the taster cookery course will take place on 15 December, 12 January, 9 February, 15 June, 6 July, 10 August, 7 September.
SKI & SAFETY
Make your skiing holiday a learning holiday too and join one of the free Snow & Avalanche Awareness Camps (SAAC), which were set up to encourage skiers and snowboarders to learn about the mountains. The 2-day basic camps operate throughout the season in over 20 ski resorts across Austria. With a mix of theory and practical learning, the focus is on alpine dangers, improving awareness and increasing an individual’s own sense of responsibility. To reserve a place on one of the (English speaking) camps email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability or visit www.saac.at to view this season’s dates.
The Basic Camp takes place in St Anton am Arlberg on the 14th/15th December and Ski Safari (www.skisafari.com; 01273 224 067) has 3 nights at the 4* Hotel Post, with prices starting from £619 per person, based on 2 sharing, including flights and resort transfers. Departs Friday 13th December.
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