An Alpine getaway doesn’t have to involve a rustic wooden chalet. Austria's Bergland Sölden mixes traditional elements with modern architecture to create a new kind of contemporary Alpine lifestyle. A former ski champion turned farmer and hotelier demolished the old Bergland Hotel and set about creating an oasis for active travelers. Designers Köck & Bachler mixed larch wood and natural stone as the foundation with contemporary elements to create spacious rooms crafted by local tradespeople. Rooms and suites reflect an understated luxury, with plush beds accented by rich purple pillows, and wood flooring. Bathrooms have white washbowls, clear glass showers and, in some suites, freestanding bathtubs.
An open fire in the bar area makes for an inviting atmosphere on long winter nights, while wide balconies allow guests to enjoy sunshine and fresh mountain air throughout the summer.
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Picture-perfect Sölden is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery where the Ötztal Glacier Road, one of Europe’s highest, leads to the ski area of the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers. Summers are perfect for hiking excursions across the jagged mountains and biking the hills.
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Rooms: 86 rooms and suites. From $210. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Sölden lamb, Ötztaler pepper steak, and raclette are a few of the items found on the menu at Wine & Dine. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a fitness center and a spa with saunas, stone loungers, an indoor pool, and an outdoor hot tub.
Who it's for: Worldly travelers in search of active relaxation. Our favorite rooms: A freestanding bathtub just across from a plush bed, plus a panoramic view from the terrace, makes the Wellness Suite the pinnacle of Austrian Alpine luxury. Cellar sips: Ask about the weekly wine tastings in the cellar.