Before the Kitzhof, I never saw the value of a mountain spa retreat, if I’d even known that was a thing. After the Kitzhof, I’m a card-carrying member of the Alpine soothing cub.
Kitzbuehel, of course, excels at snow and ski. And the Kitzhof Moutain Design Resort has access to winter sports covered.
But what came as a great surprise to me, was the muscle-melting pleasure of a visit in the shoulder season.
To be fair, I was supposed to be in town for a work-related conference, but when travel delays thwart the best laid plans, what’s a girl to do?
I arrived around, ooh, 30 seconds before the closing time of both the restaurant and the pool.
I felt hungry.
I imagine, I looked a mess.
Without a word, the reception staff offered to keep the restaurant open. And since they were here all night, would I be interested in a solo night swim?
It’s service like this that wins hearts forever.
From the outside, it’s got the traditional Tyrolean chalet look down. But inside, the place has taken its natural assets and reinvented them into a sharp yet cosy plum-red design that’s a sumptuously chic feast for the eyes.
Cloud-grey deer stand on rosy-red cushions, while sheepskins and cow hides please bare-soled feet and fingers that run over fabrics.
With 168 rooms and suites, this isn’t a small boutique place but it does carry that boutique appeal with fabulous service and immaculate design.
The main lobby fills one wall with glass and offers a cinematic view of the mountains outside, framed by sepia photographs of skiers and bespoke furniture created from salvaged wood.
The 168 rooms and suites follow a similar theme of repurposed larchwood and ripe cherry-red fabric. Almost all have a balcony that overlooks the mountains; all have great insulation which means you don’t feel the cold.
It’s Kitzbuehel, so the rooms come prepared for ski gear but they also come ready for spa action too. Rooms come with both bath and shower plus white towelling slippers and robes.
Kitzbuehel isn’t the easiest place to get to but it isn’t that hard either, as far as mountain ski spots go. Fly into Munich or Innsbruck and connect by train or taxi from there.
Once in Kitzbuehel, the Kitzhof is just a five minute walk or quick taxi from the centre of town.
For breakfast, milk and honey are sourced locally and sustainably and they complement the impressive international array served in the airy Weiβen Hirsch.
International food is available at the Kaminstube but Tyrolean delicacies appear in the beautiful Kitz Alm.
The spa features a substantial indoor pool with sauna and surrounding wooden loungers but the best thing for me was discovering the waterfall deckchairs. If you find staring at a roaring fire mesmerising, then wrap up snug in a towel robe and watch nature’s waterfall splash and sparkle down before you.
I didn’t have the opportunity to check out the treatments (nor inclination to use the indoor gym) but both look set to complement a relaxing stay.
The mountain slopes around Kitzbuehel are home to the chamois, a native goat-antelope who inspired co-owner Ursula Schelle-Müller’s design concept for the Kitzhof.
Stylish, modern yet authentic Tyrolean bolthole just made for activity and relaxation right near the centre of Kitzbuehel.
Disclosure: I paid a reduced rate to stay at the Kitzhof but as ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like here on Inside the Travel Lab. Life’s just too short to do anything else!