"Welcome to the Posthotel, Mrs. Fuchs - Mr. Fuchs," smiled the receptionist and shook hands with us over the counter. And her colleagues follow, as if they have known us for years. This is our first time in this five-star hotel in Achenkirch on the Achensee in Austria. The Achensee is one of the Mountain lakes in Tyrol. "Oh, you already have your luggage with you?" The friendly young lady in the neat dirndl looks at us a little disappointed when she discovers the laptop trolley in Petar's hand. “You can drive your car straight into the hotel garage. Our concierge will wait there and bring your luggage to your room. Then come back to the reception and we'll take care of everything else. ”It doesn't often happen that we are greeted so friendly in a hotel.
After we have delivered our car - the concierge takes care of parking - we briefly fill out our registration. Then the friendly young lady invites us to coffee and cake, "and of course a glass of sparkling wine" in the hotel lounge. "Here you get our lunch snack every midday between 12:00 and 14:30 p.m. and our coffee and cake buffet between 15:00 p.m. and 17:00 p.m." Both are included in our stay free of charge. She brings us the weekly program for the time of our stay, and it shows that we can be busy in this hotel all week long. At Posthotel Achenkirch you look after your guests: during the two days of our stay, we have the choice between a hike to the Hofalm, a wine cellar tour, a hotel tour, an Ultraton information in the Atrium Spa, a horse-drawn carriage ride, trial tennis with one of the pros Hotels, a type consultation with Christian von der Haarwelt Huber, a golf safari or a lecture on traditional Chinese medicine in the Atrium Spa. And the housekeeping staff of the hotel offer to teach us the secrets of the different bed shapes so that they can convey the flair of a five-star hotel in our own home.
As far as the cuisine is concerned, there is a lot on offer at Reiter's Posthotel in Achenkirch: on Sunday, the day we arrive, we are greeted with a festive gala dinner with seven courses. There is also a wine list with wines that are selected for each course by the hotel sommeliers. We love wine, but at this feast we limit ourselves to ice wine, because we have never tasted Austrian ice wine. For the main courses of our menu, we prefer an alcohol-free drink that the hotel created especially for summer: the "Wiesel's", a citrus-fruity drink with fresh mint that is good for you and refreshes you after a car ride on a hot summer day. And the ice wine? It perfectly complements our dessert with wild berries. A wonderful way to end a great meal. After this feast we can only agree with Gault Millau who have awarded the restaurant a toque. Well deserved, we think. During the week it is not so festive in the Posthotel, but just as delicious: Then guests can get their starters and desserts themselves from the buffet (or have the friendly service serve you - depending on your taste). As on Sunday, we choose the main course from three offers and this is served. On the two evenings during the week that we are guests at the Posthotel, there are Austrian specialties and Italian food on the second evening. This guarantees a varied cuisine for every day of your stay.
The highlight in Reiter's Posthotel is the 6000 square meter wellness and spa landscape, which offers guests an incredible variety of spa treatments, baths, massages, pools, saunas and wellness of the highest quality. I am not surprised that the spa is overwhelmed with prices. To name just a few: The British lifestyle magazine Tattler voted the Posthotel 2008 one of the 100 best spa hotels in the world. In 2012 it won the Leading Spa Award. Of course, we don't want to miss out on such a wellness temple, so let's take a look at the entire range of rooms, pools, saunas and treatment rooms that enable a wide variety of spa treatments: from the oriental hammam and Turkish Rhasul to a pure one Ladies' lounge to romantic couple treatments and Chinese and Far Eastern relaxation therapy, everything is possible. With Dr. Hu Ji is his own specialist in acupuncture and Chinese tuina, i.e. Chinese healing massage. Shaolin monks visit the hotel again and again and offer their guests their very special treatment methods. A Chinese monk was involved in the development of the Sunken Temple in the heart of the spa area and set Asian accents there, which can not only be recognized by the Buddha statue, which watches over the entrance to the temple area in a rock niche. What we particularly like about the spa area is that, despite its enormous size, you never feel like you are in a large room. Rather, the individual areas are designed in such a way that intimate corners and rooms are always created, in which the guest can relax wonderfully from the hectic pace of everyday life. The perfect retreat for stressed city dwellers who can relax well in the tranquility of the Posthotel's alpine-Asian spa landscape.
We take advantage of the hotel's offer and enjoy a relaxing head massage with fragrant herbal extracts and cold-whipped organic oils by Gertraud Gruber, whose fragrance alone puts me in a relaxed state of rest. The gently massaging movements on the neck, on the head, on the cheeks and on the face make me wish that half an hour never ends. Apparently it is the same for other guests, because in the evening we meet a lady who is just enjoying a scented shower with us in the elevator and raves about her experiences in the hotel spa.
It is no wonder that well-being has become the hallmark of the Posthotel. We speak to Karl Christian Reiter, the 36-year-old managing director who is the fourth generation to run the hotel: “My great-grandparents took over the Posthotel in Achenkirch in 1918, and since then every generation has contributed to the development of the hotel. It was my parents who created the wellness area and we are now consistently expanding it. Our primary goal is to give our guests wellness and tranquility. That is why we decided to make this an adult-only hotel. ”We are guests at the Posthotel during the high season, and the tranquility that this hotel exudes helps us to spend the two days we spend there , relax wonderfully.
The location of our junior suite, which is located in one of the rear buildings of the hotel complex, ensures tranquility. We don't notice anything from passing cars or other noise. Our suite is very tastefully furnished in Italian style with pictures with overflowing bowls and amphorae, marble-painted walls in pleasant beige-yellow and a bathroom in which I feel how the Romans must have once felt in their bathrooms. Little curious angels and putti look down from a ceiling painting at the comfortable bathtub, which fills up very quickly via a waterfall inflow. "You don't have to turn off the water when the tub is full," says our friendly companion, who shows us our room. "It is an overflow bathtub, the water of which runs off automatically." Since we want to save water, we do not use the offer, but a large water drain next to the tub confirms our guide's statement. In addition to the bathtub in front of a large mirror, our bathroom has a spacious shower and a separate toilet, as well as two sinks and is larger than my former student booth.
Our conclusion on Reiter's Posthotel in Achenkirch in Tyrol: a hotel where you can feel comfortable and relax wonderfully. The varied daily program and the daily changing menu ensure that you can spend several days here without the guest getting bored. And on rainy days there is always an interesting entertainment offer in the house - or you can indulge in the spa of the house - so that a holiday at the Reiter's Posthotel becomes pure pleasure. The Posthotel can be reached from Munich in a good hour via Holzkirchen, Bad Tölz, Lengries and the Sylvenstein Speicher. The journey from Salzburg takes a few minutes longer, and the Posthotel in Achenkirch is also in from Innsbruck or Switzerland Tyrol easy to reach.
Our tip for a rainy day at Reiter's Posthotel:
A-6215 Achenkirch / Tyrol
Tel. +43 5246 6522
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Source: own research on site. We thank the Reiter's Posthotel in Achenkirch for the friendly invitation. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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