TRENDING HOTELS & VILLAS
Best summer Alps resorts for families
If you only come to the Alps in winter, you’re missing a trick. From flower-scattered mountain slopes and snow-dusted peaks, to gin-clear lakes and wide open views, the Alps in summer offer epic escapes minus the crowds. And the mountains couldn’t be more perfect for family holidays, offering a blissful mix of chic hotels and delicious food with fun-packed activities – just what you need to slow down, recharge and reconnect. Whether in South Tyrol, Switzerland, the Allgäu or Austria - we have put together our favourite hotels and houses in the mountains for you.
Chiemsee Chalet – Luxurious Serviced Apartments with Outdoor-Pool
Located between Munich and Salzburg, 800 meters above the Bavarian Sea - as Lake Chiemsee is often called - Sandra and Hendrik Heidenreich have transformed an old guesthouse from 1935 into a modern mountain hut, combining the feeling of a calm, nature-related life that is so deeply missing in today’s fast living with contemporary luxury. The result is amazing: 9 stylishly furnished chalet suites between 40 and 200 sqm with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace and private sauna are just perfect for fabulously unexciting vacations. Your daily chalet routine could look like this: taking a few laps in the heated outdoor pool early in the morning, hiking during the day on one of the numerous panoramic trails through the Chiemgau Alps and enjoying enjoy a delicious BBQ in the spacious garden in the evening or visit the Salzburg Festival (July 20th to August 31st 2023). Charmingly, the hosts can be felt everywhere but are rarely seen: The daily table-cover-yourself breakfast is waiting for the guest and not the other way around. Because at the Chiemsee Chalet - just like in the old huts - time is irrelevant. This is why guests can also access around the clock at the house bar or pool bar, as with friends. But the highlight is the in-house electric yacht for up to six people: Simply take the already packed boat bag and spend an unforgettable sea day.
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa - An iconic Hotel in front of an iconic Scenery
Legendary Grand hotels are the cradle of hospitality and have always fascinated not only connoisseurs with their grandeur and rich history. One of the most beautiful and oldest is the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, Switzerland, at the foot of the majestic trio of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, whose history began in 1865 as a small guesthouse. During the Belle Epoque, kings, politicians, artists and writers from all over the world were often-seen guests in the magnificent 216-room building. Golden mirrors, stucco-decorated rooms and sparkling crystal recall a magnificent era. Timeless remains the entitlement to an outstanding hospitality. Today, the Grande Dame of the Swiss luxury hotel industry presents itself as a casual family hotel - with extensively modernized rooms, a 5,500-square-meter SPA area, three top-class theme restaurants and its own playhouse for children aged 3 to 12. What has remained, even after almost 160 years, is the clear view of the Jungfrau Massif, over 4000 meters high, with its snow-capped mountain peak, which is just as worth a day trip as a plunge into the turquoise waters of Thuner and Brienzer close by.
Alpenloge – a charming Boutique Hotel for Design-Lovers
In the small village of Scheffau in western Allgäu, half an hour from Lake Constance, Anja Engelke and Michael Schott from Hamburg have found a new home and built the ultimate refuge for slow travellers, foodies and design lovers. The building, originally an old schoolhouse from the 1930s, gave way to a replica in the original alpine style, but with modern building fabric and under the highest sustainability requirements. Shutters, mullioned windows and the traditional shingle façade are reminiscent of the original, while a winter garden, balconies and a wellness area have been newly added. The nine lodges make design aficionados cry with its natural materials such as wood, natural stone or loden - not to mention the view of lush meadows and the idyllic village. For house guests of the Alpenloge, chef Mark Beastall offers a multi-course menu of the highest standard every day; you can even look over his shoulder during the preparations. Families are welcome, but children should be out of the toddler age.
Feuerstein Nature Family Resort – South Tyrol´s top address for Families
Located at the end of a narrow side valley in South Tyrol, easily and quickly accessible via Innsbruck or Bolzano, this resort is completely specialized in the well-being of families with children, especially families with babies and toddlers. There is baby and child care almost around the clock and also for the older children thoughtful created activities based on the Montessori philosophy. In a large wood workshop, children and parents can craft, carve, paint. There is a climbing wall and in summer also many things to do on the outdoor area or in nature. At the pony farm the little ones can take riding lessons and learn how to handle horses. If you want to ski in winter, the Ladurns Gossensass area is about 10 minutes away, while the hotel takes care of booking your ski lessons. The family swimming pool offers water fun with various pools and slides while in the Adults-only Spa parents can finally take a break and enjoy a moment for themselves. The spacious saunas are glazed and offer a magnificent view of the mountains. Food is in reach nearly around the clock at Feuerstein Nature Family Resort. Breakfast and lunch are served as a buffet, in the evening the guests get an a la carte dinner. Smaller children can eat there earlier if desired. All baby and family equipment is of course on site.
