Dream Destinations

Alpine escapes with pristine landscapes and mind-blowing views

Crystal-clear air, pristine landscapes, mind-blowing views, and exhilarating winter sport are what’s on offer at these five super-indulgent alpine breaks, say the experts at Smart Travelling. The contemporary comforts and warmth of the welcome you’ll receive in a region renowned for its hospitality will leave you completely restored in body and soul.

Miramonte, Bad Gastein, Austria  
This haven for metropolitan nomads exudes an authentic Sixties-style glamour, with rich wooden floors adorned with cowhides, designer furnishings, and a sauna with jaw-dropping panoramic views.

Der Seehof, Goldegg, Austria
On a magical lake in the heart of the majestic Alps, this pleasure-seekers’ hideaway is straight out of a picture book, run by fifth-generation hosts famous for their friendly care.

Haus Hirt, Bad Gastein, Austria
Stunning vistas and indulgent seclusion make the beautiful Haus Hirt a magical place to kick back, slow down, and enjoy some high-luxe pampering, along with breathtaking vistas and bracing snow sports.

Das Regina, Bad Gastein, Austria
Venetian opulence meets Italian rustic chic at this glamorous belle époque townhouse in the heart of Bad Gastein. Pay a visit to the Regina Bar, the hip ski bar resembling a retro space ship with bird’s-eye views from 2,161 meters.

Zirmerhof, South Tyrol, Italy
This 12th-century mountain getaway, family run and boasting its own farm, vineyard, heated outdoor pool at 1,560 meters, is steeped in history. It’s a haven of peace, simplicity and serenity, and a total escape from the rigors of everyday life.

Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
Blending seamlessly into the landscape like a natural jewel, this understated, minimalist resort is accessible via a seven-minute cable-car ride to 1,500 meters. Its interior reflects the environment, with natural wood, stone, clay and soft linens waiting to wrap the traveler in a warm embrace.    
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Photos: Nicola Bramigk, Nadin Brendel