RELAX IF YOU CAN!
9th January 2020 | Clare Meaney, Ischgl
Last modified on May 11th, 2020
It’s known for its fabulous skiing & apres ski, but it has another side too – relaxation. Relax if you can.
Day One – Relaxation in Ischgl
I have always had fond memories of Ischgl.
Mostly because of wild nights of Apres and famous singers including Robbie Williams which proved to be one of my favourite days in the mountains of all time.
But now I’ve grown up a little I’m looking at it from an entirely different perspective.
I’m going to be learning where to take luxury spas, the best of shopping , design hotels, to name but a few.
That’s after I have, of course, started the day by eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast.
The food is divine.
As is our hotel.
According to the blurb, there are 365 hotels in Ischgl.
That’s one for every day of the year ?
There are 5 superior hotels, 5 5 star hotels, 4 * superior hotels and 37 4-star hotels, and a lot more lesser ranked hotels.
There certainly are plenty to choose from.
We’re staying at the Madlein Hotel.
It was the first ever Designhotel in the Alps.
Most of Austria’s hotels are very traditional with cosy wooden fires and traditional features.
The Designhotel is far from it.
It is minimalist and very contemporary.
The Madlein is one of several in Ischgl to boast an incredible spa.
If it wasn’t for the other things to do in the resort (such as shopping) and a spot of skiing one could be quite tempted to stay there all day.
With the sauna, indoor pool, outdoor jacuzzi, massage, and relaxation area there really is something for everyone, and I was trying to make the most of it ?
And with the Ischgl tag line ‘Relax If You Can’… I really felt I was.
Madlein’s sister hotel the Elizabeth, is known as an Arthotel.
It has hundreds of different looking pieces of art which are for sale to all of the guests.
The Schloss Hotel is a 5 superior.
With 3 Michelin stars to date, it’s a force to be reckoned with.
Just about all the hotels are open to non residents.
….. and the mouth watering food at the SchlossHotel, put simply, was …superb.
My old party self was winning.
I was on the cusp of a party-night-out.
But, putting ‘relaxation’ aside for one moment, I was itching to get back on to a pair of skis.
Check back later, as this blog continues, to see if I succumbed to the temptation.
And guess what?
I did get back on skis.
But after a serious accident 5 years ago and a decision not to ski again, it wasn’t as simple as you might think.
Inghams is the main UK tour operator to feature Ischgl and Galtür and, for example, is offering a seven-night ski holiday on half-board basis at the 4-star Hotel Madlein in Ischgl from £1,339 per person based on two sharing, including return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing in March 2020.
To book, visit www.inghams.co.uk/ski-holidays or call 01483 938 047.