AlpenGold Hotel – Luxury for sporty and easy-going Families
Probably the most futuristic family hotel in Switzerland is located in Davos, at the foot of the Davos-Klosters ski area. The spacious and absolutely family-friendly suites all with large balconies, the excellent service and the wide and great offer for both parents and children are outstanding. Excellent, of course, also the Parsenn ski area within reach, accessible with the hotel's own shuttle and offering a hotel lounge, where guests can wait and relax between their ski runs. The baby and kids club is great and there is also dedicated space for the slightly older children with billiards, games corner and even a real cinema. The three different restaurants with Peruvian, Italian and vegetarian cuisine offer culinary at the highest level and the location of the hotel definitely has the most beautiful view over Davos.
Bachmair Weissach Spa & Resort – Family-friendly Hospitality at its best
When it comes to sophisticated family vacations, Bachmair Weissach always sets new standards. With its innovative concepts such as the "Tegernsee Phantastisch" adventure world, it offers young and old guests edutainment at the highest level. Learning about and experiencing nature, combined with new technologies, show decades of expertise in keeping the brood happy. Culinary delights at the highest level, first-class wellness and yoga offers and a large family swimming pool also ensure that families feel particularly at home here. And of course the exceptional friendliness of the staff at Bachmair Weissach - a place where you can come to rest and recharge your batteries. A visit in late summer and autumn is particularly beautiful, when you can fly over the Tegernsee from the Wallberg or soar from the Brauneck into the Isar Valley, enjoying the most glorious display of colors. Those who prefer to stay on the ground can enjoy the area while golfing and horseback riding or forget the stress of everyday life during an alpaca hike.
Moar Gut – The happy place for sophisticated Families
The family-run resort in the enchanting Grossarl Valley is the perfect summer and winter accommodation for demanding families who appreciate five-star service and still expect a certain casualty on vacation. Baby and child care is available here even for newborn, which can be a real relief especially for new parents. The adult spa offers relaxation at the highest level, while the family spa offers various pools and slides. The children's club is kept completely plastic-free and has play and rest areas that invite you to romp and dream. The ski courses are booked directly at the hotel and the hotel's own shuttle takes children and families to the ski area and to the courses. For beginners there is a mini slope with magic carpet directly behind the hotel. In summer, guests can explore the many beautiful alpine pastures nearby or go hiking in the Hohe Tauern Nature Park. The hotel is car-free: once parked in the hotel's underground car park, they are no longer needed until departure. As Moar Gut is also still an intact farm, there are animals. Riding lessons and riding courses on the ponies and horses can be booked individually. And the winter offers are just amazing - have a look here.
Alpenhaus Barbara 1750 – a charming Holiday Home for Art Lovers
Close to the once glamorous spa town of Bad Gastein the tranquil village Alt-Böckstein is a little piece of heaven. In the middle ages the famous Tauern gold has been mined here. Lately, the proven art connoisseur and gallery owner Andrea von Goetz, founder of the renowned festival Sommer.frische.Kunst, found another one-of-a-kind treasure: Alpenhaus Barbara 1750 is a former smithy from the 18th century, at the foot of the mountains at 1200 meters above sea level, surrounded by a beautiful garden. With a deeply cultural approach, von Goetz has transformed the farmhouse on three floors into a family chalet, which for a long time served only her own family as a refuge in the mountains. Recently, the unique and traditional chalet has been opened to guests. The house is the perfect retreat for individualists, from the traditional Zirbenstube with wooden kitchen to the sprawling Art Loft with fireplace room. Inspiration is in the air here! Getting to know the area is also worthwhile: wonderful hikes lead to the Böcksteinalm while a trip to Bad Gastein takes you to its lively gallery scene. And for those who like it sportier and more alpine head to Sportgastein.
Villa Alma - a hidden gem near Salzburg
The idyllic St. Gilgen at Lake Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut, only 30 kilometres from Salzburg, has been known as a summer resort since the beginning of the 20th century. And even today, there is no better place for a long weekend by the lake in front of a magnificent postcard panorama. Villa Alma, a small and familiar lakeside hotel with only eight rooms, also presents itself freshly. There is no trace of Alpine plush, instead pastel summer colours with strong accents and patterns brighten up the three floors. A breakfast room like a huge open kitchen, a lounge and a concept store with charming souvenirs are housed inside. Martina, the warm hostess, businesswoman and mother of two children, has created an inspiring setting for an uncomplicated little break. The hotel's own boathouse has all kinds of water toys for young and old, and bicycles are also available for a short trip into town. Apart from that, everything else is nearby: the lake, the charming village with its small alleys, shops and bright flowerbeds, and the local mountain, the "12er Hörndl". Local recreation has never been easier!