Hotel - Half Board
9 December 2017 (7 nights)
7 nights | Guide prices per person
3 September 2014
A superb blend of alpine charm and Swedish-influenced comfort and efficiency. Without doubt, one of my favourite boutique hotels in the Alps.
The Valluga Hotel, St Anton originally built in 1952, has been lovingly restored to its original charm with a modern and exciting twist. Now under new Swedish ownership, the Valluga Hotel was completely renovated in 2012. The comfortable lounge makes for a perfect hang-out, where you can play chess or backgammon to the tunes of old vinyls in front of a roaring fire.
The cuisine is modern and international with a Tyrolean twist. Enjoy the fantastic hotel dinner in the restaurant and the bar that serves up After-Ski Glühwein, great cocktails and a classic bar menu.
With impressive facilities including a spa with beauty treatments, massages, four different saunas and a well-equipped techno gym, this hotel provides a fantastic place to spoil yourself after a day on the slopes.
Comfortable and spacious rooms in a cosy and contemporary mix with comfy beds, large sparkling bathrooms and balcony.
All rooms equipped with Dux Deluxe beds, CD, DVD, flat screen TV, IPod docking station, WIFI, minibar, kettle & tea, safe box, telephone and hairdryer.
LARGE SUITE :
A spacious suite in the loft with 2 large bedrooms.
One equipped with king size DUX bed and one with DUX Twin beds. Lovely living room with comfy sofa bed. Balcony and 2 bathrooms, one with tub and one with shower. Separate WC. Maximum occupancy: 4 adults & 2 children.
This is our largest room for 2 people.
1 bedroom with king size DUX bed & separate living room with cosy sitting area. Balcony and bathroom with tub, shower and separate WC. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children.
These rooms are rooms for a whole family or a group of friends. 1 bedroom with king size DUX bed & sitting area with sofabed and 1 bedroom with DUX twin beds, balcony and bathroom with tub, shower and separate WC. Maximum occupancy: 4 adults & 2 children.
These are our mid-size rooms with King size DUX beds, sitting area, some with sofa bed, balcony and bathroom with shower and separate WC. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults & 2 children.
These are our standard double rooms with comfy King size DUX bed, balcony & bathroom with shower. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults.
Single rooms with queen size bed and bathroom with shower. Maximum occupancy: 1 adult.
St. Anton is one of the oldest and finest resorts in the Alps, bursting with stylish hotels, restaurants and chalets.
Known for its impressive snow record, St. Anton lies deep in the Arlberg region at the western end of Austria, one of Europe’s snowiest spots. Just two hours away from three international airports, the village is remarkably easy to get to. Intermediate and advanced skiers are in their element here thanks to the varied ski area and the extensive network of pistes (340km) and lifts (97).
The village has more than a few swanky chalets and hotels, but also caters well to more modest budgets. It is safe to say, however, that if you are looking for a hotel with the wow factor, you are sure to find something to fit the bill on St. Anton ski holidays.
After a day carving up the mountain, it’s worth checking out St. Anton’s renowned après ski scene. Arguably the spiritual home of après ski, St Anton was put on the party map back in the 60s thanks to the two legendary bars either side of the Galzig piste: The MooserWirt and The Krazy Kanguruh.
Austrias most iconic ski area offers a range of awesome challenges, especially off-piste.
St Anton has a huge variety of different runs, but the most famous skiing is in the Valluga region and it truly is world-renowned. From the Valluga Grat (2,660m) at the top of the first stage of the Valluga cable car, or from the top of the Schindlergrat high-speed chairlift you ski into a huge bowl that provides some of the most glorious off-piste skiing in the world. Technically speaking there are three off-piste itinerary routes leading down to the Steissbachtal valley, from where you can ski on down to St Anton itself. But in practice skiers ski all over this wide area. This area is especially magical in fresh powder although you need to be up there early to make your own fresh tracks: there are a lot of keen expert skiers in St Anton. But because these slopes get a lot of sun, several days after a snowfall you could be faced with a long 30-degree run covered in icy moguls a challenge for any expert.
