Plenitude in the Austrian Alps - A Night at the Aqua Dome

Posted on 26. Oct, 2011 by in Austria, Europe Travel, Press Trips, Reviews

Right after Travel Bloggers Unite in Innsbruck conference, we were treated to several blog trips in and around Tyrol region in the Austrian Alps. I was lucky to have scored in a place in the relaxation group, because let’s be honest, mountain biking didn’t sound like any fun to my out-of-shape ears. Instead I opted for one of the best Austrian spa resorts around and treated myself to jacuzzis, saunas, massages, 5 course dinner and luxury hotel room at the Aqua Dome Spa Resort in Längenfeld, and boy was I happy with that decision.

What strikes at first is the size of the resort – there are two buildings dedicated to hotel rooms, and several others for spa facilities, as well as 4 outdoor floating pools. Pretty impressive first glimpse!

Aqua-Dome

The hotel lobby is vast, flowery and tastefully decorated, as is the beautiful adjacent dining area. The luxury feeling starts right there at the entrance, and doesn’t stop, well, anywhere. From the entirely wooden reading room to the outdoor terraces, nothing has been left out. Especially not in the rooms! A happy mixture of modern and traditional alpine styles, the 140 4* rooms are very spacious and equipped with Internet connections, free of charge mini-bar and cable TV (only useful if you are a fluent in German or very much into BBC World News, though), as well as high-end toiletries in the bathroom. Every detail has been taken care of. Each bathroom is equipped with robes, slippers and canvas bags to ensure the visitor an easy access to the spa facilities, accessible by a private pathway (meaning that you do not need to go through the lobby to get to the pools, very much appreciated feature). While there are various packages that include both wellness treatments, spa facilities and accommodation, a basic 35 m² double room starts at €143 per night.

Bedrooms at Aqua Dome

Now, the spa itself. To put it in one word, it is HUGE – 50,000 m² to be exact, 2200 of which are covered in thermal alpine water. Probably the one of the largest Austrian spa resorts there is! You actually need a map to go from the saunas to the pools to the jacuzzis and to massage rooms! There is even a ‘VRP’ floor (very relaxed people) only available to guests who wish to pay a €85 supplement and access additional services, like a Feng Shui meditation room and relaxing room where snacks are served. My favorite part, however, was definitely the outdoor jacuzzis and pools, because they aren’t just regular jacuzzis and pools… but floating ones! In the middle of the Alps! I had never felt so peaceful as when I sat in the salt water Jacuzzi next to them mountains, listening to nature’s soundtrack… that’s when I realized how lucky I was to be treated to all this! It is undeniably the best feature of the whole Aqua-Dome resort. I later peaked in the sauna section - as it is a garment-free area I didn’t linger, but I stayed just long enough to admire one of the eight different saunas and the beautiful rainforest shower, which according to a friend, felt amazingly natural.  Sadly, I didn’t stay long enough to experience the massages and treatments for myself, but I have no doubt that these services are just as high-standard as the rest of the hotel’s features. For the temporary visitors, there is an unlimited day pass available at only €39.50 per adult, which includes access to pools, saunas and fitness rooms.

Spa facilities at Aqua Dome

Once you have slept and relaxed, you will want to indulge in the hotel’s restaurant, whether you opt for a fancy dinner or for a reinvigorating buffet breakfast. All produces are fresh, tasty and very, very tempting! For dinner, I was treated to a tomato cream, fish mousse, pesto and pine nut tortellinis and a delectably sweet desert made with toffee cream caramel and cassis marshmallow. The accompanying wine was Austrian and produced locally in the Oetz Valley – the white wine aficionado in me was extremely happy. It did take a little bit of thinking to remember which fork I was supposed to use first, but every bite was worth it!

Yummy dinner at Aqua Dome

Decidedly, the Aqua-Dome knows how to treat its guest to a relaxing getaway. Nothing is left to chance, every little detail is sorted to the best standard. And well, it doesn’t get much better than waking up next to the Alps, really! While the winter is obviously the high season for Tyrol region (something about ski resorts in the Alps), my summer stay was definitely enjoyable and allowed me to indulge on dramatic summer mountain scenery.

** Disclosure: my stay was generously offered by the Aqua-Dome Spa Resort as part of a blog trip during the Travel Bloggers Unite in Innsbruck. All opinions are my own, though.

Have you been to an Austrian spa resort, or a luxury spa resort before? Do you have one in your bucket list? What is your favorite thing about luxury resorts?

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18 Responses to “Plenitude in the Austrian Alps - A Night at the Aqua Dome”

  1. Felicity Moving

    26. Oct, 2011

    This hotel looks amazing, I would pick it instead of all the mountain bikes in the world! You made the right choice!

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  2. Holly Van

    27. Oct, 2011

    I have been only in the Swiss Alps but I feel so impressed by this post that I will definetely go here too!

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  3. Laura

    27. Oct, 2011

    That desert look like heaven and your description just made my mouth water. I always wanted to go to a resort like this one, to relax and be pampered. Have fun!

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  4. Emily @Travelated

    28. Oct, 2011

    Oh my goodness that all looks AMAZING. I’m considering Austria for my Europe trip next summer… this may have sealed the deal :)

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    • Marie

      29. Nov, 2011

      Definitely contact the administration of the hotel, they are very friendly. And it is SO worth it!

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  5. Andrea

    28. Oct, 2011

    So incredibly luxurious - I love spa hotels!!!

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    • Marie

      29. Nov, 2011

      Me too! They’re amazingly relaxing and put my senses in overdrive every time!

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  6. Abby

    29. Oct, 2011

    Dying over your Alps postings — so beautiful! This place looks amazing. I wish I could go there this weekend — I’m not in the mood for the craziness of Halloween. I want to spa!

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  7. Claire

    30. Oct, 2011

    That looks so wonderful, definitely adding it to my list!

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  8. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    30. Oct, 2011

    Now that would be a nice treat!

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  9. This sounds amazing!

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