Whenever life gets too busy I feel myself being drawn towards the quiet of nature. So when I had the chance to spend a night at the Almwellness Hotel Pierer in Styria after my exams at university, I immediately had to say yes. What’s better than kicking off the summer holidays with a retreat in the mountains.
The hotel and spa are located just about an hour from Graz and offers the perfect getaway for wellness aficionados, food lovers, hikers and sunbathers alike. The best of it all is that it’s way less hot up on the Teichalm – and yet, still hot enough to bask in the sun or explore the surroundings.
Almwellness Hotel Pierer****Superior
Located at 1.237 m sea level in the midst of the Styrian mountainscape lies the 4*s Almwellness Hotel Pierer. And Almwellness is the perfect description for what the hotel has to offer. Namely the perfect combination of refreshing mountain air, rejuvenating spa areas, urban interior, and traditional cuisine.
They have recently had a huge makeover and have added an infinity pool (which is absolutely stunning!), a hot tub on the terrace, a brand a new gym and yoga studio, as well as twelve brand new suites to their house. We got to experience the entire package and I was pleasantly surprised by how energizing and relaxing this place is.
We were so lucky as to experience one of their new suites in person and the second I opened the door to our room I was in awe. The interior designer has done such an amazing job combining the tranquility and force of nature surrounding the place with modern, urban elements. The entire suite was covered in wood and metal, topped off with gorgeous accessories around the room. Design-wise this most certainly is a masterpiece.
But not only does the room look good, the bed was also really comfortable and the shower incredible. We had so much space for our luggage and I really wished I could have stayed longer. The light in the bathroom mirror wasn’t the best for makeup as the room was held in rather dark colors. But I honestly didn’t mind that much because the general vibe of the house was really laid-back anyways.
Food is one of the most important factors for me in each and every hotel I visit. And the one at the Almwellness Hotel Pierer was one of the best. For dinner, we had a three-course meal with a salad bar and the most delicious tiramisu for dessert. It was so good, I even went for seconds and I hardly ever do that. The breakfast buffet is absolutely incredible as well. My friend Lisa, who originally comes from the area, had already told me about the breakfast buffet and many of her friends going there on a regular basis. And it really did not disappoint. With a wide range of options, from fresh pressed juice, crêpe and freshly made scrambled eggs, there certainly is something for everyone to pick from.
Again, this hotel also had the coffee machines that you can handle yourself standing at their breakfast buffet. I realize that this is way more convenient and efficient but I just don’t like the coffee from these machines so if I were to be honest, I’d say this was the only thing I didn’t like.
The hotel is equipped with not only pools to swim in but also a fabulous new hotel gym and yoga space. I used the outdoor terrace of the yoga room for a little evening flow and broke a sweat in the gym after dinner. What I found particularly remarkable is the fact that you could use the gym 24/7 simply by accessing it with your room card. So handy if you want to enjoy all the perks the hotel has to offer but also get your daily workout in.
On our last day, we decided to venture out of the hotel and check out the Almerlebnispark Teichalm. A tree-climbing park near the hotel. We hiked down from the Almwellness Hotel Pierer to the lake and then entered the climbing park, where we played around on the courses, pushed to our boundaries and swung along the zip lines in between the trees. If you ever have the chance to try something like this, do go for it. It was rather challenging but so much fun.
* Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at the Almwellness Hotel Pierer for review. All opinion expressed in this post is, however, as always 100% my own.