Haus Hirt Hotel & Aveda Spa was built as an imposing grand, yet elegant, Alpine lodge gracing a fantastic hillside foothold in the Spa town of Bad Gastein, Austria. Today, this famed boutique retreat caters firmly towards the utterly modern family and their sophisticated little clan - is an insiders tip as a family affair whereby stylish grandma feels equally at home as do the digital grandkids.
Elements of the Austrian arts and crafts movement dance closely to commissioned pieces of the modern age, oversized sofas play host to an eclectic crowd, it is every bit a "Private House", but one where one feels at total ease during the winter ski season or chilling in the summer.
Whilst the interiors could easily be the centre spread in some glossy, it is an urban country pad without the pretence, it is playful with lovely quirky corners that are focal points for pleasant distraction, a rest bite to take in the cinematic views across this truly enchanting alpine landscape of Bad Gastein.
We just love the relaxed soul of Haus Hirt, it has a warmth and sense of character that is hard to find, it is both eccentric yet familiar, stylishly actual and cosy – a cross generational hub that inspires, recharges and simply prompts unwinding, with or without the family clan in tow.
On the edge of the 'Spa' town Bad Gastein, Hotel Haus Hirt commands a lush vantage point of the valley and town, close to its sister Hotel Miramonte, the Haus Hirt is close to the amenities of town, train station and access to the mountains of the picturesque Pongau region of Salzburg.
Good, natural & flavoursome cuisine narrates the foodie scene at Haus Hirt. In the cosy alpine country-chic dining rooms decorated in bright tonals, a home-made meeca of foods awaits guests with great family classics as well as a health conscientious balance for those here on a spa programme. Families and the kids are in the best hands with tasty treats menus for the little ones. There is always something for everyone on the table.
Expect a culinary journey of original tasty Austrian & Alpine delights with epic views of the valley a yonder before hitting the snug for late-night chats over drinks.
Haus Hirt has a natural holistic soul inspired and curated by passionate and ever-so positive, owner Evelyn. Being located in the home of the Gasteiner Thermal Waters - which in a nutshell have been quietly filtering through the Tauern Mountains 3000 years ago - they now surge upwards and outwards in a spectacle of nature loaded with minerals, elements and natural radon - This good stuff is on tap at the Haus Hirt - and comes to its own in the Alpine Spa.
Take a bath in purist water said to be regenerating, vitalising, detoxifying, cell rebuilding - also claims to be great for fertility too - hop in there then!
Combined with doctors, this Spa sets the tone of the classical Austrian Kur - a spa treatment healed by the waters.
To complete the chain of balance and harmony, Haus Hirt partnered with Ayurveda specialists, AVEDA to bring in the 5 elements (although could be 6 if we count the positive effect of being in the Alps).
The heated pool with stunning valley and mountain views has amble space inside to chill as well as outdoor loungers, a sauna, steam bath, hot thermal springs and Thalassotherapy. Being a family hotel, Haus Hirt has devised several special new mum 'n baby programmes as well as those for the proud expectant mums-to-be treats.
Signature treatment are the Thermal water baths, and we like the Fango Stamps of Salzburg mineral mud packs and the AVEDA Elemental Nature Massage.
Yoga enthusiasts flock to this hotel for specialist sessions both in and outdoors - afterall the air is so pure it is a pleasure to breath.
If you could bottle the energy of Evelyn Ikrath it would be a sensation – luckily you can experience this Alpine woman’s quest for the good life right here at her hotel. Evelyn beams with positive energy and it is clear that the Haus Hirt was also her childhood home - her charisma is present throughout. "I simply love Bad Gastein - it is my slice of heaven and I get a kick when I see my guests drawing in the air and atmosphere of the hotel - it's magical".
Few hotels capture the magic of their owners - but here the touch of Evelyn is everywhere and she adores her beloved Bad Gastein.
She has made Haus Hirt a house, a family home where all generations sit comfortably together – she has added her whimsical touches to the interiors – and her child-like curiosity for people is inspiring.
A passionate yoga enthusiast, a believer in the positive in life and the owner of a truly lovely hotel – her soul touches you with warmth and her infectious laughter roars through the house that can almost be heard at her husband’s hotel – Miramonte just up the hill.
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