From Gampen you can ski down to the high-speed Zammermoos chairlift which takes you up to Galzig (2,185m). From here there is a huge variety of runs in different directions. You can cruise back to the bottom of the Zammermoos lift via the beautiful, broad Steissbachtal run, known to some as Happy Valley, or you can take the much steeper but normally well-groomed Kandahar run to the same place. You can also take either a blue or a black down to the hamlet of St. Christoph.
St. Anton's lift system has been gradually upgraded over the past few years, with plenty of high-speed quad chair lifts being installed.The new gondola from Nasserein to Gampen revolutionised access to the main ski area for those staying in that area of the resort. Generally speaking bad queues are nowadays a rarity here. This is not a resort thats ideal for beginners, but early intermediates upwards will find plenty to enjoy on the slopes of Gampen and Kapall (2,326m), which rise up from the centre of the village and comprise mainly a mixture of red and blue pistes. A new, very high-tech new Galzig jumbo gondola opened in winter 2006/2007. The design of the lift station is particularly striking. A giant ferris-wheel-style structure lifts the cabins from the ground entry level on to the transport cable. The lift has dramatically increased capacity as well.
Alternatively you can decide to go higher and ski to either the Galzig cable car station and (in high season) get a timed reservation on the next available cable car to the Valluga Grat (2,650m), or to the Schindlergrat high speed chair lift and access the off-piste skiing there. An easier option from the Valluga Grat is the red run down to the Ulmerhutte, from where you can either also head for the Steissbachtal or, alternatively, to the bottom of the Valfagehr chair lift at Rauz.
From Rauz you can, if the mood takes you, head on towards Stuben and the three Albona chair lifts that take you up to the Albona Grat (2,400m). This area usually has some of the best quality snow in the region, as well as a huge variety of off-piste descents.
St. Anton has another, completely separate, ski area at Rendl, on the opposite side of the valley. This is accessed by a new eight-seat gondola much closer to the town centre than the old Rendl lift it replaced. There are four lifts serving lots of pleasant, intermediate skiing up here, as well as a good long run through the forest right down to resort level. Rendl gets plenty of sunshine and the area outside the mountain restaurant at the top of the gondola is often described as Rendl Beach.
Most visitors to St. Anton will probably want to spend a day skiing in neighbouring Lech, which is covered by the same lift pass. Convenient shuttle bus services link the two resorts. Alternatively, if you are an expert skier and hire a qualified guide, you will be allowed to board the second stage of the Valluga cable car and go right up to the Valluga summit (2,811m). From here there is a testing off-piste route down into the Lech area.
Incidentally, St. Antons cable television channel has a much better than average information service that gives details about which lifts are open, queuing problems, piste grooming and so on. It also features a number of live panorama cameras.
A respectable selection catering for most budgets.
The most popular lunching spot in the whole region is the sunny, snow-sure hamlet of St. Christoph (1,800m) where the Hospiz-Alm is the best place to eat. In good weather the terrace is frantically busy, however, so try to secure a quieter table on the first floor balcony. In bad weather, on the other hand, the best place to install oneself is the downstairs corner bar by the fireplace, where the long-serving expert barman Karl-Heinz will certainly keep you entertained. Sit in the corner table and your drinks, which should include at least one Testa Rossa (Sekt with raspberry puree), will be served from the bar on a vast wooden spatula.
The food at the Hospiz-Alm is fairly straightforward at lunchtime compared to the more elaborate dinner menu. However. the upstairs menu has lately been significantly upgraded and included a first-rate steak tartare. However the awesome wine list, with over 150 clarets dating back to 1921, many of them in magnums, is available at any time of day. Instead of clomping down the steps to the lavatories in your ski boots you can simply sit on a slide down. (The bad news is that you do have to walk back up again.)
At the mid-station of the Galzig-Valluga cable car the Ferwall Stube is a very high quality service restaurant with a changing menu. It does an excellent Bouillabaise, not to mention a benchmark Wienerschnitzel. Alas, it has only a very small outdoor terrace for sunny days. Advance booking here is often essential. If you are a pedestrian, ask the lift ticket office for a free ticket - only valid with a table reservation.
For more traditional Tyrolean fare, such as Tiroler Grostl (a mixture of potatoes, bacon and other meats served together with lots of herbs in individual copper frying pans), the best places are the newly expanded Rodelalm, towards Nasserein, and the Sennhutte, just off the piste from the bottom of the Zammermoos back to St. Anton. Irritatingly the piste map does not mark all the mountain restaurants.
