During my recent European trip, the boy and I visited friends and family in both the UK and Austria.
Whilst in Austria, I was invited to stay at Hotel Aurelio in the exclusive resort town of Lech. Not only was I extremely keen to visit a place in Austria that I have never been to before, but to also run away to the countryside, immerse myself in nature and breathe in some well-needed fresh mountain air!
After a couple of hours sleep, departure time fit only for a rooster, six-hour train ride and a half-hour car journey, the boy and I FINALLY arrived…
Totally worth the long journey!
Especially when you have this view comin’ at ya from your room…
After a quick gulp or four of welcome champers, we headed down to the hotel’s Sun Terrace resto for some energy refueling.
During the summer, the restaurant offers a special salad menu that enables you to create your own salad masterpiece using only the season’s freshest veggies and other salad ingredients that you can ever imagine – fruit, grilled meats, fish & seafood, cheese, vegan options and of course your choice of dressing!
You can choose as many items to your heart’s content – the bowl is your oyster!
My salad creation to share.
The boy ordered Wiener Schnitzel with parsley-potatoes and cranberry jam.
For me, I had a plate of delicious vegetable wok and peanuts with a side of coriander and jasmine rice…
To finish, a tall glass of iced coffee with cream on top – pure perfection!
Once we got our energies back, we were ready to wander around the local town and get jiggy with our temporary surroundings…
Lech is tucked away in Austria’s very west. Sights of wide-stretching valleys, imposing peaks, quaint small towns and picturesque mountain villages are sure to win you over from the second you arrive here.
The church of St. Nicholas.
Before heading back to the hotel, we made a leisurely pit stop at Hotel Arlberg for a spot of brewski under the shining sun. This hotel was the accommodation of choice for when Princess Diana used to visit and you can definitely see why.
Back at the hotel, we slipped into our swimming gears and made our way to the spa for some water-based R&R…
You can find several indoor pools at the spa and thermal facilities for you to choose from. Whatever your need or fancy trying out, they got it covered! From naturally-lit indoor pool, sauna cabins, herbal baths, aroma salt steam rooms, vital sensory showers, a snow atrium, jacuzzi to my personal favourite, underwater music pool with mood lighting.
The spa also offers a selection of luxurious beauty and massage treatments including professional hair stylists, nail salon, couples massages and hot chocolate body treatment.
Rested and relaxed, time to dress up for supper and sample the delights from the hotel’s finest culinary offering, Gourmet Restaurant Aurelio’s.
First on our table was a reconstructed Amuse Bouche of the Austrian dish, Tafelspitz – Prime boiled beef, celery leafs, horseradish and apple stuffed carrot-roll, creamed spinach, roasted Linzer Delikatess potato slice, mini parsnip and an ingenious fake egg creation made out of yellow carrot for the yolk and celery stock for the egg white.
Beef carpaccio with beef tartare, rocket salad, parmesan, truffle malto and balsamic.
Gazpacho with pancetta wrapped grissini.
Tauern sous vide lamb and hay with grilled leek, glazed carrot and red onion confit, served with lamb gravy.
This has to be one of the prettiest, most creative and most delicious desserts I have ever come across.
Boletus mousse (boletus and mushroom oil infused white chocolate mousse), mushroom moss, mushroom ground, woodruff, woodruff gel, woodruff couverture chocolate, woodruff marshmallow and spruce tip honey as the stone. Only a true genius can play around with such complex ingredients.
Nothing like a hot cup of tea to end a beautiful feast and an even more beautiful day.
Until tomorrow folks, I gotta catch some zzzzzzzz’s before a full day of hiking in the Alps!
All my ♥,