Living the Alpine dream in Lech: Glass visits Severin*s in Austria

LOCATED on a breath-taking mountain slope in the Stubenbach quarter of Lech, Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat is the epitome of understated Alpine luxury. The five-star hotel, nestled in an idyllic Austrian setting, gives guests a panoramic view over the landscape and makes for an unforgettable Spring ski getaway.

Exterior of the Chalet Hotel

Glass enjoyed the contemporary, yet homely feel of this chalet hotel, while benefitting from the convenience of different nearby ski routes. Effortlessly combining style with substance, traditional timber is the backdrop to modern

Interior Chalet

Living room in Chalet

Swimming Pool

Italian furniture at Severin*s, while the nine immaculate suites feature large living spaces and private terraces, ideal for absorbing impressive mountain views. The suites are sleek, whilst remaining intimate, cosy and inviting – the only place you’ll want to unwind after an intense day of skiing.

The resort is very accommodating in organising ski passes, transfers to the slopes and hiring equipment, making the experience seamless, which was particularly comforting for a first-time skier. The skiing here is completely breath-taking. It is part of Austria’s largest inter-connected ski area, thanks to the 2016 connection between Lech and St Anton. This ski season will also benefit from a significant investment of 3.5 million euros in ski optimisation, snow-making, safety and the local environment.

A real gem of Severin*s is the four-bedroom Residence, an ideal place for friends or families to stay. Complete with a home cinema, state of the art kitchen, grand piano and outdoor hot tub, guests can enjoy all the benefits of the resort with the intimacy of a private chalet retreat. The Residence offers total exclusivity with over 400 square metres of deluxe living space and is the ideal getaway for families or celebrations with a close group of friends.

Wine cellar

Après-ski is certainly done the right way at Severin*s, from the heavenly underground swimming pool and wellness spa, to the sumptuous cuisine; it is the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day on the slopes. I devoured the traditional Austrian fare served in the restaurant, including classic dishes like chicken schnitzel, hearty and warming, yet bursting with elegant flavours.

Interior of chalet

Severin*s has recently announced the latest addition to its team in the form of new Head Chef, Kevin Szalai. At just 25 years old, Kevin already has a wealth of experience and a passion for local, mountain produce. With new Head Chef also comes a stunning new winter menu at Severin*s including daring, yet refined signature dishes like Deer & Moss – venison with beech mushrooms and stone pine – and Pulpo & Scallops, with beetroot, pea and carrot.

The overwhelming feeling at Severin*s is discreet luxury. You hardly feel like you are in a hotel, more like a friend’s beautiful home, which was the aim of the design – to convey the relaxed comfort of cosy chalet living, with high end furnishings, premium cuisine and unparalleled service. The atmosphere is luxurious and welcoming, allowing guests to unwind in a tranquil alpine paradise.

by Heather Doughty

Prices at Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat start from 690 euros per night in a Junior Suite, inclusive of welcome Champagne, breakfast and dinner daily, mini-bar, Wi-Fi, parking, luggage service, a heated ski cabinet, shuttle to ski lifts, turndown service and use of spa and fitness facilities.

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