As well as these restaurants there are plenty of self-service establishments and some very good outdoor ice-bars, notably at St. Christoph, Galzig and Gampen.
Old respected school - and new off-piste option.
The St. Anton Ski School, has now merged with the Arlberg Ski School, so there is only one option for those wanting group lessons. For off-piste enthusiasts however, Piste to Powder Mountain Guides offer guiding/tuition for British Clients and is an increasingly popular service.
The resort runs two Childrens Centres at the base of Peak 8 and Peak 9 offering all-day childcare. The centre at Peak 8 takes children from 2 months and at Peak 9 from 3 years. Children aged from 3 years are offered a combined programme with the Ski School. The Kinderhut is an independent kindergarten located at Beaver Run taking children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age.
There are various pricing periods throughout the season and advance purchase is generally cheaper.
Plenty to choose from, options ranging from traditional Austrian to Italian and Asian.
Although many of the hotels in St. Anton have good restaurants, the very best ambience is to be found in the individual establishments, such as the the old inn in the forest at Ferwall which specialises in local game and is best reached by horse-drawn sleigh, ideally on a night with a full moon.
In town, the elegant 1912 villa that now serves as the Ski Museum also functions as a restaurant, with several separate dining rooms, at night.As well as specialising in local mountain trout cooked every which way the restaurant does excellent lamb dishes. For dessert, do not miss out on the creme brulee with the superb rosemary ice-cream. (You can stroll round the museum after dinner.)
The Funky Chicken is a lively, inexpensive bar/pub serving roast chicken and Indian curry dishes in a young Margarita-fuelled ambiance.
Die Einkehr is a traditional,intimate rustic restaurant with a short menu of Tyrolean specialities.
Cafe Sailer is the place where all the locals and regular visitors hang out and it does a sound Wiener Schnitzel. In a similar category is Dorfstub'n on the main street above Bobo's. The menu offers many of its dishes in smaller sizes if you're not that hungry. The Montjola is the best restaurant in the area for fondues. The Pomodoro is an average pizza place, while Bobo is the place to head if you want a complete change of cuisine and fancy something Mexican. Hazienda remains popular for its modern surroundings and innovative and vaguely oriental cuisine. Many customers here consider themselves lucky to get seats at the bar. Bodega is a buzzing Spanish tapas bar just off the main street with good Spanish reds by the glass and a good variety of small snacks.
Dolce Vita is a plush, up-market modern designer restaurant serving the full gamut of Italian cuisine.
The party started here in 1965 and it's still in full swing.
Arguably the spiritual home of apres ski, the party scene really got kicking in St Anton back in the 60s thanks to the two legendary bars either side of the Galzig piste: the MooserWirt and the Krazy Kanguruh. You can expect table top dancing, cheesy music and the likes from 3pm at MooserWirt, while across the piste at the KK (Krazy Kanguruh), a slightly more cooler crowd of ski bums party hard on the largest open-air dance floor in the Arlberg.
At the bottom of the mountain is Anton Cafe, a favorite amongst the ski instructors and seasonaires alike; things kick off here from about 6pm. Next door is Basecamp, another good choice for an apres jig with a covered outdoor bar, dance floor and live DJ playing every afternoon.
A better than average choice.
Although St Anton is very much a winter sports town, non-skiers will not feel totally excluded here. The resort centre remains reasonably lively during the day and there are one or two shopping opportunities, especially if you like Tyrolean clothing and Loden cloth. It is not too hard for skiers to come down to the resort for lunch and non-skiers can access several of the mountain restaurants by cable car or foot. Day trips to Lech are a possibility, although the bus timetable is geared more towards skiers who want to go over there for the whole day, rather than those who just want to spend two or three hours there in the middle of the day. Day trips by rail to cities such as Innsbruck and even Zurich are another possibility.
Many of the leading hotels here, including the Alte Post, Post and the Schwarzer Adler, have lavish state-of-the-art swimming pool and spa facilities and the amazing Arlberg-well.com complex offers a fantastic indoor/outdoor swimming pool, sauna and ice rink complex open to all the resorts guests.