The Grandhotel Lienz won The World Travel Award as "Europes Leading Wellness Hotel 2013". The World Travel Awards is considered the Oscars of the Tourism branch. The Grandhotel Lienz (Austria) is the only Five star hotel in East Tyrol and has won top honors for the third year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Ceremony 2013. This year, this outstanding Five Star hotel was voted “Europe’s Leading Wellness Hotel” at the red-carpet WTA ceremony hosted in Antalya Turkey on August 31st 2013.
Posted July 20, 2013
In the eastern Tyrol, about 110 miles southeast of Innsbruck, Austria, Belle Époque elegance combines with the latest in health treatments at the Grandhotel-Lienz.
The splendid Grandhotel-Lienz <http://www.grandhotel-lienz.com/> , with world-class spa and wellness and medical facilities, opened in 2009. It offers 72 exquisite, light-filled rooms and four royal suites, all enjoying spectacular views of the magical Dolomite Mountains. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished with large beds, fine linens, large bathrooms with heated floors and towel racks, excellent bedside reading lights, large plasma TVs and massive mirrors.
Five dining rooms serve sophisticated international food as well as health-oriented selections. One of our most memorable dinners was a five-course meal consisting of warm trout with apple purée and black mustard; cream of parsnip soup with sherry and hazelnut pesto; a palate refresher of grapefruit sherbet with basil; roast duck with braised chicory and cheese gnocchi; and the Tyrolean specialty – Marillen Knödel – an apricot dumpling served with strawberry and rhubarb compote. Dinner for two, before wine, came to about $150.
Seated in one of the bars, you can see the well-stocked wine cellar through a window in the floor. Outside, the terraced gardens overlook the Isel, the last glacial river in the Alps.
At the moment one first sees the hotel — an architectural gem in ivory and blue — it appears to be a majestic barge moored at the river’s edge.
The hotel’s health facilities include therapies ranging from the Ayurvedic to the allopathic. Guests can get complete physicals and preventive care in the Medical Center, which avoids a clinical look with lots of art work and warm color schemes.
The Wellness Center provides a wide range of massage treatments, saunas and steam rooms, an innovative regimen of foot massages, peels, warm stones, herbs and plants. Beauty treatments include Swiss Cellcosmet and Cellmen cosmetics that are described as protecting the skin cells against premature aging. Cosmetic surgery is one of the available clinical procedures.
From the hotel, it’s a brief stroll across the river to Lienz, a medieval town of fountains, parks, sculpture gardens, wayside Calveries and Alpine churches with distinctive onion domes. The 13th-century Castle Bruch still retains some of its original walls and towers.
Both hotel and town utilize “green” technology to the largest extent possible. No oil or gas is used to heat or air-condition the hotel, which relies on solar roof panels, geo thermal energy from an underground lake and electri-city produced by the town’s generating station, which is powered primarily by burning wood chips. The hotel’s rates for rooms and suites range in price from about $230 to about $300 per night, including breakfast. Minimum booking is two nights. For half board, add about $30 per day. If you bring your small dog, add about $25 per night; for a large dog, add about $30 per night. We asked if our Brittany spaniel would be considered large or small, but no one was willing to make that judgment until after the dog arrived. Fanny-Wibmer-Pedistrasse 2. Tel: 43-4852-64070. www.grandhotel-lienz.com <http://www.grandhotel-lienz.com/> .
GrandHotel Lienz Scoops Top Honours at Travel Oscars
Posted October 15, 2012
Lienz, Austria, 7 October 2012
Austria’s stunning GrandHotel Lienz has emerged victorious at World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Ceremony 2012 by winning top honours for the second year running.
The state-of-the-art property, set in the shadows of Austria’s Grossglockner mountain and the Dolomites, was voted “Europe’s Leading Wellness Hotel” at a red-carpet WTA ceremony hosted in the Algarve, Portugal.
Grandhotel Lienz has enjoyed a fruitful twelve months. Highlights include the introduction of SymbioMed, a pioneering treatment for spinal issues, which combines conventional medicine with the latest medical advances.
Meanwhile in June, the five-star property hosted the Polish football team as they prepared for the Euro 2012 Championships. The players underwent a series of fitness tests , Medical Check up and used the leading-edge training facilities at the hotel.
Since opening in 2009, the hotel has set a precedent in wellness tourism and its five-member medical team includes
a heart specialist, a dermatologist, a sports scientist and a chiropractor.
GrandHotel Lienz fended off stiff competition from the likes of Hotel Alpin Royal (Italy), La Reserve de Beaulieu & Spa (France), Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort (Italy), Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort (Italy) and Sporthotel Stock (Austria)
to collect the prestigious award.
The industry’s elite – including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers, tourist board chiefs – attended the glittering WTA gala ceremony, which was hosted at the new Conrad Algarve.
The 19th annual awards recognize travel companies for delivering an outstanding customer experience and are voted by travel professionals and consumers worldwide.
Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, said: “Winning is tough but staying on top is even tougher, and GrandHotel Lienz has proven its world-class credentials by winning ‘Europe’s Leading Wellness Hotel’ for the second year running. The hotel offers state-of-the-art medical facilities, gourmet dining and luxury service, amid a majestic mountain setting, and I am pleased that this has been acknowledged by our voters.”
Professor Heinz Simonitsch of GrandHotel Lienz said: “It is a tremendous honour to be named ‘Europe’s Leading Wellness Hotel’. The award acknowledges our tireless efforts to provide the highest levels of service to our guests whilst constantly striving to surpass our own achievements. I am honoured to collect the award on behalf of the entire team.”
Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”, WTA is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, and celebrates those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.
More than 500 organisations across Europe, spanning more than 125 categories, entered the competition for the most influential accolade in travel.
GrandHotel Lienz and other Europe winners from the evening will now progress to the WTA Grand Final 2012, which takes place in New Delhi, India on 12th December 2012.