We were welcomed by the hotel owners Axel and Judith and ushered to the bar where suitcases were quickly replaced with welcome glasses of champagne. The alpine retreat has only 7 suites, making it feel like a home from home. We stayed in the penthouse on the top floor which boasts 2 separate bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms, complete with free standing bathtubs, open fireplaces and a fully functional office including a Mac, should you need to work whilst you’re away. The balcony was probably my favourite part, walking out from the warmth of our suite into the brisk cold air. I’d often grab a blanket and sit outside on the terrace taking in the views of St Anton in the valley below.
Staying in Europe’s smallest and most prestigious five-star hotel, Hotel Tannenhof, has spoilt me for life. The hotel first opened it’s doors back in 1925, where it welcomed the social elite of the time who met and mingled after a day on the slopes. As a novice skier I spent a fun, yet gruelling morning at ski school, discovering muscles I never knew I had. Fortunately I was given the same VIP welcome back at the hotel as the seasoned skiers of 1925, and retired to the hotel spa to recharge in the elegant indoor swimming pool surrounded by windows looking out over the mountains. The spa is perfectly equipped after a day on the pistes, with a jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor saunas, steam baths and a fitness room. The staff even bring you plates of fresh fruit, herbal teas and volcanic water to make your experience even more satisfying.
Evenings can be spent in the restaurant or on the terrace (weather permitting) enjoying the delicious ‘Tyrolean cuisine’ by chef James Baron. The restaurant champions some of the best local produce including a range of the finest meats, fish and vegetables from local producers and changes daily dependant on what’s in season and available at the time.
We had a couple of incredibly indulgent evenings in the hotel restaurant, and the food is honestly some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Strangely, one of the most simple courses – bread and butter, is something that sticks in my mind. I remember choosing a roll and the waiter churning the butter at the table using an old whisk device, before choosing the herbs and salt to mix with it (I may not be selling it here, but honestly, it’s the tiny details and sometimes the most simple that create a lasting memory).
Hotel Tannenhof is the perfect apres-ski retreat which I know for a fact is going to be pretty hard to beat.
- The breakfasts were incredible and for some reason the bircher muesli has been something I've been trying, and failing, to replicate since my departure
- Balcony views of St Anton from the terrace. Especially come nightfall
- Exclusive spa with outdoor saunas overlooking the mountains and forest
Need To Know
- Mini Bar is topped up daily with homemade snacks
- Chauffeured car throughout your stay including airport transfer
- With just seven suites, the hotel can be booked by the room or in its entirety for private use and events
No. of Rooms & Suites: 7
Rate Per Night: From €1950