Inspired by the vibrant hues of lush nature that wrap the boutique hotel Cortisen am See - fauna, florals and the reflective waters of St. Wolfgang - Cortisen am See has been playfully harnessed to create an upbeat interior of riotous colours that shouts its presence over Austria's peaceful Schafberg mountains.
Artsy, bright, bold and eclectic, the boutique Cortisen am See Hotel exudes the Austrian charm of a modern countryhouse in upbeat colours that master the combo of traditional with the contemporary, from Biedermeier to Le Corbusier.
There is nothing neutral here – expect peacock blues, sunflower blossoms, and bright acid limes sing with fuchsia pink, all settled alongside peaceful Wolfgangsee, a spectacle of creative vivre that continues with a strong narration of abstract and modernist artworks adorning the walls.
The adults only (+12yrs) chill agenda of hotel Cortisen am See is easy to grasp - sweeping leafy lawns and sun decks lap against the waters of lake St. Wolfgang, a private jetty reaches out for a spot of swimming, boating or aquatic sports and the garden restaurant terrace is invitingly lazy. Activity junkies need not strain too much to tank up on mountainous traits of hiking, ski, cycling and golfing – all within strides of the hotel in both winter and summer.
Cortisen am See, is as the name suggests, right on the shores of the famous lake St. Wolfgang, in the Salzkammergut region of Austria famed for being a beautiful natural Lake District, about an hour's drive from the city of Salzburg.
Cortisen am See is located just a few steps from the famous cog railway that leads up to the peaks of the Schafberg Mountain, with panoramic views of Wolfgangsee and countless other lakes in this Lake District region. Another great aspect of the hotel is the Salzkammergut Golf Club, which is just 10km away and close to the resort town of Bad Ischl.
Like everything else in the Cortisen am See hotel, the culinary experience is anything but just plain traditional – Chef Christian Eisl has taken hearty regional Austrian dishes from Grandmother’s times and given them a subtle, but importantly, brushed with modernity oomph – the result is familiar flavours injected with a touch of lightness and zest.
International favourites make headlines here too, namely those classic dishes that capture the holiday mood. Falstaff-Gourmet Guide 2016 awarded the Restaurant Cortisen with 89 points and 2 Spoons - the best in Salzkammergut.
You can book your stay to either include half-board, or enjoy an evening on the terrace restaurant and dine à la carte – dappling in the surrounding restaurants on other evenings – Roland Ballner and Chef Eisl have put a boutique hotlist of their neighbourhood recommendations of taste.
With one of Austria’s beauty spots right on your doorstep – the lake of St. Wolfgang is nature’s idea of what a swimming pool should be. Dipping into the waters wrapped by the Austrian mountains is not only holistic, but magical.
To complement the lake, hotel Cortisen am See has added a sauna line of sheer relaxation to its boutique spa offerings, with a new steam bath and bio sauna. Keep fit-addicts can pump in the new Technogym® and a massage menu caters for aching limbs, meaning pure chillax time.
Roland Ballner is not your average hotelier and despite being born here in this magical setting, and being raised in the hotel, he is a true travel maverick at heart and a natural wanderer. A ‘modern Austrian’, Ballner is a cosmocrat who brings accents from his worldly adventures in South America, Africa and Asia to gently influence the hotel’s modern interior, all of which he orchestrates himself.
“Since taking over the reins of the hotel from my father, I have renovated the hotel over several years – I prefer this as it lends a more characterful end result than hiring in an architect, and besides, no one knows this hotel better than me.”
His other passions in life beside being on the lake smoking a cigar, is his Harley Davidson called “Fat Bob”, which he lends out to hotels guests to enjoy the scenic landscapes of Salzkammergut and nearby Bad Ischl.
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